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1  Luna The Lunar New Year Rabbit in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by LordVader on: February 03, 2011 08:59:09 PM
Since it's the Lunar New Year today ((aka: The Chinese New Year)) and it's the Year of the Rabbit, I decided that I was going to crochet myself a rabbit!

So thus, I made Luna!

She's done in Red Heart, white, black and shocking pink.  She's done in double crochet.  He tail is a cotton ball and her whiskers are mint flavored dental floss.  And she's stuffed with tissues, because I don't have stuffing.  Guess I could've used cotton balls.  Next time I'm using safety eyes.  I haven't tried them before, and I think as far as eye placement go, it'd be easier, and it'd save from the awkward looking eyes.  Personally, I think she resembles a shrunken Lamb Chop.  But still, she was fun!

Here's to the Year of the Rabbit!

Front side:

Side view:

Back view:

Another side view:

Another front view:

And that's Luna, the Lunar New Year Rabbit!

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2  Hufflepuff Scarf: Now with Pattern! in Crochet: Completed Projects by LordVader on: November 19, 2010 01:09:30 PM
So, I had plans to make this scarf many months ago, but I couldn't figure out how to change colors properly.  But thanks to fantasticmio I learned pretty quickly.  But, since I was going to the "Deathly Hallows Part 1" premier last night, I figured that I better finish the scarf and quickly.  So in a matter of a couple of days. I had a completed Hufflepuff scarf!  And here's the pics!  Ignore the tiredness on my face, because I'm completely exhausted.  And I'm planning on making a hat on my Knifty Knitters with my leftover yarn.  Cause you can't have a scarf without a hat right? Tongue  So pics, yeah...

Thanks for looking! Smiley

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3  Sunflower! in Halloween Costumes by LordVader on: November 01, 2010 04:16:30 PM
I made the headband.  Well, I took felt, cut it, and hot glued it on the headband.  That counts right?  Otherwise, I bought the leggings and the yellow shirt.

If I need to post a better pic of the headband I can.

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4  Bumble the Bee in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by LordVader on: April 16, 2010 01:06:59 PM
So, I had some gold and black yarn to make a Hufflepuff scarf.  And I have plenty to do so still.  But I decided that I wanted to make a bumblebee out of some of the yarn.  So, in about an hour and half's time or so, I had this little guy created.  Of course it was about 4 days later when I finally got him all stitched together.  I came up with the pattern all on my own.  I'm quite proud of him.  Smiley

So here's so pictures! Smiley

From the front

From the side

From the back

From the side

Close up from the front

Thanks for looking! Smiley

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5  This Hat is not the Hat You're Looking For in Crochet: Completed Projects by LordVader on: March 15, 2010 06:10:09 PM
Ok, so gonesmithing made a post that she had made a Storm Trooper hat a couple of weeks ago: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=336695.0

And I thought to myself...HOW COOL!  I HAVE TO MAKE ONE!  Cause I'm a huge Star Wars nerd and everything.  Seriously, I am.

So this is my attempt.  I didn't want to steal the thunder of her thread with pics of my hat, so I'm making my own thread.  Hope that's ok.

So here's my version of my Storm Trooper hat.  Just a few more details than gonesmithing's.  The mouth piece is slightly off kilter.  But never the less, I'm still proud.  It's my first attempt at crocheting a hat.  And my first attempt at switching colors while crocheting.  I'm extremely proud of it!  Smiley  So, here's some pics!

And yes, I have a lightsaber.  I told you I was a nerd!  XD

Thanks for looking!
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6  Sea Turtle Amigurumi in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by LordVader on: March 06, 2010 03:32:53 PM
So, I saw that CrochetDad had made one and I was like, that is WAY COOL!  So I decided to make one for my grandma, because she loves turtles.  And I've never made an amigrurumi before, nor have I ever crocheted in the round before.  Not as hard as I thought.  So here's some photos.  I found the pattern on Ravelry, which can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jacques-the-sea-turtle  Thank you so much for the pattern CrochetDad!  It took me probably a total of 2 days to do make it.  Not very long at all.  Smiley  It was a lot of fun to make and I can' wait to send it to my grandma! Smiley

He does have a face, but it's just hard to see.  I used some embroidery floss to sew in his face and it doesn't look very good.  I'm not so apt at sewing.  XD  LOL!  I used the Vanna's Choice yarn.  Beige and Dusty Green, because it was on sale at Jo Anne's.  And now I've got more yarn in my stash!  YAY! 

So here's so pictures:

Front view

Side view

Back view

Side view

Front view

And there he is!  Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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7  More Awesome Chili Mac! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by LordVader on: February 26, 2010 01:41:01 PM
Just when you thought that chili mac could not possibly get anymore awesome, IT JUST DID! Cheesy

Ok.  So you need:

1 box of Mac and Cheese
1/4 cup of butter
1/4 cup of milk
1 can of Chili
Shredded cheese
Sour cream
Red pepper flakes (optional)

1. Boil your water
2. Add the noodles and cook per the directions on the box (I did 8 minutes)
2.5. (Optional step) Add salt, I find that it helps the noodles from sticking together too bad, and it also helps the noodles from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
3. Drain the noodles
4. Melt the butter in the bottom of your pan (again, I find that it helps the noodles from sticking to the bottom of the pan so bad)
5. Add the noodles back into the pan
6. Add the milk
7. Add the cheese sauce
8. Stir together
9. Add a huge handful of shredded cheese
10. Stir the cheese and noodles together
11. Dump in your can of chili and stir together
12. Let the chili heat up for a few minutes.
12.5. Add a few red pepper flakes for a bit of a kick if you want
13. Dish up
14. Add a dollop of sour cream and top with a tad bit more cheese

All ready to nom up!


