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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / My Halloween House on: October 31, 2009 10:59:12 PM
I love any excuse to decorate my house, so Halloween is a favorite.  Here are this year's decorations.







The mice, bats, owl, and cat were cut out of cheap black plastic folders.  The garage is decorated using electrical tape.  The stair banisters are wrapped in torn strips of white fabric and orange lights. The pumpkins were painted with craft paint and never sealed so they got all chippy. The wood signs were scrap lumber I painted last year.  The big window is a silhouette you can see HERE from last year.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Girlie Mummy Comes to Life! on: October 31, 2009 10:21:00 PM
Last year I posted about needing help with making a girlie mummy costume (my 2 year old daughter didn't have much hair and I didn't want to hear how cute my son was all night.)

And then I procrastinated . . . and then I went into labor 2 days before Halloween and the costume was never made.

So this year, I figured we'd give it another shot  Now she's got plenty of hair, but I still wanted her to look girlie.



I used a long sleeved white onsesie and added a circle skirt.  Then it was just a matter of sewing (and in some places, hot gluing) torn strips of fabric on.  The skirt also has a layer of cheesecloth, and a layer of strips hanging down.

I like it.  We got a lot of compliments on our ghost, or bride, so I guess it wasn't perfectly mummy looking!

And I didn't make the skeleton costume, but he's the stinker that messed up mommy's best laid (procrastination) plans last year.
3  COOKING / Dessert / Elmo Cake! (6 pics) on: February 15, 2009 09:38:59 PM
My daughter loves Elmo, so I made and Elmo cake for her 2nd birthday.



The cake was just2 boxes of funfetti cake (modified with Strawberry Banana juice instead of water, and melted/cooled butter instead of oil).  The bottom layer was a 10" square and the Elmo was a 9" round, and a Pyrex bowl.  It was filled with Strawberry Preserves.



Blue Fondant is Marshmallow Fondant (found here http://www.cakejournal.com/archives/how-to-make-marshmallow-fondant)

Eyes and nose are fondant covered rice crispy treats, and red frosting is store bought (I couldn't even get a WHOLE bottle of no taste Wilton Red to go red enough--though if I'd had time to let it sit, it might have deepened enough.)

Next time (if there ever is a next time with the Elmo cake) I'll try and carve the head into a better Elmo shape.  I'm pretty happy with it.  This was my second time with the fondant and first time with the grass tip.





And here's the happy birthday girl!

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Hot Cocoa & Cookies for the Neighbors on: February 01, 2009 11:20:51 PM
Rather than take the neighbors gifts at Christmas time, I've made it a tradition to take them sometime in January instead (Basically, I get stressed at Christmas, and this gives me more time to do something nice for them.)

This year I made gifts filled with Hot Cocoa, cookies (homemade Russian Tea Cakes, and store bought pecan sandies I drizzled with Chocolate), and minty spoons.



Being lazy, I put them in brown paper sacks and then stapled a poem on the front (I wrote the poem a few years ago, when I first made these gifts.)





Here's a close up of the poem.

5  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes on: February 01, 2009 10:57:18 PM
The minute I saw this recipe, I had to try it.  It's chocolate cupcakes with chocolate chip cookies INSIDE!

http://howtoeatacupcake.net/2009/01/chocolate-cookie-dough-cupcakes.html

The only thing I did different was use a different frosting recipe and grate chocolate on top of them.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Special-Buttercream-Frosting/Detail.aspx?prop31=1


Ta da!

Before Cooking


Ready to Eat





6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Using a different yarn weight? on: January 17, 2009 08:18:45 PM
I'm completely new to crocheting anything other than blankets that I've never used a pattern for, so I have some questions.  Sorry if you get asked these all the time.  I tried searching, but had no luck.

I'm (hopefully) going to make a sweater for my son, but without even touching a single piece of yarn, I'm already having problems. The pattern called for DK weight yarn, and I couldn't find anything that said that (at Robert's).  So I called a friend who "googled" it and said it was worsted weight.  So I bought a medium worsted weight yarn. Upon looking it up myself it looks like I should have gotten a 3 not a 4.  Is this a big problem?  Will it just make my finished project bigger?

Problem two is that the pattern calls for a G hook and for the life of me, I can't find mine.  I don't live that close to a store to buy one and really need to get going on this, so what happens if I use a different hook?  Again, will it just make the final product larger, if I use a larger hook?

I guess maybe I should just crochet up a bit to get a gauge and see if it matches the pattern (doubt I used those terms right, but I think that's the basic idea).

Any advice?  I've got to do this!  I want it done before my sons blessing on the 15th of Feb. and everyone has just laughed when I mention this.  I'm notorious for not finishing things, but this I'm going to do.  It means a lot to me.

Any advice? Tips? Anyone want to make it for me and I can just pretend it was me?  Wink
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A Girlie Mummy costume?? on: August 11, 2008 09:32:28 PM
My husband wants our little girl (she'll be 20 months at Halloween) to be a mummy, which I'm totally fine with, but she's always getting mistaken for a boy even when decked out in full pink (hopefully one day the poor little thing will have more hair).  I'm trying to think of a cute way to make her a GIRL mummy so people will know she's a girl.  Maybe some pink wrappings or a bow or something?  Or is that lame?

Any ideas?  Or do I just make her a normal mummy and thank everyone for their complements about my adorable son . . .

Kris
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Really Large Hat boxes? on: June 28, 2008 10:55:53 PM
Does anyone know where to find large unfinished (or cheap) hat boxes (somewhere in the range of 20")?  All I can find are smaller ones.

Thanks,
Kris
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Curtains too narrow for window! on: June 14, 2008 09:50:18 PM
I just bought these curtains:

I didn't realize they are 44" across while my window is 47" across.  What do you think would be the best way to accommodate that?

1) Cut them in half and add some co-ordinating fabric strip through the middle (like a plain pink)
2) Add co-ordinating fabric to the outside edges.
3) Buy another set (ugh!) and cut them apart and slice them back together (cut one flowery edge off each, and slice the white middles together.

Or another brilliant idea!

Thanks,
Kris
10  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / My Outside Halloween Decorations (6 pics) on: October 27, 2007 11:15:24 PM
This is the first year I really decorated for Halloween!  I'm excited about how it all turned out.

Windows inspired by Knickertwist's Silhouette Window (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199704.0).  I covered the whole window in torn pieces of tissue paper!




My Painted signs




My Ghosties


The whole thing


Thanks for looking!
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