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11  RecycleMicol's Latest Artist's Smock - Urban Chicks Fabric in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by RecycleMicol on: August 21, 2007 11:48:38 AM
Here is yet another smock that I designed and made for my potter friend Rachel. This is some great Urban Chicks fabric that she picked out.  I used store-bought bias tape and vintage buttons.  I'm making towels with matching borders and corner buttonholes to button onto the smock's buttons for keeping things clean!



The Back



The Pockets



The Vintage Buttons

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12  Sickeningly Commercial Birthday Desserts! VERY PIC HEAVY! in Dessert by RecycleMicol on: August 11, 2007 04:03:32 PM
Yes, I know.  Commercialism has struck my 4 year old!!!  But, anyway...here's the typically beautiful "bake cake in dome pan, frost lightly, tint and roll out fondant, slap on cake, stick Cinderella Barbie in the top" cake that I made this morning for her party today.

It was fun.  Her eyes lit up.  Gave me a thousand kisses.  Maybe in a couple of years from now she'll want MUCH more interesting themes for her cakes!!!  Looking forward to that!





Made little ones for the girls to decorate with sugars, strawberry malted milk balls and sprinkles.







Here's my daughter's.  Notice how everything is all perfectly arranged and everything? She's 4 and she already shows signs of having my OCD gene!




Tips so you don't have to read all the pages:

If you have played with clay or playdough, you can work with store-bought fondant.  There are lots of tutorials on the internet.  Just search for 'rolling fondant' or look in any modern cake decorating book.

If you don't have one of the dome cake pans (Wilton), then you can use a tall glass mixing bowl, so I've been told. 

Bend the very flexible Cinderella Barbie's legs at the knees and wrap her legs in plastic wrap to keep them held tightly together. 

Wrap the dress so it won't get dirty. 

I removed one slipper to put on my dd's cupcake...since the real Cinderella lost her slipper!

I used cupcakes because the doll cake isn't very large.  I also wanted some place to stick the birthday candle.

It's easier than you think!!!  But, I take the fondant off before cutting the cake.  It doesn't really taste very good.

The fondant is not hard to color.  I used the Wilton paste dyes, since water is the enemy of fondant.  Start out with a little and add gradually...I used about three 'blobs on the end of a toothpick' worth of dye for the whole package of fondant.  And, I have half of the fondant left over after making her skirt!   You knead it just like dough.  It will take a good five minutes of kneading to get the color incorporated.  Make sure you have plenty of cornstarch around for the coloring and rolling.  Powder your hands and work surface frequently or it will start to stick.  I let my fondant sit overnight after I colored it.  It tends to darken up just a shade when it sits, so keep that in mind.

Either the doll must have really flexible legs, unless you plan on adding a two-layer cake underneath the dome cake and keeping the doll's legs straight, since mine would not have fit unless I strapped her legs back at the knees, or you can use a Wilton cake doll made for this kind of cake, or pop the legs off of a cheaper doll.  (Modern Barbie brand legs will not come off!)  I also made the hole too large.  I would not do that next time around.  Keep it a little on the too-small side so that it's more snug against her waist when you put her into the hole.

I found that the Wilton domed cake pan cake isn't tall enough to stick in her whole bottom half.  I used 6.5 cups of cake mix, even though it said that I'd just need 6.  I would go with 7 cups next time, since I still had to make one 10" diameter round cake for the bottom.  I don't know exactly how much more room I would have needed for it to have been enough room for her feet and all without bending her legs.  I tried to pop off her legs at the hip joint at first, like you could with the old Barbies or the cheapies.  Boy, they sure have modified them since I played with my friend's dolls as a kid!  Those legs aren't coming off!  If you wanted to use the whole Barbie without bending her legs or going Texas Chainsaw Massacre on her, I'd say you would have to make two extra round layers for the bottom.  It would then take more like the whole package of fondant to make the skirt.

For the pink cupcakes:
I had left-over strawberry cake batter from the two mixes I used for the doll cake, so I used my mini muffin tin with candy cups as liners to make mini cupcakes.  Then I got the Betty Crocker 'Whipped' strawberry frosting and put it into a piping bag with a large round decorator's tip on it.  I went around the outside first and spiraled upwards toward the middle, ending with a nice pointy peak in the center.

