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11  Shrunk wool sweater into fingerless gloves *Tut too* in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by eye.heart.art on: November 11, 2008 12:46:53 AM
I was stock piling wool sweaters for some reason.  I found this sweater at a yard sale.  It was a large but someone washed it so it shrunk into a small.  I have been wanting a pair of fingerless gloves but with school and work I am too busy to knit a pair.

First I cut the arms off the sweater body.  Then I measured the top of my hand and cut off the excess of the sweater arm.

Turn the sleeve inside out and mark off the spaces between the fingers with pins.  I used the button hole top stitch to sewn each point together. Or you can use a zigzag too.

I then cut a slant on the pinkie side for my little finger.

I then marked off the space between my pointer finger and thumb and then sewed it.  Make sure to leave a hole for your thumb.

Finally I took it in at my wrist under my thumb.  My tailor' chalk was m.i.a. so I used a marker.

Turn it inside right side out and volia!

Tell me what you think!
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12  Re: Chocolate Beer Cupcakes with Fudge Frosting, in Dessert by eye.heart.art on: November 06, 2008 08:40:51 PM
Yes chocolate beer! 

This is the one I used:

It is next to the Guinness.

I also have tried this one:

Both are yummy!

As for the recipe:

3/4 cup oil
4tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
12 oz beer
1 1/2 cups water

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

In a bowl combine: 3/4 cup oil
                          4 tsp vinegar
                          1 tsp vanilla

In a seperate large bowl combine: 3 cups flour
                                              2 cups sugar
                                              2 tsp baking soda
                                              1/2 cup cocoa
                                              1 tsp salt

Make a well in the dry ingredient bowl.
Pour the wet stuff in the well.
Pour the 12 ounce beer and 1 1/2 cups water on top of that.
Beat on medium speed really well.
Fill cupcakes 3/4 full.
Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

I used chocolate beer.  But next time I am thinking about using the seasonal tangerine wheat.  Yum tangerine and chocolate!

And here are some arty farty pics...

They are very fluffy and moist!  I was surprised that there are no eggs in the recipe.  Tell me if you like them as much as I do!
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13  Chocolate Beer Cupcakes with Fudge Frosting *updated with recipe and more pictur in Dessert by eye.heart.art on: November 03, 2008 07:30:26 PM
My friend is having a potluck birthday tonight at a bar so I thought I should whip up these morsels.  The cupcakes are made with beer, I chose a chocolate one to bump up the chocolate-ness.  I made a fudge frosting but I was too impatient for it to cool to properly frost them.  So I dunked the tops in the frosting instead.  I then used all manner of toppings to decorate them.  The cupcakes are delicious and really fluffy!

Big grouping of cupcakes.

Small grouping of cupcakes.

I'm off to the party!
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14  Erasure and Checker Board Tape Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by eye.heart.art on: August 12, 2008 09:15:44 PM
I was inspired to make this wallet for my friend's birthday after seeing a post that I can't seem to find.  Anyways I sewed the bag first and then used e 6000 to glue the pieces together.  Next time I would figure a way to sew it together because one can see the glue through the tape.  He loved it and that's what matters.

Here are the two before they are married together:

Side One:

Side two:

The top zipper:

I also made a tie to go along with the wallet.  You can see it here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=262988.0

Tell me what you think!

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15  Cassette Tie! in Needlework: Completed Projects by eye.heart.art on: August 12, 2008 08:54:32 PM
I made this for my friend's birthday.  It took WAY longer than I was planning so I had to finish it during his camping birthday party this past weekend.  It is part of a set.  I made an accompanying tape wallet to go with the tie.  It is mostly made up of back stitches and some french knots.  I forgot to use my hoop so parts of it are a bit wrinkly.  I outlined the tapes but I did the rest of the bits free hand.  All the track tittles are either tapes he has made me or inside jokes.  It isn't perfect but I am really happy how it turned out!

Close ups of each tape:

I realized after taking this picture that I missed a stitch so i fixed it before he left.

Finally the action shot!

Here is the accompanying wallet I made:
I hope you like my tie as much as he did!
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16  Cassette Tape Wallet Opinions Need! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by eye.heart.art on: July 27, 2008 03:29:36 AM
My friend's birthday is coming up so I am making him cassette tape themed gifts.  I was inspired by: http://www.chezlin.com/2008/04/cassette-tape-tutorial/#more-16  I found an Erasure tape to make into a wallet.  Upon construction I realized that the tape, unlike the tute, was clear.  So I ended up making a pouch with a zipper to go with the tape.  But now I think the pouch is cute enough on its own without the tape.  So fellow Craftsters what should I do?  Leave the zip bag as is?  Glue on the tape with some E6000?  Put the tape in the zip pouch?  Stick with my original plan?  Please help me!

The tape in question:

The newly constructed pouch:

Should they go together?

Please help my indecisiveness!  Thanks.
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17  Hippo and Bowling Ball mini pies! in Dessert by eye.heart.art on: July 27, 2008 03:12:45 AM
Once again I have been bitten by the cooking bug.  I made these items with the same mixed berry and lime filling.  The hippo pie is 4 1/2 inches in diameter.  I made this little wonder for my neighbors as a thank you because they let me use their oven two nights ago.  I forgot my last batch of bacon karmel korn dripped in my oven and the drips were smoking out my studio. I used a cookie cutter to cut out the hippo.  I then trimmed the hippo and put it back on the top.

