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21  Driftwood Christmas in Winter Holidays by yoopidou on: December 10, 2015 06:22:01 PM

I created a Christmas tree from driftwood and decorated it with shells, corals and sea glass, all found on the beach.

Awaiting Christmas are some Hawaiian animals: dolphins, monk seal, crab, sea turtle

a whale too

an outrigger for Mrs. and Mr. Santa

and a visiting reindeer from the North pole

almost all together

a wreath

and a star mobile

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22  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: December 10, 2015 04:56:47 PM
I'm at 67 projects now, reached 50 at last!

starry night dress and steampunk accessories

flaky brioche, perfected cake roll and tons of jams

pot guards:

Christmas ornaments and decorations:


star mobile

driftwood cat

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23  Tutorial: fabric plumeria flower in Completed Projects by yoopidou on: October 07, 2015 02:33:33 PM

10 minutes- a couple hours waiting time while drying- 10 minutes

Materials needed for one flower:
3'9" white florist wire (thin wire wrapped with paper) - about 9 inches for one petal
a tiny scrap of fabric - about 6 square inches
fabric glue - I used original tacky glue
white stem wrap tape- optional but will look nicer

some plastic to let your flower dry on it

How to:

Cut 5 pieces of 9" wire. Bend in half.

Wrap the middle around two fingers or around a round tube, the 2 fl oz bottle of glue works just fine.

Remove by sliding off. This is what you get.

Shape it like an oval with slightly pointy ends to create the plumeria petals. Keep the shape flat. Make 5 shapes, one for each petal. You could make any shape and flower that way.

Check the shapes are flat and touch the fabric all around the edge. A tiny space between fabric and wire is OK if you fill it with glue.
Apply fabric glue all around the edge. No need to be very neat, the glue will dry clear.
Leave it to dry completely. This might take a couple hours, depending on your weather.
Once dry, cut the fabric around the shape, thus creating a petal.
Bend the petals slightly.

Put the five petals together, overlapping a little. Twist all the wires together or just one around the others, this will create the stem. Arrange the petals evenly to create the flower.

Wrap stem wire tape around the stem.

Now, you can put it behind your ear and go dance the hula or just enjoy a tropical drink.
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24  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: October 06, 2015 11:18:20 AM
I made a French horn pendant. I had it in my mind for a long time but wasn't sure about the horn part. It holds its shape very well in fact.
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25  Wire French horn in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by yoopidou on: October 04, 2015 01:27:29 PM

A little trinket for a French horn player.
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26  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: September 29, 2015 11:57:39 PM
I have built the dollhouse and the furniture from the kits but nothing is glued.

I have started taking it apart to make a few changes. First, I will open French doors to the balcony. What good is a balcony that has no door leading to it?

I also made some plumeria flowers that will be part of gifts for my son's Japanese exchange student's family.
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27  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: June 15, 2015 08:27:36 PM
Adorable dinosaur and cute bath wrap. If you do not intend to wear it in public, the velcro should be enough.

A few projects from the last month:
apricot jam:

muesclun protection cages against the cats who mistake these for their toilets.

growing pineapples from pineapple tops

bracelet from short strand of fishing line found on beach and puka (holes) shells and corals.

Surinam cherries cage to protect against hungry birds. They have many berries available for them, but not the cherries.

small upside-down caramel apple pies( tarte tatin):

crispy elegant cookies called Russian cigarettes:

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28  Cascarones in Easter by yoopidou on: April 04, 2015 10:35:41 PM

I  spray painted the eggs after filling and closing them. Then, I painted them with acrylic.
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29  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: April 04, 2015 10:32:21 PM
Easter projects
One decorated egg to keep:

The cascarones are ready to be cracked upon the family's heads. As they are bound to be destroyed, I decided the painting didn't need to be very neat. I aimed for cute instead.

One carved egg that won't be finished for this Easter but it's in progress.
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30  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: April 02, 2015 07:09:13 PM
I love the bookbox. You found the perfect wood for this project!

The hummingbird is very cute. How big are your paintings?

I made a 8 ft giraffe to surprise my daughter for April fools.

And a special dinner for a very picky eater of food he doesn't like: fish with avocado and coffee.

The avocado is removed from the skin and replaced by half a baked potato, the fish is chicken cut in the shape of fish and the coffee is chocolate fondue.
I wonder why nobody trusted me...
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