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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Clockwork Astronomy-pic heavy on: June 23, 2015 01:11:14 PM
Tray painted black and silver, added a hanger, used gears and broken jewelry and watch parts. I sold it at the spring scifi convention, wish I'd taken clearer pictures first

The way the watch plates were shaped made me think of the phases of the moon, thus the name.




12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Necklace display and altered bottles on: May 06, 2015 11:50:56 AM
Four sides, each a double layer of foam board attached with aluminum tape. Sprayed the whole thing blue, and used fancy wrapping paper on the edges to hide the messy joins. I stuck a bunch of push pins into a scrap piece of foam and sprayed them the same blue, and I cut a square to cover the top. It sits on a lazy susan from the thrift store.  And once I'd loaded it with necklaces, I wrapped the whole thing in saran wrap for transport! It worked, but I think I need a cross piece, an x, top and bottom for extra stability inside.

Bottles! I've made a few for craft swaps over the years, but the recent altered bottle contest got me back into it.
These aren't the best pictures, but some have sold and the rest are packed away right now. I've used paint and old jewelry and washers and random stuff for the lids. The dragons and butterflies are temporary tattoos from the dollar store, well sealed, over spray paint. The butterfly bottle-also tattoos, but the bottle was both spray and hand painted, mottled shades of gold and rust for an aged look. The little bottles with the raised leaves are mini glass apple juice bottles, and more shimmery in person. A base layer of spray paint, and lots of hand painting over that. And I love Krylon triple thick spray sealer. I'm working on some fancier bottles now.






13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled scrapbook pendants on: March 24, 2015 09:09:22 PM
DSCN1059 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
I had a sheet of travel theme scrapbook embellishments. So, I used a variety of odd hoop earrings and bangle bracelets and a curtain ring, I put the embellishments on scrapbook paper-on partial scraps I needed to use up. Backed it with thin cardboard from packages, backed that with fabric from scraps. Coated the paper with diamond glaze to make it a little water resistant. Put an eye pin between the layers for hanging. And used old necklace chain pieces to make the edge look better. I should've taken a pic of the fabric backs, it was just so it'd be more comfortable to wear but it looked pretty. But my daughter snagged half of them when she was home to  bring back for her friends plus one for her, so I was lucky to get a pic snapped at all! Add a jump ring to the eye pin and they're necklace pendants, kiddo is thinking maybe ornaments instead, or glue a magnet on the back.
Nothing fancy, but I used up scraps!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Raygun Quartet on: March 24, 2015 07:28:40 PM
eeiny, meeny, miney, and MO.
DSCN1040 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
DSCN1041 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
DSCN1042 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
DSCN1043 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
DSCN1045 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
Random bits glued on from bead and broken jewelry and random stuff stash-I think I used a tiny fuse and the point of an ink pen-and lots of skinny beads on 'MO'.
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / What is this thing called Love, Earthman? on: March 24, 2015 06:46:54 AM
DSCN1063 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr

DSCN1062 by chicgeekcf4l, on Flickr
What could be more romantic than chocolates and a raygun? The vintage valentine covered the whitman's name nicely. Has a hanger on the back.
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 107 ENTRIES / From bath salts to vases! on: March 09, 2015 04:02:32 PM
This was from an old drugstore basket of bath products, and I saved the glass bottles and bamboo tray to do something with 'someday'.  So, I painted the clear bottles with lots of green and gold, and I kept the labels, because they were pretty. The bottles are painted inside and out, I wanted depth.  I had two matching metal flower charms, and a third from a broken earring that was close enough! I E600'd them to the front, over the 'green tea bath' writing. ^_^ I removed the corks because I like them as vases. I think they'd look perfect with some lucky bamboo.

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / More reavmped mirrors on: December 04, 2014 05:30:44 PM
I salvaged an old oval mirror and revamped it. The frame was full of hairline cracks to fill  in, almost all of the scroll work on the top was missing, too. Filled in, painted,sealed, new hanger, and beads and such to decorate the top.
Not a great pic,but it shows the size and shape.

This pic shows the top. And look at the pretty edging on the frame!

The before picture.

This one is a tiny wooden thrift store mirror,painted silver, and fancied up.

There's a couple more I need to post later!
18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pumpkin bread on: November 27, 2014 04:22:17 PM
So, for the first time I roasted some pumpkin and froze pumpkin puree-had to do something with it, right?
This pumpkin bread came out moist and tasty and almost like cake. Next time I'm going to cut the sugar back a bit.
I managed to snag a pic before it was all gone. ^_^

I looked up several recipes online to get a rough idea of proportions then just winged it from there.

1 cup pumpkin puree-I put it in a colander to thaw out and drain. This recipe would probably be okay with 1 cup of canned pumpkin instead-that's what I'm doing when the puree is used up.
1 and 1/3 cup flour
2 beaten eggs
2/3 cup white sugar and 1/3 brown sugar-next time I'm trying just 1/3 cup of each
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 stick melted butter-I used real  butter,and salted because it's what I had on hand
1 teaspoon baking soda

I beat the eggs, added the vanilla,melted butter,pumpkin, and sugar and mixed it well. sifted and mixed the flour, spices, and baking soda, then added them and stirred it all up. Don't beat it to death, you just want it well mixed with no flour pockets.
Poured it into a well greased loaf pan, and baked it at 350 degrees for at least 45 minutes. Maybe longer, it was until I could stick a knife in it and it came out clean, and it had started to pull away from the edges of the pan.
Let it cool a few minutes, dumped it on a wire rack to cool a bit more. Devoured it warm and buttered.
Next time I add pecans and dried cranberries, maybe raisins, too! That would have gone so well in this.
Again, it came out so sweet and moist I could have iced it and served it as cake! So yeah,next batch will have less sugar and nuts and fruit added.
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Comic book clock-The Vision, from the Avengers on: November 11, 2014 05:10:22 PM
So, I picked up three plain wall clocks new for 1.00 from a Dollar General sale for eventual repurposing, and fiddled with one last night. I started by cutting out random pages from some old cheap comic books-ones that were damaged, in the quarter bin,ect! But it didn't click. Then, in an old Marvel Presents, they had a page with 'The many faces of The Vision!' Twelve images, twelve hours? Perfect.
They're a bit random and off kilter on purpose, so no having the precise time. ^_^ I painted the background black,then glued away. On the back of the clock I pasted the list of the twelve artists who had drawn those versions of The Vision over the years.
The Vision has been described an the android with the heart of gold, and I know at one point he was married to the Scarlet Witch, who is Quicksilver's sister and Magneto's daughter. Nope, he wasn't in any of the new crop of superhero movies,but the Avenger's roster has changed a lot over the years.


20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / His and Hers rayguns, and one more dice sign on: November 07, 2014 08:55:31 PM

The rayguns hang on a chain, so if someone wanted to take them down and go 'pew!pew!' they could. ^_^ Scrapbook paper has lines from a love letter, the heart was a pink plastic disney princess pool gem, and the plaque itself was a thrifted find. Experimenting with a different color palette, since I had some tubes of acrylics from a craft kit-clearanced,need you ask? Grin


And I had one more small plaque, so one last dice sign.
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