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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Doctor Who TARDIS door mural on: August 07, 2009 10:18:10 AM
My son has been waiting for just the right inspiration to decide what hed like on his door.  This summer, it came to him. The Doctors TARDIS.

We started with a powder blue door and went from there.

We painted and embellished over a couple of days, but overall it was a pretty easy project.  You can find more about how we did it here.  

I just love seeing it at the end of the hallway and he says it's exactly what he wanted.  Cheesy
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Turkle the Quilty Turtle on: May 16, 2009 04:47:18 AM
I'm so tempted to put this guy over in Quilts, but on balance, he's definitely a plaything!

Turkle is made out of left over bits and pieces from quilting and from my stash of scrappy fabrics.  I found a vintage Butterick pattern at the thrift store with all instructions and uncut pieces and just couldn't resist! 

I <3 turtles!

I made the back by cutting out the two back pieces from muslin and then foundation piecing on top of that like you would for a crazy quilt block.

No eyes because the pattern eyes were kinda creepy!  I like him just like this.  Grin

You can get close, he won't bite!

Oh, wee, tail, how do I love thee?

And, SURPRISE!  What turtle doesn't need a purple leopard print belly??

Turkle the Turtle's Ancestry

I think the next one might be all out of recycled jeans...

Hope you like it!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Starfleet pattern for the new Star Trek movie on: May 05, 2009 03:12:00 PM
Wow, it has been AGES since I posted on craftster.  Where has the time gotten to?  Slow down 2009!

I just finished a new paper pieced pattern in honor of the Star Trek movie that comes out this weekend and thought there might be some other ST fans here that would enjoy it.

The pattern is here and there's a little bit more about my love affair with Star Trek here.
4  COOKING / Dessert / Faux Ferrero Rocher on: February 19, 2009 06:46:10 PM
It's been ages since I posted something new!

Here's what I made my sweetie for Valentine's.  He's a generous man and shared.  Of course, he also values his life and rarely gets between myself and chocolate. Wink

These are not identical to Ferrero Rocher, but they are a really yummy substitute.

Faux Ferrero Rocher

    * 1 cup milk chocolate chips (I used Hershey's, but you can use any combination of milk and dark chocolates.)
    * 1 cup dark chocolate chips
    * 1 tbs shortening
    * 1 cup chopped lightly roasted peanuts, chopped
    * 1 cup hazelnuts or macadamia nuts (the real thing uses hazelnuts)
    * 1 (13 oz.) jar of Nutella
    * miniature muffin tins and liners (approx 1 1/4″ size)

Line miniature muffin tins with wrappers.

Place chocolate chips and shortening in a microwavable bowl. Cook for 3-4 minutes.  Remove from microwave and stir, adding chopped peanuts. Mix thoroughly.

Place small teaspoon chocolate nut mix in base of pan or wrapper.

Place a nut in center.

Cover with about tsp. Nutella.

Cover with chocolate nut mix.

Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.


Makes approximately 30 really yummy candies.

Note - I might put a little more Nutella in them next time and I'm thinking about refrigerating before putting the nut in so I get a more "filling" like texture.

Recipe with step by step pics here.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Lil' St. Nick, Mrs. Claus and Santa's Elf & Christmas tree NEW PHOTOS on: December 04, 2008 07:28:12 AM

Boy, have I been in a Christmas-y mood this week!

These are paper pieced patterns designed by me, blogged about here and here.

I made one more block and then finished the project for a Christmas gift for some friends of ours.

6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / From the Mind of Rumiko Takahashi: InuYasha and Ryoga on: November 02, 2008 08:49:00 AM
Both of my kids are avid manga and anime fans.  One of their favorite authors is Rumiko Takahashi, who created the InuYasha series as well as Ranma 1/2.  Both of the kids chose characters from Rumiko Takahashi's work for Halloween this year and I had loads of fun turning them in to their favorite characters!

