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1  Darling Dachshund Embroidered Lunch Bag in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by skankamaggot on: May 01, 2009 03:53:29 AM
I did this as my first embroidery project. I've done cross stitching before but I learned a lot on this!  It's Sublime Stitching Darling Dachshund pattern.  I can't do french knots so I used beads instead.  The lunch bag is from The Container Store if anyone is wondering




The transfer went a little wonky on this bit, it kindof moved under the iron.  Oh well  Smiley



What do you think?  Comments and criticism appreciated.  Thanks for looking!
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2  Apple Dutch Cake (Pictures and recipe!) in Dessert by skankamaggot on: March 29, 2009 10:45:29 PM
My fiances mother sent me this recipe of her grandmothers to try.  My guy has been dying for me to make this for over a year, so finally I did.  It was so good I wanted to share it with all of you:

Apple Dutch Cake
Grandmother McCabe's recipe

-1 1/2 sticks softened butter
-1 1/2 cups sugar
-3 eggs
-3 cups flour
-3 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-3/4 cup whole milk
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 bag (3lbs) apples

mix above ingredients (except apples) until smooth
pour 1/2 of the batter into a 14x9x2 greased pan
cover with a layer of thin sliced apples using 1/2 of the apples
sprinkle the apples with sugar&cinnamon
pour the other 1/2 of the batter over the layer of sliced apples
spread it out as evenly as you can
slice the remaining apples thinly over the batter
sprinkle the top with sugar&cinnamon
bake at 350 uncovered 50-60 minutes until a knife inserted comes out clean
ENJOY!!!!

a tip for you: when pouring the batter in bottom of pan try to have a little bit more than 1/2 left for the top because it will be hard to spread cleanly over the apples!

When I was making it I used a 13x9 pan instead of 14x9 and it seemed like there were too many apples and not enough batter BUT it came out really good.








An action shot had to be taken of my fiance enjoying it for his mom  Cheesy
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3  Beautiful Victorian Hat - Vintage Reconstruction in Costumes: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: March 24, 2009 02:19:29 AM
I would like to share with you this hat my mom made. She made a Victorian hat a couple of years ago for my Nana.  Every year she goes to a Victorian tea at her church and they all get dressed up.  My mom bought this hat as a vintage piece at an estate sale originally - but it was disgusting when she brought it home.  I don't have a before pic but trust me it was BAD.  Originally only going to replace the lace, but when she started to pick it apart she found all kinds of bugs so she completely re-did it.  She pretty much rocks.  She replaced the fabric added new lace, flowers, feathers, and beads.






Not a great picture but here is Nan and I after her lunch
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4  Re: Look what I found growing! Help me identify this flower? in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by skankamaggot on: March 15, 2009 10:34:26 PM
Ahh you guys are so smart!  It DID turn in to a beautiful iris!  MandyLikesPie, that's so cool that the house you bought has irises too  Grin  Yay for previous owners!



Let's try another!

I'm not sure if this is a weed or an actual flower, it's probably a weed.  I have lots of these growing around the yard and near my garden.  The stock is thick and looks almost like round celery and it has yellow flowers.  Any clue?





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5  Look what I found growing! Help me identify this flower? in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by skankamaggot on: March 09, 2009 10:04:20 PM
Well my fiance and I bought our house back in September and our yard is pretty bare.  We have some type of flower tree out front, and some bushes, and out back we have a very small tree, and that's it.  I was working on digging up a patch of grass to make a small flower garden, and I discovered this little lovely budding!  Any ideas of what it is?  Sorry if it is obvious, I am VERY oblivious to this type of thing!  I didn't even realize one of the bushes in our back yard was actually ROSEMARY until a house guest pointed it out!  I am very excited to have inherited some pretties though  Cheesy






And since I worked so hard digging up the dirt and pulling weeds, here is my future flower garden.  I can't wait for them to come up!  So far I planted a mix of wildflowers, but I have sunflowers to plant (maybe tomorrow), and bluebonnets, and some others I can't remember.

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6  MORE Garden gazing balls from bowling balls! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: March 08, 2009 11:34:23 PM
I posted one of these a couple of weeks ago (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294038.10) and I finally finished the other two I was working on.  They are bowling balls covered with flat marbles.  The stands are simply pillar candle holders, the two taller ones are from the thrift store, and the smaller one is from a yard sale.  Total cost of materials (bowling balls, stands, glue, marbles)- under $20 to make all three of these.  I just love them!  They are pictures on my fireplace because I haven't decided where to put them in the yard yet.  The purple one I showed in a previous post, sorry for reposting it but it looks so pretty with the other two  Cheesy The others are a red bowling ball with clear marbles, and a blue bowling ball with dark blue marbles. 



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7  Some photos I am proud of - my dog and Bermuda - IMG heavy! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by skankamaggot on: March 05, 2009 01:10:07 AM
(I hope this belong here, if not please let me know!)

I love photography and I love having a slim digital camera that works great that I can bring everywhere. My flickr has literally thousands of photos. 

However, I am by no means a professional photographer!  Most of my pictures are missing parts of heads or blurry or have bad lighting. Finally, FINALLY I took a picture I am really proud of.  Ok, the lighting might not be the best but I really impressed myself with this one.



And just for fun, here are some photos from the amazingly beautiful Bermuda.  Although, I think it would be hard to take a BAD photo with this amazing landscape.



















Sorry for all the photo's, I haven't had anything to share for a while.  Wink
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8  Re: Purple Garden Bowling ball/Gazing ball in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: February 25, 2009 12:35:29 AM
It's very pretty Smiley

I don't know where you live so I don't have any plant recommendations. I suggest you check out lasagna gardening if your yard is totally empty. It would make it easier to establish a garden using this method. I used it on my garden plot last summer and I've never even thought a garden could be so low maintenance. This works for flower beds as well.

I live in TX near Dallas so we have very hot summers.  I was thinking about maybe peas, mint, and tomatoes.

There is a space behind my house that is already sectioned off just waiting for a garden!  It gets lots of sun but it's pretty small so I'm not sure about it but I can always expand  Grin  You can kindof see it below, to the right of the door.



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9  Purple Garden Bowling ball/Gazing ball in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: February 24, 2009 11:04:35 PM
I have been in love with this idea since I first saw it on here.  My fiance and I bought our first house this past fall and I CAN'T WAIT to have a garden this year!  (On a side note, any recommendations on what to grow?).  Since our backyard is virtually empty, basically, we have a hose, and that's it, lol, I thought this idea would be great to "pretty it up".  I finally found bowling balls at my local ReSale for $2 and the perfect holders for $1.  I finished the first one and I am very proud of it, so here it is!  It was originally swirly purple and covered with small clear half-marbles.

By the way, my fiance thought I was absolutely nuts the entire process.  Men.  Roll Eyes




You can see the other holder in the back that I am going to use for the next one


In-Progress - I had to work in sections because they kept sliding around
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10  Resin guitar pick experiment in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by skankamaggot on: February 02, 2009 04:27:36 AM
So I was sifting through a "junk" box looking for things to plop in resin, and I had an epiphany!  Guitar picks!  I tried it and I LOVE it.  I made these three so far with the picks I had on hand and I would love to experiment with this further.  I'm thinking they need some glitter for next time!  I have some other experiments as well, I will post those as soon as I get organized   Roll Eyes


Black swirly pick in oval


Blue swirly pick in oval


This is my favorite!  Transparent blue pick in a teardrop.  I love love love this one.  The pick totally fits the shape I think.  (Please ignore that blue monstrosity in the corner.  That was a dye experiment gone horribly wrong.)


One more because I love this one so much!
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