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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Daisy, Daisy Kanzashi Set on: April 24, 2017 10:42:20 AM
It's been a while since I've made some new kanzashi, and thought it was about time I did some new ones. Smiley

I often sing or hum when I am working, which my wonderful husband uncomplainingly puts up with. I have a tendency to sing a the same few songs repeatedly, to the point where I dont even notice. One of those songs is Daisy Bell otherwise known as Bicycle Built for Two. Inspired by this musical tick, I thought it would be fun to do a set of daisy themed kanzashi.

I really enjoyed putting together this hair fork with a cluster of yellow and white daisies.

and did some simpler pins

and a three-flower pin to go with it. One of the flowers in this trio has a plucked petal, which puts me in mind of the 'love me/love me not' game.

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Neon Lion afghan on: March 15, 2017 07:11:47 AM
Fantastic. It gives me a kind of..mature Lisa Frank feel. I love it!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: D & D Serving + Dice Trays on: March 09, 2017 04:13:56 PM
Awesome!  I love the feet, too!
Thanks!! I am only a little obsessed with claw feet at the moment, haha.

what a clever way to keep your dice contained. those feet are the perfect touch!
Thanks! I'm excited to test them out.

The little feet is the best part!

Thank you! I agree. Cheesy
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sweet & Gothic Lolita Articulated Paper Dolls on: March 02, 2017 07:59:29 AM
It's been a while since I've made some new paper dolls Smiley I figured it was about time. And, I enjoy designing dresses so it gives me the chance to play fashion designer.

I wanted this one to have an Alice in Wonderland/White Rabbit type feel. This one only has two articulated joints - her legs. I kind of wish I had articulated the arms too, though. It was an experiment.

...and I've been on a bit of a purple kick lately, so I wanted to do something purple. I feel like this one is a bit generic, but still turned out ok. This one has arms and legs articulated, but the range of motion on the arms is kind of shallow.

I did a write up on these dolls on my blog, if you're interested in reading more: http://www.appledainty.com/projects-by-discipline/illustration/gothic-lolita-paper-dolls/
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / D & D Serving + Dice Trays on: February 26, 2017 08:56:22 AM
I finished the first of four serving trays with a dungeons and dragons theme.

We're going to use the trays for regular serving use and to roll dice on for our D & D games. My husband wants me to make a liner for his because he doesn't like the loud clacking noise of dice on wood.

I think my favorite part are the lion-type claw feet.

What do you think? Smiley

I wrote a little more on my blog about the finishing process here: http://www.appledainty.com/projects/home-goods/dungeons-and-dragons-serving-tray/
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Refinished Silver Millennium Silverware Box on: January 30, 2017 10:54:05 AM
I recently completed my first refinishing box. I refinished the silverware chest for my family flatware set with a Sailor Moon/Imperium Silver Crystal design.

Here's what it looked like before I got started. Not too bad looking for a box from the 1930s. I started by giving the whole box a good sand, then I painted a darker eucalyptus tone of paint and added a lighter antique sky color over it. I gave the box another sand to give it a weathered/two tone look, then added the stencilled designs.

Once all the paint was dried, I added metal filigree corners and claw feet. Then, I weathered the corners and feet with a little paint and sanding, and finally coated the box with clear wax.

I used some store bought stencils and made some using my Silhouette Curio. I really like how it turned out! It's part of my effort to add nerdy touches to our surroundings. We're going to have some more blatantly nerdy pieces (I eventually want to make a giant Chocobo head to go over out mantle), but I feel like subtle designs like this are good too. We don't even have our own place yet, so small projects like this are easier for me anyway. Hopefully we'll have our own space in late summer.

You can read my more detailed blog post about this project here: http://www.appledainty.com/projects/home-goods/silver-millennium-silverware-chest/ if you're interested. Smiley
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Maple Salted Caramels and Almond Coconut Peppermint Patties on: January 17, 2017 12:57:53 PM
I may or may not have fallen prey to Facebook videos of sweets that you can make for Christmas gifts. :x I made salted maple caramels and almond coconut peppermint patties. The salted maple caramel recipe I have is no longer available on the source website, but you can find the peppermint patty recipe here: http://fitfoodiefinds.com/2013/12/vegan-peppermint-patties/

I also made my own labels for both the caramels and the peppermint patties, which you can find on this blog entry: http://www.appledainty.com/food/baking/holiday-sweets/ the links to the labels are down near the bottom. Cheesy

My Dad loved his peppermint patties, and my husband brought the caramels to work where they were apparently very popular. I added walnuts to some of the caramels and dipped them in dark chocolate as well; those were my husband's favorites.

8   / COOKING / Re: Cooking: 4th Quarter Featured Projects on: January 10, 2017 07:53:11 AM
Yay! Cheesy Thanks for the feature.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Featured Projects for July-December 2016 on: January 10, 2017 07:52:46 AM
Woohoo, thanks! Cheesy
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Honeydukes Trolley on: December 10, 2016 06:30:24 PM
Did you make the trolley too? It's fantastic! I saw the preview thumbnail and couldn't not click. Great work!
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