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1  COOKING / Dessert / Cottage Cheese Chocolate Mousse on: November 06, 2014 09:01:43 AM
My sweet tooth calls to me late at night whispering my name. Except it sounds more like a scream. And more like eat all the Halloween candy! Im trying my best to lose weight so I have been working on getting my sweet craving in healthier ways. Cheesy With this I got in my sweet with fewer calories and more protein and other good stuff for me!

2/3 cup cottage cheese
   1/4 cup almond milk
   1 T Honey
   2 T unsweetened coco powder
   1 tsp Peanut Butter
   1 drop of Vanilla Extract
   Blend in magic bullet until creamy!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 104 ENTRIES / Elsa and Baby Anna on: November 03, 2014 10:41:03 PM
Thanks for coming to look, I'm just excited I finally actually made costumes this year!
This was my first year making Halloween costumes, unless you count last year where I glued a unicorn horn on my belly and on a headband and went as a pregnant unicorn.
My daughter,Lily, has been OBSESSED with this movie called Frozen. It came to theaters right before my baby, Willow, was born this past winter and Lily was so excited to have a sister after asking for years that she pretty much decided this movie was about her life. SPOILER ALERT Thanks, I'd rather not sink on a boat.  Roll Eyes
I sewed the skirt and cape from scratch, I don't really know how to make clothes, so I was pretty excited about that! The shirt was pieced together and sewn onto a plain white shirt.

The hat was crocheted just using a regular beanie pattern and tying on long hair for the braid.
Now, baby Anna was super simple because she didn't really seem to care that it was Halloween.  Shocked Puff paint on a black shirt and a little blue tutu that she used just for a chew chew.
And surprise she didn't want to sit for a picture!




Here they are together kind of.. Wow, its hard to get two kids to cooperate at the same time.

 
And just to show I actually sewed it and didn't just tape it together, we are in a drought and it hasn't rained since last January. It started raining 30 minutes into trick or treat when we had walked a good 3/4 miles from the house. Not just rain, but monsoon type of stuff where we had to pour water out of our shoes, and the costume actually stayed together! I was really excited about that, even though someone else was not,  Grin



Elsa was loosely based off this tutorial, I'm too lazy to follow a tutorial all the way through  Kiss
http://kikicomin.com/diy-frozen-elsa-dress-tutorial-the-skirt/
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hooded Scarf on: September 18, 2014 12:43:55 PM
So my friend is moving away in a few weeks back to the North where she will need warm gear! She loves fall colors and looks beautiful in them as well so I made her this hoodie/scarf for a going away gift for her. I found the pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mother-hood






Im slowly coming out of my creative funk as the baby gets a little older and my homework is tapering off. Im going to try to start posting some stuff on Craftster again as I finish them up.  I always miss this place when I stay away too long.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cabled and Shell Afghan on: January 08, 2014 08:42:17 PM
When a friend of mine was offering up loads of camouflage yarn that she had in her stash for over 8 years for free, I jumped on that. My husband is a hunter and loves camouflage, and I have been promising him a decent sized blanket for years. He is holding up the blanket in the first picture, and he is 5 foot 11 so I think the blanket is an easy 6 feet tall. It was a project of love that I worked on since the summer whenever I had crochet time and he was not around, it was a Christmas surprise, and Id say he was pretty happy!
I have a hard time picking up the detail with the variegated yarn, but Red Heart in the pattern link uses a solid color and you can see the detail better on theirs. This was a super easy pattern that was easy to watch TV and listen to books on tape or talk with friends while you make it.

He is holding the blanket up in this picture




The yarn was all Red Heart Super Saver, and after I finished making the blanket I ended up rubbing conditioner into the whole thing and running it through the washer a few times (without soap) to get it nice and soft and cuddly.
I used this pattern:
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/cabled-shell-throw
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Doctor Who Don't Blink Airbrushed Sign on: January 04, 2014 06:18:58 PM
All frightening thoughts should be airbrushed in pink, shouldnt they?
Totally inspired by the craftalongs of 50 projects in 2014 and 2014 Destash-Along, I have been crafting a lot the past few days.
So we got this kids airbrush kit at a secondhand store for a couple bucks, but it didnt work. Bummer, but we could use our mouths and blow out the back of the pens and get the airbrushing to work. So we have been playing with it this weekend. I made this Doctor Who Dont Blink sign today,

The kit came with some stencils, but I had some scrapbook letters that I used cheap scrapbook tape to tape it to the canvas so I could get the verbage I wanted.

Then I just taped the letters on, and rearranged a few times until I got them exactly how I wanted, and finally did the airbrushing.

