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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Marauder's Map hand painted shoes on: October 19, 2015 06:55:14 AM
I had the great opportunity to swap with jillybeans for the Back to Hogwarts Swap round 5 this month. After some internet Pinterest stalking I discovered that she pinned a pair of painted Marauder's Map shoes to her Harry Potter board. I had never painted shoes before so this was my very first attempted at making them for her. I did some research on what type of paints to use and found that Angelus Acrylic Leather Paint works best being that it's waterproof and won't crack or peel.
I found few examples of other people's version of the Marauder's Map use as inspiration and here is what I came up with.

First I painted both shoes to look like aged scroll paper / then I drew the map design on with a pencil. Using at least 5 burgundy 05 ultra thin Micron pens I went over the lines paying close attention to the map details.

I painted the middle of the map with more paint and completed the words with white paint.

I had so much fun painting these for her Smiley
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Dr. Who 4 and Tardis // dog costumes on: October 11, 2013 01:10:50 PM
I just finished this week my two little puggies halloween costume. This years theme is Dr. Who // one of my all time favorite shows ever!! I  knitted the scarf for Bailey ( he's turning 13 this years ) in reincarnated Dr 4 colors. Found a great little dolls black top hat at one of my local craft stores that I changed the shape of and then added some curly brown hair for the final touch. Reba is the Tardis // I made her a simple dog coat that I then quilted the tardis door shape to the front, I then sewed a little hat to look like the top of the tardis. I had so much fun making this for them!! Now they are ready for our local dog park halloween dressup party next week! Enjoy and happy halloween
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / The Ocean At The End Of The Lane ~ themed swap on: July 30, 2013 09:10:43 AM
I just finished reading my new favorite book - The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman. It's a quick read - I read it in two nights. Would love to do a a swap themed off of this book - putting this out to see if anyone else would be interested!!!!!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Winter season bookmark swap on: November 11, 2012 07:19:47 AM
Winter season bookmark swap

I wasn't thinking that this would be themed for the holidays but more for the winter season. There is already a lot of holiday themed swaps going on right now.

With the time change  - it's getting dark around 5:00pm and who doesn't like snuggling up to a good book with some yummy hot coco on a cold winter night...right!

We could have 4 partners to swap with ...

This is a easy swap and always fun to do! I haven't seen this as a new round started in a while so I thought it put this out there to see if there was any interest.

Thanks for looking!!!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / The Facts of Life Swap on: August 22, 2012 10:39:42 AM
Wanted to see if there is any interest (thinking of opening this swap up in mid October) in doing a Facts of Life Swap This was one of my favorite show of the 80's and still love to watch episodes when I can catch them on TV.

Each partner will pick their favorite character:
 Edna Garrett
 Blair Warner
 Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey
 Natalie Green
 Jo Polniaczek

Then the swap partner will craft items that represent their partners character. Going to set it up to be a 5 point swap :

Large= 3 points
Medium=2 points
Small=1 point

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

Would love to know if there is any interest out there before I post this swap active.

Let me know your thoughts

You take the good you take the bad
you take them both and there you have
the facts of life
the facts of life
There's a time you've got to go
and show your grow'n and now you know
the facts of life
the facts of life

When the world never seems
to be living up to your dreams
and suddenly you're finding out
the facts of life are all about you

It takes a lot to get them right
when you learning the facts of life
learning the facts of life,
learning the facts of life

6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pan Am Flight Attendent on: November 01, 2011 05:48:22 PM
Here is my contest entry - I was excited this year to finally use my Pan American World Airways bag that I found at a thrift store 5 years ago. My Halloween costume is an inspiration from the Pan Am TV series that aired in early September. It was very easy to make from a standard pattern I purchased at a fabric store and then I add a vintage Life magazine that I collect, white gloves and went for a retro makeup look - so super easy.

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pan Am Costume on: October 27, 2011 04:57:07 PM

So excited this year to finally use my Pan American World Airways bag that I found at a thrift store 5 years ago. My Halloween costume is an inspiration from the Pan Am TV series that aired in early September. It was very easy to make from a standard pattern I purchased at a fabric store or you can transform a blue suit to get the same look. I add a vintage Life magazine that I collect, white gloves and went for a retro makeup look - so super easy.

I had so much fun sewing this costume - Happy Halloween everyone!!!!!!

8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Bloody Baklava on: October 29, 2010 10:24:02 AM
I really wanted to make something totally gruesome for a Halloween Party tomorrow night, so I came up with this recipe. It's a spin off from my scary dream monster Freddy Krueger. He was the terror in my dreams when I was younger, chasing after me with those razor sharp claws. Baklava reminded me of skin with its many layers of phyllo dough. Once baked it has the crispy look of baked skin - add some blood food coloring - presto you have a totally grossed out dessert that is so yummy and bloody all at the same time!!!

Happy Halloween to all of my Craftster Friends!

