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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bathtub Gin on: October 20, 2016 06:29:29 PM

Our friends throw a Barter Party each autumn and I always bring homemade gin. It's not really made in the bathtub, it's made in glass bottles stored in a cool, dark place.

This year I'm bringing two sizes to give us more options for bartering: 6 quarts and 4 pints. Don't worry, I saved some for us!

I put together the juniper branch in the bathtub using free clip art.

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Caramelized Onion & Balsamic BACON JAM! on: October 20, 2016 05:56:36 PM

Our friends throw a Barter Party every autumn where people gather to trade things they've made, grown, canned, caught, etc. with each other. This year I decided to make some bacon jam to trade for some goodies that we can't make, grow, can, or catch.

One requirement is that things you bring to trade are clearly labeled... this one slips by some folks, but I make up for it by overdoing it. Wink I can't help it!

I used this recipe which I found through pinterest:

The pig art was found online: It was made by Enterprise IG for Ogilvy & Mather
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / I'm the Sasquatch Kid! No wait, Burgerfoot. No! BEEEEFSQUAAAAAATCH! on: October 16, 2016 11:18:12 AM
My cousin's daughter celebrated her 25th birthday with a Bob's Burgers themed party and my cousin commissioned me to help him with his costume: BEEFSQUATCH! (Season2:Episode 9) I made the burger, he bought the mask, chucks, etc.

I had a lot of fun with it, but it was a little stressful because I live in Montana, he's living in California for work, and his daughter lives in Seattle. So no fittings and because of time limitations, size, and shipping cost, I shipped it directly to Seattle and he didn't even get to see it (in person) until early morning the day of the party!

The burger deets:


The bun exterior is a spray painted, egg crate mattress pad, with the backside facing out.

Side with all the garnishes:

The bun interior and lettuce are woven cotton, the ketchup is cotton blend jersey, the cheese is marine vinyl, and the burger is polar fleece.


Close up of the sesame seeds which are beads I made with polymer clay and then painted and sewed on.

You can see that there ended up being a decent range of motion!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Quickie Autumnal Wreath on: October 07, 2016 03:02:21 PM

I have painted the exterior doors on the house and not a bright, statement color. I did this partly because I wanted a more neutral, statement color on which to hang decorations and this little wreath is my first one!

Wreath form, birdie, and plaid ribbon from a big box craft store; wooden and foil leaves from Target.

I also just installed this wreath hanger on the door - it's actually a cabinet knob from a big box home center; the finish matches the door knob!

Even though I told myself for months that any decorations on the door must take into account that the window means the back will be visible, I completely forgot to take that into account while I was making this. Luckily, it's pretty plain on the back and there's not really any visible fasteners and such. WHEW! Plus, it's backlit by sunlight!
5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Mermaid Slippers! on: September 28, 2016 08:30:21 PM

I got to have a beach weekend with a couple of my besties a couple weeks ago! It's chilly on the Oregon Coast in September, after all.

I used a pattern I found on pinterest years ago. I found a scale print flannel for the exterior and a watery looking flannel for the inside.

I was trying to make them a surprise and even with measurements from my gals, one pair ended up being too small.  Cry  So, I'll be making another pair and mailing them to my dear one after I pick more material.

Here are the pattern and tutorial: http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Elle-Tie-On-Slippers/
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / .moorhtab eht ni seifles on esaelP - a backwards embroidery on: September 24, 2016 01:54:43 PM
It's been a long time since I had an embroidery project and this was a fun one to do to break the needlework fast!

I am part way through a semi-major bathroom redecoration/remodeling project, but decided to make this wall decoration before refinishing the cabinet that it's hung on, because I needed a good traveling craft project. I saw a cross stitch project on pinterest that said "no selfies in the bathroom," but since I don't cross stitch I put together a pattern on my computer that I printed out and transferred backwards to some linen in my stash.

I used an ombre DMC floss and a frame I'd picked up at a thrift store months ago - I just repainted it in a few metallic shades to go with the other metals and frames in the room. I chose a font what would be a little hard to read backwards, but easy to stitch and to read in the mirror over the sink.

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Long-distance Besties Gift Bag Tags on: September 20, 2016 08:22:53 AM

For the last two years, I have gotten to spend a long weekend with two of my besties from two different states. We're all crafty, so of course there are gifties, too. I made these tags for the gift bags I put together. The photo above is the back of the tags.

Here are the fronts!

I had picked up some clear, unmounted stamps that were various map pins out of a clearance bin awhile ago and that is what inspired the design. I used it to mark the town on the coast where we went for our weekend.

The bags were selected from stash, because this is pretty much the color of the Pacific Ocean at the Oregon Coast in autumn and winter and that is where we spent our long weekend! The papers are scrapbook papers and the flag bases came from Target's Dollar Bins in a set of several.

Here is one of the gifties I made to go inside the bag!

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Long-distance Besties Bookmarks on: September 20, 2016 08:10:58 AM

For the last two years two of my besties and I have gotten together in one of our home states for a long weekend. We're all crafty, so naturally there are gifties, too! One of the things I made are these bookmarks with charms of each of our states and an embroidery floss bobbin, because embroidery is how we met!

I arranged the state charms for the center/lower one matched each of our home states.

The bobbins. Well, they're labeled "silk cord" but still, they look like embroidery bobbins!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Oopsie! I Made Me Puma Pants!* on: August 23, 2016 10:14:57 AM
* Get it? Puma pants? Say it out loud.

It took some seriously diligent searching, but I finally found a few fabrics with pumas printed on them (pumas, cougars, panthers, mountain lions are pretty much all the same creature, at least here in North America). But they were all from Spoonflower which is kind of expensive. So when they had a sale on jersey, I had to pounce! And this is pretty much the only way I'm going to get ankle-length leggings, because I have long-ish legs.

I don't have an overlock machine, but my Pfafff does an overlock stitch for knits. So I used it on the 5/8" seam allowance, then trimmed the excess seam material. I was allllllmost done with the legs when disaster struck!

Luckily the leggings weren't especially tight and I hadn't adjusted yet, so I had the leeway to resew them an inch smaller on the front piece of each side. But that meant seam ripping each leg about halfway. Ugh. FUN FACT: my machine's overlock stitch has 8 individual stitches for each move forward. Boy am I glad I used thread that contrasts with the backside of the fabric!

Well it turns out that they fit even better after fixing my big mistake, but I'm not going to call it a "happy accident," because ripping out seams is the sux.  Undecided

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Vintage Cuckoo Wall Pocket Turned Pin Cushion on: August 16, 2016 07:47:24 PM

When I saw this cuckoo clock wall pocket, it seemed like my dear friend needed it for her birthday. I took a snap and texted a mutual dear friend and she verified. So I bought it right up, brought it home, and turned it into a pincushion with a hidden storage compartment. Just pull that little rick rack loop.

I put a few buttons that I thought she would fancy down there, all wrapped up, but forgot to get a photo of that spot specifically. So here's a shot of sort of what it looks like with the pin cushion removed.

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