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91  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / A couple of Cheshires :) on: August 11, 2011 06:29:44 PM
I finally broke down and decided to do something cute and fun.
 
These two guys are on the same piece of linoleum that was a scrap from my last stamp.



92  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Sunflower and Bumblebee Linoleum Stamp on: August 10, 2011 06:33:02 PM

Another stamp to add to my wedding stationary suite. Smiley

I was playing around with some pigment so sample has a faint yellow and blue stamping underneath the black stamping.





The eyes look a little cartoony, so I think I will try to fix them... they were supposed to just look shaded.
93  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes on: August 08, 2011 08:03:02 PM
So my fiance asked me to bake something for him to share at work during a tediously long (3-hour) group meeting tomorrow. Usually I prefer making cookies and brownies, but lately I have been drawn towards making cupcakes. I don't really like eating cake or cupcakes... they are just fun to make and share Smiley



I decide since he is feeding a bunch of engineers and scientists, the meeting is really long, and some of them (including my boy) have to work night shift, that a coffee laced cupcake would be fitting. We also had a bag of unground coffee beans that appeared in our fridge after moving in (he doesn't know where they came from, so my guess is his mom left them Tongue) and I just got a nifty "seasoning/spice" from Trader Joe's that I wanted to use as a topping. The spices are actually rock sugar, coffee beans and chocolate in a grinder.

I also got to dig out our Italian coffee maker from my fiance's grandfather! Fun stuff. (Strong stuff.)

The recipe I used for the cupcakes is here: http://southernfood.about.com/od/cupcakerecipes/r/r90328i.htm

And again I just made my own cream cheese frosting from a pack of cream cheese, some butter, and powdered sugar. I added a little milk this time because I didn't want it to be too sweet or too thick... I don't know if that was the best choice, but it worked.

Fresh from the oven:



The nifty sprinkles in spice grinder form:



Adding the sprinkles after topping:



And the grand finale, coffee bean on top Cheesy:

94  COOKING / Dessert / Lemon curd filled mini-cupcakes with lemon cream cheese topping on: August 07, 2011 11:49:42 PM


During my summer holiday I have been staying with my fiance in North Carolina. I've been baking about every other day because he is working full time and I like to spoil him Smiley

I didn't document the peanut butter cup cookies or the white chip brownies with a mixed nut topping. I decided that mini-cupcakes are too cute not to document, however.

I followed the recipe here for the cake but I reduced the cooking time to 10 minutes for the miniatures: http://www.joyofbaking.com/cupcakes/LemonCupcakes.html

I just used store bought lemon curd for the inner filling. and I sort of made up the topping recipe after reading a few others and not being happy.

Topping:
Mix 8 oz softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup softened butter...
Gradually combine up to 1/2 lb of powdered sugar...
Add the juice from one small lemon...
Add more powdered sugar if necessary to thicken (I used a little less than half a pound total)


Pretty, fresh-from-the-oven cupcakes:




Filling the cupcakes with lemon curd (I used a butter knife to cut triangle holes and used a sandwich bag with a snipped corner for filliing):



The first bunch filled up:



The frosting (using a sandwich bag again); I kept bumping the ones I had already frosted, so some of them have extra spikes on their sides, whoops! Tongue:



All 37 frosted mini-cupcakes taking over my counter (some space was also consumed from the previous night's mead production):



And the final line up with sprinkles for luck is shown at the top of the page! Smiley

Thanks for reading! Tuesday morning I am making cappuccino cupcakes, so another post is to come! Cheesy




95  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Scrappy Alligator and Giraffe Plushes on: July 22, 2011 09:18:02 PM
I just finished a diaper bag for my cousin last night, and I wanted a few more coordinating things to go with it. I asked a bunch of people and stuffed animals to be more popular than diaper clutches.

I used a little bit of the scraps from the diaper bag project (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386550.msg4572277#msg4572277)... And bits of fleece that I had left over from other things. I intentionally under-filled them so they will be easier for little hands to grip Smiley

Mr. Gator:




Mr. Giraffe:


Together in their diaper bag:

96  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Chocolate Zoo Diaper Bag (Lots of pictures) on: July 22, 2011 01:57:07 PM
This summer my cousin was admiring all of the purses I made and hinted towards wanting a diaper bag. She was having problem finding a diaper bag she liked, and she wanted it to match her stroller (chocolate and burnt orange), so I went to work on the project! I am going to miss her baby shower in mid-August because of a trip, so she will be getting it this weekend Smiley

(No pattern, just picked some dimensions and started cutting; my previous post was the scrappy prototype that became my craft bag)

The front:


The side which has little stroller straps for hanging the bag: (they are really reinforced even though they are super skinny)


The top with a double sliding zipper: (ignore my toes...)


