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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Resin and stamped swap goodies on: July 23, 2011 07:13:47 AM
My partner in the For Love of Cupcakes swap (sailorgirlbonk) received so it is safe to post the highlights here.

My first cast resin piece!

My first stamped metal piece.

Resin and game tile pendants.

There are a few more items and more detail on my blog if you are interested - http://notknit.blogspot.com/2011/07/for-love-of-cupcakes.html

I'd love to hear what you think! These are also my first foray into attempting a steampunk sort of look.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Shady pricing scheme on: July 21, 2011 03:47:33 PM
I just felt the need to share this and hope no Craftsters are like the Etsy seller I am about to describe. I came across an Etsy seller who lists everything in her shop (crochet, if you are curious, actual items, not patterns) for only .20 cents, presumably to lure in shoppers and cheat Etsy out of sales fees, then charges the actual price as the shipping. For example, pricing a crocheted shawl for say .20 cents but listing the shipping as $45.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Retro/rockabilly Accessories on: July 14, 2011 02:45:02 PM
I recently scored a ton of resin supplies from a couple of super awesome swap partners Smiley Here are a few of my first attempts from a Saturday when I just went mad and made a ridiculous amount of game tile pieces. I'm sending these to my friend who lives across the country from me and I miss a ton! Since they are early attempts, there are a few teeny tiny air bubbles but since they are going to a friend I'm not concerned so much.

A bobby-pin and pendant that began life as Scrabble tiles and a pendant made with a Rummikub tile. Forgive the lazy photo taking, I used my phone so it is a bit more yellow-y than in real life.

What do you think?
4  COOKING / Dessert / Patriotic Cookies on: July 06, 2011 09:16:55 AM
My father-in-law and his wife hosted a cook-out and fireworks viewing party and one of my contributions were patriotic cookies. What better way to celebrate independence than explosives and gluttony Smiley

They are sugar cookies topped with fondant and super yummy!

I gave a basic outline on my blog of what I did: http://notknit.blogspot.com/2011/07/fourth-of-july-cookies.html
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / First Ever Fused Glass on: June 23, 2011 01:06:49 PM
These are my first ever attempt at fused glass, two pendants made at a one-hour workshop. Whatcha think?

6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Crash Glass for Father's Day on: June 18, 2011 10:17:44 PM
Using a Groupon discount I took a "crash glass" class at a nearby stained glass studio and made a Father's Day gift for my hubby. It is essentially a scrapbooking layout epoxied to glass in a picture frame, then pieces of tempered glass are epoxied to the top and then grouted like a mosaic. Some of my epoxy oozed and messed up my grouting but I think it looks pretty cool for my first attempt.

The whole shebang in/on an 8 x 10 frame.

Partial close-up of the top - great quotation about love, one of our favorite comics (specifically a strip related to parenthood), and a picture from our wedding.

Partial close-up of the bottom - another comic, a picture of me and the hubby, a pic of hubby holding our new baby girl, and a pic of our little boy riding on daddy's shoulders.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pretty Petunia Cloche on: June 14, 2011 10:48:36 PM
I bought the Pretty Petunia Cloche pattern from charmingcrochet on Etsy when I found out I was expecting a little girl. It is crocheted with Caron Simply Soft. Unfortunately, she won't be able to wear it any time soon as she is a bit on the petite side and hat is intended to fit a wide age range. Still, I live in Texas and it will be too hot for hat for months anyway and she can grow into it.

8  COOKING / Dessert / Faux Grill Desserts on: June 06, 2011 06:05:58 PM
I brought dessert to a Memorial Day cookout and took my inspiration from the book "What's New Cupcake?"

The coals are red velvet cupcakes with vanilla icing topped with marshmallows (two each - one cut in half, one cut at the 1/3 point), crushed chocolate wafer cookies (I used Oreos and just ate the creamy side  Grin), and red sugar. I put them all into cake tins to simulate the grill base. I topped the cake pans with small cooling racks. The hamburgers are cocoa crispy treats pressed flat and cut with a round cookie cutter. I sprayed the crispy treats with red food coloring to complete the look.

The book decorates the tops of the cupcakes slightly differently and uses rice cakes instead of crispy treats. Mine were incredibly sweet - perhaps too sweet - but I got lots of complements.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Zoe Baby Afghan on: March 19, 2011 08:38:23 AM
Here are pictures of the baby afghan I made for my daughter (due around the first week of May). Details about the yarn and pattern I used are here: http://notknit.blogspot.com/2011/03/baby-and-toddler-afghans.html

Thanks for looking Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Liam Toddler Afghan on: March 19, 2011 08:35:50 AM
Here are some pictures of the afghan I made for my 3-year-old son. Details about the yarn and stitch pattern are here: http://notknit.blogspot.com/2011/03/baby-and-toddler-afghans.html

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