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11  Melted Crayon Art to match my living room! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by alixianervosa on: August 18, 2011 12:41:16 PM
I have been seeing this project EVERYWHERE on the internet...except I haven't signed into Craftster in a while so it's probably all over here too...sorry :/

Anyhow...a bunch of the originals I saw said they glued the crayons to the canvas and then left them out in the sun.  Then I read a bunch of blogs that said even in 100+ degree heat, that didn't work for them and they used a blowdryer.  So I skipped the sun and opted for my blowdryer.  My recommendation would be to use an attachment that concentrates the heat into one place.  Mine kinda flares out...hence the splatters.

Anyhow.  Onto the pictures!

First I picked out all the colors I wanted to match my living room:

Then I lined them up by color:

Then I lined them up on the canvas panels (I think I rearranged a bit after this):

Then I glued and melted them.  They'll hang above this couch(and there's the blanket I knitted that I have yet to tie in ends or post):


I have a third panel, but I need more crayons.  I also desperately need to paint my walls...but this will help...once I figure out how I'm going to hang them.
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12  Sparklebarf (picture heavy) [Blinged out IPhone case] in Completed Projects by alixianervosa on: April 19, 2011 09:13:46 AM
I was browsing through craftster, like I do almost daily, when I came across this:


"That's perfect!" I thought to myself.  See, I have to make a few crafts for this pay it forward thing from facebook.  I already did 3 aprons (one of which I kept for myself), but I didn't want to do the same project for everyone and when I saw this, my friend Katie immediately came to mind.  I texted her boyfriend to ask which version of the iphone she had and I ordered a case on ebay.  Then I ordered the jewels from the same site as RCKFELLA http://fullmoon07xxx.ocnk.net/ .  I have to say that I found the site overwhelming, but a good value and I got my stuff relatively quickly.

The girl who I made this for used to work at Disney World and loves everything Disney.  


The case was a translucent pink...the first step was to glitter it up with some Luna nail polish by Zoya (www.zoya.com CHECK THEM OUT, They're my favorite and they run promos all the time!)  It took about three coats to fully cover.

Then I did a coat of a pinkish polish, just to make sure it was opaque

When I turned it over...IT LOOKED LIKE GLITTER VINYL!  I thought about just keeping it like this, but that's boring:

Then comes the sparklebarf

and finally...after a lot of Arlene's glass and bead glue and a ton of patience

Thanks for the inspiration RCKFELLA!  Comments and critiques welcome.

I have plans to do a sorta mod one for myself...I just have to figure out a pattern.
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13  I wanna be a housewife, and that's just where I'm at... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by alixianervosa on: April 11, 2011 08:57:18 AM

At the beginning of the year a friend posted this on facebook:  Pay It Forward 2011!
I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment here. To be eligible, you must also post this status, offering the same thing to 5 other people. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people some time in 2011.

I jumped on that!  And these are the first three things I made to send the people who signed up for mine.  Of course...I've decided to keep one for myself, so that means I have to come up with something else for the other people who signed up.

I used simplicity pattern 2272 I did change it in that I switched the waistband to the apron fabric instead of keeping in the same as the overlay.  I like the way it breaks it up.  The pattern was easy to follow, but it did waste quite a bit of fabric.  It's ok, now I have lots of cute scrap fabric.

Anyhow.  Pictures!

This is the one I'm keeping:

This is the song that the title is from...it's basically my current life story:
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14  Walkin' in my (livingroom) Winter Wonderland in Winter Holidays by alixianervosa on: December 22, 2010 02:11:04 PM
I had a Hanukkah Party a few weeks ago.  I wanted to decorate sorta holiday neutral, so I went with a Winter Theme

It was hard to get good pictures of this

Above the windows are branches from my mom's yard that I spray painted silver.  There are glitter snowflakes hung on dental floss in the windows and sparkly snow at the bottom.  It looks way cooler from inside than from outside.

The lights in the left corner fell down, but I injured myself putting them up, so I didn't fix them. Damn being 5'2".

I also took down some of my curtains...well they fell down...but I'm not hating how it looks without them. Though I do like having a cave like darkness in my living room for movies and naps. Maybe I'll put up solid color curtains in their stead.

