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31   / HOME SWEET HOME / 2013 Featured Projects: Home Sweet Home: Reconstructed on: January 27, 2014 02:54:49 AM
Repurposing things into household decor is HOT! Here are some of the top projects as voted by Craftster members.
Using the "This Rock" button these projects will inspire you to rethink things in a whole new way.

In no particular order:


Plastic Bag Doormat by ecstatic_spider

Plastic Bag Bowl by Miss American Pie

Toy Soldier Storage Jars by teaandcraft

From Soccer Ball to Death Star by mutantstar

From Garbage to Gorgeous Reupholstered Chair by marlie2

Renovated Rocko Chair by evaberry

Refurbished Carousel Horse by Jenxx

Potting Bench to Party Bar by MissingWillow

Side Table Upcycle by FoxyBlue

Tufted Chippendale Settee by Polly Peanut

Refurbished Pair of Tables by Polly Peanut

Tree Stump Storage Bin by AbbeeRoad

1700 Bottle Cap American Flag Table by mericaa

Revamped Old Clock to Fabulous by ShannonMB

Congratulations to these members for being rocked! Looking forward to the fresh ideas of 2014. Smiley
32   / HOME SWEET HOME / 2013 Featured Projects: Home Sweet Home: General on: January 26, 2014 03:43:24 AM
If you're looking for inspiration for projects around your place, look no further. 2013 was busy in the Home Sweet Home category. Smiley

These projects were selected by votes from"This Rocks" of Craftster members, like you.

In no particular order:


Painted Rainbow Chandelier by julibooli

Painted Sheets by yoopidou

Tardis Yarn Cabinet by Joesuplicki

Prayer Flags by Melissaurus

Cloth Napkaaaaaaaans by TheMistressT

Key Decorated Lamp Shade by yzzilnoaj

Wood Slice Wall Rescue by yzzilnoaj

Dollar Store Light Pendant by yzzilnoaj

Star Trek Beaded Curtain by LovelyMiss

Mario & Luigi Pillow by luckdragon

Yoshi Pillow by Nymla

Link Wallhanging by Emu

Little Rosemary Wreaths by Acadian Driftwood

Cathedral Windows Pillow by Calabaza

Mid-Century Modern Christmas Pillow by LimeRiot

Faux Trophy Head Necklace Hanger by The Raging Sloth

Chalkboard Wine Glasses by jillybeans

Giant Wall Nightlight on Steriods by teapartyanimal

Blue & White Trees Tissue Box by Crafty.Canadian

Congratulations to all those posted, and we look forward to many more in 2014! Smiley
33   / HOME SWEET HOME / 2013 Featured Projects: Home Sweet Home: PETS! on: January 24, 2014 10:29:54 AM
Our beloved pets give so much to us and ask nothing in return. Except maybe food, water, toys, treats, the bed, your shoes, walks, cat nip, etc..... Here we have some members who gave all that and created a little something extra for their pets.

These projects were selected by Craftster members like you who clicked "This Rocks".

In no particular order:


Doggie Bed for MIL by ale0059

Huge Cat Tree/Perch by bobbiemay

Cordless Heated Kitty Bed by apis_melis

Lavender Chicken Coop by puppybreath

Cat Tree by chezlin

Thank you to those who have posted to the pet boards! We look forward to seeing more cool stuff in 2014. Congratualtions  Grin
34   / HOME SWEET HOME / 2013 Featured Projects: Home Sweet Home: Interiors & Exteriors on: January 24, 2014 03:57:15 AM
2013 has been super busy in the Home Sweet Home section! We have broken down the sections just so each projects gets the love they deserve. Smiley

In no particular order here are the HSH features from Interior and Exterior for 2013. Voted on by the "This Rocks" by Craftster members!


Guest Room Renovation by Orange Swan

Bathroom Wall Redo by imtheasian1

Living Room Renovation: Nothing Store Bought by Polly Peanut

Secret Playroom: Hobbit Hole by patty-o-furniture


Succulents in Jute Purse by Balatong

Deck Do-Over by MissingWillow

My Lawn Chair by dipstick

There's a Dalek in My Front Yard by dulcet

Backyard Climbing Wall Done by washingtonrain

Murder in the Garden: With Happy Ending by Sunbala

Lawn of the Dead by AmyLynn98

Congratulations to all those featured and thank you for contributing to Craftster! Smiley
35  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / 2013 Featured Glass Projects Wrap-Up! on: January 20, 2014 05:18:54 PM
2013 Featured Projects Wrap Up!

