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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mr.Radioactive on: April 07, 2013 04:30:19 PM
I started work on this rabbit yesterday and didn't finish him before getting caught up in the sims. I finished him today though, gifting him one of my many many beads as one of those "I'm sorry" gifts.




I tend to make everything on my right (his left) lopsided, reason his ear and eye is a little crooked. I added a tail (Magic ring and a row beyond) for balance and did his nose and whiskers with embroidery thread.
Pattern for these: Ravelry
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Grandma's Cranberry Mold on: March 11, 2013 05:43:09 PM
Been a long time gone, so thought I'd bring you a special side (or cool summer snack) as an apology.


Grandma's Cranberry Mold!
(Note: Thicker than appears in photo, there were cranberries hiding in there a layer below)

Do not be put off by the cranberries(honestly I don't like whole cranberries, but I love this dish and begged Granny for the recipe), this is actually a subtly sweet dish. Nobody tell Grandma I'm putting this up here, but the world must know! I have made this for Holidays and per request via Hubby. He's not a fan of cranberry sauce oddly enough, but this is just the right flavor for him.


You will want to make this the night before, it takes around 12 hours to set fully!

What you need:
~A nonstick pot (a 2qt is generally the size I use)
~Wooden or plastic spoon you do not mind getting stained (It WILL get stained)
~Measuring cup (with oz markings if you have it)
~Some kind of mold with a lid or plastic wrap to cover. I have a covered casserole dish(pictured) that works wonderfully for this.

Ingredients:
~2 packs 3oz Cherry Jello (Or 1 6oz pack if you can find it. Black Cherry also works find, no fizzy/color-changing ones though)
~1 16oz can Whole Cranberry Sauce
~1 16oz can or jar Plain Apple Sauce (I have difficulty finding 16oz exact of this. 14oz will work too, or measure out 16oz)
~1 cup boiling water

* Bring 1 cup water to boiling in your pot.
* Ignore the directions on the jello packaging! Dissolve the 6oz jello in the cup of boiling water, do not reduce heat.
* Stir in the whole cranberry sauce until the sauce is completely melted.
* Turn heat off and mix in apple sauce, making sure to thoroughly blend it and scrape the sides of the pot.
* Pour mixture into mold or dish. Mold should be lightly oiled (drop or two of oil smeared with a paper towel works), but dishes/bowls need not be (I have never had an issue getting it out of my casserole dish and I never oil it down).
* Allow to cool slightly before covering and placing in fridge, let set for at least 12 hours.


That's all there is to it. My husband really gets excited when he sees me tossing whole cranberry sauce into the grocery cart, he knows sometime that week he's having it. Cheap to make and provides plenty. Also Grandma wouldn't really get upset by me posting this, I just like to pick on her hehehe

Here's a comparison picture to help you get an idea of how much this makes.

(I made way too much for two people Thanksgiving. I miss being home and having people to share all this with, or at least share the cooking responsibilities with! Had a ton of fun experimenting with leftovers and thankfully nothing went to waste save some turkey bones)
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Red and Black Beanie for MSD {With Pattern} on: May 15, 2011 10:38:40 PM


My friend asked me to make a couple of beanies for her and offered to make a shirt/hoodie and a pair of shorts in exchange. Kuro has needed some new clothes for such a long time! This took a while, Most patterns I could find were for the Tiny models or for SD, or for knitting.. Ended up going along with a magic circle and increasing constantly until it fit him. She has the same size dolls as Kuro is so it was easy enough. I may have to make him one too! I wrote the pattern I made along down so the second will be much easier also if I decide to make him some. I made it loose enough to go over his wig easily without messing it up, I think it looks nice.

{Pattern}
Beanie with stripe on bottom

Hook - F/5 (3.75)
Yarn - Worsted 9wpi (Regular Walmart bought yarn is what I used)

6st magic ring

R1 - {2sc} around (12sts)
R2 - {2sc, 1sc} around (18sts)
R3 - {2sc, 1sc in next 2} around (24sts)
R4 - {2sc, 1sc in next 3} around (30sts)
R5 - {2sc, 1sc in next 4} around (36sts)
R6 - {2sc, 1sc in next 5} around (42sts)
R7 - {2sc, 1sc in next 6} around (48sts)
R8 - {2sc, 1sc in next 23} around (50sts)
R9-10 - sc around (50sts each)
R11 - SC around, end in slipstitch (50sts)
R12 - Change color, sc around (50sts)

Repeat Round 12 until you have the desired length, finish off and weave in ends.
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Betta Fish Figurine on: May 15, 2011 10:33:22 PM

My friend lost Jeramiah recently. She spoiled her betta, he lived in a beautiful tank with plants and bubbler, not those tiny bowls some people put them in. He was vibrant, energetic, and great company for her. I made her this to help remember a dear pet, friend, and family member. I tried to color this as best as I could with the pictures she had sent me of him.

