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Crayon Cupcakes by arteesvida
January 28, 2007, 3:52 pm
Filed under: Kid Friendly Projects

I originally saw the idea in family fun but couldn’t find the heart shaped mini pans, so we decided to make crayon cupcakes!

 Peel the paper off of old crayons break them in pieces and layer them in a cupcake tin.  Put them in a 250 degree oven for about 30 minutes.  (Family Fun said 15 minutes but that wasn’t nearly enough time when I did the project).  They come out easiest by turning the pan upside down and shaking them out rather than trying to pry them out individually! 

These are going to my 6 year olds class at school!

Twisted Copper Wire Necklace by arteesvida
January 21, 2007, 11:27 pm
Filed under: Beading, Wire Work

The tool posted last week? Was designed to create this necklace which requires alot of braiding and twisting of wire so you first wrap the three pieces of wire around the nails to hold them in place. The beads are from Lille, France. Not that my life is so exotic that I’ve been to Lille.  Luckily, my brother travels a great deal and brought them back for me. The necklace closes in the back with a copper toggle clasp and is now available on etsy!

Mystery Thing by arteesvida
January 15, 2007, 9:31 pm
Filed under: General Info & Housekeeping

I made this for a specific project yesterday. If you can guess what it is used for (even in a general sense) I will send you a PDF file of 15 vintage valentines that have been shrunk to use in jewelry making projects (or cards, or other mini sized projects). Go ahead and use the comments section and let the guessing begin!

Mexican Hot Chocolate by arteesvida
January 15, 2007, 1:04 am
Filed under: Kitchen Magic

Traditional Mexican hot chocolate is made using a molinillo [moh-lee-NEE-oh]. The molinillo is a carved wooden tool with moving parts that works somewhat like a whisk with a part at the bottom designed specifically to break up the softened chocolate. THe molinillo becomes seasoned and makes better hot chocolate the more you use it! Mexican hot chocolate is easy to find in this part of the country, the most popular brands are La India, Ibarra, La Polar, La Popular, and Abuelitas (which is actually made by Nestle). It comes in disks that you add to milk on the stove. The disks soften as the milk heats then you use the molinillo to blend the whole thing together. If you don’t have a molinillo you can mix the softened chocolate disks and the hot milk in a blender for a few seconds. Mexican hot chocolate is richer and includes spices such as cinnamon in the blend and you can seperate out the authentic Southtown diners in San Antonio from the touristy ones by who serves mexican hot chocolate and coffee. Nestle also makes an instant Abuelita which isn’t as rich but has the nice cinammon-y flavor. I keep a box of that around to bring with me to work!

My Living Room — The 15 Second Tour by arteesvida
January 14, 2007, 3:35 am
Filed under: Home and Garden

I started playing with the video feature on my digi-cam and was hoping I could get a more accurate representation of the colors I used in my living room.  The colors still don’t come out true but it’s probably the closest I’ve gotten.  You will see alot of South Texas/Mexican influence as well as some Asian.  The fire is going in the fire place because it is under 60 degrees now, and that is considered COLD by SoTex standards!

Books For Sale! by arteesvida
January 11, 2007, 9:01 pm
Filed under: General Info & Housekeeping

I am doing a huge book clean out to go towards my legal fund.  (The good kind of legal, but expensive nonetheless).  Mark this post because lots more will be added, including other categories.  All books are 8 dollars shipped book rate unless noted otherwise.  Buy two or more books and get any of my ebooks free as a giftie.  Buy a crapload of books and I will get you a big discount.

Beading/Jewelry Making

The Bead Directory By Elise Mann

It’s All About The Beads

Quick and Clever Beading

Making Colorful Wire and Beaded Jewelry

Beading Basics

Bead Fantasies II (this is a Japanese book translated into English)

Bead Flowers

Hand Felted Jewelry And Beads

Hairwrapping Techniques: Creative Jewelry For Hair

Beaded Jewelry With Found Objects

Fiber-Wire Beads and Jewelry

Art Of Seed Beading

Wild Wire

Illusion Jewelry (this is a very thin CanDo crafts book…2.00 shipped)

Beadwork Creates Earrings

Crochet With WIre

Decorative Wirework (this has a lot of home arts projects, not just jewelry)

Wire In Design (has a lot of home arts projects, not just jewelry)

Simply Beautiful Beaded Jewelry

The Beader’s Guide To Color

Getting Started Stringing Beads

Wire Jewelry In An Afternoon (the link is to the PB edition, this edition is HB)

The Joy Of Beading

Big Book Of Beautiful Beads (this thing is a beast, it will be 10.00 shipped instead of 8.00)

Simple And Stylish Bead Accents

Beading With Herringbone Stitch

Beautiful Beaded Rings

The Impatient Beader

The Seed Bead Book

100 Beaded Jewelry Designs

Creative Beads From Paper and Fabric

Journaling/Creativity/Home Arts

Making Pearls

The Writer’s Path

The New Stencil Book

The Vest Book

The Artful Journal

Drawing, Painting, Rubber Stamping

The Drawing Book

Stamping With Style (the link is to the PB, but this edition is HB)

Abstract Painting

Creative Rubber Stamping Techniques


Artist’s Complete Health And Safety Guide

Lady With An Alien (Uncorrected Proof, Paperback)  (6.00 shipped)

The Wedding (Uncorrected Proof, Paperback) (6.00 shipped)

Paper Fabric by arteesvida
January 11, 2007, 12:48 pm
Filed under: Fabric Arts, Mixed Media

I made Beryl Taylor’s paper fabric last night. My original plan was to cut it into ATC’s but it looks so pretty on a large scale. I may cut it into 8x10s and frame some squares of it for myself, my mom, etsy, whoever wants one instead.

Let me tell you how it’s done!

All apologies to Beryl for anything I did wrong based on her original instructions. (Buy her book. For serious, y’all.)

I took a large sheet of unbleached muslin and layed it over garbage bags on the table. (I actually trimmed it up after I finished the process, it was easier to get a clean cut then by laying it on my tile floor and cutting it using the grout line as a straight edge.)

I layered the whole piece of fabric with Mod-Podge (Beryl’s exact directions were PVA or thinned white glue) and while the Podge was still wet covered the fabric, with spaces in between with joss paper from the Hong Kong City Mall in Houston.

I added another layer of Podge then covered the whole piece with randomly ripped and crumpled white tissue paper. (Beryl didn’t specified ripped and crumpled, but I like lots of texture.) While everything was still wet, I brushed on a blue dye and water mixture over the whole thing. I had one long joss piece that didn’t blend as well as the others so I went heavier on the dye in that area to blend it in more. It looks better in person than it photographed.

That’s it!