And there you have it!
RM
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13  Re: Fiber Friday 7/20 in Spinning: Completed Projects by RecycleMicol on: July 23, 2007 02:32:33 PM
Oooo...scrumptious seems to be a good word for all of your yarns this week everyone!

Can I post late?  I don't want to wait until Friday!  Here is approx. 650 yards of professionally dyed roving. (Might be Ashland Bay...I bought it at my LYS)

Also...will my yarn shrink to exactly 'half' in length if I ply this single against itself?  The charts say approx. 650 yards for 4 ounces if it's lace weight and approx. 475 yards if it's fingering weight for the same 4 ounces.  So...I'm confused!





Thanks!
RM
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14  RM's First Mini Sock with First Heel Flap and Gusset Heel! in Knitting: Completed Projects by RecycleMicol on: July 17, 2007 09:41:00 PM
Well, I made a mini sock last night to test if I could actually make a gusset and heel flap heel.  It was probably more difficult to work the heel on a small scale like this rather than a full-sized sock, so I'm sure I'll be even more happy with the results of my next full-sized project, now that I know I won't be totally lost when it comes to the flap heel!  I worked at such high tension that the k2tog were murder and the yarn had some speckling and stray strands in it, so the blue on the green toe was an unfortunate blob of stray color and the white looks dingy instead of pure white.  Oh well!  I'll spin some hand-spun for my next mini sock!

Thanks for looking!
RM





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15  Re: 50 Wash Cloths-along in Knitalongs by RecycleMicol on: July 14, 2007 02:39:37 PM
Weee!  I was about to post this in the Completed Projects section and thought I'd better check for a KAL!  Glad I did!  Now I'll challenge myself to making as many of the great patterns found here as I can.  No promises, though!

Here is my Flying Geese Dishcloth from THIS website.

Natural Lily Sugar n' Cream Cotton, size 6 straight aluminum needles.







Thanks for challenging me!
RM
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16  Mermaid Eggs in Spinning: Completed Projects by RecycleMicol on: June 24, 2007 06:39:21 PM
Ever wonder how Mer-folk reproduce?  Well, after much research on the matter, the consensus seems to be that they would indeed lay eggs!

Handspun and dyed...comes with a needle felted flower with vintage buttons which can be sewn to finished object, or made into a brooch.
53.9 grams
1.9 ounces
Worsted (12 wpi)
193 yards
color fast





Hugs!
RM
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17  Re: Handspun & Handcraft Swap 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RecycleMicol on: June 20, 2007 11:20:38 AM
I am emotionally drained!  Whew!!!   Grin  I received from tygir today...and I had little tears well up and my darling 3 year old daughter has been squealing with delight for the last 20 minutes!  (just gushing, really...she just alerted me that she is making a card for you that says 'We loooooove your pretty things!" We'll mail it to you right away Tygir!)

Check it out!

A crocheted clutch to match a retro red dress of mine...it is soooooo perfect!!!




The most fabulous handmade origami box holding some of the most scrumptious felt strawberries I've ever seen!


An adorable little bag of crocheted cupcakes and sandwich cookies that absolutely look dunkable!!!  Notice the cute little pseudo-receipt from 'Tygir's Sweet Shoppe'!  So clever!!!



And last, but SOOOO not least is my daughter's favorite...a crocheted Tea Set!  (It could be coffee or hot chocolate, too!)  It's sitting on top of her play kitchen on display when she's not pouring me a cup of java!



Here it is all together with a special thanks from us in sidewalk chalk!



Big hugs and kisses, Tygir!  You rocked this swap!!!!

RM


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18  Re: Pinwheel Hot Pad/ Potholder - retro in Crochet: Completed Projects by RecycleMicol on: June 20, 2007 09:41:15 AM
Here's another one.  Lemon-Lime this time!



So fun.

RM
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19  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - June 2007 in The Swap Gallery by RecycleMicol on: June 18, 2007 03:38:16 PM
That's okay...here's the apron that moonlightbliss made for me:







My daughter just loves it!  I think she's going to take it from me to play kitchen! 

Thanks for the swap!
RM
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20  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - June 2007 in The Swap Gallery by RecycleMicol on: June 18, 2007 02:58:57 PM
I sent this to moonlightbliss in exchange for a cute French apron!  She wants ideas on what to do with the yarn, so if anyone has anything to say, please do so!



Moonlightbliss...do you have a shot of the apron?  Post if you do!

RM
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