Also, I finished repainting a faux fireplace I found in my friend's attic.  It was an awful yellow before...I don't know that I have a before picture.  The inside was a dark red.  I wanted to spray paint the inside gold, but I only had a small can.  So now it's splotchy, but with the lights in there it actually looks pretty nice.  I love it!  Both that and the corner piece still need touch ups, but overall, I like the look.  I can't wait until I have money to have the walls painted so the whole look comes together!  I already have colors picked out for this room.

I made my mom wrap her presents early and bring them over so I could put them all out ;x
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15  Bacon Maple Cupcakes in Dessert by alixianervosa on: November 01, 2010 02:06:28 PM
My mom was raised in a kosher home...so in her adult life she has become a lover of bacon and ham.  For her birthday, I decided to try out a recipe that I've been looking at for a while.

The recipe is here:

The only change I made was adding pieces of candied bacon to the top.

I don't personally like bacon much, but I made an alarming discovery:  candied bacon is DEEEELLLIIIISSSSHUUUUSSSS...and probably too easy to make.  Coat bacon in brown sugar, put it on a drip tray (coated in nonstick spray) above a cookie sheet and pop it in a 350 oven for 20-30 minutes or so.  Then I let it cool and I broke it into pieces for the tops of the cupcakes.

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16  No $#*+...you guys got coke here?! in Halloween Costumes by alixianervosa on: November 01, 2010 10:42:29 AM
This is one of the most comfortable costumes I've ever worn.  I only really made the troll shirt (fabric, fabric glue, puffy paint around the eyes, and sharpies).  Everything else was purchased at a thrift store for $9.79!  I even bought boots, but then I realized she wore gym shoes.
Without further ado...


Oh and then yesterday, to hand out candy, I just wore a gray lace dress and black cardigan and did my makeup:

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17  Re: rainbow cheesecake...now with two attempts! updated 15Mar08 in Dessert by alixianervosa on: September 30, 2010 08:58:46 AM
I totally copied you!  I tried to make one with a sugar cookie (from a box because I was being lazy) bottom, but I had so many problems.  First it was undercooked and got soggy when I added the cheesecake layer, then it was overcooked and crunchy, then I tried a no bake cheesecake mix, but it was too thick to mix the colors all pretty.

Anyhow, I wound up making two brownie cheesecakes.  The first was to bring to the Bears game tailgate on Monday night:

and the second was to send to a friend who just got a big boy job :]

Thanks so much for the idea.  It opens up so many doors!!
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18  It's clothing...for my dog (pic heavy) in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by alixianervosa on: September 08, 2010 08:42:30 AM
I had extra Bears fleece sitting in my closet from making this https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358909.0  and when I was out walking my puppy, Walter, last week he was already shivering and it's just barely September.

Dog clothes are ridiculous...but so am I, so I'm embracing it!

It's hard to see and a bit wonky, but this is a button hole to slip his leash through

Walter in action:

My mom bought Walter a hoodie, but it was too small.  I was taking it apart to see if I could make it bigger, but there wasn't any extra fabric, and it unraveled when I was taking it apart, so I used it as a rough template and just sorta freehanded it.  My friend has already asked me to make two for her dogs and now I want to make him other clothes!
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19  Because you can't eat popcorn under a blanket! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by alixianervosa on: September 08, 2010 08:34:39 AM
I made my own snuggie!!  Actually, I made two but I don't have a picture of the other one.

It's basically a big rectangle of fleece with two armholes where you add sleeves.  Super easy to do.  I added a pocket because I knew I wanted to wear it to football games and would need to keep my hands toasty!

Here it is hanging from my dresser

The other one is navy with orange sleeves.

Here's my friend Kevin modeling it at a Bears tailgate :]

So comfy and warm...but because I used specialty fleece, actually more expensive than the one on TV.  Also, though, it's a better quality, warmer, softer fleece...so it was worth it.  And the person who has the other one loves it!
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20  I MADE BAGELS!!11!!1!eleventy!! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by alixianervosa on: September 01, 2010 03:01:57 PM
I used this recipe http://www.bagelrecipes.net/egg-bagels.html

to make these bagels

I made some onion bagels by using diced sauted onions.  Just put a little egg wash on your bagels before you bake them and sprinkle the onions on!  Easy!!

Next time I'll work on making them prettier...but they were delicious!
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