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41  Vintage Trick or Treater Spool in Halloween Decor and Parties by MissingWillow on: October 13, 2016 07:44:39 AM
Have you ever seen any of those vintage Halloween costumes from back in the 1940s where the kid basically just cut eye holes in a feed sack?  Man, those creep me out!  When I was thinking about making a spool figure for the mini 13 days of Halloween swap, I couldn't get the idea out of my head.  Of course the dolly she's holding just isn't right...

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42  A Batty Blue Shrine in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: October 10, 2016 03:30:01 AM
Here's a sweet little shrine I made for Killam Creative in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap.  It's slab built pottery with some star embellishments.  The skull was made and fired separately, then glued onto the piece after firing.  It stands about seven inches tall.

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43  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: October 09, 2016 07:26:09 AM
Thanks so much, JoyfulClover.   Kiss It is a handbuilt pottery piece, so yep it did require a kiln.  I agree that the glaze is beautiful, it's one my husband made and we use it often.  Here's a photo I took before sending it off that shows the depth of the color.  The skull was glazed separately and attached after firing. 

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44  Miniature Halloween Party in Halloween Decor and Parties by MissingWillow on: October 08, 2016 03:37:15 AM
I made this miniature Halloween party in a box for the fabulous Killam Creative in the mini 13 Days of Halloween swap.  I found the black spider web chandelier on sale at Michaels last year and modified by removing an odd large skeleton face and adding my own crystals.  The spooky portrait on the wall is a lenticular sticker set into a frame. 

The table is set with an assortment of sweets, including polymer clay caramel apples, molded cake and moon pies and a spooky head in a jar.  I found the tutorial at http://www.instructables.com/id/head-in-a-jar-prank/

I hung a vintage skeleton on the wall and filled a miniature tub with poly clay apples and resin for a proper bobbing for apples party game.

Here's the back of the box, I love this paper and have had it for ages.  Thanks for looking!
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45  Re: STS Winter Market 2016 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: October 08, 2016 01:17:48 AM
Thanks so much for claiming these, anna.wahnsinn!

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46  Re: STS Winter Market 2016 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: September 10, 2016 06:37:30 AM
Sold to audio, two 1/3 cup bags of ghost pepper flakes.

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47  Re: STS Winter Market 2016 SU Sept 6-18; close of swap Oct 30 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MissingWillow on: September 08, 2016 12:28:42 PM

Missing Willow's Shop is Open

We are a non-smoking household in Virginia with a hairless cat and a border collie only allowed indoors in his kennel.

1/3 Cup of Ghost Pepper Blend Flakes from our garden - 1/2 point each.  SUPER HOT!

1/2 yard of hot air balloon fabric.  Appears to be a heavy cotton. - 1/2 point

Ghostly Gallery Mini Art Quilt Pattern - 1/2 point

Set of Four Fat Quarters : Opal Owl - 1.5 points for all
(one opened up to show larger pattern a little better)

Buttons - Useful in sewing, knitting, crochet and mixed media projects
Pottery Four Button Cards - 1 point each.  
Claim as (clockwise): Rose Hearts, Shabby Hearts, Skulls #1, Skulls#2

Claim as (clockwise):  Orange Flowers, Orange Hearts, Blue Basket Weave, Yellow Sunburst

Pottery Six Button Cards - 1.5 points each.
Claim as (clockwise): Pink Flower, Smoke Swirl, Smoke Trees

Coaster Sets - 1.5 points per set
Reversible Zombie Apocalypse

Reversible Horror Movies

Party Giraffe - 2 points

Books, 1 point each

Claims made from me
MissingWillow to audio - 2/3 cups ghost pepper flakes (1)
MissingWillow to Anna.wahnsinn - Green button cards (4)

Claims made by me
audio to MissingWillow - Mixed Media Star Wars Quote Artwork (2)
gozer to MissingWillow - Zippered Coin Purses  #6 and #9 (1)
                                 Dictionary Necklace (1)
Audio to MissingWillow - Custom Puzzle Piece (1)

Starting: 3
Current: 3
Pending: 0
Total: 3
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48  Re: Common Ground Round 4 Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: July 29, 2016 12:57:11 PM
Geekgirl and I met up for lunch at a pub yesterday.   Smiley  So much fun!  We found we have even more in common after getting to know each other.  We even used to live in each others' towns (and I live in the smallest tiniest town ever).  I finally tore myself out of our garden and kitchen (it's canning season) to post the goodies she brought me:

First of all, we both used to live within walking distance of my favorite bakery ever.  She's still in that area and swung by there to bring me treats.  Isn't that awesomely thoughtful?!  She brought sourdough bread and 3 kinds of scones; mixed berry, chocolate chip and cinnamon chip.  We had scones for breakfast today and are going to have BLTs with the sourdough for dinner tonight. 

We both love making shrines and miniatures.  She brought me E6000 in my favorite size, sheep buttons and an assortment of goodies to include in altered art.

