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51  Re: Stitch Marker Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Geniale on: July 21, 2010 02:34:13 PM
Here are the pretty stitch markers I received from Slingmomma!!!

They were so well presented:


The front of the card:                Blue ones:                        Purple ones:                         And a few others:

                                                                   

Thanks!
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52  Re: Stitch Marker Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Geniale on: July 17, 2010 07:00:15 PM
Here are the lovely stitch markers I got from WhiteSheep:


Thanks Nessy Kiss
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53  Fishbowl & Cat Cake in Dessert by Geniale on: July 15, 2010 09:03:58 PM
My BFF's daughter is celebrating her 11th birthday tomorrow and I was asked to make the cake.

I don't have much experience in cake decorating so much of this was trial and error...
There is MUCH room for improvement, so I'll be sharing how I proceeded and the lessons learned.

The perfectionist in me is fighting the urge to NOT present this to the large group attending - but it's still very cute and time does not permit a remake (though I would gladly eat this one all to myself). It looks like I'll have to step on my ego a bit, taking comfort in knowing she'll love it!


First off, here are some pictures:





Steps & Recipes:
  • The birthday girl is allergic to lactose, so I replaced any milk in the recipes with vanilla almond milk and consequently omitted vanilla extract.
  • The cake recipe (the best & easiest chocolate cake recipe ever) can be found here. Sugar was lowered to 1 1/3 cups.
  • Baked in two round 8-inch cake pans. My oven is broken so I had to bake them one at a time in my convection toaster-oven and so, had to lower the baking temp to 325F.
  • The icing is my mom's recipe, flavoured with almond extract and coloured blue.
  • Between the two cake layers is some rosehip jam mixed in with some icing (before colouring).
  • The cat's "fur" is make with toasted coconut, to which I added some sugar & a little water, and boiled to the soft ball stage.
  • The cat's eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers (outlined with white piping gel), as well as the goldfish and the fishbowl's "rim" are made of (store-bought) marizipan, which I coloured.
  • For the watery effect, I mixed in some agar-agar with water and sugar (1tbsp agar flakes for 1 cup of liquid), boiled until fully dissolved, then spooned on when partially set (mostly filling in cavities between the cat and the fish) but covering everything; then I allowed to cool completely. I then made another, smaller, batch which was more concentrated in agar-agar (about 1 tbsp for a 1/2 cup of liquid), and brushed it over top with a pastry brush, making sure everything was covered.
  • I then made another, smaller, batch which was more concentrated in agar-agar (about 1 tbsp for a 1/2 cup of liquid), and brushed it over top with a pastry brush, making sure everything was covered.
  • The sides were made to look like waves using a fork.
  • I had intended on making the cat lick its lips, but I forgot to add the tongue prior to the agar-agar mixture. Undecided


Observations:
  • Next time, I would make the whole picture with different items/candy because the marzipan's colours had a tendency to bleed once the agar was added.
  • I would also omit the piping gel, which clouded up the "water".
  • I'll also try using an apricot glaze prior to frosting because I had a hard time to not have cake crumbs in the icing.
  • I liked the coconut, but the water & sugar made it loose much of its colour. Maybe use coloured coconut instead of toasted?


Hope my "adventure" can inspire and/or enhance your next cake decorating endeavor.
Your expertise and suggestions are more than welcome!
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54  Grandma's Jewelry in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Geniale on: July 13, 2010 03:08:23 PM
My grandmother (81) who is a rather classy lady, asked me to make her a necklace to go with a sweater (which has a square neckline) she received at mother's day. It touches me deeply that she would buy and want to wear something handmade by a non-professional.

I used mainly glass beads, but there are two Swarovski (sp?) crystals and the green round beads are adventurines. Here are pictures of what I came up with (forgive my acne clad skin):





Earrings:



Comments, constructive criticism, and suggestions would be appreciated!
Thanks for looking Smiley
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55  Re: Stitch Marker Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Geniale on: July 08, 2010 01:25:01 PM
I received from emerri, look at these beauties:



Thanks emerri! Cheesy
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56  Re: 80s Cartoon Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Geniale on: July 07, 2010 10:04:41 AM
There I was, feeling miserable, when the phone rang... I was going to ignore it, but then I remembered that I have a lot of swap packages due this week, so I answered and it was the postman with a great big box from GrindHouseHussy19!

I must say, we (as in the cat & I) were totally spoiled (now I feel kinda cheap with what I sent...)

Here are pictures of the wonderful package she sent me (there are lots of them):











My fav has got to be that clock, and Daisy's favourite is the glove (what a neat idea)!!!

Thanks for the package and making my day GH Kiss

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57  Re: Stitch Marker Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Geniale on: July 02, 2010 06:53:33 PM
Glad you guys like them Cheesy

If you can't fix the hat Undecided maybe you can glue some yarn on top and give him some hair?

I received my package from holistic knitter today - take a look at these beauties:





Bunnies! How did you know I like bunnies?

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58  Stitch Marker Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Geniale on: June 19, 2010 10:24:57 AM


Discussion thread can be found here.

Legend:

Group 1:

Group 2:
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59  Pac-Man Ghost in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Geniale on: May 24, 2010 09:31:36 PM
Here's a close-up of the ghost I made Lunanne for the Magic Yarn Ball swap... He's one of the smallest things I've crocheted! It was made using embroidery thread and stuffed with cotton balls.


Thanks for looking!
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60  Rainbow Monopoly Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Geniale on: May 24, 2010 09:22:09 PM
Just wanted to share a close-up of a necklace I made for Lunanne in a swap. I basically cut out the names out of two cards of each colour, glued them back to back, then sprayed with varnish.


Thanks for looking!
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