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391  Re: Come With Me BACK TO OZ in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: April 26, 2009 12:32:53 PM
k just to give Ransom something to anticipate heres a sample of what I shipped.  I sure hope it gets there soon!

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392  Re: April 2009 Birthday Swap in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: April 22, 2009 03:46:54 PM
ooooooooh!   Its here!!!!! so it contained more then just an Ipod case!  there was a change purse and a cosmetics bag and a cute little "hoodie" note book  (although I would call it a bunny hug note book.... Wink)    and some gorgeous smelling soap!  and some stickers too! (the 4 yr old is going to love those! LOL we play with stickers lots!)

Thank you sooooooo much Sprig of Ivy!  I totaly dig the fabric, and want to know where you found it!
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393  Foot pin cushion. Hilarious back story included! pic chubby in Felting: Completed Projects by Belladune on: April 18, 2009 10:06:40 PM
  Once upon a time lived a crafty maven.  She shared an apartment with her beau.  This lovely young man put up with all the clutter craftiness brought, with very little complaint.  Until one day tragedy struck!  A pin cushion had fallen off the table and onto the floor. ~~ Now this pin cushion was poorly designed, as it was terribly thin, and both sides were mere cloth.~~  The Mavens beau walked past the table and stepped on the pincushion!  He fell to the ground, crying out in agony!  The Maven rushed to his side and tried to remove the mass of pins from his foot.  But alas, she failed.  With a second attempt the pins came free, though the young man was still terribly upset.  The young man did come to forgive the Maven.  And they lived happily ever after.

Now thats a true story.  And it lead to the crafting of this:
Note the hairy toes, and foot-

Side view, complete with pins

Front view

and how it is to be used, pins go in the bottom!

enjoy.  I hope it brings you as many chuckles as it did me!

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394  Re: Fiber Friday 4/17/09 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: April 17, 2009 10:57:43 AM
Nicolassa! those are gorgeous!
Cherry, that blue is delish!
Inez, that black is gorgeous, I love the hints of blue and white throughout!

Here are my delish yarns for the week.
Hippie, all spun up from 2 weeks ago.  Merino.

This is just a simple BFL single, plied with an alpaca single.  only 30 yards...
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395  chicky family portrait in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Belladune on: April 13, 2009 08:20:24 AM
So I saw this post, by Wayuki: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298179.0
And I just knew I had to make a ton of these chickies for my family.   Its a good thing I have a relatively small family.  LOL  And no, they have no eyes, because I didn't have any black embroidery thread, and live in the middle of nowhere, and its not worth a trip to the city for just some black embroidery thread.   And I kind of just gave it a go with the beaks and wings, because when I started, I had no real crochet back ground. I knew how to dc, sc, trc, and that was pretty much it.  The "bobbles"  for the beaks turned out not bobbles. The family members loved them.  and thats all that matters.  Anyway on with the picture:

The blue ones are the men, The pink are the women, Yellow are the kids and the grey ones are the Grandparents.  They are all arranged in families.

thanks for looking! c+c welcome!
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396  Re: Fiber Friday 4/10/09 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: April 10, 2009 07:35:54 PM
sweet yarns ladies!!
All I have this week is my second attempt at roving (the first one failed miserably, so its just fluff now)

Alpaca- who knows how much is there, I don't have a scale LOL

Getting there, just not wonderful yet. LOL
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397  27th birthday cake in Dessert by Belladune on: April 10, 2009 07:13:37 PM
SO I made my self my birthday cake this year.  went with teal and yellow. cause that was pretty much what looked good together from my selection of colors.  I used marshmallow fondant.  I think I did pretty good, for the 2nd go with fondant,   Whatcha think?

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398  Re: Come With Me BACK TO OZ in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: April 08, 2009 07:31:15 PM
I received!!!!!!!!  and to boot, Its my birthday!!!  It was honestly the highlight of my day.  I woke up with a tummy ache and my children screamed all morning..... Shocked  it was fun........

Anyway, on with the pics of my wonderful package from Ransom!!!!!!!! squeee!!!!
everything all wrapped up all nicely!  ANd yes thats my 4 yr old grabing the glitter!  he wants to glitter stuff....

beautiful bountiful buttons!

pretty ruby slipper plaque,  its glittery!

