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11  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: June 29, 2014 07:59:21 AM
Just sharing a photo that I took yesterday.  Back story:  We planted two dwarf cherry trees about seven years ago.  The last couple of years our harvest has been dismal, and before that we got nothing.  So I'm excited about these trees being full this year.  Here's the first pick from one of the trees.

These are already in the dehydrator.  The next batch will be made into pies for the freezer.
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12  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: June 24, 2014 07:05:47 AM
Wow! 5000 cranes is more than impressive!  I have only ever folded half a dozen.  I can't even imagine that many cranes.

Many other projects that look great.

My latest.  I went ot a show this past weekend and was asked to do a carving demonstration.  While I talked, I carved a couple of tricky items.

The first is a spoon with a captured ring, meaning that the ring is part of the spoon and doesn't come off.  The wood came from my firewood pile, so I don't even know what kind of wood it is.  I only know that it is brittle, so I won't be using this kind of wood again.

The second is a celtic tri-knot.  It was just an experiment to see if I could carve like this, but apparently someone was impressed, because I sold it.  Anyway, this one is carved from walnut, one of my favorite carving woods.

And, when I got home, I picked the first of my harvest, fresh radishes.

Hope you like them.
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13  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: June 19, 2014 12:18:11 AM
Congratulations, Bunny1kenobi.

fantasticmio, that is a beautiful blanket.  Can't say I blame you for wanting to keep it.

Here's my latest small project.  There's a back story to this one.  A couple of years ago I was in a swap with Sevsonlygirl.  I sent her a bowl made from a gourd.  I had cut the top of the gourd off and set it aside for another day.  Well, I finally pulled it out and made a wall sconce from it.  Not my best work, but I really had no idea how to do this, so I just winged it.

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14  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: June 15, 2014 09:03:46 PM
Thanks for the link, SilverMoon.  It looks simple enough.  Now I just need to find the time.

My latest project.  I was asked to make a spool knitter that didn't look like a spool.  So, I got out my carving tools and went to work. 

Here's my version.

And here it is, in use.

It seems to work ok.  Stitches are nice and even.
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15  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: June 09, 2014 08:59:25 AM
It's been awhile since I've been here, but I haven't been idle.  Most of my time has been spent working in my garden, but I have also been making a few crafts.

Please excuse the picture dump.  There's been a lot of stuff here.

First, some of my garden photos.

Lima beans


one of four different tomato varieties.  These also have carrots planted with them, but we won't see them for awhile.

cauliflower, with radishes

one of two beds of strawberries

lemon cucumbers.  We decided to try these in oak barrels this year, along with the celery


Then, I tried to make some small boxes, just to see if my hand was working properly.

made myself a crown from reeds, indian style

also carved a bazillion tiny hearts as a giveaway for a class that I was teaching

I carved a very large hollow spiral, just for fun.  I may try to put something inside of this.

carved this spoon, which won a national contest.

and resulted in making this spoon for a customer

a whimsical fish

a sea turtle that's not quite finished.  I think I'm going to color it.

I also made myself some gathering baskets, for when my harvest is ready.

And a couple of aggravation game boards for a friend.

That's all for now.  I have more stuff, just didn't take photos of everything.
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16  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: April 18, 2014 02:03:07 PM
A canteen gourd, leather dyed and carved with a dremel.

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17  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: April 11, 2014 08:06:52 PM
Everybody is making such wonderful things.  I love everything, but I have a hard time keeping up.

It's been three months since my surgery.  I'm halfway through my healing process and I decided to try carving something.  Please don't laugh too loudly.  This is my first attempt for awhile.  It's a simple carving, a whittled knife.  It's made from a piece of weeping cherry, pulled from my firewood pile.  Makes a pretty good letter opener, though.

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18  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: January 05, 2014 04:58:44 PM
So many wonderful projects have been done so far.  I feel like I'm already behind.

Here's my first project of the new year.  I carved all these spoons in the last couple of days.

And here's a separate photo of three spoons that are all the same type of wood.  I thought that this was funny they all came out a different color.  They are all poplar.

These will be going to the carving show in a couple of weeks.  It's the only big project that I can do now.  I will have my surgery day after tomorrow, and then no crafting for awhile.
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19  whoppers in Dessert by pinokeeo on: December 22, 2013 08:44:27 AM
I'm sure this has been done before, but I tried these and was pretty happy with the results.
They aren't exactly round or all the same size, but they taste just like the whoppers that you buy.  Better, actually because you can use whatever chocolate you prefer.

Here's what I did:

Melt one half cup of almond bark in the microwave.
Add one half cup of malt powder and stir well.
Form into little balls and set on waxed paper to harden.
Melt chocolate of your choice (I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao).
Dip hardened malt in melted chocolate and set on waxed paper to dry.

Eat and enjoy.
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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: 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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