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1  COOKING / Dessert / Super Mario M&M mosaic cake on: June 08, 2010 10:18:42 AM


I made this cake for my son's 4th birthday.  He is obsessed with Mario (pretty much thinks he is Mario).  For the pattern, I used a sprite from Super Mario World.  The "pixels" are M&Ms (blue, yellow, orange, brown,  and some reds), Hershey's Special Dark Pieces (black, maroon, and some reds), Almond Joy Pieces (tan), and generic chocolate gems (white, purple).  The colors are not exactly as they are in the sprite, but about as close as it comes in candy. Smiley  

This shot shows the scale a little better.  I also crocheted the logo on his hat, which is so filthy because he wears it 24/7 and won't let me wash it.


Please ignore the sloppy borders and lettering.  The cake didn't travel well. :S  Anyway, I had fun making it, and I hope you enjoy looking at it.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Helicopter cake on: November 20, 2009 01:09:36 PM
I made this for my son's second birthday.  He is obsessed with "heli-hopters," so of course, his cake had to be one!  This was also my first experiment with marshmallow fondant.  It was pretty fun overall, although I think I should have added more powdered sugar.  The propellers are made from white chocolate chips, melted in the microwave and dyed yellow.





Edited because I accidentally posted the same picture twice! Smiley
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Mini cheeseburgers on: September 21, 2009 09:47:36 AM


I saw this recipe on a cooking show on our local channel and thought it was such a clever idea.  Today, I was looking for fun lunch ideas for my kids and thought I'd try it out.  You basically bake the hamburger meat in a big rectangle and cut it into squares to make the mini burgers (3 pounds fills a 15x10x1 pan).  The buns are simply hot dog buns cut into thirds.  They are so cute, and tasty too!

You can see the full recipe here: http://www.wiwutv51.com/local/GHC/recipes/index.html  It's under "Episode 2 Recipies  - Gameday."
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Neon rainbow frog-ghan on: August 01, 2009 08:15:07 PM
My mom, grandma, and I have a tradition of making baby blankets for each of my kids as they are born.  Each of us make some of the blocks for a sampler and I border them and put them together.  This time, since I am having a girl I was excited to make something pink for once, but pastel really isn't my thing so I went for neon!  I made a bearghan for my last baby and had fun with it, so I reinterpreted it as a frog for this one.  My mom and grandma made the center blocks and I did the froggy parts (basically anything green).  I am 39 weeks pregnant today, so I finished just in time!

Here's the whole thing.  It was hard to get it all in the pic.  My giant belly kept getting in the way.


A couple of close-ups to show my mom and grandma's handiwork and the colors.  They really are that bright!




And one last shot of the future big brother "testing out" the afghan.


I used this pattern for a bearghan with my own modifications to make it a frog: http://www.geocities.com/cdjsimon/bearghan.html.  Yarn was Caron Simply Soft Quick in Watermelon, Grape, and Limelight and Yarn Bee Mosaic Twist in Sunrise.  The sewing together and outer border was done w/ Simply Soft Brites in Limelight.  I believe most of the patterns for the center blocks were found online.  My mom also made up some of hers.
5  COOKING / Dessert / Monkey Cake on: May 28, 2009 09:42:07 AM




I made this cake for my son's 3rd birthday party.  He loves animals in general, and monkeys especially, so I decided to come up with a monkey cake.  The cake was made from one yellow cake mix.  For the nose/mouth part, I baked a cake in a small oven-safe bowl, and for the ears, I used a large teacup cut in half.  I divided the rest of the batter into to 9" round pans.  I shaved off the tops of the cakes to make them flat and glued it all together with frosting.  The tan frosting is peanut butter made from this recipe, and the brown is chocolate made from this one.  The peanut butter was sooo good--perfectly light and fluffy!  The eyes are blue M&Ms, the mouth is a red fruit slice candy, and the nose is a mutant double malted milk ball (I was going to use a single, but the double works so much better).

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A tempting Macbook Sleeve - with pattern! on: January 09, 2009 06:54:49 PM
Another member saw this project in my icon and was interested in the pattern, so I thought I'd share.  I made it for the Cozies with Irony challenge last year.  You can see the original thread here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=267411.0

Here's what the final project looks like (more pics at the link above).


