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31  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Guinness Stew and Irish Soda Bread on: March 17, 2011 09:31:44 PM
Sooooo delicious! Ok, so usually I just do a potato soup dish for St. Patty's Day, but this time I found a couple of awesome recipes from the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. They were soooo good! The Irish Soda Bread recipe I also found on the foodnetwork website, as well.

Here's what it all looked like!

I'm not sure about copyright stuff, but if you want the recipes pm me and I'll send them to you.

Slainte and Eirin go Bragh!
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Holy Sweetness! It's a new spring cape and scarf! on: March 17, 2011 09:26:58 PM
Hey there everyone! I just finished a super fun cape/cloak and scarf. I got the cape pattern from a book called. S.E.W. Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp. Her website is www.makeworkshop.com.
I changed it up a bit by making a scarf to go with it and a ribbon along the hem on the outside. Everything else is the same, though. However, i warn, whateve size you think you are go with the next one down. I'm a very busty girl and so I put large as my size. I should also have done a muslin, but alas, I didn't. Oh well, i still love it and you can't really tell that it's too big.  And I love my scarf!

For the top fabric, I used a microsuede on clearance at JoAnne's for about $3 a yard! Woohoo! The liner and scarf are made from some kind of satin. It's pale pink with gray shamrocks and was $2 a yard! Love things on sale! I think I spent $7 total since I already had everything else. Gosh, I love a sale.

Anywho, the pattern is called Cape Mod and here you go!

size check:

and from the back:

It goes with my hair, don't you think?  Grin Enjoy!!
33  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / soft stretchie sweetie beannie on: February 09, 2011 02:10:57 PM
So, I about crocheted my fingers off for Christmas this year and my mother-in-law (she is the sweetest little lady) asked me real nice if I could make her a beannie when my fingers grew back on. Of course, how could I say no? Smiley So, last week I made her this cute beannie that I found the pattern for free on ravelry. Here's the link:

comments? criticisms? Smiley Have a great week, everyone!
34  COOKING / Dessert / Ponyo loves .... birthday cake? on: February 02, 2011 01:23:30 PM
Yes, it's true! Ponyo does, in fact, love birthday cake. At least mine does. My 4 y/o little lady had a birthday and the theme was Ponyo. I had to make everything since they sell nothing in the USA. She wore her halloween costume (which I made) i drew pictures from the movie which we posted around the club house. I even made "ham" cookies which I forgot to take pictures of. The were just sugar cookies colored with pink food coloring and red icing to separate the ham sections.

And the piece de resistance? her Ponyo cake! It was a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and fondant I made and dyed myself. Minus baking and cooking time, it took about 4 hours.

Ponyo laying on a jelly fish. Wink

35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / So-Sexy-Even-Your-Husband-Will-Wear-It Apron! on: February 01, 2011 10:55:45 PM
Ok, so this project was started over a year and a half ago by my sister in law. She moved and it never got completed, so, for Christmas this year, I decided to finish it for her. I think the pattern was Simplicity 2939, but I am simply too lazy to get up and go look at the package. Wink

Anywho, it was a bit of a chore to figure out exactly where to begin, but, after a little seam ripping, getting some new fabric pieces, and sewing again I am pretty pleased with the result.

I give to you Humanus Maleus Domesticus! (Since my awesome hubbs is modeling)

36  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Keep those frozen ears from falling off your head headband on: February 01, 2011 10:45:56 PM
Ok, so I wanted something to keep my four year old's ears warm during these chilly months. However, she loves her curly hair (and so do I) so I wanted it to be something she could wear her hair down and be able to see it. Solution? A winter headband! I give full credit of this to the lovely folks at ravelry. Here's a link:

This awesome pattern has ties in the back so it can fit a range of small to the not-so-small heads. Wink

Tada! All I added to the pattern was the little flower.

Anywho, it looked so cute on the one that I decided to make one for her one-year-old sister, too, sans flower. Smiley

Hope you like them! This pattern can also be converted to cover an adult sized head, as well. Wink
37  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ponyo, Ponyo, Ponyo Fishy in the Sea! on: November 06, 2010 04:31:50 PM
Hey there everyone! Ok, Ponyo is my 3 year old's absolute favorite movie. So what did she want to be for Halloween? Exactly. Well, nobody makes a Ponyo costume so I had to figure it out myself. Then I though, well, if I have to make a costume for the little girl Ponyo then I could make my baby the fish Ponyo! So, that's what I did. I altered the Simplicity Pattern 3588 (I actually had to do a LOT of altering because I bought the wrong size - d'oh!) but I mainly just needed to cut most of the skirt off. For Ponyo's bloomers I used the Colette Patterns Madeleine Mini-bloomers pattern. I also had to seriously alter it since these bloomers are for women and not 3 year olds. Wink
For my baby, i simply took the Simplicity pattern 5720 and altered it a bit, cutting away some of the red at the bottom and middle and replacing it with white to make it look more like a goldfish. I think they turned out great and, what's more, my 3 year old loves her outfit! Yay! Win for me!
Ponyo front:

Ponyo back:

Two cutie Ponyo's:

and fishy Ponyo:

Thanks for looking everyone!!
38  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Last Unicorn? And my wedding stitchery :) on: September 01, 2010 05:43:00 PM
Ok, so I have these two cross stitches that I got YEARS ago. And I mean YEARS. I started the Two Hearts one a year before I got married and put it down over and over, never getting past the roses in the garland. Finally, a couple of months ago, i just said, "I'm finishing this before our next anniversary or I'm gonna throw it away!" and I finished. Hooray! Here it is:

Now I need to gently wash it, press it, and put it in a frame. That will probably take another seven years...

Meanwhile, I started a different project (stupid, I know. I just prolonged both their finished dates.) It reminded me of the movie the Last Unicorn when all of the unicorns come running back out of the ocean when the Red Bull was defeated. I loved that movie! So, same story, i put it down forever and then finished it after the Two Hearts one. Smiley So, hooray! I also need to wash, press, and put it in a frame.

Thanks for looking everyone!
39  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Cutsie crochet and sewn dress with a few pictures! on: September 01, 2010 02:50:05 PM
Ok, so I made this quite a while ago. Aside from an apron that I had made before this, this was technically my first article of clothing. Smiley I got the pattern for free on www.ravelry.com and I believe the pattern is called Jessie's Dress. It was very simple to make. Just do as many 3 inch granny squares in alternating colors to get all the way around and then multiply that by the number down the torso. Whip stitch them all together and do five to eight rows of single crochet to match the number of stitches along the bottom of the last row of granny squares. Single stitch all the way around and add a few double crochets for button holes. Add buttons. Find fabric for a skirt to match and cut to appropriate width and sew to length desired. Sew on two more squares to the skirt and voi`la! You could also make the two extra squares larger and turn them into pockets. Easy-peasey! I hope you like it!

The "pattern" suggested you could make a lining, however, I didn't do it. I tried to, but it was just way too difficult since at the time I had no idea what I was doing. I would really think about it if I did it again, though. Also, i added an extra column of squares under the buttons for growth along with a longer hem so she can use it longer. Thanks guys!
40  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / anyone know how to make a baby's shopping cart cover? on: July 25, 2010 08:45:00 PM
So, My little munchkin is about to be able to sit in a shopping cart. I don't want to shell out lots of green for a generic cart cover with toys or whatever when I can make my own. Does anyone have any idea on how to make one? Or can refer me to a pattern? That would be super awesome! Thanks!
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