I came across the mini pies in jar idea here: http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/piesbakedintinyjars/  I was able to find 4 oz jars at my local Ace hardware.  I was watching the Big Lebowski during construction so bowling was on my mind.  I was able to make 9 of these little strikes!

I haven't eaten any of these little cuties so I don't know how the mixed berry / lime middle will come out.  But if they taste as good as they look they will be delicious!  Thanks for peeking at my pies!
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18  Plum Tart, plus what to do with plums?? **Updated with recipe** in Dessert by eye.heart.art on: July 25, 2008 12:15:40 AM
I am lucky to have fruit trees at my apartment.  Right now my plum tree is pluming so started to eat them.  I have to consume as many as possible because if I don't the local wood rat will.  Which isn't a problem except my dog keeps trying to attack him and I don't want to deal with that.  But after eating a dozen plums they started losing their deliciousness. So I have started a hunt to figure out what to do with these plums that doesn't involve canning because I haven't figured out that process.  So I stumbled upon this recipe for a rustic plum tart.  Here is the product:

An up close and personal shot:

So I ask you my fellow Craftsters, "What can I do with all these plums?"

Thanks in advance!


The tart was yummy!  Here is the recipe:

1 1/3 cups flour
2 TBLS sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cups chilled butter
1/4 cup cream cheese
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 TBLS ice water

1 1/2 pounds plums
2/3 cup sugar
3 TBLS cornstarch
1 tsp zest from above lemon

Preheat oven to 400

Butter a 10 inch pie plate

Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor
Cut the butter and cream cheese into one inch cubes
Drop cubes into food processor and pulse until it turns into pea sized clumps
Mix in lemon juice and water until dough starts to form
Form dough into a ball and flatten out into a disk
Wrap in plastic an refrigerate until ready to roll

Cut the plums into 1/2 inch thick wedges minus the pits into a medium sized bowl, about 5 cups
Sift sugar and corn starch over plums, add lemon peel and mix well, set aside

Lightly flour a clean dry surface and roll out dough into a 14 inch circle
Place dough into pan and add plum mixture into the middle
Fold over dough towards the middle

Bake at 400 for 15 mins
Turn down oven to 350 and bake for another 30-60 min, until crust is browned and juices are bubbling
Cool on a wire rack for 30 mins

Eat warm, yum, yum, yum!

The tart is tart! So add more sweetener if you like.  If you are feeling daring yo can add some other spices like cinnamon or ginger to the mix.  I think when I make this again I make a crumb top to contrast with tart tart.

Thanks for all the suggestions for my plum usage!

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19  LA Dodgers Matching Beer Cozies and Wrist Cuffs (3 pics) in Knitting: Completed Projects by eye.heart.art on: July 17, 2008 09:31:50 PM
So my dad's birthday was last month and I haven't sent him his present yet.  I am fired as a daughter!  He has been a Dodgers' fan since he could sit up.  I figured he could use the set while watching the game; a beer in each hand and warm wrist.  The color is the truest in the last picture.

Wrist cuffs that are not wonky in person:

The pair of bottle cozies:

The awesome group shot:

Love it? Hate it?  I hope he loves them!
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20  Eye Patch with hidden cold pack (steak heavy) in Completed Projects by eye.heart.art on: June 22, 2008 03:18:10 AM
My friend's birthday is coming in a few days and I really wanted to make her something useful.  She is on the local roller derby team and at the last game she got a gnarly black eye.  I know it is going to happen again because this is her second one.  So I made her some reusable steaks for her future shiner.  I made two steaks; one with an elastic strap so she can wear it and another one without straps. 

Here is the mini tute:

I used red felt for the meat, white felt for the fat, bone colored felt for the T-bone, and refreeze able ice packs.

First I cut out 4 steaks out of felt and two T-bone bones.  Make sure the steak is big enough to house the cold pack, especially when it is frozen.  Cut out a strip of white felt that is long enough to go around the steak and wide enough to cover the edges of the steak.

The I cut out the middles of 2 of the steaks.

Using my machine I sewed on the bones. Remember to sew the bones on opposite sides of the remaining steaks soon one will be on the top and the other on the bottom.  You can hand sew too but I try to avoid it because I  injure myself when I do.

I then zigzagged all four layers together, leaving the straighter side open to add the cold pack.  If you are going to use elastic sew it in with the four layers.  Don't worry if it is messy looking because it will be covered with the "fat."  Insert the ice pack and zigzag the remaining side closed.

Now comes my least favorite part: sewing the fat.  I got nervous about puncturing the ice pack with my machine so I decided to hand sew this part.  Sew the white fat so it covers the zigzagging.  I used 2 white strips on the eye patch steak so the elastic can poke through. (Note, during this session of hand sewing I stuck the needle under one of my nails. Yuck!)

Once you finish sewing freeze the steak and soothe those black eyes away.

And a very haggard action shot:

I hope the directions are clear.  I am planning to make a non cold pack eye patch with a roller skate and cross bones to go with the set!
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