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41  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pyrography Salad Servers on: April 21, 2016 06:28:38 AM

Some beginner pyrography on salad servers for my mom for her birthday. Sweet pea is the April flower, or that's what she tells me. I used coloring sheets I found online as patterns to trace onto the servers. I do think they are bamboo rather than wood which would make it grassburning rather than woodburning... I DID make them on 4/20, so that seems appropriate!

These will be from her granddogters and were inspired by this birthday card.

42  COOKING / Dessert / Green Velvet Bar Cookies for St. Patrick's Day on: March 26, 2016 03:04:31 PM
I totally forgot to post these! They were made for a bake sale fundraiser for the employee emergency fun at The ManFlesh's office. And only saved one photo! What the heck, TheMistressT?

These are green velvet sugar cookies (in bar format) with cream cheese frosting and gold jimmies from a recipe I found on Pinterest. I decided to tip them with green almond spritz cookies that look a bit like 4-leaf clovers.

Green velvet cookies: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/168885054752676323/
Almond spritz cookies: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/168885054754626609/

Had these not been for sale, I would've cut them smaller. They were pretty richly intense. These are about 3" x 2" and I think half that size would be a nice serving.
43  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rustic/Industrial Paper Towel Holder on: March 03, 2016 06:53:28 PM
Most of my creative time and energy is going into a thorough surface remodel of my kitchen, but I was able to do a quick & easy project from start to finish!

Because I have never had a counter top version, I did an informal survey of my Facebook friends and learned that it did not need to have a finial or a broad base to function properly. This was good for me because where I want it to go will have a lower-than-standard height limitation and I want it to take up as little counter space as possible.

This also saved me quite a bit of money in supplies as galvanized pipe and fittings are pretty expensive, so smaller is cheaper. Ditto for the wooden plaque from the craft store. I added felt pads to the bottom to protect the counter surface.  The size does mean that you can't see much of it when it's loaded with a roll, but that's fine by me as paper towel rolls aren't that decorative in the first place. Smiley  It's stable when used and will fit where I want it to go.

I am pretty sure it doesn't look quite so, uh, suggestive in person, but maybe it just took photos to make me notice! A good reason to keep it loaded with paper towel!
44  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Punch Card Book for My Valentine on: February 16, 2016 06:51:53 PM
I was remiss in my Valentine duties this year. What with working on remodeling our kitchen, having a house guest, and taking a road trip with a friend over the "big" weekend, I just didn't have my act together for February 14. I did squeeze in a couple of projects while the house guest was napping on the 15th and 16th, though and came in just two days late!

The ManFlesh enjoys cooking and does so most weekends and some other days, too! But he doesn't really like grating, peeling, or zesting. So I made him some punch cards good for five acts of each of those tasks.

The results were pretty quick and dirty, but I kind of like the hand-cobbled charm of them. And I was able to use only stash materials which is kind of cool. It's bound using my Bind-It-All machine.

Here is the other gift I put together for my Valentiger.  Roll Eyes

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=443431.0 Roll Eyes
45  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Quick & Dirty Valentine for Him - A Whiskey Heart Just Two Days Late on: February 16, 2016 06:37:03 PM
I was remiss in my Valentine duties this year. What with working on remodeling our kitchen, having a house guest, and taking a road trip with a friend over the "big" weekend, I just didn't have my act together for February 14. I did squeeze in a couple of projects while the house guest was napping on the 15th and 16th, though and came in just two days late!

This gift was a whiskey heart... you know, like a chocolate heart but for a guy who doesn't have a sweet tooth. I started with a thrifted heart-shaped tin... the only heart-shaped box or tin on the shelves on Feb 16 at 3:00 PM, but the perfect size.

I gave it a quick clean up, then cut and glued some scrapbook paper to the top using spray mount adhesive. You can see in the top photo, I added a strip to the side, too. It only covers up to where the lid overlaps.

After I filled it, I tied it up with red and white bakers twine.

I used light pink cupcake papers to imitate the papers chocolates are nestled into. Five mini bottles of whiskey fit just right inside!

Here is the other gift I made: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=443432.0

46  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / No Kitchen Is An Island, But Now Mine Has One. on: February 05, 2016 05:00:48 PM
We started renovating our kitchen last September by installing a small island.  I didn't do much in the way of actaully crafting this, although I attempted to find used cabinets to refinish for a couple of years; I just didn't find any.

I did order the cabinets unfinished so I could finish them myself and ordered the hardware from a different retailer.  The butcher block top is something I found thru a recycled building materials store locally. I did all the appropriate sanding then finished it with food-grade mineral oil.

There's an electrical outlet on one end (with built in USB ports!) and a towel bar on the other. I go though the "gory details" on my blog:

Last week I started the rest of it! We're not replacing big-ticket items, but refinishing or replacing all most all the surfaces and making some modifications/repairs. Hopefully this weekend I'll have the new lighting all installed and a good start on dealing with some of the other projects-within-the-project. YAHOO!
47  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Small Gift Boxes from Wall Calendars on: January 24, 2016 02:41:23 PM

I've been holding to landscape calendars that we receive as annual gifts from our financial adviser. I don't really have a use for a wall calendar, but the pictures are so pretty I knew I could use them for something eventually. This is a good start.

I used the less interesting-to-me or not especially suitable for this project pics for the bottoms of the boxes. I tended to like them to contrast with the tops.

The insides are kind of interesting in a kaleidoscope-y kind of way, too!

I think these will come in handy for the small handmade gifts we give. They aren't as sturdy as I was hoping, but they'll work for non-shipped gifts.
48  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Magnifying Glass Cozy (or Case) on: January 12, 2016 01:05:24 PM

I got this cool magnifying glass for Christmas. My only other magnifying glass is not so cool and so scratches as to be practically useless. I wanted to make a cover to protect this one, as it will likely be in a drawer despite how cool it looks.

I thought it would be appropriate to give it a Western/rustic look and I was able to use all materials from my stash! YAHOO!

It's a thin, costume vinyl on the outside, craft felt on the inside, and the button is wood.

49  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Lined Envelopes on: January 10, 2016 03:02:52 PM

I made some lined envelopes for a friend who does lots of pen pal-ery.

Once I had the template (5 1/5 Baronial) made they were really quick and satisfying to make. I have a feeling I'll be make a lot more of these and in different sizes in the future.

I used this tutorial as a starting point. http://www.katescreativespace.com/2012/08/02/youve-got-mail/
50  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Gifts For A Beginning Quilter? on: January 10, 2016 01:14:44 PM
My MIL started quilting and is taking class and has a birthday coming up. Any suggestions for quilt-making gifts? I do not what she has and have no stealthy way of finding out because we live in different states.
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