I've never been much of a baker. I didn't really like doing it because I thought it took so dang long to make anything. Enter "Cake Boss." I kept watching it and I was like "I want to learn how to do that. Also, I want cake." Seeing as how there's only 2 of us in the house, I figured cupcakes would be better as I could take any left-overs into work. Only thing is, I had never made cupcakes before in my life. I'm 29. I know.
So here is my first batch- peppermint chocolate made from a mix kit I got for Christmas. Kind of rough.
My second batch from a mix I found for 84 cents. Hot chocolate flavored cupcakes with fluffy marshmallow frosting.
Third batch was combined as regular cupcakes and mini cupcakes. The cupcakes are banana chocolate (a twist using a mix and fresh bananas). The orange ones had vanilla frosting tinted orange.
Part 2 of chocolate banana- mini cupcakes to look like Valentine candies.
Tomorrow is my boss's last day at work so I made mini banana cupcakes that look like petite fours. I even made the batter from scratch!
I'm getting much better at making cupcakes! If anyone wants the recipes for the banana chocolate or banana, let me know.
I like knitting, but I've never knit anything besides scarves. And an occasional afghan with size 50 needles. I want to make a sweater but I want it to be quick and easy. I have such a weird body shape that sometimes things don't fit right so I don't want to spend a whole lot of time on it just in case.
It is incredibly hard to find a pattern for a plus sized sweater with bulky yarn! I realize it's because a bulky sweater isn't flattering on a bulky body but I don't want to spend a bunch of time on a worsted weight sweater, especially one that may or may not fit.
A while back I had a knitting magazine that had a sweater pattern with raglan sleeves made out of Lion Brand Wool-Ease thick and quick. Something like that would be perfect! I have searched Ravelry already and have seen the hoodies made of Homespun on Lion Brand's website, but Ravelry didn't have anything in bulky weight for plus size and I'm not too crazy about knitting with Homespun because it likes to separate.
First of all, please forgive the somewhat blurry pictures. My phone keeps trying to do face recognition, which makes for some blur. Anyway, these are my latest customs. The rocker was commissioned by my bf's sister to give to her bf. And the gorgon I made because I was inspired by a documentary about ancient myths.
She started life as a CAM gorgon. Her skin was originally a pearlescent shiny green. On her face I blushed all the indented lines with chalk pastel, then I did a blushing of her whole body, making sure to accentuate the details. Her eyes are supposed to be a little milky, as gorgons were modeled after dead bodies (cracked skin, milky eyes). Her skirt is just a few layers of tulle that are cut up. Her wig is the one that came with her, but it was originally bright green and I painted it black.
He started life as a CAM from the gargoyle/vampire set. It took me FOREVER to track down that guitar, but she was insistent that he have an electric guitar. I used acrylic paint for his faceup with chalk pastel blushing for a 5 o'clock shadow.
Swap name: Make Me a Poppet Swap Craftster member who is organizing this swap: amigurl55 Sign-up date range: until Sept. 5 Date to send item by: On or before Oct. 5
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? NO
Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions: - Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO - Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES - Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO - Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES - Is at least 18 years old: YES
Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions: - Has been a member for at least one month: YES - Has posted at least 15 times: YES - Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES - Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES - Does not have any negative feedback: YES - Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES - If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES - If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES
**PLEASE READ!** Details of swap: There are a few rules that need to be followed if you would like to participate in this swap. Most of these are Craftster rules. 1. You MUST post in the swap thread at least once before submitting your questionnaire. If you have not posted in the swap thread and send me your questionnaire, you will be asked to post in this thread before I accept you into the swap. I recommend posting something like, "so excited for this!" or "sending in my questionnaire!" This is a Craftster rule. 2. You MUST request a delivery confirmation (now called "tracking" by USPS) when sending within the US. If you are an international sender, please make sure to take pictures of your swap items and keep your receipt. Delivery confirmation is a Craftster rule. 3. COMMUNICATION! Please, please keep in touch with us! I prefer if each swapper posts in the swap thread at least once a week so we know that you are alive and crafting. If you need to send late, please inform both me and your partner ASAP. If you cannot complete the swap you need to inform both me and your partner ASAP so I can find a swap angel. 4. Sending internationally is not required, although you may receive a partner better matched with you if you are willing to ship to another country.
This is a 3 point swap- you'll be sending your partner one complete poppet (includes clothing, unless your partner wants a naked poppet...) If you would like to send extra outfits and whatnot, please discuss with your partner.
If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER: Name of swap: Make Me a Poppet Swap Craftster username: Email address: Your real name: Mailing address including the country (please type address as it will appear on an envelope/package): Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?: Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO) What are your favorite colors/patterns? Least favorite colors/patterns? What are your interests? What kind of crafts do you do? What kind of poppet would you like to receive? Anything you don't want to receive? Do you have any allergins in your home (pets, smoking, etc.)? Are you allergic to anything? Do you have a wist/pinterest?
IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.