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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Huge sweater transformed (img heavy) on: December 04, 2008 03:23:07 PM
That is so wonderfully creative! G R E A T  job!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Color help? on: December 03, 2008 02:13:24 PM
I think the yellow is bright and cheery, and the dark blue makes the room very striking... so, it all depends on the ambiance you want the room to have  Cool
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: *img heavy* Old Stuffed Animal = New Puppet on: December 03, 2008 11:21:48 AM
I wonder if that would work on a stuffed frog....

Check out the neck and armpit areas on the frog in question... it'll be a little more difficult if the neck and arms are sewn separately and then sewn onto the body. In other words, look for something that would allow the stuffing to flow freely through the arms and head.

I hope that description is okay... it's kind of a weird thing to explain!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Bouquet with a difference on: December 03, 2008 11:15:04 AM
Thanks guys!  I've been informed since I set my heart on these that a) they're toxic and b) they're funeral flowers but I don't care!

Bourtney, they're pretty simple.  So long as you can knit in the round and do yarn overs and SSK you can make them.  I hope you have a go!

Thanks, julietalpha... I'll give it a shot and let you know  Cheesy
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / *img heavy* Old Stuffed Animal = New Puppet on: December 03, 2008 10:16:30 AM
Christmas is fast approaching, and I've got a new person to bestow gifts upon...
my 8 month old neice, Tera!



Money is tight for everyone this year, but I really wanted to do something that was fun and meaningful. After tearing apart my closet for ideas, I found a bag of stuffed cows that I've collected over the years (I have a thing for cows). Two of the cows were match-y, so I decided to gut them a turn them into hand puppets. Here's a photo tutorial on the toy-to-puppet transition:


Pre-surgery


Side view


I de-stuffed the whole cow except for his head


Gutted cow


Piece of scrap cloth shoved into his head to keep the suffing in


All sewn up


Make sure you leave a hole to put your fingers in


Completed puppets


Celebrating the successful transition with a beer


My dog was trying to eat them the entire time!

Thoughts? Tips?
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Brie Chicken on: December 03, 2008 08:35:49 AM
Ooh...that sounds delicious.  Think I could use chicken stock in place of the beer, though?  DH is a no-alcohol sort.

the alcohol should be cooked out!  Wink

The alcohol will absolutely be cooked out, and the chicken doesn't even taste like beer afterwards. I'm sure you could use chicken stock instead, though, and that would make it super chicken-y... yum! I think I'll give that a try sometime, too!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts / Re: I Love my Mommy! on: December 02, 2008 05:02:28 PM
Mom's are THE BEST! You know you gotta make her something from the book now, right  Wink
8  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: It will be a hard Christmas for some on: December 02, 2008 04:42:25 PM
What an amazing person you are... I literally can't find words to describe how admirable this is. You will give comfort to many people, and you are truly an inspiration  Smiley
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Brie Chicken on: December 02, 2008 02:00:17 PM
Easy Brie Chicken

This is an extremely simple recipe that tastes like it comes from a ritzy restaurant. Cooking the chicken in beer keeps it soooo juicy! I've done this with goat cheese, as well, and it comes out just as good. Pair it up with some potatoes and asparagus, and you've got yourself a classy meal!





This is perfect for those wine-and-cheese party leftovers. You can probably present it a little nicer than I did, but I was starving and just wanted to eat it.

Ingerdients:
1 cup of light beer (I use Coors Light)
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 tsp oregano
4 oz. brie cheese
salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:
1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C)
2.  Pour the beer into a deep oven-safe dish
3.  Add the chicken and make sure the beer covers it completely
4.  Add the oregano, salt, and pepper on top
5.  Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 170 degrees F (77 degrees C). The beer should be clear-ish when the chicken is done.
6.  While the chicken is baking, slice the brie (leaving the rind on makes it a lot easier to do this)
7.  Once the chicken is done baking, remove it from the oven and drain the juices until the chicken is just barely uncovered
8.  Add the slices of brie on top of the chicken and return to the oven for 3-5 minutes
9.  Remove the dish from the oven and carefully take out the pieces of the brie rind

Enjoy!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Bouquet with a difference on: December 02, 2008 09:13:08 AM
Absolutely beautiful! Calla lilies are my favorite... I'll have to try these someday (although my knitting skills only go as far as a scarf)!
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