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351  scissor skully pillow in CHALLENGE 50 ENTRIES by Belladune on: May 07, 2010 08:07:49 AM
So this wan't my original plan,  my original plan was way more cool then this, but eh, this is pretty cool if you ask me.  I still have the original plan in the make, but it was well to complex for me to finish in time (considering my kids haven't been cooperating with bed time lately)





What I did was trace out the scissors skully logo onto my black fabric, and layer 2 pieces of cotton chiffon behind it.  then with pretty rainbowish sparkly thread (which my machine HATED  it kept snapping, and caused my brain to explode on more then one occasion) I  stiched around and around and around  (until my brain was at it's explosion limit)  After I was done stitching I took the scissors out and cut out the skull and scissors.  Then I turned it into a pillow.

Now I have have craftster love to hug when I'm to tired to craft anymore and to tired to cruise craftster.   Grin

Oh and I don't take any credit for the idea.  There's one dude on Project Runway who does something like this.  It creates really cool demension in his garments.   In my case it just made a cool sparkly pillow.
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352  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R8 FOCR R8 Secret Garden Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: April 28, 2010 12:50:41 PM
pics finally!!!
Zulibu's fabulous table runner!  And although it is intended to ba table runner and matching square (I'm thinking hot pad) it will be decoration for my little girls bed room.  They look fabulous on the wall!

First on the table! (as intended)

The extra square on the "sideboard"

And in thier new home (yes her crib is still full of boxes and stuff... she's still in the basinet Smiley)

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353  Re: fiber fat book--along in Craftalongs by Belladune on: April 14, 2010 09:24:25 PM
so it was quiet a while ago i said I'd be joining you all in this fun, and well, I finally have something to share... You may remember I was going to go with a botany theme, but yeah... that didn't happen.  i'm using this more as a form of journalling that I can actually do... writing never works for me.  Anyway, onto the pics with thier wordy descriptions..... ironic, eh?

First page:  This one shows how it feels to finally have that baby girl you've always wanted, but have Post-Partum Depression (PPD)  It is interactive.  The sheer fabric lifts and the heart on the ribbon can be tucked into the lace covered pocket.
sheer up:

sheer down:  (notice how bits hang out, you can see things, but everything is foggy...)


Second page:  This didn't work out to well.... I need to figure out how to stretch out the backing fabric... What I did was take stretch fabric and strech it out then stich it down with the heartbeat type pattern on the machine.  It is to represent how I feel as a mother of 3... Stretched out and pulled in every direction all at the same time.  The buttons are my kids, and me Smiley


Third page:  This is so far from the original concept which leads me to believe that beauty can come from pain.  I still plan on making the original concept, but I'll keep that a secret until I make it Smiley


Hopefully you guys enjoy them, It was very releasing to make them.  I felt lighter once I was finished Smiley  Oh, and welcome into my head.... it's weird in here right now Wink
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354  a couple a cakes! in Dessert by Belladune on: April 10, 2010 01:07:34 PM
Easter cake, made with help from my mom.  I was teaching her that fondant isn't actually all that hard!




and my simple birthday cake, made by me Smiley  it's a sponge cake with 2 cans of chocolate betty crocker lol  yes thats the top of the straw i used to hold the cake from sliding..... hey, it was just me the kids and the hubby seeing this one.  I was being lazy lol

 6 layers of yum!


enjoy!  I know my butt grew a few inches this week.....  Tongue
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355  Re: Monthly Odd Holidays - April in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: April 10, 2010 12:43:56 PM
yay!  here are the pics of the fantabulous things Jexxican made for me!!!

For National Bake Week, an apron and a super special cookie recipe, which I can't share with you, because it's a special recipe for her sisters ALSA charity!!!  So go get one, I'm certain they are good, but once I make them, I'll tell you all how delicious they are!


For D.E.A.R. day, a paper back book cover.  It is currently keeping a copy of The Simillarion by JRR Tolkien warm Cheesy



And finally, for Stress awareness week (or day? or month?.. well, the whole year should be dedicated to stress awareness Wink )  A lavender scented rice pouch  and a squishy hand I can squeeze when I'm needing to work out my stress!   When that hand fell out of the box, I was like O.o??  but oooooh I get it after I figured out which day it was lol



Again, thank you so much Jexxican!  Can't wait to get baking those cookies in that apron, and shortly there after laying on the couch with a good book, all snug in it's cozy, with a warm rice bag at my neck!!!
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356  Re: Fiber Friday April 9th, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: April 09, 2010 06:31:13 AM
I can finally share pics of the little skien I did, since it went to its new home Smiley

Hairball (it was for Hairball awareness day Wink )  it was fun to spin up.. It's Luster wensleydale locks and misc goats fleece.... not 100% sure what kind of goat, but a goat none the less!  theres not much, but it did fill my bobbin, it's just chunky and hairball like!




oh and I love that ball o yarn Myklia! wonder if its coming my way.... Smiley
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357  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R8 FOCR R8 (Signups CLOSED Sendout 4/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Belladune on: March 23, 2010 03:51:04 PM
I got the go ahead!
this is the last swap I do in a while though... I don't think I'll be so lucky to get that kind of time again for a while.....
Thread catcher at the sewing machine:


Back side of the catcher over the side of the chair (it looks the same as at the sewing machine on the chair on the front, so I figured it needed only one pic)  Like my sexy wall paper and chair in the basement? very 70's..... its chic  Tongue


and the reverse side (or is this the back side and the flowered bit something else??  my brain is fried today) I love this fabric... so glad to have it in pink so I can make another one of these for me!!


