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31  Giraffe in Completed Projects by yoopidou on: April 01, 2015 07:27:00 PM

My daughter dreams of the Giraffe Manor in Africa, where giraffes greats you in the morning by entering through the windows. This is way to expensive for a mere mortal. So, for April fools, I created an 8 feet giraffe to put in her bedroom.

It is not very realistic as it was done in a few hours. It is suspended from the ceiling with fishing line.
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32  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: March 28, 2015 01:50:24 PM
Cool warm socks!
I am always admiring all the handmade socks. It seems so much work.

I put up a dart board but some darts were ending up on the wall instead of the board. I had to save the wall. So I bought four cork tiles to put around the board. I painted them and glued them on a piece of wood.

Then, I noticed there were still a couple holes farther down but I didn't have anymore cork. So, I cut strips of corrugated cardboard and glued them together. Then I painted a beach close to our home.

Here is the wall now. I'm thinking it might look better if I add some decor on the sides.
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33  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: March 05, 2015 05:49:26 PM
Thank you! Smiley

Alwaysinmyroom, the top is removable but not the bottom. I got overly active with the stapler! So, I made a pad for the bottom.

I also made one for the top to put when I'm not around in hope of preventing the cat to scratch my chair.

Then I sew a cover for the keyboard as she likes to sit on it.
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34  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: March 05, 2015 02:14:11 PM
I have been busy giving a fresh coat to the living room.

First, I removed all my craft supplies from there. It still wasn't looking very good. There was too much of a mix of furniture collected other the years but with nothing tying them together. I didn't want to spend much money so buying new furniture and accessories was out. I decided I should use what I already had. Since I had light and dark wood, I opted for a mahogany color and since I already had made covers for some sitting a couple years ago I want with turquoise.

I darkened the pine shelves with mahogany stain. While I was at it, I also put a new coat and the dark furniture so it would hide all the tiny dings and dents they acquired other the years. They look new now. I painted the sofa, the day bed and the armchairs turquoise and made new covers for the pillows. I also painted the low table and the lamps' shafts.

I used an old kid table with peeling off yellow paint to make a new TV stand as the old TV stopped working and we bought a way too big new one(It didn't seem that big in the store!). So I sanded it, painted it, cut and added a shelf for the DVD player and game consoles.

I lightly sanded the rattan chairs and gave them a mahogany stain too. Then, I made new covers for the chair cushions.

While I was sewing the cushion covers, I saw my ordinary old black office chair. I imagined it repainted and with bright patchwork fabric. It took me longer than I thought but here it is.
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35  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: February 20, 2015 11:36:11 AM
I have decided to count some cooking projects: some new to me recipes, some invented by me, some I very rarely make and some involving a lot of work.
So, I made some puff pastry and it worked. The pastries did puff. I intended to put some sugar dots on them but forgot for the first batch. These we ate as profiteroles with ice-cream inside, the other we ate just like that.

I also made some kind of Fat Tuesday beignets called "merveilles". The last time I made them, they were too heavy and dry but not this time. They didn't last long but we managed to leave one so we could take a picture.

On the garden front, after many years, the vanilla orchid got it's first flowers. As there are no insects to pollinate them, we are trying to do it ourselves. maybe we will get vanilla beans.

I created some jewelry for a friend. I hope she will like it.

I also made a card to go with it.

I managed to keep to my resolution to use mostly what I have before buying new stuff. I have not crafted a lot but I have reorganized and given away a lot of stuff. It's almost like moving inside my own home!
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36  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: February 03, 2015 08:38:21 PM
Here is my first project of the year, except for basic cooking, taking care of the garden and cleaning up, giving away, throwing in the trash and reorganizing the whole house. All things far are not fun enough to count as crafts for me.
From used curtains with ugly bottom to much better looking ones. I used fabric from my stash, trying to stick to my new rule to buy only what I really need now.

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37  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: February 03, 2015 07:14:53 PM
Hope you feel better soon, MistressT.

I have used atiny bit of my fabric stash.
The blackout curtains were getting some tiny holes at the bottom. I'll make some new later, but I will have to order a better fabric that I can't find in the shops here. So, for now, I wanted to improve the look.

I've added some local fabric et the bottom, over the used length. I think I might do it to all the curtains as I like the look of it.
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38  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: January 23, 2015 08:35:56 PM
I'll play again this year. Grin

Done!: 67

1. curtain make-over

2. chouquettes

3. merveilles

4. ammonites pendant and earrings

5. vanilla plant

6. paper card

7.mahogany shelves
8. refresh bookshelves and cabinet

9. paint low table
10. modify kid table into TV stand

11. paint sofas and armchairs

12. new cushions covers for the sofa and day bed

13. paint lamp shafts
14. patchwork office chair

15. mahogany and new cushion covers for dining set

16. mesclun in the garden
17. bottom chair pad

18. top chair protection

19. keyboard cover

20. giraffe

21.April fools dinner

22. cascarones

23. Easter eggs

24. another office chair with a new cover
25. Surinam cherries bird protection cage
26. painted drinking glasses
27. new plants in the garden: banana trees, orange tree, coffee trees, lilikoi
28. mint growing
29. strawberry-rhubarb not jam
30. crunchy granola
31. cigarettes russes
32. tarte tatin
33. beach bracelet
34. muesclun cages
35. growing pineapples
36. apricot jam
37. started quick sketches of everyday life
38. dollhouse- first build
39. plumeria fabric flowers

40. French horn

41. rat's letter box

42. Starry night dress

43. collaboration in steampunk goggles

44. collaboration in steampunk apparatus
45. steampunk leg pouch
46. first try: flaky brioche- did not turn out flaky and was very sweet

47. perfected rolled cake recipe

48. lots and lots of guava jam

49. compound cut Christmas ornaments

50. pot guards

51. driftwood Christmas tree

52. driftwood reindeer

53. driftwood Christmas tree 2

54. driftwood wreath

55. driftwood Hawaiian monk seal

56. driftwood dolphin 1

57. driftwood dolphin 1

58. driftwood turtle

59. driftwood crab

60. driftwood whale

61. driftwood star

62. glass beads star

63. wood cut Christmas shapes mobile

64. driftwood cat

65. sea glass star

66. star mobile

67. driftwood outrigger canoe


Ideas and inspiration for 2015 crafting:

Art aim for 2 hours/week or more

grow many herbs--in progress
start again tomatoes, eggplant...
fix and repaint blue slide
bread and pizza oven ?

pillow cases
cover my chair with beautiful fabric
studio corner--in progress
finish lamp cover---WIP

Outside hobbies
chest camera holder

invent delicious recipes that won't make me gain weight--in progress
lots of jams and curds or sauces--in progress
try new and audacious cooking- in progress
find a way to make tasty homemade sausages

new curtains- make-over instead
chairs seating to replace ?

Advent calendars(start in October or sooner)

finish blouses from thrifted ones---WIP
finish dresses from new fabric---WIP

Wood Craft
wood carving
wood burning
compound cuts on the scroll-saw
wood turning

Metal craft
Hobo nickel

Just for fun
not so tiny tiny-house- in the making--- in progress

For me

stars necklace---WIP
mug rug

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39  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: December 18, 2014 02:17:53 PM
This cookie looks even better on the beautiful mug rug.

I made some Christmas cards for the teachers. It's a wooden ornament attached to a very basic card. Here are a few with Christmas trees.

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40  Christmas cards in Winter Holidays by yoopidou on: December 18, 2014 02:12:19 PM

I made some wood ornaments on the scroll saw. Then, I attached them to cards, and decorated with  pastels.

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