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1  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls Round 8 Send Out Monday February 8, 2010 in The Swap Gallery by littlebiskit on: February 28, 2010 06:17:13 PM
I'm so sorry for posting so late!  Here is the wonderful dottee I got from dragonslair, along with the beautiful notecard and note.

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2  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls Round 8 Send Out Monday February 8, 2010 in The Swap Gallery by littlebiskit on: February 08, 2010 07:29:27 AM
Sorry I'm so late in posting, I received this adorable little Native American princess from mamarose over the weekend.

We love her, and I've already had to retrieve her from my daughter's stash about 3 different times!

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3  Re: Monthly Odd Holiday - February in The Swap Gallery by littlebiskit on: January 30, 2010 05:06:21 PM
I'm so relieved that you liked what I sent, jexxican!!!  I'll totally send you a link for the video on making those knotted tug toys, you just make them with old jeans, and they're pretty easy, but seem pretty durable?  You'll have to let me know how long they last with your pup.   Grin

Sorry I didn't post sooner, I got my awesome loot from jexxican yesterday, and only just now found time to post pics.

First off is this awesome (felt?) catnip kitty toy and a little bag of catnip.  I didn't get a fantastic picture of the toy, because Squish was too busy going nuts. 

Here's what I got before she took off with the mouse:

That was for love your pets day.

Then, for National Bird Feeding Month, I got this very cute (and recycled!  bonus!) birdfeeder.  I may have to make more of these and decorate them with my daughter as gifts for the grandparents!

And finally, my favorite item was for children's authors and illustrators day.  It's a fantastic sewn book bag with the Very Hungry Caterpillar on it.  We've already been playing with the different textures on the fabric swatches.  It's so great!  We love it!

Thanks so much, jexxican!
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4  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls Round 8 Send Out Monday February 8, 2010 in The Swap Gallery by littlebiskit on: January 19, 2010 04:42:42 PM
Received my beautiful dottee from Pupper tonight on my way out of the house.  Excuse the poor photo, Pupper if you have a better pic could you post too?  Mine doesn't do her justice!

I love her round little face!  She's gorgeous!  Thank you so much!
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5  My First Cascade Scarf-A Christmas Gift in Crochet: Completed Projects by littlebiskit on: December 18, 2009 08:11:14 PM
Okay, so my family draws names for Christmas, and I drew my aunt.  Unfortunately (in some respects) I ended up getting her a gift card for her big present.  (It is a Dick Blick gift card, that's cool, right?)  I always feel like I cheated when I do that, even though I know my family loves gift cards, I mean, who doesn't in times like these?  So I decided I had to add something extra, but being recently laid off, and as a result broke, I had to use what I already had.

So, here is what I came up with.  I had to learn a new stitch (dtc, ICK!), and it didn't QUITE turn out like I hoped, but I still think it's kind of cute.  It's a cascade scarf following this pattern, but using a G hook and some yarn I had on hand.  (Mary Maxim Ultra Soft Starlette 4 ply Worsted Weight Acrylic.  I know, right?)

Besides the yarn that I used, I tend to crochet really tightly, so it's not as flowy as it should be.  But it's not TOO hideous, right?  Tell me it's giftable please!
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6  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by littlebiskit on: December 16, 2009 11:36:26 AM
It's DONE!  I've also got a post up on the needlework completed projects thread.

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7  Cross Stitch Christmas Stocking in Needlework: Completed Projects by littlebiskit on: December 16, 2009 11:33:17 AM
So last year, much to my embarrassment, I realized that my 1.5 year old daughter was still having to use her "Baby's First Christmas" stocking.  I decided that this wouldn't do for her THIRD Christmas.  My aunt panul actually had a cross stitch kit for a stocking that she said she would never use, and I thought it was cute, so I accepted her kind gift.  It's a Sunset kit called Santa's Finishing Touch.  It's probably the biggest cross stitch pattern I've ever taken on, and I'm THRILLED that I got it done in time for Christmas!  My aunt also gave me fabric to use for the backing, and helped me with the construction, since the kit only came with a sheet of cheap red felt, and I knew I wanted something that would last a little longer if I was going to put in that much work on the front, dangit!

