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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Egg before Owl Owl before Egg on: March 20, 2016 06:43:34 PM
It's been a full two years since I've posted anything and I can say probably that long since I've done any real "sit down and craft something". I've sure missed Craftster and I check out what ya'll are making frequently but being active here?It's been a long time. Well. I thought I would jump in again and get my craft on.
I'm a huge collector of craft magazines and one of my favorites is Cloth Paper Scissors. This project was from May/June issue of 2013, one of my most favorite issues with a ton of cute stuff to make. Over the last couple of days, I pulled out my paint and paint brushes. Bought a new MOD PODGE since my old one was a dried up glob. Bought all of the wooden eggs at Hobby Lobby cause I'm a hoarder. Yup. I'm that person. Like the extreme couponers who buy every last can of tomato soup cause it's on sale and you just wanted grilled cheese and tomato soup. And someone cleared the shelf. Drives me nuts.
It was me.
I bought all the wooden eggs.
Right before Easter.
I'm not sorry.
Well I am kind a.
OH GEEZ!  I forgot! I was here to post my project...sheesh. My distracted brain.

I painted the wooden egg with the base color then mod podged tissue paper all over for texture. Dry brushed two different colors over the tissue paper. Used pencil to draw in the face then painted, outlined with micro pen. Mod Podged feathers and the wings and now I have myself a cute little spring owl to brighten up my window sill. For sure I have little to no experience with drawing or painting something like this other than the doll faces I did years ago. This was something new for me and I really enjoyed the process!  I missed spending hours crafting and creating. Anyhoo, I hope you like him. I'm going to be making some smaller ones so hopefully my technique will get better and the eyes won't be so wonky and my son so lovingly pointed out. "Go away kid!"  Grin
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Miss Greenjeans on: March 07, 2014 02:11:48 PM
I was completely inspired but the new Stuffed mag this spring and decided to make myself a little up-cycled jean doll. I have a ton of old jeans that were once my husbands and I just can't give them to the second hand until I at least try to renew reuse recycle. This was one of the projects with a pair of his jeans. I drew up the pattern on freezer paper and just went for it. One of the stuffies in the Stuffed magazine was my inspiration. She kinda just morphed as I changed her multiple times in the process. I didn't buy anything but used what I had. I like her. I think she's cute.

 Looks a little tellatubbyish from my memory banks when my son was little and makes me shiver just a bit, but I like her!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / WindCharm on: July 22, 2013 04:19:57 PM
 I purchased a pile of sparkly baubles a couple weeks ago with the intention of making some sparkly things for my garden. Procrastination is such an evil thing but I enjoyed looking at the pile-O-sparkle on my craft table when the sun hit it.

 Anyway! I wanted to make a twirlywhirl/windcharm for my yard like I've seen around Pinterest but couldn't find proper wire. I thought of using a coat hanger, which is what I'll use next time but I found some wire at Michael's that would did the trick.
I made this!

I tried to get a picture of it in the sun but it didn't work but it's super sparkly and I made it to twirl.
I used the wire I found at Michael's
thin wire that I found in the floral department
all my sparkly beads that I found super cheap at Hobby Lobby
and some little bells I had in my stash.

I wrapped the beads around the wire.

It was a really easy project, didn't cost too much money (maybe $8 at the most) and it adds some pretties to my yard.
Hope you like!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / reusable produce bag on: July 01, 2013 12:42:55 PM
It's going to be a scorcher here today and for those of us who are not acclimated to this type of heat...uh,me..I'ma gonna melt.
I wanted to get a little crafting in early and I've been trying to go through my stash. My pile-o-stash. Anyhoo! been wanting to make reusable produce bags for some time now since I've been really trying to reduce my plastic use. This bag isn't a thing of beauty but it will do the trick and cut down on a ton! of plastic as I buy lots of produce. It's washable too!  

