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1  Sovereignty Crowns! (kinda img heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by evilwench on: August 02, 2010 10:20:20 PM
So I've signed up for a thing called Sovereignty Kindergarten, which has nothing to do with jewelry... except that it DID inspire me to do some beading. Which is pretty cool, since I've been museless on the beading front for ages now Sad

This last weekend I made a slew of Sovereignty Crowns, only they're designed so that they have a small clasp, so you can disguise your crown as a necklace if you need to go undercover Wink

Here's some of what I put together;

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2  Snookerdoodle Cake - in miniature :D in Dessert by evilwench on: October 17, 2009 08:38:18 PM
So here's the background info; I LOVE to bake, and I seriously want to learn to decorate cakes... the only thing is, I don't necessarily want to eat baked goods as often as I want to bake them! lol

I've been contemplating this dilemma for a while, and finally decided that I'm going to start baking cakes to practice my decorating on... and then I can give the cakes away  Grin

I will admit, I'm using cake mixes, since the cakes are just to practice on... but I'm also using recipes from the Cake Mix Doctor, 'cause plain old box cakes are pretty boring. Today's experiment was with the recipe for Snickerdoodle cake... and let me tell you, it smelled absolutely AMAZING baking in the oven.

Of course, I can't give away a cake without knowing whether or not it's yummy, so I made a "tasting cake". Just a little bit of batter baked up in a small mason jar, so cute and tiny I could squeal Wink

The carnation is for size reference Smiley

The big cake will be decorated tomorrow... photos will be posted when it's all put together!
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3  stripey pillows make mom happy in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by evilwench on: August 25, 2008 10:27:59 PM
So my mom's been bugging me to make some pillows to display in her store... I've been saying ok (and putting off actually doing it) for ages, but finally sat down and made some today. Funny thing is, it took me less than half an hour to make both of these  Grin  I should really try procrastinating less!

It took a little less than 1/2 a yard of each fabric to make both pillows, and for a finishing touch, I sewed on a little shisha mirror  Cheesy
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4  Another sweet made savory... in Recipes and Cooking Tips by evilwench on: July 18, 2008 07:08:10 PM
So the muffin cakes were such a hit, I had to try my hand at altering another sweet recipe into a savory... the recipe this time? "Rugelach!" Traditionally a Jewish pastry, sometimes made with a cream cheese dough, and filled with a variety of sweet fruit, nuts, chocolate, or some combination of the above.

I apologize to anyone of strict Jewish faith, I did break some major dietary rules on this one... but oh dear lord are they tasty?! I also broke a lot of baking rules as well. Actually, they probably shouldn't have turned out as well as they did, but fortunately they did... now if only I could stop eating them  Cry

Basically, I took the cream cheese dough recipe (cut in half, which you're not really supposed to do in baking, but I really didn't want a whole batch, and I figured if they turned out horrible I could blame it on that  Grin). For the filling, my husband had made manicotti a couple nights before and we still had a ton of filling left (it's basically a mix of ricotta, sausage, olives, and herbs). I spread that on, then rolled the little suckers up and "glazed" with a garlic herb butter that I mixed up the night before... here they are in all their glory!

an image of the inside;

and my herb butter, all rolled up and ready to refrigerate for later experiments recipes;
it's not much to look at, but it sure does taste good  Wink

These things turned out incredible! Mostly savory, with a little bit of sweet from the dough, just salty and buttery enough to be really satisfying and moist, without overwhelming you... I think these could be really bad for me, but they taste so good I just don't care!

Oh, and bonus, the husband liked them too (which is good, since he's my excuse to keep experimenting like this Cheesy)
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5  Muffin Cakes!!! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by evilwench on: July 15, 2008 10:02:11 PM
Hi, my name is Heidi, and I'm addicted to baking Tongue Actually, I've been obsessed with cupcakes lately... only thing is, the boy doesn't really eat sweets, so I've been trying to think of ways to appease my desire to make small frosting covered food in a "savory" kind of way. The result? Muffin Cakes!

I made cornbread muffins, with garlic chicken sausage inside. Then I made garlic mashed potatoes (I even roasted the garlic cloves myself!)... then, I "iced" the muffins with the mashed potatoes  Grin

Muffin Cakes in all their glory... and the mashed potato frosting;

An overview of the frosted tops;

The inside view;

This was definitely fun, specially since I was really just wingin' it the whole time... also, I've never actually made mashed potatoes before, or roasted garlic cloves, or piped frosting (of any kind, let alone mashed potato frosting). I was a little worried they wouldn't turn out so good, but some friends came over last night, and just devoured them!  Cool

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6  Re: Red Jewelry Swap in The Swap Gallery by evilwench on: December 02, 2005 08:46:42 PM
evilwench, im so sorry, i cannot get my home computer to work and cannot post pictures of the wonderful jewelry you sent me! I love it all so much and feel horrible about it!!!! Ive been wearing the necklace every day, you are truly a wonderful crafter/beader!!!!! thank you again!!!!!

it's no prob... I'm just happy you like it Cheesy

and luckily enough, I took pics before I sent 'em off (I was really happy with how they turned out Grin)

(the big round thing at top right is a lapel pin)
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7  Re: Crocheting metal... have you tried? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by evilwench on: October 30, 2005 01:34:37 AM
I made a short chain and worked 2 rows of single crochet.  It's tricky figuring out where to put the damned hook.

I found I'm happiest with my pieces when I work in the back loop of the stitch... it's more than enough to be secure, but not so much as to leave the piece feeling stiff... if that makes any sense Wink

you make me scared to try with metal again...

looks great though...maybe i should try with some different material...

don't be afraid Sad it takes practice, but you can make some incredible things once you get the hang of it Cheesy

for instance...
here's a closeup of a bracelet I made while playing around

and me wearing one of my fav necklaces

If you're having trouble with your materials, try to find some "Artistic Wire" (it's a brand name)... they come as thin as 34 gauge (which is like working with hair  Shocked). If your local craft store doesn't carry it, look online, I can pretty much guarantee SOMEONE will have it Grin
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8  Re: Red Jewelry Swap in The Swap Gallery by evilwench on: October 29, 2005 06:40:06 PM
Ok, took a little longer than I meant to, but here's the goodies that I got Cheesy

I got a wonderful looong red necklace (loops around a few times, or twice at longer length Grin); another pretty necklace with a red stone pendant, two matching pairs of earrings, and a pin/brooch with the same kind of stones on it; a pair of red stone bobby pins, and a pair of lovely red hairclips; and a couple of dangly red charmy things (think I'm gonna hang those off my keys... maybe not the flowery one though, I'd be afraid of the flowers getting knocked off Sad)

Hope everyone else got as great a selection as I did Cheesy

Thanks Cookies!!!
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9  Climbing Tree... my fav montage :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by evilwench on: October 21, 2005 11:09:25 PM
The final of my montage group, this is my favorite... I used pictures from a dozen or more different trees and a bits and pieces of some rocks on/in one of the local beaches

You can see a larger version at deviantart.com; http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/10694676/
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10  Where my imagination lives... another montage :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by evilwench on: October 21, 2005 11:06:54 PM
Here's another montage from my second semester of digital imaging... this one consists of photos of local buildings and bits of the local forest/park stitched together, to make my very own treehouse Cheesy

If you'd like to see a larger version of the image, check out the full view at deviantart.com; http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/24306162/
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