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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Lavender and Tea Tree balm on: April 04, 2015 12:59:43 PM
I made this today using this tutorial: http://girlfifteen.com/2015/03/11/diy-lavender-and-clary-sage-facebody-balm/

I chose it especially because it doesn't involve jojoba, vitamin e, or any other expensive or hard-to-find ingredients. I used a few drops of tea tree instead of the sage, but not too much because I want to be able to put this on my face, and tea tree oil can burn.

I doubled the recipe and used three little jars I got from the thrift store. I sprinkled some dried lavender buds on top. I know that risks it going moldy sooner, so I'm giving two of these away and using it quickly.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Snowy owl ornament on: December 22, 2013 07:04:43 AM
Inspired by owls from a broken link at loobylu for which I could not find a pattern.

I made it from a ball shape, a triangle, two circles and two leaf shapes. It's for an ornament swap party, but I want to keep it!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Adorable baby bonnet and boots on: October 18, 2013 06:26:17 AM

My baby Ariadne is a week old and finally wearing the knits I did this summer. The bonnet is herehttp://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simply-seamless-cap

And is a great pattern! I embroidery a tiny Chicken on it based on a vintage bonnet I saw. Caron simply soft yarn.

The boots were a little tricky to keep track of rows, but they stay on, which is rare in boots! Patternhttp://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-boots-4

Lion sock ease in Lemon drop.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bananas! B A N A N A S on: September 08, 2012 06:21:53 AM
I did a search and couldn't find a thread about this. The school I work at had tons of leftover bananas from lunch, and we all got some. I have 50 at least. What should I do with them? So far I have chocolate banana muffins and the frozen banana ice cream thing. I am not a huge fan of plain banana bread, but if you have some awesome addition ideas for bread I'd love to hear them!

I also have 11 pints each of cooked corn and carrots from the same source. I would love ideas for them too. I have very limited freezer space, so this gets complicated.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chevron Cowl on: November 13, 2011 04:53:24 PM
I made a yellow and white cowl using this stitch: http://pinterest.com/pin/149252175120402750/

As modeled by my pug:
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mittens with a vintage flair on: October 29, 2011 02:24:55 PM
I just finished up these mittens, made using this pattern: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/the-mitts.html

I then embellished them in imitation of the ones on this cover: http://pinterest.com/pin/149252175120400423/

I don't know if I should put that second pompom on there or not...
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Back to School for Teachers on: July 21, 2011 07:28:09 AM
It's that time again! I head back August 16th. I  would love to do a swap to spoil all the teachers who are girding their loins for a creative, exhausting, brand-new year with their students. It could focus on classroom supplies or stress relief or inspiration. We might need a non-teacher to organize since we are all busy right now! =) I could maaaaybe organize if we kept it small. Any interest?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sunburst Mirror for under $20! on: July 13, 2011 01:35:33 PM
I am normally a yarn and fabric crafter, but I recently got a 50's velvet tufted sofa from Craigslist, and I wanted a sunburst mirror to complement it. Of course, the eternal lament, those guys are expensive! So, I used this tutorial: http://www.instructables.com/id/Starburst-Mirror/

Materials I used:

bunch of bamboo sticks from Dollar Tree $1
some bamboo shish kebab skewers (I already had these, but they are cheap)
A can of chrome spray paint from Joann's $5.99
Assorted mirrors from Joann's, $5 total
Glue gun and hot glue sticks I already had (and I imagine you do, too)

Now for the prettiness!

With armchair for scale:

It took me less than one hour of work time, with a trip to the library while the paint dried. I am so happy with it!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Fumbling Polytheist's Shrine on: March 24, 2011 03:11:25 PM
If you have seen much of the True Blood series, you've probably noticed the big shrine Lafayette has over his fireplace. It's very difficult to find a screen shot of. I'm entranced by the colors and by the significance of his very literally catholic choice of shrine items-the Virgin, voodoo dolls, sacred hearts and leopard print. He has a wonderful line in the second season: "Jesus and I agree to see other people, but that doesn't mean we don't talk from time to time."

My husband and I both grew up in very traditional Christian homes, and we went through the rebellion/agnostic phase like most people do. Now we're trying to patch together a spiritual life that just responds to whatever gods/ideas/colors/words give us that stab of joy that lets us know there's more to life than the body.

This shrine just got started today, and it's right above our bed. We collected things that represent all the sacred bits we love.

The whole thing, surrounded by lights from our wedding and some paper lanterns from the thrift store. The squid are from a poster set of nature prints. I think my primary god might be a squid. That's a weird sentence, huh.

Jackalope, Carl Sagan, and a big egg (from Hobby Lobby)

Ganesh, the Virgin, and you can see part of the iron horseshoe (this is a bit from Terry Pratchett)

A Virgin shrine I made from a plastic tray and photos I took in Santa Fe, and a Hermit tarot card.

The Star tarot card and some fake grapes to represent Dionysus. The candles are being held in a tree-shaped metal candle sconce. The tree of life has deep meaning for both of us.

We are still going to add something to do with Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrisson, as well as a picture of Odin, Thor's hammer, and something for burlesque. Oh, and sea monsters.

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to put fasteners on satin cord? on: November 30, 2010 04:23:52 PM

I am wondering how one would go about putting fasteners on the necklace above. I know you can use those crimp beads for smaller thicknesses but this one has me stumped. How is this done?
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