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1  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate malt cupcakes on: January 04, 2009 09:03:51 PM
I decided to make one of my favorite desserts into cupcake form. I can't remember my exact recipe, but it was super easy. Make your favorite chocolate frosting recipe, then add a cup of Carnation malted milk powder. I added malt to the cake batter too, but could barely taste it.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate malt cupcakes on: January 04, 2009 09:03:25 PM
I decided to make one of my favorite desserts into cupcake form. I can't remember my exact recipe, but it was super easy. Make your favorite chocolate frosting recipe, then add a cup of Carnation malted milk powder. I added malt to the cake batter too, but could barely taste it.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Return of the Ugly Doll on: January 04, 2009 08:45:38 PM
My brother and I have a tradition of passing this super ugly doll back and forth every year for Christmas. Maybe some of you remember last years post:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=209189.msg2241169

This year I decided to do a delightfully disgusting embroidered portrait of her.


Little did I know my brother had also decided to do a portrait.


I don't think that either of us are looking forward to hanging these up in our rooms.
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / musical dish on: January 21, 2008 08:11:18 PM
Here's a fused glass dish I made with a little copper foil music note in the corner. The 2nd layer of glass is a really pretty irridized blue (hard to capture the beauty of it in a picture) and the top layer is clear to keep it nice and smooth on top. Thanks for looking!
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Little cupcake dish on: January 11, 2008 08:55:47 AM
I just love using silver foil for the bottom of the cupcake. Last time I tried doing this, the foil got oxidized in the kiln and turned a tan color. This time it worked out perfect, although in retrospect I should have folded the foil to put little creases in it like real cupcake wrappers have.



6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Foxy sachet on: December 26, 2007 12:50:19 PM
I made this little fox sachet for my boss for Christmas. I used iron-on printer paper and printed out this photo I took of our fennec fox from work. The bottom fabric is a really cute dark blue flower print. And the inside is stuffed with polyfiber and "Christmas" scented potpourri.

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Help! Creative ideas for re-gifting an ugly doll *My Brothers Response on pg 9* on: November 20, 2007 07:35:48 PM
About 10 years ago around Christmas time my brother and I found the ugliest doll we had ever seen at a toy store at the mall. We laughed about it and continued our shopping. A few days later I was surprised when I received that same ugly doll as a gag gift from my brother. Since then we've been passing it back and forth every year in new and creative ways. I've sent it to him from a different address, and made a shirt for him (which I found in the trash earlier this year Angry )

I even made a photo album of the doll with all the animals I used to work with at the zoo school I attended.
Last year he really blew me away, though. He bought me the whole family! I now own 16 of the ugliest dolls I have ever seen and have no idea how to re-gift them this year.
I'd really appreciate any ideas you might have. I have a sewing machine and a 1-inch button press at my disposal. I also have the t-shirt I made him a few years back (yes, I rescued it from the trash).
 


-Update-
Sorry to keep everyone waiting for so long. My friend Victoria and I decided the multi-headed monster would be fun to make, so we got to work on it a few weeks ago. After a full day of crafting we were nowhere near being done with the beast, so Victoria kindly took on the rest of the project (she is much better at sewing than I am). We just met up yesterday and I got to see the final results:


This six-headed beast is about 2 1/2 feet long and made from fleece and felt. The dolls' bodies are still attached to the heads - they were just shoved into the body. And If you look closely at the legs you may find one thats a little phallic.
My fiance and I are currently working on painting a wooden box to put it in. It's going to be in the style of an early freak show carnival poster. I'll post pictures of that as soon as we're done.
As for the other dolls, you guys gave me so many great ideas that I wanted to save some dolls for his birthday in April.
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Little owl casserole dish on: November 11, 2007 04:44:14 PM
I made this dish in my beginners fusing class. The hardest part was getting the owl right. His eyes kept rolling around in the kiln! Thanks for looking.

and a closeup of the owl
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / fused glass galore on: July 23, 2007 08:28:14 PM
First post! woohoo!
Here are some of the projects I've completed in my first few semesters of glass fusing class.
These are a few plates I made. The bottom of the cupcake is silver foil - it looks tan because it got oxidized in the kiln, but it you flip the plate over it looks like the cupcake has foil liner. The heart in the small dish was cut from copper foil.

Here's a little square dish with my rendering of a bleeding heart pidgeon.

A spoon holder with brown glass on the bottom, clear glass with pink stringer on top, and an aqua heart on the handle.

And finally, a couple square plates that I am not so fond of. 
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