I cut a 16 1/2" by 13" piece of tulle on the fold. (The 13" is on the fold) I sewed up one side twice with a smaller stitch on the sewing machine then I zig zagged it. If I knew how to work my serger I would have used that. I just wanted to make sure I sewed it several times so it's good and strong. I added the inch binding to the top after I sewed up one side and tucked in the cord I found from and old sleeping bag in there to eliminate threading it through. Then I sewed up the other side the same as the first which made it a little bag.
It's really easy and fast and eliminates lots of plastic. It was super cheap too! Any questions please let me know and I hope ya'll make some. I'll be making a several more of these to give to family and friends too!
Now...off to the couch with a Popsicle and a movie.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My little Mermaid... on: June 11, 2013 09:22:12 AM
I was in a swap recently and my partner has some great ideas for the type of poppet she wanted. One of her ideas was a mermaid. I've always wanted to make one but was never sure about how to make the tail. I thought I would give it a shot and this is what I came up with.

I just couldn't pass up trying to make a tail with that fabric. It looked like scales to me. And for her hair I found the little bubbles in the party department and thought it looked a bit like the seaweed with the little bulbs on them you find in the ocean. She even had her own offering of a big ol pearl for her new friend.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Perler Biggie Beads "Candy" bracelet on: June 11, 2012 02:19:19 PM
So I was cruising Pinterest the other day and found a great little tutorial to melt perler beads and make a little bracelet.(http://craftandcreativity.com/blog/2012/05/25/meltedbeads/ I want to give credit where credit is due.. Smiley)
I wanted to share with my Craftster friends what I did to make these using the perler Biggie Beads.

  I used the larger Biggie Beads,instead of the little ones in the tutorial on the nets, which are easier for my hands to get a hold of. Heat your oven to 250 degree F. for these larger beads. The smaller ones you heat to 200F. Line a pan with aluminum foil or parchment..line your perler beads like this

 and place them in the oven and keep an eye out..mine took about 15 minutes to look like this.

 There was no odor but put a fan on just in case. Pull them out...let them cool. When mine were hot I smushed them a bit with a magazine but you don't have to do that. I strung mine with the Stretch Magic cord and easy peasy, a little "candy" bracelet.

 This would be a great project for girls (or boys!) with supervision with the oven, of course. Easy little beads to make, inexpensive and they or you! can string to their/your hearts content.
7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Spooky! Inexpensive Halloween wreath on: October 04, 2011 01:28:04 PM
I had some crafty fun last night and made an inexpensive wreath for Halloween.

What you need is pretty simple and inexpensive....

you need a orange plastic table cloth
about 2-3 black plastic bags
a form..I used a wire floral form
scissors to cut the plastic
and doodads to go in the middle

You want to cut your plastic bags and table cloth into 5-6 inch strips about 2" wide.
Start tying them on!

This takes a bit of time but I found several episodes of The Big Bang..so I was set!
When your done...fluff it up and add other things to it or leave it as is. Looks good either way...I think. It'll withstand the wet weather as well.
I wanted to add some other stuff to it...so....I did.

Glitter....everything is better with glitter.  I also added some little sparkly bats and a ghosty kitty to make it a little more spoooooky!
Now I have a fun little spoooooky Halloween wreath that didn't cost and arm and leg.

8  COOKING / Dessert / Death by Chocolate!..Flourless Chocolate Cake on: August 01, 2011 06:50:48 PM
I made this gluten free dessert for a friend who is gluten intolerant. I'm not the greatest cook in the world..but let me tell you! This was sooo easy and tastes like something you would get out of a restaurant...no joke. If you want your friends and family to think your the most awesome cook in the world...make this..

Here is the recipe Flourless Chocolate Cake

I'm going to post it here with my own pictures and what I did differently in parenthesis


    1/2 cup water
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup white sugar
    18 (1 ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate
    1 cup unsalted butter
    6 eggs


    Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease one 10 inch round cake pan and set aside.

(I greased the pan and dusted it with powdered cocoa..here's the chocolate squares I used as well)
    In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the water, salt and sugar. Stir until completely dissolved and set aside.

