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181  CANADA / Saskatchewan / Any one in Meadow lake? on: March 13, 2010 08:45:19 AM
I'm technically not in meadow lake, but am close, I was just wondering if there is anyone else out there.  My town seems to lack in Craft minded people  Undecided   it'sd be fun to do Craftster meet up!
182  CANADA / Alberta / Any Cold Lake area craftsters out there? on: March 13, 2010 08:41:02 AM
Title sums it up Smiley  I'm actually in Saskatchewan, but close to Cold lake, and was wondering if there are any Cold lake craftsters, and if there are gatherings in Cold Lake?  Wouldn't it be fun to craft together?! Grin
183  COOKING / Dessert / The Devils Chocolate Cake 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!!
184  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / itty bitty sock monkey 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!
185  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Many stitched calenders... (loads'o'pics) 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!
186  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / partial superwash batt, will it felt? on: December 27, 2009 04:35:55 PM
Okay so question is of course right there. ^
I don't know the percentage of superwash, but its superwash merino, merino, bamboo, linen and bombyx silk.  It's gorgeous and wants to be a scarf, but not so much a kint or crocheted scarf, but nuno felted.  Can this batt be what it wants to be, or am I best off spinning it against it's will?
187  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / camera case and teacup 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!
188  COOKING / Dessert / Poppycock!!! yum :D 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


189  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Little starghan 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!
190  COOKING / Dessert / Sisters and Nephews birthday cakes on: November 12, 2009 09:47:53 AM
My Nephew and My sisters birthdays are 9 days apart.  I was put in charge of both cakes Smiley  My sis helped me out with the Pablo cake, and decided fondant is not nearly as terrible to work with as she expected.   That's what I told her Smiley
Her cake was her favorite color and flower.  She turned 30 btw... I just didn't paint the number on her cake

Nephews cake:


Sisters cake: 

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