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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Tutorial for Coffee Dye/Paint on: January 05, 2009 04:39:09 AM
Great fabric, sky turtle!  I thought for a minute it was just newspaper.  The stain adds a great edge to it, too.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Bleeding Rat Cake on: October 16, 2008 07:50:17 AM
Thanks so much!  I thought it would be the perfect time to share since Halloween is coming up!

That is so gross - great work! Have any of your cakes made it onto the cakewrecks blogspot?

No, I don't think I've ever seen that, but I'm almost positive I would love it!  Google, here I come!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Bleeding Rat Cake on: October 15, 2008 07:44:41 PM
I have this thing for birthday cakes.  I am determined to keep people guessing and make sure that the birthday boy or girl is thrilled beyond words.  A friend of mine (who is an exterminator) asked for a rat cake.  He wanted it red inside like the cake on Steel Magnolias.  I had been playing around with a way to make blood ooze out of a cake when you cut it open, perfect timing, huh?  Here is the result!



I made it with two Sara Lee Poundcakes because my air conditioning was broken and I was not about to turn the oven on.  The legs and head are Rice Krispie Treats that I smushed together and molded into shape.  The outside is covered in black frosting textured with the back of a fork, and all the pink is tinted fondant.  Inside, I made a well in the bottom layer and lined it with frosting to keep the blood (dyed corn syrup) from soaking into the cake.  I frosted the bottom of the top layer to keep the blood in it's place also.

I have tried this with regular cake, but it's too fragile to stand up to the blood.  Pound cakes work best.

If you would like to see a video of it being cut open, and get a better look at the inside, here's the YouTube link.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdjEy5X4uZk
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Tutorial for Coffee Dye/Paint on: October 01, 2008 06:57:28 AM
It's definitely cheaper than hair dye! 
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Diggnation! on: June 09, 2008 06:45:29 PM
Thanks!  I've made plans for other hats (which will never get worn because I live near Orlando  Smiley ).

Hubby got me hooked on diggnation.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Charming Stitch Markers - Few Pics on: June 06, 2008 04:13:25 AM
Very lovely, I need some pretty markers, but I refuse to pay through the nose!  I may follow your lead and make my own.
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: New Stuff! *cute* very img heavy! on: June 06, 2008 04:10:48 AM
So cute!  I like the cinnamon bun bracelet the best, but I would love to wear any of them.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Diggnation! on: June 05, 2008 08:07:33 PM
I finished this in one day!  I'm so proud!  It's my first attempt at circular intarsia, too.  Notice I'm not showing the back  Grin  It doesn't actually look this bumpy; it fits Hubby very nicely.  He's snoring right now though so he's unable to model.

I used a crappy acrylic yarn because I didn't want to destroy a nice yarn with all the frogging, but I will be making another one with a softer yarn for myself.  Luckily this one is for Hubby, so he doesn't mind.  The pattern can be found here.
http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/hats/london-beanie.htm

I used this website to come up with the chart with the logo.
http://www.microrevolt.org/knitPro/  It was surprisingly easy.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Preemie Granny Square on: April 01, 2008 02:13:30 PM
Thanks!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Preemie Granny Square on: April 01, 2008 01:55:53 PM
I've finished a quick granny square for a little boy born at 28 weeks.  He's a little over two pounds, and the doctors still aren't sure when he'll come home, but I knew his mom would want something soft to hold. (She can't take him out of the incubator for too long because he looses body heat too quickly.)

 
That's a 15 inch ruler for scale.  I still have to block it, too.

I used Caron's Baby Coordinates in Blue Bon Bon and White.  The pattern is from Crochet Today's March/April issue.  They had it assembled like a rectangle, but since he's so small, I thought a circle would cover him the best without adding too much extra blanket.


The cable motif is kind of hard to see with the textured yarn.

Hopefully, he'll be home soon to be snuggled up with his mommy!
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