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251  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 50's Dinosaur Dress!! Picture Heavy :0) on: January 30, 2012 05:49:23 PM
Need. Dress. Now.

Holy bananas, batman. This is so stinkin' awesome in every conceivable way. And DINOSAURS! Oh my... Might need to get that pattern and the fan-freaking-tastic robot print fabric I found and make my own homage to your awesomeness. Also, your hair is making me miss my multicoloured days.. Sadly my job won't let me get away with anything so spectacular...
252  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Squidapus Pillow on: January 29, 2012 02:16:11 PM
Holy cephalopod, Batman! I think I may have just figured out what to make the other half for Valentines day...
253  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Dinosaur! Or, my first stuffie pattern. on: January 29, 2012 12:25:21 PM
Ok, I'll admit it. I totally squeed when I saw him standing. He's fantastic! How old is your little dinosaur-wrangler? Also, hope that wrist heals nice and quickly for you.
254  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Haggard Ulf: The wee lil' viking! on: January 29, 2012 12:22:00 PM
SQUEEE! I might need to make one, being a professional viking tamer myself... Also, there's something marvelous about a plushie axe...
255  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Labour costs? on: January 28, 2012 10:43:35 AM
Afternoon fellow crafty bods.
My apologies if this has been addressed elsewhere, but I need to pick your brains.
Last year I made a plushy pillow monster based loosely on the Mystery Critter pattern for a friend's toddler. His mum and dad loved it (as did the small personage), and now they've come to me with a proposition. Small personage's dad is a camp director at the summer camp I used to work at. His co-directors (and the majority owners of the camp) have decided that they want to give teddybears to the youngest campers this summer, and have asked if I would be interested in making 100 plushies.  I'm beyond stoked at this prospect. However, I have no clue how to put a value on my time. The plushies are pretty easy to make, and the materials are fairly inexpensive (fleece, felt, thread, fiberfill and reclaimed cotton knit from camp T-shirts), however, they're fiddly and time consuming as I machine embroider and applique all the critter's features. I haven't figured out how much time is invested in each one, but I would estimate around 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
This is basically a long-winded way of saying, how much is my time worth? I really don't know how to put a number on that, and would be interested to hear from other craftsters how much they figure their time to be worth when working out selling prices.
Thanks for sharing your wisdom and experience!
256  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What can I do with two bags of marshmallows? on: January 21, 2012 07:31:54 PM
Chocolate mousse. Raw-egg free so suitable for the very young, very old and very pregnant...

3 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
9 ounces best quality semisweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces (or semisweet chocolate drops)
1/4 cup very strong black coffee
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put the marshmallows, butter, chocolate and coffee in a heavy-based saucepan.
Heat over medium heat until consistent in texture and marshmallows are melted. Remove from the heat and allow to start cooling.
Whip the cream with the vanilla until thick and then fold into the cooling chocolate mixture until you have a smooth, cohesive mixture.
Pour into serving bowls, chill until set.

It's super rich, so trust me when I say you don't need much. I made it in teensy little dixie cups for the holidays and that worked beautifully.
257  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First knitting project: A scarf for my monster. on: January 21, 2012 03:36:04 PM
So the last time I knitted, I was probably ten years old and knitting with my gran. As I remember, I managed about 8 inches of stockinette before I entirely lost interest and unraveled the lot, and that was the end of that hobby. However, over the holidays, both my MiL and SiL were knitting, and it turns out that knitting is a bit like the common cold and has no known cure. So a trip to Joann's for some knitting needles (pretty blue ones!) and a trip to the basement to raid the box of weird leftover yarns later... I had a few false starts (including about 2 feet of scarf in a beautiful soft cotton yarn, which I have unwound to reuse for another project because I dont want it to go to waste as it's so snuggly and lovely) but I ended up with this!

I wanted it for myself but ran out of yarn so my monster has it now.

I apologise for the fuzzy pics, but 1) my dSLR's battery is dead and 2) the only place the monster would stay still so I could take pics was the top of the stairs, and I wasn't allowed to turn the light on or he ran away...

C&C greatly appreciated (but be nice, or I'll set the monster on ya Cheesy)
258  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Best brownies ever!! on: January 20, 2012 07:27:53 PM
I don't need to try making them to know they're going to be good. James Martin makes the freaking best puddings and deserts and delicious fattening things. (My mum was a chef, she watches pretty much every cookery show on tv, buys cook books based upon whether or not they have a good chocolate mousse recipe, and has a teensy bit of a crush on Mr Martin....)
259  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Meringue Mushrooms on: January 20, 2012 07:22:13 PM
Oh my goodness, they're so cute I almost don't want to eat them. Almost...
260  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Rolo Turtles on: January 20, 2012 07:20:56 PM
I'd like to tell you that the next time I go to the store I will pick up pretzels and Rolos so I can make some. But if I buy Rolos I will eat them all straight from the bag because I lack any willpower, and then the pretzels will drown in nutella and also be devoured...
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