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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Holiday corsage on: December 07, 2019 10:06:13 AM
Wearing this to my workplace holiday party. It has a plaid theme this year.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Fawkes Chamber of Secrets Ornament on: December 01, 2019 11:31:19 AM
Yay! My swap partner, jenleahlynn, received her ornament in the Harry Potter ornament swap, so I can now share more about how I made it.

She said Fawkes was one of her favorite creatures, so I decided to do Fawkes for her. I like sparkly ornaments that catch and reflect the light on the tree, so I thought Id do a version with some rhinestones and beads. Here he is:

Chamber of Secrets is one of her favorites, too, so I thought I try to depict one of Fawkes most prominent moments, when he rescues Harry, Ron, Ginny and Lockhart from the Chamber.

The figures needed to be super tiny (about one inch tall). I thought of various methods, and settled on spun cotton. I wanted there to be lots of movement to it, so I made the figures jointed at the waist so that the legs would dangle like the clapper of a bell. Here is a shot of the work in progress:

I had been planning to wire the characters hands together, and I asked my son what order they should go - book or movie version? He suggested I make it so that you could re-arrange the characters any way you wanted. So I made hooks and loops for all their hands.

I kept wanting to add more and more to it. So I made little accessories: Tom Riddles diary, the Sorting Hat, and the Sword of Gryffindor.

Probably should have left well enough alone, because I ended up smashing my finger with a hammer when trying to flatten a piece of wire to form the blade of the sword. Ouch!

Anyway, I hope jenleahlynn found it at least a little amusing. My son and I really liked it; I think Ill make one for our tree, also. What a fun swap!

3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Whats for Thanksgiving Dinner? on: November 28, 2019 09:52:58 AM
We are having our traditional dishes: turkey, gravy, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, yeast rolls, and pie for dessert.

This year, I decided to decorate the top of the pie. Here it is, just out of the oven!

The apples underneath distorted the design a bit... oh, well!

The edges leaked more than usual... hopefully will still taste good.
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Cake on: November 01, 2019 10:58:39 AM
This cake isnt my best work, but I have been crazy and sleep-deprived this week!

For an event my son was hosting.

The dancing skeletons and fence posts are candy melts. Trees and pumpkins are fondant. Haunted house is a chocolate cookie with chocolate frosting and melted hard candy windows. We put a little battery-operated flickering tea light behind it.

Woo hoo! Halloween projects done. Can move on to Christmas! I feel like dancing like the skeletons on the cake!

5  COOKING / Dessert / Autumn Cookies on: October 31, 2019 09:39:29 AM
Made these cookies for an event at work today. The apple-shaped ones are apple-flavored, and the others are maple-flavored.

Made about 6 dozen total (including some chocolate Halloween-themed ones that I posted in the holiday section). Whew! I think Im gonna leave early today and go home for a nap...  Cheesy
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Decorated Halloween Cookies on: October 31, 2019 07:07:32 AM
Made some cookies to take to work today.

They are chocolate, mostly with vanilla glaze and / or vanilla fondant decoration.

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Vintage Kitsch Elf in a Baking Tin on: October 28, 2019 10:38:05 AM
Made this for the Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap... Inspired by the fun, kitschy wreaths and decorations of Georgia Peachez.

Almost all the components are vintage garage-sale or thrift store trinkets:
Star-shaped baking tin
Bottle brush Christmas tree
Plastic elf from a 1970s DIY Christmas ornament kit (inexplicably, with an unseasonal lady bug on his leg!)
Plastic bells from a vintage garland
Vintage seam binding bow
Lurex yarn and vintage sequins for hanger (not pictured)

The only new things are the Merry Christmas message from a Tim Holtz pack of chipboard holiday slogans, some sparkly scrapbook paper as a backdrop, and the tinsel around the edge.

Do come swap! This particular swap is closed now, but there are always fun ones in the works!
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Monster Window Silhouettes on: October 13, 2019 05:38:57 PM
On my task list for today, was to break down a bunch of large cardboard boxes to be recycled. Ended up getting a little more creative with the box cutter...

I had seen something similar on Pinterest and happened to think of it when confronted by those large pieces of cardboard. I taped the cut-outs to the curtains, on the inside. That way, they dont show in the daytime, only at night.

UPDATE: Temporarily moved some furniture inside, so that the pumpkin guy shows up better.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Autumn wreath with yarn, felt, and crochet decoration on: September 07, 2019 03:53:48 PM
Cant stop making yarn-wrapped wreaths! For this one, I crocheted a long chain before wrapping the wreath form, which gives the wreath more texture.

Embellishments include felt leaves and flowers, a burlap rose, metallic-painted acorns with crocheted tops, crocheted leaves, and various trimmings.

10  COOKING / Dessert / Hufflepuff Cake on: August 26, 2019 09:38:46 PM
Been so very busy lately, but thought Id drop in to share a picture of my Hufflepuff birthday cake.

White almond sour cream cake, with almond icing and vanilla homemade fondant.

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