Monday, December 22, 2008

Birdie Shadow Box

Something fun for my best friend for Christmas, a bird shadow-box.

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Calendar Blocks

I found this idea on a wonderful website - Lark and Lola. When I saw this project, I knew I had to make some for Christmas gifts. Little did I know that it would take three days to complete them! In all I made seven sets, and hopefully they are enjoyed by my friends and family I made them for.

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QUICK PIC - Gift Tags

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Photo Frames

Here are two of the many Christmas gifts I made this last weekend. I was snowed in, Portland has had the most snow its had in 41 years. Yikes! I spent most of my weekend crafty craftin'!

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Bird Stamp

Here's a stamp made for my best friend for Christmas. I love birds and so does she!

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QUICK PIC - New Lolliscotch Character: Sweetie the Squid

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Clothes Pin Photo Holder

I made this for my mother for Christmas. It is made using an over sized clothes pin, a metal sheet, and magnets.



With a photo (the blondie is me, and the cutie with bows is my cousin, and that beautiful lady in the middle is my grandmother):

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Paper Podcast!

In honor of Nation Calendar Awareness Month (don't ask me why it's not January - I guess it's just another commercial holiday) the Conundrium Presents: The Paper Podcast. 1 part PDX-o-philia, 1 part truthiness, 2 parts self indulgence, 1 part social cheapster (hipster cheapskate) calendar.

Find it everywhere we've been to drink coffee this weekend!

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New Lolliscotch Flavors!

This weekend, we created two new batches of lollipops: Concord Grape and Champagne. I changed up the packing a bit with a broader use of stamps.

Here's the Concord Grape:

Champagne (sparkling and sweet):

New Packaging:

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mini Pumpkin Soufflés

I found this great recipe for Pumpkin Soufflé and knew it would be the perfect finish for a creative Thanksgiving Day meal. The consistency was nice and the flavors were wonderful, a little spicy and not too sweet.

More Thanksgiving Day Fun!

Our colorful produce palette:

Sugar coated cranberries:

We even got a little crafty with the water:

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Little Deer Soldered Pendant

Part of my mother's birthday present, she loves little woodland creatures.

The reverse side:

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Air Mail Hand Carved Stamp

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Craftiness as a Procrastination Device

I should be laboring over my NaNoWriMo adventure, but procrastination has taken hold and I am instead perfecting my soldering techniques. These soldered scrabble pendants were fairly easy to make, and went quickly once I really got into it.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Lolliscotch Packaging

One of my favorite aspects of this candy making venture is the chance to create some adorable packaging. Here are the first four complete lollipops:

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The Island of Misfit Candy

Although making candy is about having fun and getting a sugar high - there are also the mishaps that result in candy-joy disasters.

Temperature has proved to be our main villain, too hot and the sugar burns......

....too cold, it never hardens.

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Sweet Science Experiments

Here's a photo round-up of the candy making process!

Mixing ingredients:

Deliciously molten, bubbling sugar:

Mixing the candy coloring:

Coloring added to other ingredients:

The final product:

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Lolliscotch is in the Business of Cute

This is my collection of Lolliscotch stamps. Some of them are general characters, and the others are flavor specific.

Here's the set:

Lolliscotch Kids:

All of the flavors we've created so far (excluding cantaloupe which is proving hard to carve a stamp for):

Ginger Ale, Jalapeno, Cinnamon Bun, and Sour Lime

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Icon

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

New Lolliscotch Stamp Characters

I went on a bit of a carving frenzy today. I made a stamp for a new Lolliscotch flavor: Ginger Ale, as well as two for the labels.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Lolliscotch Candy Co.

Two great things from childhood Lollipops + Hopscotch = Lolliscotch!

Lolliscotch is my new endeavor. I've wanted to make candy for awhile now, and just this weekend, that dream became a reality. Our first batch was Cantaloupe flavored, they smelled and tasted wonderful, we were happy with the results. I carved some new stamps for the labels, and I'm quite happy with the design. These are in the trial period, but I'm hoping to make them available soon through my Etsy shop. Here are a few photos:

And a quick thank you to my partner in crime - you Rock!

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