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211  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / chicky family portrait 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!
212  COOKING / Dessert / 27th birthday cake 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?


213  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / International Year of Natural Fibers on: April 08, 2009 08:14:48 AM
I just discovered that this year is the International Year of Natural Fibers!  Who knew!

http://www.naturalfibres2009.org/

Yay for learning more about the fibers we spin!
214  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Linseed oil on moving parts of wheel? on: April 02, 2009 08:47:39 AM
k,  So my spinning wheel needs to be oiled, and amazingly enough (<----read in a sarcastic tone)   there is no one in town that has any oil for the job.  Roll Eyes   I do however have some Linseed oil that I was going to oil the wood of my wheel, and the table (once its been stripped)  with.  Can I use it on the moving parts of the wheel?

thanks in advance!
215  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Apple Oatmeal Mini Muffins---> Recipe included! 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!
216  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Monster chalenge 09- Ava, the sky monster on: February 27, 2009 08:58:30 AM
Meet Ava.  Ava is a sky monster.  We found Ava on a sunny day, simply because she got stuck in stormy day mode. 
If you've never heard of a sky monster before, I'm not surprised.  Sky monsters are not a well known type of monster, simply because they normally blend in with the sky (much like a chameleon would change to blend in with its surroundings)  Sky monsters spend their days lounging in the clouds, eating snow and star dust.  They also like to play cloud hockey, they use hail pucks and star nets. 
Well,  on with the picks of Ava the Sky monster.

Trying to blend in with the sky she can see, but failling.

Loungin' at the computer-She's facinated with the idea of such a thing.

a pic of the back:





Now heres the story of her conception.  When this chalenge was announced, I asked my 3.5 year old if I should make a land monster, sea monster or a Sky monster.  He responded Sky monster.  Now that led me down many a path  (including dragons, and that Neverending story flying dog)  and I thought no, it has to have 3 eyes, son agreed.  Originally she was suposed to be sky blue with coulds, but my felting kit still has not shown up in the mail (and I ordered on the 1st.  don't worry its all settled and should be here by monday  :/ ). and all I had was grey on hand so, she's grey, cloudy and moody looking lol.  She's actually my second attempt.  She turned out way better then the first lol.
Anyway.  hopefully you like her and the story behind her.

~belladune
217  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / can this be fixed? (pic included to show you better what I mean :) ) on: February 19, 2009 01:23:11 PM
I've got this gorgeous pitcher, and the spout (that'd be what its called right?) is broken.  Can I fix this?  easily?  by myself?  or do I need an expert?
And if its not fixable, is it possible that I could melt it down and make a new pitcher out of it?  or is that waaaaaaaaaaay to advanced?  And if thats way to advanced what else could I do with it?  I like, and I don't want it to go to waste.



218  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / felted Voidwalker on: February 18, 2009 06:55:45 PM
Fellow WoW heads, prepare to be amazed!



isn't he wonderful?!  <3 <3

oh yeah, I made him for a swap, so he is sadly no longer in my hands Sad  But I am going to make another!
219  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / button headband! on: February 18, 2009 06:39:24 PM
So inspried by the many buttoned things all over these boards I made this:



sorry the one pic is so dark....  I was having issues with my camera. 
220  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Yup, I did it too! and an extra :) on: February 15, 2009 08:23:47 AM
So for V-day I also made a book for my hubby with a deck of cards.   Its not as detailed as some on here,  but thats what happens when you have a teething 1 year old and a clingy needy 3.5 year old.  The other difference with mine is that it isn't 52 reasons, its got reasons I love him and some love quotes I've come up with, and found online.  Also, its mostly mushy.

Here are the mushy pics









Also I made a felted heart stuffed with marjoram.  Because apparently marjoram helps to stop snoring.  And he snores... a little.. enough to be annoying LOL


thanks for looking!
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