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1  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by bethntim on: February 06, 2016 03:39:56 PM
Burp cloths were my most prized possession when my young'ins were little!  Those are going to be WELL used Smiley

from my cousin's pinterest list she sent me this peacock applique pattern and I whipped one out today


Also decided to add a little pizzazz to my cube at work (my running joke with hubby is that I lack pizzazz)

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2  Groundhog Day Cake in Dessert by bethntim on: February 01, 2016 04:52:09 PM
I find that Groundhog Day is highly underrated and I searched high and low for Groundhog themed decorations to no avail.  So I Improvised and made a Groundhog Day Cake!

It's really just a Kentucky Butter Cake recipe that's old as the hills, and a cut out of a groundhog.  But with a little ingenuity it looks like the groundhog is bursting from his burrowed nest to give us all the good news that winter is over!

The cake recipe:
Cake:
3 cups  all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk (I used a scant cup of whole milk with 1 tbsp. white vinegar, worked great)
1 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs
icing:
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter
3 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Heat oven to 325F, grease and flour bundt pan

Combine all cake ingredients and large mixer and mix for 5 minutes.  Don't worry about creaming the butter and sugar, this cake pulls together nicely

Pour into prepared bundt pan and bake for 1 hour

cool 10 minutes and invert onto wire rack.  Do not wash the pan yet!!

poke holes in the cake using a bamboo skewer, this will help the icing soak in

Combine icing ingredients in pan and boil for 1 minute without stirring, remove from heat and stir lightly

return cake to pan (careful it's still hot) and pour icing over the cake, sit back and watch as it soaks in (it's mesmerizing I tell ya)

Let sit til cool at least an hour or even better if it sits overnight.  Turn out onto cake pan, slice and enjoy!

I did a quick google search for a groundhog picture and trimmed it to fit into the bundt hole Smiley
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3  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by bethntim on: January 31, 2016 04:57:48 PM
I made 4 more video game hats!!

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4  Boba Fett in Crochet: Completed Projects by bethntim on: January 30, 2016 07:31:56 PM
The latest in my Star Wars creations!  Boba Fett!
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5  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by bethntim on: January 24, 2016 11:28:25 AM
Project # 2 in the books!
Here are some of my video game inspired hats, I wanted to make a total of 20-25 different styles and I've knocked 3 of them out.  I made a Kirby hat but haven't made the face for it yet so I didn't include it here
Prepare for photo dump:
Pokeball:


Angry pig:


And my fave.... Looks like a regular green and white hat, right??

hidden gem:

It's Link from The Legend of Zelda!
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6  In Love With Color Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by bethntim on: January 21, 2016 08:36:36 PM
I finished my #1 project for 2016!  I feel so accomplished!!
inspiration:
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/love-color-throw
perspiration:
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by bethntim on: January 21, 2016 08:14:22 PM
I finished my #1 project for 2016!  I feel so accomplished!!
inspiration:
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/love-color-throw
perspiration:
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8  Nifty needle case in Crochet: Completed Projects by bethntim on: January 04, 2016 07:09:20 PM
Moogly always has such great patterns for free!  And I love quick projects.  This needle case is adorable and it's a great needle minder for all my darning needles. It even has a space for my small scissors
http://www.mooglyblog.com/nifty-needle-case/



so nice I made it twice Smiley


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9  Happy accident cowl and ear warmer in Crochet: Completed Projects by bethntim on: January 04, 2016 06:57:57 PM
I set off to make an ear warmer and seeing as how I'm stubborn I didn't think it was important to check my gauge.  WRONG-OLA!
So I ended up with an enormous ear warmer but when it fell to my neck I liked it much better!  Happy accident indeed.
Yet I still needed an ear warmer (because, ya know, 60 in Florida is COLD!)
so I made an easy peasy ear warmer with fabulous flower accent.

Obligatory mug shot
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10  Yoda and Storm Trooper in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by bethntim on: January 02, 2016 05:10:39 AM
I crocheted these little guys from Lucy Collin's book.  Yoda is about 2 1/2 inches tall and Stormie (my little pet name for him, he's cool with it) is almost 5 inches tall
Here they are-chillin'

and here's their individual Glamour Shots


here's the book I used, it came with the materials to make these 2 characters

I bought it at Michael's and FYI-You can't use Michael's coupons on books (bummer)
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