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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Cake Walk Boards on: February 10, 2018 07:18:48 PM
Cake walk: Kids walk around the steps to music. When the music quits, kids stop on a number tile. Adult host picks a number and whoever is standing on that number tile gets a cupcake. Smiley
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Favourite oven-cooked ribs recipe... on: February 10, 2018 06:59:29 AM
Looks great!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Cake Walk Boards on: February 09, 2018 06:33:35 PM
I've been making lots of games for carnivals and parties lately and here is the latest.  I had a cupcake walk with laminated pictures that were taped to the floor, but in two carnivals they were toast.  So made a tough one.  12 inch square boards of 3/4 inch wood, painted and numbered in cute cupcakes!

Hand painted and tossed in some Harry Potter colors in there as well, because everything I do has to have a nod to HP.

Printed the cupcake images so those can be pieces to pick the winning number.

Goodbye tiny tape-y cupcakes!

Edit to add: a cake walk is a school carnival/fete game where kids walk around the steps to music. When the music quits, kids stop on a number tile. Adult host picks a number and whoever is standing on that number tile gets a whole cake (or we just did cupcakes).
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Chocolate Box "Wreath" on: February 08, 2018 08:43:54 PM
Saw this idea online and knew it had to be done!

Needs a standard Valentines heart box or you can make one out of cardboard.  I bought a bunch of boxes last year on clearance, put the chocolates in the freezer for later and kept the boxes for crafties. 

Chocolate Heart Box
Air dry clay
paint - chocolate browns and creamy white
3D puffy paint - white pink and/or black (I used black instead of brown because I didn't want to buy a new brown)
cupcake liners
hot glue
ribbons for hanging and edging

I cut styrofoam into chocolatey shapes and then painted them, as the idea I saw online, but I used a more open styrofoam and hated the way it looked.  Not realistic enough for me.  So I used those as a base and rolled air dry clay out super thin to cover. 

Smooth it as best you can, and then let it dry.  After it was dry, I even sanded them down a bit to smooth it out even more.
Arrange in your box to make sure you have enough and a layout you like.

Paint with your chocolatey colors.

Then use your puffy paint to make designs on the top.

Dry and then hot glue inside cupcake liners in your box.  Use your ribbon to ruffle some edges on if you'd like and make a hanger.

Mmmm.... yummy....ish.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Laundry Room Redo on: January 11, 2018 03:34:46 PM

As I understand it, three owners of our newish house have left up this laundry room:  Quilt like stripes painted on the walls and foam sheets cut into tshirts hanging on clothes pins, and random miniature sink, long mirror.  But it just wasn't our style.  Previous owners had ten kids, so I can imagine another sink would be welcome, but we don't need a baby sink.  Maybe if it was a deep utility sink it would be different, but it had to go.  In its place we put our new mudroom!  ....only a year in the works.  Embarrassed

We started with demo of the old sink and working the pipes back into the wall.

Took out the old cabinets that wouldn't let us have the pedestals for our washer and dryer.

Mirror and shelves came down.  Primed and painted.  Granite Gray.

Found some cabinets that would fit better with our pedestals, but I wanted white.

Started a build in place bench, so it would fit perfectly to the sink size already cut into the floor.  That's all DH, I'm just the painter.

Starting the back wall.


and with everything in my house, a little Harry Potter flair.

I love it!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fantastic Beasts Occamy Meme on: January 11, 2018 03:20:20 PM
There's a fun meme that has cats of all sizes trying to fit into things called "if I fits I sits".  We've got cats and we end up saying it all the time when our weirdos try to get into tight shapes.  Well I took this and flipped it for an occamy.  Occamys are known to be choranaptyxic, meaning they grow or shrink in order to fit available space.  In Fantastic Beasts we see one fill a whole attic and then shrink down to fit in a teapot.  Thus, if they sit they will fit hehe.

Made this pic with my new blending pens and vinyl cut words, about a 5X7.  First time I've used the pens, so I'll do better with practice, but a fun trial run.

randomly googled cute meme
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Not a Creature Was Stirring... altered Altoid tin ornaments on: January 09, 2018 02:03:06 PM
So cute!
8  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 122 ENTRIES / Re: Gingerbread Bakery Dollhouse (Pic heavy) on: January 08, 2018 11:01:22 AM
Whoa! Amazing!  ... with how long my basic little house took, I can't even imagine the time necessary to decorate so intricately! Great-great job.
9  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 122 ENTRIES / Gingerbread House VS T-Rex on: January 04, 2018 08:22:14 PM

This gingerbread house, while cute, makes me remember why I usually buy kits.  You spend all this time making and cooling the house, just to then have to spend hours decorating.  My 11yo gave up on hers at the 30 minute mark and by the end of the second hour I was pleading with my candy to be bigger so I wouldnt have to decorate anymore, lol. 

Basic of house as they come. Prettier color than the store bought houses though.  The deep molasses color shows much better.  Store bought seems like its almost sugar cookie dough compared to homemade.  I used royal frosting for the roof, but it was thicker than I hoped so my sprinkles weren't sticking.  I ended up getting handfuls of sprinkles and basically throw/punch-ing the sprinkles into the icing.  Well, one throw/punch I missed and showered my 13 year old and kitchen with sprinkles.  That was fun times! 
The rest of the house goodies are stuck on with candy wafer chocolate.  I thought it would taste yummy/look better against the dark color/dry faster.  It worked pretty well.  Though I never did try to eat the house..... which is good....
Because.......reasons to come later.

Well, after the season I went to toss the houses and 11 year old daughter shouts that she knows what to do with them instead.  She had just gotten an inflatable T-Rex costume for Christmas!  Begin Massacre.... 

And this is what I think of you Mr. Take forever decorating house!

Gingerbread House Massacre

For the whole gruesome T-Rex Movie:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2JtXdQs4lQ&t=6s

10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Banana Chip Muffins on: December 30, 2017 07:45:39 AM
Looks beautiful! yum
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