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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sharpie on Lasagna Noodle! on: January 02, 2013 02:30:24 PM
Yup, it's just what the title might suggest.

My kids were "helping" me in the kitchen, and I was trying to get them out of my hair.  I gave them very old lasagna noodles to color on.  Regular markers worked much better than my attempt with Sharpies.  However, none of the girls' noodles lived to be photographed.  The other fun thing to do with the noodles included stomping them on the linoleum.

Happy New Year!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / **Mee-Mee-Mee**(Bunsen and Beaker) on: May 30, 2012 01:34:25 PM
I made these for the Jim Henson Swap, but wanted to share.  I thought they were so cool!  They are wooden spoons with acrylic paint. No coating, so not really suitable for kitchen use.  I'm thinking of what other Muppets would be good on spoons or spatulas. Any ideas?

*******

Ha-ha! Enjoy!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Melissa and Doug" Earring Holder on: July 20, 2011 04:28:27 PM
So, I have a daughter who gets some awesome toys from the family, some of which are from "Melissa and Doug."  The hippie, wooden toy-makers of the genre.  They always have these awesome wooden toy holders that are cool, and shouldn't ever be thrown away, so I don't.  ("Justifying your hoarding instincts...")

I also just took out my gauges, so I could wear cool earrings now.  I needed an earring holder.  Just like everyone else!

Here is the "Before.'


Then I added some scrapbook paper I've been hoarding for years:


Then I added some Screening from our Sliding Screen Door that I had to fix because the Dog has now learned how to open the door by biting a hole in the screen.  And some trim because the Hot Glue made a mess:


I added some paper as the backing to make it prettier.  And hot-glued the hanger onto the paper.


The final picture, with a couple of earrings:


I know everyone has made jewelry holders, but I was proud I got to use this Melissa and Doug box.  Finally!

Enjoy!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Quilted Bird Mobile (with mini-tute) on: June 30, 2011 09:56:10 AM
First off, the finished project:

With close-ups:



These birds are cotton fabric with 2 layers of fleece in between to give them more "body."  I drew a bird shape, then zig-zag stitched all around, then cut out the finished "quilted" bird:




The hard part was getting them lined up on the strings, and then sewing them onto the strings so they would hang straight:

I used embroidery floss and beads to attach the birds.  

I stuck the needle up from the bottom of the bird, between the fleece layers so you couldn't see the string.  It went in the bottom and out the top.  To find these spots, I stuck a needle through the top, near the middle and then let the string dangle.  This is where the top and bottom insertion points would be. (Does that make sense?)

Then, I just tied the strings to a wooden embroidery hoop, and covered the hoop with left-over scraps from the birds.
Whew!  It took a while, but I think it was worth it in the end!
Let me know if you have questions.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Objects Improved By Googley-Eyes on: April 21, 2011 12:56:17 PM
I have a tendency to anthropomorphize things.  I think it's all because of "The Brave Little Toaster."  So, lately I've been seeing things in my house.  They were looking at me.  Except they didn't have eyes.  Well, the do now! 
The scrubby-brush:

The baby wipee warmer:

Child-proof door lock:

Baby monitor (sense a theme?):

Space heater:

Oh, my god, you're going to put my head where??!!


I'd like to give a tip of the hat to Amy Sedaris for putting googley-eyes on a peanut. 
http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Times-Crafts-Poor-People/dp/044655703X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303415662&sr=8-1

So, what are YOU putting Googley-eyes on?
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Bacon Bouquet on: February 14, 2011 03:03:40 PM
I saw this on the web somewhere.  It was incredibly easy to do!  Just roll up some bacon, insert toothpick, bake on broiler pan at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes, then stick on the end of a skewer.  Hubby was ABSOLUTELY thrilled!



Mmmmmmm.....Bacon!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / New Year's Embroidered Cards **New Card Added** on: January 01, 2011 03:47:00 PM
I have embroidered on paper only a couple of times before, for postcards, and I really liked it.  I thought I could make a few Happy New Year's Cards this year, because I never get around to doing things in time for Christmas.  I find that the week between Christmas and New Year's is my most productive time each year.  So, I made 3 cards, sitting in front of the fire, listening to an audiobook ("The Elegance of the Hedgehog," if you care to know).

All 3 together:

My favorite, the Bird:

The Owl:

The Year:

Close-up of the Bird's wing:

Moustachioed Popsicle (Inside reads:  Be cool in 2011) It's an orangey color, hard to see here.


Hope you like these!  I truly enjoyed making them.  They will be hard to part with!
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Bat with Red Glowy LED Eyes on: October 20, 2010 08:10:47 PM
I have been wanting to try out the LED light sewing kit found here:
http://sternlab.org/2009/11/ledsewing/
When I mail-ordered the kit, it came with 2 red LEDs, so that helped determine what I would make.  I decided on a bat, what with the 'Howliday' season coming up and all.  The switch is a snap, so I decided to make the moon the switch:  Just snap it on to turn on the eyes.  (There is a better picture of that at the bottom).
Here is the result.  Please bear in mind that this is REALLY hard to photograph!
Finished project:

With a flash, to show some more detail:

The Work In Progress.  You can see how the moon detaches to turn off the eyes.  Also, since you need conductive thread, I tried to make it a little cloud-like leading up to the moon, to add some ambience.


Hope you like it!
Happy Halloween.

9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Curry Butternut Squash Soup on: September 27, 2010 07:30:00 PM
I basically made up the recipe for this soup.  You can add or subtract ingredient as needed.  But it's mighty tasty!
It occurs to me that I don't have a picture of this wonderful creation, so here is a lovely scenic picture of last weekend to get you in the fall food mood.


2 Butternut Squash, raw, peeled and sliced into 2-in chunks. (Alton Brown bakes his first before putting  them in the soup, but I didn't take the time for that.)

3 Cups Stock:  I used homemade Chicken Stock, but canned or Veggie would work, I'm sure.

Put these in a large pot and start cooking.

Add these spices while it is starting to boil:
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp onion pwdr
1/4 garlic pwdr
1/2 tsp curry pwdr (essentially all of the above is curry pwdr, right?  It's just adding extra flavor)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
salt to taste
cayenne to taste

Stir occasionally.  After the squash are soft, Use a potato masher or fork to mash them all up.  I guess other people with more kitchen gadgets could use one of those little hand-held whippers.  Add in about 1/2 cup plain yogurt to make it creamier and a little tarter.


That's it!  Hope you find some time to try it out!
p.s. Let me know if it can be improved.  I'd really like to know!
p.p.s.  This is my 1st post in the Cooking section.  I'm usually a stitcher... Hello, everybody!
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pi Crayons! Geeks can be creative, too! on: September 06, 2010 11:28:19 AM
 A couple of years ago, Hubby bought me a Silicone mold with a bunch of little Pi's (I know that apostrophe doesn't belong there, but it looks weird without it.)  In the past, we've only used the mold for making Pi ice cubes for cocktails.  I thought I could use it for something else, but couldn't decide.  Then it came to me!  As many parents do, we have buckets of old, broken, used-up Crayons lying around the house.  I decided to melt them down, as we fellow Craftsters are wont to do. So, after all that, here are some pics:

With the mold:

The backs of the Crayons really looked cool:


More of the backsides.  As you can see, they were difficult to get out, so a few of them broke:


Hope you had fun looking!
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