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1  A rhapsody in Bacon! in Dessert by Elensule on: February 21, 2009 09:13:56 PM
So, it was my friend's birthday party. We have a tradition with my friends, and we have pie instead of cake. Well, this particular friend is a bacon-freak... So what did we do? We had BLTs... and I found this AMAZING recipe for... Wait for it... BACON. APPLE. PIE.

I used the recipe from "Not Exactly Rocket Science"

The pie was SO fab. We used granny smith apples, and almost an entire pound of bacon (I think we kept out like, two slices, which were consumed in the BLTs). There were five girls at the party... Between the five of us, we consumed two and a half POUNDS of bacon. It was... RIDUCULOUS.

Anyway. Here's the pie. Smiley

What do you think?
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2  Quasi mass production... MAybe with stretchy cord? in Beads: Discussion and Questions by Elensule on: January 21, 2009 12:15:53 PM
Hi all!

So my sorority has the pledges wear bracelets during pledge period (because we are a local sorority and there is no way we could afford custom pins). When I pledged, a year ago, the bracelets were AWFUL... They were navy blue and clear/silver flecked pony beads... People kept asking if we taught at kindergartens or something. Anyway, this last semester we tried braided/knotted bracelets in navy and silver cord. They were pretty, but impractical (time wise, since they take like half an hour each).

Being that I bead a lot, and I had an order to place for FMG anyway, I bought some czech glass and some silverplated round beads, in 8mm, 6mm and 4mm respectively. I am at college, however, and I don't have all my tools. This means crimping is out (and with that, pretty clasps,etc). Since we have a range of girls expected to pledge,  I used stretchy cord because I could make one size bracelet that fits a range of people.

To make a long story even longer, I don't trust stretch cord. I'm always scared my beads will cut it, or that theknot will come undone. (ESPECIALLY scared of that.) SO. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to make my stretchy cord... not break?

Here is my prototype bracelet, done on stretchy cord. I have put it on/taken it off several times (as have several of my friends), and I have been (GENTLY) tugging the knot as well, to check for any slippage. It's knotted like, four times, around one of the silver beads. My cord is too thick to thread through a bead again, but I'm worried about getting thinner cord, because I don't want MORE risk that it will snap... GAH. I should always remember to sleep before I post one of these. hehe. They look a little more navy (our 'main' color) in person.

Anyway, any tips?
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3  Re: Dreadlocks in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Elensule on: January 18, 2009 09:20:20 AM
So... I finally did it!! I don't have any 'new' pictures (my dreads are now a month and a half old since I did them in November and it is now January... wow!) But I have some pics of the first day. Smiley

This is a good pic showing the length when I started...

And there's another.

My hair was about 24 inches long when I started, and my dreads have shrunk to about 12-14 inches... and they're CURLY, which I think is really funny.

Anyway, that's them! I'll post more pics when I have good 'current' ones. Smiley Thanks for all the encouragement, guys!

Oh... And anyone have any tips for how to prevent matting at the base? My friends who did the right side of my head didn't start close enough to the scalp, so it's poofy and sort of all matting together. I've been ripping them apart, but I don't know how to do any maintenance to get rid of the flyaways I have so I can make it all better... any tips?
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4  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by Elensule on: January 12, 2009 01:15:21 PM
I've made six... In the two weeks before Christmas, and one this past weekend.

The only one I have pictures of right now is the latest one... She's a spritely poppet I made for my Big sister. She's a forest sprite of some ilk, perfect for my sister. Here's the link to her own thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=286861.0

But for anyone who wants to see now, here's her nakey pic and her clothed pic. I made her with a sparkly alova suede, and I hand painted her eyes. She's the first one I button jointed (the others have teddy bear joints... NEVER AGAIN. Guh.), and also the first one I sculpted (since I was pressed for time for the first five... understandably so, since I literally did five in two weeks. xD)

Anyway. Here she is!


Clothed in her tutu (to showcase the sparkly on her!)

Anyway, hope you like her... Can't wait to make some more!
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5  A spritely poppet (pic heavy!!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Elensule on: January 12, 2009 01:08:21 PM
Hello everyone! This is my sixth poppet, but the first one I have good pictures of.

