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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Daisy Girl Scout task chart on: January 16, 2011 09:51:33 AM
This is a task chart, or kaper chart, I made for my daughter's Daisy troop. The flower is a version of the official Daisy emblem, with ten petals of different colors representing the Girl Scout law. At the end of each petal is a velcro dot. The petals are cut from card stock and glued onto a foam project board. The girls names are on butterflies cut from craft foam. Each butterfly has a velcro dot on the back so her name can be attached to her job at the beginning of the meeting. Thanks for looking!


2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Raven pumpkin on: October 27, 2010 03:44:04 PM

I carved a Poe-inspired jack-o-lantern last night. I searched Google images to find a template for the raven and then wrote "NEVERMORE" with a marker and cut it out.

Here's a pic with the flash on so you can see the pumpkin better:

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Wilton candy melts baby shower favors on: April 05, 2010 11:30:05 AM
I made candy-covered pretzels as favors for my friend's baby shower:

I used Wilton pretzel candy molds and Wilton Candy Melts. The instructions say to use a paintbrush for the candy molds, and I have done that successfully before, but these are too small. For these, I used a toothpick to spread the colored candy into the foot, toes, and letter shapes. I let it set for a few seconds, then filled the mold with a contrasting color, put the pretzel on top and covered it with candy, and then let it set in the fridge. Don't rush them. They set really firm and are very solid when you give them time, maybe ten minutes per batch. Also, you should tap the top of the mold several times to bring the air bubbles to the surface or you will have holes in your candy.

They took hours and were really tedious, to be honest, but I thought the result was worth the time, and my friends loved them. They are very tasty, too Smiley Wilton makes treat bags especially for the pretzels.

4  COOKING / Dessert / Ponyo birthday cake on: April 05, 2010 11:21:28 AM
I made my daughter a Ponyo cake for her third birthday.

Rather than piping the design onto the cake, I used Wilton Candy Melts to make candy toppers. I drew a template, put it on a cookie sheet, and put wax paper on top. I melted the candy in the microwave in a quart-sized freezer bag and then snipped the tip to pipe the candy onto the template.

I piped the outline first and then filled it in, using a toothpick to spread the candy to fill in all the holes. The hotter it is, the smoother the candy is, but it will also run and mess up the design. If it is cooler, it will stay put but will dry too quickly and be bumpy (I made the hair bumpy on purpose so it would have some texture). I just played with it until I got a good feel for it and made three Ponyos in case they broke. They are fragile.

Close-up of her sisters, which were easy and did not require a template:

I made the sisters swim up the side of the cake:

In case you don't know Ponyo, here is a link with some pictures. I chose fish Ponyo over girl Ponyo because it was a lot easier!

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Toy box with chalkboard lid on: January 08, 2010 06:54:42 AM
This is my husband's project. It's the first thing he's built, and he did a great job. It's made of pine plywood with pre-made corners and trim that he added. He stained the box, except for the top of the lid, and sealed it with polyurethane. The lid has no trim and hangs about one inch over the box on three sides. The lid is painted with chalkboard paint, which works great. It's really big and hold a lot of toys but also has a nice big surface for the girls to draw on. I think they will fight over who gets to keep it when they get older!

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tooth Fairy Pillow (link to pattern added!) on: September 08, 2009 07:28:11 PM
Here is a tooth fairy pillow I whipped up for my daughter. She has her first loose tooth, so I stitched up a little fairy from a coloring book and sewed a pillow really quickly. I was proud that I made it entirely with materials I had on hand--no need to go to the craft store!

Here's a close-up. I used silver metallic thread for the wings and wand. I like the result, but it was terrible to work with. I have used in on cross-stitch before and liked it, but it doesn't move well through this fabric.

ETA: Link to the picture I used! I printed it as two-pages per sheet and it came out the perfect size for a little pillow.

7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Queen Elizabeth I amigurumi on: August 20, 2009 10:47:39 AM

Here is a Queen Elizabeth I doll I crocheted for my friend who is teaching a class on Elizabeth and Shakespeare this fall. I designed it myself. I used a sparkle red yarn for her dress and a silver sparkle yarn for the collar. I used a string of plastic beads from the ribbon section. I connected the arms, hair, and beads with transparent thread.

For her hair, I made a circle that was bigger than the head and then added a few rows to the front to make it touch the head. I didn't stuff the hair.

Here are a few more photos:
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 35 ENTRIES / meditation labyrinth on: February 03, 2009 07:37:47 AM
I am trying to finish my dissertation and graduate in the next few months (that would be THE resolution), and I am having anxiety attacks over it. My other resolution is to cope with stress and anxiety by meditating daily. I made a finger labyrinth to facilitate the process.

First, I traced an eleven-circuit labyrinth with a pencil onto a piece of fabric. I decided to trace the path instead of the walls of the labyrinth so that I could make it with one continuous piece of cord. I started with six yards of drapery cord and couched it with a matching color of embroidery floss. I've never done couching before, and I love the process and the end result. I will definitely try more couching later.

To use it, you lay your finger on top of the cord and follow it all the way to the center and back out. For more info on using labyrinths for meditation go here:

Here is an in-progress photo:

And here is a close-up of the couching:

Because the cord is twisted and the thread matches it, you can barely see the couching threads.

This will be my last post for a long time because I can't craft anymore until my dissertation is done!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mario Across the Ages cross stitch on: December 24, 2008 06:36:22 AM

I used this fantastic pattern from Sprite Stitch to make a wall hanging for my brother:

It took longer than I anticipated but I think I just forgot how long cross stitch takes. But the finished product is worth it, and my brother's head is going to explode when he sees it. I didn't have time to have a proper mat cut for it, but this one will do for the initial presentation.

Here are some clickable thumbnails for closer shots of the little guys.

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Scrabble tile photo album--easy gift! on: December 23, 2008 08:44:50 AM

Here's the easiest gift I've made! My husband's grandmother (so my kids' great-grandmother) loves to play games, and we send her pictures in the mail all the time, so here's the union of the two! I bought the Scrabble tiles on ebay. More good news is that I have enough left to decorate my family's photo album with all of our names. I used E6000 to attach the letters to a $6 Hobby Lobby photo album.
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