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131  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / A skating dress on: March 20, 2011 07:33:45 PM
I teach kids to skate, and for this years carnival decided I'd get my hands on the costuming too!  And of course, being the procrastinator I am, I did them all within the 5 days before the carnival... Grin
These aren't my kids, so for their safety, I blurred their faces.  i know it can be distracting, but no deal.  they aren't mine, I don't have the right to post their faces on public forums.
Anywho....  Pics!

This one was from scratch, and believe it or not, the skirt has 100$ worth of trim on it!  Shocked 

This is the hair piece i made to go with it.  Yay for feathers and hot glue guns!

This one was recon'd.  It started life as a hideous "flying monkey" Which didn't really look like a monkey at all, more like a flying squirel.  I cut the "wings" out, and zipped(sewed) up the sides, added the spots on the back and changed out the tail.  i then cut one of the other "flying monkey's" up to make the headband.

I also made a cat ears and tail, and a skunk outfit, and some birds wings, but between organizing and watching the carnival, I had  no time for pictures!  these were the only two i could snap!
132  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Perhaps this'll remind me.... on: February 04, 2011 09:40:35 AM
I'm trying really really hard to keep my daily life on track and I spend waaaaaaaaaay to much time on the computer.  So I devised this computer monitor cover to keep me off the dang thing.
I saw this quote on a hoop in the OTT Hoopla and I fell in love with it.  Apparently it's from Fight Club, although I've never seen it.  The quote to me is like "Cease the day"  or "make every moment count", only it's a bit darker. I like darker.  I, for what ever reason, have it in the back of my head that I could walk out the door and die.  I really need to start using every minute purposefully.  And this will hopefully keep me away from this time sucking machine Tongue

Modeled by my beautiful Apple

Close up of the stitching

Question for those of you who are computer savvy, though.  It's simply elastic around the back, so it should be okay for not over heating my computer, right?  Please tell me so.  If not I'll frame it and hang it above the computer.... but I much like the idea of covering it. I've tried just shutting it down after a certain time in the day, but I'll just turn it back on again.  And this is more a visual reminder of not using it, and I'm a visual learner :p

133  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / People of the world, meet the Snailtaur. (pixplotion) on: January 30, 2011 12:35:32 PM
The Snailtaur, unknown keeper of the swamplands.

The Snailtaur is generally a friendly creature, though they can be fierce when need be.  Living in the swamplands of the world, they protect the helpless creatures, and fend off human population of these areas with their magical spells.   Snailtaurs camouflage into their environment by sinking back into their shell.  Their hair grows to look like grasses and weeds you would find common in swamplands.  The unexpected burst of color through their body is used to confuse their predators and humans.  Although a protector of the swamplands the Snailtaur does have natural enemies, such as hawks, eagles, some ruthless humans, and carnivorous beasts.   
Snailtaurs would, at first glance, seem to be defenseless, but as earlier mentioned, they posses great magical powers derived from nature.   They carry staves that are adorned with magical talismans they’ve collected during their studies to become powerful magical beings.  Their massive upper body strength also helps them when they do occasionally get into physical combat.
Finding a Snailtaur is said to be the best of luck.  Humans who befriend Snailtaurs will be quite fortunate as they share a common thread with the creature.  Having a Snailtaur in your Home will bring fortune and luck.

poppet inspired body and jointing.  Poppet abs tutorial used (will link that in a bit why didn't i bookmark that? I can't find it again!  If anyone knows where it is, please let me know!)

Shell is a wet felted vessel.

Snail bit is scraps ironed onto fussible interfacing, then crazy stitched for security.

Hair is a hand made piece of felt, cut into pieces to resemble swamp weeds

Staff is a warped wooden knitting needle, painted, sparkled, leather wrapped, and adorned with 'Magical talismans"- glass beads, feathers, wood beads.

The Snailtaur was Created for Rlynn, in the Weird Stuffy Swap.  It was born from her theme "Swamplands".  He was a blast to make and really dug me out of a creative hole!  I was sad to see him go, but know he's very well loved in his new home!

134  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Some cards I made... on: January 24, 2011 07:49:55 AM
I would generally say I'm no good at paper crafts.  So, in order to boost my paper creativity, I took a card making class.  these were the results:

We were all given the same kits, with an example card.  A few of mine only slightly varied off the originals, and a couple were dead on copies, but I just couldn't bring myself to get overly creative.  I found the finality of placing that stamp, or aiming the punch or awl to be very stressful! you can't just take off a stamp the same way you can rip out stitches!  It's almost to exact an art,  but I guess I'm the only one who see's the imperfection.  Anywho.  I am going to order some stamps and some card stock anyway.  I can only get better with practice right?
135  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / quick little mitts & a toque and scarf *now with pattern for mitts!* on: January 19, 2011 06:59:27 AM
I whipped these up for a swap partner, making up the pattern as I went along.  I wrote it all down, so if there is interest, I'll type it up Smiley  they don't take up much any yarn at all

modeled by my 3 yr old:

I also made these a while back, out of the same yarn, and I still have a bit left.  It was just one ball of each:)
sorry it's sideways, I swear I turned it....

