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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / First snow sculpture of the season on: November 20, 2017 08:51:29 AM

On a brick for size reference.
Bead eyes from my stash, pine needles for whiskers.

She melted in five minutes!!
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Yummy Giant Puffball, easy recipe on: November 04, 2017 07:46:51 AM

This enormous puffball mushroom was calling to me. I had never eaten a wild shroom before but if there is a safe one to id, this is it!!

Look how it takes up the entire sink!  I did not wash, you mustn't of course, but it was just there so I could chop off the tiny area of root.

The outer skin is tough, so slice it all off. Plus, IT WILL GIVE YOU SERIOUS GASTROINTESTINAL ISSUES OF YOU EAT IT.

cute one slice after removing the outer smaller 'heel' as you would a loaf of bread.

Marinating 2T of sherry, 2T of tamari, 2T of balsamic vinegar for 20 minutes, turning over halfway thru.

Fry in olive oil for 5 minutes on medium, I had to adjust frequently so it would not stick but that is due to the fact that I have all lousy cookware. Add 1T chopped garlic, 3T chopped fresh basil, and flip the whole thing so that your added stuff is now on the bottom, turn heat down one notch and continue to fry for another 3 minutes. Turn heat off, put loose lid on the whole thing and let sit for 5 minutes.

I sprinkled turmeric all over and put the slice on a generous bed of alfalfa sprouts.

It was truly yummy and very filling!

thanks for looking!!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The Beatles Visit Hogwarts, book taking a year to complete. PIC HEAVY!!! on: October 20, 2017 03:35:43 PM

A few years ago I made this for my daughter, Acadian Driftwood.

She is a Beatles and HP fan.
Each page has an ATC and altered lyrics. She had to figure out which Beatles song it represented. (can YOU?)   All songs are based on the books.

For a Christmas present, I presented the book with only the first page in it. Each month after that for the upcoming year, I mailed her another page. At the end of the year, it was complete.

So here we go, beginning with January, and all months thereafter.....

pen and ink and watercolor




pen, ink, watercolor matryoshka voldemort


burned parchment, pen and ink


marker and colored pencil




the lemon is showed because the card when it arrived at my daughter's house, was seemingly blank. I had written in lemon juice and when she put it in her toaster oven, the words emerged.






binding is vine, cut and paste words and pics from various books.


colored pencil. real feathers, real slate.


pen n ink n watercolor

thanks for looking!!

I did the next year based on the All Creatures Great and Small Series, also Beatles songs.

When I did a preview, I saw that many lyrics are hard to see. Small. If you go to my photo hosting page on this site, I wonder if they can be seen bigger?

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My childhood hamper was headed to the landfill!!!! on: October 10, 2017 04:14:38 AM
Dad moved to assisted living. The hamper did not sell in the final tag sale. It was headed to the landfill. nooooooooooo!!!

It was purchased by mom and dad when we moved to our house in 1960
The revamp was easy. A coat of spraypaint on a sunny day,

Waited for a rainy day with no work to add acrylic freehand details.

Although this is a smallish item, I have no idea where I am gonna put it! I live in a tiny cottage.
I also hope the kitties do not decide that the sides are just the texture they have been searching for as the perfect scratching post.
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 120 ENTRIES / Catnip Christmas Wreath for my local shelter's fundraiser on: October 08, 2017 11:08:40 AM

Last year I traveled an hour away to harvest some seriously potent wild catnip for this project. I established it in my own garden so I could allow it to really thrive and grow huge.  I picked ten plants of it last week for this project.

 The fabric for the mice is from a skirt I made as a teenager. It was stashed in my daughter Acadian Driftwood's collection and she let me steal it back. I got out my lastest sewing machine (gift from LadybugsAndBumblebees!!!) and made these mice to serve as ornaments. They have fabric tails so no yarn for kitties to swallow. No eyes to pop off and swallow either. If they are opened by claws, there is no loose stuffing to swallow either, as they are filled with large cut pieces of ladies stockings.

Here is a picture of the back with an arrow pointing to the ring which I describe below....

All of the wreath is cat friendly. There is nothing to cause danger. The initial branches of nip are secured with rings, the kind found in a three ring school binder. after that, it was just weaving further stems into the bigger ones.

I purchased a 99 cent tie at Goodwill and upcycled it into the bow.

Here are just a few of the wonderful creatures who are going to benefit from the money this will bring in...  From youngest to oldest-----

Fifi, one of four black kittens. She has been the most frightened so I work with her. She hisses and struggles when picked up and that is no way to get adopted! She has  come a long way and now she purrs.

