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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Meet Paperbag Head on: September 08, 2009 01:16:58 PM
I went through a "thing" after my last breakup and ended up with this guy.  It stemmed from my desire to stick a paperbag on my head, lol.  I realize it's a little odd, but I found it rather therapeutic at the time.  I introduce you too, PaperBagHead (PBH):

PBH likes to dress in drag and pee sitting down.

PBH loves the forty.

PBH can't cry so he pees instead.

PBH loves bacon.

2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Learning to Crochet... On to the Cuteness! on: September 08, 2009 01:03:17 PM
I am teaching myself to crochet using the "Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet," book.  I'm not a hundred percent sure that I am doing it right, but I figure learning is half the fun.  I realize I am a little late in the game with these, but figured I would share anyway and maybe it would motivate me to make some more.

I also made the monkey, which is in the hands of my ex and sadly I have no pictures...and no bf, lol. =P

On to the cuteness!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Birdie Flowery Picture Frame Goodness on: December 05, 2008 01:03:39 PM
This is one of those cheap $1 wooden frames from Michael's.  I painted it with acrylic paint, and then added some pictures from an old childrens book that i saved from the garbage.  Unfortunately, since it's so cheap there is no glass for the frame, but I'm still happy with my little frame anyway.  And it was good a fun cheap little project. I was actually thinking about doing some for Christmas presents, but I don't know...what do you think? Thanks for looking!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / glass bead magnets on: April 12, 2008 10:25:24 PM
These are a few of the glass bead magnets i made.... i used pictures of animals from a book that was being tossed away by my work.

there's a ladybug, spider wasp, koala bear head, and flamingo's head...it's a bit tough to see
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / exploding photo album on: April 11, 2008 07:08:05 PM
I came across this thread.....


and used this link that was posted for a tutorial:


and was inspired to make one as a gift for my bf, and he loved it!  i used scrapbooking paper, one solid, one with a print, and alternated them throughout the photo album.  i put pictures of us on the middle squares of the book, cut out little hearts, and wrote some messages on the blank squares to make it more personal.

this is the front, i tied it with hemp i happen to have, and there is chipboard i covered with scrapbooking paper for the cover (and the back).  sorry the pictures a little on the blurry side.

here is a side view when it's all tied shut.

this is what it looks like opened up.

6  COOKING / Dessert / Candy Cake! on: March 24, 2008 09:57:55 AM
I didn't cook this, but I figured this was the best place for it anyway (sorry if I'm wrong!)....

I threw my bf a birthday party, but he lives a couple of hours away.  I didn't think I would be able to make a cake and transport it safely, so instead I made a candy cake!

low-temp glue gun
floral styrofoam rounds- any sizes that you can layer
(i used two per layer to make the layers taller)
lots of candy!

Instructions: I recommend doing this on top of something like a garbage can....cause the styrofoam gets a little messy.

1. glue the two rounds for the bottom layer together.
2. start gluing candy to bottom layer, around the side (fill in space on the top after you put the second layer on).... i lined them up around the sides, and leaned them up before gluing so i could evenly space the candy.
3. Glue together the second layer pieces, center on top of bottom layers and then glue onto bottom layer. 
4. Add more candy! (only around the sides, fill in the tops after)
5. Last layer, repeat previous process.
6. Stick lollipops into the top layer and tie with ribbon.
7. Eat the candy cake!

Hopefully, that makes sense, because it was really easy and a lot of fun to make! I bet there's all kinds of things you could do to change it up, make tons of tiers, or one giant rectangular cake...
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