 I used an H hook, and bernat yarn, worsted weight.

Little mitties

-Ch4, make into ring
-Sc8 into center of ring made. Slip stitch into first sc
-2sc into first st., sc next 3,  2sc into next st, sc next3, sl into beginning of round
-2sc into first stitch, sc next 4,  2 sc in next st, sc next 4.  Sl into beginning of round
-2sc into to next 2 st (for a total of 4 new stitches) sc next 5, 2sc into next 2 st, sc next 5 sl into beginning of round
 -2sc into first 2 st, sc next 7 2 sc into next 2, sc next 7 st sl into beginning of round.
-sc each st around fr 7 rounds (I did not slip stitch while doing this part)
-Join colorb, sc around 2 rounds
-starting the thumb hole here:
-sc, chain 8, join back to body of mitt skipping 2 st, sc around to beginning of round,
-sc around including the chain
-scdec, sc next 4, sc dec, sc around
-scdec, sc next 2, sc dec, sc around
-sc dec, sc around
-sc dec, sc around
-sc around 1 row
-join color a and sc around 6 rows
join color b and sc 1 row.  Tie off.

Pick up 10 st on the opening with color B
Sc around
Sc dec, sc around (8st)
Change to color a
Sc around
Sc dec, sc around (6st)
Sc around,
Change to color B
Sc dec, sc, scdec, sc, scdec, tie off.

*Please let me know if there are issues with the pattern! I only made one pair, so there might be goofs!  probably not, but you never know!*
136  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / scrappy snake and car roll on: January 19, 2011 06:46:44 AM
A few things I whipped up for a couple swap partners,  all from my stash! woo!

Scrappy snake: (from all those bits that had no purpose)

Toy car roll:  (from a leg of my "fat pants" Cheesy, an old t-shirt, and a larger piece of fabric I had)

These were super fun and quick!
137  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tunisian and lace headband on: January 06, 2011 07:21:28 AM
 I had fun doing this, and I've now got an awesome headband!
I used my own homespun (z twist) single laceweight (with it's slubs here and there Smiley )
The flowers were my own design, but I used techniques I learned while learning to make lace snowflakes.
The band that goes around the top and sides is Tunisian pearl stitch.  I love the way when done in a single row it gives bars with spaces between.

The back was done in the basic Tunisian crochet stitch.

I made an anklette as well, but it's twisted and I'm out of time to make another :/

Hope you like it!  and don't forget to Vote!

138  COOKING / Dessert / Lemon Coconut Snowball cake on: January 03, 2011 12:56:22 PM
For my friends birthday, I made her a snowball cake!

I used this recipe:

Everything was from scratch, even the coconut! I even used the frosting recommended but I made one small change.  When I cracked the coconut to make the shredded coconut that covers it I saved the liquid and condensed it.  I then used that and added enough water to make the required 1/3c water. 

this is where I got the pan I used.  http://www.sweetbakingsupply.com/   They don't appear to have it anymore though... :/

this is the pan I used:  http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?sku=2105-6506

Enjoy looking at it!  It's delicious!!
139  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Menage a trois on: December 30, 2010 06:59:27 AM

 just a little hoop for imafundork in the OTT hoopla. It's 3inches, single floss satin stitch.

oh, if this needs to be tagged, let me know!
140  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Red lentil bread on: December 29, 2010 12:35:07 PM

1/2 cup red lentils
1 cup water
~In a large pot, cook the red lentils for about 30 minutes.

4cups of lukewarm water
4 tblsp sugar
1/4 cup oil
2 tblsp active dry yeast
approximately 12 cups flour (this can be a mixture of whole wheat and unbleached all purpose if you so wish)

Combine water oil sugar and yeast and allow to proof for 10 minutes. Cup by cup, add the flour. Start off with a whisk, Before it becomes to thick to whisk, add the cooked lentils. Once it becomes to thick to whisk dive in with both hands until well combined. Don't use all the flour at once. Once you get a semi wet dough turn it out on to the counter (lightly dusted with flour) and begin to knead. Knead like you've never kned before. for at least 10 minutes, but I recommend longer. Once yo've done this, put the dough back in your bowl and allow to rise for 2 hours. Don't rush the rise!!! this will give you nice fluffy bread!
Now it's time to punch it down and shape into loaves. Preheat your oven to 400`F. What I find works best is to cut the dough into approximately even pieces and flatten into rectangles. Then I roll the rectangles into loaves. Place into your bread pans and let rise again for at least 30 minutes. I generally forget about it and end up letting it rise for 45 minutes to an hour.  So long as the bread is at least doubled in size you are safe to put it into your oven. Bake it for 25 minutes.
Pull it out of the oven, enjoy the smell of fresh bread but wait at least 20 minutes before you cut into it. Slather it with butter and enjoy!

For more pics check out the blog, but all the info on how to make the bread is here in words. Smiley
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