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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Redoing retro chairs help!! on: May 11, 2011 06:19:52 AM
If you have access to or know someone with a sand blaster you could borrow, that would be your best bet.  If you cannot do that I would get a rotary tool with a sanding disc or a wire brush and scrub the heck out of them.  From their, spray with a rust proof primer and paint.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Calendar Inspirational Wall Art for my Girl. on: March 13, 2011 08:35:27 AM
We just painted the entire interior of our home and are slowly decorating each room.  My 6 year old wants decorations that are "cool and not babyish" and on International Woman's Day I had the idea to honor the most fabulous woman in training that I know by making her this:

Sorry for the dark and glared photos.  Very gloomy here that day and even matte modge podge tends to catch a glare from a camera flash.  My daughters walls are actually a medium green color and not the grey that appears in the photos.

This was a big step for me as I have never had an art class and tend to work with textiles, sew, and refurb furniture.  I generally leave kind of stuff up to my more arty hubby.  My daughter loves it though and hugged me several times that day for it so I think it was a success.

The heart is layered calendar pages and though it doesn't show, has a ripple effect on the edges that makes it a bit 3-D.  The flowers are scrapbooking supplies, black marker is sharpie, and I used acrylic paints for the yellow on the background and the two outlines of the heart.  The whole things has two coats of modge podge on it and I used modge podge to adhere the recycled paper heart and my daughters photo as well.  I used a cheap canvas from Michael's and I used push pins and gross grain ribbon to cover the edges of it.  

The piece contains three quotes:

-There is no need to reach for the stars.  They are deep within you, just reach deep into yourself!

-Go confidently in the Direction of your dreams.

-If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it!  - William A. Ward
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Choc. dipped peanut butter cookies,choc. covered strawberries, and Cupcakes on: February 13, 2011 05:10:14 AM
Due to time constraints I did not make the cupcake batter from scratch.  I used a box cake mix and simple placed a bit sized Miky Way in before baking (use a little less batter since the candy takes up space).  Bake for normal time frame.

For the peanut butter cookies I used this recipe from Allrecipes:  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Three-Ingredient-Peanut-Butter-Cookies/Detail.aspx  I then dipped the front half in melted chocolate chips and then rolled in crushed peanuts.  Place on wax paper to cool.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / My son's imaginative and crafty Valentine's box on: February 13, 2011 05:04:13 AM
My son's teacher challenged her class to make fun and creative Valentine's boxes this year.  My son came up with the thought of having an interactive box that spoke to you when you opened it and from that idea Verne the Valentine monster was born.  

He is made out of a Nike shoe box and is covered in red mylar.  His hair is a three pack of cork ribbon bows from the dollar store, his eyes are a foam ball cut in half, painted, and with large google eyes hot glued on.  His teeth are repurposed from a tag board poster my son had made.  His arms and legs are dollar store wired ribbon with hearts that my son cut out for his hands and feet.   To make the box interactive, he had the idea to tape a talking greeting card to the inside of the box.  Everytime it was opend the monster would talk to the person delivering the Valentine.  

My son and I loved making this project together and he won the most creative box award.  Smiley

5  COOKING / Dessert / Choc. dipped peanut butter cookies,choc. covered strawberries, and Cupcakes on: February 13, 2011 04:53:27 AM
Each year I make a homemade Valentine's gift for my kid's teachers.  This  year I chose to make peanut butter cookies that I dipped in chocolate, rolled in nuts, and drizzled with more chocolate and chocolate dipped strawberries drizzled with white chocolate for most and then a lower sugar brownie for my son's teacher who has diabetes.  I also made Milky Way candy bar filled cupcakes for my son's school Valentine's Party.

Goodies before being wrapped.

Wrapped and unwrapped version of teacher's gifts.  I used heart shaped glass dish from the Dollar Tree and filled them with pink shredded paper.  Behind the homemade goodies is a hershey bar I put a custom label on.


Milky Way Center (or make that bottom).  Going to add the candy after filling instead of mid way through next time to see if it keeps them from sinking to the bottom.

6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Recycling/Eco-Friendly/Gardening/Hippie Swap (SU 2-4-11 to 2-25-11, SO 3-25-11) on: February 04, 2011 04:16:48 PM
This swap would be right up my alley.  Keeping it in mind as the month progresses.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My first paper cut project on: December 31, 2010 12:55:22 PM
I saw a project on this site where someone did a paper cut and used various colors of magazines behind the cut to give it interest.  I really liked the technique and decided to use it to make a Christmas gift for a friend.  She is often heard saying:  "love, love, love..." so I recreated it using the Kanji symbol for love, a heart, and a scrapbooking embellishment with brads.

Here is the finished product.  There is a weird shadow on the glass and not an imperfection in the piece.

Thanks for looking.
8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Simple and Yummy Holiday treats on: December 22, 2010 11:22:42 AM
I made these every year until we went gluten free.  The white chocolate adds so much to the aesthetics of these.  They look lovely.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Memorial bears on: December 20, 2010 07:26:11 AM
My dad died at the age of 49 this April leaving a wife, three adult kids, and five young grandchildren.  To give the kids something tangible to remember him by, I used his old shirts to make teddy bears for them, one for my mom, and one for my brother and his wife who have yet to have their first child.  The squares on their necks now contain a photo of my father.

Thanks for looking.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Memorial quilt for my mom on: December 20, 2010 07:23:29 AM
My dad died of a massive heart attack on April 5th of this year.  Took us all by complete surprise as he was only 49 with no prior health history indicating heart issues.  I asked my mom for all of my dad's jeans and button down type shirts.  I made this for my mom from them and also made 7 teddy bears that will go to grand kids and my mom.

Disregard the haggard look of me.  I spent 8 hours with a horrible headache finishing this and the bears up on Sunday.

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