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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 107 ENTRIES / From bath salts to vases! on: March 09, 2015 04:02:32 PM
This was from an old drugstore basket of bath products, and I saved the glass bottles and bamboo tray to do something with 'someday'.  So, I painted the clear bottles with lots of green and gold, and I kept the labels, because they were pretty. The bottles are painted inside and out, I wanted depth.  I had two matching metal flower charms, and a third from a broken earring that was close enough! I E600'd them to the front, over the 'green tea bath' writing. ^_^ I removed the corks because I like them as vases. I think they'd look perfect with some lucky bamboo.

12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / More reavmped mirrors on: December 04, 2014 05:30:44 PM
I salvaged an old oval mirror and revamped it. The frame was full of hairline cracks to fill  in, almost all of the scroll work on the top was missing, too. Filled in, painted,sealed, new hanger, and beads and such to decorate the top.
Not a great pic,but it shows the size and shape.

This pic shows the top. And look at the pretty edging on the frame!

The before picture.

This one is a tiny wooden thrift store mirror,painted silver, and fancied up.

There's a couple more I need to post later!
13  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pumpkin bread on: November 27, 2014 04:22:17 PM
So, for the first time I roasted some pumpkin and froze pumpkin puree-had to do something with it, right?
This pumpkin bread came out moist and tasty and almost like cake. Next time I'm going to cut the sugar back a bit.
I managed to snag a pic before it was all gone. ^_^

I looked up several recipes online to get a rough idea of proportions then just winged it from there.

1 cup pumpkin puree-I put it in a colander to thaw out and drain. This recipe would probably be okay with 1 cup of canned pumpkin instead-that's what I'm doing when the puree is used up.
1 and 1/3 cup flour
2 beaten eggs
2/3 cup white sugar and 1/3 brown sugar-next time I'm trying just 1/3 cup of each
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 stick melted butter-I used real  butter,and salted because it's what I had on hand
1 teaspoon baking soda

I beat the eggs, added the vanilla,melted butter,pumpkin, and sugar and mixed it well. sifted and mixed the flour, spices, and baking soda, then added them and stirred it all up. Don't beat it to death, you just want it well mixed with no flour pockets.
Poured it into a well greased loaf pan, and baked it at 350 degrees for at least 45 minutes. Maybe longer, it was until I could stick a knife in it and it came out clean, and it had started to pull away from the edges of the pan.
Let it cool a few minutes, dumped it on a wire rack to cool a bit more. Devoured it warm and buttered.
Next time I add pecans and dried cranberries, maybe raisins, too! That would have gone so well in this.
Again, it came out so sweet and moist I could have iced it and served it as cake! So yeah,next batch will have less sugar and nuts and fruit added.
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Comic book clock-The Vision, from the Avengers on: November 11, 2014 05:10:22 PM
So, I picked up three plain wall clocks new for 1.00 from a Dollar General sale for eventual repurposing, and fiddled with one last night. I started by cutting out random pages from some old cheap comic books-ones that were damaged, in the quarter bin,ect! But it didn't click. Then, in an old Marvel Presents, they had a page with 'The many faces of The Vision!' Twelve images, twelve hours? Perfect.
They're a bit random and off kilter on purpose, so no having the precise time. ^_^ I painted the background black,then glued away. On the back of the clock I pasted the list of the twelve artists who had drawn those versions of The Vision over the years.
The Vision has been described an the android with the heart of gold, and I know at one point he was married to the Scarlet Witch, who is Quicksilver's sister and Magneto's daughter. Nope, he wasn't in any of the new crop of superhero movies,but the Avenger's roster has changed a lot over the years.


15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / His and Hers rayguns, and one more dice sign on: November 07, 2014 08:55:31 PM

The rayguns hang on a chain, so if someone wanted to take them down and go 'pew!pew!' they could. ^_^ Scrapbook paper has lines from a love letter, the heart was a pink plastic disney princess pool gem, and the plaque itself was a thrifted find. Experimenting with a different color palette, since I had some tubes of acrylics from a craft kit-clearanced,need you ask? Grin


And I had one more small plaque, so one last dice sign.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Lots of geeky ornaments on: November 07, 2014 08:39:38 PM
Some steampunky, all geeky. ^_^ I've been making ornaments and magnets and maybe pendants to have some smaller things for the table. Here's the ornaments!
Tiny rayguns! 15 of them. They were sold in bags of six as party favors at dollar tree, and the ones around me don't carry them anymore, bah.
Painted with a mix of acrylic paint, and nail polish, clear sealer, and made a hole with a push pin to add a hanger.


Glass ornaments clearance from last year. spray painted gold and a little black,downloaded gear images, and there's a tiny bit of gold paint in the clear sealer.

Three zeppelins, from a set of three at the thrift store. Painted, added propellers, and used the good old pushpin to make a place for a hanger.

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old frame to mirror on: October 30, 2014 05:39:26 PM
Vintage frame from the thrift store. Plain black, heavy, the kind that has a stand in the back instead of a hanging one. The paint had kind of a wavy,bubbled texture, so cue the gold rub 'n buff. The mirror is from a small terrarium-also from the thrift store!-that I took apart. A yep, thrifted black beaded necklace was cut in two pieces and edges the left and right of the mirror.
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Snowflakes and keys on: October 30, 2014 05:33:24 PM
Pretty simple. Dollar store snowflakes, sealed to keep the glitter in check, Removed the tiny fake jingle bell and added a key, and added a blue shiny to the front and back of each key.

on the holly bush
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / two steampunk rayguns on: October 30, 2014 05:20:53 PM
Goodwll toy pistol, plastic cup from mini wine glass, bit of wood trim, copper spiral from Dollar tree garden art, ect ect ect. It still lights up and goes whirrrr!
front

back

This one is a end of season Dollar Store clearance toy, the metal piece at the end from a thrift store-I have NO idea what it is!-and lotsa paint.

detail
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / For the gaming nerd on: October 30, 2014 05:04:34 PM
I saw this on a tshirt online, and decided it'd make a great plaque! I had two small wooden plaques, scrapbook paper, and a bag of cheap dice. haven't finished the second one yet!
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