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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Brobee Hat on: May 28, 2011 10:48:48 PM
Since our kids started watching Yo Gabba Gabba, my husband and I have also become fans.  It's somewhat better to watch than The Wiggles, what with the Super Music Friends Show and Dancey-Dances...

Anyway, my husband decided he wanted a Brobee hat.  Not a hat that looked like Brobee sitting on top of his head, but one that would transform him into Brobee.  So, I let him pick out some bright green kids yarn from the craft store and went at it.  It's based on The Bullet pattern from Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-bullet and I "made up" the patterns for the horns and eyebrow and sewed them on securely once I was finished.

So far this is the best photo of someone wearing the hat.  She has a small, 4 year old sized head while my husband has a massive head, so it's obviously huge on her.  I will have to update with a photo of my husband wearing it so you can see how perfectly it fits.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / That's how I roll - air plane embroidery on: April 22, 2011 03:17:10 PM
I am trying to make every gift that I give in 2011...it's a rather big project but one that I'm loving so far.

For my husband's birthday last week, I stitched up this hoop for his office.  It's a plane doing an aerobatic loop and he's a flying instructor.

The idea and the slogan, "That's how I roll" were stolen from a tshirt design I saw him admiring online.

I'm not embroidery expert and this piece used very simple stitches - back stitch, satin stitch and french knots for the wheels and punctuation.  The fabric is ripstop nylon which is like parachute material and ties into the aviation theme.

No photos of the back but I laced up the excess fabric in the back and then glued a piece of felt over.

Comments and criticism welcome.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / NZ Only Swap! on: February 10, 2011 11:00:36 PM
Yes ladies, we have a sender already!  

Way to go Elowezil Smiley  I got my package today.  Feeling slightly guilty looking at a rather large envelope at the moment Smiley


monkey_girl <---> pixie_nz
bubblegum_phoenix <--->jemimah

Sent and Received
Sending Late with Communication
Contact Organizer
Finished Swap and Feedback Left
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / NZ Only Swap (Signups CLOSED, Send Outs 1 March) on: January 11, 2011 03:56:27 PM
Swap name:  NZ Only Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: danger.kitty
Sign-up date range: 12-28 Jan 2011
Date to send item by: 1 March 2011

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES
If so, which country? New Zealand

Additional Age requirement? no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

Right, let's put Kiwi Ingenuity to the test.   What weird, wonderful, or wild crafts and craft supplies can you come up with to swap?  

You will be filling up a C5 ParcelPost Tracked prepaid bag, they cost $5 for a normal bag or $5.50 for a bubble wrap bag.

The crafting requirement for this swap is one medium item (ie something that takes 2 or more hours and has a value of $20 or more).  Along with the craft you make, you'll be sending your partner some supplies that compliment their talents or something they'd like to try.  Fill up that bag!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap:  NZ Only Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

What crafted items would you like to receive?
Is there something that you would NOT like to receive?
What crafted items would you be able to make for your partner (ie. what type of crafts do you do)?
What colours and themes do you love?
Any colours or themes that you dislike or wouldn't like to receive?
Are there any craft supplies that you need and haven't been able to find?
Would you like supplies to try a new craft?  If so what sort of things would you like to try?
Are you allergic or have aversions to anything (wool, smoke, pet hair, metal)?
Do you smoke or have any common allergens in your house? (pets, smoke etc)
Do you have a Wists, Etsy favorites list, or blog? Please list links here:
Is there anything else you want your partner or the organizer to know?





danger.kitty <---> elowezil
monkey_girl <---> pixie_nz
bubblegum_phoenix <--->jemimah


5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Dairy & Egg Free Cupcakes on: September 15, 2010 08:27:05 PM
Our eldest turned 4 on 11 Sept so it was up to me to make punk themed cupcakes for her birthday party.  Unfortunately, she's dairy-allergic so I had to work with that.  Not really that difficult since we've been dealing with it her whole life.  I modified recipes from VCTOW to come up with kids hot chocolate with marshmallow frosting and black & white cakes (really choc/vanilla swirl but with the choc coloured black).  Anyway, here is a funny picture of her deciding which type of cupcake she was going to eat...
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / baby headband on: May 25, 2010 04:00:09 PM

I made my baby girl this bow - it's a rectangle gathered in the middle and attached to a chainless foundation row of sc.  Wearing this should stop people asking "boy or girl?"
7  COOKING / Dessert / birthday cake for my carnivorous husband on: May 15, 2010 09:50:49 PM
my husband had his birthday on 20 April.  I asked him in advance what type of cake he wanted and he kept saying he wanted a meat cake (by which he actually meant a cake made of meat)...I decided an actual meat cake might not go over too well so I made this cake in the shape of a steak instead.  I used the red velvet cake recipe from smittenkitchen.com and frosted it with a cream cheese frosting - delicious!  At least one of the children attending the party were scared to try my raw steak cake Smiley

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Cute Sock Monkey Quilt on: February 12, 2010 07:08:18 PM
This is the first quilt I've ever made...unless you count the "quillow" quilted pillow I made about 15 years ago.  This was made for our eldest over a period of months...not because it was terribly intricate or difficult but just because I was very busy with work and didn't have my own sewing machine.  When I finally did get my own machine, I finished it off and presented it to her.  She was about 2 1/2 at the time and absolutely thrilled (now almost 3 1/2, how embarrassing that it's taken me so long to post it!).  Anyways, here it is on her bed - the sock monkey quilt, backed with red cordory.
details, no flash
details with flash
turndown service
the whole quilt overview

It's not perfect by any means (and there is a bit of puckering on the backing Sad ) but she likes it and I was rather proud of myself.

Next up, making a rag quilt play mat for my 4 month old!
9  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Another Seija Hat on: February 09, 2010 07:35:40 PM
I whipped this up the other day in some acrylics I had on hand.  Single colour with contrasting trim and heart embellishment.  I've still got to weave in my ends and attach the ribbon properly but my baby girl Wren looked so cute in her try on that I had to post.  Yes, it's a bit big but that's okay as it's summer here atm and she won't be wearing it for another couple months  Smiley

10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Zombie recon statues *gratuitous images* on: January 16, 2010 10:01:35 PM
I picked up Mary and Jesus statues from a $2 and more shop for $12 each and repainted them as a Christmas gift for my husband.  He loved them  Roll Eyes

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