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31  #@%&!! (curses) - Possibly NSFW - My first cross stitch - I think I fixed it! in Needlework: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: November 05, 2008 01:00:42 AM


Disclaimer for the front page because I don't know how strict some offices are and it does have to do with curse words..


Ok - I have never done cross stitch before in my life, nor have I desired to.  However, I was looking for something to keep my hands busy since I quit smoking, and I came across Subversive Cross Stitch, and well... I'm in love.  Plus this is a craft I can work on at my desk at work and is a good excuse to pass on the usual "smoke breaks". 

So I ordered a kit from Subversive Cross Stitch, and got started on this. 



I know I screwed up the upper left hand corner of the border.  I also missed a flower and the whole left hand side should be an entire row over so it's very uneven and wonky because of that.  I had a hard time counting out the spacing on where to start the border.  I still love how it came out though.  Other than those mistake that I am aware of... does it look OK?  How is the stitching?  Too tight, too loose, to close together?  I've never even laid eyed on a cross stitch pattern before I tried this so I am really unsure if it but I think it looks pretty decent.  I ordered a couple other patterns and I would like to give them out as Christmas presents (my future MIL would LOVE the "happy f-ing holidays which I am working on now).  I am working on my 2nd and it seems to be going much better, but any feedback would be greatly appreciated because I see many more of these in my future. 

Thanks guys   Smiley


EDIT: Ok so after much suggestion I think I fixed it!  See the new pic on page 2.
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32  Spider Web Cupcakes in Dessert by skankamaggot on: October 30, 2008 10:34:22 PM
I made this for Halloween last year and they were such a big hit I had to make them again this year!  I brought them to a potluck at work and everybody loved them.  I used a dark fudge chocolate cake mix to make the cupcakes, and I frosted them with vanilla frosting dyed with a jar of Wiltons orange food coloring/gel stuff.  I then used a tube of black decorators gel to draw rings on the tops of the cupcakes, then dragged a toothpick down from the center out to create the "web".  So easy, so fun, so yummy!






These were last years cupcakes.  The orange wasn't as vibrant, but I think the webs came out a little neater.
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33  Sweet Cornbread Recipe - with pictures! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by skankamaggot on: October 30, 2008 10:29:24 PM
I made this cornbread for a potluck at work and I wanted to share it with you.  It's my moms recipe.  We've made it many many times and it is YUMMY.





INGREDIENTS:

1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
2 cups flour
1/4 cup margarine
1 egg
1 tbsp vanilla
1 cup cornmeal
2 tsp baking powder
dash salt

Blend until smooth.  Poor into greasted 9 inch square or 13x9 pan.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Also makes 12 muffins.
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34  Jason Voorhees and Jack Skellington Pumpkins... plus my yard decorations in Halloween Decor and Parties by skankamaggot on: October 28, 2008 01:50:11 AM
My fiance and I carved pumpkins today! I did Jack Skellington and he did Jason Voorhees.  I drew them both on the pumpkins because he can't even draw a stick figure  Cheesy




Lit up!


I don't think anyone will know what this is without us telling them first, haha.


I also have this guy on my front door


And my dollar tree graveyard  Grin  - I took a wire coathanger and cut the straight side off, forced it into the styrofoam grave, and stuck the other side in the ground.  You can also see the bloody footprints on the windows.

It's not much in the way of decorating the yard BUT it's the first year we have a yard so it makes me happy  Grin
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35  MLB Toronto Blue Jays Wall Mural - Take that, Fathead! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: October 26, 2008 12:07:13 PM
If you've read any of my previous posts, you probably know that I just bought a house.  You might also already know that my fiance wanted to have one room dedicated to his favorite baseball team - the Toronto Blue Jays.  He painted the walls grey and the ceiling blue (the team colors).  I was trying to come up with something that would really pop for the room, so I thought about getting him a fathead for Christmas.  But - $89.95 for a giant sticker with a logo on it?  COME ON.  After browsing craftster for ideas, I decided to paint a logo/mural-y thing for him.  I used the fathead as semi-inspration (http://www.fathead.com/mlb/toronto-blue-jays/toronto-blue-jays-logo/).  While searching for the different logos online, I came across Chris Creamers Sports Page which is awesome because they have pretty much every major teams logo ever made (must bookmark this for future use) and I found this image http://www.sportslogos.net/logo.php?id=1396 which I decided was PERFECT. 

