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31  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Baby Nibbler on: July 19, 2012 07:51:00 AM
So it took me a long time to post this... but here is my daughter's first Halloween costume, we dressed her up as Nibbler from Futurama since it was an easy costume and well, like Nibbler she is a celebrated pooper...
I crocheted her headband, and sewed a washcloth cape on her sweatshirt.  We were going to put a diaper on over her clothes as well but forgot.

Now to figure out a costume for this year...
32  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Cake Bites for a Wedding Shower on: May 31, 2012 08:44:10 AM
Last Summer I was in charge of a wedding shower at the church I was attending, so I decided I needed to make something appropriate for the event.  So I came up with these cake bites (cake pops without the sticks).  I followed bakerella's directions from her book, used cookie cutters to shape them, and tried my best to make the coating neat.  All in all everyone loved them, so I think they were a success.  

Close ups:

Some brides:

Some grooms:

Some lovey hearts:

Let me know what you think, I love making cake bites--just wish I could make the coating and sticks work better.  
33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Thoughts on making a skirt like this. on: May 31, 2012 08:36:13 AM
So I want to make a skirt like this one:

First question:
Do you think one of these patterns would work for it?

Second question do you think it is cut shorting and shaped in the back before being gathered up or is it just gathered up?

Thanks so much for your help. 

PS if you have any other thoughts on the style or construction I'd love to hear them. 
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Tips and Tricks for Making Felt Badges on: May 09, 2012 02:03:13 PM
So I love all the felt badges everyone is making, and was thinking it would be great if experienced badge makers could share some of their tips and trick for making them neat and pretty.

35  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / No Sew Ideas for Coffee Bags needed on: March 31, 2012 11:13:10 AM
I volunteer with a fair trade organization and we're trying to figure out ways we can reuse/re-purpose returned coffee bags (the type about a pound of coffee beans comes in).  They need to be no sew options so that they can be done by volunteers at the store during quiet hours. 

Any thoughts?
36  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Tricks for making images last? on: March 20, 2012 09:10:00 AM
I recently did some screening with Speedball Inks and the images are not very resilient even to gentle washing.
I heat set them with an iron and in the dryer, but it doesn't seem to have worked as the image is coming off my husband's t-shirt and it is just washed cold and not put in the dryer.
Any thoughts on better inks to use or fool proof methods for setting the images?
What do you do to make your images last?
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Star Trek Deep Space Nine Shrug on: March 09, 2012 09:11:54 AM
While it's not as much of an issue now, when my little one was really little she was a really big puker--this meant I went through about 5 outfits daily so I needed clothing that could be quickly removed and washed easily.  So I started this shrug when she was about 3 months old.  By the time I finished it she was puking a whole lot less, but that's okay because I still love it. 

The Back:

The Front:

The Pattern:
Two Toned Shrug
and for the DS9 this chart

because I was knitting top down I ended up mirror imaging the chart, but I think it still looks okay.

Pattern comments: I used 1 skein of the light purple, and 1 plus a bit of the dark purple.  I used 5mm and I think 3.5mm needles.  I did eyelet increases because at the time I didn't know another pretty increase technique... now i do so when I make another one I'll use it.  I was a little irritated that for the sleeves the number of stitches didn't result in even ribbing (ie I ended up with two knit sections together--next time I'll count first), and the sleeves are a little bulky so I might decrease the stitches early on.   
38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How would you hem this skirt? on: March 09, 2012 09:03:18 AM
I made this skirt--two layers, both fine polyester, top layer is sheer--and I'm not sure how to hem it.  During the construction I went to great lengths to keep the layers separate, but now I'm not sure what to do.  I'm wondering about hemming the top layer with black bias tape. 

fabric detail

It's crazy staticy and I need to even up the bottom edge still but I would love your thoughts.
Also should both layers be the same length in the end? 
39  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Something Under the Bed is Drooling on: March 08, 2012 07:05:42 PM

Is that something under the bed?

I think it's drooling!

Never fear, a friend is near!

When this challenge was announced I figured reversible baby clothing would be a great way to enter, so I looked up baby shoe patterns but eventually dropped that idea as being way too fiddly, and settled on making a jumper.  I had lots of opposite ideas (a whole list to be precise), but settled on the one that I already had all the materials for.  I took some inspiration from this photo that I had seen around the interweb, but realized that in this house we don't tend to sleep with teddy bears.  The little one sleeps with a piggy and a zebra (the piggy being the brave one of the pair), so I paired her brave sleepytime friend with its opposite a monster under the bed.

Now for the clearer shots:

Piggy side:
Made from pink corduroy left over from a quilt I made my now 8 year old God daughter when she was born and some polar fleece.  I used a button for the nose because the little one loves buttons (and i thought it looked kind of cute)

With her dear friend Willi:

Close up of the Piggy Face:

What's a piggy without a tail?

Monster side:
Made from a very furry, muppet-ish knit fabric I've had kicking around for years.  The face is made from polar fleece. 

Acting very monster-ish

The mouth is a pocket so the monster can actually eat things

I used a McCall's pattern that I've made it a few times before as gifts.  It's a bit big as I'm hoping to get some wear out of it before it is outgrown (and to be honest was in too much of a hurry to fold down the pattern). 

All in all I had a great time actually taking a challenge idea and completing it for once.  It was a lot of fun and I hope to do it again.   
40  COOKING / Dessert / Making sweets ahead of time? on: February 04, 2012 12:10:34 PM
Does anyone make cookies, cupcakes, etc. ahead of time for events?

If so how do you store them?  Are there any tricks to making it work better?

If you freeze them how do you thaw them?

Thanks for you help, I'm trying to plan a first birthday party when I will also have company all weekend.
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