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1  pirate birthday cake in Dessert by jlh326 on: December 10, 2011 03:53:13 PM
inspiration:http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/pirate-ship-cake-686286/
i used playmobil toys to decorate, and various candies. not perfect, but my son was happy.



i'm no betty crocker. and discovered chocolate cake doesnt like to stand on it side. so, i made a seperate flat choc cake, and the ship was made of white. the flag was a fail, but at least it was edible. i used brown sugar as sand, some swedish fish. used rolo's as cannons, wasnt able to put the candles in them. used wafer sticks as the railing. and a pirouette as the mast. i put a dowel rod down the center to keep it standing straight. but it didnt break in the right place.
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2  weirdo with a beardo!!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by jlh326 on: December 10, 2011 03:38:17 PM
i recently discovered the phenomenon that is that bearded hat. created my own pattern for the hat and followed these links to make the beard http://sunmoonearthandstars.blogspot.com/2011/05/pet-peeve-rant-and-free-crochet-pattern.html and mustache http://bluestockingstitching.wordpress.com/2010/09/05/free-pattern-crocheted-handlebar-moustache/. i attached the beard with buttons, so the hat can be worn without the facial hair. first shot was a bit small, so, i passed it on to my 6yr old. he loves it.
adult size:
Correction, used the mustache pattern here. http://crochetme.com/media/p/95351.aspx
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3  aunt Lindy's paper dolls and repurposed book cover carry case in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jlh326 on: December 10, 2011 03:08:13 PM
i've been looking for a while for a nice, sturdy paper doll set for my 6yr old niece for christmas. i found this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386593.0 and purchased the fabric panel here: http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=1b30c51e-225b-4a2c-a99b-aafcc94a4abb once i received the fabric, i got started straight away. in researching a bit, i decided the best route for me was to do a rough cut off the dolls and clothes, and iron them onto a heavy interfacing (left from a previous project, and great way to use all of my little scrap pieces). after they were all attached, i cut the dolls and clothes out with my GOOD scissors. i knew i wanted to make a nice carry case for them, but wanted to keep each doll and their matching outfits seperate from the others. i have been dying to repurpose a book cover http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4RFH0q0Osk, and thought this would be the perfect project. after a few failed attempts at different kinds of pages/pockets, i decided to use 9x12 sheets of colored felt. i sewed fabric pockets to each sheet. i then sewed the felt sheets to one of sheet of felt that would be glued to the inside of the book cover. i used a box cutter to remove the page from a thrift store book. i sewed 2 strips of fabric and added a magnetic snap. using a heavy spray glue, i attached it the felt sheets to the book cover, including the magnetic snap straps. i let it set overnight, then i put each doll on one side of the page, and matching clothes on the opposite side.

in hindsight, i wouldve have purchased a taller, wider book. and trimmed the felt sheets to fit a little better before sewing on the pockets and gluing it to the book. and made the magnetic strap shorter, but now it can double as the handle. also havent quite figured out how to get the tabs on the clothes to lay down right on the dolls. let me what you think!
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4  Re: cuff bracelet swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by jlh326 on: May 27, 2011 07:28:59 AM
I received from MunLtStmpr yesterday. Great cuff!! Simple and colorful. She also sent matching earrings. Can't wait to wear it. Thanks so much!!
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5  Re: cuff bracelet swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by jlh326 on: May 22, 2011 02:43:15 PM
i received from april again. it is very cool!! it is definitely my style. very simple, very cute. thanks april!! i can't wait to wear it! it will go with anything. i love it! Grin

this has been a great swap! and i am so glad i could join in before the sign up ended. can't wait to see the rest of the cuffs!!!

MunLtStmpr, so glad it fits and you like it!! i was so inspired by what you and april put in your wist/pinterest and questionnaires, but had a difficult time bringing my ideas to life! i am not a jewelry designer. i had a great time experimenting though!! haha!!
It fits perfectly!  I never thought of using hooks and eyes as the closure. 
that was a last minute idea. i had already sewn it together, and forgot about planning the closure! learning experience! Roll Eyes
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6  Re: Craft My Wists Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jlh326 on: March 29, 2011 04:01:37 PM
I received today from dfunk98!  Shocked awesome packages. she told me she felt the need to send a second package to match what I had sent her. sooo not the case!!! the first package was amazing!! cutesy owl pillow, great zippered bag, and mug rug. 2nd package had a mug cozies and wrist cuff. perfect addition to my swap collection!! thank you so much!! i love everything. everything is sooo well made! hope she can see past some of my craftmanship quality!!  Grin
here is the whole kit and caboodle:individually:pillowzippered pouch:mug rug:and the coffee cozy and wrist cuff:
she did a fabulous job!! i love each one! they fit me so perfectly. this was such a fun swap and positori did a great job of matching us!!
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7  first shot at corned beef and cabbage, crock potted in Recipes and Cooking Tips by jlh326 on: March 17, 2011 04:56:40 PM
I wanted to give corned beef a go for St Patty's Day.  Wink

I combined a mix of recipes I found online:

1 4lb corned beef brisket
4 cups apple juice
2 lbs of red potatoes-unpeeled
1 head of lettuce-cut into eighths
1/2 bag of pre-cut carrots

I placed the beef in the bottom of the crock pot. I put the vegetables on the top and sides and poured the apple juice over the top. Covered and cooked for 8 hrs. It was nice and tender. When I tried to remove it from the crock pot, it broke up, so instead of slicing, we just peeled of strips. Here is the delicious end result!


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8  medicine bags for my sister, niece and nephew in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by jlh326 on: March 17, 2011 10:03:26 AM
My niece and nephew have asthma. They carry around a lot of medicine, everywhere they go. My sister wanted a nice bag to keep his and hers seperate, and a bigger bag she could carry it all together in when they traveled. I found the pattern for the backpacks here
http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2009/10/toddler-backpack-pattern.html.
 And used a pajama top that my sister wasnt using. Its kind of a messenger style. I sewed a lining to the inside, with a flap to go over, so nothing falls out. This is the final product.
 My sisters big carry-all bag:

Nieces backpack:

I made one for my nephew with a Cars fabric, but unfortunately, I didn't take a picture! Whoops!

Hope you like!!
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9  Boxing robe for my nephew in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by jlh326 on: March 17, 2011 09:50:02 AM
My nephew just turned 3. And he has REALLY been into boxing. Been walking around, swinging fists, chanting "jab, jab, hook." He has mastered boxing on the wii, and watches fri nite boxing. all boy!! He got some gloves and shorts from gma and gpa. So, I decided I would make him a robe. I tried to copy the shape from my sons halloween costume. He needed to have a hood.

Here is finished project. Let me know what you think!!



this is my first time working with satiny/silky material. please overlook the imperfections!! I figured it would be suitable for the length of time he fits in it!!
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10  Embroidered pillows in Needlework: Completed Projects by jlh326 on: February 21, 2011 09:23:35 AM
My father had open heart surgery at the beginning of the month. So to put my worried hands to work, I made these embroidered pillows.
This was to remind my dad he is human. Not superman! It says I survived a double triple bypass. With a heart and band-aid!

This was for my mother. She had her gall bladder & part of her colon removed a wk later. The dr was quite impressed with how anatomically correct the picture was. Got the pattern from sublime stitching.

And this was for my aunt, who came to help us all out! My mom had her crocheting towels while she was there. I dubbed her this because she kept losing her "hooker." and she knocked out 28 towels in about 5 days!!
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