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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: altoid tin advent calendar (pic monstrous) on: January 06, 2012 08:12:46 PM
Hmmmm...not only is this completely fantastic - I think I may have just gotten the best partner ever for the vices swap!  Wink  My question - anything special you did to compensate for the lumpy lid? (I've been saving those small tins for no particular reason other than I can't bear to throw them out.)  Tongue

No no..I have the best partner! Cheesy  To answer your question, for some of them I just used very stiff paper, on others I glued a thick piece of card stock with a window cut out for the letters to stick through, and another solid piece glued on top. Someone here recommended a thin layer of poly clay on top, which I haven't tried, but I think it would also help make the edges sharper, and easier to cover with paper.
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Vices Altered Altoid Tin Swap (SU thru 1/14 or full, SO 2/15) on: January 04, 2012 04:53:18 PM
Okay, I'm in! Ha! What better theme than vices to pop my swap cherry on?

 And maybe one of my vices would be being vulgar.. Wink
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: altoid tin advent calendar (pic monstrous) on: January 03, 2012 08:11:20 PM
Thanks for all the kind words.  I was very happy with this project. It always amazes me to see how much better things turn out when I am making something for people I love.
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / altoid tin advent calendar (pic monstrous) on: January 02, 2012 09:07:56 PM
Happy New Year greetings to all! This project was inspired by my brother-in-law's addiction to small altoids.  My non-crafty yet wonderful sister knew to save all the tins and give them to me.  I gave the resulting advent calendar to their two girls who are also the best nieces ever. The tins are covered in scrapbook paper, book pages,ink,glitter,buttons,beads,etc. and the back of each has a magnet sheet on the back, so it will stick to the cookie sheet base.  They were filled with earrings, M&Ms, little paper stars, wee ornaments for the tree, dollar bill origami, etc. I was in such a rush to get it to them I failed to take pics of the treasures inside. Embarrassed


The work in progress. See the naked ones? they are half the size of a standard altoid tin.

More on the ol' blog:

Questions and comments welcome!

15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I'm on a flower kick.. on: August 18, 2011 08:42:19 PM
 I've been playing with all kinds of materials, and they're all turning into flowers.  I'm not sure how I will be using them yet. Some sewing involved in these, but mostly just a lot of glue.

Ribbon petals, wooden disc, sequins and felt on the back. About 6 inches wide.The shininess made the petals look pinkish on the edges, but they're not.

"tie dye" duct tape

Ruffled fabric petals, button center. Pin backing.  On a clutch I made from here http://www.noodle-head.com/2010/04/gathered-clutch-tutorial.htmlI know this isn't the sewing board, so I apologize.

Kanzashi from white fabric about 2.5 and 4 inches. Those are french knots on fabric wrapped around a plastic disc for the center.

I've been using my new phone for the pics. So whaddya think?
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A new favorite dress for summer! on: May 16, 2011 01:25:30 PM
beauteefull dress.

And as for the form, maybe quilt batting with an ace bandage wrapped over it?
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Home Invasion! on: March 25, 2011 08:16:49 PM

Great project. Thanks for sharing.
18  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Re: ugly art-> awesome art! on: February 05, 2011 02:36:06 PM
This is truly awesome. Nice job!
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Dilapidated medicine cabinet to sweet new message center on: February 05, 2011 01:09:39 PM
I searched for ugly but all I could find was this rather sad icky little medicine cabinet for $5.  No shelves. Horrid little knobs on the false drawer. I also found a cardboard backed cork board for $3. It is pictured with a pretty yellow pillowcase that I thought I would use, but didn't. And those little fruit jars have been waiting in my pantry to be used for something wonderful. I did purchase the contact paper for the inside, but everything else I used was from my stash of treasures.
The outside is all hand painted. I replaced the mirror with the cork board which is covered with scrapbook paper, and the center rectangle is a metal panel that I also covered in paper. The inside of the cabinet is covered in contact paper. On with it then..

the before shots

Mounted on the wall

 The pic doesn't do it justice, but I love this paper

Questions and comments welcome!!
20  COOKING / Dessert / snow day cinnamon buns. on: January 27, 2011 08:00:34 PM
There's nothing like a batch of sweet dough to teach you the value of patience.  The recipe will say "let rise for one hour."  But it's not just about time.  The dough has to be in a warm cozy spot. So you might have to make one. Put the dough on the top rack in your cold oven and put a pan of hot tap water in the bottom rack.  Cover the dough with a dish towel. Close the door.  Be patient.  Roll out the dough, spread the filling, roll it up, slice. They start looking like this.

And you want to throw them in the oven so you can be gobbling gooeyness in no time.  But you put them back in their cozy spot in the oven with new hot tap water , throw the dishtowel over them and close the door. Wait until they look like this:

Bake for twenty minutes and they should look like this:

Drizzle with icing, and suddenly teenagers (who can hear icing being drizzled from miles away) will descend upon those beauties. So you had better be quick with the camera. Or maybe the taser.
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