Last year saw many wonderful projects posted on the glass boards of Craftster. Here is a list of projects that received the most votes from the This Rocks button.

In no particular order:
Fused Glass Windchimes by joby560

Clear Glass Weave by CrazyEyeGlass

Seaside Scene by Bendog

Glass Honeycomb Pendants by GlassPeace

Fused Glass Face by CrazyEyeGlass

This Years Holiday Card by bosella

Lavender Field of Province by CrazyEyeGlass

Glass Flower Landscape by GlassKicker

Fused Platter and Plate by elyxandra

Congratulations to all and thank you for a great glass year! Look forward to more projects in 2014!
36  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / ATB Inspired by Bo Bo The Bear: Bear Repair Shop on: January 17, 2014 08:18:35 AM
Many of you may remember this post about Bo Bo the Bear , by alwaysinmyroom.

It touched my heart and funny bone, then inspired me to create something for alwaysinmyroom. Also because she is an incredible human being. Grin

An artist trading block: Bear Repair Shop

bear5 by HRSG, on Flickr

bear2 by HRSG, on Flickr

bear3 by HRSG, on Flickr

bear4 by HRSG, on Flickr

The little beaten up bear charm on the back of the sign is one I found one day while walking. That happened while I was making this block, instantly knew he had to be added to the piece. Smiley

The wooden spool feet are from my Grandmother's sewing box. The coin is from Japan and the rest of the items were from my stash. Except the bears which were found them online. The "Fur-st Aid" heart is from shrink plastic.

Thanks for looking. Smiley
37  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Antique Rose ATB on: January 16, 2014 07:22:14 PM
Organized a swap with rackycoo to do artist trading blocks. IT has been fun creating the bloacks! Here is the one I made for my partner cmarion3'

She likes nature, vintage and rich natural colors.

nature1a by HRSG, on Flickr

nature4 by HRSG, on Flickr

nature3 by HRSG, on Flickr

Already have made one more and working on another. These are so enjoyable and addicting! Smiley
38  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Glass Crafts Featured Projects Oct. - Dec. 2013 on: January 02, 2014 06:49:15 AM
October - December 2013 Featured Projects

These are the projects from the last quarter of 2013, that were selected by C-ster members (you), who clicked This Rocks on projects they liked. Keep doing that!

Special thank you to all members for contributing to the Glass section. Keep them coming, we love seeing new glass ideas and projects & more members visiting  and participating in our glass boards! Discussion and questions are also welcome.

You can also share tips, techniques and tutorials with everyone. The more we share the more people will test our medium, and become addicted and as excited as we are with glass.

In no particular order, the glass featured projects:

Glass Honeycomb Pendants by GlassPeace

Fused Glass Tiger by CrazyEyeGlass

Fused Pendants and Coasters by batgirl

Ohio Star Platter by GlassKicker

A Story of Ten Penguins by Bendog

Big Fused Glass Bowls by speedingpullet

Waved Glass Projects by Bendog

This Years Holiday Card by bosella

Thank you to everyone who posts glass projects, and please post more! We love seeing what you are all doing. Keep voting the "This Rocks" for projects you like, and who knows, maybe your project(s) will be featured next time around!

If you have ideas or questions for the glass section please feel free to PM me.

Congratulations to all the featured project artists! We <3 you!
39  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Artist Trading Block Swap (ATBS): CLOSED!!! SO 1/31/14 on: December 27, 2013 02:22:41 AM

Artist Trading Block Swap (ATBS)
Artist trading block you say? What is that?

Simply put, it is a block of wood that has been made into art. For this swap, you will take a block of wood that is 2.5 x 3.5, and embellish the front, sides, and top with paper, paint, charms, found objects, etc., until you have a beautiful piece of 3D art. Because you care about your craft, you will also finish the back! The back of your piece doesn't have to be as intricate as the front or sides, but it should be finished in some way.


by Paula Whittaker


You can also check our Pinterest boards:

Swap name: Artist Trading Block Swap (ATBS)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: HSG, co-org: rackycoo
Sign-up date range: December 27, 2013 - January 10, 2014
Date to send item by: January 31, 2014

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement?

