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11  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: December 22, 2013 08:36:53 AM
Well, I am back, now that my partner has had her eye surgeries and can see again.  Yay!!

Everybody is doing some incredible crafts, and I haven't been keeping up, but I went back and looked at everything.

I have always wanted to try to make my own malted chocolate balls, so I thought I'd give it a try.  These are amazingly easy to make, and I am mostly happy with the results.  I will probably tweak the recipe until I have something a little better.





They taste just like whoppers that you buy, except that I used dark chocolate.  I also want to try a peanut butter layer next time.
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12  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: December 06, 2013 10:48:26 AM
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OK, I have finished my 50th project.  

I made some ornaments for a swap on another forum.  While I was at it, I made a few extras for family members.  

I can't post all of them, because some of them are still in transit, but you'll get the gist of it.

Ornaments with bells.



glass dolphin



glass hummingbird



The colors look kind of funky on here for some reason.

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13  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: November 19, 2013 04:16:43 PM
Ooooo, your liqueur sounds and looks delicious.  I remember many years ago when I made orange flavored liqueur by suspending an orange over the brandy in a gallon jar.  Nice job.

My next project is complete.  Well, sort of.  This is a practice piece and has only 16 links in it.  The next one of these that I will do will have 48 links in it and I'm going to put it on my Christmas tree, probably not until next year.

My carved chain.  This is all one continuous piece of wood.





Most of this was done with a small detail carving knife and a flat chisel, but I did some smoothing with a dremel.
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14  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: November 17, 2013 10:00:45 PM
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Ok, sorry for the back-to-back posts, but I finished this ornament and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  This is carved from a 4X4X4 chunk of basswood.  I carved the whole thing with carving knives, gouges and swiss files.  The heart in the middle was from an old necklace.  There are eight rays in this carving.



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15  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: November 14, 2013 12:24:13 PM
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So, I was asked to finish a project that was started by another person.  These were made from crappy wood, and some of the parts were cut out already.  Mostly, what I did was to clean up the parts and do the assembly of 24 dune buggies.



They will be going to a hospice care facility for the Alzheimer's patients to paint and/or decorate.  They will then be sold at their annual art auction.  Sorry for the crappy picture.  This was a hurry-up job and the photo was taken with a phone.
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16  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: November 07, 2013 01:46:47 PM
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Ok, here's the start of my newest projects.

I've been practicing with my scroll saw, and since Christmas is coming, I thought I'd start with some basic ornaments.  No paint here, just cuts in the wood.







Then I decided to try doing some in 3-d.




And I also finished another rug.  This was supposed to be an order for someone, but she backed out and I decided to finish it anyway.  I've never done a rug in all solid colors before, or in black and white.  I like the results.

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17  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: September 23, 2013 11:08:30 PM
Ok, so I'm a little behind on posting.  I'm trying to get caught up from my harvest.

My latest spoons.  I tried to use some exotic hardwoods.  I was successful, but I really had to work for these.  They are myrtlewood, padauk, rosewood, basswood and walnut.  These are all oiled, but not polished.



I also tried carving a piece of emu egg.  The egg starts out dark dreen and as you carve down through it, the colors change.  This piece has nothing added to it.



I am also working on carving my first lovespoon.  This one isn't quite finished, but it's close.

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18  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: September 09, 2013 06:57:25 PM
More of my canning.  Blackberry and plum syrup, to be used for gift baskets for my neighbors this year.





And the last batch of pickles that we will make.  Lemon cucumbers, anyone? Cheesy

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19  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: August 15, 2013 07:09:53 PM
I love your running commentary, Smeddley, and the cow is too funny.

And I really like your recycled yarn holder.  Nice work.

My latest project:  I have been playing around with piano parts lately.  I had received an entire piano keyboard, minus everything except the keys and arms.  The person that gave me all these parts to play with issued a challenge.  Bet you can't make a clock out of these.  Well, I couldn't pass up a challenge like that, so here's my version of a piano arm clock.

All of the pieces were ground down on one end at a 7.5 degree angle per side, so that all of the pieces met in the middle.  Then I added a backer board to hold the clock mechanism, and cut to fit some clock hands and added numbers all around.



The arms aren't straight, so the clock looks a little tipsy, but I assure you it keeps pretty good time.
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20  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: August 14, 2013 02:18:40 PM
Well, I guess I missed all the challenges, but that's ok.  I've been very busy anyway.

Fresh picked this morning from the garden. 
Strawberries.  I'm picking this many about every three days now.  What we don't eat is going into the freezer.  Five pints, so far.



Red onions and lemon cucumbers.  These are getting jarred up into sweet pickles.  The exhibitor tag was from the county fair.  The onions were picked a couple of weeks ago, for the fair, but I pulled up the rest of them this morning for storage.





We also canned peaches.  What a chore these were!  I've never done peaches before, so I'm quite proud of these.

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