All ready to be dished up

Clearly it was good!


And there you have it!

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8  Not Your Average BLT in Recipes and Cooking Tips by LordVader on: January 28, 2010 01:41:28 PM
Ok, so I love a good sandwich.  BLT's are pretty darn awesome if I do say so myself!  I was in the mood for a BLT today, and this is what I came up with!

You Need:
2 slices of good wheat bread
1 piece of cheddar cheese
A couple of slices of deli ham
4 slices of microwave bacon
5 cherry or grape tomatoes sliced in half, length wise, not width wise
A few onion slices
A handful of spinach
Ranch dressing
Dried oregano
Dried basil
Small frying pan

1. Heat the frying pan over medium heat
2. Butter one piece of bread and lay it in the pan.  Add your cheese and ham and top with the other slice of bread.
3. Butter the top piece of bread.
4. Let the first side cook for a bit and then flip
5. Let the other side cook for a few minutes, and remove from the pan
6. Add some EVOO to your pan and add the onions.  Let cook till translucent.
7. Cook the bacon in the microwave according to the directions on the box
8. Place on top of the ham
9. Add the onions on top of the bacon
10. Add the tomatoes on top of the onions
11. Add the spinach
12. Add the ranch
13. Shake on some salt, pepper, oregano, and basil
14. Close the sandwich and slice to your preference
15. ENJOY!

It's really good paired with some wheat crackers and a Diet Dr Pepper (which, is what I paired it with.  LOL)

Enjoy y'all! Smiley

I know it looks burnt and awful, but it's REALLY good!  Better than any sub shop!

Thanks for looking!
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9  Chicken Tortilla Pizza Thing in Recipes and Cooking Tips by LordVader on: January 20, 2010 03:56:36 PM
I don't have a very good name for this...but I made these during the summer all the time.  You can do several variations on them, using different ingredients.  It's quick and easy and can be made for a snack or for a main meal.  Either way, it's good!  Smiley  I'll have pics soon, I was uploading music and didn't want to slow my computer down too much.

So here's the recipe!

You Need:
1 tortilla
Salsa (any heat any style)
Chicken (I used part of a leftover grilled chicken breast from the night before)
Cheese (I used pepper jack, but use whatever kind you like, colby jack, pepper jack, Mexican blend, as long as it's a hard cheese, I don't recommend soft cheeses)
Non stick cooking spray
Cookie sheet
Pizza cutter

1. Preheat your oven to 350.
2. Heat up a small skillet on medium heat with a little bit off EVOO.
3. Cut up your chicken.
4. Once the skillet is warm, add the chicken and the salsa, and cook till it's heated through (doesn't take but 5 minutes or so).
5. If your cheese isn't pre-shredded, go ahead and shred some cheese.
6. Spray your cookie sheet and place your tortilla on it, add a little cooking spray to your tortilla, so it'll crisp up better.  
7. Lay a little bit of cheese down on your tortilla, and once the chicken is warm, add it on top of the cheese.
8. Place more cheese on top
9. Cook in the oven for about 15 minutes, you can go a little bit longer if you want, if you like a super crispy tortilla, but I don't recommend going much longer.
10. Let cool for a few minutes.
11. Cut with a pizza cutter and plate
12. Enjoy!

My favorite variations on this is with a little bit of garlic on the bottom of the tortilla and then cheese and pepperoni.  Mmm!  You can put whatever you like on it though.  It's good regardless of what you put on it!

Enjoy all! Smiley

Here's so pics:

All cut up on a plate

The ingredients all laid out

Chicken and salsa mixture

Grating on the cheese

Before going in the oven

And after

Enjoy! Smiley
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10  Poppy Chow! in Dessert by LordVader on: January 20, 2010 03:32:38 PM
Ok, so this is a play on Puppy Chow, which I absolutely LOVE.  And my mom wouldn't let me make a batch of puppy chow, and I was having a mad craving for it, along with a mighty big sweet tooth.  And what I came up with, was a popcorn version.  Hence the name, no there's no poppy seeds or anything in it, so hopefully that title isn't too confusing.  I'll have pics up later.  I'm uploading some music on my computer and didn't want things to be too slow.  So pics later.  Anyways, onto the recipe!

Poppy Chow
You Need
1 bag of microwave popcorn
1/4 cup or so of butter
1/4 cup or so of Peanut Butter
1/4 cup or so of Chocolate Chips
1/4 cup or so of Powdered Sugar
Small microwave safe bowl (I used a glass custard cup)

1. Melt your butter for 25 seconds in the microwave.
2. Pop your popcorn according to the directions on the bag.
3. Pour the butter over the popcorn and shake.
4. Put some peanut butter in the same dish as the butter and melt for 45 seconds, at 10-15 second intervals, stirring after each interval, till it's all nice and melty and smooth.
5. Pour over popcorn and shake vigorously.
6. Melt the chocolate chips in the same dish, for about 60 seconds in 15 second intervals, stirring after each interval.  Once again, till it's all nice and melty and smooth.
7. Pour over popcorn and shake vigorously.
8. Pour some powdered sugar over the popcorn, and once again, shake vigerously.
9. Enjoy!

Note: This might work better if you poured everything in a bowl or did it on a cookie tray.  I was just experimenting and seeing what worked.  I also just eyeballed all the measurements, I'm not entirely sure how much of anything I used.  It wasn't a whole ton of stuff though.  And you don't have to use microwave popcorn, if you prefer to use air popped or stove popped, go right ahead.  

This definitely cured my sweet tooth!  Tastes just as good as puppy chow!

Enjoy everyone! Smiley

All ready to eat!

Ingredients all laid out

Pouring the butter on the popcorn

Everything all ready to shake up

And there ya go!

Enjoy! Smiley
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