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311  Tunisian and lace headband in Crochet: Completed Projects by Belladune on: January 06, 2011 07:21:28 AM
 I had fun doing this, and I've now got an awesome headband!
I used my own homespun (z twist) single laceweight (with it's slubs here and there Smiley )
The flowers were my own design, but I used techniques I learned while learning to make lace snowflakes.
The band that goes around the top and sides is Tunisian pearl stitch.  I love the way when done in a single row it gives bars with spaces between.

The back was done in the basic Tunisian crochet stitch.

I made an anklette as well, but it's twisted and I'm out of time to make another :/

Hope you like it!  and don't forget to Vote!

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312  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Belladune on: January 03, 2011 06:30:21 PM

does this count as destashing?  I used ingredients I had on hand (except the coconut, I needed one of those)   and it's white!  And it might go well in J_kieviet's Arctic themed birthday party! 

I posted it and the recipe here:
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313  Lemon Coconut Snowball cake in Dessert by Belladune on: January 03, 2011 12:56:22 PM
For my friends birthday, I made her a snowball cake!

I used this recipe:

Everything was from scratch, even the coconut! I even used the frosting recommended but I made one small change.  When I cracked the coconut to make the shredded coconut that covers it I saved the liquid and condensed it.  I then used that and added enough water to make the required 1/3c water. 

this is where I got the pan I used.  http://www.sweetbakingsupply.com/   They don't appear to have it anymore though... :/

this is the pan I used:  http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?sku=2105-6506

Enjoy looking at it!  It's delicious!!
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314  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Belladune on: January 02, 2011 01:18:00 PM
this is my stash.  I have no idea how to use Adobe photoshop elements, so this could be terrible.. so who knows... it may work out okay, and you may be able to see it all...   Don't laugh at my terrible layout.. I just still don't get that program......

as you can see it's all spread out. and I totally forgot to take one pic of the fabric scraps in a large drawer in my dresser....
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315  Menage a trois in Needlework: Completed Projects by Belladune on: December 30, 2010 06:59:27 AM

 just a little hoop for imafundork in the OTT hoopla. It's 3inches, single floss satin stitch.

oh, if this needs to be tagged, let me know!
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316  Red lentil bread in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Belladune on: December 29, 2010 12:35:07 PM

1/2 cup red lentils
1 cup water
~In a large pot, cook the red lentils for about 30 minutes.

4cups of lukewarm water
4 tblsp sugar
1/4 cup oil
2 tblsp active dry yeast
approximately 12 cups flour (this can be a mixture of whole wheat and unbleached all purpose if you so wish)

Combine water oil sugar and yeast and allow to proof for 10 minutes. Cup by cup, add the flour. Start off with a whisk, Before it becomes to thick to whisk, add the cooked lentils. Once it becomes to thick to whisk dive in with both hands until well combined. Don't use all the flour at once. Once you get a semi wet dough turn it out on to the counter (lightly dusted with flour) and begin to knead. Knead like you've never kned before. for at least 10 minutes, but I recommend longer. Once yo've done this, put the dough back in your bowl and allow to rise for 2 hours. Don't rush the rise!!! this will give you nice fluffy bread!
Now it's time to punch it down and shape into loaves. Preheat your oven to 400`F. What I find works best is to cut the dough into approximately even pieces and flatten into rectangles. Then I roll the rectangles into loaves. Place into your bread pans and let rise again for at least 30 minutes. I generally forget about it and end up letting it rise for 45 minutes to an hour.  So long as the bread is at least doubled in size you are safe to put it into your oven. Bake it for 25 minutes.
Pull it out of the oven, enjoy the smell of fresh bread but wait at least 20 minutes before you cut into it. Slather it with butter and enjoy!

For more pics check out the blog, but all the info on how to make the bread is here in words. Smiley
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317  Re: Canadian Envelope Swap Winter Edition! Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: December 24, 2010 12:46:17 PM
My awesome amazing wonderful goodies from Skrabadoo!

The everything!

Card stock cut outs, Mug cozy, stickers, gift tags, foamy snowflakes, mini cards
A wonderful mug cozy which will be used all year round!

and these awesome card stock cut outs! 

Thank you so much Skrabadoo!   It's a great package!
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318  Re: 2010 Last-Minute Holiday Projects Craftalong in Craftalongs by Belladune on: December 19, 2010 12:17:24 PM
this is what I whipped up!  Fuzzy cylindrical thingy with bells in it (that wont come out. promise Smiley )

hopefully my little 6 month old niece will love it Cheesy
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319  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 3 - OTT Edition! (SignUps CLOSED, SendOuts 1/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Belladune on: December 14, 2010 07:10:21 AM
I'll share this little sweet thing I did for my hubby.  He's been asking me to stitch this forever.  I stiched him up while in calagary for a stagette Smiley
Baby murloc in a 3 inch hoop

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320  Re: HFO's! (handspun finished objects) in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: December 12, 2010 05:39:24 PM
this is the only pic of these two scarfs I have!  One's been sold and the others somewhere in the box for the craft fair Smiley  But!  I did spin the yarn (and I have no idea where the pics of them are... maybe I'll find em yet and add em.)  and Crocheted them Smiley
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