Reference Photos for InuYasha
InuYasha is the title character from InuYasha

My 13 year old daughter was InuYasha!  I created the top half of the costume based on a kimono I made some years ago. There are a number of custom changes to make the top appear the same as InuYashas, including a faux second layer underneath in white.   The pants are adapted from a pj pattern, with a more flared leg and belt.  The wig was purchased, with handcrafted ears added (made from faux fur and felt).  The sword and necklace were purchased online (I wanted to make the necklace, but she really, really wanted the authentic version from Japan!).  I made the scabbard by covering a toy sword scabbard with black fabric made into a sleeve which was glued to the inside top.   The entire costume is made with quilters cotton.

Reference Photos for Ryoga
Ryoga is from Ranma 1/2

Ryoga!  The top is a reconstructed sweatshirt with a custom collar and cuffs made from cotton fabric.  The belt is also cotton fabric.  The pants are adapted from a pajama pattern, with loops added to the sides for lacing the legs.  The cording on the pants is clothesline cord.   His headband is made from a strip of darker yellow fabric with squares stenciled on in black paint.  The rucksack is completely custom from canvas, with a drawstring, pocket and ties for the umbrella.  The red paper umbrella was purchased online and customized with paint and fabric. 

I hope you like them!

Also posted on my craft blog, along with photos of my hubby and myself in our costumes. Cheesy
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Mellocreme Pumpkin Earrings for Halloween! on: October 31, 2008 09:49:44 AM

Mmmmm, mellowcreme pumpkins, the yummy little sugar bombs that are really just candy corn kicked up a notch!  In homage to these tasty Halloween treats, how about a fun, easy craft that is cheap and makes enough to share with your friends?

I made the cute pumpkin earrings for a Halloween swap I was recently participated in.  You can make one pair or several!

Mellocreme Pumpkin Earrings
originally posted on my craft blog(makes 10 -12 pair)

    * 1 block orange polymer clay
    * small amount green polymer clay
    * toothpick or skewer
    * hook ear wires (aka French hooks) (2 for each pair)
    * eyepins (2 for each pair)
    * jump rings (size of your choice)
    * jewelry pliers (I used one round nose and one chain nose)
    * Sculpey Glaze (gloss)
    * small, soft paint brush
    * parchment paper
    * baking sheet
    * optional: business cards and decorative bags for gift giving

Separate the orange clay into enough pieces for 10 - 12 pairs of earrings.  Roll each piece into a rough ball shape.

Using the round nose pliers, twist the eye pins into a curly shape, making sure each is approximately the same length.  Make the same amount as the orange balls in the last step.

Squish the curly part of the eye pin into the orange ball.  Cover wire completely with clay, rounding with your fingers as you go.

Add a small amount of green clay, gently pressing it around the wire into a stem shape.  Make sure to leave the eye in the pin visible.  If necessary, use a toothpick or skewer to clean out the hole.

Use the toothpick or skewer to gently roll creases into the orange ball.

Wallah!  A tiny pumpkin!  Repeat steps for each earring.

Place earrings on parchment lined tray and bake according to manufacturers instructions.

Pumpkin charms, all baked.  They look a little dull, so

Place earrings eye pin side down in Styrofoam.  Gently brush on Sculpey Glaze.  Allow to dry upside down.   Once theyre turned over, add a little more Glaze around the top if needed.

Attach the ear wire (French hook) with a jump ring and pliers.  Repeat for each pumpkin charm.

If making enough to share with your friends, poke holes in a business card with a pin, then slide the ear wire through.  Fold the top end of the business card down and place in a cute little bag.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Ministry of Silly Walks and "What's all this then?" Monty Python Stenciled Tees on: August 17, 2008 08:32:48 PM
Over the summer, my son has discovered the awesomeness that is Monty Python.  SO, for the new school year (which starts in a week!), he wanted some Python tees. 

These were both stenciled using freezer paper.

EDIT:  The "Silly Walk" stencil is now available on my website.
Inspired by an image from Python Online

Ministry of Silly Walks
silver fabric paint on a black tee

What's all this then?
Two colors of blue fabric paint on a white tee.

