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1  Re: The Gallery of the Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: December 10, 2017 08:35:24 AM
Oh, those bears! Adorable.

I received a fabulous box full of Moomin goodies! I thought about waiting until Christmas... as I was unwrapping them. Oops.

First up, a magnet and adorable little necklace:



And this incredible Moomin amigurumi, which my Santa says turned out bigger than expected. I'm not complaining! Smiley Fun fact: In Finnish, the Moomins are called Muumi (pronounced "moo-me") It's a Muumi amigurumi! It's so fun to say.



Thank you Santa, this box of Moomin made my day! <3 Kiss Cheesy
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2  Re: The Gallery of the Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: December 01, 2017 06:47:42 AM
The talent here is amazing! I can't wait to see more.

I received a package from "Bubbles"! I'm 99% sure I know who you are, Bubbles. Wink I am over the moon with this gift. It's so meaningful to me and just the cutest!

But first, BUTTONS!



And this perfect, perfect ornament. I LOVE it. I can't put into words how great this is.



The back story: When my husband and I had been dating a few months, he kissed me after eating a bunch of dill pickles (which I haaaate). I said something along the lines of "I hate pickles! But I ..... like .... you," and totally panicked because I'd nearly dropped the "L" bomb and didn't know if he was ready for it. He hugged me and said "You don't need to be nervous, because I love you." It was the first time we said "I love you" to eachother, and due to the circumstances I started calling him Pickle. He called me Cracker, because in addition to being a little, well, "crackers", it sounded better than calling me Cheese. Wink

I think this ornament may stay out year round, and not be hidden in storage each year until Christmas. Thank you, Santa, I can't tell you how perfect it is.  Kiss
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3  Re: Inchie House October Swap 2017 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: November 02, 2017 01:16:54 PM
I received inchie bakeries from both of my partners today! (And an extra little chocolate charm, which is an exact match for a pair of earrings I made years ago! Weird!)

On the left, from Aluraceleste, on the right from Cabaute. (Hope I got that right!)











My favourite details are the hanging sign on Aluraceleste's, and the 3D window displays on Cabaute's! They are amazing. I have to find a special spot for them in my craft room, until I have my own bakery to display them in. Smiley
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4  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by fluffypants on: August 24, 2017 08:07:38 AM
That shirt is fabulous it looks store bought!

The diversity chickens are too cute! The octopi are adorable as well. So colourful. Smiley

WARNING: TOTALLY IMPRACTICAL CRAFTS AHEAD!

I participated in GISHWHES (the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) and made some useless (but fun!) things.

I called in help from my mom for the skirt of this paper wedding dress. We got a bit lazy at the top and finished with a fringe. In hindsight, I wish we'd done the same paper fans as we did at the bottom. Ah well!



And a close-up of my lovely hat (built over a cake pan) and earrings:



I Groucho Marx'ed a piece of fruit:



Carved a watermelon into a carousel:



And probably my favourite item I made a Picasso pancake! Two hours piping onto the griddle, and ten minutes of anxiety waiting to flip it.



I did some non-crafty prompts as well, including personifying a favourite movie title. Another one of my favourite items! A coworker does photography gigs on the side, so I asked her to come to the fair with me for a photoshoot. Smiley



And, since every post of mine needs some baking, these were for the same coworker's last day at work. I call them Chocolate Heart Attacks: chocolate cupcakes with ganache filling, chocolate mousse buttercream, sprinkles, and one of my signature brownies on top. Smiley

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5  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by fluffypants on: August 14, 2017 06:58:45 AM
I don't believe I ever posted my card from that swap either, Always!

Lesson to self: handmade tiny bunting on 22+ cards... never again!

Here's mine. As you can see, I decided not to follow the childhood photo theme. Smiley

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6  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by fluffypants on: July 28, 2017 06:17:15 AM
The pom pom critters are SO cute! I love the cats!

Mmmmm, babka. I still have a loaf in my freezer from last year... now I want a slice!

The typewriter key purse is too cool, and those flowy tops are lovely! I love the fabrics.

I've been trying to get to crafting  I bought a tray yesterday to finally use all the mosaic bits I bought at a yard sale earlier this year  but baking keeps getting in the way! I'm signed up for Gishwhes (The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) this August, so I'll probably have a few crafty ventures in store for that, at least. Smiley

For the time being, 12 of these banana cheesecakes left my kitchen for a wedding this past weekend! Yum.

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7  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by fluffypants on: June 29, 2017 11:28:10 PM
OK... two people asked for it, so here's my current dump! Ask if you want recipes and I'll see if I can track them down. There are a few recipes I don't usually share because they're more estimations and eyeballing, but not many.

Savory

Had a craving one night, so I made homemade pizzas for dinner Smiley



Focaccia bread



I made a bunch of baguettes and for some reason took a picture of one... weird.



