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1  COOKING / Dessert / Kids Yule Log on: December 21, 2009 03:39:56 PM
I made a kid friendly yule log for my sons preschool party - it came out reasonably well with very little fuss.  For the logs I made Libby pumpkin rolls (recipe here:  http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/detail.aspx?ID=32372 ) which are pretty foolproof, even for this lousy baker.   The frosting is canned (  ;-O  shocking I know).  The hedgehogs are made from Bakerella cake pop dough (  http://www.bakerella.com/red-velvet-cake-balls/ ) and messily decorated.   The mushrooms are also Bakerella cake pop dough with pretzel rod stems.   The kids loved the animals and the mushrooms and the pumpkin rolls is always a big hit (its really tasty). 




2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Rhino Twinset! on: December 17, 2007 10:35:00 PM
Inspired by her favorite book (http://www.amazon.com/I-Know-Rhino-Charles-Fuge/dp/1862334854/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1197959375&sr=8-1) , i created this for my gift exchange partners daughter.  shes' 2 1/2 and a tomboy!

Rhino hoodie - Ears are too big (like a donkey) - please note good sport of a husband:










3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Lunch Crafting Thread #2 on: November 29, 2007 10:07:29 PM
I'm starting a new lunch ideas thread. Our other was long.
Monks Lunch from 11-26-07

Top: Crab sticks, chicken and cheese ravioli, broccoli sauteed in oyster sauce
Bottom: Watermelon and pineapple, Grilled Onigiri (these are SO yum!)

He got a new,smaller box.  it means he can't eat just grapes for lunch, which i guess i've decided is good.  He liked this lunch and ate everything but the broccoli. unfortunately, we discovered he is allergic to pineapple when he came home all rashy!


4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Accidental Chanukah Snowman shirt on: November 22, 2007 04:30:42 PM
a few weeks ago I ordered a christmas snowman fabric from crybaby's because my son loves snowmen.  I'm not christian but my husband is - so generic christmas is ok.  But when the fabric arrived it wasnt' christmas , it was this:

Notice the menorah's, the yarmulke's on the snowmen and the star of david scarfs!! What a find!! chanukah fabric!!

So here's what I've done with it so far (something else will follow- I've got some left) - tshirt i is a plain clearance henley from Gap i got for 4$.  Applique is mostly quilting fabric with some satin for the hatband and fleece for the scarf.
Front is just a snowman (my sons favorite)

Back is a symbolic menorah.  No one is likely to "get this" but thats ok, I know.




He really likes this one!!
Thanks for looking!!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Easy Not Too Girlie Girl Pattern Idea on: November 13, 2007 12:13:55 AM
Hi everyone.
I'm a rather inexperienced sewer.  Mostly I've appliqued a ton of tshirts for my son since commercial boy clothes suck.  I did sew a pair of pants and a fleece vest for him so apparently I can sew simple clothes.

My xmas pollyanna is a GIRL CHILD.  WHOO HOO.  Since my "art" is applique, I will obviously applique something for her.  But I think I'd like to SEW something.  But her momma dresses her a little more tomboy than girlie - I dont' think the child wears many dresses.  So I'm thinking an easy, not too girlie girl outfit that has applique space.

Ideas?  Patters that would be a good choice? 
A good example of what she wears:


Thanks in advance, craftsters.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / questionnaire for swap? on: November 06, 2007 11:06:05 PM
craftster has inspired me to organize a 'homemade gift exchange' for my mommys group instead of the usual store bought one we do.  But I need your help with something - I think having a standard questionaire for participants about likes and dislikes would be handy - What questions would you ask your swap partner if you wanted to find out what to make?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / BOY Halloween Themed Ensemble. ACTION SHOT ADDED on: October 15, 2007 10:33:45 PM
Monk in his ensemble:



My first attempt at actually sewing clothes and its not too terrible.

My model is asleep. I'll attempt to force him to wear this tomorrow.  He says he doesn't like the parts I sewed.  Little Turd Butt.

the pants are thin wale corduroy with cotton cuffs with pumpkins.  I serged almost the entire pants, which was scary and fun - fast but if you screw up goodbye seam allowance.  I did it anyway.  I'll serge more - love not having to finish and clip seams. The cuff construction is bizarre - i should have finished the pants except for the hem sewed a ring of cloth the same size, flipped them inside and then flipped up.  Oh well - live and learn.  Pants are easy.  I'll make more. 

the pants legs and cuffs look perfectly even in real life - weird it looks so uneven in the photo.  I looked at the photo and had to go make sure they weren't really like that...thank goodness they are not.



The hoodie vest i sewed on the sewing machine and not the serger- was nervous about the construction being more complicated and I thought it would be nice to preserve the seam allowances.  I'm pleased especially with the bias tape in the armholes - looks great:


And I'm VERY proud of the zipper which came out very nice:


The ensemble with the walmart jackolantern shirt he will wear it with:
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Shirt8: Lady Gouldian Finch on: September 19, 2007 11:11:18 PM
I apologize in advance for posting in "clothing" because really, what I do is not SEW.  I just applique.  And I usually applique kids clothes, but this time its not kids, so I'm posting here.

my dad's birthday is at the end of the month.  I made him a Lady Gouldian Finch shirt - its his favorite bird (he always wanted a pair when we had plainer finches growing up) but its really bright and I was afraid that the end result would look cartoony.  And IT DOES.  But maybe thats ok.  I am loving the new machine and feeling confident enough that I'm ready to do something other than felt and straight stitch - it turns like a dream compared to my old machine and it totally powers through layers and layers of felt like a dream. 
shirt 8:





I'm considering adding some cherry blossoms to the wood but time is short. 
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / adding false sleeves to a t-shirt on: September 19, 2007 12:08:56 PM
So I dont' really sew very well yet -what I mostly do is applique tshirts.  But since I got a serger, I've been trying to do more "sewing" - and since its winter I've been working on adding long sleeve extensions to my kids appliqued tshirts - so it looks like he is layering when he's not.

My first attempt at sleeves came out mediocre- I need more serger practice - and somehow the sleeves ended up too short.  I'll be sure to leave MORE seam allowance this time. 

However, one of the things I noticed is that it looks like the sleeves should TAPER a bit towards the wrist.  I'm not quite sure how to do this (I didn't use a pattern I just cut out a rectangle - that apparently should have been a trapezoid) - or how much to taper between the t-shirt sleeve circumference and the wrist sleeve circumference.

Anyone have any suggestions?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / denver fabrics on: September 11, 2007 12:24:55 PM
they are having a clearance sale - 30% off on everything.  Denverfabrics.com

I didn't find anything that sung to me, sadly but I'll bet those of you with girls should find some nice stuff there.  Check out the clearance stuff too -good prices.
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