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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: A Victorian Valentine on: October 05, 2008 10:11:45 AM
Oh my, these are too fantastic for words!!!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Marzipan Scrabble Pieces on: September 14, 2008 01:05:48 PM
It actually didn't take as long as you'd think...about the length of a movie! Once I had the method down, it went very quickly...
3  COOKING / Dessert / Marzipan Scrabble Pieces on: September 14, 2008 12:03:30 PM
I made these for a friends' wedding, as decoration for their wedding pies* (as opposed to cakes...lovely idea, no?) They both love scrabble, and I suggested something small and cute to reflect that.

(ignore the small smudge- I cleaned them up before presentation...)

I rolled the marzipan to about 1/4 inch thickness, then cut out the pieces at about 170% actual size.

I then used a rubber stamp to emboss the 'E's and 'L's onto the pieces. I had originally planned to just stamp the letter on with edible ink/gel food colouring, but abandoned that idea after a few smudged disasters...

After letting them set a bit, I hand 'inked' the embossed letters, using gel colouring in black and a toothpick.

20 pies in all...they were a hit!

*I did not make the pies- they came from a local bakery- Banana cream and Chocolate cream- delicious!)
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Rocking Chair Refurb on: December 08, 2007 04:41:28 PM
What a great job!

Nice choice of fabrics, also-

I have a few of these projects waiting in the wings myself- Maybe this will be the incentive to get going on them!
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES / Re: Sad Suit to Ruffle-y cute on: December 06, 2007 11:45:48 AM
Oh my, this is unbelievably adorable! Fantastic work!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Some Desktop Backgrounds... on: November 28, 2007 04:34:41 PM
Please, feel free to use these if you like! They're linked to my flickr account - you can download the large size/resolution from there...

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some Desktop Backgrounds... on: November 28, 2007 03:19:10 PM
Well, as the -19c degree weather hit, my lunchour walks/shops/eating out also took a hit. As unhealthy as it is, I have spent this week's lunch hours playing aroud with Photoshop and 'crafting' these fun desktop backgrounds.

This one, I took a swatch of the rug from here:http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/2007/11/oh-to-be-a-litt.html (thanks Posie get Cosy!!) and pieced it together:

This is the one that started the whole thing off - I found this great vintage cotton printed shirt, but it was extremely short and I couldn't figure out how to wear it! I brought it into work, scanned the print and then decided I'd try it under a black sweater vest.

I LOVE the print, at any rate...

AND my favorites...I saw this poster posted on CRAFT magazine's blog (I think!?) and had to do something with it!! The background is from the Dover clipart sampler!

After making these, I decided that none of them were terribly appropriate for my work computer. I work as an archivist for the school district, and though something like this might be more appropriate...and cuter!

I went even further, and 'wrote' my weekly appointments, notes and meetings on the 'blackboard' with a chalk-like font.

I also adapted it to send to a friend:

I certainly had fun making them- what do you think!?
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Finally, my Mary Poppins Costume! on: November 03, 2007 12:24:11 PM
I've wanted to do this for quite some time now....very excited to finally have completed it!

Thanks for having a look!!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he on: November 03, 2007 12:19:55 PM
I've wanted to do this one for AGES.

I give you...Mary Poppins!

The man friend decided at the last minute he wanted to be the Orange Ghost from PacMan (Otoboke)...so I whiped this up for him also.

Us together:

I was so very sad to discover that the 'cotton' skirt I had in my costume collection was, in fact, partly synthetic and did not take the Navy dye and I would have liked...but I think it turned out quite well just the same.

Thanks for looking!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Art Deco inspired Shrinky Dink Keychain & Wine Bottle Label!! on: October 16, 2007 05:54:57 PM
Shrinky dinks:

I bought mine at Michael's (though I loathe going there...), as I couldn't find them at any smaller art/craft stores. I have since found 'shrink plastic' at a small independent craft store, and think I'll try it out next time...
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