She is a sprite, made of a sparkly alova suede from Joanns, hand painted green/gold eyes and some really soft sparkly yarn from my local pat catans.

She is made for my Big sister in my sorority, for our Christmas gift exchange. Smiley She has a pierced ear, a necklace made of czech pressed glass (left over from rosaries I made for Christmas presents), and a 'pierced ear' (to match me and my Big!)

Anyway, enough rambling, here she is!

Here she is naked (you can see all her sparklies!)

Here she is fully clothed

Her accidental smirk (I nicked the fabric in my sewing machine... It was perfect, couldn't do it again if I tried!) Also, a shot of her necklace and her eyes.

Naked! (Slightly crooked bits photo... My first time doing the sculpting EVER since I skipped it with the others...)

Her lovely, layered hair.

So there's my girl. I'll be sad to see her go, but I KNOW (since I kept making my Big give me 'advice') that she will be well loved... And she'll be just across the hall for the rest of the semester!

Pax et bonum,

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6  Re: Superhero/Comics Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Elensule on: July 20, 2008 11:51:18 AM
Okay, so I have no pretty 'in the box' pictures because a) it came in an envelope and b) because these are all LaurenMissing's pics, so I don't have to wait until Tuesday when my mom gets home to post. I am just too excited!

Okay. So I open the envelope and I see a purse strap. And my first thought is 'she didn't... she didn't do... YES!!' The thing I... nudged toward was a freakazoid purse. He is my favorite ever. And lo, what Lauren did for me:

Oh my goodness. I was practically hyperventilating It was so amazing. I LOVE it. The inside is white, and it's the PERFECT size for a paperback book, my pen and notebook and my wallet, which is all I really carry anyway. Also, the strap is really long, and I LOVE that I can wear it on one side with the strap on the other; that's EXACTLY how I like my purses! I LOVE it, it is perfect. Smiley

INSIDE the purse there were these other goodies:

A matching coin purse! (For all of you non-nineties kids out there, that's what Freakazoid's hair looks like. Smiley )

She lined it with this amazing yellow polka dot fabric that I love so much I have to show off:

Little story for the next one... I was in Joann's the other day with my dad, getting some stuff for another swap and I said 'gee, I could use a hook roll... I may have to break down and attack my stash when we get home, 'cause I really need one."

And then I open my package and I got:

AH! I was SO excited when I unrolled it, and I have a bunch of hooks in it already. Smiley It is PERFECT (the inside has more of the yummy polka dot fabric, too), and I LOVE the wildness of the outer fabric! It will fit in my utility belt (or equivalent WIP bag. xD) exactly right!

And FINALLY this headband:

In freakazoid colors (Red on the front, more yellow polkadots on the back). I love it too! And it's like... velvet, so it's really soft. Tongue I wore it all last night.

Here's Lauren modelling it (she'll have to do, xD Since I don't have a camera for my own action shot):

It'll be great when I get my dreads and just want them out of my face.

It was all so amazing, thank you so much!! I love it all!!
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7  Mothers day... Or, my Magnum Opus. in Crochet: Completed Projects by Elensule on: June 04, 2008 07:19:59 PM
Well howdy craftsters!
I finished my mom's mother's day present actually two days after Mother's day, but since I was at school she didn't get it until Memorial day.

A little back story. Two years ago (freshman year of college) I was at Walmart and saw this great yarn (Red Heart Bright and Lofty, SOO soft, even if it is an acrylic. xD I loves it). Anyway, I am a sucker for bright colors, and it was really cheap on clearance (seriously, fifty cents a skein or something ridiculous). I didn't buy any, because I didn't know what to do with it. Well, a few weeks later my mom comes up on campus and sees it and talks me into buying some, and a crochet hook. I'd tried to learn when I was younger (my mom's fiance taught me. I got as far as a chain. Sound familiar,anyone? xD) Anyway, I took a book and I taught myself using this wicked yarn. It ended up being a king size blanket worked in double crochet, just going in stripes. When I ran out of one skein I started another. I bought skeins one at a time, on clearance whenever I could. I think it was like... 16 or 17 skeins of a super bulky yarn. xD Anyway. That blanket went to my dad for Christmas. Since then my mother has been bugging me for a blanket. She wanted one 'big. In lots of colors'.

