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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / etched wine glasses on: April 25, 2013 06:40:16 PM
For once in my life I have actually prepared for Mother's Day in advance so I whipped these up on my day off. They cost me about three dollars each to make and it was my first time ever using Armour Etch!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Slenderman cross stitch on: April 24, 2013 08:55:42 PM
Thanks, everyone! He definitely is a little spooky and for the first few days after I finished him, I was afraid I would wake up in the night to see the actual Slenderman staring at me from the corner.

As for the tech specifications, once I had my 8-bit Slendy rendering, I marked each of the stitches on graph paper and taped the graph paper directly to the canvas. I used a pin to punch holes in the canvas at each of the four corners of each stitch. When I had done the whole thing, I removed the graph paper and began stitching away! It's a little tedious to do it this way for something with so many stitches, but I like the way it came out - I did it like this because I wanted a wall hanging without the visible holes that are in standard cross stitch fabric (and I had an extra 12x12 canvas laying around with no idea what to do with it!).

I plan to do this again on a bigger canvas with a more simplified 8-bit image. My mom is bugging me about making a huge 8-bit Connecticut for her, which is a lot less intricate than Slendy!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Slenderman cross stitch on: April 22, 2013 09:49:15 PM
I developed a mini-obsession with Slenderman so I made this a few weeks ago. It's black embroidery thread on a 12x12 canvas. I'm thinking about painting the edges at some point but for now it is unpainted and unframed and I kind of like it that way!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese-Cinnamon Filling - recipe included! on: October 17, 2012 08:03:30 PM
I love every bit of the fall season, and that includes absolutely any food item containing pumpkin. I've made these every fall for the past few years and it's become somewhat of a tradition at our house. In fact, I made a batch today and about 90% of them are already gone. They are easy to make, moist, pumpkiny, sweet, and addictive and your house will smell fantastic while they're baking. So without further ado, here is the recipe:



Pumpkin Whoopie Pies - make approx 40 "cookies," the equivalent of 20 pies (although I ended up getting 46 cookies this time):
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground cloves
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 cups pumpkin puree, chilled (I used Libby's and kept it in the fridge for a while before using it)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger; set aside.

In another large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and oil until well combined. Add the chilled pumpkin puree and whisk until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until well combined.

Add the flour mixture over pumpkin mixture and whisk until well combined.

Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet about an inch apart (they won't spread out very much during baking so you can get them pretty close together). You could also use a small ice cream scoop for this step.

Transfer to oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies just begin to crack and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on baking sheet.

Delicious Cream Cheese-Cinnamon Filling:
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Sift powdered sugar into a medium-sized bowl; set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth. Add the cream cheese and beat until well combined. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon and beat until smooth.

Assembling the pies (this part is messy!):
The easiest way for me to put these together was to transfer the filling to a Ziploc bag and snip off the end. That way I could pipe the filling onto the center of the flat side of a cookie and add another, sandwiching them together to spread the filling to the edges. Place each finished whoopie pie on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

These are honestly one of my very favorite treats to indulge on, which is somewhat misfortunate because they are true diet-killers. One issue that I've had with them over the years is that they are super messy once they are out of the fridge. At room temperature, the cream cheese in the filling starts to warm and becomes really liquidy, so the two cookies of your whoopie pie will slide apart and the filling will get everywhere. Additionally, after a day or so in the fridge, the cookies get really soft and squishy on the bottoms, which add to the messiness. They taste just as delicious though, so I overlook these tiny hiccups in an otherwise fantastic recipe! Enjoy!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Skifree Yeti Quilt! Om nom nom nom... updated photos! on: November 27, 2010 07:48:38 PM
OH MY GOD i was so excited when i saw this. i used to play skifree all the time when i was little and honestly forgot about it until i saw this! chip's challenge should be your next project Smiley
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Hedwig the Owl on: October 08, 2010 09:59:29 AM
omg i loooove this! you did an awesome job.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / ivy topiary + tutorial :) on: May 31, 2010 07:38:35 PM

i've seen a tutorial for this at some point on the internet but i thought i'd just share mine on here. this is a really quick, easy, and inexpensive decoration for your home or even for a gift - i actually made this one for my mom Smiley

materials:
- ivy or other type of trailing, viney plant (i got a medium-sized regular ivy for $8.99 from a local gardening shop)
- ceramic pot of the right size (or slightly larger than your plant) to fit your plant (i purchased mine for $1.99 from the christmas tree shops)
- one wire hanger - finally, a way to use up those useless wire hangers!!
- wire cutters (borrowed them from dad =])
- optional: extra potting soil
- optional: twine or small-gauge wire

1. repot your plant into your new ceramic pot and add extra soil if necessary.
2. bend a wire hanger into the shape of your choice. i went with a circle but you could do a heart or oval as well! bend the ends of the wire into spikes so they can be pushed into the soil and snip off the excess wire at the ends, leaving about two inches or so to go into the soil.
3. being careful not to injure the plant, gently (but firmly!) push the spikes of the wire frame into the soil.
4. gently wrap the vines of your plant around the wire frame. use twine or small-gauge wire to tie the trailers into place on the frame. as the plant grows, it will need to be continually wrapped around the frame but, after time, the vines will be accustomed to the frame and the twine can be removed.

you're all done! be sure to check the care of your particular plant and water it as needed. mine has grown a bit since i took this photo and it looks beautiful! good luck and happy crafting! Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: sun jar! tutorial included. on: May 22, 2010 08:32:33 PM
thanks everyone! i sincerely apologize because, if you are anything like me, tutorials are difficult to follow without photos. if any of you end up making one and have any questions, feel free to ask me and definitely post the finished product! i am excited to see what everyone comes up with Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / fully functioning super mario cartridge clock! on: May 22, 2010 12:24:16 PM
my boyfriend made this for me for my birthday!:

we are huge nes nerds and i think it is just the best thing ever Smiley
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Dragon Amigurumi (with pattern) on: May 21, 2010 05:14:51 AM
this is sooo adorable! the color looks so cute on him too Smiley thanks for the pattern! i will definitely be trying it out.
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