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1  COOKING / Dessert / Trilobite Cookies on: May 07, 2008 10:34:09 PM
Hi everyone,

Looking for a fun palaeontological snack that's not dinosaur-related? I sure was!

Original recipe here: http://www.georgehart.com/trilobites/trilobite.html
Modified so that the cookies aren't double sided, and dipped so that the cephalons have spines! I don't have a cookie press so I just shaped ovals by hand, then used a fork to make the ridges and furrows on the thorax. I used mini m&m's for the eyes. The cookie recipe itself tastes great, and they're best when they're freshly dipped. Wink



2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Salt Dough Hedgehogs on: May 05, 2008 09:50:41 PM
Salt dough (I just googled 'salt dough' for the recipe, so you might want to try that too and see if there are any variants):
2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2/3 cup water
Food colouring, hot chocolate, cinnamon, etc., for colouring the dough.

Add the flour, salt and colouring items to a bowl and mix together. Add the water and knead. If the dough is too sticky, add flour, and if it's too dry, add water! Easy!

If you use googly eyes, let them air dry. Otherwise, you can bake at low temperatures in the oven.

To make hedgehogs: grab a piece of dough, roll into a ball and pull out a face (or add a nose of different colour). Pinch carefully to make ears. Add bits of broken up spaghetti and googly eyes. You're done!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Salt Dough Hedgehogs on: May 05, 2008 09:26:09 PM
Yes, please pass it along!

_themidge, I like your clovey hedgehogs!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Salt Dough Hedgehogs on: May 05, 2008 09:10:13 PM
Hi everyone,

Sorry, it's not polymer clay, but I wasn't sure where else to put this.

I do science outreach activities with elementary school kids, and I'm doing a visit to talk about 'small animals'. We're going to learn about hedgehogs! And what better way to learn, than to a) meet a hedgehog, and b) make one to take home!

The dough is regular old salt dough (cheaper than play doh!), coloured with varying amounts of hot chocolate. The quills are just broken up spaghetti!

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Chocolate Hedgehogs on: December 15, 2007 02:32:39 PM
I made these little guys as a gift for my boyfriend. I think they would make very cute treats to bring to a Christmas party!





And here's how to make them!
You will need: frozen halved strawberries (or fresh), bakers chocolate (amount varies depending on how many you want to make; I used two squares for these guys), and gel icing or something to make the eyes with, wax paper, and toothpicks.

1. Line a tray with wax paper.
2. Select out some strawberries that are cut approximately down the middle.
3. Heat up the bakers chocolate. I used the microwave. Be careful, it burns easily! You just need to warm it up so that you can stir it until it melts all the way.
4. Dip the strawberries in the chocolate, coating all sides, and place them on the wax paper to cool and harden (this will happen quickly because the strawberries are frozen).
5. Using the remaining chocolate in the bowl, scrape up some chocolate on a toothpick. Dab the toothpick chocolate on the hardened chocolate of the strawberries (this is how you make the quills). Leave an area near the point of the strawberry smooth, for the face.
6. Dot on eyes using the gel icing.

You're done!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas wrap owl gift tags on: December 15, 2007 07:08:15 AM
Thanks for the nice comments guys!

I just kind of made it up as I went using this tutorial for the fabric owls:
http://moonstitches.typepad.com/moonstitches/2007/11/zakka-style-owl.html

Here's a brief outline:
1. Get a piece of not-too-scrunchy wrapping paper and cut to about twice the desired final size.
2. Fold the wrapping paper in half with the nice side out, and glue together.
3. Cut out the body pattern from the above tutorial.
4. Using a different gift wrap, cut out the belly pattern and glue on.
5. Fold the top point down until the point overlaps the point of the belly piece.
6. Use a scrap of yarn, thread, ribbon, fishing line, etc. and tie in a loop.
7. Thread the yarn under the head and glue the tip of the head down.
8. Find two buttons or beads (they can be large as owls have large eyes) and glue them on.

Easy! I think this would also work as a pretty good craft for kids.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas wrap owl gift tags on: December 13, 2007 09:07:14 PM
Was looking for ideas for gift tags that could double as ornaments, and found this:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211631.0

As I hosted my lab's Christmas party this year, I now have an excess of used Christmas wrap which I refuse to throw out. So, ta-da! Instead of fabric owls, I now have a choir of owls to use as gift tags and decorate my apartment.

Here's one all ready to go:
 

Here are the rest!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Eryops and Apatasaurus.... no peeking straw_holder! Spoiler!! on: September 15, 2007 01:03:30 PM
I liked him so much I had to make my own. But rainbow-coloured.

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hedgehogs and a Dinosaur on: September 15, 2007 09:35:56 AM
Hello all! My first picture posts...

I just started knitting last January and some of my first projects were hedgehogs from the Lion Brand yarn pattern. Here are regular-type colour and rainbow-blue hedgehogs!




I'm a palaeontologist and so I enjoy all things dinosaury. I found the pattern for Trice here: http://www.xtreme-knitting.com/photos-dinosaurs.htm but figured Triceratops is overdone, so I made a Centrosaurus instead.



10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Duke the Anteater (pattern and tut added on page 2) on: September 15, 2007 09:23:43 AM
So cool!
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