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1  I am Groot! in Needlework: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: December 21, 2014 11:50:55 AM
I finished this a couple of weeks ago but didn't have a hoop for it until yesterday Cheesy

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2  Two Archer pieces + a question in Needlework: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: November 14, 2014 01:56:38 PM
I just finished these two pieces from one of my favorite shows, Archer!  Cheryl is in a 8" hoop, Seamus is in a 7".  As you can see, the fabric looks a little bunchy around the words.  Halp?  I think it must be the fabric tension when I'm stitching, I'm thinking maybe it's too tight but I am open to input! The rest seems okay though, both were stitched with the same fabric tension for both lettering and the image.

Thanks for looking  Cheesy
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3  No more french knots for a while! in Needlework: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: November 11, 2014 08:53:00 AM
Hello lovelies!  I've been away from Craftster for a while but recently got back into stitching after having hand surgery and taking a long break.  I finally learned how to french knot after watching dozens of videos and just completed this piece.  

Close up

Thanks for looking!
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4  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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5  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

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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6  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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7  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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8  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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9  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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10  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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