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
The idea is to make one artist trading block, measuring 2.5 x 3.5 x 1.5. If you don't have easy access to the scrap of wood, try Home Depot, Lowe's or any lumber place. Most likely they will give the small cut offs for free. Also we've found wood blocks for sale online,  if you need help finding them, pm one of us and we'll give a direct link.

Samples of plain blocks:

Create something specific to your partner by stalking their Pinterest, Wists, Facebook, etc. Also feel free to PM each other for ideas and questions.

You will receive only one partner.  You may only send that partner ONE ATB - "extras" are not allowed in this swap. We want to see everyone put their most creative foot forward for Craftsters 1st ATBS swap! Make something you would be excited to receive!


1. If this is your first swap please read: (http://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html) to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

2. You must post on this thread. This is a Craftster rule that applies to all swaps!

3. Please put ATBS in the title of all PM's and send them to both HSG and rackycoo. racky gets sad if she's not included, and may pout. It's not pretty.

4. Make an item that you would like to receive. Do some research on your partner. Do your best work. Don't let us (or yourself) down!

5. We reserve the right to refuse anyone who has a history of poor communication, late sending, or not meeting swap requirements.

6. Post in the thread regularly and communicate with the organizers and your partner if problems occur or if you will be late sending. Not being a good communicator is right out, and will be noted in your feedback.

If you want to participate, information to send to BOTH organizers:

Name of swap: ATBS
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

1. Do you have any colors, theme or ideas that appeal to you and that you would like your partner to work from? How will you display your ATB? Wall, tabletop or maybe it does not matter.

2. Is there anything you would NOT want to receive?

3. Do you have any allergies?

4. Do you have any allergens in your home or craft area such as smokers, pets, or pets that smoke?

5. According to the swap rule, what is the size for your Artist Trading Block?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

1. HSG
2. rackycoo
3. cmarion3
4. cackle
5. fancybutch
6. Jen Sews
7. Supermutts
8. MissingWillow
9. alwaysinmyroom
10. hgddm
11. Smmarrt
12. pottermouth
13. Onyxnox
14. SonjaBoo
15. alteredmommy
16. Luvebuggy99
17. whenindoubtsew
18. quaggy
19. Mistress Jennie
20. Wulf
21. Robinpich
22. wdicwg
23. Artmomto5
24. amaryllisroze
25. Knickertwist
26. Killam Creative

Jen Sews<>Robinpich
amaryllisroze<>Mistress Jennie
Knickertwist<>Killam Creative
40  COOKING / Dessert / Pumpkin Bread Pudding on: December 22, 2013 03:56:59 PM
I love all things pumpkin! When this recipe popped up in a web search I knew it had to be made. I've made several changes to it, and now I get requests to make it.

In the pictures I am making a double batch. Then I have one for home and one to share with friends. This recipe also freezes well.

IMG_6137 by HRSG, on Flickr

1 can of pumpkin puree (mine in the picture is a large because my recipe is doubled while baking)
1 1/4 cup of almond milk with vanilla
3/4 cup of sugar
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 shake of allspice
2 shakes of ground cloves
6 cups of torn bread, in big pieces (Use any bread but in mine I use potato rolls.)

Preheat oven to 350.

Bread Chunks

IMG_6139 by HRSG, on Flickr

Eggs whisked

IMG_6140 by HRSG, on Flickr

Combine all ingredients except for bread into a large bowl, and whisk till well combined with good consistency.

IMG_6142 by HRSG, on Flickr

Consistency after mixing

IMG_6143 by HRSG, on Flickr

Bread into pumpkin mixture

IMG_6144 by HRSG, on Flickr

Dump the bread into bowl,  and stir till combined. Don't stir too much or bread starts to fall apart. You want chunky bread pieces in the pudding.

IMG_6147 by HRSG, on Flickr

Let rest in bowl for 10 minutes. This allows the bread to absorb the wet ingredients.

Transfer mixture into a 9 inch deep dish pan,  pre-sprayed with cooking spray.

IMG_6150 by HRSG, on Flickr

Bake for 1 1/2 hours in a 350 degree oven, or till a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool to room temperature before serving.

IMG_6152 by HRSG, on Flickr

These crust areas are the best part to me. Crust outside and soft pumpkin deliciousness inside. This is where the large chunks of bread come into play Smiley

IMG_6153 by HRSG, on Flickr

Yummy served with ice cream, whipped topping or alone. Eat and enjoy! Smiley
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