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11  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Zombie amigurumi with removable head on: February 22, 2011 11:19:47 AM
This week I made myself a cute amigurumi and my husband immediately asked if I could make him a zombie. So I came up with this one, it's simple yet creepy  Wink



I'm only a crochet beginner and the only way of making a zombie with a hood for me was making a hood and insert a head afterwards. For a zombie that turned out pretty well I think.

Holding his own head:




Now hubbie wants an army of zombies  Roll Eyes Any tips on how to make them better or more scary?

12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Turtle ami with hat and rapunzel scarf on: February 20, 2011 06:51:16 AM
I was given the book 'amigurumi world' for my birthday and made this little turtle. Inspired by one of my last swaps I also gave it a rapunzel scarf ;-) and with a scarf he also needed a hat.


(isn't he cute?  Wink)



And without his hat:


His favorite place in the house:


Maybe for spring he'll get new accessories  Cool
I decided not to give him a mouth, because then he'll have the same expression all the time and I want him to be open for all moods. What do you think?
13  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Dutch 'oliebollen' for new year's eve + recipe on: December 30, 2010 10:58:45 AM
Traditionally, in the Netherlands we eat 'oliebollen' at new year's eve (and if there are any left, we even eat them for breakfast the next morning  Wink).
The pastry and taste could be compared with doughnuts, but these are filled with raisins and sometimes also with pieces of apple. They are served and eaten dusted with powdered sugar.

This afternoon I made more than 50 of them.


In the pan (this are a few without raisins, as DH doesn't like them)


The result  Cheesy


A close up

For you Dutchies abroad who have forgotten the recipe or for those who want to surprise Dutch relatives or friends, here's the traditional recipe that can't fail!

(For 50 pcs)

1kg of all purpose flour
1 liter of luke warm milk
80 grams of fresh yeast
20 grams of lemon juice
200 grams of raisins
3 eggs
50 grams sugar
10 grams salt
80 grams melted butter
& if you like half an apple cut in little pieces.
and
2 liters of (sunflower) oil to deep fry.

Break the yeast in little pieces and stir it in the milk. Leave for a few minutes, so the yeast can dissolve.
Put the flower in a large bowl and add the sugar, butter, eggs, lemon juice and the milk with yeast. Stir until you have a smooth batter. Add the raisins and apple and divide it over 2 bowls. Cover them and put them in a warm place for 1/2 hour. Stir and let it rise another 1/2 hour.

Heat the oil till 170-190 degrees Celcius. Use 2 metal spoons to shape scoops of dough into balls, and drop them carefully into the hot oil.  Make sure they are nice and brown on both sides and then remove them from the oil and let them drain on paper or cloth towels.

Then try the result with some powdered sugar and be a happy Dutchy ready for the new year!  Grin

Have fun!


14  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Animated avatar on: September 17, 2010 02:30:34 AM
Sorry, another question...

How can I make and upload an animated/moving avatar?

Thanks!
15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Mini thyme loafs as party gift for DIY b-day party on: July 05, 2010 02:19:38 AM
[ I don't know if this is the right place for posting this, if it should be somewhere else, plz let me know]

Yesterday we celebrated my son's 1st birthday (his real b-day is coming thursday) with some family and friends in the park near our house.

I wanted it to be a DIY party, so I made the cake myself (haven't pics yet) and decided to give every guest a small loaf of thyme bread as a gift.

I wrapped them in transparent foil and made little cards using carved stamps. Forgot to take pics before wrapping them, but this is what everyone got:





I used this recipe for no knead bread http://www.aresrocket.com/bread/ and just added thyme to the dough.

People really liked the idea of getting home backed bread as a gift!

16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Handmade rubber stamps swap 3 Gallery! on: June 30, 2010 08:40:46 AM



Post pics of your pretty stamps here!  Cheesy
 

Link to original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=348958.0

Sent
sending late
Received
Feedback given
Contact organizer

Group A: (Organizer: IdlersDesign)
mandys08 (JessySihk, Tadiera)
JessySihk (Mandys08, Tadiera)
Tadiera (JessySihk, Mandys08)

Group B: (Organizer astrangeone)
Jexxican (Devilxkat, Painted_Lady, WideEyedLife)
Devilxkat (Jexxican, Painted_Lady, WideEyedLife)
Painted_lady (Jexxican, Devilxkat, WideEyedLife)
WideEyedLife (Jexxican, Devilxkat, Painted_Lady)

Group C(anada): (Organizer astrangeone)
astrangeone (mizuhana, sheriffkarli)
mizuhana (astrangeone, sheriffkarli)
sheriffkarli (astrangeone, mizuhana)