Had a few issues with this, the paint tried to crack/smear while I glazed again..I bought some new paints so hopefully it will work out better when I make her a pendant of Jeramiah and Rose, her other betta fish, together. While baking it tried to flop over too, so I had to take it out, adjust it a little, and put it back in the oven. The bottom left picture was before I painted, tried to get as much detail as I could. She loves it, and I'll be sending this to her as soon as I can.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / A Clay Lot {Image Heavy} on: May 10, 2011 10:27:22 PM
My hubby surprised me with a trip to a hobby store after I'd been looking at some crafts people have put together, since I have burned myself out of crochet. Here's the first batch of completed clay projects!

Individual details:


Let me know what you think! Sorry about the displays, I took over a forty pictures but because of their sizes the images were so blurred, so slapped the good ones on a page then added some borders and stuff to fill in space. Quarter used to show the sizes. Hope you all like them!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Problems with yarn types on: April 17, 2011 08:03:43 PM
Ever buy a type of yarn based on the look and feel of it? That's what I've done. I recently purchased a large skein of Bernat Baby Boucl in dust pink for the birth of my friend's baby coming in May. The yarn feels so soft, looks beautiful both in color and these smaller 'poofs' of the same color, almost like someone stuck mini balls of cotton candy on it! I chose it rather than the plain looking though soft yarn next to it.

I was excited to go home and make a blanket using one of the many patterns I had saved for the occasion. The only problem was when I got ready to start. The first pattern called for a small hook, and this yarn was not cooperating with it. So I tried the next pattern, which allowed me much more freedom in hook and blanket size. Using a K size hook, I chained the size I wanted, no problem, then I was to turn and go into specific stitches. This is where I realized I should have gone with the other yarn. I couldn't see the loops at all! I could find it with my hook but when it came to locating the fifth or whatever I could not for the life of me see it. I have to wear glasses, probably need new ones, but I didn't think it would cause much trouble.

While a little disappointed that I can't use the patterns I want without spending much more time on it than I planned (I wanted to send this to her before she had the baby, most likely won't happen with pretty patterns) so instead I'm chaining back and forth with simple stitches. It's coming along nicely, I love the feel and will probably add a nice border with my other yarns and perhaps a flower or two for something different.

Luckily I think I'll be able to use up all this yarn on the blanket, no spoiled situation for me this time. Have you had difficulties with the 'perfect' yarn or issues you didn't foresee after getting home and ready to do start your project? What did you do with the yarn or plans you had? I'd love to hear some stories and see if you had good outcomes or bad experiences.
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / First completed pattern based amigurumi! Baby Unicorn! on: April 15, 2011 04:05:49 AM
I can't post pictures yet, but I hope you don't mind looking through the links and giving me some feedback on how I can make it look better, tips, anything.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v65/DebbieDear/baby_unicorn.jpg

This little cutie was finished under 5 minutes ago..I'm very tired haha.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v65/DebbieDear/baby_unicorn1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v65/DebbieDear/baby_unicorn2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v65/DebbieDear/baby_unicorn3.jpg

Been working on this baby for a few days now. No issue with the head, ears, or body, but the horn and legs were more of a challenge and I ended up winging it. The horn is a little longer than it was supposed to be but worked fine, and the legs were done using a magic loop and circling around until I thought it looked alright. The camera does NOT do the yarn or finished project justice. Looks much better in person.

This is my first success at using a pattern, and silly me...I forgot to keep the tails on the legs and head to sew together but remembered on the ears at least. Hope you like this! Also, if you want to give it a shot To the Free Pattern!
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Greetings from Sin City! on: April 15, 2011 12:50:48 AM
Hello! I'm Debbie, a married stay-at-home wife with no children, one cat, and far too much time on my hands. I love to cook, most of my own recipes that luckily my hubby loves. I have yet again taken up crochet. I learned quite a long time ago but never managed more than scarves that came from abandoned blanket plans. I've been crocheting some little creatures as of late though after all my cleaning is done. It is a great way to spend the time! Hopefully, by the time we decide to have children, I will be able to spend a few nights and end up with blankets, large stuffed toys, and little booties that will probably get lost in the store by a foot-kicking baby.
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