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181  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Artisan Bread -Challah on: April 06, 2010 06:54:00 AM

I bought the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and I love it! I never thought I could make such pretty bread! Lookit this! It's so pretty! I highly recommend this book to everyone!
182  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Family theme: Peter Pan on: November 02, 2009 07:49:47 AM
This is our 3rd year doing family themed Halloweens, and since it is our son's 3rd Halloween that makes sense, eh?
Considering I was pregnant with "Tinkerbell" up until 3 weeks ago, I didn't really get a head start like I am used to, but Hook is freakin' awesome.

We are going to use Hook as his RenFest costume from now on, sans hook. What do you think?
183  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cyclopses on: September 22, 2009 09:35:34 AM

This idea started as a gift for a swap but the evolution of craft took place and now I think they are better suited for my nephew who turns one in a couple weeks. They are made from an old sweater I had used the sleeves of for yarn for a toy net in my son's room. AND these are stuffed with the unraveled and shredded remains of said sweater. Hmm, maybe I won't give them to Connor either, maybe I will keep them for myself...
184  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Sargent Pepper the Elephant on: August 31, 2009 11:51:24 AM
I made this elephant for my friend's new baby. I was going to do the clothes black and white but then I learned the colors of his room and wanted it to match. First thing I thought when I put the vest on him was Sargent Pepper!  He is great. My son (modeling the elephant in the last picture) LOVED him so much I may have to make one for his birthday. I got the pattern out of an Annie's Attic pattern book and it is the first time I have ever made garments for anything. I am so afraid of garments b/c I am so lazy and don't like doing gauge swatches but I think this turned out nice. Sorry I don't have good pictures: I was trying to rush it so I could get him boxed to ship before I started dinner.

185  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Marilyn Glasses on: August 31, 2009 07:56:32 AM
So, inspired by this post's birds https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318189.0 which was actually inspired by another, I decided to etch something myself. long story short, I was going to etch Marilyn on a small pitcher for my sister b/c she's having a rough time, the evolution of craft took place, and now I have these which I think will be better suited for Christmas than for just a care package.

This my first time etching and I used the fabric paint idea from the post within the fore-mentioned post. The lines could have been sharper if I had used another method, but I think I like they way these turned out anyway. The last one is my favorite. Also, photographing glasses sucks!

So what do you think?!
186  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Claimed lamp on: August 23, 2009 09:11:49 AM
I call it my "claimed lamp" because it wasn't really mine to begin with, I claimed it and made it mine.

Here's the story behind my lamp: Going to school in Idaho, I was diagnosed as bipolar (which I now believe was a misdiagnosis). They put me on Zoloft and I didn't like it b/c it made me feel dead and uncreative so instead of weening myself off of it, like I should have, I dropped it all at once and this was what happened:

Like I said, I found the lamp in my apartment and when I asked the apartment managers about it, they said they didn't know where it came from and I was welcome to it. I already had some paint and my previous roommate left some pink and green chiffon-like fabric behind so I went to the store and bought some beads and some copper wire. I stripped the fabric off of the shade and painted it (2 colors) and used the fabric elsewhere (for a photo album). I sewed the chiffon onto the lamp with the copper wire and made it fit by wrapping the lamp with more copper wire:

There are flowers on multiple layers of chiffon, which is one of my favorite things about this lamp:

It's not as nice as it once was, but I made it 5 years ago and since then I have moved 4 times, 2 of which were very long distance, and I now have an almost 3 year old so... Time takes it's toll.

Still one of my favorite creations [next to my kid(s) of course] if only because of what it stands for and what I was going through at the time.

This is also my first real post on Craftster.
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