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1  Bachelorette Party - Wine in Weddings and Bridal Showers by mandylou on: August 25, 2009 08:34:57 AM
Hello All. 

I think I've finally recovered from my friends wedding and thought I would share some of the crafting that happened.  What I don't have pictures of is the flower pots we painted as table centerpieces for the bridal shower.  For the bachelorette party we went on a wine tour.  I painted wine glasses for everyone who went, the bridesmaids all had the same design with their name on the base of the glass.  For everyone who wasn't in the bridal party I just did some wine and summer related designs.  And because I love shrinky dink I made some wedding related shrinky dink wine charms. 

mother of the bride.  inside is says REFILL ASAP

Bridesmaid glass - the flowers are more purple in person

my mom did this one (shes so helpful) farmhouse with a field and fireworks

Wine Charms
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2  Heavy Machinery Needs Lovin Too in CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES by mandylou on: September 05, 2008 08:14:57 PM
I recently learned how to knit and just moved from NY to Melbourne Australia for an internship at a packaging lab.  I'm a packaging science major at Rochester Institute of Technology, there are only a handful of schools that offer packaging science as a major and  every other person that has worked in this particular packaging lab has been an Michigan State University alumni, so the whole lab is filled with green MSU junk. 

The lab manager, Rob, also has taken great joy in picking on me for joining a Stitch and  Bitch, "hows your old lady group" " how are the cat ladies" etc.  So when I saw this challenge I thought I needed to find a way to plaster something in the lab with my school colors brown & orange.

So here is my Forklift cozy!
- not only does it bring great warmth and comfort to some heavy machinery
- it provided a huge canvas for orange and brown yarn at to show off my RIT spirit
- and I got to use my knitting skills to make a cozy for Rob's manly forklift
I can't wait to see his face on Monday Smiley

only three poles because the black thing heats up & I don't want to give Rob a safetly excuse for taking my cozy apart!

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3  ARRRGGG Pirate Cake in Dessert by mandylou on: April 29, 2008 05:38:20 PM
Pirate cake that I made for the bf's birthday.  For the ship I used 2 - 9" round cake pans, cut them in half stacked them together and laid them cut side facing up, then I took a little bit of the round bottom off so the ship would sit flat.  I covered it with chocolate fudge frosting, used a cake comb so it looked like wood.  Added sails with construction paper and skewers and a Reese's cup crows nest.  Added chocolate coins for booty, malt balls for cannons, and some little plastic pirate dudes. 

It was pretty easy and if you google pirate cakes you'll get a bunch of images of similar cakes.

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4  Elba, NY Onion Capital of the World!!! in CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES by mandylou on: March 05, 2008 04:52:37 PM
Im from Elba, NY a small farming town between Rochester and Buffalo in Western NY, known for being the Onion Capital of the World because of our muck soil. 

Besides onions, farmers grow lots of cabbage, corn, wheat, berries, squash, pumpkins etc. we are home to quite a few large family farms and one of the countries largest organic CSAs.  Being from a farm town has its perks for example you can always find a summer job picking something, your produce is super fresh, and your town has an Onion Festival every summer.  Which is the social event of the year complete with parade, music, rides, blooming onions, French onion soup and the crowning of the Onion Queen and since I live right across the street from the park where the festival is set up I get a front row seat to all the action. 

For this challenge I made two Ukrainian Easter Eggs.  Ukrainian Easter eggs or Pysanky is a process of applying wax & dipping eggs in dye baths, the eggs are decorated using symbolic colors & symbols.  The decorated eggs were used during spring festivals and Easter because the eggs represented the change from winter to spring, because eggs seem dormant and quiet and then suddenly brings forth life.  In Elba we are similarly waiting for the coming of spring and new life to spring forth.

My Elba Eggs

Elba NY (Onion Capital of the World) Egg


Wheat Border

Onion Fest Egg
(the camera didn't capture the violet color of this egg very well)

Ferris Wheel


Work in Progress


The best part!  Taking off the wax to see whats underneath!

Thanks for looking!
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5  Night Stand into Jewelry Armoire in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mandylou on: February 11, 2008 07:24:42 PM
My boyfriend made me this for Valentine's Day and since its super awesome I decided to post it.

He took a sea foam green colored night stand/end table and turned it into a purple jewelry armoire that I absolutely love.

He started by separating the top from the rest of it and added a hinge.  He added shelves in the bottom and an earring holder that tucks into the back.  Then he finished the shelves with black felt and added sections in the drawers and the top for rings and earring studs.

Finished Armoire

Earring/Necklace Holder


Shelf in Action

Work In Progress

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6  Paper Mache Santa in Winter Holidays by mandylou on: February 11, 2008 06:11:08 PM
Paper Mache Santa I made this past Christmas for my boyfriends Mom in my attempt to take the homemade challenge.  I thought it turned out pretty well for my first paper mache project.    

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Close up of Face & Santa Sack

He is made using Celluclay (instant paper mache stuff I picked up at Michael's) that is layered on top of a styrofoam cone and aluminum foil (for the tip of his hat).
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