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11  Magnetic calendar for fridge in Completed Projects by Wendellina on: July 26, 2009 08:08:45 AM
While cruising different websites, I came across a fun calendar.  The original is made of fabric and used velcro on the labels.  It also had machine embroidered pictures and wording.  It shows the day, year, month, season, weather, holiday, event... I knew I wanted something like this but would never be able to recreate it in that medium. 

My brother is a sheel metal worker, he took a sheet of metal and crimped the ends.  Instant magnetic board!  To attach to the fridge, I used extra 3M removable stickers that are for the hooks you can add and take off the walls.  Very strong!  I already had card stock and adhesive backed magnets so the cost was nothing.  I love it and it covers up the crappy beige fridge underneath, at least the upper half!  My son's alphabet magnets cover the lower half!  Tongue Wink

I still need to add more decorative elements.  I used ribbon with the magnet strips on back to frame it out, good enough for the time being.  Wink

(Kind of hard to take a picture of a mirror-like surface!)

Let me know what you think! 

Thanks for looking!!!!!!  Cheesy
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12  Shell still life & Multi-colored piece in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Wendellina on: July 14, 2009 02:57:49 PM
In high school, I took Vocational Commercial Art classes.  In both my junior year and senior years I spent 3 hours a day off in art lala land.  I absolutely loved it.  After putting my portfolio together, I ended up never using it.  I wasn't ready to go to college and leave home.  It has been tucked away for a few years and has finally surfaced.  (My husband and I are revamping the basement, that in of itself will be another post... Wink)

These are two of my favorites.  Both will be re-matted and framed, and will be hung in the basement.

Photography is not one of my strong suits.  I always blame the camera but in this case, it is the camera.  I need a new one!

I remember writing words to songs in the shell piece!  Ask me what songs and where are they located?  I have no clue.  It is done on mechanical board with several Design Ebony pencils, razor blades and a kneaded eraser, a few of those as well.  approximately 70+ hours to complete.

Up close shots...

This one is done on the same board with gesso, acrylic paints, drafting curves, Prismacolor colored pencils and Design Ebony pencils.

Thanks for looking.
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13  Yummy lemon sugar in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Wendellina on: July 14, 2009 02:36:15 PM
In an effort to use everything back in the old days, my paternal Grandmother used to make lemon sugar for desserts and teas.  My Mother adopted this and we always had it growing up. 

Very simple yet rewarding!

All you need is one lemon and it goes a long way.  Peel the lemon to just get the rind.  If you get the white, it will turn horribly bitter.  At this point put the rind in the chopper or, I like to mince it myself.  I use approximately 1/4 - 1/3 cup sugar to one lemon.  Really it is up to you.  I also add a 1/2 teaspoon of the lemon juice to help mix.  At first it will be really crumbly. After a few hours it will become more mushy.  Store the mixture in a small air tight container and refridgerate.  This will last for at least 7-10 days.

Some of my favorite uses are; iced/hot tea, pancakes, cookies, toast with butter, frosting, muffins, cocktails Cheesy .....


I forgot to take an after shot!  But in the lower left hand corner is the sugar with the lemon rind.  (not mixed yet!  Roll Eyes)

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14  Re: Deck Out My Outdoor Space Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wendellina on: July 04, 2009 06:37:59 AM
Ooooh la la la la!

Crafty gurll and I wanted to make sure zuliblu could still participate in the swap since her partner was unable to complete it.  We decided to join forces like the wonder twins!  I received it 2 days ago but I patiently waited so we could open it together! (it almost killed me!!!!!!!)

He it is in all of it's goodie goodness! Cheesy

Adorable birdhouse claimed by crafty gurll.  Quite the bird lover.  (The color is much richer than in the picture.)

A close up of the beautiful pillow claimed by me.  I love the colors!

She also made us sun catchers.  Crafty gurll and I want to wear them as earrings.  They are gorgeous!

And an action shot of us with our mum rings that we love.  Crafty gurll left, me, right.  And no, our hands are not purple.  My camera has issues. Wink

Also included was a cute recipe book called Outdoor Eats.  My husband already tagged a few things to make!

On behalf of crafty gurll and I, thank you so much zuliblu!   Cheesy

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15  Re: Deck Out My Outdoor Space Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wendellina on: June 08, 2009 05:27:50 PM
Seriously, take a deep breath and go potty now because I am about to show you the most kick a$$ package evaaaaaa!  Yes, I did take 15 pictures.  I had to.  Crazyred is just that, crazy.  I received the best package ever.  Spoiled rotten. 

The whole kit and kaboodle taking up my entire picnic table!

A beautiful list of gardening/earth/outdoor proverbs.  I ripped it opening the package!  Cheesy  It will be retyped!

Unbelievable flip flop stepping stones!  Are you green with envy yet?

A beautiful thick journal with pockets for taking gardening, planning notes and ideas in my new magazines...(yet to come)

Three huge bags of pinecones.  Alaskan pine cones none the less!  There worked out great as eco friendly packaging as well.  My son and I are going to make some bird feeder thingys with them.   Cheesy

Inspirations stones for my herb garden.  I will need them as I do not yet have a green thumb.  And this really cool metal carved welcome friends sign that I will use on my wreath in the front of my house!

