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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: November 2015 Ongoing Pinterest Swap on: November 03, 2015 03:34:45 PM
I would very much like to join you. November needs something for these long dark evenings.

My board link is https://www.pinterest.com/amypalmer520562/november-craftster-swap-inspiration/

I am just messaging the organiser to request to join you now. It'll be my first swap so I'm super excited!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES / Re: My first "from scratch" gingerbread house (of God) on: January 09, 2014 08:08:05 PM
Beautiful work! The windows are fantastic!

totally agree with you there, I could never get them so neat. Well done for venturing away from kits.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES / Re: Russian Cathedral on: January 09, 2014 08:04:56 PM
I used egg free gingerbread as my niece has a very violent allergy to egg and she had a go at making biscuits with some cutters.
The base is two slabs of madeira cake covered in squares of wafer that had previously been sandwiched together but I broke apart.

The main gingerbread architecture is hexagons glued together in strips, some using melted chocolate and some using thick glace icing gone over with chocolate spread to try and neaten it a little. The round towers are in two halves each, made by cutting loo roll tubes in half length ways and then covering them in tin foil, I also had to made little stabilisers for the moulds as the gingerbread is quite heavy.

The 'onions' are cupcakes, sculpted and squished to make them rounder (I wanted to use teacakes, not sure if you have them in the USA?) but the size options were restricted due to the loo roll size. I then put a dolly mixture on top to give it a little point and wrapped them in icing. In a perfect world they would be covered in silver balls of many colours but this was a project on a budget. The little stars on the red one are actually tiny pasta. One of the 'onions' is a health onion because I ran out of stuff to make another cupcake one - it is actually an apple that I got to fit its tower! The stained glass window is boiled gummy bears.

The other tower parts are marshmallows and stacked mini party rings, which go really well in colour with the flump guttering. The gold tops are gold sprayed meringue (confession: I couldn't afford the edible gold spray paint - it was over $10 - so these bits aren't as edible as they should be).

The pond: is made of peppermints with a dash of green and food colouring. It looks awesome in real life but we can't get it to come out right on the pics. It cracked as I laid it down so I added the 'Danger Thin Ice' sign. The rocks are cinder toffee.

My people are made of milk bottles with the necks bitten off and replaced with pale rainbow drops. Path is cocoa powder edged with snow topped bushes of sugar coated chickpeas.

Phew! I think that's about it. Been a tough year to do this challenge but I am pleased that I completed it, even if it is not perfect. I'm sad there's so few entries this year, I always love looking through in awe.
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES / Russian Cathedral on: January 08, 2014 08:30:06 PM
So, I've always thought St Basil's in Red Square is totally amazing so it became my inspiration for this. I tried to make it last year but trying to make round towers defeated me. This time I've had other challenges: being in 3 different houses and travelling with part assembled gingerbread; not being able to afford the ingredients I wanted; shaking hands; and my boyfriend trying to help ;-)

It's now 4am so excuse me if I don't make sense. The idea is a cathedral with 'onions' (what the tower tops are known as according to my mother) with a little choir singing outside and a rogue choirboy skating on the frozen pond. Some fave details to spot are the lamps over the arches and the stained glass window in the centre.

I really wanted to do a more urban one with an ice rink, a little babushka etc I even had an idea for moving parts so maybe if I brave this challenge again next year I will have the opportunity to go (even more) crazy. Anyway, here she is...

5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES / Re: A waldorf treehouse (made from gingerbread!) on: January 02, 2014 10:45:41 AM
So cool, this has inspired me to keep soldiering on with mine (it is travelling with me as I visit various relatives round the country).

I think I've worked out most of the materials but am curious about what you used for your fire rocks, the 'tree trunks' and is the 'paint' just food colouring? I just can't decide which bit is my favourite, maybe the sugar greenhouse - I would have totally burnt myself if I'd tried that.

PS. your kid is adorable.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Colour challenge - need help form darling craftsters! on: May 05, 2012 06:18:09 PM
Hi guys, so here's the deal. The Christmas before last the pipes burst in my bedroom at my parents - on 4 separate occasions, as I only live there over holidays no one realised until it went through to downstairs. Consequently my room is ruined and needs redecorating. Unfortunately the only thing that wasn't destroyed was the hideous green/yellow carpet, which Mum and Dad say is too expensive to replace. My Mother and sister take the approach of making the room bland and painting it 'insert a hundred words for cream/white/magnolia here'. I don't want to do this.

Please give me some ideas! It is a smallish but sunny room and my furniture is all '80s white chunky stuff.

Here is the carpet colour: but with horrid yellowish flecks.
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Shards on: April 01, 2012 06:39:30 PM
This dish was made from 2 bottles. One very kindly donated blue sherry bottle and a white wine one. Unfortunately I'm on meds so can't drink but I never find too much of a shortage of people wanting to help me out with beer and cider bottles. I smashed them and sorted the bits into different frit<chunk sizes and worked outwards in circles, biggest to smallest. I don't have a craft room or proper desk so I did this in bed on a piece of floorboard and on my carpet. Some glass got in my foot and a limped for a month - so it is a relief that I like what came out of the kiln!

8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / The Reason for the Scream on: April 01, 2012 06:34:32 PM
Glass cracks in the kiln. Especially when you use pieces you pulled out of a skip that aren't necessarily compatible with the powders. I love how this cracked. It has stopped being a copy and taken a life of it's own. Now I know why the figure is screaming and I now how s/he feels. The world is being torn apart.

I saw real copies of this in Oslo when visiting my brother who lived in Sweden at the time. A room full of them. I should really look at other Munch work. Was he a one hit wonder, I wonder?
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Picasso Shards on: April 01, 2012 06:27:15 PM
I've been going to a glass fusing evening(well, technically it's morning but 'adult ed')class for 18 months now. I feel like the dunce of my class but console myself that this is partly due to not being able to afford proper materials. I do what I can with bits of old greenhouse and the classes limited frit and powder colours. Hopefully my Dad may fix me up an old kiln now he's retired and I can experiment on a larger scale.

This A4 sized piece is layered in some places and not others. It is fused but has paint effects on the back (mislabelled frit turned out to be horrid colour) and some black outliner. Also gold outliner to make the 'strings'. My boyfriend is a big Picasso fan and I wanted to do something with cubism(or trianglism?) and violins in mind.



Sorry, I couldn't get the photos to work so I've posted them onto my blog.
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 70 ENTRIES / Re: St Margaret's Church, Keddington on: April 01, 2012 05:01:53 PM
Now going into April my boyfriend and his family have still not eaten Gingerbread Keddington. We did some planting at the real one today and I'm going to order a tree fern (represented by the dolly mixture with angelica) for him for his birthday - I don't think is would be safe to give him anything edible again.
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