What you will need:

1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough
1 good amount of mixed chopped nuts
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey
red and black gel food coloring
lime curd - for puss optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F(175 degrees C)

Chop nuts and toss with cinnamon in a bowl then set aside.

Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add vanilla and honey. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Turn off heat then set aside and let cool.

Melt 2 sticks of butter. Once melted completely, butter the bottoms and sides of a 8x8 inch pan.

Unroll phyllo dough. Cut whole stack to fit the size of the pan. I just set the pan on top of the dough and cut around it to get the shape. Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work. Place two sheets of dough in pan, butter thoroughly. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered in the bottom of the pan - this will be the base for the baklava.

Sprinkle 2 - 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top. Top with two sheets of dough, butter, nuts, layering as you go. I had about 4 layers before I got to the last layer. My last layer I used Craisins Dried Cranberries to give a tart flavor.

The top layer should be about 6 - 8 sheets deep. Using a sharp knife cut into the skin either in a diamond or square shape all the way to the bottom of the pan. I cut the baklava into 5 long rows then turned the pan and cut again for a rectangle shape.

Using the same sharp knife - in each section make deep cuts or slashes on the tops of the skin ( baklava )

Your oven should be ready now to put your skin in. Bake for about 50 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp. Watch it about every 15 mins so you do not burn the dish.

Once you have removed the  baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it. Let cool before you add your blood.
Pour on the simple syrup.

Now the fun part!!!
With a plastic knife and the gel food coloring, add some blood along the cut lines. I used black in the very center of the cut for a more dramatic look.


9  COOKING / Dessert / Vampire Blood Lollipops on: October 30, 2009 05:47:09 AM

Super fun lollipops to make for you Halloween party tomorrow night.

Makes about 12 lollipops

    * 2 cups sugar
    * 2/3 cup light corn syrup
    * red food coloring
    * white lollipops stick - you can find them at your local craft store.

You can even add flavor oils like peppermint or strawberry if you like.

Step 1

Bring sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until all the sugar is dissolved completely. If you have a candy thermometer it will register 300 degrees to 310 degrees (hard-crack stage), 5 to 7 minutes.

While the sugar is boiling lay out your lollipop sticks onto a silicon baking mat ( I put my baking mat onto a cookie sheet to make it easier to move around and a nice hard level surface).

Step 2

Once you have placed your lollipop sticks down - Fill a larger pot with ice water. When your sugar mixture is ready - 300 degrees to 310 degrees, immediately set the pan into ice-water bath to stop the cooking (syrup will steam vigorously - be careful of the steam); let sit about 25 seconds. Swirl pan 1 minutes more to cool - it while still be bubbling, that's OK .

Step 3

Working very quickly, pour syrup onto the silicon baking sheets, forming circles (2 to 31/2 inches in diameter) and spacing pours about 3 inches apart - then press in lollipop sticks. I went very randomly - wherever there was space I made a lollipop.

The fun part:
With the red food coloring - squirt a few drops in to each lollipop (I would do one at a time to make it easier to work with), using one of the lollipop sticks drags the stick through some of the food coloring to get the desired look for the "blood". I add a few more drops to the blood coagulated look.

Let stand for about 5 - 10 minutes for the sugar to harden completely.

Now - go out there and share your blood lollipops.

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Faux Pearl Necklace Made Of Cornstarch Clay Tute on: May 12, 2009 05:41:14 PM

Here is a super fun and easy Faux Pearl Necklace that you can make with just 3 ingredients you have in your pantry.  A great rainy day afternoon for the kids or a serious jewelry junky.

Step 1
Measure out your pantry ingredients:

 1 cup of water
 1.5 cups of salt - table salt
 1 cup of corn starch
 1 mixing bowl and spoon
 To put the entire necklace together you will need 1 long needle, strong thread and a fancy metal clasp.

Step 2
Add you water and salt and bring to a boil. I like when the salt has almost dissolved completely. Once you have a good boil turn down the heat and quickly add the cornstarch. Start to stir - almost like magic the cornstarch will overtake the water and form a sticky paste - keep stirring.

Step 3
Spoon a good size amount of dough out of the cooking pot and add to a mixing bowl *** remember this dough is going to be really hot so please do not touch it yet. Add some more corn starch and stir away.

Step 4
Once the dough has cooled you can start to mold and shape in your hands. You might want to add more cornstarch to get the right consistency that you desire.

Step 5
Now you can start to roll out the little pearls to make your necklace. You can even add some food coloring to make different color pearls - so much fun.

Step 6
Once you have all your pearls rolled out - using a good size needle poke a hole through each one. Let them all dry for about 48 hours so they can get hard. Once dried, you will be able to use the needle with thread and sew your pearls together to make your necklace and/or bracelet. Have fun with making all kinds of jewelry - this clay can be molded to make almost anything and it is so easy to make.

Thanks for looking! I had so much fun making this necklace - I promise that it is super easy!
For the complete tute with pictures please visit http://tissupapers.blogspot.com/2009/05/easy-faux-pearl-necklace-made-of_11.html
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