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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Twilight knowledgable people, help! on: November 28, 2012 05:03:31 AM
So, my stepmom is a big fan of Twilight, and I'm embroidering for Xmas this year, sooooo does anyone have any ideas? I've seen the movies but I'm thinking maybe there's a book quote or a particular motif? I'm considering imitating a book cover? Any other ideas? Good quotes? Thanks all!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shell earrings and button and flower barrettes on: January 01, 2009 11:59:55 PM
The earrings were made with shell pendants from JoAnn's and very easy to make.  Smiley The barrettes are barrette backings and dollar store false flowers with a glue gun, the buttons the same- I'm quite pleased with them!

3  COOKING / Dessert / Cherry clafouti! on: January 01, 2009 11:30:39 PM
I made this using Personal Trainer: Cooking on my Nintendo DS! It came out beauuuuutifully!

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2. Melt 2 oz. butter
3.Beat 3 eggs
4. Sift 1 cup flour
5. Whisk the flour and add the eggs until it is mixed and somewhat stiff
6. Add 1/2 cup sugar
7. Add 1 1/4 cup milk (keep mixing)
8. Add butter and mix.
9. Grease with butter a ceramic tart dish around 8 inches across (I ended up using a much deeper glass dish- I would use a wider tart dish than that because it ended up much deeper than I think it's supposed to be)
10. Arrange 15 oz. canned cherries (I didn't have any canned so I took fresh and heated them up a bit with some sugar and water, and chilled them in the fridge for a while beforehand)
11. Pour the batter over the cherries.
12. Bake for 40 minutes (okay, whatever, I had to cook it for an hour before it got brown) until it gets brown about the edges.
13. Dust with powdered sugar. It will fall a bit in the air!
14. ENJOY!

In the oven, all poofy!

After dusting:

Half-consumed by family:
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pagan rosary-inspired bracelet on: August 30, 2008 12:56:02 AM
I was actually inspired by the cosmic rosaries mentioned in this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=24948.0

And I had this adorable little green glass goddess and I figured why not try it out! But then I realized it would be more beads than I had to make a traditional necklace style, so I went for a bracelet, which is still too big (but I have very wee wrists)!:

This photo shows the order I mean for it to be in, somewhat like a compass. The goddess is both the beginning and the end, and she is at the top. I did it in four elements, in the North (Earth), East (Wind), South (Fire), West (Water) order. Each element has 7 beads and 1 larger focal bead to indicate the change, in case I want to use it for meditation (its original purpose). I used stones and metals associated with each element for their representation. Earth begins with an agate focal bead, then a sequence including jade, obsidian, and hematite. Air contains a turquoise focal bead, then a fluorite and turquoise sequence. Fire has a red glass focal bead (I didn't have an appropriate sized bead in appropriate stone so I went for color significance) and a pattern of rubellite and gold beads. Water's focal bead is sodalite, with a sequence of aquamarine, pearl, lapis lazuli, and blue quartz.

As I said, it's a bit big and the colors don't exactly match, but I like it for its significance, now if I can just get  handle on meditation I'll be all set!  Wink
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Copy of a Hecate plaque on: August 25, 2008 12:08:58 AM
So I love this plaque because recently I've been feeling really drawn to/interested in Hecate, in her aspects as a moon goddess, a guide in the darkness, and patron of witches and midwives:

I have a ton of Sculpey III so I thought why not try to make one myself? This took so much work! It's small, but too big for a pendant so I think I'll hang it over my bed to guide my dreams. I glazed it but I think I might also rub a sort of metallic agent on it to bring out some of the detail. The pictures aren't as clear as I'd like, but without further adieu:

I like to play with clay but this is my first time with a straight up copy, so go gentle on me.  Wink

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A bird necklace and an elephant/bells necklace/earring set! on: August 25, 2008 12:03:54 AM
I got the charm and the chain at Michaels, I had the black beads and the dyed pearls, I rather like how it came out, although gluing those little pearls in was an exercise in patience and steady-handedness!:

I love bells. I love the tinkly sound they make when you move and their weight; I also love silver. I also had this cute little elephant charm, so I added them together to get this set! At first they were without color but I thought they needed a bit so I added my favorite color combo- green and pink! I'm quite pleased.

Thanks for looking!  Grin

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Resin pendants- beginning to understand the popularity! on: August 24, 2008 11:59:56 PM
After seeing so many awesome projects on here involving resin, how could I not jump in?

These are my bottlecaps:

From left to right are Amber Benson (Tara from Buffy The Vampire Slayer), my Chinese name Bai2 Ling2, and Sappho.  Grin

Sorry for the fuzziness, these came from the mold everyone has:

The first is cut out from Bitch magazine, the second a glass heart bead and a word from a French magnet set, and the third one of my Thespian honor patches on gold glitter.

These are both cut out from Bitch magazine, I love the second and always wear it.  Smiley

The first came from Ms. magazine, the second is a stalk of lavender, and the third a birds' nest pendant I had lying about. I don't know if I like it in resin, though.

I used plain white glue to seal the paper, but it is kind of spotty. I used the Castin' Craft EasyCast kit, which I like quite a lot. Hope you enjoy.  Cheesy
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Earring mania! Bells and glass. on: August 24, 2008 11:54:32 PM

I went a bit crazy making earrings- it's so addictive, instant gratification! Some highlights: the ones in the top row on the left are bells that tinkle when worn, so I love those. The ones next to them contain that blue bead that supposedly wards off the evil eye! And the rest are lovely glass and silver charms from the bead boxes. Hope you like them.  Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Slightly modified Burdastyle Anda dress in psychadelic print! on: August 24, 2008 11:50:55 PM
I love this fabric- it is a really gauzy cotton but the print is fabulous. I wanted a simple pattern so I printed out the Anda dress and went to town. It came out kind of large, but I like that it sort of looks more like a peasant top that way. I modified the neckline because I was afraid that with my chest and the high one I'd resemble the prow of a ship more than anything else, and I'm pleased with it, but I may add a button and loop closure to keep it from flopping. It rucks up under my breasts quite often, so I think the belt looks best with it, though my mum disagrees!  Cheesy Pic:

Normally I am not so stiff and wooden.  Wink
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two skirts, McCall's 5430! on: August 24, 2008 11:46:43 PM
So, I love this pattern. It takes all of my willpower not to make 68368 more skirts from it, because it is so comfy and flattering and EASY.  Grin But I figure I need to have skirt diversity, so I limited myself to three. Two are pictured because the other one's in the wash.

This skirt is made from a nice dark denim I got for something ridiculous like 2.50 a yard in a redtag sale. It is kind of stiff at the moment but I hope that will change once I wash it:

This is a gorgeous dupioni bridal silk I got for 5$ a yard in the same redtag sale:

In short, I highly recommend this pattern for its simplicity and reward!
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