Wicked witch of the west pin cushion

Poppy note book,  I believe she bound this her self!! GASP!

Collage  of Dorothy in her slippers. Its so gorgeous in person! 

Dorothy inspired wristlet!

And lastly some stickers and a great card she made herself!  Its wonderful!!

Thank you so much I luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv it!!!!!!  Grin Grin Grin
your package will be out tomorrow Ransom!
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399  Re: Fiber Friday, 4/3/2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: April 03, 2009 08:41:30 AM
so I've actually been at the spinning wheel this week, after a hiatus.

This first one I actually spun at the beginning of March, at a drop in class I went to while visiting my family 8 hrs away.  I wasn't going to share it, because I am terribly disappointed in it.  It was my first experience with the long draw method...  and I think I suck at it LOL  Its thick thin overspun underspun.  and terribly weak.. definitly not what I've become accustom to with my "inch worm" method I taught myself LOL  But I guess it takes the practice right?  Anyway, on with the pic:   (oh its BFL, yardage unknown)

Here are some merino tops I dyed with wiltons and koolaid.  I just stuck the dry fiber in the pot and simmered until the dye was gone.  I like how they turned out.
 Hippy (hopefully spun up next week)

Orange smoothie:

this one is BFL, no name:

THis is what the Orange smoothie turned into.  It will go from dark to light up the garment when used.  Thick thin(darn long draw method) 166 yards:  

And this I did on my drop spindle and apparently didnt take a pic of the whole ball, but I had a tiny bit left and the finished little chicks.   ANyway I called the yarn Big Bird.  Makes me chuckle.... yarn big bird.. turned into little chickies..... teehee...  These are going to be easter gifts to my family, each little chicky represents a family member!  I have a few more to go LOL

Here is where you can find the patern for the chickies:

phew.  And I think thats it for today.

Inie_rah, thats really pretty.
Noodle princess,  I <3 your supercoils..

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400  Apple Oatmeal Mini Muffins---> Recipe included! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Belladune on: March 26, 2009 01:29:08 PM
So last night, just after supper, I got a phone call.  "hey, we need you to bring a snack to playschool tomorrow.  We've already got crackers and cheese.  maybe you could bring some dessert type stuff?"   Yeah thanks.  Make me bring the long to make stuff And ask for it last minute.... LOL
But anyways,  I did and these are what I made:

I ended up with nearly 48 mini muffins (obviously they are not all in this picture....).  And they were a hit (one kid ate 5.... and only one kid of 10 didn't like them).  Super moist, and maybe just a tad heavy, although thats probably because of the oatmeal. And have I mentioned yet that I made this recipe up on the fly?  Since its my own creation,  I thought I'd share Cheesy

Apple Oatmeal Mini Muffins
3 Macintosh apples (peeled cored and chunked)
Sprinkle of cinnamon (to your taste, I used maybe 1 tsp)
2 tbsp water
1 cup milk (heated)
1 cup oatmeal (quick cooking)
2 cups Flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 small eggs
1 Tbsp canola oil

In a small sauce pan combine apples water and cinnamon.  Cook over medium heat until apples are tender.  Smush. (aka turn into apple sauce I used a submersion blender thingy to make my sauce really smooth)  Meanwhile heat milk in a microwave safe glass bowl for 45 seconds.  Add the oatmeal.  In a large mixing bowl combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Add all the 'wet' ingredients and the eggs and oil.  Stir until just blended.  Bake at 375`F for 8-10 minutes.  This recipe will give you approximately 4 dozen mini muffins, if you make them into medium muffins, increase baking time.

*You can also add what ever extras you want, like raisins, coconut, chopped walnuts, chopped hazel nuts  etc.   I added raisins and coconut to the second pan of muffins, just to add variety,  some kids don't like raisins (how silly of them! Wink )

Oh and if you don't have a mini muffin tin, and have small children, I totally recommend getting one.  It has been the most used wedding shower gift.  And my almost 4 year old loves mini muffins.  That and there ends up no wasted muffin, as regular muffins are generally to big for toddlers.

Anyway, enough rambling.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I and the kids did.  Please let me know if you try out the recipe.  I'd love to hear reviews!
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