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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sovereignty Crowns! (kinda img heavy) 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;

2  COOKING / Dessert / Snookerdoodle Cake - in miniature :D 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!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / stripey pillows make mom happy 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
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Another sweet made savory... 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)
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Muffin Cakes!!! 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

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Climbing Tree... my fav montage :D 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/
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Where my imagination lives... another montage :D 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/
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / In my dreams I can fly... digital photo montage on: October 21, 2005 10:50:49 PM
Made this as part of a digital imaging class... the photos were taken during an aerial tour of the local coastline...

It's kind of hard to see very well at this size, so if you want to get a better view, check out the full version at deviantart.com; http://www.deviantart.com/view/24305725/
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / late night + mod podge = happy goodness :D on: September 08, 2005 03:14:09 AM
I'm taking Religion & Psychology this semester, and one of the things we have to do is keep a journal... so I decided to decorate mine with a bit of decoupage Grin

Here's the cover;

and in case you're interested, that's buddha's body with jesus' head and ganesh's arms... i wanted to add more, but ran out of time and had trouble finding good images Sad anywho, i'm fairly happy with how it turned out, hope you like it Cheesy
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Jellyfish out of water (big pics) on: August 22, 2005 06:38:04 PM
This was just the perfect challenge for me... I've had a project that I've been meaning to work on for quite some time, but kept putting off (which is really bad, 'cause it was supposed to be a present for my dad  Embarrassed)

I was inspired to make this piece by an image of a wire crochet sculpture by Ruth Asawa which was shown at the San Jose Museum of Art (you can see it here; http://www.sjmusart.org/content/collection/highlights/sculptures/item_info.phtml?itemID=70&typeID=sculptures)  The bottom part made me think of a jellyfish... and as my dad had given me a really nice fishing reel for christmas, I thought it would be fun to send him a little something from the sea Cheesy

Anywho, here it is, my jellyfish out of water Grin

(Inside the jar I got to display it in)

(a close up of it in the jar... i like how it kinda looks like it's underwater Cheesy)

(a closer shot of the body of the jellyfish)

(a closer shot of the tentacles)

My jellyfish was crocheted using fine silver wire, and the tentacles have swarovski crystals dangling down from them... I meant to take shots of the "in-progress", but forgot my camera at work Sad
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