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41  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Headphones to Earmuffs on: December 29, 2012 11:31:12 PM
Our puppy chewed through the wire of my sister's headphones just above the jack so I couldn't splice it to fix them. Instead of letting her throw them out, I ripped out the wire then crocheted covers and turned then into one of a kind earmuffs.

42  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Golden Snitch on: December 20, 2012 11:03:53 PM
I wanted to practice stitching in the round so for the Alchemy class challenge at the HPC I made a Snitch.
It's roughly the size of a walnut, as the Snitch is described in the first book, but all I had was pastel yellow so it's the wrong color. Its wings are made of white felt.
Please, no one ask me for a pattern because I was winging it and this was the first time I ever stitched in the round!

43  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Slytherin Scarf for Snape Plushie on: December 16, 2012 09:57:40 PM
I'm making a Snape plushie for my Defense Against the Dark Arts O.W.L. in the Harry Potter Craftalong and I decided he needed a scarf. This scarf is a little over 36" long, including the fringes/tassles, and is 1" wide. I used a double stitch on this, something I've never tried before.

I'm not finished with the doll yet but I'll update with a photo of him modeling this later.
44  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kneazle Plushie on: December 10, 2012 11:53:49 PM

For the HPC Care of Magical Creatures challenge. This little thing is about six inches tall, made of fleece, loosely stuffed and completely hand-sewn. It took me about an hour to sew but that's only because when I hand sew, I make my stitches really small so that I know my work won't come apart. I also made sure to make them smaller than usual because this is for a very tenacious puppy. That's also why this poor Kneazle has no eyes or whiskers. I don't want the puppy to pull them off and eat them.

Made using the mini cat pattern by Runo http://nuno-runo.blogspot.com/2009/08/mini-cat.html
45  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / A total newb making an 8-bit LoZ themed quilt... on: December 03, 2012 11:25:23 PM
Is that a completely horrible idea for someone who has never quilted?
I was thinking I could make it a patchwork type and having something different in each square, such as his sword in one, his shield in one, etc.
I'm not afraid of that part. Well, not terrified of it at least.
I'm afraid of the actual QUILTING part because I don't know which method would be best for that. I don't know much about quilting at all.

And, on a related note, would I offend any fellow nerds if I didn't match the colors exactly? I want to use up some of my stash before I go buying any more fabric and I don't know that I have anything that matches 100%.

Any help is much appreciated! Cheesy
46  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Simple gift ideas for a five year old girl? on: December 02, 2012 12:47:16 AM
One of my cousins has a five year old who is spoiled, mean, rude, obnoxious, ill-mannered, and a generally whiny brat who gets EVERYTHING she wants 90% of the time. Don't tell me that it's just because she's five: I've been around enough kids to know that she's just awful and needs to be disciplined (she does NOT get time outs like other relatives' kids do).
I know this may make me sound awful, but I really don't want to give her anything, much less make it, for Christmas. My mother told me that if I gave my other cousin's two daughters something, I had to give her something too to be fair.

Since she's such a pain, I want to give her something that is simple that will require little to know effort at all.
As I said, that makes me sound mean but this kid is the only child I have ever met that I can't stand being around.
The only projects I can think of take quite a bit of time and effort.
47  COOKING / Dessert / Yummy turtles for those with a big sweet tooth on: December 01, 2012 02:32:45 PM
I made this delicious candy for Christmas last year. My family loves sweets, especially my dad, so the fact that the recipe makes so much was very appealing. Sadly, it rained the day I made them and the candy didn't get firm so it had to be eaten with a spoon. They still tasted good though Cheesy
There's one missing in the photo because my dad took it.

2 c. light corn syrup
2 c. sugar
1 stick butter
2 c. whipping cream
half-can sweetened condensed milk
1 lb. pecan halves
1 lb. dipping chocolate, melted

Combine sugar and corn syrup in a covered saucepan. Bring to boil and let cook for 2 minutes. Add butter and stir until the butter melts. Combine cream and condensed milk in double boiler. Cook over hot water until heated through. DO NOT BOIL IT! Add to the corn syrup mixture 2 tablespoons at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Cook to 230 to 240 degrees on a candy thermometer, soft-ball stage. Arrange pecan halves in pairs on a buttered platter. Spoon the candy mixture over each pair 1 tablespoon at a time. Allow to stand until firm. Coat with the melted chocolate.
Yield: approx. 5lbs.
48  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I don't knit but I need this "knitting/knotting" yarn on: November 30, 2012 11:47:20 PM

I bought the above yarn at Hobby Lobby a few months ago. I have long since tossed out the package and don't remember the name of it.
I know someone's going to say "just go to Hobby Lobby and see" but the nearest one is nearly seventy miles away and it would be more efficient for me to order it online, if I can.
I tried looking it up online but I have no idea what it's called. I had someone tell me it's called "eyelash yarn" but searching "purple eyelash yarn" is very broad.
I do remember that the package said the yarn could be used to knit a scarf or knotted in a few places to make a knotted scarf. The package also had a cartoonish girl on it that was wearing a fuzzy scarf made of the yarn.
I'm attempting to crochet the yarn for the mane and tail of a plushie I'm making  and I have a feeling that I'll be needing more.
I know I said I'm crocheting but I posted it here because I hoped maybe a knitter would have used it or heard of since it was aimed at knitting.
Thanks for any help!
49  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Masterball pincushion on: November 30, 2012 12:57:26 AM
I've been playing Pokmon for nearly as long as it's been available in the US.
I have loads of felt, especially purple (since it IS one of my favorite colors), that I got really cheap.
One day, while playing Pokmon Black, I suddenly had a brilliant idea: make a Masterball pincushion.
So I did a search of the patterns saved to my computer and found a simple ball pattern (http://www.thesilverpenny.com/FeltBall.html) that I had saved. I made half the segments in purple and half in white. I also cut some vaguely oval shapes from pink felt and glued them on along with an M cut from white felt. The black band, black circle, and white circle were all sewn on and are also made of felt.

If you're a member of devArt, you may have seen this there in the gallery of DementedGothAngel, which is my screen name there.
50  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello people :3 on: November 28, 2012 10:41:37 PM
I'm twenty-three and learned to sew, craft, cook and bake at my grandmother's and mother's elbows, which means that I learned by watching them.
I have many a happy memory that includes some form of art with my grandmother. I especially loved watching her draw out patterns on newspaper. She would often go shopping, find something she liked, turn it inside-out to study it then go home and make something similar, only much nicer.

I need to get myself back into a crafting spirit. I have such a large craft stash but no ideas, which is sad.

My family has learend to live with finding pins, needles, and bits of thread in a trail wherever I've gone.

On another note:
I was once a member of this site some time ago. I shared an account with my younger sister, who took over because I was more into DeviantArt because I have loads of friends there.
Sadly, she is very childish and I decided not to go back to that account (I didn't want to be associated with some of the things she said), just to let her keep it but I never made one for just me.
The account didn't get limbo'd or anything, but the email attached to it is no longer valid due to such a long period of not being checked (I had made it to go with the craftster account and she never checked it).
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