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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: the derpy dawgs quilt on: December 13, 2016 11:56:06 AM
I share your feelings about applique, but man, this rocks! Love the derpy dogs!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: "Khloee" Baby quilt on: December 13, 2016 11:53:05 AM
Love it! Such a unique design.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / foundation piecing on: December 06, 2016 06:20:49 PM
Drafted my first paper piecing pattern. No idea how I actually did it (other than trial & error), but I'd like to try it again - so any step-by-step resources would be welcome. Anyway, here he is (11" untrimmed):
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Paper Mache skull on: September 30, 2016 07:51:38 PM
Finished this guy up tonight. I've been working on it off and on (mostly off) for about a month. Paper mache formed over a cheap plastic skull, polymer clay teeth, and cardboard "frame" with a tin foil and wire armature hand  - all attached to a scrap piece of wood. I used paper towel for my final layer of mache - the texture turned out really interesting with minimal effort. The "beware" sign is just a cheap  foam decoration from the dollar store.

5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Swedish Star Bread on: February 09, 2016 08:09:39 PM
This year I decided it was high time to learn to make bread (after having spent 30someodd years of my life afraid of yeast.) I recently picked up a couple jars of pesto at Aldi on impulse and then ran across this recipe on youtube for Swedish Star bread - so I had to give it a try. I was shocked at how easy it was!

Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmukjCE8QsM

I went by the recipe exactly. The only adjustment I made was accidentally cutting it for 8 points instead of 6 and purposely leaving the cheese layer off (I saved one dough round to make a miniature nutella star for breakfast the next morning). I also used the scraps from the pesto star to make a veggie calzone - it was excellent!

 
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cabinet Rehab on: January 19, 2016 08:29:41 AM




I got this cabinet from a friend who was tearing out the kitchen in a local historical home. I'm embarrassed to admit that it sat like this in my craft room/office untouched for about 10 years... It's been on my list of "things to do one day" for as long as I can remember.

Here are the specifics:

I found the old desk top at our local Habitat Restore for about 5 dollars, I had been looking for a piece of countertop, but this was already about the right size and only had a couple of chips near the edge that I was able to camouflage with some brown paint.

The hardware I soaked in a crockpot of soapy water overnight. Thankfully I used an old dip sized crockpot that I've always hated (crock doesn't lift out) because the crockpot was RUINED afterward. If you do this, pick one up at a yardsale or thrift shop, do not use your good crockpot!!! I was thrilled to find the hammered copper handles underneath years of funk and paint! 

The paint I used is Benjamin Moore Advance semi-gloss waterborne alkyd in Wethersfield moss (which is actually pretty close to the original green that the cabinet was painted - happy accident).

I designed the panel motifs myself and ran them through the Silhouette cutting machine and painted them like a stencil with black acrylic paint. I had initially wanted to spray paint them and still think it would've turned out nicer had I done that, but when it's 15 degrees out and you NEED to get a project finished, you improvise.

I realized after I had affixed the first stencil and painted, that the phoenix birds were facing the wrong direction, I'd planned for them to both face inward. Also once the doors were installed, I noticed that the design on the right is about 1/4 inch higher than the one on the left hand cabinet door. I may decide one day to take the cabinet doors off and rehab them again, but for now, I'm pretty please with how it turned out.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Moon and Sun watercolour. on: October 10, 2015 06:53:44 PM
That's really beautiful!
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Memorial Pet Portrait on: October 10, 2015 06:52:42 PM
Thanks!

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On my computer, it's hard to see what medium you used. Was it color pencils? chalks?

Read more: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441039.0#ixzz3oDhsvj00

It's acrylic paint on canvas (12x12)
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Memorial Pet Portrait on: October 10, 2015 02:30:55 PM
Commissioned portrait of a sweet little doggy who passed away earlier this year.
 

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10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Dachshund Portrait on: July 18, 2015 06:16:33 AM
Thanks rscowtown! We used to have 3 dachshunds too - they're just the BEST!
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