Well, I just so happened to come into a stash (yet another long story) of yarn in all sorts of color, but worsted weight. What's a girl to do? Make a big blanket, of course!

I worked it sort of in the pattern of the 'Big Bulkie Bikkie' from pumamouse.com (I've got another pattern I've used from her, too. Great stuff!). I say sort of because it's a pretty straight forward blanket. I didn't really count stitches except every few rows, to make sure I hadn't added or dropped too many. I worked it with two colors held together, and when I ran out of a color I just added another one. It ended up with a TON of ends to work in (they wouldn't all cooperate when I tried to work over them), but it is HUGE. I think the finished product weighed about 8 lbs and it is about 7.5 or 8 feet long and almost 6 feet wide. Don't believe me? xD

There it is in all its glory. Still don't believe how big it is?

That's me, there in the middle of the blanket. I'm not touching any of the edges. I'm 5'4. Yeah. It's pretty impressive. Can't see the striping (the multicolor effect is really cool IRL).

Couple more pics, because damn, I'm proud! It took me a month. xD I am very excited for it. Hehe.

You can see some more of the coloring there... My little brother decided I needed to be a blanket burrito.

There is on the pool table in my dorm lounge. See how it hangs off the edges?

xD Okay, I'm done showing off now. Thanks for looking!
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8  Reason # 697,000 why I love my little brother (aka, prom night, kinda pic heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Elensule on: May 16, 2008 08:52:50 PM
Hello craftsters!!

Many of you have seen my post in the 'discussion/questions' section. My brother decided to go to prom this year, because he is a senior. He did not, however, have a date. This was not a problem for my little brother, though. He and a friend bought tickets together (it was cheaper). But this still left the conundrum as to what to wear. His friend went for the regular rental suit (and I must say, looks very dashing.  Grin) I did not get to help with this as much as I would have liked; I helped with basic ideas, picking the suit and a few other things, but I am at school, so I had to help from far away. Luckily, I have a friend who is a costume design major who stepped in to help!

(that's Joe, all dressed up)

Now then. On to my little brother!

As some of you know, my brother took a slightly less... conventional approach. He wore half a dress, and half of a suit.

My little brother and his date! Notice how one shoe is all 'dolled up'. Also note the drastically shorter hair; he wears a mullet, all the long stuff in the back is his. He shaved the top on one side, for the guys stuff. They tell me he is keeping a mohawk. Smiley

(showing off the gal side, notice the pantyhose!)

My mom made the bouttonier and corsage.

(love the eyeroll)

In the interest of being brief, there are more pics at my flicr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26634516@N07/

Thanks for all your help and support craftsters!!
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9  Earhat and Hobo-mittens in Crochet: Completed Projects by Elensule on: January 13, 2008 09:04:12 PM
Woo! More stuff.

Here's my hat. It's DC in super bulky (Red heart baby clouds) yarn. One skein.

Then I have these mittens. I got the pattern http://www.crochetandknitting.com/patterns.htm. Because she is awesome.

Here they are:


(my mom took it, that's why it's all cropped. Haha.)

Hope y'all like!
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10  Giraffe themed presents in Crochet: Completed Projects by Elensule on: January 13, 2008 08:57:47 PM
So my Big (sorority big sister, for all of you not in the know) is giraffe crazy. While surfing one day looking for a tute for a giraffe amigirumi, I found this awesome pattern for a hat. It's on here somewhere, I can't remember where. Anyway, I adjusted it for my Big, and kinda free-formed the horns. Then I had extra yarn and I made a scarf to match. I think I'm going to line the hat for her in a little bit, with fleece scraps I have.

With the last of my yarn, I made her a nose-warmer, also from a pattern I found here. Overall, she loved it!

No action shots, but here's the hat:


Nose warmer:

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