Can't wait to get who this is going to, I'll be adding some treats, and maybe just maybe a surprise crafty item....
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358  Empanadas! with pic ffffffff-at tutorial! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Belladune on: March 21, 2010 05:22:26 PM


When I was a child, we would go over to a friends house and would be served empanadas.  I have fond memories of running around on Saturdays playing with them while their father had friends over for "empanada parties" (my words, not thiers Smiley )   It was good times.  So to remember those good times, I often make his recipe.  And I figured I'd share the recipe and the how to with you all, so maybe you can make great memories surrounding delicious food, specifically these empanadas Cheesy

Recipe (slightly altered because before the onion was waaaaay overwhelming and  I like to cut out fat where I can):
Preheat your oven to 375`F

 1 large onion
 1lb of lean ground beef
 1Tbsp Paprika
 1 beef bulion cube
 1/2 cup water
 salt peper and oregano to taste

Fry onion and paprika in a large fry pan. When the onions are softened, add the ground beef.  Cook until well browned.   Add salt, pepper, and oregano.  Add 1/2 cup water and bullion cube and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Extra filling ingredients:
Olives
rasins
hard boiled egg, cut into smallish pieces (boil this egg while you are cooking the beef!)

While the mixture is cooling make the dough.
~5cups flour
 2tsp baking powder
 1tsp salt
 1cup milk
 1/4lb lard (or shortening, like crisco)

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Scald the milk in a sauce pan and add the lard.  Stir until the lard has melted.  Pour the lard and milk mixture into the flour and mix with a wooden spoon until you can't anymore. Continue kneading with your hands until you get a firm dough (much more firm then a bread. and more firm then a pie crust  Fool around with the measurements abit, to get what you feel is a workable texture)
 
Here you can see I have everything all lined up and ready to go.


Roll your dough out and cut it into large circles - aproximately 20cm across (or circles of your desired size, you could make these small as appetizers, but here I made them supper serving size)
Place the beef mixture, 2-3 rasins, 1 olive, and 1 piece of hard boiled egg.  Take a egg wash and wet one half of the circle around the edge.


Fold them over so you get a half circle, and pinch the dough together like this.  you get a good seal and no leaking if you do this.

 
Notice I punched holes with a fork along the top.  this is to let the steam out and so you can be sure they don't explode!  I also use the egg wash on top, for a nice golden brown top.


Lather rinse repeat until you run out of ingredients!

Now they are ready to hit the oven!   Bake for 30 minutes or until nicely browned.


If you have left over dough (like I did)  squish it out into weird flower like shapes and dust with cinamon and sugar, bake for 15 mins, and there you go, desert!


and here's one that has a few bites out of it that was temporarily abandoned by my 2 yr old.... Apparently he had better things to do lol  he did come back to finish it though!


Anyway I really hope you try these out, they are quite delicious.  I promise!

To answer a question about the liquid situation:
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I did have one question:  when you cook the meat with the onions do you drain off the extra fat and water?  I did because it looked too runny--I used 85% lean meat so maybe it was too fat?
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I've always used lean ground beef.   If you have a bunch of liquid that doesn't look like it's all fat (or you just simply don't care if theres a bit of extra fat in there -which is generally where I'm at lol)  You can outright skip the water, and just add and bullion cube.  Then just let it simmer until you've only got a little liquid left.  Sometimes the onion has alot of liquid in it, and sometimes it seems like some ground beef is more liquidy, so you may or may not need the water.


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359  Re: Sock Monkey/ Sock Critter Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: March 19, 2010 04:22:30 PM
I just wanted to say that Craftylittlemonkey ROCKS!!!!!   Grin Grin Grin  And that she is a super slueth Wink
She sent me a sock monkey package!!! even though I didn't join the swap!!!   <3 <3 <3!!!
So again, thank you so much Craftylittlemonkey!! I will post pics of the fantabulous package once I can pry the goodies away from the kids!

got em!
One happy little monkey!

the monkey and the little blue monster

bib, taggie blankie, and fairy dolly!!

 thank you thank thankyou Craftylittlemonkey!
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360  St. Pattys day pancakes in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Belladune on: March 18, 2010 08:24:30 AM
Although my boys are quite young yet to understand why we celebrate St. Patricks day (we are a 1/4 irish, or well, I am, I guess that mekes them  like 1/8?  what evs we're irish enough :p)  Anyway, I like to have fun with my pancakes on holidays like this.
so here they are:


and my son noticed one attempt at a pot'o'gold looked kinda l ike a snail, so I made a real snail too Smiley



This is my own pancake recipe, that I alter every time I make it, but these ones turned out great, so I'll do it again this way

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla extract

mix the wet ingredients, and then add the flour, sugar, and baking powder, mix until it is all incorperated.  If there are a few little lumps thats okay.  In this batch I added some green food coloring. you know, cause shamrocks are green right?
To make designs , just think of a line drawing and wing it.  lol  just make sure your pan is quite hot, otherwise the lines will just blend.
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