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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pie! on: July 22, 2017 10:30:39 AM
I looked over a couple patterns but didn't really follow them, just made it up as I went along.
The cherry pie was a bit problematic to join but I learned some things.

The blueberry pie is made with 4 dbl crochet bobbles instead of the usual 5.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / White rabbit costume accessories on: July 12, 2017 06:51:45 AM

We're travelling. Last night we stayed at an incredibly beautiful B&B close to Dartmouth/Halifax the lovely hosts of which invited us to a Wonderland themed tea party this weekend which we'll sadly be leaving just before. We of course started chatting about costumes & decor. There was a piece of fun fur & a loose idea for ears... I had felt & thread in the car... they let me have my way with it, lol. Too fun.

He had these fun socks that I added a small panel of stuffing to the end & thread shaped some toes.The rest of the fur was stitched into a big poofy tail.

It was thoroughly enjoyable for me but they still wanted to trade for the night's stay. How lovely, right? What a great time!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Sweet treats for my sweetie on: June 28, 2017 06:09:12 AM
We are really busy getting ready for summer stuff coming up next week and I'm wrapping up a swap but that hasn't stopped me from continuing to crochet at every chance I get!

A couple more strawberries, no pattern

A slice of cheese I made previously curled up and reminded me of a canoli so I made another in tan. When I stitched in the cream it ruined all the curvy edges so they are only tucked into the canoli and can be removed to put on other food. My daughter's had the bright idea that she can use the canoli shell for a veggie wrap with all those lovely vegetables I made her previously. Clever monkey!

I sort of followed the cupcake wrapper pattern here:

And Twinkie Chan's frosting "recipe" here:
(pretty long video, I skipped to the part I wanted).

The frosting didn't look right on the cupcake I made so I tried another frilly sort of topping with a cherry and saved this one for a pancake.

For an ice cream cone I looked over this pattern here but didn't follow it exactly:

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Extra special birthday picnic basket full of goodies on: June 24, 2017 05:44:17 PM
I've been working on this for 2 months for my little girl's 10th bday. We have a tradition handed down from my mom's side that each year is a just simple celebration with only family, a favourite dinner, and one simple but very nice gift. For ages 5, 10 & 15 friends can be invited for a bigger celebration and the nice family gift is a big one. We had a fancy dress tea party and did some fun crafting and I gave my daughter this "secret" that she's seen me working on every day.

The top fabric is a picnic blanket, inside there are 2 cloth napkins that match the lining I sewed for the basket.

When I went to the fabric store for gingham they had FOUR kinds! So of course I bought some of each, ha ha!

Inside the basket are so many sorts of food.

I have been posting them as I made them:
Salad, bacon and eggs. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452487.msg5447503#msg5447503
Burgers. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452543.msg5448494#msg5448494
Garden veggies. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452566.msg5449063#msg5449063
Pizza. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452580.msg5449297#msg5449297
Berries, broccoli and more. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452617.msg5450433#msg5450433
And finally these 2 pieces of bread I've been working on for ages. The "recipe" calls for 3 slices stitched together but I opted for 2 slices per piece because each one takes at least an hour so 6 of them would have been WAY TOO LONG!

She loved it all, we had such a nice time. Here's the party snack table, all the mamas sat around chatting while the kids played, it was lovely Smiley.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Chicken and veggie stock incorporating juicer waste on: June 22, 2017 11:18:09 AM
I'm fasting this week and wanted to make juice but I never like disposing of the pulp, it feels like such a waste. I thought I'd make up some stock that could incorporate the dry cellulose.

I used kale, beet greens, parsley, carrot, apple and cucumber. I did the apple and cucumber last and composted that pulp thinking it might not be so excellent in soup. If I'd been more energetic today I could have baked with it but maybe next time.

I promise the juice tastes much better than it looks, ha.

Here is the pulp in with all the other stuff.

For the soup I roasted chicken bones (breast and neck) at 450 for about 30 mins.

Those went into pots along with the drippings, a bunch of chopped parsley,and roasted carrot, celery, and onion tossed in some olive oil, a little salt and pepper.

Here it is simmering away in 2 big pots.

When it's finished I'll strain it and add in some potato cook water (for potassium) then reduce it all to about half the volume so it will be very rich. Cooked down enough it becomes nearly as thick as gravy, it's so tasty even without any more salt added. The celery is high in organic sodium which lends enough of that anyhow.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Eat your fruits and veggies! on: June 21, 2017 06:32:40 AM
I've made a few more things for my daughter's bday present this month. A handful of berries, a broccoli (learned a new stitch, bobble! PITA lol), a mini pumpkin, and a wedge of watermelon (this one gave me the most trouble).

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pizza! on: June 12, 2017 08:45:36 AM
I mostly winged this one.

I pretty closely followed this free pattern for the crust on the Jennie Designs site. I liked how the edge is a 3D roll of dough. I did increase the size and I may have added a few stitches here and there to get it big enough to hold the toppings I'd made. It's worked from wide to narrow which I wanted to try just to get a feel for that method of shaping.

The cheese is a free pattern by Twinkie Chan and is worked from the point up. This did not fit my dough at all so I added many stitches along the way to get it the right size. It was cool to try the technique though, I'm glad I did the wedges both ways.

When searching for images I saw a few slices with cheese that had an organic looking edge that I liked more than the static half circles. This one and this one are cute. I just did an increase, decrease edge and filled the negative space in with red for sauce.

My toppings are fairly straight forward except for the mushroom, I can share the pattern if anybody is interested (I couldn't find one I liked online for free). I'm not so sure about the colour of that pepperoni though, bit too purple Tongue.

Finished a second piece just now. The size difference is what happens when you just wing it, ha ha. Oh well, really pizza isn't exactly the same either.

I like the wonky sauce & cheese edges.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Mushrooms on: June 11, 2017 07:45:12 PM
I looked for a free pattern but couldn't find one I liked the look of. Here are a few I tried, is there one that's better than the other? I can write the best one out to share Smiley.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Garden veggies on: June 10, 2017 06:19:40 AM
No patterns, just looking at things online & trying to figure out the how-to.

The asparagus tips are a sloppy sort of picot stitch (3 single crochet, the last slip stitched into the first to make a knobbly little bump).

The mushrooms looked like peanuts, lol, the gills are stitched in such a way to compress & shape the cap.

I tried a few different veggie tops.

And leaves.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hairy, scary moth man on: June 09, 2017 12:12:27 PM
Made for Glamis in the recent I Love Monsters swap.

I scoured the internet for inspiration then set about trying to figure out how to piece him together.
He's got a double set of antennae, feathery bits and shaped wire painted with bronze nail polish. The ends are thread wrapped and inserted next to his beady little eyes. The legs are thread wrapped pipecleaners coated in glow-in-the-dark puffy paint, the ends dipped in gesso &/or coated in the same bronze nail polish. They are attached with vintage buttons, I thought that lent a rather whimsical feel to an otherwise bizarre looking item.

The wings are made with some of my favourite new fabric and are edged in wrapped wire as well so they can be shaped. They're stitched in place down the back with a button added, there's a loop on the button for hanging him up.

His body has a fuzzy fun fur chest and also a segmented belly which was made by stitching on rows of hand spun wool yarn. I wasn't sure what sort of expression to give him so darkened the eye sockets and stitched the mouth last. I kinda love it, it's so horrible in a simple sort of way.

I had a hard time sending him off and when I told him he was going to be shut up into a box and mailed all the way to Germany, well, he wasn't so sure he wanted to leave either Cheesy.
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