After 15 minutes I just picked all the letters off, and was left with my cool new Doctor Who sign for my wall.
With the stencils that came with the kit my daughter and I messed around and made some signs for her wall

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Simple Patchwork Curtains on: January 02, 2014 08:44:18 PM
35 12x12 Squares! You know for my first set of curtains I really could have, and should have for my sanity bought some yardage and made nice and simple curtains! These were still pretty simple, just a lot of cutting, pinning, and crawling around on the floor.

I am happy I had a clear floor in the den to rearrange these squares about 20 times until I liked the way they were. Sounds simple right? The floor sucks when you are 34 weeks pregnant, ouch!

Then I realized after I sewed all the squares together, I would have ugly rough edges all behind the curtains. We found an old fitted sheet in the closet that has ripped on the edges about 20 times and no amount of sewing can keep it together, so it was retired as curtain backing. I cut off all the elastic, placed my curtain on it, and trimmed it down to size.


Then with all my measuring I didnt factor in the fact that I would have to roll some over on the top to fit the curtain rod up top so I took what Im sure is the longest route to do this. What do you guys do? I measured all the way across the top, safety pinned it so I could try it up on the rod before I did the final sewing, and when I had it right, sewed it. If I hadnt been so close to only having enough curtain to cover the window exactly, ( oh and being a math dummy) Im sure I could have avoided the safety pins and just sewed right after measuring.


7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Water Bottle Carrier With Crochet Pattern on: July 29, 2013 05:18:13 PM



I made a water bottle carrier for my friend, and while I winged it while I went, I wrote down the basics of how it went. This water bottle was one of those tall Camelbaks, but you could adapt this pattern for any water bottle.


Tools:
 
H hook
 
Worsted Weight Yarn, less than 170 yards
 
Pattern
 
Magic Circle
 
6 SC into Circle, tighten and join with a SS to first SC, CH 1 (6)
 
*2 SC into each SC all the way around*, join with SS to first SC, CH 1 (12)
 
*2 SC into first SC, 1 SC into next* all the way around, join with SS to first SC, CH 1 (18)
 
*2 SC into first SC, 1 SC into next 2 SC* all the way around, join with SS to first SC, CH 1 (24)
 
*2 SC into first SC, 1 SC into next 3 SC* all the way around, join with SS to first SC, CH 1 (30)
 
Continue in this pattern until same size as the bottom of the water bottle. You will no longer join at the end.
 
1 SC into each SC all the way around, not joining, until base of carrier goes up 1/2 inch around the water bottle.
 
*1 DC into next SC, CH 1 and skip the next SC* continue until reach all the way around bottle. Do not join.
 
*DC into next chain space, chain 1, DC into next chain space*until carrier reaches desired height.
 
Remember the loser you stitch the more the carrier will stretch when holding a water bottle that is full.
 
*HDC into each chain space all the way around* SS into first HDC.
 


HDC 6 (or desired width of carrier strap) CH 1 and turn
 
*HDC into each HDC, CH 1 and Turn*repeat row until strap is desired length
 
SS to other side of carrier, fasten off and weave end.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Button Tree on: April 22, 2013 09:09:31 AM

So I have been coveting all the amazing button trees on the internet for a few years, and it finally seemed time to try my hand at it. Honestly, I found it a little addicting! I likely make more , just have to get my plain round button collection back up again! This is all just paint, buttons, and Aleenes Tacky glue on one of those flat canvas boards. Im awful when it comes to painting, but I liked the button part!  Cheesy
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Seashell Collage on: April 15, 2013 10:33:26 AM



So we moved this past year to California, and things have been hectic. Going to school full time and my first time not working in a million years has been more stressful than I realized it would be. To unwind we go to the beach, often. We have to take advantage of it!

When we are at the beach we collect seashells like crazy, broken ones, ugly ones, pretty ones, large ones, small ones... They have been sitting in jars the whole time we have been here, and this past weekend my daughter and I decided we needed to get to crafting with them so we could actually enjoy them!


The project we decided to do with them was super easy too, just gluing them onto canvas to hang up on the wall. I used Aleene's Tacky Glue on mine, and my daughter used Elmer's Glue-All and glitter glue from the dollar store. She glued directly on the canvas, while I glued directly on the shells. They both gave a strong hold. This was a great way to use up a lot of broken shells because we put other shells in the broken cracks of shells, the brokenness of some of them didn't look as bad! Smiley
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / PomPom Wreath on: October 01, 2012 09:22:47 AM
I got a little obsessed a couple years ago making pompoms from leftover yarn, but then never did anything with them...  Roll Eyes What else is new? lol
Anyways, last night, I let my daughter pick out her favorites, and we tied them onto one of those hard wire wreaths. Super simple project, it reminds me of a spring-time thing.


This is the type of wreath I'm talking about:


Hanging up in her room:
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