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1  Crochet & Clay but not together in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by diy-ology on: March 26, 2014 04:28:51 PM
I have to cycle through my stash of craft items and this time around it was to make necklaces. I wanted to practice some new stitches and decided to create pendants and bibs out of them. The crochet bib was my own free hand, actually my first attempt. The chevron was my first attempt at the stitch. Then in between I played with some clay and made a few triangular beads. The last one I decided to try my hand at lace! I didn't have the correct hook size but I'm very very pleased with how it turned out. Lace sure does take quite a bit longer to do for smaller results but I enjoyed trying it out.

I'd like some feedback if anything stands out about these or if you can see any abnormalities!

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2  Make your own chain! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by diy-ology on: March 06, 2014 05:45:07 AM
I enjoy wire wrap jewelry and being able to make my own eye pins and what not. So what took me so long to realize I could make jump rings and use them as chains?! Sometimes things take a little longer to click in my head. I also get a little frustrated at how expensive larger chains can cost when you want to make something a little bolder.

Anyway, jewelry wire, thin marker, flush wire cutters, hammer, and maybe some pliers. BOOM jump rings connected to make a chain. I doubled up on the rings because I wasn't confident in their ability to hold their shape but that hasn't proven to be a problem and I've been wearing this out during the day.

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3  Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies in Dessert by diy-ology on: February 19, 2014 06:00:59 AM

I moved and don't have access to a mixer and made these by hand. MAN creaming butter and sugar with a fork and masher count as your 'arm day' for the week.  These are great, I brought a bunch to my work and the kids and staff loved it.  Attached is the recipe, enjoy.

2 Cups sugar
1 Cup butter, softened
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup sour cream
6 Cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons softened butter, (slice 2 Tablespoons 6 times totaling 12 tablespoons)
1 1/2 Cups packed light brown sugar, divided into 1/4 Cups
1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon, divided

8 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 Cup powdered sugar
2-4 Tablespoons milk, to thin icing

1. In an electric or stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter. Add eggs, vanilla and sour cream until well combined. Slowly add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well combined.

2. In 2 batches, place in plastic wrap in a disc shape and chill for at least 2 hours for best results.

3. Once chilled, cut each disc into thirds and roll into a 1/8 inch thick oval, about 12 inches X 5 inches.  Spread each rolled pieces of dough with 2 Tablespoons softened butter, 1/4 Cup packed brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.  Start rolling from the long end closest to you, rolling into a log shape.  Using a sharp knife, cut 1/2 inch pieces of dough then placing onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from baking sheet.

4.  To prepare frosting, beat the cream cheese until softened and smooth, slowly add powdered sugar and milk until desired consistency.  Frost cookies then place in refrigerator until ready to serve.  These are 100 times better chilled, trust me!!

Makes at least 6 dozen

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4  Water color resin pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by diy-ology on: February 17, 2014 09:58:43 AM

So I was inspired by the different resin projects on this forum and I decided to give it a try and see what I can come up with. I have to say, the first time is not the easiest, nor the second, but the third you start to somewhat get the hang of it. I love painting and I find that smaller scale paintings and drawings are more forgiving so I like the idea that I can place them in these pendants. I haven't wire wrapped them yet or placed them on chains but I'm really excited to wear some of my favorite color combinations that came out.

These are tiny water color paintings with some gold accents that really pop under the resin. I can't wait to try out more layers and fix some of the mistakes I made making the first few. You can click through the pictures if you want some additional information on how I made these. Let me know what you think and if you have any resin tips for a first time user. I found that there aren't as many tutorials as I had hoped for that move past the basics.
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5  I want spring and brighter colors! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by diy-ology on: February 14, 2014 11:17:55 AM

Happy Valentine's day everyone. Just wanted to share this quick bracelet I made using some leather scraps and a random circular object I found in the apartment. Anyone know what those are called? Anyway I had about 2 snow days and time to make some simple things. My unconscious longing for spring weather, HECK, 50 degree weather is seen as this spring bright color.

Hope you're all having a wonderful day so far!
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6  Chocolate Pudding Cupcake in Dessert by diy-ology on: February 10, 2014 06:14:16 AM

I'm sorry! I know some bakers are firm believers in starting from scratch this recipe isn't one of those. I love baking from scratch but sometimes my schedule doesn't allow me to do so. I run therapy groups with adolescent foster children and during some of the groups I like to bring goodies. I don't have much funding, in fact, none..so what I bring has to be economical. Its obviously not the healthiest but it makes them smile and I'll take it.

So chocolate pudding, simple and SUPER MOIST. Don't go by the directions on the box but follow the ones below

Chocolate Pudding Cupcakes

4 eggs
3/4 c water
3/4 c oil
4 oz chocolate pudding mix
box of moist chocolate cake mix

Mix for about 4 minutes or no lumps, you know. I guess theres such a thing as over mixing *shrugs* thats what my mom says.
Preheat/bake at 350 degrees
Cupcakes cook for ~21 minutes. If youre worried thats too much/not enough time, grab your toothpick or wooden skewer and check to see if it sticks.
I used ready made icing (dont give me that look) I like cream cheese flavor
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7  My favorite bulky infinity scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by diy-ology on: February 10, 2014 06:04:13 AM

imadedinner.net shared this pattern and it's my absolute favorite east coast winter scarf. I spend a lot of time on the subway and towards the end of my commute I get a bit tired, I can easily pull this scarf up and use it to rest my head. The pattern is so simple I've made several of these to give away. You can easily remember the pattern and mindlessly make this scarf while watching tv.


Note: a V-stitch is made (DC, ch 2, DC)

ch. 31 (increase width by increasing the chain by 10)

Row 1: sk first 3 ch. *V-stitch in the next ch, sk next 2ch* across. DC in final ch

Row 2: ch 3. *V-stitch in ch 2 space from previous row* across. DC in final ch.

Row 3-end: Repeat Row 2

To finish: fold scarf in half, sl st in each available space. Bind off and weave in ends.
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8  Box of Whiskey in Valentine's Day by diy-ology on: February 09, 2014 11:30:58 AM

My valentine isn't big on candy but can hold his liquor pretty well. So I bought a box of chocolate, ate the chocolate (most, at least), bought his favorite mini drinks, and placed them in the box. To make it a bit more personal I added those paper hearts with inside jokes attached to each one to remind him that, this isn't just about booze. hah
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9  Re: Connected Double Ring in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by diy-ology on: February 09, 2014 11:11:04 AM

Something a little simpler to make and use.
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10  Connected Double Ring in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by diy-ology on: February 05, 2014 06:01:24 AM
I don't know what to call this, so I called it like it is. I had a lot of scrap chain and there's nothing worst than feeling like you have to toss scrap material away. With a few jump chains I saved all the scraps into a piece.

Click here if you want to see the materials you need for this.

It's a lot more comfortable to wear than you would think, the chains don't get in the way.
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