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1  My camera can't do them justice! in The Swap Gallery by milkmaid01 on: February 12, 2010 05:05:19 PM
I recently received two marvelous packages from curiousfae and sajona.  I was blown away by both of their craftmanship.

Sajona actually handpainted and embroidered silk!  I have them in the packages still because I just don't want to mess them up.

Curiousfae did wonderfully tiny, sparkly little collages.  They each have so much character, I could spend forever just looking at each one!  My camera had a hard time showing the details and the glitter she so carefully placed.  I am very sad that I don't have a scanner to share a better image with you all.

Thank you both!

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2  DIY paper sunburst in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by milkmaid01 on: January 15, 2010 04:30:43 PM
I think I'm one in a long line of people to admire those expensive sunbursts you can buy.  I thought I may be able to achieve the same effect with paper.  This is just a prototype before I go out and buy the nice paper.  Each piece is made out of folded typing paper, and they are all glued onto a scrap of cardboard.

A plus is that it is so light when complete, you can hang it with a single thumbtack and not make your landlord angry!
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3  first softie attempt in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by milkmaid01 on: January 11, 2010 04:50:57 PM
This was my first attempt at softies, and it was a lot of fun.  I found both patterns for free online.  The cat is called Pointy Kitty from Wee Wonderfuls.  The lamb is called Lambkins. I filled my little lamb with jingle bells so that he rings when you shake him.

I really recommend both patterns.  The kitty took about a half hour when I used a machine to sew, but stuffing did take a while.  Make sure you clip the pointed ends carefully so that you can turn it out all the way.  The lamb is simple and was also quick to sew up by hand. 

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4  cutting with scissors is hard! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by milkmaid01 on: January 11, 2010 04:36:33 PM
This was my first paper cutting project, and let me just say now that it was really hard! I have so much respect for this art now! Does anyone out there have a good recommendation for a pair of scissors that can get in to make very small, inner cuts, but doesn't kill your hands?

My plan is to make a grouping of ladies with lovely hats and hang them together.  She measures about 3 inches tall.

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5  octopus baby rattle in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by milkmaid01 on: January 11, 2010 05:02:11 AM
This holiday, we had a long (to me) 8 hour car trip to see the in-laws.  The trip went by much faster with this occupying my time! 

I took a plastic Easter egg and filled with a bit of rice, then sealed it closed with glue and tape.
I started crocheting around the egg and increased and decreased stitches as the shape of the egg dictated.  The legs were about 20 stitches long, and I did about 5 single crochet, 11 half, 4 double so that the tentacles tapered at the tips.  The crochet has a natural curl to it. 

When we  finally reached our destination, I was finished!  My nephew loved it.  The tentacles were perfect for him to hold on to and he seemed to enjoy the shaking.

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6  needle felted camel in Felting: Completed Projects by milkmaid01 on: July 07, 2006 08:47:46 PM
Hey there,
Here is my first attempt in needle felting, I'm having a hard time getting the felt to be nice and smooth so that the details can come out better.  I tried wet felting but either I'm not doing it right, or the scale I'm working on is so small it can't help but have fuzzies
Any advice?
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7  bobo screen printing in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by milkmaid01 on: March 13, 2006 05:11:28 PM
here's a little comic instructional I did for screen printing on a budget

Materials: mesh fabric, modge podge, embroidery hoop, fabric paint, pencil, picture to copy, fabric to print on, paint brush

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8  chocolate bowls in Valentine's Day by milkmaid01 on: March 13, 2006 04:51:49 PM
Hey all,
Not sure if there is anything like this up here yet, but I thought I'd go ahead and put it down as my first posting!  I write a craft column for a local paper, so I'm just going to go ahead and post the pictures and instructions that were published here online.


5-inch balloons

10 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2  inch paintbrush (under a dollar at the hardware store)

Baking sheet covered with waxed paper

Small saucepan



1. Melt chocolate according to directions on package in saucepan.

2. Blow up balloon to the size of a tennis ball.

3. Paint lukewarm chocolate on lower half of balloon in scalloped shape. Be sure to paint a thick coat.

4. Stand up on baking sheet. Refrigerate for two hours.

5. Remove tray from refrigerator, and cut a small slit in the balloon to deflate.

6. Carefully remove balloon from chocolate. Return bowl to refrigerator until ready for use.

7. Fill with fruit, candy, pudding or ice cream.
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