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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Easy and Pretty finger food on: June 21, 2008 02:21:15 AM
For my sister's surprise birthday party, I put together some simple yet pretty party platters.  We actually had very little left over, and I heard happy munching comments, so it must have been pretty good Cheesy

I tried to put a little extra effort into making such simple fare attractive, by putting the fruit dip into grapefruit skins with scalloped edges, and veggie dip into hollowed-out bell peppers, and by having some really awesome and artistic helpers!  The sandwich roll-ups are ham with green onions and cream cheese, and the pinwheels are chicken salad with cream cheese and sun-dried tomatos.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out, and just wanted to show off my little table creations to you incredibly crafty and creative folk.  Thanks for checking it out!



2  COOKING / Dessert / Fruit Bouquet on: June 21, 2008 02:13:38 AM
For my sister's birthday surprise birthday party, I created a fruit bouquet.  I've seen ads for these lovely bouquets you can order, but they were price-prohibitive for this event, so I stumbled along and tried my hand at it myself.  She was pleased, anyway, and I think it turned out okay.  Thoughts?  Comments?

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Vivarium - ridiculously wordy explanation as well on: August 14, 2007 12:04:11 PM
I'm not sure this qualifies as a "craft" project, but I did make it, with some help from my DH and son, and it's decorative, so....



This is the vivarium before putting on the top and adding the little toad my neighbors brought me and four little guppies I had in another tank (my guppies are into free love and reproduction - I have tons of the little boogers).  We filled the water level just over the top of the small submersible water pump, which is housed inside a tupperware tub with holes punched to let water, but not debris, in to the pump.  We built a raised platform of "eggcrate", which is that plastic grid stuff they put over fluorescent light bars, then covered the platform with screen, to minimize debris falling into the water, then built up rocks along the edge of the platform and put soil (actually peat moss and "Bed a Beast") in the center of the platform, then planted the plant into that.  We directed the tube coming from the pump over the little log and onto some rocks, then added more river rocks to the bottom of the tank and sloping up to the "shoreline" of the platform.


And there's Toby the Tubby Toad checking out his new habitat.  I thought he might eat the fish, but they are happily coexisting.  Actually, I think he's scared of them.  He swims, hops, eats bugs out of our fingers (or any other darned way he can get them) - not a bad deal for a toad who was being manhandled by the neighborhood kids for a few hours before they brought him to me!

Comments most welcome - sorry so long
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / New "slave" bracelet/handflower on: August 02, 2007 06:08:51 AM
I think this one is my favorite so far...


These are so darn fun!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / New bracelets for "losing" (pic chunky) on: July 26, 2007 05:03:58 PM
These are some more bracelets for my "found art"-style project, which is detailed on my tiny, baby blog Wink













Comments are the breath of life... Grin
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / "Slave" bracelet - now pic massive with tute page 2 on: July 25, 2007 04:12:29 PM
I don't really like that term, but I'm not sure what else these are called.  Anyway, here it is, made with seed beads and glass seed pearls on elastic beading cord:


http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1039/898796423_0e4506efba.jpg?v=0

Comments keep me beading... Smiley
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I never realized my feet were so weird on: July 20, 2007 10:02:11 AM
I made a pretty "barefoot sandal" style anklet, and loved it.  I'd stick  ;)my foot out in front of me and gaze at the loveliness.  Then I took this picture of it to show you fine folks, and uploaded the picture, and thought - ewww!  what a weird foot!  I had no idea!  Anyway, try to overlook the foot and appreciate the anklet Wink



It's just clear seed beads and glass seed pearls on elastic cord, and the cross piece is done with a crossover technique.

ETA:  maybe this should have been put in the beads section - it's just sort of an unusual accessory, so I put it here.  If it has to be moved, I apologize for the inconvenience.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Anglican prayer beads, jewelry, and jewelry box on: July 19, 2007 09:15:56 PM
I made these things for my mom-in-law's birthday, which was today.  Her reaction was truly gratifying.  Normally, she's one of those "oh, thanks" people, but she really liked them and that made me feel wonderful.  Take a gander at my creations:













ETA:  pictures you can (gasp) actually see

Please give me some (non-family) feedback. 
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / No sleep=much jewelry (pic heavy) on: July 16, 2007 10:37:32 AM
Insomnia feeds my creative streak like mad.  Then again, what if it's like having one too many to drink, where you think you're madly creative and talented and doing something wonderful, but you're....not?  Anyway, here they are, in all their coffee-induced splendor.








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Please let me know what you think - my ego thrives on praise, and my skills thrive on criticism (okay, really gentle criticism  Wink
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bracelets - my first project post on: July 15, 2007 08:21:41 PM
You guys are so crafty and creative, I have post anxiety, but here goes.

I made these bracelets this evening using sterling silver beads and wire.  The one with a few other beads (glass and crystal) is a prayer bracelet - the beads stand for the words in a favorite Psalm of my mom's and mine, so they help remind you of the words as you pray the Psalm. 







Please, tell me what you think, before I package these up for gifts.
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