The inside: (One side has two elastic loops for bottles, the other has a pocket)


There is also one of those nifty key chain clips (It can go on the inside or outside):


And now it is full of goodies!:


Including a changing blanket that I included some scraps in:


I'm thinking about making a diaper clutch like a lot of other people do... or two small stuffies, an alligator and a giraffe. Any advice?

Thanks!

97  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Scrappy Craft Storage Bag on: July 17, 2011 08:29:14 AM
The purpose of this bag was actually to master a pattern to make a diaper bag for a cousin that is due soon. I wasn't sure how big I wanted it to be, so I decided to make myself a bag for storing my growing stash of craft supplies.

There are 18 different fabrics salvaged from the leftovers of several projects and bits of donations from people that slimmed down their own sewing stashes. And there are three colors of thread because the cute lavender-ish thread I used on most of the outside ran out... Then the light blue that I used for an Alice in Wonderland costume ran out... and then I wound up with a strange turquoise thread of whose origin I am unsure.





I'm really happy with how the outer shell turned out. I used fleece to make the pocket layers thick and a thick interfacing on the taller wall parts. (I think I will use fleece on the outer wall of the diaper bag because I don't like how flat it wound up on the top...

I also ran out of interfacing and just wanted to get it done so I could move on, so the inside is really floppy Sad



Aaand half filled with craft goodies:




98  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cupcake Pincushions on: July 07, 2011 01:23:53 PM
I decided to make a pincushion for my friend's birthday gift because last time we were sewing together, she had all her pins in one of those plastic boxes you can buy them in... and I kicked it and the pins went all over the place. She gets rather excited about eating cupcakes, so I decided her gift will be a cupcake pincushion and a gift card to the cupcakery near her apartment Smiley

My own pincushion was getting a little flat from age (it was also the first thing I made when I got my sewing machine so many years ago, so it kinda sucked...), so I decided to make a prototype to keep for myself... And then another friend called to invite me over for her birthday, and although she doesn't sew, I decided she will get one too. So tah-dah! Cupcakes!

The pink and white one is for the first friend:


The ugly green and white one is mine:


And the green and pink one is for the second friend:


On the gift cupcakes, I sewed wedges in the circles for the top instead of gathering them... I decided it looks nicer that way... I have pictures of how I made the third (green and pink) one if anyone is interested in making their own.

Thanks for looking!
99  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Peace Out Drawstring Bag! on: June 21, 2011 06:14:06 PM
I needed a new bag for hitting up the theme parks and taking to the gym and beach... I had a really awesome canvas drawstring bag from way back, but it is falling apart and I have dozens of times, but I think its life is almost up Sad

So I played copy-cat, and made my own Smiley No pattern, just measured the old bag and started cutting rectangles Cheesy (I also forgot my bed time and was extremely tired at work today, whoops!)

The bag, full and drawn:


Empty and undrawn:


Obnoxious blue lining and a pocket with a zipper (the pocket hangs loose from the top and the zipper is from a stash from my grandma's stash):


I also did this weird thing on the straps which I didn't finish. I wanted them to be adjustable, but with buttons. So far there is only buttonhole per side and one button per side, which I plan to fix so they don't pop off. I also have a pair of backup safety pins inside in case I use the bag before fixing that Tongue

Thanks for looking!


100  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tweet, tweet purse and Hoot, hoot bag :) on: June 16, 2011 04:39:52 PM
For the past few weeks I have been wanting a new purse because the thick, heavy one I made during the winter was too much for 100 degree weather this summer in Florida! I happened to have some adorable bird fabric that I found in a remnant bin somewhere and have been saving it since December for some fantastic project.... So tah-dah! My new purse:



I like purses that go across the chest, so the strap is really long, however, because I am indecisive at times, I engineered a nifty loop/knot system so that I can tie off the strap however long I want it:









The inside has a zipper, for those clumsy moments when I wind up with an upside-down purse (it happens way too much...)





And the big, bag with owls all over was my winter purse:



It was even reversible, so I could have a little more maturity if necessary on a give day. Smiley



That one also had super long straps because I used them to tie the bag down to the rack on the back of my bike for riding to and from school/work. It was great Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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