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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yes, it is possible to knit with licorice... on: October 02, 2008 02:05:08 PM
... though it might take someone more experience with knitting than I!

I received some licorice laces as part of a care package. I thought the laces were funny and yarn-like.

About halfway through the box, I thought, "I need to knit something with this licorice."

This is the result.

Although I'm terrible at knitting, I thought the end result was kinda of funny. It reminds me of the beginnings of a minature Gryffindor scarf. Wink

Moral of the story: play with your food!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A tisket, a tasket, a pink-n-purple basket... on: November 05, 2007 07:45:30 AM
I spent this past Saturday taking a basket-weaving class at my college. It was so awesome; I love crafting from natural materials!

Here's the melon basket I made:


I can't wait to make another one!

Sorry this post is so brief: I have a Shakespeare and Biology class to attend. Smiley
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Move over, ramen: cheap soba soup on: September 17, 2007 01:49:21 PM

As a college student, there are many days where I can't bear the thought of eating yet again in the dread cafeteria. When these feelings overwhelm me, I turn to a deliciously cheap staple: soba noodles.

I bought a huge pack of noodles for $4. I have eaten at least 13-15 bowls of soup out of this pack--and there are still plenty of bowls left!

There's no set recipe. Nonetheless, here's a good set of guidelines.


-Soba noodles
-"Rooster sauce," a.k.a. Sriracha hot sauce (you limit the amount added to a few drops if you don't like spice)
-Soy sauce
-Sesame oil
-Onion, peppers, etc.

1) Break up some noodles into a bowl.
2) Fill up the bowl with enough water to cover the noodles plus a little extra.
3) Put in microwave for 5-6 minutes (depending on your microwave). The noodles should boil and get soft.
4) Take out of microwave and add sauces to suit your mood. I generally use a 3:2:1 ratio of soy sauce, sesame oil, and Rooster sauce.
5) Mix and serve.

The nice thing is that you can add sauce as you go along. If it doesn't taste right the first try, add some more! Add water, add veggies--whatever!

Onions work really well with this dish. Peppers and carrots also taste quite good. The best(!) addition, though, is prusciutto. (I'm sure that I'm misspelling that.) The Italian ham cooks just enough to salt and flavor the broth. I wish I had some with me. Wink

Enjoy! It's really good, I guarantee. (Make sure you drink the broth!) The Rooster sauce will knock your sinuses out if you add enough to the broth. Yum.


Just for fun, here's a huge blackberry:

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Feast of Felt: plush tea, sandwich, strawberry, cake, and more! on: September 17, 2007 01:30:13 PM
I love food. I love making plushies. It makes sense to combine the two, right?

I figured I'd lump all of my felt food into one happy post. Smiley

My new pincushion!

The lighting makes my egg look moody.

Look! A red velvet cake with buttercream icing! Mmm...

Do you drink your tea with cream and sugar? I do. The Earl Grey is calling me.

This strawberry is huge. It easily dwarfs the cup of tea and the cake. I had to use my cute polka-dot felt!

My sandwich! This has so much detail work. It has pepper slices, bacon, provolone cheese, onion, condiments, a sprinkling of herbs, shredded lettuce, and a pickle. Yum.

A close-up. Just because I love this dorky sandwich.

I'm starting to really dig sewing by hand. No machine malfunctions! Tactile pleasure! What's not to like?
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ani, the Felt-tastic Tapir on: June 30, 2007 05:20:52 PM
This is my latest odd mammal plushie.

Ani is a tapir, a crazy snout-laden mammal. He's made from blanket-stitched felt and lots of stuffing. Despite being a bit awkward and wobbly, he does his best.

Note the heart on his butt. Oh, yes.

(A note on the name: "tapir" means "nestle" in French. "Anidar" means "nestle" in Spanish. Tapirs live in Central and South America. It's one of those crazy linguistic roll-arounds.)
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sherry, the Plush Liquorice Swizzle Stick (Seriously) on: June 13, 2007 08:15:54 PM
Sherry is a twisted stick of black liquorice. She's delicious, though a bit of an acquired taste.

Capping the liquorice strands was a challenge.

I wish I had better photos, but c'est la vie.

Thanks for looking!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kid the Echidna (a.k.a the "Spiny Anteater") on: June 11, 2007 08:44:37 PM
Continuing with my "monotreme" plushie theme, I made a plush echidna. What's an echidna? Well, think of Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog.

This is my first attempt at a non-flat plush. It was actually really fun! I think I overstuffed the little guy (he's bursting at the seams!), but I'm pleased overall.

(See? He even has some ants on his tongue!)

Echidnas are original punk. Wink
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pip, the Pink Polka-dot Patterned Plush Platypus on: June 09, 2007 09:54:55 PM
I love platypi. It's no secret among my friends. So, of course, I had to make one.

This was, by far, the most complicated plush I've ever done. I'm really happy with him, though. I want to squish him. Cheesy

Here's Pip, head-to-tail.

This is an "action shot" of him "swimming" through some reeds. Ignore the TV in the background. Wink

And, because I'm so pleased, here's the stitching on the tail and feet. He has fake webbing!

Hope you guys like him! I'm in post-crafting adoration, so I'm a bit biased.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mad geeky Sam + Dean Supernatural pillow on: June 09, 2007 09:09:07 AM
Behold! A Supernatural pillow!

Dean's on one side...

...and Sam's on the other.

This little pillow was quite an undertaking, but I adore the final product. I first tried a solvent transfer; it didn't really work. (Alas!) I then decided to turn my soggy photocopies into flimsy stencils.

After stenciling Sam and Dean onto the fabric, I embellished with some embroidery. (The embroidery was a lot more fun than I thought it would be!) Then, after all was said and done, I slip stitched the pillow closed.

This was my first foray into embroidery and my first use of the slip stitch, so I'm pretty pleased. Smiley

Hurray for a third season!
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