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361  The Devils Chocolate Cake in Dessert by Belladune on: February 14, 2010 05:09:16 PM
all I have to say is  Shocked
okay thats not all I have to say... lol
so of course Valentines day calls for chocolate and lots of it right? Well, this might have pushed the envelope just a bit.  To quote the husband: "it's like you took just enough chocolate, then added more." LOL
These are the recipes I used (so you can make your own chocolate overload cake)
http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipes/Dessert/Eggs-Dairy/recipe.html?dishID=9498
http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipes/Dessert/Chocolate/recipe.html?dishID=4585
the only thing I did differently was I used 70%cocoa chocolate in the ganache, and in place of buttercream milk I used whipping cream.
It looks delicious....

The cake fell... but thats cause it got thunked down first thing out of the oven....  but it made it possible to STUFF ganache into the cake.... zomg drool.


This is what the cake looked like when I thought I was finished it. It needed more so white chocolate hearts it was!


this is how I made the White chocolate hearts:  
Melt  some white chocolate chips. spread onto a piece of parchement. I just free handed the shpes with a knife. If you are lucky enough to have a cookie cutter, use it!  you may need to let it sit awhile this way though.  Stick in freezer for 5 minutes, then pop out the pieces! Voila, delicious decorations  Grin


so yeah.. yum right?  hope your valentines day was wonderful too!!
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362  Re: The random SPINNY babble thread :-) in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Belladune on: February 14, 2010 07:35:44 AM
Thanks Ladies!
okay so, Josephine Jada (we call her Josie, but she will grow up one day, hence the full name Josephine, incase she wants to be a lawyer or something)  January 4, 4:02pm, 8lbs 14oz, 21 3/4 inches (yeah, shes Loooooooooooooong)  She has piano hands (YAY!!!!) and the most beautiful fingernails.  
Delivery was pie, elective c-section.  worst part is the recovery (i say 'is' because I'm still feeling the effects of being cut in half lol)  
here she is a few days old:


She's a stubborn little monster(and thats a term of endearment around here.. she's wonderful) and refused to breastfeed  Cry  She lost nearly a pound in her first week and didn't gain any weight in the second week, so we had to put her on the bottle... she just wasn't getting it.  makes me super sad. I am happy to hear your little grandaughter is breastfeeding, MLF,  even after such a rough entry into the world.  
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363  itty bitty sock monkey in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Belladune on: February 12, 2010 11:33:43 AM
This cutey was made with the socks for my new little baby girl.  It's the smallest socks you can find (or at least I can find)  Anyway she is about 2.75 inches tall and from her butt to her toes is 2.5 inches long.  I added the felt heart, because it's near valentines day and yeah I have hearts with love written on them on the mind.   Roll Eyes
Anyway here she is, to cute!  In my hand for a bit of a size reference:

side view:


enjoy her sweetness!
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364  Re: Fiber Friday 2/12/10 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: February 12, 2010 11:25:24 AM
beauty!
 I actually have something to contribute!
My son and I spun this up on a lace weight spindle, mind you it's no where near laceweight, just straight from pencil roving (my heavier spindle is in use)  But it worked.  Anyway, I'm going to send this off to pluckyfluff... now I just have to figure out how to share this on ravelry too... I forget lol
Merino- pretty colors -??yards


happy fiber friday!
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365  Re: IYP 14 gallery of fabulousness!! in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: January 11, 2010 12:33:11 PM
Finally pics! I recieved a fabulous package from Melvinator.  

Gorgeous wreath that arrived in a few more pieces then it was supposed to.. :*(

Beautiful jewlery set.  Now I need to get all dolled up and go on a date with hubby wearing these fabulous pieces!

Christmas ornament.  To dang cute!  My three little peas Smiley  Done in polyclay, which is great, because I find sculpting anything impossible!

extra things Smiley I think I'll embroider the tea towel.  My 4 year old likes the wind up sushi Smiley


Of course this is not part of our swap package, but hey, I though you all would like to see her... or I just want to show her off.  Grin extra cuteness factor:



Thank you again!!! I can't wait to swap with you again!! just give me a month or so Wink
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366  Many stitched calenders... (loads'o'pics) in Needlework: Completed Projects by Belladune on: December 28, 2009 06:50:38 PM
So a while back someone posted a calender they had purchased from September House Etsy and embroidered (I'll find that post and link it..... It was thejoyfojess, with this post:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=321753.0)  I thought they would make great gifts, so I bought 6 blanks and made each family member (and thier families) a calender.  I bought all embroidery designs from Ubarn Threads. Here are the results:

These ones went to my family (Parents, Sister, Brother)


all wrapped up and ready to go:


Close up of the parentals.  Went with a rainbow music theme, they both tinkle on the piano, so I thought this was a good way to go.


