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41  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Roller Girl Legwarmers on: March 21, 2008 07:16:33 AM
Those look great. I'm actually knitting the same thing - I've just joined a roller derby club and I really want some legwarmers to practice in... Yours look terrific. I think I might add some ribbing to the bottom of mine too... Great job!
42  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Ottawa Canada - Home of the Parliament Hill Cats on: March 04, 2008 07:27:13 PM
And I'm not talking about the "Fat Cats" on Capital Hill... The country's capital city, Ottawa, is home to the Parliament Buildings, and on their extensive grounds is a kitty condo for the stray cats that roam around all year long. They have a groundskeeper who made it his personal mission to look after these cats, and they've become a bit of a cult hit here in the city. In the summertime, I often take my lunch over to the kitty condo and eat my midday meal with the felines. It's nice.

The cats have a blog (who doesn't these days) it's http://www.synapse.net/kgerken/CatsBlog.HTM

Presently, there are 13 resident cats being housed in the cat condo, and so I thought to represent my hometown, I'd make kitty treats for the thirteen cats. I found a recipe online, and got baking. And of course, I had to make the treats in the shape of our Peace Tower on Parliament Hill!!

Here is the Peace Tower in real life (for reference...)

And here is the kitty condo (it's directly behind the Peace Tower - Right before a pretty significant cliffside that drops off to the Ottawa River. It's exceptionally scenic for those who've never been)

And finally, here are some close-ups of my delectable cat cookies...

(this is the eternal flame - it's a fire pit at the entrance of parliament hill that never goes out)

(right out of the oven)

The roofs of the Parliament Buildings are copper, and they oxidize over time, leaving a green film, so I painted on some food colouring for the effect.
The flames on the Eternal Flame are carrot shavings
The Clock is made of icing (but I'll wipe it off before giving the cookies away)

By the way, here's that recipe for anyone interested in making cat cookies. (Sorry, i can't remember which website it's from...)

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp catnip
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup powdered milk
2 tbl butter or veg. oil (I used grapeseed... It's all I had)
1/4 cup Soy flour
1 egg (I omitted, used cornstarch and water instead)
2 tbl Wheat germ
1 tbl Unsulfured molasses

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients together. (I pulsed in food processor to make it a nicer consistency) Add molasses, egg, oil and milk. Roll out flat onto oiled cookie sheet and cut into small, cat bite-sized pieces.
Bake for 20 minutes and let cool. Store in a sealed container.

(I obviously didn't make them into cat-sized pieces... I will probably hand them over to the groundskeeper at the Hill, and he can cut them up to feed to the felines...)

Thanks for reading, this challenge was SO much fun!
43  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Check out these Food Dresses Now!!! on: February 24, 2008 09:58:21 AM
I really really want to try to reproduce that Burger dress. It is SO pretty. And what fun to make, too!
44  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Stump work on: January 09, 2008 09:07:06 AM
Wow, really impressive.

How big is the final piece? Could you post a photo with a something to reference the size?

Congrats, it's beautiful.
45  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Baking on: January 07, 2008 05:46:46 AM
My favourite Christmas tradition is our annual baking day. Four women (two mothers and two daughters) get together and swap recipes, ingredients, stories, and come out with ridiculous amounts of goodies to give away. Here is one person's stash by the end of it (so imagine four times this amount!!):

I made the biscotti and the soft spiced cookies. My boyfriend is Italian, and I brought the biscotti to his grandmother's on Christmas day, and can you believe it - she asked me for the recipe!!! I was SOOOO relieved!

The whole baking day was great, and such a stress reliever in the middle of the crazy holiday season. We also played cards, drank lots of wine, and pigged out on sweets and food.

Here's a list of what we made:

My mom's lemon squares (shortbread base, lemon filling)
Her new recipe: Pecan butter sandwich cookies (a little too sweet, but the most impressive of the day)
My soft spiced cookies (I love ginger!!)
My friend's shortbread bars with pistachios and cranberries (red and green, so Christmassy!)
Her mom's nut bars (shortbread with caramel nut topping) tons of nut bar jokes ensued!
Meringue dollops that were way cute, but a little meh compared to the other treats
My biscotti
My friend's traditional snowballs (shortbread balls with lemon flavoured icing)
Dark chocolate crumble with everything in it (cranberries, nuts, ginger) So decadent and good. love the dark chocolate!

46  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Armwarmers and Mittens on: December 10, 2007 09:51:58 AM
Thank you thank you!! The wool for the armwarmers is Noro (Silk Garden), of course. I was going to make the "Hurry up Spring" armwarmers from SnB Nation, but again, I was rushed to try to get them done before my boyf's birthday, so it was just straight up stockinette.

That wool is amazing. Even knitting with it was more fun, because it was so good to touch, and it gave me an excuse to really inspect the various colours. Knitting those warmers made me very happy. (and not only because of who I was knitting them for!!).

47  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Armwarmers and Mittens on: December 09, 2007 07:46:49 AM
I'm still a newbie knitter, but I knit these warmers for my boyfriend and some mittens for me.

The armwarmers still need thumbs, i think, but I wanted to get them done before his birthday. He likes them well enough, I think, but they are pretty skinny, even for him... He's a messenger and likes to wear cut off soccer socks on his arms when the weather is in-between cold and mild.

I made the cuffs on my mittens super long because the sleeves on all of my coats are just too short. They work really well.

48  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween 2007 on: November 05, 2007 03:47:19 PM
So here are our costumes for this year: We all made them from scratch, and I'm super proud of our efforts. Best costume definitely goes to my sista Mel for her awesome Gene Simmons costume. She nailed it!!!

So we've got Teen Wolf, Gene Simmons, Batgirl (me), and Jesus from the Big Lebowski (the boyf).

I love his costume. We worked really hard on it, and I think it turned out great.

This is actually an old costume that gets re-appropriated every few years... I added fishnets this time around to up the slut factor... The utility belt had a pouch for cigarettes and a pouch for our flask. Ah, good times!!

Oh yes, there are also some yellow gloves hanging around somewhere. They never stay on very long...
49  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 22 ENTRIES / Re: The Dryad and the Sun-man (img heavy) on: November 05, 2007 03:32:05 PM
Those are absolutely amazing. Congratulations!! Give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. I'm stunned at how beautiful they are...
50  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My Very Own Sewing Room on: October 26, 2007 11:34:06 AM
Thanks for the comments!!

The frames belong to my boyfriend. They're old windows that he found somewhere, and then he bought those rub on letters (I forget what they're called) and transferred them pretty randomly on both frames.

One of the window panes is cracked, but I think it adds to the effect.
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