    Either in the top half of a double boiler or in a microwave oven melt the bittersweet chocolate. Pour the chocolate into the bowl of an electric mixer.
( I made my own double boiler by putting a bowl on top of my big pot. I made sure the water didn't touch my bowl..I didn't want the chocolate to seize)
    Cut the butter into pieces and beat the butter into the chocolate, 1 piece at a time. Beat in the hot sugar-water. Slowly beat in the eggs, one at a time.

    Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Have a pan larger than the cake pan ready, put the cake pan in the larger pan and fill the pan with boiling water halfway up the sides of the cake pan.

    Bake cake in the water bath at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 45 minutes. The center will still look wet. Chill cake overnight in the pan. To unmold, dip the bottom of the cake pan in hot water for 10 seconds and invert onto a serving plate.
(I used a 9" pan and cooked it for a little longer (8-10 minutes) I did the jiggle test..if it jiggled too much, I left it in there for a bit longer. Make sure and chill it overnight..the consistency is really good well chilled.)

This was sooooo flippin good! I kid you not..it's smooth and creamy and it was really easy. I followed the directions to the T though..I've made it twice and both times it was perfect.

I hope you all try it!

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Belly Dancer Poppet on: June 15, 2011 09:16:29 AM
So, my partner in the Mini Poppet swap, squire_inaria, has received so I wanted to post the Belly Dancer Poppet that I sent. I spent a lot of time on her and wanted to show and tell. I'm pretty proud with how she turned out.

Here's a close up of the detail on her clothes, click the thumbnail for a larger pic. Sorry, for the blur.

I made her little gold panties/thong. She had a split up to her hip on her skirt and needed something to cover her cha cha.  Grin

Thanks for taking a look!

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock Monkey! With tutorial.. on: June 08, 2011 10:24:51 AM

I've been making Sock Monkeys lately. They're so soft, cuddly and really easy to do. I thought I would share how I did them hoping to inspire anyone to make one. There are lots of Tutorials out there, so I thought I would add one to the mix.. Grin

First gather your goods, I used the Red Heel socks, sewing machine(or you can hand sew), scissors, thread and needle, stuffing, eyes (buttons, safety eyes, google eyes etc.) a ruler, pins..I pin everything.

Turn your socks inside out and with your sharpie on the first one.  Measure three inches from the heel and make a fine line down the center. Round off at the ends like the picture. These will be your Sock Monkey's legs.

On the other sock, starting about an inch above the top of the heel, draw a straight line. This will be your arms. In the middle of this section draw a line and round off the ends where the white/cream is.  On the legs and arms, sew 1/4 inch away from the line and don't forget to round your ends.

On the body, after you've sewn up the legs,with your scissors cut on the line past the line you drew for the legs about 1 1/2 inches and turn it right side out. On the arms, sew up the center, round your ends and using your scissors cut up the center,on the line, and cut them out on the line you drew across.

Turn them right side out. Stuff the body and arms.

Now on the piece that's left over, after cutting out your arms, you're going to make your tail and ears and cut out your mouth. Do the tail first. You want to draw a line one inch from the mouth and about half way in. (make sure and look at the picture) Draw on a tail. Draw on your ears and draw 1/2 inch away from the cream color for the mouth.

Cut them all out making sure you leave half and inch seam allowance, except for the mouth, cut on the line there. Sew your tail, cut it out, turn it right side out and stuff it. Cut out your ears sew wrong sides together, turn them right side out. Sew the little hole closed.

Here is everything drawn out then sewn and cut...

I like to pin everything on before I hand sew it on by hand. The mouth can be a bit tricky, make sure you leave a good half inch seam allowance and stuff it a bit, pin where you want it and tuck in the edges as you sew it on. I use safety eyes with the shank cut off and glued on. If you make for a young child, make sure you use the safety eyes with the back. Here it is stuffed and ready to sew..

and done!

I hope the instructions were easy enough to understand and I hope you'll try it!
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