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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / canned lychee???? on: September 25, 2008 09:03:07 AM
I have a can of lychee and I have no idea what to do with it.  I've never had it before.  Should i just eat it straight from the can like any other canned fruit, or is there something tastier I can do with it?  My google-fu must be weak today because all i keep coming across is drink recipes, and that's not really my scene.

thanks eveyone!
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / mock cathedral on: June 22, 2008 01:57:25 PM
This is my 2nd quilt.  I dont know if it technically qualifies as a quilt because it doesnt have any batting.  My daughter loves to be tucked in, but all she had was this thick comforter.  It is waaaay to hot for that so i made her this.  I was determined to use only what i had on hand.  I ended up having to buy some more thread, other than that i was successful.  I had intended for it to be all blue with some white and cream.  however, I had to use green, purple, and a tiny bit of orange for the corners on the front. 


and the back.  (couldn't keep my daughter from dancing across the quilt as i took the picture):


here is my favorite fabric in the whole world. So glad it's found a happy home!:


I'm so glad this thing is done.  I have no desire to machine sew a mock cathedral quilt again.  Getting everything to line up was horrible.
13  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / edamame? on: May 22, 2008 04:38:20 PM
ok, so what is it?  I keep seeing it places and hearing about it, but I've never tried it.  I know it's a type of soy bean, but how do you cook/use it?  Is it supposed to be mushy or crunchy?  I've seen both fresh and frozen at the store.  What is the difference in preperation of fresh vs frozen?  What does it taste like?  Is it more bean like or nut like?  I've had salted soy nuts, and I liked them, but they didn't look anything like edamame.  Can anyone clue me in?  could I ask more questions in this post?  could I!? Wink
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / lettuce tshirt recon on: April 05, 2008 08:28:16 AM
I made a dress from vegbee's lettuce t-shirt recon tut from here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=151727.0

This is the first time I've used a knit fabric to make anything wearable.  It wasn't as scary as i imagined it to be.

Here is the finished project: 


You can't tell from the picture but the design on the shirt is of 2 zebra's and 3 waterbuffalo at a watering hole.  The little one has dubbed it her Safari dress.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / play dress recon on: April 05, 2008 08:12:22 AM
My friend gave me a play dress that her daughter had outgrown, but my kiddo's head was too big to get the darn thing on so I chopped it up and made it into a wrap skirt.  I used one of my husband's old ties for the ties.  I always forget to take a before picture.  here is the skirt:


and on the model
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / little chicken cat toy (a tragedy) on: March 20, 2008 04:34:39 PM
I saw flossbox's tut on making little chickens.  (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=234484.0) I decided they would make neato cat toys.  So I made one from scraps from my stash and some catnip.  I double stitched all the seams so they would be extra strong for cat play.  I set the toy on the floor, went upstairs to look for the camera,came back down and saw this:

I had been gone less than 2 min.  Normally my cats are rarely interested in catnip.  apparently, that was not the case today. Here is a pic of the whole thing.  You can see how the whole thing has been licked so much that it's turned green.

Again, this happened in 2 min! Did I mention I keep my cats' claws trimmed?  I must have had some top grade crack-tastic cat nip.
I made another no frills, non-chicken one out of denim scraps and it has held up much much better. Although, you can see in the lower left corner the denim has started to turn green from all the licking.


Anyhow, thanks to flossbox for the idea.  The furry ones at my house have much love for the chickens.
17  COOKING / Dessert / cheater apple cup pies on: March 20, 2008 04:16:06 PM
I was very inspired by c.c.'s tiny pies, (see here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=233346.0) and missing Pushing Daisies something aweful.  I can't make pie crust to save my life.  Luckily I stumbled across this recipe: http://www.pillsbury.com/Recipes/ShowRecipe.aspx?rid=12302   It uses biscuts from a can for the crust. I thought it was weird, but hey anything to avoid the dreaded pie crust!   

as you can tell they aren't the most glamorous things to look at, but they turned out mighty tasty.  Surprisingly, I thought they were even better cold the second day.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / tutu on: March 20, 2008 04:01:49 PM
I've been trying to craft only using things in my stash as funds are low right now.  A few years ago my best friend's grandma passed away.  Her grandma had all this ribbon that my best friend didn't know what to do with.  I also had left over tule ribbon left over from my wedding. Here is what I made with it:



I probably used a total of 5 spools of ribbon.

ps my daughter was pretending to be a fairy princess lion mermaid, hence the face.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / an old apron on: March 20, 2008 03:54:01 PM
I don't know if this qualifies as vintage, but my mom was cleaning out her attic and came across this apron she made for me probably almost 30 years ago.  It now fits my daughter.  My mom now thinks it's the most ugly thing in the world.  However, my daughter thinks it's the bee's knees.  She wants to wear it everywhere.

20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / yet another poppet on: February 29, 2008 02:31:33 PM
I'm sure everyone is sick of poppets, but here is another one anyway!  I finally got around to finish poppet #3.  I intended to finish by xmas, but Leap day is close enough right?   Wink  She is for my 2.5 y.o. daughter who loves Diego and baby jaguar.  So I made her a mamma jaguar.  She picked out the yarn for the hair.  Please excuse her nekkid-ity.



Here is the back view.  You can't tell but she really has junk in her trunk.  The 2 fabrics i used had different degrees of strechiness.  When I stuffed her, Mrs. Jaguar's bum kept growing and growing.  I don't recommend using 2 different strechy fabrics.  It was not a happy fun time.  Neither was the spotted fabric.  I made the mistake of getting the evil unraveling kind. 


I'm still debating if i should do eyelids.  Mine always end up looking so wonky.  I don't know if i should just leave well enough alone.
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