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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My one year old is a better painter than your honor student on: January 10, 2009 08:22:01 PM
We decided to use up some of my canvas stash, so I gave my son paintbrushes, acrylic paint and carte blanche to go paint crazy.

The hardest part was teaching him to paint the lines so straight on the deer antlers. JK. I handcut a stencil, applied to to the gessoed canvas, he painted on the canvases, then peel off the stencil and voila!

This is the piece he made for his new big boy room.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding invites on: October 29, 2008 02:44:42 PM
These were the invitations to my wedding - well, part of them anyway. The lid of the box has all the details on a sticker inside, and all these little charms were in the box. Then I wrapped the whole thing in kraft paper and mailed them like that. Every one made it to its destination unharmed!

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Paintings for my friend on: October 29, 2008 02:30:05 PM
These are my friend's dogs. The paintings are going to go into her son's room.

PS Golden retrievers are HARD to paint when they have the white face fur.

The viszla was a lot easier.

Edited to add - apparently, I paint dogs a lot. These are my family's golden retriever and mutt.

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / A couple of shirts for my kiddo on: October 29, 2008 02:24:47 PM
I made the stencil for these w/drafting paper (I think that's what it's called, it's adhesive on one side) and an Exacto. Fun!

This one fit him well.

This one wouldn't fit over his head. Bummer.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / jewelry types - how hard would it be to recreate this? on: October 20, 2008 07:33:07 PM

I think I need it, but I have no idea how to make it.

6  Texas / Texas: Central / San Antonio peeps? on: August 22, 2008 06:19:39 PM
Anyone else here from SA? Say hey if you've got crazylove for the Alamo.
7  COOKING / Dessert / Fondant + Humidity = poop? Help! on: August 03, 2008 08:06:19 AM
So I found out last Sunday night that I either have NO IDEA what I'm doing with marshmallow fondant (possible) or that high humidity affects it badly (also possible). For those of you that live in humid places, what can I do to counteract the craziness? It overdried, I couldn't roll it out w/o it sticking to everything THROUGH the half pound of powdered sugar, it cracked, and when I added more shortening and rolled it out again, it tore like wet paper. Help me!
8  COOKING / Dessert / Fun w/box cakes! on: August 03, 2008 07:54:37 AM
Sometimes I like to take a break from scratch cakes. But I still want to jazz up my cupcakes, so I HAVE to throw something in there.

These are caramel cake mix with a piece of a Cadbury's Caramel bar in each one. And the frosting (I'm sorry, I thought this was sheer genius) is Nutella. I ate like four in a row because they tasted so good.

Now I'm thinking of all kinds of alternative flavors and frostings - I made margarita cupcakes but I didn't take any photos because my husband said the frosting looked like mashed potatoes. Maybe strawberry daiquiri or pina colada would work better?
9  COOKING / Dessert / No longer a virgin to fondant! on: June 29, 2008 08:39:02 AM
Hello! Long time reader, first time posting pics.

Here is the cake I made for my coworker's going away party. It's our company logo, plus his name happens to be Dean, so it worked out very well. It was my first time with fondant, and I almost gave up because it was so intimidating, but I'm glad I didn't.


plus this

turned into this

Whew! I'm glad I got my "first time" over with!
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