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stoliedina
« Reply #90 on: December 26, 2008 06:48:30 PM »

Hi Craft-a-longers!

I have a couple more gifties to share with you before we forge ahead into 2009.



First up this was inspired by a similar pillow in this year's issue of Martha Stewart Holiday Gifts.

The pup you see snuggling with my brother-in-law in the upper left corner passed away earlier this year. His name was Baxter, and he was twelve years old.

Baxter belonged to my sister's in-laws, who are her next door neighbors. Her two pups are the same breed, and Baxter was their very bestest friend.

My sister and BIL don't have any kiddos - so the loss of a dog, is an immense one. I made this pillow with printer fabric to display images of happy memories with all of her "boys"; with old Baxter prominently featured.

She totally cried when she received this! (YES! Just what I was going for!)

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Next up is the CD Visor I made for my Dad. You can find the tutorial here: http://www.instructables.com/id/CD-Visor/

He loves to golf - so obviously novelty golf fabric was a must:







On to food gifts:

For my Guinness loving brother-in-law I baked Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting:





The recipe can be found here at CHOW: http://www.chow.com/recipes/11557

For my brother, Mike and his girlfriend Sylvie, I made Ultimate Cinnamon Rolls:



I use the cinnamon roll recipe found here: http://baking.about.com/od/sweetrolls/r/ultimtecinnroll.htm - But a tip for you. I do not use the frosting in the recipe. I recommend frosting your rolls with the cream cheese frosting used for the Guinness cupcakes. My hubby and I had just that on Christmas morning and it was HEAVENLY.

The small envelopes that you see on top of the cupcakes and the cinnamon rolls hold recipes inside.

Prezzies wrapped up and ready to go to my parents' house for Christmas Eve:





That's it!

I think that this year's craft-a-long has been the most successful that I've done for myself yet. When Christmas Eve/Day rolled around I was calm and ready. Everything was wrapped and I could relax!

I'll be started a 2009 thread in a couple of days...with a couple of twists. Thank you all for taking this journey with me this year, and I hope that you'll join me again in 2009!

Merry Christmas!!!
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« Reply #91 on: December 27, 2008 06:57:08 AM »

Stoliedina - How were the cupcakes?  My boyfriend loves Guinness and I have seen this recipes before (and others like it)...I have just been nervous to try it.    Also, I love the pillow.  How did you do that?
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« Reply #92 on: December 27, 2008 11:45:47 AM »

Stoliedina - How were the cupcakes?  My boyfriend loves Guinness and I have seen this recipes before (and others like it)...I have just been nervous to try it.    Also, I love the pillow.  How did you do that?

Rumpazel - The cupcakes were good! They're not my favorite thing that I've ever made, but they were tasty. The recipe that I used, uses cocoa powder for the chocolate flavoring, and that results in a dense cupcake with a more subtle chocolate flavor. I have a sweet tooth, so I tend to flavor chocolate recipes with melted chocolate, which would have made for something more cakey. However, I brought the leftovers to the guys at work, and they all really dug them. If anything I'd give it a try to find out for yourself, because the recipe is REALLY EASY.

I'll post info on the pillow later - I'm running around prepping to go on vacation!
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« Reply #93 on: January 04, 2009 01:36:30 PM »

Hi 2008 Craft-a-longers

The 2009 thread is up: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285555.0 with a different twist this year! Thanks for crafting along with me in 2008!
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