EDIT:  My hubby loved the Silly Walk shirt so much, I made one for him, too!

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled 3-Ring Binder into Binder Cover/Tote with straps on: August 17, 2008 11:17:31 AM
This craft starts with a story.  My 13 year old daughter's middle school is huge.  The kids have less than 5 minutes to get from class to class and they don't always have time to go to their lockers.  Many of them carry large binders so they can have multiple classes worth of work with them all the time.

Last year, we bought this binder for her, in an attempt to give her a place to keep all her things.  Within a few months, the rings in the binder blew out.   The handle is on the back of the rings, so the weight of the contents pulls down on them, causing them to fail.

So, time for a redesign.  How about a binder cover/bag that has the weight in the opposite direction and that can have the 3-ring binder changed when needed, without losing the rest?

I think this may be one of the coolest things I've made and I'm ridiculously pleased with the way it turned out!  It holds a 3" 3-ring binder, which cost about $6 at the office supply store.  Everything else was recycled or I had on hand.

Outside back - the binding was hand stitched on the outside.  There was just too much stuff going on inside to do it the opposite way.   Cool sparkly fabric was a gift from hardhatcat.

The other side, standing up - the strap is recycled from the old binder.  The strap clicks onto a large split ring.  The bits of ribbon were from a sheet of samples someone gave me.   The denim was cut on the bias so it has give.  Oh, and the denim was leftover from a project that a friend of mine did.  She gave me her leftovers!

inside - the accordion files, back mesh pocket & zipper are all recycled

The accordion file, recycled from the old binder.  It was a bit hard to stitch around, but I managed by moving my needle over to the far left.

All that's left of the original.  I used a razor blade to take it apart.  Razors are the friend of anyone that recons heavy duty materials, but they take a sure hand. 

More photos of the binder cover/tote here.

My daughter loves it, especially the "bag" aspect, freeing up her hands and making it'll be easier to carry her stuff.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Recycled Yarn Cozy from a CD Canister pattern and instructions w/new photos! on: August 11, 2008 12:17:45 PM


(Kaethe suggested using the 2-liter)

I saw something like this in the craft store over the weekend.  This is my version, recycled and using only stuff I had on hand.  I hope you like it!

  • small amount of worsted weight yarn (I used cotton)
  • one cd or dvd value-sized container lid
  • F Hook
  • G or H Hook
  • Drill or dremel, with 1/4" or slightly larger bit
  • Masking tape
  • scissors

Snip off the tabs off the sides of the lid that would hold it in the base.

Measure out masking tape around the container. Tear off enough to have a small overlap.

Add 1/2" marks along the tape. Stick on the lid approximately 1/2" from the top, being careful to keep it even.

Drill holes along the 1/2" marks on the tape. Just a quick warning here: I broke a hole punch in my enthusiasm to make this project. Use a drill if you have one, putting a piece of scrap wood behind the plastic to catch the drill bit when it pops through. And please be careful, power tools are, after all, power tools!

Row 1: Using a hook that will fit through the hole (I used an F, but you can go larger or smaller depending on the holes), Sl st in any hole. sc loosely around. Sl st to join in beg sc.

Row 2: Using the larger hook (I changed from F to G), Ch 1., sc in first st. *2 sc in next st, sc in next* around. Sl st in first sc to join.
Note: adapt this row in whatever way you need to in order to have even stitching around the perimeter of the circle.

Row 3 - 7: Ch 1, hdc in same st, hdc around. Sl st in top of first hdc to join.

Row 8-9: Ch 1, dc in same st and in each st around. Sl st in top of first dc to join.

Row 10: Ch 1, sc around, sl st in first sc to join.

Row 11: Ch 2, sl st in next sc, *ch 2, sl st in next sc* around. Finish off.

Ch 75. Pull ends tight, trim to approximately 1" or weave in ends. For some fun varation, use a ribbon or other trim as a drawstring.

Weave drawstring over and under through every two stitches of Row 8 (first row of dc).


also posted on my craft blog

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