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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Decoupage Bangles on: March 25, 2011 10:20:38 AM
I've been wanting to make some decoupaged bangles for awhile, and finally I found some old wooden ones to re-purpose. I don't know if I can decide which one is my favorite. First up is my vintage comic book one...

This is my favorite part of it,  Cheesy Gotta love Wolverine.

This is made from some random loose pages I have in my stash.. I think it's from when I tried to make Little Dorrit into one of those book safe things (that didn't go so well).

I'm so glad it's about warm enough to start baring my arms and showing off these babies!
Thanks for looking!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Jellyfish and rainbow button canvasses on: March 25, 2011 10:09:40 AM
I wasn't quite sure where to put these.... they're on canvasses, but I didn't do any painting, so I didn't think they quite fit the "art" category.

The buttons on the jellyfish's "body" are all sewn onto both the felt and canvas, but the blue buttons are just attached with super glue. I started to sew them on also, but it just didn't suit them.

The weather's been a bit gloomy lately, so the photos make this look a little duller than it really is. The colors are the same, but it pops more in person.

And this is my rainbow canvas. I love the colors.  Smiley I glued down several magazine pages first, which made it much more difficult to sew through. I don't know if I would do something like that again, knowing what my fingers would have to go through!

Thanks for looking, comments and such are appreciated!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Happy Monster Ipad Case on: March 25, 2011 09:29:12 AM
I needed a case for my ipad, but was too cheap to go out and buy one... thankfully I had this monster fabric in my stash. I bought it just because I thought it was too cute to pass up, and it's been shoved in my fabric bag for probably over 6 months. I dug it out, got some orange fleece, and went to town. I love how it turned out. It's nothing fancy, but it's just what I wanted, and I love getting to show it off!  Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hats for my Blythe (slightly pic chubby) on: November 23, 2010 08:30:52 PM
So I have recently discovered and fallen in love with Blythe dolls. I knew I had to have one as soon as I saw them, and ended up with Saffron, my Bohemian Peace girlie.
I raided my childhood Barbie stash for clothes and accessories, but was disappointed with what I found, so I've (slowly) started getting into making things myself for her. Right now it's mostly polyclay miniatures, but I saw other people's lovely felt hats and had to try it for myself.
Here are her Christmas elf and Dr. Seuss hats. Please let me know what you think!

Thanks for looking!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / upcycled crayons on: October 28, 2009 10:27:14 AM
Yesterday I finally sat down and did something I've been wanting to try for awhile- recycling crayons. I managed to scrounge a decent haul of broken bits from the boys I babysit, and their mom donated a junked out muffin tin. DH has been sick with a sinus/ear infection for the past two days (I know none of you have to baby your men when they get sick  Cheesy) so I've had a fair bit of free time, what with him napping all the time.
I followed the directions from a fellow craftster's previous post (don't know where the link was, but it was so helpful), and put the muffin tin (regular sized) in the oven at 170 F (they had said 150, but my oven wouldn't go any lower) for 20 minutes. I ended up cranking it up to 225F and waiting another 5-7 minutes after that. I think 200 F for 25 minutes would have been perfect. (For me, anyway) They turned out really nicely, though, so I don't think it made much of a difference. I'm going to take these over to the kids this afternoon, and if they're a hit, probably make a couple more batches. Let me know what you think, or any suggestions!

Thanks for looking!
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / New food jewelry! *Kinda pic heavy...* on: August 20, 2009 10:22:46 AM
My latest food creations (it has been awhile since I've played with the polyclay!) All done using regular sculpey and then hand painted by me! I think my favorites right now are definitely the cookies and PB&J!

M&M chocolate chip cookies

Regular chocolate chip cookies

Cherry grape and dreamsicle popsicles

T-bone Steak

Pink Cupcakes with sprinkles

Vanilla cupcakes with sprinkles

Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Sandwich Slices

Toast and Egg

Fortune Cookie

I've been working all week on these, and several more.
Thanks for looking!
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / First time baking bread! on: April 13, 2009 10:46:25 AM
So this weekend I decided to try something I'd never done before- bake some bread! I looked around for an easy recipe, since this was my first try, and I didn't have a bread machine, or even a dutch oven at my disposal. I found a delicious looking honey wheat recipe here- http://www.joyfulabode.com/blog/2008/12/30/look-at-me-all-baking-homemade-bread-from-scratch/, and thought- I think I can do that one!
So I went shopping for my ingredients, and got to it! The DH was not very encouraging, but I kneaded, and let my dough rise, kneaded again, let it rise again, and popped it in the oven. Thirty-five minutes later, I pulled these bad boys out!

They're not the prettiest loaves, but they are so tasty! They aren't super-honey tasting, but I don't think I put nearly enough honey in. I was afraid it would be too sweet, and then no one else would eat any. A little lesson for next time.
After they cooled down, we sliced them up, and the DH has been gobbling it right up. I feel like the Little Red Hen, haha.

Thanks for looking!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Growing my own herbs? on: February 18, 2009 07:10:28 AM
So one of my resolutions for this year is to start cooking more. I really am wanting to use/grow my own herbs, but I know nothing about it. If anyone knows a good website, or has any advice on which herbs would be good to grow, and how to do it, I would really appreciate it!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Spoon Pendants on: November 20, 2008 10:17:36 AM
So I got a spoon ring at our local flea market and have absolutely been in love with it. My husband has had to hunt down several more for people who have seen mine and wanted their own. So he decided he would try to make his own from this bag of awesome old silverware that we scored at (again) a flea market. Well, he didn't have any of the tools you're supposed to have to make rings, but instead he made these lovely pendants. They're not super fancy, but I love how they just stand on their own, ya know?!

(Please excuse the numbers... I was doing something and forgot to remove them b/f posting.... Undecided)

(And here is my favourite. It has acorns on it  Grin)

Comments and critiques welcome!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kawaii Phone Cozies on: September 11, 2008 10:23:28 AM
I got a sweet new phone this past weekend... but it was a slider-type phone and I didn't really feel comfortable slinging it around in the bottom of my purse, so I made it a little cozy. Then my mom saw, and had to have one for her phone too. Mine is the pink one, hers is the blue one. I personally like smiley faces on my inanimate objects, but she begs to differ.

Milk carton and cuppycake


Mine closes by looping the string around the two buttons

Buttons are a little too complicated for my mother, so she's going to add some velcro to hers.  Tongue

Opinions and comments are always appreciated!
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