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31  Homemade play dough for class Valentine's in Valentine's Day by SharLaMarz on: February 21, 2010 05:28:12 PM
We wanted a more special Valentine to hand out to classmates then just dinky little cards. So we found a recipe for playdough and decided that would be perfect. The recipe was from Familyfun.com and it was awesome! It turned out great and feels and smells like "real playdough"

This is the playdough soup! Yummy! (so not edible) lol

After stirring and stirring and yes, more stirring it thickened up really nicely. And boy was my arm sore! lol

And the final product! We rolled out the dough and cut out thick hearts. We then put the hearts in zipper baggies. The kids loved it! Each child also got a chocolate each. The teachers got the hand lotions with my daughters hand stuck on the bottle. These were a hit!

Thanks for looking!
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32  Ariel and Prince Eric in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by SharLaMarz on: February 21, 2010 04:47:41 PM
OMG! I am so glad this is finished. It has been a WIP for about 2 and a half to 3 years. I made it for my daughter who loves Ariel almost as much as me. When I first started this my daughter was about two. I was just about finished with it and left the room for just a minute and she decided to "help" and painted their faces black. After wiping most of the black paint off I got really frustrated that my hard work was ruined and put it away, until now. I repainted and touched up the whole thing and I could'nt be happier with it.

I hand drew and painted this in acrylics on plywood. I cut it out with my jig saw.

Comments welcome!
Thanks for looking!
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33  Alice in Wonderland inspired Mini Top Hat in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by SharLaMarz on: February 21, 2010 04:11:38 PM
I've been in Alice mode lately due to the Tim Burton version coming out and joining the Alice swap (my first swap) yeay! A friend and I got together last night to make these to wear to the movie when it releases. So this is what we came up with.

Back view. Mine is on the left.

My hat with a veil in the front and roses (painting the roses red) and the bow on the back

Another back view

And for fun an action shot

This was a quick project and so fun. I got to destash too. All I bought were the hats and the little roses. Everything else I already had.

Comments would really be appreciated. I've never made anything like this before.

Thanks for looking!
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34  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by SharLaMarz on: February 21, 2010 12:24:35 AM
2. Blanket for sister's Valentine's Day B-day

Her bday package along with candy for other family members and origami stars. I made 21 for her 21st bday. And salt dough ornaments made by my daughter.

3. Valentine's treats for daughter's class of 28 kids and teacher/staff gifts

Homemade play dough soup lol (Found the recipe at Familyfun.com)

Thickened play dough

All the treats together.Hand lotion for the teachers and the play dough cut out into hearts for the kids.

4. V-day gift for hubby: T-shirt (Made iron on transfer. Went to iron it on and found that the Tshirt I bought had a pocket. Grrr. Still haven't found a plain tee yet so it's a WIP. Double grr)

5. Finish painting of the little mermaid (on plywood...I have a jig saw and I know how to use it) It's about 24" tall

23. Alice in Wonderland inspired Mini TopHat

The one on the left is mine and the one on the right was made by a friend. We had a craft day! Yeay!

My top hat with the veil on the front and the bow in the back

Close up of the bow and rhinestones

And an action shot! Grin

That's a total of four projects done. Not a whole lot but I'm proud!

More things I've added to my list
24. Towel rag rug for kids' bathroom
25. Seperate beds for my kitties who don't like eachother lol
26. Padded headboard for my queen size bed
27. curtains for entire house (9 windows)
28. Finish Little Mermaid wallpaper mural for daughters room
29. Finish train wall hanging for sons room
30. Put photos in frames and hang them
31. Create wall art for living room. Color scheme of seafoam and chocolate brown with some gold accents.
32. Make accent pillows for my bed
33. Touch up chipped paint around the house
34. Make large floor pillows for the kids
35. Participate in a Craftster Swap (Signed up for Alice in Wonderland swap and will check this off after it's complete. Yeay!)
34. Paint built in shelf unit
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35  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by SharLaMarz on: February 01, 2010 11:51:25 AM
angelcallie  Love, Love, Love the PJ pants. I like every pattern you used. I practically live in my pj pants when I'm at home. Great job!

ariethine   So sorry to hear about your bf's grandfather. I wish you all the best and hope everything works out.

ScrapNCraftyMomma    Your list is great! Very ambitious! About the mini top-hat...I was just at Michaels on Saturday and saw that they had mini black top hats and little witch hats. They were in a section with teddy bears and accessories for the bears. I've never made or decorated a mini hat but I'd like to try and thats where I would start. You could maybe attach it to a head band or a hair comb or something. Just a thought....hope that helps. Oh and I am soo jealous that you have a Cricut! I want one so bad. Gonna ask hubby for it for my 25th birthday in June. 

I have been working on a couple of things. I made a couple Zombie ornaments for a Halloween tree. Doing it through the craftalong has been fun since there is a monthly theme. I'm gonna count all of the ornaments (1 or 2 a month) and the tree as one project.
Zombie head

Zombie cat

I've been working in my shop craft area too. Worked in there for about 3 hours yesterday going through all of my Halloween decorations. Decorations for different holidays is pretty much what has taken over everything. We decorate and put lights on our house for every holiday. We had over 14,000 lights on our house for xmas and we have so much Halloween stuff that we were able to do a haunted house for our daughter's school. So all of the Halloween is organized and put away. Yay me! Here are some before pics...was gonna take some more after the 3 hours of work but there didn't look like much of a difference even though I did alot!

Full view of the shop. My craft area is on the right. Game table and bar space will be in the middle and hubby's workshop is on the far left. It's 1200 sq ft. At the top left you can see an 8 foot by 16 foot shelf that hubby built for some of our xmas decor. 

My craft space aka the most organized space in there...so far.

One of my work tables. It's about eight feet long. And my three animatronic pirates waay on top.

Also I'm doing the handmade holiday crusade craftalong. For the month of January I made some salt dough xmas ornaments but I haven't finished painting them yet. I'll post when they're done.

Sorry for the looonnng post and the HUGE pics. Happy crafting to everyone!

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36  Attack of the ZOMBIE Ornies! in Halloween Decor and Parties by SharLaMarz on: January 28, 2010 05:07:05 PM
I made these zombie ornaments for a Halloween tree. They're made from salt dough and cooked in the microwave. The zombie's brains burned a little and smelled like burnt toast lol. They're painted with acrylics and sealed with clear glaze spray. My first time sculpting with salt dough and first zombie project. How'd I do???

First the zombie head

Zombie cat

Thanks for looking. Comments appreciated.
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37  Re: Zombie, Pirates, and Ninjas Ornaments: My weird tree for Christmas 2010 in Craftalongs by SharLaMarz on: January 28, 2010 02:49:30 PM
Ok here goes nothing! This is my first pic post ever so hopefully I do it right. I made these with salt dough and then cooked them in the microwave. The zombies brain burnt a little bit and smelled like burnt toast for awhile. lol. They're painted with acrylics and sprayed with clear glaze

My very first zombie ornament. (my first zombie anything actually)

And Zombie Cat.

I think they came out pretty good. Comments appreciated! Thanks for looking!
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