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21  COOKING / Dessert / That's-a Spicy Meatball! Spaghetti Cupcakes on: April 06, 2014 11:27:35 AM
I wanted to make cupcakes for my dad's and brother's birthday party (their birthdays are on the same day).  My dad is very proud of his Italian heritage, so I thought spaghetti and meatballs would be cute.  The spaghetti is white icing tinted with cocoa powder and yellow food coloring, the sauce is strawberry preserves, the meatballs are ferrero rocher candies coated with strawberry preserves, and the parmesan cheese is grated white chocolate.

And this was my trial cupcake to make sure I could get the cupcakes to look like spaghetti and meatballs.

Thanks for looking!

22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fairy Garden? Try Ferret Garden (pic chubby) on: March 27, 2014 08:06:51 PM
I have a little resin ferret that is so tiny and cute.  She's a BJD (ball jointed doll), and about 5 inches tall.  I have bigger dolls, but I think this size is the most fun because she's just so adorable.  All of the furniture and accessories I found are for fairy gardens and I got them at Ace Hardware and Hobby Lobby.  I bought some sheet moss and applied it to and piece of adhesive foam core board.  I glued ivy and flowers to the arch and "grass."  I'm so happy with how it turned out.

"Oh, hello."

"My name is Calamity.  Welcome to my garden!"

"This is my patio.  It has a table and chairs so I can have tea parties with my friends."

"It's so peaceful out here.  I love to sit and listen to the birds."

"I'd better go water my flowers.  Thanks for coming to visit!"

Thanks for taking a look!
23  COOKING / Dessert / Easter Egg Hunt Cupcakes on: March 24, 2014 06:00:34 PM
I wanted to try some Easter cupcakes even though Easter is kind of far away.  They are devil's food mini cupcakes made with a recipe from "Hello, Cupcake!" (instead of water use one cup buttermilk, and instead of the number of eggs the mix calls for, use 4 eggs).  I used a star tip to make the grass and the eggs are jelly beans.

It made 48 cupcakes, plus I had batter left over (also, I ran out of frosting and had 4 cupcakes left that couldn't be iced).  I kept some for me and my bf and I'm taking the rest to work.  The people at work are going to love me.

This was my first time using a star tip and they were really fun to make.
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Crocheted Doll Clothes on: March 10, 2014 04:52:58 PM
I got burnt out on sewing so I thought I'd try crocheting.  My dolls don't really have anything for spring, so I thought I'd try making some pretty spring clothes.

Purple dress.  Made with sport weight yarn using a combination of single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet.

Skirt and shawl.  The skirt is worsted weight acrylic yarn using a combination of single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet.  The shawl is made out of a metallic yarn (I forget which brand) and is a little tricky to crochet with.

Pink dress.  It's made out of sport weight yarn and is also made with a combination of single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet (I also made the wig my doll is wearing).

Another skirt made of worsted weight cotton yarn.  It's not as dense as the acrylic so it's a little "airier" than the purple skirt.

As always, C & C welcome!
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Doll Wigs on: February 10, 2014 06:05:55 PM
I wanted to try making my own wigs.  I had some fur on hand from another project that I used for the multi-color wig and I found the solid color on Etsy.

ETA wig I just made for my MSD sized BJD.

Punk wig for my YoSD sized BJD.

Black wig for my vampire Monster High doll.

They were pretty easy to make. I think I want to get some different colored fur to make more wigs for my Monster High dolls.
26  COOKING / Dessert / Cupcakes! (lots o pics) on: January 22, 2014 05:57:50 PM
I've never been much of a baker.  I didn't really like doing it because I thought it took so dang long to make anything.  Enter "Cake Boss."  I kept watching it and I was like "I want to learn how to do that.  Also, I want cake."  Seeing as how there's only 2 of us in the house, I figured cupcakes would be better as I could take any left-overs into work.  Only thing is, I had never made cupcakes before in my life.  I'm 29.  I know.

So here is my first batch- peppermint chocolate made from a mix kit I got for Christmas.  Kind of rough.

My second batch from a mix I found for 84 cents.  Hot chocolate flavored cupcakes with fluffy marshmallow frosting.

Third batch was combined as regular cupcakes and mini cupcakes.  The cupcakes are banana chocolate (a twist using a mix and fresh bananas).  The orange ones had vanilla frosting tinted orange.

Part 2 of chocolate banana- mini cupcakes to look like Valentine candies.

Tomorrow is my boss's last day at work so I made mini banana cupcakes that look like petite fours.  I even made the batter from scratch!

I'm getting much better at making cupcakes!  If anyone wants the recipes for the banana chocolate or banana, let me know.

27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / More Doll Clothes! (Including Valentine's Stuff) on: January 12, 2014 06:50:28 PM
I've been sewing all day and made these fun doll clothes.

A fun punky outfit for my doll, Electa.  Both the sweater and leggings were really hard to make.  My machine kept trying to eat the fabric.  Angry

Tank and "jeggings"

Valentine dress for Merrill (because her "real" outfit hasn't been made yet...)

Valentine dress for Monster High

These were all pretty fun to make.  My dolls are better dressed than I am!  Tongue
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for pattern- plus sized sweater with bulky yarn on: December 07, 2013 09:16:23 PM
I like knitting, but I've never knit anything besides scarves.  And an occasional afghan with size 50 needles.  I want to make a sweater but I want it to be quick and easy.  I have such a weird body shape that sometimes things don't fit right so I don't want to spend a whole lot of time on it just in case.

It is incredibly hard to find a pattern for a plus sized sweater with bulky yarn!  I realize it's because a bulky sweater isn't flattering on a bulky body but I don't want to spend a bunch of time on a worsted weight sweater, especially one that may or may not fit.

A while back I had a knitting magazine that had a sweater pattern with raglan sleeves made out of Lion Brand Wool-Ease thick and quick.  Something like that would be perfect!  I have searched Ravelry already and have seen the hoodies made of Homespun on Lion Brand's website, but Ravelry didn't have anything in bulky weight for plus size and I'm not too crazy about knitting with Homespun because it likes to separate.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / More Doll Clothes- Christmas Stuff! on: November 28, 2013 02:00:48 PM
I've been sewing up a storm lately.  2 Christmas dresses for my YoSD BJD, 3 Christmas outfits for Monster High, and 2 pairs of leggings for my MSD BJD.*

Monster High:



As always, C&C is welcome.

*BJD- Ball Jointed Doll
*MSD and YoSD refer to the size of the BJD
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / How 'bout Now, Benson?? Regular Show Cross Stitch on: November 25, 2013 08:18:31 PM
This took way longer to stitch up than it should have.  I kept getting distracted by everything, but it's finally done!

I present Mordecai and Rigby.  Oooooooooh!

It was a lot of fun to do, but I'm so glad I'm done with it.  As always, C&C welcome.
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