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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Curb chain, rhinestone and embroidery floss wrap bracelet. on: May 29, 2013 12:35:58 PM
Nothing terribly complicated...just wrapped/woven using an embroidery needle.

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / DIY Venessa Arizaga multi-strand necklace on: May 29, 2013 12:32:53 PM
Based on the tutorial here: http://www.inspirationrealisation.com/2013/04/diy-venessa-arizaga-multi-strand.html?m=1

Which is based on the necklace here: https://venessaarizaga.com/product_info.php?products_id=647

And here's what mine looks like:

Progress shot:
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Sesame Street themed gift (slightly image heavy) on: May 29, 2013 12:29:11 PM
I'm big on gender neutrality when giving baby gifts.  So when one of my best friends from college told me he and his wife were expecting, I headed straight to the fabric store.  Originally I was in search of Longhorn fabric...but I live in Illinois, not Texas, so it's not so easy to come by.  I picked out all sorts of stuff...and then I saw all of the Sesame Street fabric and fell in love with it.

I made a snuggle blanket based on Amy Butler's snuggle blanket (but, like the last time I made it, I eliminated the belt), three burp cloths, and my first taggie blanket!  So much fun!

All wrapped up and ready to send:

4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Getting better at sugar spun nails just in time for football season! on: September 11, 2012 08:22:53 AM
Bought an actual dotting tool and made a second attempt at the spun sugar technique...this time in Bears colors! (Zoya Indigo and Essie...something I can't remember)

It's my birthday today and I'm trying to decide what to do to my nails for my night out on Saturday.  This is proving very difficult.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Lots of pictures of my nails...with polish and stuff! Image Obese on: August 01, 2012 11:06:22 AM
I did all of these myself except for the pink/silver holo nails.  I use an opened bobby pin as a dotting tool and often take pictures before I clean up the cuticles.  I have listed the polish names/brands where I can remember them.

This is my nail polish collection (there are a few more now):

This is the one I didn't do myself...and it's on acrylics which I never have because I'm awful at keeping them up.  Zoya Tobey and Color Club Worth The Risque

First attempt at a gradient.  The purple is Zoya Hope, glitter/stars Klean Color Silver Star (the Klean Color jelly glitter are gorgeous, but are goopy and never dry completely or well.

Obnoxious 4th of July nails.  Sinful Colors are the white and blue.  Klean Color Silver Star.  Zoya America is the red.

Zoya Tobey and Hope (I think)

OPI Strawberried in the Sand and Zoya Indigo.  The heart is from a Klean Color jelly glitter.

China Glaze Flyin' High and Essie Fear or Desire

My version (on the left) of a design I saw on Pinterest (on the right)...I will link the original image if I find it.  I don't like my version much.  Worth trying again, though.

Zoya Phobe (blue matte) and Mitzi (matte green) alone and then with Klean Color Silver Star

Zoya Robyn(light blue), Luna(silver) and Indigo (navy - it has multicolored micro glitter in it)

Papaya Punch by China Glaze and Paz by Zoya

St. Patrick's Day.  Zoya Ivanka and OPI Need Sunglasses

Deathly Hallows Zoya Luna and Zoya Raven and a silver nail art pen

First attempt at the spun sugar technique for the rainbow...obviously I need practice.  Lots of colors!

Well, there it is.  Maybe I'll buy an actual dotting tool eventually.
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Monster Windows! on: January 26, 2012 11:23:26 AM
My idea came from here http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/kzb1v/my_friends_just_moved_they_decided_to_use_all/ via here http://ianbrooks.me/post/11033327010/halloween-house-made-by

I loved this idea.  I only have three windows that face the street...but I figured I'd give it a go!  I used black foam board, tissue paper, contact paper and an exacto knife and circle cutter.

This is a crappy shot from the street on a phone that doesn't zoom enough to compensate for the fact that I live on the third floor:

You can see I did little extra eyes.  It wasn't that impressive from three floors down...but oh well!

Each monster up close and during the day:

7  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / An homage to my little Walter Sobchak on: January 26, 2012 11:10:34 AM
My friend brought over a Sublime Stitching book that had tons of cute patterns...but I picked this one:

An homage to my baby boy, Walter Sobchak

8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Soupapalooza! on: January 26, 2012 11:01:43 AM
A few weeks ago I came across this http://www.hellobrit.com/food/12-healthy-soups-to-warm-you-up-all-winter-long/

A couple Sundays ago, in just about 5 hours, I made five of those soups.

1. Creamy White Bean Soup (I used turkey bacon)

2. Roasted Squash and Pear Soup with Brie (probably the least healthy)

3. Fresh Greek Lentil Soup

4. Beet and Fennel Soup with Greek Yogurt (two grocery stores I went to only had flavored kefir, but greek yogurt works just fine!)

5. Roasted Garlic Broccoli Soup

All in the freezer:

I made 35 small containers (plus a little extra of the squash and Greek lentil soups).  I gave one container of each kind to my neighbor and one of each to my mom.  Still enough soup for me for a month!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Melted Crayon Art to match my living room! 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.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sparklebarf (picture heavy) [Blinged out IPhone case] 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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