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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 58 ENTRIES / Penguin Wonderland on: January 04, 2011 11:26:26 AM
This is my first gingerbread house and I had so much fun making it!  I had ideas of what I wanted but I pretty much winged it.  I'm so proud, I can't bring myself to throw it away yet, lol.  Hope you all enjoy! 

Full View

Pathway and view of the well

Penguins ice skating  Cheesy

Trees are made of sugar cones and one is a sucker.  The well is candy cane, sugar cone and wafer cookie with caramel steps.  Lamp posts are soft canes and gumdrops.  Pathway is made of caramels.  The pond is made of poured sugar and the penguins came off of push suckers!

Thanks for taking a peek!!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / iPod Valentines on: February 11, 2010 09:48:10 PM
I'm sure many of you have been working on valentines with your children and this household was no exception!  My son always makes his valentines rather than buying cards.  This year I ran an iPod idea I found by him and he immediately was on board.  We got all the supplies and worked together assembling them.  I created the labels in Photoshop and inserted ---'s playlist on each valentine.  The headphones are silver metallic cord used for plastic canvas projects and Reeces for the ear part.  The base of the iPods are boxes of conversational hearts.  It was a very easy project and I'm sure the class will love them!

C&C welcome!  Thanks for looking!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Abby's Coat on: February 04, 2010 03:35:43 PM
I bought the One Yard Wonders book a while back and this is the first project I have made from the book.  Abby is so small I didn't know if it was going to fit but it worked out perfectly!  It's lined with pink fleece to keep her a bit warmer.  I was thinking of making some legwarmers as well.  She didn't like the snood I made to go with it but she loves the coat! 

Thanks for looking!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Super Pink Play Kitchen on: January 25, 2010 10:06:13 PM
My husband and I made a play kitchen for my daughter's 5th birthday earlier this month.  We didn't have much time to complete it since we were still recovering from Christmas.  You don't see many diy kitchens that haven't been crafted from Ikea parts so I'm proud to say it's all made of scrap wood from the shop my husband works in building trade show booths.  He made the shell and I did everything else.  Everything is wood except the spout which is a PVC plumbing piece with a serger thread cone on the end connected to back of the sink and the oven window is plexiglass.  There's also a light above the sink area.  I had to get pretty creative with the embellishment pieces since we were broke but it gave me a reason to finally use our scroll saw we've had lying around for over a year.  I was a bit intimidated by it but had no choice but to use it.  Now I love it BTW!  I used scrap dowels, craft wood and 2x4's we had lying around to do the handles, the oven top and the curtain rods.  the curtains are a bit short because the fabric was bought for another project and I didn't have the money to go back and purchase extra.  I wasn't going to post this yet because I still need to put a picture in the window.  I plan on taking a picture of somewhere around town to put in it but the weather had been very dreary lately.  I don't know if a fridge will follow, the shows have started back up so my husband is traveling again and won't have much time.  We have a shop out in the garage but I'm afraid to go out there, it creeps me out!  This was definitely a stressful project but I'm very pleased with the outcome and my daughter loves it!  

My beloved Singer 401 back there, the power cord needs replacing, anyone know where I can get one?

Yep, that's the incredible sweater machine you see back there, lol.  No tacky sweaters were made, promise!

Thanks for looking!!
5  COOKING / Dessert / Amish Peanut Butter Pie on: December 31, 2009 07:53:46 PM
Anyone love Man vs Food as much as I do?  Adam is too crazy!  Anyway, the other night the episode where he was at Yoder's was on, an amish restaurant supposedly know for their great pies.  When they put together the peanut butter pie I knew I just had to try it.  After searching for a recipe I got the gist of how to put one together.  I've never made pudding or whipped topping from scratch and didn't feel like making a crust from scratch, add in lazyiness, therefore quick and easy it had to be!  I decided to write up a tutorial while I wait for it to chill.  