Note cards the perfect size for including in swap packages!  These are made from adult coloring pages and gel pens.  Genius!

Star Wars felt finger puppets!  These are going to my 3 year old grandson, who loves everything Star Wars!

We both love travel and have been to some of the same places.  She made me a scrappy 'junk' travel journal.  I came so very close to joining the junk journal swap this summer.  The entire idea intrigued me but I realized I know nothing about book binding so chickened out.  I'm taking this with me to the Mediterranean this Fall!

The pages inside are awesome.  Here are just a few.

As I said, we both love shrines and miniatures and she made me the most amazing tri-level farm shrine!!!  She incorporated some of her poly clay work which I adore.

The top level was almost impossible to photograph.  She incorporated my love of zombies and bees.  It's hard to see but there's a zombie a-comin' for those bees!   

Next level is a sheep & chicken level.

The bottom level is a garden level.  SO cute!

Thank you so much, geekgirl1000100!  You and perfectlybohemian need to make a trek to the farm some day soon!   Smiley
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49  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: June 26, 2016 02:51:56 PM
My gifties from Killam Creative!  I love how she did the day tags with chipboard numbers.

Day 1
A trio of sweet felted pumpkins, I love them so much!  Seriously, Killam Creative, is there a craft you can't do??

Day 2
Unicorn socks!  Halloween socks that fit my feet are as rare as a unicorn.   Cheesy

Day 3
An ATB decorated with an apothecary theme. The details are beautiful  This is going to be displayed all year.

Day 4
A color changing day of the dead skull (with a few extra photos taken in a dark room).  This is so very cool!!!

Day 5
YESSSSS!  I put in my swap questionnaire that I'd love a supply package.  Killam Creative is one of the best papercrafters I know, I'm so happy she decided to share some of her fabulous stash with me!  I can't decide what my favorite is, I love it all!

Day 6
I've always admired her crystal stick pins and she sent me two gorgeous skull ones.  These will not be worn just at Halloween.  Smiley

Day 7
Fabulous Halloween fabrics with a vintage vibe.  I can't wait to use this!  

Day 8
A Halloween themed mini altered book which was also on my wish list.  I am getting a ton of crafting inspiration from this little gem, so many creative techniques!

Day 9
Today I opened the most beautiful card ever.  Words can't express how much I love this.  It's like a master class in composition.  I'll never use this for a card, it's going to have a permanent spot in my art display.  Thank you so much!!!   Kiss

Day 10
I received a stunning papercraft bunting featuring Graphic 45 papers.  I can't imagine how long those paper medallions must have taken.   Shocked  Just gorgeous!

Day 11
Today I opened an incredible mix of fun stuff.  She sent me some of the most gorgeous handmade papers, some have embossed images on them.

Supplies!  Chipboard cutouts!  Haunted houses, clock faces, spooky trees, honeycomb, swirls...  I can't decide which I like the best.   Smiley

This absolutely blows my mind.  A fully articulated skeleton!  I can't imagine the amount of time it took to do this.  Wowza!

Day 12
I put on my questionnaire that I would love a chunky Halloween house to add to my ever-expanding neighborhood and boy, did she deliver!  It's so texture-y and sparkly and shiny and amazing.  I love it!

Day 13
For my last day, Killam Creative sent me the sweetest felted pumpkin with a 'carved' face.  It's amazingly creative!  I couldn't resist photographing him with the three felted pumpkins she sent me for day 1 in front of one of my spooky chunky house neighborhoods. 

Thank you so much, Killam Creative, you have spoiled me rotten!   Kiss
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50  DIY Cocktail Cherries in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MissingWillow on: May 24, 2016 03:55:18 AM
I found myself at a fancy restaurant with a real cocktail menu last week and was tantalized by 3 words... "House Made Maraschino".  What?  Since the cocktail in question (A French 75) also included champagne it was a no-brainer.  That cocktail cherry ended up being a revelation.  I love cocktails.  I love a good DIY project. I know how to can fruit.  Cherries are in season.  Duh. 
My husband loves a good Manhattan so we've had a jar of Luxardo Maraschinos in the fridge since last Christmas.  They set me back $20 but are delicious.  I foolishly thought Luxardo was the brand but some research taught me Luxardo is a maraschino cherry liqueur.  A trip to the grocery and ABC stores got me me all set. 

Here's the recipe I came up with.
    1 cup sugar
    1 vanilla bean, scraped
    2 cinnamon sticks
    Pinch of nutmeg
    Juice from 2 lemons
    1 cup water
    2 pounds cherries, stemmed and pitted
    2 cups Luxardo

I brought everything but the cherries and the liqueur to a simmer and cooked it for 5 minutes then added the cherries.  The cherries cooked for an additional 5 minutes until they softened a bit.  I removed the pan from the heat and poured in the Luxardo.  I water bath canned them in sterile jars for 10 minutes.

Then made my own French 75! 
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