Close up of Sisters.  I had issues knowing where to finish this one off but I decided to stop as it was... hope they will like it.  


I don't know what this stitch is that I used to fill in the bird, but I'm glad I used it.  It looks good Smiley


Close up of Brothers.  He's a machanic, and still only 22... I thought the girly fabric on the back was a good touch if he doesn't so much like the skull and cross wrenches.....



These are the ones that went to the In-laws.


Close up of the parental inlaws:


And closer still, so you can see the tiny stiches required to do all those tight turns.... (color is off because I couldn't quite get it to work with the flash, so I just used a bare bulb.. didn't work so well either... gotta figure that out one day)


Close up of the Brother inlaws.  They are currently a family of 3, so I added the little birdy in the middle.


this one is for us.  I relate to the quote, as I always seem scatter brained, but I know what I'm doing lol  It's stil a WIP... but hey I have a few more days to get it done Smiley  Also I don't know if I like how the dandelions turned out.. I might rip em out and re-do...


Some of the designs were slightly modified, so they would fit just right in the given frame.  
The only people who recieved so far are the parental inlaws.  The MIL was impressed (she used to craft too, until her hands went wonky) so I was happy with that.  Nice to have your work appreciated!

Anyway, thank you to the person who posted the calender in the first place, they were tons of fun to stitch Cheesy

Oh and I stiched everyones birthdays on there too, so no one would have an excuse to forget!
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367  camera case and teacup in Felting: Completed Projects by Belladune on: December 23, 2009 09:27:22 AM
So I made these for Melvinator for the IYP14 swap. 

needle felted teacup (with matching alice in wonderland pins... Wink )
     

Camera case- wet felted:
 

inside:
 

I almost didn't want to let them go!
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368  Poppycock!!! yum :D in Dessert by Belladune on: December 23, 2009 09:10:29 AM
So yesterday, I searched this forum for a poppycock recipe and found NONE!  what!?!?!  so, I call up my mom and get her recipe, which I will share with you all, because whats christmas without popycock?  Heck, what's life like without poppycock?  sad I say Wink





Poppycock
2 cups light brown sugar
cup light corn syrup
1 cup butter
tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp salt
1tsp Baking Soda
6 quarts of popcorn ( approx. 1 cup of unpopped popping corn)
2 cups assorted nuts (or your favorite kind)

Pop popcorn.  In a large sauce pan combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, cream of tartar and salt. Boil rapidly on medium heat stirring constantly until mixture reaches 250`F 9hard ball stage) Remove from heat.  Stir in soda, (mixture will rise) mix thoroughly and immediately poor over popped corn and stir until well coated. Add nuts, stir. Place coated corn in large buttered roasting pan,  bake for 1 hour at 250`f, stirring 3 or 4 times..  Store in air tight container.

Happy poppycock making!
~Belladune


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369  Little starghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by Belladune on: December 19, 2009 10:54:19 AM
So I was in a fiber swap with Oddacity a while back and she sent me the most delish colored roving, pinks and yellows!  I immediatly began hoping that my Belly Friend was a girl as I knew exactly what I would make with it if said Belly Friend was a girl... Well,  We still don't know, as baby is still in belly, but I made this starghan anyway.. I sure hope I get to use it!  It's not big, but I intend it to be a lovey blanky and of course can slowly make it bigger as baby grows, and when I spin up more yarn to match.   

anyway, enough yackin'... pics!



Me "modeling" it over the bump... yes beautiful pregnancy mask I know... Thats what happens folks.  be prepared.. LOL



and a close up of the center which after making a few more of these as pot holders (  which I don't have any pics of...)  I realized a better way of doing it, newb mistake, but eh, whatevs



Anyway I love this pattern.  you can just make it as big or as small as you want!  I think I love crocheting!
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370  Re: Fiber Friday - December 18, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: December 19, 2009 10:41:41 AM
Okay so I took some pics finally of some stuff thats still on the bobbin from ages ago....... I hope it all plies up right since it's been sitting for much to long...


Hand pulled roving from Freestyle, spun up on the bobin.. still have 1/2 of it to go...  Hoping to try some coil with it.


And finally a FO!! This is from dyed roving I spun sent to me in a swap by Oddacity.  A crocheted
starghan!  I think I'll leave it this size, as its more as a lovey blanket for my belly friend if said belly friend comes out a girl.. Cheesy
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