The back part is done in single crochet according to the following graph.  The area marked with x's is open space (to fill in the top, I chained over top of the last blank row and filled in on the next row.  The idea is that the Apple logo will show through on a Macbook and complete the picture.  If you were using this graph for something else, you could add your own apple (or I can graph one if anyone wants).


Now I will attempt to explain how I did that part that makes it hang on to the screen.  First, I did one row of single crochet around.  Next I double crocheted in each stitch, decreasing over the corner 3 stitches on each corner, except I chained all the way around the bottom edge and for five stitches in the center of the top (this makes an opening for the camera).  The last row is one double crochet in every stitch around, again decreasing in the three corner stitches of each corner.  I hope that makes sense. Smiley

I also have a PDF version of the graph, which you could probably see better.  If you want a copy, just PM me!

-Mandi

[EDITED TO ADD: I forgot--the "apples" in the trees above are actually bobbles (or is it picots?), not single crochets.]
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Adam + Eve Sleeve (MacBook Screen Cozy) on: September 05, 2008 07:45:08 PM
Right around the time this challenge came out, I got a MacBook, and needed a way to cover it.  The ones I found online had an opening to show the Apple logo, so I knew I had to incorporate it somehow.  And to what story is an apple more central than to the Adam and Eve story?  Here's my version, in tapestry crochet:



To start, I sketched my idea on graph paper, then blocked it out in squares.  Here's my original drawing:



The plan was to make a cozy for the entire laptop to travel in, but i forgot that the apple only glows when the screen is on, and the effect isn't nearly as cool.  I tore off the back piece and made it into a screen cozy instead.  To make it fit the screen, I did a round of single crochet and a couple of rows of double crochet, reducing by several stitches each time, and of course I left a little opening for the webcam.  Here's what it looks like from the screen side:



I hope you all enjoyed it, and good luck to everyone!
8  UNITED STATES / Indiana / Any interest in a Central Indiana Knit-Out/Fiber Festival? on: April 15, 2008 08:04:34 AM
Hello!

I am a librarian at Marion Public Library.  We already do some crafty programming, and one of my co-workers has built quite a nice knitting group.  She, I, and the knitters are thinking about hosting a regional knit-out and/or fiber festival here at our library, possibly sometime next February.  I am putting out feelers to see what kind of interest this might generate.  If you are interested or have any ideas, we'd love to hear from you!

-Mandi 

9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Shelf liner purse - green thing inside is a *spool knitter* on: April 04, 2008 05:21:08 PM
I loosely based my purse on this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0 and this one http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3105.0 (thanks thejordy and second-hand-smoke)!  I made the shape of the bag rounded with a larger bottom.  I also made the bottom a separate piece and made a wide shoulder strap.  Here's what I ended up with:


The outer fabric is the shelf liner, the inner fabric the baby blanket, and one of the earring dangles added to the upper left as an embellishment.


Here are my supplies.  I browsed around Dollar Tree for a little while looking for inspiration, and ended up with these items.  It all started with the shelf liner.  I kind of liked the print and the aqua color of the flowers, so I picked up 3 rolls.  To compliment it, I picked up a fleece baby blanket and some heart earrings in the same color.  To really be true to the theme, I also bought my thread there.  Each item was $1.00, so the total came out the $6.00.  I also used bobbin thread I already had and a magnetic snap reconned from an old purse.


Here's a close-up where you can see the texture of the shelf liner and the earring dangle.


And finally, a shot of the lining and my stuff inside.

EDIT
Here's what the back of the shelf liner looks like, if you were wondering.


Thanks for looking, and good luck, everyone!

ETA 4/14/08 - Disclaimer: The green thing is a spool knitter.  Any likeness it bears to a kinky toy is entirely unintentional!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Happy Pill Amigurumi on: December 26, 2007 07:18:07 AM
I made this little guy for my friend who just got her certification as a pharmacy assistant.  I call him a "happy pill."   Grin He is worked in spiral and has two metal washers in his bottom to make him stand up.  I didn't have any little black safety eyes, so I sewed on small black beads instead.

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