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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / some repurposed Halloween decorations on: September 26, 2012 12:57:35 PM
Here's some stuff I made for Halloween decor. I found the wooden houses at Goodwill, they were very country-looking and spelled out NOEL.

The frames are the thrift store, gold-gilt variety that I sprayed glossy black. The plaque (picked up at a rummage sale) started plain, I sprayed it black, mod podged the image, then glued a small frame that the back had torn off of. I love that, at first, she looks like a proper Victorian Lady, but when you look closer, she's half-octopus.

 I also made some smaller haunted houses, but I forgot to take pics before they headed to the shop. The backgrounds are old dictionary pages and a 60's french text book. The images are mostly from the Graphics Fairy but I used stamps and rub-ons for the smaller houses. Everything is sealed with gloss sealer so they really shine.

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Breakfast Pudding on: August 07, 2012 12:44:05 PM
A while back, I began finding recipes for raw chocolate pudding, made with avocado. I was intrigued and gave it a try. It was ok, but, as  I do, I started modifying it to suit my taste. Over time, it morphed into the recipe below. I must point out that I do not follow a raw food diet, so my changes to the original recipes are not strictly raw ingredients. I like to portion it into small mason jars and keep in the fridge for a quick, yummy breakfast. It's not exactly "health food" but it's filling and contains protein, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, antioxidants and other good stuff. The batch I made for the photos is a double batch ...

Breakfast Pudding

1 medium, ripe avocado
1 medium, ripe banana
1/4 cup milk (I use 2%, but you can use any kind, even soy/almond/coconut)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. raw honey
2 Tbsp. Nutella (optional)

If you have a decent blender, you can make it in there. My blender will not blend anything more solid than ice cream, so I use my immersion blender. Blend together the avocado, banana and milk until smooth. Add the cocoa powder, honey and Nutella and blend until combined, creamy and smooth. Portion in what ever kind of container or serving size you would like and chill for at least 1 hour.

As usual, I forgot to start taking pics until I was almost finished - argh! The first pic is the blended avocado, banana, milk and cocoa. As I mentioned earlier, I like to portion mine in small mason jars so I can grab and go. Enjoy!

3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Not able to vote for Crafster Challenge on: July 12, 2011 09:57:03 AM
Hi, all! I submitted an entry to the current challenge, mixed media extravaganza. I was able to vote shortly after the poll went up, but since then none of my friends or family has been able to vote (on their own, separate computers). The polling list comes up and you can click on the entry to see their page, but there are no check boxes/bubbles for actually voting. Any advice, input would be appreciated because this is very frustrating. Thanks!
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 64 ENTRIES / Little love nest on: July 09, 2011 10:17:58 AM
Ok, this is my first submission, so I'm not sure what kind of info to give. I've always had a fondness for 3-D collage pieces so I decided to try one of my own. I wanted the piece to have an intimate feel, as if you had just stumbled upon this little world. Please excuse the cell-phone photography.

Exterior - I started with a small, unfinished wooden box. It originally had a cutout with a mesh insert. I removed the mesh for later use and painted the box with copper-colored paint and then mixed up some blue-green to create a verdigris patina effect. The top and bottom mantel pieces are actually a paint-stir stick cut in half. The home sweet home text is in a label plate painted gold.

Interior - the back wall is layered with some collage paper and a gold leaf-rubbed heart ornament. I then took the mesh insert, distressed it, and attached the word beads you & me, I aged the beads with some brown ink. The birds are layered scrapbook embellishments.

The nest This part was very experimental, trial & error and really messy. I made a paste using reindeer moss, bits of raffia and Elmers glue. I molded the paste into the bottom of a condiment bowl, using the back of a spoon. It was taking forever to dry (a few days, actually) so, once it could hold its form, I carefully popped it out so that the air could get to the bottom of it.

The egg I started with a raw egg, on which I drew the shape and size that I wanted removed, then scored it with a very sharp Exacto knife. The scored area comes out with a little coaxing, then I washed out the shell, made the hubby some scrambled eggs and painted the outside of the shell robins egg blue. I painted the inside and the edges gold. I cut the text paper to fit inside (used a piece of cork behind it to give dimension). Added some more moss, and nestled the jewelry charm inside (it started with a silver frame that I painted gold). 

Sorry to be so long-winded, and thanks for letting me share!

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / ARGH - thumbprint in my glossy accents on: October 18, 2010 09:00:08 PM
I stuck my thumb in it - literally. I am putting images in recessed, cameo-style bead-thingys and then topping with a layer of glossy accents. Of course, when I went to check on its drying progress, I grazed it with my thumb, leaving a lovely print in the surface. Anyone know of any tricks to get rid of it? Can I sand it once it's completely dry? Any help is much appreciated!!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / help with Mod Podge - small object on: October 07, 2010 09:38:59 AM
I searched the forums but couldn't find anything about this. I am decoupaging onto some small plastic discs, 1" - 2". If I try to hold the item still when I'm applying the Mod Podge, my fingers get in the way. Does anyone have a good way of temporarily securing an item to keep it from scooting/sliding while I'm working. Thought about using repositionable glue dots. Anyone! TIA!
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