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1  COOKING / Dessert / Bulldozer Birthday Cake (or Loader, whatever) on: April 21, 2010 01:43:39 PM
For my son's second birthday, I decided to make him a bulldozer cake (okay, actually it's a loader, but the kid is two and he doesn't always understand the difference).  I was super, super happy with the way this turned out!  It's only the second decorated cake I've ever made (the first was a train for his first birthday).  It's all edible, right down to the "dirt."   Grin  The hardest part for me to figure out was the track, and as you can see we ended up going with Hershey's bars.  It's a plain vanilla cake mix with regular decorator's frosting (my mom's recipe that she's been using since I was little).
C & C welcome!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sesame Street Poncho Towels on: December 22, 2009 06:54:40 PM
Hi, All,
I'm very new to posting projects but I've been a long-time lurker.   Grin  For Christmas I wanted to craft something special for my son. 
I found these ultra soft blankets at Big Conglomerate Discount Store on Black Friday for $4 each.  I only used half the blanket, so I can still make blankets or towels out of the other half.  Then I appliqued the faces on.  It's the first time I've ever done an applique project and I thought it was tons of fun!  I was so happy with the way these came out! RebelBaby caught a glimpse and immediately started shouting character names, so I'm pretty sure they'll be a hit.
I present to you, Sesame Street Poncho Towels!



3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Q. What does the best aunt ever give the cutest baby ever? on: February 20, 2009 07:31:50 PM
A. The cutest hat ever, of course!  My sister knitted my son a skull hat for Christmas!  It's just about the cutest thing I've ever seen.  Personally, I can't knit to save my life, but she said it was enough of a pain that she wouldn't make another.  Smiley  You can see in the pictures that RebelBaby was totally grateful for all the hard work Auntie put into his new hat. Grin
By the way, this is my first post, so please let me know if the pics don't work or if something else is somehow amiss.  Thanks!


4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / stamped metal horse bridle? on: July 15, 2006 03:56:46 PM
I'm not sure how feasible this is, but I'd like to get a plain horse bridle and add stamped metal to it.  My dad owns a ranch, and I'd like to make a bridle personalized with his ranch's "sign" (or whatever, I'm not into ranch things or cowboy stuff so I'm not terribly versed in this).  I've never done any metal stamping, anybody have any idea how or where to start with this?  I have a pretty clear picture of what I want to do, just not sure how to achieve it.  I think I mainly need to know what type of metal to use and the tools needed for this type of a project.  Anyone???  Undecided
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Transparencies on a Lampshade? on: December 12, 2005 12:20:32 PM
For my brother-in-law's Christmas present I'm embellishing this really cute little desk lamp.  The lampshade itself is covered with a black thin fabric.  I'd like to make it so that when the lampshade is on, there are comic book characters shining through.  The only way I've come up with on how to do this is to print off images on transparencies, then use spray adhesive to adhere these to the inside of the lampshade (so you don't see the image except when the light is on).  Anyone have any experience with this?  I guess my main concern is that if the transparencies get too hot, will they melt?  If possible, I'd like to avoid setting their apartment on fire...   Undecided  I'm lousy at drawing and the lampshade is at an awkward angle so I won't be able to trace anything on the inside.  Thanks for any tips you might have!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift Card Presentation? on: December 12, 2005 09:16:43 AM
I need ideas on how to present gift cards.  I normally hate giving gift cards, but my husband swears that is all he wants.   Undecided  So at the very least I'd really like to present the gift card in a really clever way (hopefully not too expensive, as well, since the gift card is really the present).  For instance, my brother loves sock monkeys, so I'm making him a sock monkey and presenting a gift card in the hands of the sock monkey.  My father in law digs motorcycles, so I'm presenting a gift card in a picture frame that has a 3-D motorcycle on it.
Couple of things about my husband:  He's a motorhead (but already has tons of remote control cars and model cars, etc).  He's not into sports of any kind because he'd rather be working.  He's a workaholic.  We are building a new house, so I'd like to have that sort of theme going on if possible (all the gift cards will be to his favorite home improvement store).  One of the ideas I came up with is to put a gift card in the pocket of a toolbelt.  Another one I came up with is to hide a gift card in a bag of his favorite homemade candy (Oreo bon-bons, yum!).  But I'm at a loss after that.  Any ideas?  Also, if you have an idea that doesn't necessarily fit into what I've described, please post it anyway because it might spark some other ideas!  Thanks for all your help!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Cowboy Dad gift ideas??? on: November 29, 2005 11:54:03 AM
Okay, this is the first time I've ever posted and I'm desperate for help!  I've decided to make Christmas gifts for my immediate family and I've got everyone covered except my dad.  So here's a little info:

He is a cowboy-type (he owns a horse ranch and works with his horses every spare minute, goes to horse shows, you get the idea).
He likes western decor (anything like this would have to be super-unique because his girlfriend is not likely to display something I've given him).
He is building a new house. 
He's a contractor by trade.
He's already got pictures of his favorite horses. 
Last year's present was a scrapbook of tons of pictures from his childhood.
Other gifts for the rest of the family include handmade jewelry, embellished canvas totebags, sock monkeys, decoupaged craft boxes, and picture frames.
I can't knit, crochet, cross-stitch, etc but I'm not bad at gluing things, ha. Smiley

Any ideas at all would be appreciated!!  Thanks so much!
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