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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / How to I love glitter? Let me count the ways: glitter deer, lemons, limes... on: December 19, 2007 08:27:46 AM
Totally loving these ornaments.

The deer are for friends of mine.

The lemons and limes are to go with a bottle of limoncello for a family member.

Want directions? Check out Martha.

Glittered Deer:
Glittered Fruit:
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Paperdoll Dress (Felty Frock) *w/photos* on: December 18, 2007 02:27:13 AM
In Therese Laskey's book, Softies Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals, there is a pattern I just adore.

It's Alicia Paulson (Posie Gets Cozy) for her Paperdoll Dress.

I made one that I stuffed (not pictured here), then I made two un-stuffed varieties.

They are the neatest non-holiday ornaments ever. Although I think Christmas ones would be cool.

Love the colours on this one.

This one's totally Ice Princess, no?

The patten is super-fun to customise too!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / St. Lucia's Day, Santa Lucia Doll *w/photo* on: December 03, 2007 02:25:46 PM
Yay! I got my St. Lucia/ Santa Lucia Doll Kit from Posie Gets Cozy today.

I had already started to make a batch of them and well, I got one finished this morning.

If you're interested, Alica Paulson has the directions listed here:rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/2006/12/santa_lucia_dol.html

Totally perfect Christmas decoration or even better, gift!

P.S. Sorry about the sucky photo quality.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Super Cute Business Card Holders *w/photo* on: December 01, 2007 10:13:10 PM
Did you see the neat business card holder pattern from Blueprint Magazine?

Take a look at them here: http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=d3a1b003cc9a5110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&vgnextchannel=bd5e1eec2c7ee010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&rsc=collage_crafts_celebration-crafts_p8&lnc=bd5e1eec2c7ee010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD

I loved the idea, but as a firm believer in animal rights, I refuse to work with leather.

So... presenting the happy vegetarian's version:

I used cute patterned fabric and fusible interfacing and tiny snaps for my version. But if you want to make one too, the pattern and template are on Martha's Blueprint site listed above.

I made a bunch for Christmas. I'm going to make calling cards for my friends and family and tuck them inside. Very inexpensive too.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas bonbon garland *w/photo* on: November 14, 2007 11:20:08 PM
I'm just about ready to string these "bonbons" together.

I had seen candy garlands before, but I'm not sure if I'd seen the made like this:

Styrofoam ball, wrapped in fabric, hot glued then tied with bits of fabric.

It's for the Ga Ga for Garland Swap I'm in.

Just one question, does anybody know if it'd be better to string through the Styrofoam ball, or just sew the ends of the "wrappers" together?
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Cheap, Quick & Cute fabric covered coffee tin Jack-O-Lanterns on: October 28, 2007 06:39:20 PM
Yes, another boredome craft!

Made on a graveyard shift at work. I had very few supplies at hand. A few old coffee tins and a bit of scrap fabric, bias binding, fabric marker, double-sided adhesive and some glue (OK, so maybe I had a few more supplies with me then most chicas carry).

I was going to use them as indoor planters but didn't get around to the greenery this week. So, I guess I'll use them as my candy dishes on October 31st.

The idea just hit me to make some Christmas gift containers in the same way. Well, without the faces. Heh heh. I mean like cool flour sack fabrics and ribbon or something. You know, reusable gift containers.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Boredom Crafts *w/photo* on: October 08, 2007 12:12:59 PM
OK, every one knows what I mean. You're bored, there's some plain object sitting in front of you. You decide to add paint, paper or glitter to the item.

It's a boredom craft.

Everyone's made one.

It's never super great. But it helps to pass the time.

Ladies and Gentleman, in the spirit of the Boredom Craft, may I present to you, my souped-up clothespin!

Yup, sure was a long day. Grin

I'd love to see other Boredom Crafts. Post 'em here Chicas and Chicos!
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Tina's Black Bean and Corn Salad on: October 01, 2007 02:47:09 AM
I love this salad. My pal Tina from Willmington made this for me and I flipped over it.

Tina's Black Bean and Corn Salad

I do a lot by taste, so I don't have exacts. The optional items make it really good, too, if you like them.
2 cans of corn
2 cans of black beans
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1/2 pink grape tomatoes, sliced in half
garlic powder
black pepper
1-2 Tb of balsamic vinegar
1-2 Tb of olive oil
red onions
Rinse the black beans and corn in a colander and then put in a large bowl. Cube the bell pepper. If using the scallions and red onion, chop them in small pieces. Put in bowl and mix lightly. Add vinegar and olive oil and mix more. Add seasoning to taste. Enjoy!!

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Eek! Martha is looking for sewers for her audiance... on: September 01, 2007 12:16:49 PM
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10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / I love freezer paper stencils! Now with WORKING *w/photos* on: August 31, 2007 10:49:50 AM
Nothing too intersting here with these designs. They are very basic, but they were a lot of fun to make.

I made my first freezer paper stencils this week.

The first was a test. I used to have a T shirt with "Babie" on it in "Barbie" font. I don't have a clue what happened to it, but I have missed it.

So once I found out about freezer paper stencils, I made a test try on some unbleached cotton. I love how it turned out. Of course, you can see the snag on the letter e as I tore the paper off before it was 100% dry (beginner's patience's).

And this is the first T stencil I made. It was for my student at work. He chose the idea, not me. Wink

But I do like it, except you can see the paint brush strokes in it. Next time I'll know to do two lighter coats instead on one thick coat.
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