Chaplin, a holy terror at the tender age of 9 weeks. He is obsessed with drawing as much blood from the human skin as he can. He is a real challenge. He did not come in with other kittens or a mama and I do not know his history but I have been working hard to get a behaviour change in him!

Lyngarra. I teamed up in April with a rescue group from NYC and drove down to a farm where there were many many cats breeding and dying. There were many more than they expected and they ran out of options for foster care so unexpectly, I came home with two pregnant kitties to foster. Lyngarra was one of them. Can you believe she gave birth to 5 kittens when she was only 9 months old herself?Huh?

This is Marlin. His ear is purposely cut, it is called tipping, because he is feral. An untamed and probably untamable cat. When you come across an ear tipped cat in your travels, you will know it is probably not a good idea to approach it, it may bite. The ear tip is an obvious mark to show anyone concerned about it populating the neighborhood that it has BEEN FIXED and there is no need for you to try to trap it and fix it.   been there, done that.   Marlin bit me a couple of months ago but I refused to be swayed. He was just scared. He is always in this cubby so that tends to make him feel cornered.That is hard but ya gotta let them be where they wanna be.   I have worked with him intensely and he now trusts me enough to massage his belly, the most vulnerable place for a cat. I do love  this handsome dude so much!

lastly, here is Zamboni, who has been homeless at the shelter FOR A YEAR!  He is a serious lovebucket and I adore visiting him but i do wish him gone! As in adopted!

thanks for looking and feel free to copy my idea as an awesome gift for the cat lover in your life!!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / The Dead Bug Society on: September 13, 2017 11:22:07 AM

I was attempting to rescue a turtle off of a major highway that runs through a swamp and found so many gorgeous dragonfly carcasses on the road.
Made me want to craft with them.
I recently used butterfly wings in a mini house swap.
greeting cards,
framed art,
what else could one do with a beautiful specimen found on the roadside?

anyone interested in doing a swap based on this? I am thinking one tiny things but still with this name

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Second Deodorant House I have made, CLOCK TOWER! on: April 25, 2017 04:04:06 PM

Mailed this one off in a personal swap.

From experience in the first deodorant stick house I made, I knew what might be easier, unnessasary, etc. this time around.

clock is a watch that I grew tired of, always had to ask someone to get the back off so I could put in a new battery.

Real clock parts from an old small alarm clock.
See the two workers, one behind and one reaching from a ladder, doing their best at repairs and upkeep?

some process pics...

gluing inky winky bits of cardboard onto a toothpick to create spiral staircase

thanx for looking!!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Scrabble Welcome sign on: April 17, 2017 12:35:15 PM

This poor old game finally bit the dust after being used for 5 generations in my family.
Of course I felt I had NO BUSINESS throwing it away.
This was a quick and easy project. It hangs on the outside of my door and I have treated it so that it should last awhile even if it gets rained on through the screen door.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Clean toxic junk out of old tin so I can luv on the tin! on: April 14, 2017 08:13:26 AM
Found an awesome old tin in Dad's basement. Still has rust desolver in it. Stinks and leaking out the squirt top.
Wanna display this gorgeous piece but how to get rid of the hazardous material inside?
I am assuming water will do nothing.

10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES / Skating skull and so much more on: April 11, 2017 05:36:46 AM

This was sent to audio for the Assemblage Swap, here is the link...

I did quite a bit of stalking and discovered she liked lime green, skulls, and odd (I do mean odd) things. I was very excited about these prospects before I even went shopping for my supplies.

The only thing I purchased first-hand was the skull. All else was random things i had or found in various junk and thrift stores. I have never had so much fun shopping, looking for just the right bit to add.

It began with just the hockey skate and I added wheels (casters from an old bureau) because a skate will not stand on its own. The thing does roll along nicely if ya want it to..... I added a kickstand, removable, at the last minute.

I wish to thank the daughters of LadybugsAndBumblebees for sharing some of their beach finds with me last summer. I was so happy to have real crab arms to put here.

I put in that funny sign, hidden on the bottom, taken from one of the packages I found of tiny doll parts.

It was quite the decision as to when, if and  how to add cutsie to an otherwise darkish piece.

I often worked on it in the safest way I knew how, upsidedown, on an electric can opener.

There were so many things sticking out in all directions, and delicately I might add, that I panicked for a bit as to how to get this thing safely from VT to OH!!
I am not much of an engineer, much more of an artsy fartsy gal, but I DID understand that columns hold weight really well, so I used gift wrap tubes for a support system while shipping. And gorilla tape, lots of that!

It was sooo hard to let my old TV bulbs go, I have been collecting for years, but I said to myself, "didn't your mother teach you to share?"

This project was such a blast.

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