After I decided on the image, I knew I couldn't freehand because I haven't taken an art class in about 5 years.  So I went to blockposters.com (http://www.blockposters.com/) which is another great site.  It basically takes any image and turns it into a wall-sized poster you can print out for free.  It's a lot like the rasterbater, but it doesn't come out in dots.  I used this to make and even "grid" on my design.  After I had the different sheets printed out, I traced a sheet of paper across the wall for my "grid" (mine was 5x3 sheets of paper).  After I had the grid on the wall, it was easy to draw it in peice-by-peice based on the individual pages I printed out from the block poster.  (You can read more on drawing a mural using the grid method here: http://www.wallmurals123.com/painting-wall-murals-drawing-grid.html). 

About 5 hours later, I finally had the image completely sketched and outlined on the wall in colored pencil.  Regular pencil didn't show up since the walls were already painted grey.  Over the rest of the weekend, I filled it in with acrylic paints.  I spent maybe 6 hours in all painting it in and touching it up.  Now I am exhausted and I am SO GLAD it's done, but I LOVE how it turned out and so does my fiance.  And the total cost of supplies was.. $1.82 per bottle of acrylic paint in blue, white, black, and gray (I mixed to make the different shades of gray) and $7 for a pack of paintbrushes (About 20 in the pack and I only used two different ones).  So total cost about $14.28 plus tax.  TAKE THAT, FATHEAD!

Anyway, here's finished project:



And here are some in-progress shots:


Before - blank gray wall


Block poster all printed out - and my cat Frank who refused to leave my side through the entire project


Beginning of sketching - this part was sloppy due to the fact the only colored pencil I could find was one of those 4-colored fat ones.  After I finished the "S" I finally found my set and used black for the rest.


Sketching done, let's paint!


Supplies - The black round thing at the bottom was just an empty plastic container I rescued from the recycling to pour the paint in


Painting progress


Almost there!


Finished! FINALLY!  Whew!  There is still one *minor* spot to touch up - above the "a" and "y" a bit of blue smudged and I tried to touch it up with the light grey I was using, but it's just a touch lighter than the actual wall color so it didn't quite work.  Oh well, I have some extra grey from the walls still in the garage, so I will touch that up some time this week.  I am just so happy it's done!

I hope you like it as much as we do Smiley  Feedback greatly appreciated before I attempt another one of these! 
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36  Decoupaged Rose Letters in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by skankamaggot on: October 20, 2008 02:49:08 AM
Ok so I am trying to quit smoking (don't congratulate me yet, it's only my first day  Tongue) so I am looking for anything and everything to keep my hands busy.  Today I made some letters to pretty up my craft room.  They were just regular unfinished wooden letters, I painted the edges and decoupaged them with some scrapbook paper I really liked.  I was originally going to do each letter different but it turns out I only got three different papers (or I lost one, grr).  So here they are  Cheesy





What do you think?
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37  Halloween kitty toys from baby socks (Lots of pics and a tutorial!) in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: October 15, 2008 11:43:46 PM
I don't know if this has been done before or posted here before but I tried a search and I didn't come up with anything.  I got the inspiration from a toy I got a petco, this little tiny sock that was filled with stuffing and catnip. The tiny thing cost $1.25!  However, I did buy one, and my cats LOVED it.  I have two cats, one of which is a complete snob and there are very few toys she will play with, but this was one that she went nuts over. 


So, I was in Target last week poking around the "Dollar Spot" (my favorite section!) and they had these adorable little infant Halloween socks.  I thought they'd be perfect for making kitty toys.


Instead of using stuffing (because I didn't have any  Wink ) I filled them up with paper from my shredder so they'd be crinkly


Added some catnip


Stuffed it all in there


Stitched all along the top - I don't have a sewing machine so I hand stitched about three times across the top so they'd be durable. 


And voila! For only .50 a sock I think they came out pretty good.  I wish I had some friends with infants (who doesn't lose a sock and throw the other one away?) so I could get their extras. 

