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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Even MORE freaky sweater monsters, whew! on: March 28, 2013 01:55:53 PM
Ok, I'm finished with this round. 40 freaky monsters are set up on display at our local library and hopefully will find wonderful new homes for themselves. They certainly can't stay at our house, I'd have to rent a bigger place for all of them LOL!

First batch here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421751.msg5003438#msg5003438
Second batch here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421907.0#axzz2Oa4eZ24S

I saw these bizarre mirror faced bunnies one time and when I came across an old fisher price toy with a circle mirror sewn into it, it cried out to be remade into and awesomely freaky monster and here it is! I get a bit kick out of handing it to people saying "and this is the one with the scariest face!" LOL  Cheesy

And finally a rock star sock monkey that my cousin wanted for her littlest one's first bday, I felt so honoured to have one of my creations chosen for that  Smiley.

22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I'm on a roll with these weirdo felted sweater monsters! on: March 25, 2013 12:18:09 PM
I've been making monsters out of bunches of felted wool sweaters I collected from thrift stores and such, here's a thread with an obscene amount of them
And even more
and these are the ones I had left after I ran out of stuffing. My friends work at the local library in town and are thinking these creatures would make a fun display so wow, and yay! That's exciting! Hope they don't scare any kids, lol!

My personal fave!

23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felted sweater creatures, picture monsterous (*snicker*!) on: March 21, 2013 02:11:00 PM
No, really, they've taken over the house. I started out with about 20 sweaters and ended up with 55 creatures. There are still over a dozen to be finished and there are some cute bunnies in another thread but here's a pretty hefty serving of adorable horrors, ha ha.


Even more!
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / BUNNIES!!! on: March 21, 2013 12:36:43 PM
Made from old sweaters felted up in the wash. My daughter has tried to steal all of them at least once, ha ha, but they're at my friend's shop in town just in time for Easter. Hope they find nice new homes, I'm afraid if they come back to live with us they'll multiply and we'll be overrun with sweater bunnies, yikes!

Cashmere bunny and dolly from my daughter's old sweater, this is so super extra plus soft.

25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Toe Head Sock Creature! on: February 04, 2013 12:34:25 PM
Oh, this was fun! My son had a Stupid Sock Creature kit that came with rainbow socks with which we made an entirely hilarious creature for him. My daughter thought it was so cute and kept trying to steal it from him, lol, so when I found a pair of pink heart toe socks I had to make her one too. I changed it up a bit to give it some toe "hair", tee hee.

The kit if you are so inclined Wink.
26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Excellent toothpowder recipe, whitens with powdered orange peel! on: January 23, 2013 08:53:29 AM
Finally figured one out that works for me, not too salty or abrasive.

10ml (2tsp) Diatomaceous Earth (food grade). ~ rich in silica, gentle polisher.
5ml (1tsp) Bentonite Clay ~ gentle polisher, mineral rich, detoxifying.
10ml (2tsp) Cal/Mag powder 2:1 ratio (this is sold as a drink mix). ~ re-mineralizing.
10ml (2tsp) Baking Soda (aluminum free). ~ gentle polisher, bacteria eliminator.
10ml (2tsp) Organic Orange Peel Powder. ~ natural whitening agent.
5ml (1tsp) Sea Salt (I used high mineral pink salt). ~ gentle polisher, natural anti-bacterial.
50ml (3Tbsp+1tsp) GMO-free Xylitol (I powdered this in a spice mill first) ~ anti-bacterial, decay prevention, plaque reducer.
*optional - 10 drops liquid trace minerals (sprinkle in and mix, if you wish you can run everything in a spice mill to make sure the liquid combines evenly with the powder). ~ re-mineralizing.

Combine all ingredients well and store in an air tight container. Use just a pinch on a wet or dry toothbrush. This makes 100ml of dry powder which could easily last for a year depending upon volume and frequency of use.

If you would like to flavour your tooth powder you may add a maximum of 20 drops essential oil of your preference. I used a combination of fennel, wintergreen, and cinnamon which is quite nice.

If you prefer a paste to a powder melt 45ml (2Tbsp) coconut oil and vigorously stir in the dry ingredients. Spoon into an airtight container and scoop out small amounts as needed. If the resulting paste is too thick or hard you can add additional coconut oil.

Even my children like this recipe, there's enough sweetness from the xylitol to offset the saltiness of the other ingredients. There are enough other powders to dilute the abrasiveness of the baking soda as well so there is no risk of damage to enamel from daily use. Oh, and the vitamin C in the orange peel powder seems to react with the baking soda to create a mild fizzing action that's fun! I'm thinking of using lemon peel in future batches for a more tart flavour to enhance the sweetness, should be an interesting experiment.