Group D: (Organizer IdlersDesign)
Bellazeus (Karin_, IdlersDesign)
Karin_ (Bellazeus, IdlersDesign)
IdlersDesign (Bellazeus, Karin_)

Group E: (Organizer IdlersDesign)
Volomortuus(puzzler, RueRue, Spiffyhink)
puzzler (RueRue, Spiffyhink, volomortuus)
RueRue (puzzler, Spiffyhink, Volomortuus)
Spiffyhink (puzzler, RueRue, Volomortuus)
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / How to add names of participants in the thread, so that you can click on them? on: May 31, 2010 11:39:39 AM
I know this question has been asked before, but I cant find it...

In my swap post Im adding the names of participants, and would like to have them appear as links (so you can click on the name).
Can someone tell me how to do that?

Thanks  Roll Eyes
 
18  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Handmade Rubber Stamp Swap 3 (SIGNUP 5/29/10 - 6/24/10 ; MAIL BY 7/21/10) CLOSED on: May 29, 2010 01:56:06 AM


Swap name: Handmade Rubber Stamp Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: IdlersDesign
And co-organizer: astrangeone
Sign-up date range: May 29 June 24
Date to send item by: July 21

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Yes, 30

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Details of swap:


Back to carving.Another round of handmade rubber stamps!
Rubber stamps can be made of carving rubber (can be purchased online) or from erasers (youll need a new one of good quality).
For this swap well be in groups of 3-6 participants and youll be making one stamp for each person in your group. Youll have 4 weeks for designing/carving, but of course you can send out as soon as youre ready.
For some inspiration; the gallery of
Round 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=219628.0
And Round 2: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254245.0



QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Handmade Rubber Stamp Round 3
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
 
Do you consider yourself as a beginner, intermediate or advanced stamp carver?
How many stamps would you like to make (2-5)?
Would you be interested in participating in multiple groups? How many?
Are you a gouger or a X-acto knife carver?
Do you use erasers or carving material?:
Is there any design that you would absolutely not want to receive?  (eg.  nudity, Japanese, zombies)
What kind of designs would you like to receive? (tattoo flash, floral, victorian era stuff, games, abstract, animals, ..)
What kind of design would you like to make?
What kind of crafts do you use your stamps for?
Anything else your partners need to know about you?
 
IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap



We have a Gallery!  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352337.0


Partners:

Group A: (Organizer: IdlersDesign)
mandys08
JessySihk
Tadiera

Group B: (Organizer astrangeone)
Jexxican
Devilxkat
Painted_lady
WideEyedLife

Group C(anada): (Organizer astrangeone)
astrangeone
mizuhana
sheriffkarli

Group D: (Organizer IdlersDesign)
Bellazeus
Karin_
IdlersDesign

Group E: (Organizer IdlersDesign)
Volomortuus
puzzler
RueRue
Spiffyhink



List of participants:
1 IdlersDesign
2 astrangeone
3 Spiffyhink
4 puzzler
5 RueRue
6 sheriffkarli
7 Tadiera
8 JessySihk
9 volomortuus
10 Bellazeus
11 WideEyedLife - welcome first time swapper!  Cheesy -
12 mandys08
13 karin_
14 mizuhana - welcome first time swapper!  Cool -
15 Painted_lady
16 devilxkat
17 jexxican
18
19
20

19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby hat for sunny days on: April 02, 2010 05:17:08 AM
As spring is starting, I looked in shops for a sun hat for my almost 9 months old son. For girls there are very cute hats, but for boys they only sell baseball caps, which is not at all my style.
Then I found this pattern on the internet and gave it a try:
http://www.make-baby-stuff.com/baby-sun-hat.html
It's reversible and I really like how it came out! I used about 6 different fabrics. (sorry for my laundry on the background...)






I like this side most. Especially because I have a matching bag made from the cow-fabric  Cool
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Stone wallet made from table cloth! on: March 01, 2010 06:54:25 AM
I've been looking for a pattern to make a wallet that I can use for my cash, paper money and cards, but could't find one, so decided to copy my old wallet.  Before using my best fabric I wanted to make a prototype of an old piece of table cloth.

Even though it's a little askew I like the result so much that I started using it immediately  Wink Actually I'm quite proud of this Grin first attempt:

I used diaper snaps for closures:


Half open:


And completely opened:


And a well sized pocket for paper money and a seperate one for my drivers license and bus tickets:


Ok, I'm very happy with it  Wink...

As I plan on making some more (maybe out of normal fabric) I'd really like to have some C&C for improving them! Thanks for looking.
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