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11  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate Turkey on: November 26, 2008 06:30:48 PM
Not turkey covered in chocolate, but a turkey *made* of chocolate, candies that is!

Use chocolate chips (head), malted milk balls (body), chocolate stars (feet and tail feathers), and a tiny bit of red gel (wattle). There's also a little bit of coconut dyed green for 'grass.' You have to scrape a little bit off the top of the stars, but melt that chocolate a bit and use it to glue the pieces together. Also, use a drop of melted chocolate to keep the turkey stuck to a plate.

There's my tyke, patiently waiting for me to tell her she can eat the chocolate turkey. When I said 'yes' guess what she did? Yep, "gobble gobble" LOL (I crack me up sometimes.)

12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Holiday/Anytime reversible skirts v2.0 lots o' pix on: November 21, 2008 09:33:50 AM
I've been making these skirts for a few days now...they're really simple and cute, and I just love how they *feel* - the weight of them is ideal and they have a great twirly factor.

So far I've done four or five of these. In just a week. All different.

This one's got a pretty kid toile on one side and a fun gingerbread making print on the other, and black with white dot 'hem' (the other skirts have bias tape edging).

Tyke's at Montessori, so no modeling shots yet.

Proof of reversibility:

Going over to the other side:

Fun, huh? This way she'll get more wear out of it than if it were *just* a holiday skirt!


13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / It's all Greek to me! on: October 14, 2008 06:15:27 PM
DH is a total geek. He's a maths professor, has developed a major computer program, and has been learning ancient Greek for the last five years. That's just the tip of the geek iceberg, too.

He wants to support his favorite candidate, but was saddened that there was no Greek version of the Obama bumper sticker. So he made one. Well, technically it's a digital sticker, but you get the point.

Should I get it made up? Should I go so far as to put it on our car?! That would make him very, very happy.

eta: not trying to start a political debate, just showing off hubby's craftyness.

14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Johnny Depp for the Toddler set *lots o' pics* on: October 14, 2008 01:43:06 PM
Anyone remember 21 Jump Street? Or am I the oldest person on this board?!

Six months ago, I bought a boxy, man's shirt at the thrift store. I'm not a huge fan of JD, but I liked the b/w photo, and figured I could "pretty up" the shirt somehow.

Finally was inspired yesterday. Self-drafted pattern. Tunic length (because I'd already cannibalized the bottom of the shirt for something else). The sleeves used to be a pair of leggings! I liked the picot trim, so kept that, and set the pattern piece from the hem.

Close up of picture and neckline:

This gives you an idea of the length:

The (RTW) leggings she's wearing are *perfect* with the top! Even better: we already owned them! They're capri length, so she won't get to wear them often -- it's getting cold here.

15  COOKING / Dessert / Happy Birthday doctor who? on: October 03, 2008 01:06:59 PM
DH isn't a real doctor, merely a PhD   Wink (inside joke)

Anyway, we're big Who-ligans over here, so what better than a TARDIS cake for my doctor. Carrot cake from scratch - first time *ever* - and instead of one big loaf, I made nine individual loaves. Eight of them were regular, but one was special:

It's not bigger on the inside, just yummier!

We had company last night for a Dinner, Dessert & Debate evening. The regular cakes were a big hit. I was in a hurry to do the TARDIS thing, after company left and before DH came into the kitchen, so it's not ideal, more like a prototype for the 'real' cake on Sunday.

Oh, can't forget the recipe. Lots of raves. I used Walnut Oil and it is fantastic! Also, I lurve carrot cake that doesn't have raisins!

16  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / "Quilt as Desired" - ummm, how do I decide? on: September 15, 2008 01:43:57 PM
How do you decide how you desire to quilt a quilt?

Most of the time, I FMQ stipple/meander. Have done occasional 'designs' but....

I have a fabulous quilt top and I want something more special. Basically, the top consists of 9 blocks (3x3), and I want to quilt something in the 4 black squares (think: diagonally set colorful block/black block/colorful block, then black/colorful/black, then colorful/black/colorful). I just don't know *what* to quilt....

