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41  Tons of hemp necklaces (updated with patterns!) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by skankamaggot on: October 13, 2008 11:37:35 PM
I just wanted to share my stash of hemp necklaces I made over the last year...

I go through phases where I will do nothing but make hemp necklaces for months and months and then I never wear them.  Most I give away as gifts.. ah it keeps me busy I guess  Roll Eyes

I looked up some (free!) online patterns and tutorials for some of these if anybody wants to try them.

If you've never done hemp before start here to learn the square knot an the spiral knot: http://www.beadage.net/hemp/two_knots.shtml

Then you can try this switch knot which is just the square knot and swapping the insides and the outsides which leaves a cool little design: http://www.how-to-make-jewelry.com/switch-knot.html

The loopy ones seen in my picture (my favorites!) is the fishbone knot, which is just another variation of the square knot.  There is a good tutorial here: http://jewelrymaking.allinfoabout.com/features/hempfish.html

There is an intersected pattern I love (third picture down on my post) that you can learn how to do here: http://hemp-jewelry-designs.com/hemp-pattern-tip/

There are also variations on the spiral knot, like you can add round beads to create flowers: http://jewelrymaking.allinfoabout.com/features/hempspiral.html

There is also a zig-zag knot I haven't tried yet but it looks pretty cool!  http://hemp-jewelry-designs.com/zig-zag-knot-instructions/
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42  Margarita Cake (with recipe!) in Dessert by skankamaggot on: October 10, 2008 01:06:53 AM
I know it's a few months late but oh well  Grin

I work third shift (graveyard) and I work with a great group of people that love to have pot-lucks for EVERY holiday.  We even make up holidays in order to bring in food.  For Cinco De Mayo I made Margarita Cake.  Everyone loved it Smiley

Before the topping

With whip cream and lime

Mmmm yummy


1 cups granulated sugar
cup (1 stick) butter, softened
tsp baking soda
tsp salt
3 large eggs
1 Tbs grated lemon peel
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 cups flour
1 cup lemon or plain yogurt (I used lemon)

cup superfine sugar (I just used powdered sugar)
2 Tbs fresh lime juice
1 Tbs water
1 Tbs tequila


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 9x13-inch cake pan.

2. Prepare cake: Combine sugar, butter, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl and beat until blended. add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well and scraping the bowl after each addition. Mix in the lemon zest and lemon juice. Add the flour and yogurt alternately, beating well after each addition.

3. Spoon the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

4. Prepare glaze: Combine sugar, lime juice and water in a saucepan and mix well. Cook until the sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Stir in the tequila.

5. Assembly: Invert the warm cake onto a serving platter and brush with the glaze until it is absorbed. Let stand until cool. Slice and garnish each serving with a twisted lime slice and a dollop of whipped cream.

Servings: 16 (You can see I cut mine larger - we don't have too many workers on third shift so we got bigger pieces  Grin)
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43  Wreath from scrap fabric in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by skankamaggot on: October 05, 2008 11:48:04 PM
I'm not sure who started this trend (or if it even originated on craftster) but I was inspired by these posts:


It just looked too easy to cut and tie a bunch of fabric scraps on a coat hanger, so I knew I HAD to try it.  I picked up three scraps of fabric in the clearance bin at walmart (I haven't learned to sew yet so I don't have my own fabric stash Embarrassed  and the whole thing cost less than 5 bucks and took about 30 mins to cut the fabric (which I tried to use a rotary cutter without the proper cutting board, BIG mistake, I cut through all my kitchen-cutting boards and into my desk!  D'oh!) , and about 30 mins in front of the TV to tie them on, and about 10 mins trying to keep my cats from stealing my fabric strips  Wink  I can't wait to make more! 

Should I make a bow, or does it look busy enough without one?   Huh
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44  Newly painted rooms - and my haunted redrum bathroom nightmare! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: September 19, 2008 02:09:52 AM
Well my fiance and I just bought our first house and I am DYING to show it off!  I've never even lived in a real house before (apartments my whole life), so you can imagine my excitement, plus, it's ours!  Our very own house!  Ok, enough of that. 

I LOVE color.  LOVE LOVE LOVE color.  So it was only natural to paint the whole place before we moved in.  The only room in the house that was painted was around the fireplace in the living room, this light brown color.  BORING!  So I invited some girls from work and we had a paint party the weekend before we moved.  Kindof a mistake.  How do grown adults spill paint in a fireplace, track paint all over the carpeting, and destroy a bathroom?  Ah well, most of it came out nice.  Please ignore all the random stuff/trashbags everywhere, we literally JUST moved in, but I feel like I need to show this off so I can focus on being more excited about the house than stressed out like I have been.