Goat cheese and date palmiers, made with homemade puff pastry



Cupcakes:

Chocolate toffee cupcakes with caramel swiss meringue buttercream



Unicorn cupcakes with fondant decorations



Colourful cupcakes! A pilot friend purchased these to bring to a friend's engagement party in another city. I made horns and ears for them so she could decorate them like the unicorn cupcakes as well. Smiley



Black forest cupcakes, visible on the right side of this photo, at the "hot chocolate river" bar at my Willy Wonka movie night! Also in there are homemade marshmallows and chocolate chip cookies.



Cookie dough cupcakes, with a ball of cookie dough baked inside



Cakes!

Me with the cake I brought to my CBC audition. Chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse filling, chocolate ganache, and homemade peanut butter cups. I travelled for my audition and had baked in an unfamiliar and VERY hot kitchen where my ganache wouldn't set, so it wasn't as pretty as I would have liked it, but still tasted delicious.



Snickers cake for my brother's birthday (chocolate cake, nougat filling, salted caramel sauce/buttercream, ganache, salted peanuts)



Vanilla cake with buttercream, made for one of the guys in my Improv group



Charlotte cake (sponge cake with raspberry mousse) for my Mummo's birthday



Misc.

Scones made at my CBC audition. Everyone had a basic scone recipe and we got to choose our own flavours and add-ins. I made cardamom raisin scones with blueberry glaze and raw sugar sprinkled on top. They got a little overbaked in their fancy shmancy oven! Anyway, I have made scones so many times since then. They're so easy and so good! Sometimes I'll make them before work so I can have one with a cup of tea when I get to the office. Best breakfast ever!



Pulla, Finnish coffee bread. I'm on a trek to make this more of a signature item for me. I only have my Mummo's (grandmother's) very rough estimated recipe. I'll have to ask her to make it with me again one day to see what I'm missing. Smiley



Cherry & blueberry turnovers, using up my homemade puff pastry



Cream puff practice (Froot Loop, Earl Grey & lemon, and mocha blueberry), and brownies



Homemade cookie dough ice cream with hot fudge (homemade, of course!) and whipping cream. I bought a whipping cream dispenser at a thrift shop and it's so fun!



And on a crafty note, I don't think I ever posted my Pocket Letters for the swap earlier this year! Here are the two I sent out; heart themed and cityscape themed, featuring my hometown.





Phew! Here's to more crafting (and more baking Smiley) in the second half of the year! Speaking of baking... I just finished making a pan of nanaimo bars!
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8  Re: Craftster Trading Card Swap #2 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: April 24, 2017 06:23:57 AM
Claimy claim!

Fluffypants sent on May 19!

I got yours
You've got mine Smiley

1. Smmarrt Smiley
2. craftylittlemonkey Smiley
3. BigBangMomma Smiley
4. calluna Smiley
5. alwaysinmyroom Smiley
6. noooitaremybirthday Smiley
7. mandykaye Smiley
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13. Sharalee Smiley
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16. fluffypants Smiley
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21. seeuudee Smiley
22. alteredmommy
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I didn't think to take many process photos, but let me tell you, I am never making tiny bunting ever again! Oof!

First I cut the blue backgrounds and coloured layovers on my Silhouette. I stamped the blue background with a chevron stamp, and sprayed them all with a bit of glitter mist. Glued on the chevron patterned paper and edged with gold marker. Cut out oodles of pics of myself by hand while watching a movie, and glued those on.

And... the bunting. My word. I started by cutting a TON of tiny diamonds on my Silhouette, and then folding and gluing each one around a piece of embroidery thread, in the same colour pattern for each card.

Then the bunting was attached with the little gemstone stickers, and hopefully none fell off in transit! I had a couple that didn't want to stick at first.







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9  Re: Pocket Letters Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: February 02, 2017 01:19:15 PM
I received another fab pocket letter from Homerof2! Combining my themes of quotes and recipes.

Thank you! It's lovely! I love the little stunned guy on the top right, haha. Smiley



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10  Re: Pocket Letters Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: January 26, 2017 08:33:17 PM
Gorgeous work, all! I love the kitties and the bright bohemian colours!

And I received a PL from Mandykaye today! It is absolutely fantastic. Multiple themes all smooshed into one PL! Mid century modern, cats, quotes, baking, and board games!

The wrap:



The letter! The top three are perfect as one of our kitties is black and enjoys my mid-century chair!



The back with goodies:



The back without goodies, still amazing, from old cookbook pages.



And last but not least, all the oodles of surprises washi tape, cupcake clip bookmarks, tiny clothespins, beautiful stamped epherma, game cards, delicious teas, and a beautiful handwritten letter!



Thank you so much for my very first PL, Mandykaye!
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