The colorful blocks will be very simply quilted (essentially QITD along vertical and horizontal lines). Any suggestions?

17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fuzzy Monkey skirt and applique on: September 11, 2008 06:13:12 AM
Finally started sewing fleece. Now I don't know why I waited so long!  Roll Eyes

The cheeky monkey came from England - so I've had it over a year. Weather's getting cooler here and I thought tyke could use a bum warmer.  Cheesy (yes, it's waaaayyyyyy too early for me)

Anyway. Super simple skirt: rectangle, serge up one seam, around the bottom, add the elastic. Ta Da! Added the applique to the very stained shirt and saved a great tee from the rag bag.

That's not a stick, it's a scepter...tyke is leading the Wild Things parade.  Cheesy

I also made a scarf -- yes, really, with thermal fabric on the other side, and a couple of cute hats. Loving the cheeky monkeys!

18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / plain onesie gets a bike chic makeover on: August 26, 2008 02:01:48 PM
Check it out! Look what adding sleeves can do for a plain onesie.

And a little scrap on the font to show off the red trike:

And since Owen's mom said I could, here's an action shot. (Isn't he the most adorable tyke?!)

I love the bike fabric (JoAnn's), and thought it would be cute for a little tyke. Sent it to my partner in the "A Week of Onesies" swap (the gallery is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=262918.0). You can see the other onesies I did, and more action pics of the adorable Owen.

This is what I did to add the sleeves:

Trace the sleeve piece of an appropriate sized pattern (I used an Ottobre shirt pattern). Since the onesies were 12month, I used a 74 pattern.

Carefully stitch/serge it to the inside, on the seam allowance, *at the shoulders*. This way, they are part of the onesie but separate from the original sleeve.

Then I serged the length of the sleeve after sewing it on to the onesie. Turned the hem and faux twin-needle stitched. (Someday I'll have a coverhem machine.)

Clear as mud?

Probably easier the second time around. We'll see, because I definitely want to do it again.

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pigs in Space Tote! on: August 25, 2008 08:40:16 AM
A new tote bag for tyke's first day back to Montessori. Last year I made a tote bag for each month. This year, well, I *really* like this fabric, so she may use this one for the fall, at least.

The corduroy is Sandra Boynton "pigs in space" -- okay, I don't know if that's the name of the print, but there are pigs on it, and they are in space. Just for fun, I have the cords running East/West, instead of North/South, so that I could utilize the selvedges -- the white. IKEA green hippo fabric for lining.

This thing is huge -- about 14" wide by 18" tall, plus handles and the gussets (making it about 2" deep). There's a package of disposable training pants, a gallon ziploc with a change of clothes, three diapers and a to-go packet of wipes in that bag, and it's not even close to being full!

I still need/want to move the handles. They're too far apart on each side, since I set them in from the edges instead of measuring between them. (insert eyeroll here) All in all it's a terribly cute bag and I'm very happy with it. Trying to move a little out of my comfort zone, as far as colors/styles. Normally wouldn't have used the bright green interior fabric with the deeper tones on the front, but the hippos tie it all together!

20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Anna top for Back to Montessori on: August 25, 2008 08:26:11 AM
Back to Montessori! Today was tyke's first day back - she was a trooper. She's 2.5years. Last year she was crying every day. For a long time every day. Today, she's queen of the room. Seriously, she's the oldest in the toddler room, and there are only two other kids who were in that classroom last year.

She's wearing a size 98/104 Anna, cut to shirt length. It is just a little big. I really like making these as tops, instead of dresses. She seems to get a lot more wear from them.

This is made with the IKEA fabric we bought in Scotland, and some rescued fabric purchased from a thrift store sometime in the last year (I have six more yards of it!). The blue really sets off the red, and vice versa.

Anyway, you don't want to hear about that, you want to see the 'stuff'!

Here's handsome daddy and adorable tyke, arriving at the school:

Okay, so you can't actually *see* the IKEA fabric. It's there. Trust me. It's the back of the dress, and the applique on the front.

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