Anyway, on to the pics...

We painted the walls around the fireplace a light sage green

Continues this way (also, meet Frank and Predator, our kitties)

This room is going to be my craft room / guest room.  Color was inspired by Crafty Intentions post here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=258735.0

This is our office.  A little backstory on this one.  When my fiance and I first moved in to our first apartment together, our landlord let us paint the place.  He wanted to paint the whole living room that bright blue color - what he calls "Blue Jays Blue" - as in the MLB team the Toronto Blue Jays.  He LOVES baseball and loves the team colors.  I promised him when we finally bought a house he could have ONE ROOM he could paint and decorate as he pleased.  Well, that time came, and still wanted that horribly bright blue.  After watching an episode of Trading Spaces, we saw a room where they painted the ceiling bright purple, and the walls gray, which looked SO COOL.  And the one plus - his beloved Toronto Blue Jays team colors are blue AND gray - so I convinced him to paint just the ceiling blue (we played with the idea of an accent wall, but this just seemed too cool), and to paint the walls gray to tone it down.  He still gets what he wants, and I don't get a headache  Grin  It actually came out much much better than anticipated and we both LOVE this room.

Spots are just from the digital camera

Hall bath, my favorite yellow ever.  I am going to do a penguin theme in here Smiley

Master bedroom, same yellow.  I love this color so much.  It's actually the exact color I painted the bedroom in our first apartment, and I missed the color so much after being stuck in a "white wall apartment" for the past year I found the exact shade and just had to buy it again.

From the other end

OK, here is where the nightmare part comes in.  I wanted a red color for our master bathroom.  I picked a beautiful Victorian red.  Well, my friend who started painting in there thought it would be hilarious to wright REDRUM on the wall with a foam brush (we were using the brushes to touch up corners) before we started rolling the paint on.  Ha.  Ha.  Ha.  Normally, I might be amused, but not in this case.  If you look closely at the picture, you will see that there are dark red what look like "drips" going along over the flash.  Very hard to take a picture of, however, after SIX COATS OF PAINT I cannot cover it.  You can still make out some of the letters.   Angry  I should also mention that during the painting of this TINY space, even with the use of 3 drop cloths, paint ended up on the ceiling, the tile floor, all over the toilet, all over the shower, on the door, and every place you can imagine.  This is only the start of it. 

After all six coats, I am exhausted and sweating in this bathroom with no windows.  We had already peeled all the tape off every other room.  Then we come to this room and start to peel.  And the paint starts to bubble and peel with it.  NO F-ING WAY!!! AFTER ALL THAT??!?! 

This is not the result of a bad tape job, the paint tried to peel off with the tape. 

Sigh.  I decided the room simply did not want to be painted and was going to do everything in its power to keep the color off the walls.  It could have also been the TX humidity, but I am convinced it is now possessed because of the "REDRUM" on the wall.  Ok, well not really.  HOWEVER the day after we moved in, my fiance was sleeping that night (we work nights, but he was off so he was home alone) and he said he heard a crash in the bathroom and all of a sudden the door slammed shut.  He said both cats were on the bed with him, so it wasn't them.  When he got up to investigate, he said there was nothing that could have fallen.  A few nights since, we've heard strange creaking noises coming from that room.  Could it be the AC unit over the shower?  Or could it be... POSSESSED?   Cheesy  My mom thinks I should hang a cross over the "redrum" on the wall, which I am actually considering since my guy is more than a little freaked out  Cheesy

OK - but in all seriousness, and I know this post is already WICKED LONG - how should I fix this peeling paint issue?  At this point I am sick of painting and I don't want to do the whole room over (although my friend who wrote "redrum" offered to redo it).  Can I just touch up the edges or will it look uneven?
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45  Crackled key holder with fancy-pancy hooks in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by skankamaggot on: September 03, 2008 11:37:04 PM
When my fiance and I got our first apartment, one of his coworkers got us these fancy hooks (and a set of so-fancy-I-can't-bring-myself-to-use-them-dish-towels).  My fiance nailed them straight into the wall to hang our keys on.  Well, besides the fact that they left ugly holes, they keep coming loose from the weight of the keys, and they look kinda plain.  They've been hung in two apartments up to now, and will soon be moving to our new house with us, so they needed AN UPGRADE!  Also, while in Hobby Lobby last week, I fell in love with acrylic crackle paint and this seemed like the perfect project.  It's "mocha bronze" with black on top.  Add some painted wooden letters, screw in the keys (I will eventually paint the screws or find bronze screws, but all I had on hand were this shiny ones), add a picture hanger, and viola!  I'm in love Smiley  Now I want to crackle everything!


