A Few of Dale's Projects

Today, I am not posting things I am or have done, but bragging on what a talented husband I have: This is the memory chest he made for one of our daughter-in-laws

Erik (my son) is responsible for the drawings My husband carved into the top and inside of the lid. After carving them he them filled them in inlace that is how the colors happened. Erik is on Patreon and would love for you to come and be one of his patrons; He is very talented and this platform makes it possible for everyone to be patrons like the noblemen and rich of old, but it doesn't cost very much to  support a artist and help them create new works! Thanks for putting up with my promoting him, now back to your regularly scheduled blog!
This is one of 4 changing tables he has done for our grandkids. He designs them, figures out how to make them happen, buildings them, them carves and colors the pictures.
This is one of two beds he has made. This one is for our oldest granddaughter. That is h…


Every winter usually around the Holiday time we put out puzzles to do. This year we had so much fun that we continued them throughout the winter and into the spring
The one above was our Christmas one
Then came the box that had six different puzzles in it
These took us  a while to get through them all
They ranged in numbers of pieces from 300 to 1000
And each offered it's own challenge
This one almost defeated me and Dale took over it when I decide to take a break as I was getting so frustrated
So I went on to do this one

Finally after finishing the box of six, our last puzzle of the cold weather season was this puzzle I found while cleaning up our game area. My two oldest grandkids help me do some of it. They are 11 and 5.

Let Them Eat Cake?

Hello after the last post being food related, I decided to carry on the theme. This is a summer time favorite I made. This is a watermelon cake
First you cut the ends of a large watermelon so it sits upright and then cut around the center until you have a "cake"shape. Then you frost it using whip cream.
I then covered the top with raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. On the sides I gently pressed sliced almonds into into the whipped cream and around the bottom I cut kiwis in half using a knife to make zigzag edges. It was easy, fun and taste great!

Edible Decorations

I love to cook and have fun when the cooking is also part of the decorations
I wish I could take credit for this one, but it is from a Japanese restaurant in Eugene Oregon
this hedge hog is a healthy treat
As is this little butterfly veggie tray with a yummy dip as the body Another fun veggie tray with a pineapple dip in the center And the fruit arrangements are so fun
Over the years I have done several of those for various occations
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or just making them into a flowery display In addition to fun centerpieces, these kind of displays make great gifts Oriental is also fun to make presentations of. Food is fun, just  use creative powers and make them look so pretty to dress up your table or serving area.

Steampunk necklaces

Over the years I have done several types of jewelry, both at home in my crafting area and on the road in hotels

Even when it is a pain to haul all the heavy jewelry making supplies, there are trips (driving trips only) I do and work on different pieces in the hotel rooms in the evening.

Which can make for interesting conversations with the housekeeping staff :)
This pieces was a mixture of thngs found in a hardware store, jewlery supplies and "found" objects
While this one was pretty much just different jewelry findings and gears
This and the next few are other examples of ones I have done in the last few years

This one and the next two I used cast resin focal pieces that I created to look emberish

This one and the next one are really some of the more elaborate  ones done in the steampunk style I hope to do some more of the steampunk ones over the summer. I really do enjoy doing the and then I can start to built some for a couple of the shows I hope to do maybe in 2019.