The cost of purchasing all these ingredients was quite a bit so I recommend making this with friends who all want some and are willing to share the investment dollars. I've made up several jars to sell next time I've got a table at the market (along with deodorant I also make) so that's an option for you as well. Just take care to keep things as clean and sterile as possible and make sure to provide a list of ingredients with jars you give away or sell.

Cheers! Smiley

~If it uplifts and inspires you, do it.~
27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Recycled tshirt dresses, play dresses & lots of stencils. on: December 31, 2012 06:11:28 PM
Finally converted old tshirts into dresses for my wee girl.

A length of hot pink lace stitched onto the bottom of some shirts for dress up costumes:

Also freezer paper stenciled some tshirts for my and a friend's kids, one tshirt got a ruffly bottom made from another tshirt. The kids were pretty happy Smiley.

28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cashmere monster adventure ;). on: December 31, 2012 06:04:04 PM
A friend requested I make one of my weird little monsters for her new baby-to-be and chose a beautiful mossy green cashmere sweater from my pile of felted thrift store scores. The first attempt yeilded my usual slightly creepy creature:

not exactly appropriate for a baby I thought so I,d try again:

Still a bit creepy but more creepy-cute. She was happy with this little guy but I got a phone call the night she took it home relaying the dreadful news that her dog had devoured him in the misguided attempt to protect his people from invading goblins. D'oh! So I rescued what bits and pieces I could and had another go:

There wasn't much fabric left to work with so I had to leave some random inexplicable seams and somehow incorporate a left breast pocket:

Third time's the charm right?
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / More sock monkeys and other weird sock creatures. on: October 28, 2012 08:30:28 AM
I could title all my posts the same way, seems like this is all I ever make!

Scored this kit, my kid is greatly enamoured of the new creature he helped to make.
Then the other kid wanted one but couldn't decided which she liked best and I am not good at following directions so sort of made this up as it went along (took about 6 hours but that's what I get for not doing what the book said).
And 2 basic sock monkeys with embroidered eyes and dbl stitched everything to make them safe for babies. Our neighbours took one and the other went to the landlord for new baby gifts. Cute!
30  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Crushing my newbie canning status, and how! on: October 28, 2012 08:18:26 AM
This pickled garlic is smiling because he knows how delicious he is Cheesy.

A neighbour dropped off a trunkload of produce from her lovely organic garden this year and there was just no way I was going to be able to eat it all up before it went bad so...

a friend and I got together and canned a batch of salsa. I didn't realized canning salt was so much saltier than regular so we had to add a LOT of cans of tomatoes to even out the flavour but it ended up delicious in the end.
Here's my share, she took hers home before I thought to take pics. In fact, that happened with nearly all the pictures, lol. It's such an intensive process, the camera is not something I think about until the next day when the jars have cooled and I'm standing there admiring all our hard work Cheesy.

3 of us got together at my neighbour's and she showed us the basics, then we met up for 20 days over 4 weeks and went canning CRAZY! We went through about 6 huge bushels of tomatoes altogether

and an awful lot of onions, peppers, and garlic. Lots of eggplant too but I can't eat that (upsets my stomach) so I didn't take any pictures of those jars. We made pickled pepper rings and green tomato salsa as well as green tomato chutney. I did plum butter too, that's delicious but lots of work for not much volume.
Here's a midnight batch (that's when my kids are out of the kitchen and I can actually work for more than 5 minutes at a time, ha ha) of pickles, carrots, beans, radishes, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and garlic.

Another batch of midnight pickles, beets and daikon radish, beans, garlic, and some roasted peppers we put up at the neighbour's house.

I also dried some of the tomatoes and skins in a dehydrator then pulverized those skins in a spice mill for instant dried tomato paste. I saw that online somewhere and thought it was pretty brilliant.

The last and most intense project was quince and apple compote. Nobody was available to help with that but it had to be done before the fruit flies took over my entire kitchen Tongue. A huge bushel of quince from the neighbour's tree and all the left over apples from our Scouting troup's apple day plus a ton of lemon, honey, ginger, and sugar. It took me from 9:30am to 2am the next morning. All I can say is good thing it's tasty AND somebody else can deal with that tree next year! It's really neat watching that golden fruit turn pink as it cooks though...

This is not even all of it, 1/4's been taken by one of the girls. Over 50 jars in total.

I was seriously sick of canning after this but have since started planning for beets, lol. And I'm looking around for a good pressure canner so I can put up jars that aren't vinegary or lemony. I'm an addict.
Just look at this cupboard... how could I not want to do this every year?

The whole set on flickr if you want to see even more pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/sets/72157631861001759/
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