So without further ado, here is Lily's finished stocking:

I wish I had better pictures of the French knots in the garland, I'm pretty proud of those.  I changed the pattern a bit, I didn't like the way the pattern called for the beard to be done, so I just stitched it with white yarn that I'm hopping will fuzz up nicely as the stocking gets used.  I also created my own lettering for her name, rather than looking up an actual font.  It didn't turn out too badly, though it's probably a little tall.

What do you think for my first big cross-stitch project?
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8  Re: Show me your Christmsa tree! in Winter Holidays by littlebiskit on: December 09, 2009 04:10:57 PM
Here is our tree:

It's a 9' monster, because when we bought our house and I realized I had vaulted ceilings, I HAD to go big, right?  There's no real theme, most are sentimental ornaments from when I was growing up, though most of the recent ornaments have a kind of country/North Woods aesthetic.

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9  Gingerbread cookies, iced with a twist in Dessert by littlebiskit on: December 08, 2009 12:28:10 PM
Okay, I won't lie, these were baked out of a box.  Well, 4 boxes, two different brands actually.  And honestly the combination of the two recipes was very good, one was spicier, but the other called for the addition of honey to complete the dough.

HOWEVER, we made from-scratch icing, just your basic milk/butter/powdered sugar icing.  BUT!  We happened to have some eggnog around the house, and I will tell you that the addition of the eggnog was a HUGE success.

Here are our silly cookies once we were done.

The big eyes were from one of the packs of gingerbread mix, it was supposed to be for gingerbread bears.  They're pretty silly.  It is also worth noting that I had my 2.5 year old helping us decorate for the first part.   Roll Eyes

Enjoy!  (And seriously, try the eggnog thing!)
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10  **EDITED TO INCLUDE RECIPE!** Fattigman/Fatigmand/Fuh-tee-mun/WHATEVER! in Dessert by littlebiskit on: November 23, 2009 06:33:40 PM
Okay.  So I live in Minnesota.  Generally speaking, if you live in Minnesota, you are either German or Scandinavian or some mixture of the two.  (I'm aware there are exceptions, and pockets of other nationalities, but whose story is this?)  I am not German.  And while I'm not exclusively Scandinavian by heritage, I might as well be.  

Having said this, I was shocked to find, when I started dating my now-husband, that his family (also Scandinavian) had a holiday tradition of making a type of cookie that, not only had I never tried, but I'd never even HEARD of.  Very disturbed, let me tell you.

So of course, I learned to make this wonderful treat.  My husband calls it fuh-tee-mun, but I've discovered that it's properly called Fattigman, which translates loosely to Poor Man's Cookies.  They're very subtle, and very light.  And very delicious.

It has become my personal tradition to make these when my family gets together to make lefse during the holidays, since we're all rolling pins and flour on that day anyway.  (I've got pics of that too, but it's not a dessert, so it'll have to wait.)

Here is this year's fattigman masterpiece.  I brought it home for my husband, and it was pretty much gone by the time I came home from work.  =0/  Men.

They're rolled cookies, which are then cut into a diamond shape, with a slit in the middle.  I have both a special roller for these, and a cookie cutter, but this year couldn't find either, so I ended up cutting them out by hand with a butter knife.  My MIL leaves them flat when she fries them, but traditionally they're twisted like this, and I figured twisting them would hide the imperfections from my novice cutting job.

I also fry up all the little odds and ends.  No sense in letting them go to waste, they're just as tasty, just not as pretty!!!

Oh, also, you most often will see fattigman sprinkled with powdered sugar, but I'm of the opinion that it's not necessary.  They're delicious as-is.


Recipe  (from memory, I'll edit later if I need to)
3 egg yolks
3 Tbps cream
3 Tbsp sugar
1/4- 1/2 tsp cardamom
1 1/4 - 1 1/2 c. flour

Mix until just blended.  Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest refrigerated for a couple of hours until chilled.  Roll out 1/2 of the dough at a time to 1/16" thickness and cut into diamond shapes, with a slit down the middle.  Twist if desired.  Fry for 1.5 minutes in LARD at 350 degrees F, flipping once.

Rest on a paper towel, sprinkle with powdered sugar (or not).  YUM!
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