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1  Re: Recycled Outdoor Dcor Gallery in The Swap Gallery by WendyTheSpaz on: August 10, 2011 07:41:51 PM
I received! Not gonna lie, I saw that the package would be coming on Wednesday, so I made a point of putting off planting I had to do until Wednesday so I could be sitting outside waiting for the mailman! He finally came around 5pm, and I had my hands covered in dirt (of course) so I finished up everything I was doing as fast as possible to go open the package. Needless to say, mlheran sent me AMAZING items! I am SO EXCITED to decorate my little apartment balcony with them!

Here is the box. I could hardly take the time to snap a picture before I opened it up.

Along with the actual items, she also sent me a pack of Italian Pesto Basil seeds and Container Junior Sunflowers. Smiley

And here is a picture of everything that was inside:

Gah! She spoiled me!!

Such cute plant markers with the variety of herbs I am growing stamped onto them. Fun fact, I am going to be a teacher, so I love the ruler posts!

I know it looks like a jumbled mess, but these are old Christmas lights decorated with pink paper lanterns and pink flowers! I am so excited to hang this up! It will make my balcony so much more welcoming to go and sit on.

This is a super fantastic watering can made from a paint can. Mlheran used a drawer pull for the handle. I am just amazed by her craftiness.

Last but far from least, Mlheran made this BEAUTIFUL stained glass plaque. Seriously, I gasped when I saw it (I was squealing the entire time I opened the package though). I LOOOOOOOOVE the metal bird and flowers. Like really really LOVE them. I can't WAIT to hang this up.

So in short (but not short since this is a long post) I love everything I got. Thank you thank you thank you Mlheran!

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2  Painting with q-tips....? in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by WendyTheSpaz on: July 21, 2011 10:05:43 PM
So I know this sounds weird, but I painted this (well just the background) with q-tips. I had taken a class revolving around teaching art to students in elementary school, and this was one technique we used, and I loved it! I feel like it gives a lot of control, and it's easy to cover up mistakes. I hand painted the words freehand. These are now up as a set in my new apartment. I hope you like them!

Thanks for reading!
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3  Repainted Ikea Dresser in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by WendyTheSpaz on: July 21, 2011 09:59:17 PM
These dressers belonged to my boyfriend, but he no longer needed them, so I decided to re-paint them and use them for myself in my apartment. The drawer fronts were a light/blonde wood finish, but I decided to make it match the comforter I have.

I typically have a blue cloth over the top that matches the teal-ish drawer, but I had packed it as I was preparing to move (hence the full trash can and randomly placed lamp). Also, the red-ish looking drawer is actually closer to magenta. I love having it in my room; it really brightens things up!

Thanks for reading!
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4  First time using oil pastels = this! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by WendyTheSpaz on: July 21, 2011 09:53:45 PM
So I had dabbled with oil pastels as a child, but I saw a sorority sister working on a project with some earlier this year and I was AMAZED at what she was doing with them! So, naturally, I HAD to try it for myself. I can't say they turned out as amazing as her art, but I am still proud of them nonetheless! Unfortunately, the colors didn't photograph perfectly, but hopefully you get the idea. Smiley

Thanks for reading!
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5  First time gardening! (Pic Heavy) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by WendyTheSpaz on: July 21, 2011 09:47:20 PM
So these pictures only show some of the plants that I helped plant in my Mom's front yard for Mother's Day. I had NEVER planted anything before this, and after finishing, I am realizing I LOVE gardening! So here are just a few parts of my mom's front yard.

This shows a lot of what we planted in the ground: eridgeron (sp?), short grasses, wallflower, dahlia, calla lilies, fountain grass, and hawthorn bushes (in the back), plus a bird bath! We also have geraniums, more hawthorn bushes, day lilies, thyme, rosemary, impatiens, and alyssum not pictured.

We also planted a Japanese maple. I love the color of the leaves.

Now onto the potted plants:


Marigolds and lobelia!

Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes!

Snap Peas!

Habanero Peppers!


And my favorite pot so far: basil, oregano, chives, and parsley! I have been using these herbs like CRAZY and they just keep growing more and more and more!

After doing all of this, I am planning on starting my own potted garden in my new apartment! I am so excited!

Thanks for reading!
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6  Bread Making! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by WendyTheSpaz on: July 08, 2011 02:13:42 AM
One of my latest hobbies is cooking with as many fresh and basic ingredients as possible. I decided I HAD to try making bread, and my first two attempts were successful! Both recipes were found in a general search on allrecipes.com, and if anyone is interested, I can track down the link to them. Smiley First I made 3 loaves of plain wheat bread. Even my super picky boyfriend loved it!

The second experiment was a baguette recipe. I adapted it and threw in some fresh rosemary and thyme from my garden, and this was the en result:

It turned out so tasty! I will be making bruschetta with that tomorrow!
If anyone has any tips, I would LOVE to hear them! This is a completely new experiment for me, and any help is appreciated!
Thanks for reading!
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7  Gardening "Apron" in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by WendyTheSpaz on: July 08, 2011 02:06:51 AM
I made this gardening "apron" for my Mom for Mother's Day. I use quotes because it is an old pair of jeans that I cut up and did minimal sewing to turn it into an apron. She loves having the pockets on the front!

^^ My beautiful Mother modeling her gift. :-)
I made this for her because, later that day, we planted an ENTIRE GARDEN in her front yard (although my brother and myself did most of the work). One thing we planted were day lilies, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to post a picture of them!

Thanks for reading!
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8  Tie-Dye onesie in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by WendyTheSpaz on: July 08, 2011 02:02:53 AM
This isn't anything too impressive, but I was really happy with how it turned out! At a baby shower for my soon-arriving niece, everyone decorated onesies, and this was one that I made (although I couldn't contain myself from making 5 more!)

I just free-handed with the tie-dye in the bottles and let it dry flat.
Thanks for looking!
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9  Completed Graduation Cap in Completed Projects by WendyTheSpaz on: July 08, 2011 02:00:16 AM
I made this cap for my graduation from Sacramento State, and it turned out to be a big hit within my major! I hope you like it!
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10  Wedding Candy topiary tree in Weddings and Bridal Showers by WendyTheSpaz on: July 08, 2011 01:58:22 AM
I made these dum dum topiaries for my Little Sister from my sorority for her wedding. She had a candy bar with cute little take-out boxes as favors, and I like to think that the topiaries completed the look.  Smiley

A look at the table (I'm the farthest left, with my other two Little Sisters bombing my picture)
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