I think the cats approve...


Investigating the new toys

Frank wouldn't let go!


Even Predator, "Miss Snob" loved it





This was the original from Petco.  I think mine are way better  Grin
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38  Tons of hemp necklaces (updated with patterns!) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by skankamaggot on: October 13, 2008 11:37:35 PM
I just wanted to share my stash of hemp necklaces I made over the last year...



I go through phases where I will do nothing but make hemp necklaces for months and months and then I never wear them.  Most I give away as gifts.. ah it keeps me busy I guess  Roll Eyes



I looked up some (free!) online patterns and tutorials for some of these if anybody wants to try them.


If you've never done hemp before start here to learn the square knot an the spiral knot: http://www.beadage.net/hemp/two_knots.shtml

Then you can try this switch knot which is just the square knot and swapping the insides and the outsides which leaves a cool little design: http://www.how-to-make-jewelry.com/switch-knot.html

The loopy ones seen in my picture (my favorites!) is the fishbone knot, which is just another variation of the square knot.  There is a good tutorial here: http://jewelrymaking.allinfoabout.com/features/hempfish.html

There is an intersected pattern I love (third picture down on my post) that you can learn how to do here: http://hemp-jewelry-designs.com/hemp-pattern-tip/

There are also variations on the spiral knot, like you can add round beads to create flowers: http://jewelrymaking.allinfoabout.com/features/hempspiral.html

There is also a zig-zag knot I haven't tried yet but it looks pretty cool!  http://hemp-jewelry-designs.com/zig-zag-knot-instructions/
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39  Margarita Cake (with recipe!) in Dessert by skankamaggot on: October 10, 2008 01:06:53 AM
I know it's a few months late but oh well  Grin

I work third shift (graveyard) and I work with a great group of people that love to have pot-lucks for EVERY holiday.  We even make up holidays in order to bring in food.  For Cinco De Mayo I made Margarita Cake.  Everyone loved it Smiley




Before the topping


With whip cream and lime


Mmmm yummy

RECIPE


CAKE:
1 cups granulated sugar
cup (1 stick) butter, softened
tsp baking soda
tsp salt
3 large eggs
1 Tbs grated lemon peel
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 cups flour
1 cup lemon or plain yogurt (I used lemon)

LIME GLAZE:
cup superfine sugar (I just used powdered sugar)
2 Tbs fresh lime juice
1 Tbs water
1 Tbs tequila

STEPS:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 9x13-inch cake pan.

2. Prepare cake: Combine sugar, butter, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl and beat until blended. add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well and scraping the bowl after each addition. Mix in the lemon zest and lemon juice. Add the flour and yogurt alternately, beating well after each addition.

3. Spoon the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

4. Prepare glaze: Combine sugar, lime juice and water in a saucepan and mix well. Cook until the sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Stir in the tequila.

5. Assembly: Invert the warm cake onto a serving platter and brush with the glaze until it is absorbed. Let stand until cool. Slice and garnish each serving with a twisted lime slice and a dollop of whipped cream.

Servings: 16 (You can see I cut mine larger - we don't have too many workers on third shift so we got bigger pieces  Grin)
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40  Wreath from scrap fabric in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by skankamaggot on: October 05, 2008 11:48:04 PM
I'm not sure who started this trend (or if it even originated on craftster) but I was inspired by these posts:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=227574.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=253475.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=268586.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270323.0

It just looked too easy to cut and tie a bunch of fabric scraps on a coat hanger, so I knew I HAD to try it.  I picked up three scraps of fabric in the clearance bin at walmart (I haven't learned to sew yet so I don't have my own fabric stash Embarrassed  and the whole thing cost less than 5 bucks and took about 30 mins to cut the fabric (which I tried to use a rotary cutter without the proper cutting board, BIG mistake, I cut through all my kitchen-cutting boards and into my desk!  D'oh!) , and about 30 mins in front of the TV to tie them on, and about 10 mins trying to keep my cats from stealing my fabric strips  Wink  I can't wait to make more! 





Should I make a bow, or does it look busy enough without one?   Huh
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