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401  Re: Handspun Yarn & Fiber Swap Round 2 (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SEND OUTS July 11, 2009) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Belladune on: June 02, 2009 10:56:37 AM
CamOovas, I'll go card something so I can do that for you Smiley

okay there we go.  on the left is a rolled rolag (or cigar as I've seen it called)  On the right is straight off the hand cards.   the fiber is going in the same direction on both. 

i may not be the best carder, but hey. I try Wink
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402  Re: Fiber Friday 05.30.09 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: May 30, 2009 08:38:16 PM
yup I'm very late too.  completely forgot yesterday was friday.... LOL  I do have some to share this week though!  let me get my camera!

first up Mermaids Tail.  75yrd 4oz.... that thick! So delicious, I served it for supper!   LOL j/k It was a swap item, and scotskipper loved it!  What you can't see in these pictures is the teal and gold sparkle that runs through it!

and thats all I can share this week, cause the hubby is playing WoW and I can't upload pictures, cause he lags out and wipes his party.  So, perhaps I'll beable to share more next week!

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403  Re: Jar of Whimsies 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: May 29, 2009 07:18:23 PM
I received an AMAZING package from titaniumhip
I literally squealed when I opened it!  I was thoroughly spoiled.  Oz lovers, prepare to wists.  And Whimsy lovers, prepare to do the same!!

First off the Jar itself. Its gorgeous!

The "Everything"shot

The crafted whimsies.  LOVE the necklace,  and adore the dorothy x-stitch.

close ups of some of the other wonders that were in my jar

And lastly the crazy amazing extras!!!  a flying sock monkey, and a killer pillow with my favorite (even if cliche) line from the movie 'The Wizard Of Oz'

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404  Re: Handspun Yarn & Fiber Swap Round 2 (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SEND OUTS July 11, 2009) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Belladune on: May 28, 2009 10:13:48 AM
Thanks Cyndi!  It all feels very smooth, like a roving would.  There's still a lot of VM in it.  But that wont be hard to deal with while I'm carding anyway.  If I scour a bit of it, I should see the lanolin in the water then I would know for sure right?
Is it friday yet?  I'm sooo wanting to get working with this wool, but I want to know my partners color preferences before I start dyeing!

In total there is 6lbs 3oz of different fiber there.  There's a bag of merino hiding behind the bag of Shetland 'sliver' too.

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405  Re: April 2009 Birthday Swap in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: May 27, 2009 04:41:22 PM
I've heard from Scotskipper, She's received!!!   I hope you don't mind dear, but I'm going to post some pics of the one yarn (cause I didn't take of the small one, oops.  So if you get pics of it, post em!)

This one is called Mermaids Tail, 4 oz 75 yards.  yep that thick. Its definitly a bulky yarn.  And it looked sooo delicious I decided to serve it for supper Tongue

out in the sun.

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406  Re: April 2009 Birthday Swap in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: May 12, 2009 01:15:56 PM
that mermaid is adorable!!!

I received my apron from Fochaux!!  Its wonderful!!  the cherry fabric is great, and yes fochaux, it fits me perfectly!  thank you sooo much!!  I love it!!
'Close up of the fabric:

Apron by itself, hanging on the wall (isn't that a sexy calender my hubby has? LOL):

And apron on me, with my head cropped off, because I look terrible from the neck up today. LOL  (also reason for the chairs on the table: to keep my 1 yr old off the table LOL)
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407  Re: Monokuro Boo - black and white piggies *With patterns* in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Belladune on: May 12, 2009 08:21:14 AM
I made one!  He's so cute!  My friend is absolutely going to love him!  I''m sure she doesn't know who monokuro Boo is,  But she has probably close to 200+ piggy figurines in her house!  One more cute amigurumi piggy is definitely going to fit into her collection!

Thank you so much Wayuki for the pattern!! 

BentoBox, its not as confusing as it sounds, clarifications are on page 3!
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408  Mothers day carrot cake in Dessert by Belladune on: May 09, 2009 07:12:25 PM
So, with my search for different types of rolled icing (as a request from a friend who didn't like the marshmallow fondant, she wants me to decorate her cakes from now on LOL)   I found this recipe:  http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-7060-6-Cream-Cheese-base-fondant.html
  What better cake to try it on then a carrot cake.  And of course I need an excuse to make a cake.  And with Mothers day being tomorrow it was a great one!

close up of the carrots, do the greens look realistic enough?  or do they at least get the point across?

top view.  Doesn't look to bad here.

On this one you can see this fondant cracks easily.  Thats okay for now.  Just more practice with it I think.

As for flavor and texture, the icing is pretty tasty, though next time I skip out on the almond extract.  I've never had luck with that extract, it always tastes weird to me.   It also has a nicer texture then the MMF (which is chewy)  Kind of melt in your mouth~ish.  Lets hope the MIL likes it too, since the cake is technically for her!

comments and criticism welcome, I'm always looking to improve!
thanks for looking!
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409  Re: Fiber Friday 5.8.09 @#$%*! in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: May 08, 2009 08:17:03 AM
omg Oddacity,  wow.  thats a gorgeous color!!

this yarn is now the best yarn I have made to date.  I'm sooooooo proud of it.  I thought about calling it hoarfrost, but then it doesn't have any sparkle other then the beads on the thread.  so I'm just going with Winter Morning.   It is 80%angora and 20% merino Lamb.  Its ridiculously soft.  116yards, 2oz.  I've got another 2oz single on the bobbin that will be turned into this too,  just need to find those beads again... LOL  Anyway, on with the picture!

It can be yarn cowl!

And these are some I did a while back but didn't take pics of until now. (not the best pic but oh well.)  They are lace/fingering weight, BFL,  one is 3 ply, one is 2 ply and then the left over single

I do have another, but it is for a swap, and I have a feeling that scotskipper checks this thread out every week, so I'll wait until she receives.

anyway happy fiber friday.
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410  Wall-e Part-e- ;) Lots of pictures! in Party Planning by Belladune on: May 02, 2009 02:24:53 PM
Okay, so here it is, all the Wall-e goodness!  My husband thinks I'm nuts to do all this, but really, it was fun!   

Any idea how hard it is to be the photographer AND the organizer?  Really hard, or at least I haven't mastered the balance yet,  But here are the few pictures I was able to snap of the crafty goodness I created for this special occasion!

First off, we have the "Place the plant in the Hollow Detector" game.  Amazingly, 5 of the 7 managed to do it blindfolded..... 

Up next was the pinata, with pull strings, which didn't work all to well anyway..........  We ended up having to break it with our hands, which didn't matter to the kids, because they got the goodies from it anyway.  Also, i've learned that if you do this rushed, put a fan to the balloon It dries pretty quickly that way.

Of course, Le piece de resistance, the Cake!

Thank you to Nikimac, for your help with the itinerary and the idea for the pinata! 
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