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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Marshmallow Peep Carousel on: March 03, 2008 04:44:27 AM
Ah, trash-to-treasure meets sugar rush when year-old Marshmallow Peeps become part of a cardboard carnival attraction... I thought if any folks would appreciate this funny little craft project, it would be the folks here on Craftster!

There's a step-by-step tutorial with lots of pictures here:


I also listed some lessons learned, because I think there are some things I'd do differently if I were to make another one.
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Ideas for empty prescription bottles on: February 28, 2008 01:01:12 PM
Hi, folks! I'm looking for suggestions for crafts to make with empty prescription bottles-- you know, those amber ones that are about three inches high?

I can always recycle them, of course. But it would be excellent to do something fun with them. Maybe with a bit of a vintage look...

Any brainstorms are mightily welcome.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Wizard of Oz Christmas Plaque on: November 12, 2007 05:09:05 AM
Hi, All-
I just finished this little Wizard of Oz Christmas Project. Hopefully this works because I haven't used Photobucket before...

The impetus for this sign was a Holiday Decorating Swap on the Cottage Living forums, where I knew my swap partner was a huge fan of the Wizard of Oz.

Being no stranger to the wonders of Oz myself, the phrase, one day Theres No Place Like Home... For the Holidays popped inside my head. And the rest of the project skipped down the Yellow Brick Road from there.

The plaque was a plain pine signboard I got at Michaels. First I started sketching out the lettering, using my DVD as reference for the general style of WOZ lettering style. I made sure to leave room on both sides for some illustrations.

Then I tackled the ruby slippers, an open gift box and the lid, which I wanted to secure with a real ribbon for sort of a 3-D effect.

Toto in the Santa hat was next. (Having never drawn a terrier before, I was a little concerned hed end up looking like a cat. But luck was apparently with me.)

Once the drawing was done, I used a woodburning pen with a pencil style tip to burn all of the imagery into the plaque.

Next I filled in all the background with a medium blue metallic Folk Art craft paint. The paint is for outdoors, so if it was put on a front door in place of a wreath it would run due to the elements.

To do the gold lettering I filled in the woodburnt words with a bright gold leaf paint.

The ruby slippers were done using a red metallic paint, then covered with two layers of a red ruby glitter paint. Id initially tried it with the red ruby glitter paint alone, but it wasnt enough o get the opaque red look-- its too clear, so the metallic red paint gave it the solidity it needed.

I painted the back and trim a solid gold.

Once the piece was entirely dry, I coated it with a couple of layers of a clear polyurethane sealant.

The last step was to add a ribbon hanger and add some ribbon to the packaging.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Garden Party themed room to celebrate wedding on: July 10, 2007 07:16:04 AM
Hi there, gang-
Recently one of my best friends, currently living in another state, had gotten married and because it was a really small wedding at the courthouse, not much of a big deal was made about it.

She came to visit over the Fourth of July, so I'd thought it would be nice to do a bit of a blow-out for her in terms of decor. So I hadn't wanted to be too weddingy but I wanted it to be special. Ended up settling on a Garden Party look for the diningroom.

I'd posted lots of pics on my blog and wanted to share-- the link is here:


It's very intentionally Victorian and frou-frou, so consider it either a warning or a blessing depending on your personal taste. :-) I know not everybody loves that look, but I figured maybe it would spawn some ideas for someone else.

Best of luck with all your own celebrations!

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Being Nearly Broken by Broken China Mosaicing on: May 07, 2007 05:05:20 AM
After answering a few questions from someone first attempting mosaics, it occurred to me that this is one craft that in theory is so easy, it doesn't require a lot of supplies, and can really end up looking great...

But it can drive you NUTS when you're doing it.

And me, I also tend to take on projects that involve, like, mosaicing what seems like half the town, for some stupid self-imposed deadline. Which is certainly more the fault of ME and not the mosaic. So that just adds to the fun.

Anyway, for anyone who needs some consolation over why they're starting to HATE little pieces of tile... And why the smell of grout is starting to make them gag... I posted the tale of my own pain here:


Happy crafting,
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Heart-shaped Jam Tart Recipe to help out any Alice parties on: April 19, 2007 05:46:40 AM
I've noticed about three different people so far having Alice in Wonderland parties and figured it might help future party hosts if I'd post the link to my raspberry jam tart recipe (and yup, they're heart-shaped!):


I usually do 'em at Valentine's day, but at an Alice party is just seems right.

Happy Un-Birthdays to you all.
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Suggestions on what to use for Glinda crown on: April 13, 2007 12:44:54 PM
Okay, so at the thrift shop recently, I found this pink poofy dress which-- while admittedly <tragic> in its former life as a prom gown or bridemaid's dress-- is PERFECT for Halloween as a Glinda the Good Witch dress. Also, combining it with the fact the dress was additionally HALF OFF making it a whopping $2, and me being a redhead, well, it was just too good to pass up.

Obviously I have plenty of time to work on a wand and a crown. But I am trying to think of some kind of stiff, slightly see-through plastic which would work for the crown. Anybody have any ideas? I'd rather it not be foamy if possible, and I am not much for the sewing. Glue... glue is my friend. And staples. So if anybody has any insights on it, I'd be much obliged.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Any other decoupagers? on: March 22, 2007 07:19:41 AM
I've been enjoying all the cool projects everybody's been posting here on Craftster have seen lots of great sewers and knitters, but was wondering if there were many folks here who do decoupage? And if so, what the fav types of projects were?

I've done a few myself, mostly on painted thrift shop furniture, so I was curious what other people were into.

Happy crafting!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Harry Potter party on: March 13, 2007 12:38:25 PM
I know of a few people who were talking about doing a Harry Potter party in lieu of the last book. I'd done one for a friend's birthday a few years ago, and it was a lot of fun.

Anyway, on my blog site, I've posted pics of the "classrooms" I'd set up, and some of the props-- I figure having too many ideas is better than none at all. So the link is here if anyone needs it:


(PS- if the link is too long to work, go to:

And choose Special Occasions in the main navigation, then choose Harry Potter Party. )

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / When good crafts go bad on: February 05, 2007 04:54:34 AM
It's great fun that there's actually a forum to discuss the very topic I just wrote about-- the craft projects that have gone down in flames spectacularly. Rather than post it all over a second time here, I'll just provide the link to the projects (with pics) of my more horrifying crafting mistakes:

Happy (and safe) crafting to you!
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