Some peat pots and mini planters to help get me started.  And the most beautiful flower seeds.  I hope to grow them so they look as good as they do in the pictures!

Perfect basket to use with the pots to plant my herbs.  (red, my fav color  Wink )

Super sweet magazines to inspire me (as mentioned before)

The most adorable herb markers!  Off of my wist and I love them!  I had to take a close up of the cilantro/coriander since crazyred and I both love it!

The cutest little "plant friends" that my son and I will paint together.

A burrdie house (as my 3 yo called it!)  I have 2 places where it will go.... still deciding!

This little basket is perfect for carrying forks, spoons, salt and pepper & napkins in and out of the house for our little picnics/bbqs.

Are you green yet?   Wink  Cheesy  Grin

Thank you so much crazyred for taking the time out of your life to add these goodies to mine!  You rock! 

*~* Note to self, psycho stalk crazyred and make sure you join the next swap that she does.  Keep fingers crossed that I get her as my partner! ! ! ! ! ! !
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16  Table runner to match new dining room in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Wendellina on: June 03, 2009 01:20:43 PM
I bought a tin container of 20 different quarter flats from JoAnn Fabrics.  Normally priced @ $40, marked down to $8.  Out of the 20 in the tin, 6 of them I fell in love with.  This was inspiration I needed to paint my living room and dining room these colors. 

I finally got around to making a table runner for the dining room table.  Anything to cover up the hand-me-down table that I hope to replace someday.  I have 18 panels. I repeated the same color pattern 3 times in sizes that mirror the halves.  I backed it with brown fabric that I added interfacing to.  After looking at it, I would like to add beaded fringe to ends.  This will help keep the sides down.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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17  How do you carry your corn hole bags? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Wendellina on: May 26, 2009 05:20:42 PM
Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I purchased a set of corn hole boards for $60 at Pat Catan's, (a local craft/art supply store).  Since we love The Ohio State University and the Cleveland Browns, I couldn't choose just one.  Each board is painted like the helmets, gray, white & scarlet, brown, white & orange. Still need to take pictures of those.  I purchasing the coordinating corn bags from a friend because I could not get a hold of the corn for the bags.  (I ended up finding the corn after the fact,  Roll Eyes)  I thought, how do you carry these?  In a old grocery bag?  I decided to get creative and ended up making a bag out of the corn hole fabric, duck cloth, and lined it with Cleveland Browns fabric.  For stability, I placed chipboard in the 2 sides and the bottom.  I really like the way it turned out.  Plus I received a few compliments! A couple of the guys thought this would make a good man purse!  Wink Wink

Thanks for looking!
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18  "Leaning" Barn Cake in Dessert by Wendellina on: April 28, 2009 06:52:58 AM
My son turned 3 and he wanted a "barn/farm" theme.  I thought I would take a stab at making a barn out of rice cereal.  Great idea but not executed well!  Wink  It ended up leaning like the Tower of Pisa!!!  More like the Barn of Seven Hills!!!   I learned with this experiment including the do's and do not's of barn "raising". (  Wink )  I should have made the barn, froze it, frosted it, froze it and THEN add it to the cake.  Live and learn.  I did receive compliments on it and some laughs too!  At least he enjoyed it!

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
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19  Pumpkin & Olive ~ living room/dining room divider!!! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Wendellina on: March 01, 2009 07:53:59 AM
I live in a ranch home where the living room and the dining room are in an "L" shape.  There was really no definition of the two spaces and it drove me nuts.  I didn't want to paint the whole space the same color.  To me that would be an overload of one color.  So after 7.5 years of begging my husband to paint, we finally did it.  Cheesy I decided to separate the two rooms with paint and some artwork. 

Here is the final result.  The two colors are close to a rich pumpkin and an deep olive color.  The pictures really do not do it justice.  Plus my camera is not the best.

The in process photos...

The three mini paintings I did with the same paint on cheap canvases I bought at Walmart, 3 for $3.50??


My favorite... Wink

And I had to throw in the light switch cover.  It was old and nasty and stood out like a sore thumb on the olive wall.  So a few sprays of contact adhesive with some left over matching fabric laying around and voila, a new cover.  I am so anal that I had to color the screws with my Primsacolor markers!  I need serious help! Tongue

Thanks for looking! Smiley
 ~ As always, C & C appreciated!
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20  Robin's Egg, Sage and Brown - - donation bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Wendellina on: February 26, 2009 10:52:19 AM
My godson's preschool has an annual fundraiser; Wine Tasting (  Cheesy ) and a Chinese Auction.  My friend asked me to donate something for it.  I decided to make a purse/bag gift set.  I also plan on adding in a mini umbrella and whatever else I can think of...  This will all be put together in a basket to make it look appealing!  Wink  I only had a fat quarter of the two print fabrics so I had to stretch it out.  After taking the pics, everything looks wonky but it is not, I hate that!

The front

The inside (with fabric covered cardboard bottom to keep the bag bottom squared)

Wristlet/Snap wallet front

Wristlet/Snap wallet inside

Bookmark and Sunglass holder (with super stiff interfacing for cushion and stability)


Thanks for looking! Shocked

Comments and criticism appreciated! Cheesy
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