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1  COOKING / Dessert / Scooby Doo Cake on: October 25, 2014 10:30:02 AM
Just dropped off the Scooby Doo cake I made for a little boy's birthday.  Three layers of six-inch vanilla cakes frosted with chocolate ganache and decorated with fondant accents.  Each cake layer is a different color (orange, blue, and green) so it should be lots of fun to cut into as well as eat!

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spring Leaves shawl for my Mom on: September 09, 2014 05:16:39 PM
I finally finished this shawl I started back in May, and I'm so glad to finally have it off my needles!  I'm not sure exactly why it took me so long.  I think part of it had to do with my toddler getting a hold of it when I was almost halfway through, at which point I had to start completely over!  Shocked  Yeah, I think that may have dampened my excitement over knitting this shawl a bit.  It's also been difficult to find time for knitting because of said toddler.  And on top of that I've been busy with cake decorating classes lately (as if I needed a new hobby, but I am hooked, so too late).  But I did enjoy knitting this pattern.  It was easily adaptable to the size I wanted, and I just love lace work.

Anyway, the pattern is Spring Leaves and can be found on Ravelry here:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spring-leaves-4 .  I used Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace Paints in a color the website called "celtic" and size 5 needles.  The finished size after blocking is approximately 27"x70".

I'm surprising my Mom with it for her birthday later this month.  I hope she likes it.  Smiley

The details:

And here's the whole thing laid out:

I tried to take a couple of action shots, but I suck at taking photos of myself.

Oh, and check out my needles after knitting this thing!  (Hint:  they were not green before I started).

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
3  COOKING / Dessert / Labor Day Cake on: August 30, 2014 04:28:50 PM
I usually hang out in the knitting forums, but I've been taking cake decorating classes through Wilton so here I am.  Grin

This is my final cake for Course 3.  I did a patriotic theme for Labor Day.  This was my second attempt at covering a cake in fondant, and while it's not perfect, I'm pretty proud of myself for not having any folds.  I don't think you can tell because of the bunting, but I could have smoothed the sides a little more.  My fondant smoother kept picking up traces of the chocolate buttercream from the edge, so I decided to leave it alone before I smeared it everywhere.  In any case, it's so much better than my first attempt!

Inside there are two layers of chocolate Guinness cake with chocolate buttercream frosting.  I almost wish I was going to keep it so I could eat it.  But I'd totally stuff my face, so I've got a friend coming to take it off my hands.

Thanks for looking.  Smiley

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Goblin Hat on: February 26, 2014 01:07:20 PM
I just finished this hat for my brother.  He picked out the pattern, the colors, and the button.  I almost always block my projects, but I left this one alone since it was meant to be kind of slouchy.  Also, I was feeling lazy.  The pattern is on Ravelry:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/goblin-hat-2

I mentioned the blocking because I probably could have blocked out this seam effect where the rounds join, but it's going to be hidden by the fold-over so whatever.  Check out my jogless stripes, man.

At first, my brother was all, "I'm going to forage in the woods for a tree branch and make my own button!"  After pointing out that he had exactly zero tools with which to accomplish this, I introduced him to Etsy.  Gorgeous button purchased here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheArtofReZen?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Button in action!

And just for fun, here's some knitting action.

I'm still waiting on my brother to come and pick it up.  I'll upload an action shot when he tries it on.

I forgot to take a picture of him, so he sent me this one.  Putting it to proper use, as you can see.

He loves it!  Yay!  Grin

Thanks for looking!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lilyhammer knits on: January 03, 2014 03:01:32 PM
Has anyone else been watching Lilyhammer on Netflix?  I just started Season 2, and I love it.  Even more, I love all of the beautiful knits in the show!

Just look at these earmuffs!



These are my favorite knit item so far.  I must find a way to make them!  I'm thinking about making the basic shape like a cozy and fitting it over some pre-made earmuffs.  I don't know...I'm just spinning ideas right now. 

Just thought I'd throw that out there, though.  If you have Netflix and need some knitspiration, check out Lilyhammer!  Grin
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Striped Chevron Baby Blanket on: December 18, 2013 11:54:29 AM
I made this blanket for my new nephew, Killian.  My sister picked out the pattern here:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/striped-chevron-baby-blanket  Yellow and grey chevron is kinda her nursery theme =)  I'm really happy with how it turned out, and also glad that it is over.  If it wasn't for the occasional yarn over or decrease I'd have gone insane.  The pictures were taken while it was blocking.  He just arrived on the 13th, and I can't wait to give it to them!

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Foxy Birthday Present on: November 16, 2013 11:49:12 AM
Hello Craftster!  I have been lurking here for 6-ish years and finally decided to take the time to post one of my projects.

I made this hat for my son's first birthday at the end of October.  I didn't exactly finish it on time, but he'll never know. =)

I used this pattern:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/foxy--wolfie

Here's a progress shot of some of the craziness:


Okay, you see that column of stitches on the left there?  I was knitting intarsia in the round, and that's where I was picking up wraps and knitting them together with the last stitch through the back loops, as per the pattern.  After blocking and picking at them, this is the best I could get them to look.  If anyone has any technique tips that might help me to make that sort of thing look better next time, your advice would be greatly appreciated.  I love how the hat came out, but that column of stitches is the one thing that bugs me.

And the action shot:

After some distractions (read: balloons) he forgot about the hat and stopped trying to pull it off of his head.  Success!

Thanks for taking the time to look.  I'm so grateful to be able to post one of my projects here.  There are so many talented people here whose work I have looked up to and admired over the years.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Looking for advice on the best way to make a birthday banner on: June 25, 2013 12:14:05 PM
My son's first birthday is coming up in October.  I'm getting an early start on things as I am planning on crafting pretty much everything.  My problem is that I don't have a lot of experience with paper crafts (knitter & crocheter here), so I'm looking for some guidance from the talented paper crafting community.  Smiley

I have my heart set on reproducing this banner: http://catchmyparty.com/photos/366745

My initial thoughts are to blow up the font I want and print it onto white cardstock.  Then cut out circles around the letters, cut out slightly larger circles for the solid border behind the letters, and cut out even bigger circles on printed cardstock to go behind everything.  I'm not sure how to get the circles perfect though (also a perfectionist here).

I guess my overall question is what is the best way to go about accomplishing this project?  Am I on the right track?  Also, what is the best glue to use for this kind of thing?

Thanks in advance!  Grin
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