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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Victorian Superstitions Shadowbox on: September 01, 2018 04:58:26 AM
I had this gorgeous art deco shadowbox and decided to feature some Victorian superstitions inside.  There are so many to choose from! 

I lined the shadowbox with red vellum scrapbook paper.  The chipboard bat's eyes are bits from the inside of a glow in the dark garden stake that I took apart.  My version of a mourning pendant was made from a snippet of doll's hair held in place with a ribbon, a small metal tin with a clear lid and a scrap of pretty scrapbook paper.  The vapours are just a tiny bit of wool from one of our sheep inside a glass bottle. The 'corpse eye coins' are video arcade tokens. The frog is a toy plastic one and the iron nails came from my husband's toolbox.

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hogwarts Dollhouse on: August 15, 2018 10:13:14 AM
I've had one of those ArtMinds wooden castles I picked up at Michaels for years and finally got around to doing something with it.  It was crying out to be transformed into Hogwarts. 

Both stairwells were decorated with paintings set into chipboard frames.

I got this little table at Dollar Tree.  The dishes and turkey are Barbie accessories. 

The castle has a drawer to stash the furnishings away.  It got a reproduction of the Hogwarts dining hall on one side.  The triwizard cup sits on a wooden block.  I think this was a Barbie champagne bucket.  I'm so glad I didn't toss my girls' Barbie stuff when they got tired of it!

Love this guy.

Here is a better view of some of the accessories.  I was thrilled to claim a full set of HP peg people in the Ongoing Wish Swap from jillybeans in 2014.  Yep, I've had this project in mind for a while...  It will make a great first dollhouse for my granddaughter. 
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Honeydukes Reimagined on: August 04, 2018 09:49:04 AM
Here's a super fun project for Harry Potter fans!  I considered making a single Honeydukes display until I discovered this rotating four room box.  Here's what I came up with.

A spot for the Honeydukes Display Shelf I made a few weeks ago, along with a wall shelf to hold even more candies.

A candy grandfather clock with some fun artwork for the wall.

Of course there needs to be a quiet corner for homework.

And a special section for birthday parties.

4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Szechuan Cucumbers on: July 25, 2018 12:35:28 PM
I keep a bowl of these pickled cucumbers in my fridge all summer.  They are super yummy and can be made as spicy (or not) as you like.

There are just a few ingredients: cucumbers, garlic, salt, sugar, red pepper flakes, rice vinegar and sesame oil.

Start by peeling your cucumbers then cut them in half and remove the seeds.  From there, just slice them up.

The sliced cucumbers get tossed with a Tbsp of kosher salt in a colander and set aside at room temperature for 3-4 hours.  This allows a lot of the liquid to be be drawn out of the cukes.  This liquid gets discarded.

Put the cucumbers in your serving bowl and add fresh sliced garlic and hot pepper flakes to taste.  I used a head of sliced garlic and a large pinch of hot pepper flakes.  Sprinkle 1/3 cup of sugar on top then pour over 1/2 cup of rice vinegar heated to boiling followed by 1/3 cup of sesame oil heated through.  Stir, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Honeydukes Display Shelf on: July 11, 2018 10:49:23 AM
Here's my latest creation, a candy display for Honeydukes.  The little jars are filled with microbeads, polymer clay slices, nail art and poly clay red licorice wands and candy canes.  The sugar skulls were made by gluing fine glitter onto skull beads.  The chocolate frog and white chocolate owls are molded polymer clay made with molds that were gifted to me by pottermouth.  She made molds from an owl bead and a Lego frog!

6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Roasted Spring Vegetables with Balsamic and Blue Cheese on: May 23, 2018 10:36:03 AM
Spring vegetables are finally here!  I made a roasted vegetable medley with balsamic dressing for dinner tonight.

My inspiration came from harvesting these beautiful kohlrabi, carrots and beets this morning.

Rather than peeling the beets, I drizzled them with a little olive oil and wrapped them in foil.

After about 40 minutes in the oven at 350F the skins slide right off.  Super easy!

I sliced the carrots and peeled kohlrabi and tossed them with a few sliced garlic cloves, a little olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar.  They were roasted along side the beets.

To finish, I sprinkled on blue cheese and made a dressing of 3T. Olive oil, 3T. Balsamic vinegar and 1T. Dijon mustard.
7   / SEWING IN GENERAL / 2018 Featured Projects in Machine Embroidery on: May 23, 2018 09:52:27 AM
Here is a list of our current 2018 featured projects in machine embroidery.  Thanks to everyone who contributes to this section of Craftster!

Digitizing Fun by dfabbric

Free Motion Octopus with Coloring Tute and Tips by pottermouth

Machine embroidery on paper! (img heavy!!) by thanate

Positive Affirmation Projects by thanate
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / ASIA / Miniatures shops in Asia? on: May 15, 2018 10:41:26 AM
I am going to traveling to a few places in Asia next year and have a question for you.  I purchase a lot of miniatures from Asia that take a long time to arrive here.  Things like mini tea sets and china, furniture, household items, etc.  Since I am heading that way, I am wondering if anyone knows of shops that sell minis?  The places we are visiting include Denpasar, Semarang, Phuket, Singapore, Port Klang and Colombo.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pee Wee's Playhouse on: April 21, 2018 04:02:44 AM
I made a miniature version of Pee Wee's Playhouse!  I mean, come on... who doesn't love Pee Wee?

Clocky was sculpted out of polymer clay.

Jambi's cabinet is made from a small shadow box.

Mr. Window is crafted from a laser cut window, scrapbook paper, a miniature window pull and googly eyes.

Cardstock and more googly eyes make up the flowers that announce the King of Cartoons.

Chairy is needle felted with teddy bear eyes and fake eyelashes.  If you'd like to see the tutorial, it's at http://gslcuts.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/the-secret-word-is-fun.html

10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Rainbow Pasta Con Aglio e Olio on: April 01, 2018 05:47:32 AM
Also known as rainbow pasta with oil and garlic. 

If you have spaghetti, garlic, olive oil, salt and food coloring in your house you can make it right now!

Cook the pasta per package instructions and saut sliced garlic in olive oil.  While those are cooking,  add about a teaspoon of water in as many sandwich bags as you want colors of pasta.  I then added about 20 drops of food coloring into each one.

Drain the pasta and divide it among the sandwich bags.

Assemble and enjoy!
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