Thanks for looking!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bitten by the Bomber Hat Bug on: December 28, 2009 06:09:50 PM
This was a last minute Christmas gift for my husband's grandpa.  When I saw the tutorial on Threadbanger's youtube channel I knew he would like one.  I started and finished it the morning we were to set out to his house.  After reading the comments for this hat, I decided against using the pattern provided.  Instead, I drafted a pattern with about the same dimensions as my own bomber hat from Spencer's.  I was going to add the little half circle thingies they usually have, but didn't have time (btw, why are those things there??).  I also added a strap and some buttons (which I wanted to move the lower one up a bit, oh well) as requested by my husband AFTER I had finished the hat AND while being rushed by him all at the same time, lol.  It fit his grandpa nicely and he loved it!  We were told that after we left to stay over in another town to go Christmas shopping, he wore it all day around the house!

I made the hat from lightweight corduroy and shearling.
Front (please excuse the fuzzies):

Strap side:

Button side:

Thanks for looking!

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Woo Pig Sooie!! Razorbacks! on: December 28, 2009 05:54:57 PM
Cross stitching is definitely not my craft but I wanted to make something Razorback related for my husband's Arkansas Razorback crazed aunt and uncle as a Christmas present.  I started this about a month and a half ago and finished a week before Christmas.  I was going to frame it at first but decided at the last minute to turn it into a pillow.  I just did a half stitch with all six strands.  I have no idea how many stitches there are but I thought I would never finish this thing!  I also made the pattern in Photoshop. 


Side, to show denim backing:

Thanks for looking!
8  COOKING / Dessert / Holiday Treats for Gifts (pic heavy) on: December 28, 2009 05:43:33 PM
This year I decided to make goodies for presents instead of trying to figure out what to shop for.  Who doesn't like a platter full of yummy treats?  I made about 8 or 9 treats and a cake for my sister.  I didn't give away the Melting Moments because, to me, they just didn't taste good.  Next time I will try the Mexican Wedding Cookie version instead.  Other than that, everything tasted great!

Cookie Platters- My Mama requested the Neiman Marcus ones so she has a lot in her platter, I also had buckets with cookies in them but I didn't have time to photograph them.

Heart Wreaths- idea comes from Gourmet Mom on-the-Go (made with tiny heart cutters and placed together)

Brownie Roll-outs (from Smitten Kitchen) with Peanut Butter drizzle (the drizzle was a last minute change, I was going to put mint buttercream and candy cane bits but already had something minty), Chocolate Crinkles (Joy of Baking)

Simple Fudge (Martha Stewart)  I also made a batch of this without nuts for my husband's grandpa.

Neiman Marcus Cookie (hoax version as per the Brown Eyed Baker)

Melting Moments (not one of Joy of Baking's best, great texture but tasted like a mouthful of flour)

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (Martha Stewart, Holiday Magazine issue Dec 2008, on site as well)

Mini Pecan Pies (Bakerella)

Sorta Traditional Style Red Velvet Cake (whipped cream cheese frosting instead of a roux icing)

I also made sugar cookies to decorate but didn't get the time to decorate them.  I'll be having Christmas cookies on New Year's, lol.  Thanks for looking and can't wait to do it again!

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cupcake Tote on: November 30, 2009 09:30:11 PM
Hey all,
I'm not a scrapbooker at all, nor do I have an "eye" for paper crafts but when I saw the cute cupcake tote on Nichole Heady's blog, I knew I had to at least try and that it would be a great present for my tween cousins for Christmas.  The vials (originally for beads, she used test/spice tubes with silver screw on caps) hold sprinkles for decorating.  The bag in front (made from waxed paper, I couldn't find the Reynold's glassine bags) hold cupcake liners, tips and bags.  I also plan on printing out instructions on how to use the bags and what the tips do.  I didn't really follow her steps as she used cake mix and I used the cupcake mix so the dimensions aren't the same.  I'm not sure they have cupcake pans so I'll probably buy some of the tin ones to go along with the totes.  I also included frosting and covered the tubs with matching scrapbook paper. 

close up

side view


Thanks for looking!
10  COOKING / Dessert / Mudcake Sandwiches on: November 17, 2009 07:03:55 PM
I made these a few days ago.  They are soo good with ice cream!  Someone on here was looking for the recipe (if you read this, I replied to your thread).  If you google search the name you will find the recipe.  That one is an altered version of the original recipe I used which is in a book. 

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