Sorry about the glare, I used glossy sealer..
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46  Felt cat/bed mat - now stay off MY felt! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: August 31, 2008 11:47:14 PM
OK - So here's a little backstory.  I have this half-completed project I have working on making something out of felt. I had the felt on my kitchen table (my catch-all spot) and one of my cats, Predator, is OBSESSED with laying on top of it.  I don't know if it's the softness of the felt, or just the fact that it's on the table near my tarantula tank (ok, usually she is trying to lay ON the tank, so this is better), but she loves the stack of felt, and I want her OFF because kitty fur wasn't really in my project design.

As seen here, destroying MY felt:

So I thought, with my VERY LIMITED sewing skills, it shouldn't be that hard just to sew some felt together, right?  Right.  So I was at Hobby Lobby with a friend (always a bad idea, you go in, don't plan to buy anything, and $30 later you have six new projects to start) and I saw this KITTY PRINT felt!  I couldn't believe it!  Perfect!  My fiance gave the kitty a very boyish name - Predator - so I always try to girl her up with pinks and purples.  So this was PERFECT for a bed.  I thought about filling it with batting, but then I thought, hey, she loves felt so much, why not fill it with felt.  So I picked up 5 pieces of white felt for a total of $2 for all the materials.  When I got home I dug out some pink embroidery floss and went to it.  I didn't notice until I got to the last end, but the felt I was using for the filling wasn't all the same size, and also, I ran out of thread  Angry  So I had to switch colors and leave it a little bunched up, but all in all, I think it came out pretty decent since I can't sew to save my life.

Here she is:

You can kinda get an idea of the thickness, it's a total of 7 sheets of felt

Well, OK, I'll admit it, I bribed them with catnip to get them to even notice it

Nom nom noming the catnip.. oh, that's Predator on the left and Frank on the right

Ok - I MAY have bribed them the first time - HOWEVER a few hours later, I caught them lounging on it!  I was so proud I had to give them treats!

Hopefully that'll keep her off my felt  Grin
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47  Heart etched glass vase in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: August 31, 2008 11:31:07 PM
I made this vase last night.  It's based off this stencil from stencilry.org

It's kinda hard to see (I hate taking pictures of glass, stupid glare  Angry)  But what do you think?  Can you see what the image is without explaining it?  I LOVED how it came out but then my fiance couldn't figure out what it was and I was disappointed...
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48  Robot etched glasses in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: August 31, 2008 11:25:47 PM
I had friend over to teach her how to glass etch over the weekend, so we went to the 99cent store and stocked up on glass.  They had these really great blue glasses, so I got six of them (you can never have enough drinking glasses!) 

I have two completed so far.  My hand gets tired after awhile.  I did Bender from Futurama and Gir from Invader Zim.  I am planning to do the whole set of TV characters with cute quotes on the back. 

Bender (front)

Bender (back) "Kiss my shiny metal ass" - excuse the glare!

Gir Dancing (front)

Gir (back) "Aww I wanted to expload" - Again, ignore the glare  Angry

My fiance LOVES them.  More to come once I decide to put on the rest Smiley
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49  Wooden sign for my kitchen in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by skankamaggot on: June 29, 2008 09:19:08 AM
Hi all,

I made this wooden sign for my kitchen last week.  I finally got a picture hanger for it today.  I have an ivy themed kitchen.  What do you think?

Thank for looking!   Grin
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50  Etched glass mini-vases in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: June 29, 2008 09:08:00 AM
Ever since I first saw this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=23.0 with their beatiful "STOP.  SMELL.  REPEAT." vase, I wanted to make my own!  I found a set of small mini-vases at walmart, 3pack for abour $1.77 and I knew they were perfect!  When I opened it I realized they were attached, but ah well, they still came out good I think!  And I jazzed them up with dollar tree flowers until I can get some real ones Smiley  What do you think?  Sorry for the blurry photos, they are so hard to photograph..

Thanks for looking!   Grin
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