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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Monkey & Cupcake Pj's on: September 21, 2009 11:59:32 AM
So... I got a sewing machine for my birthday & haven't sewn *anything* since 7th grade Home Ec, which is like going on 16 years now. Immediately, the childrens asked for a complete wardrobe, from hats to dresses, to pajamas to summer dresses. Criminy!  Shocked I better get started. I figured that I could make them some pj's, easy enough &  not something they'd be wearing in public, so if it turned out horrid, it's no big deal.

The oldest has monkey's, the twins have cupcakes. I'm going to be attempting the matching shirts for the twins next weekend, since I goofed on the collar on the brown shirt (which will get re-worked, too). Sorry for the blurriness, camera phones + no caffeine jitters does that  Grin

Thanks for looking! C+C welcome

22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lil Doggie Baby Blanket on: April 06, 2009 01:52:39 PM
I stitched this up a few weeks ago for my friend whos having her first baby I did this on my lunch hours, since she made a big deal about having him early but this kid has other plans lol  Cheesy   I tried to free-hand a brand with the babys initials, it came out kind of silly, but oh wellshe flipped when she saw it, so thats enough for me.

Thanks for looking Smiley
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Herring Bone Stitch- Advice needed on: March 25, 2009 08:13:18 AM
Below, I am doing a herring bone stitch to fill in the leaves of this pattern Please look at the leaf in the middle, its a bit wonky and was wondering if it would be best to rip it out and just fill it in with a satin stitch of sorts, since its supposed to be behind the stem.

The remaining leaves Im okay with, as this is the first time Ive practiced this stitch.

Self Doubt...argh! Thought I would just ask anyways..maybe I'm just over thinking this...Thank you, any input would be greatly appreciated! Smiley
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Urban Achievers Needle Book on: March 13, 2009 12:24:10 PM
I decided to make one of these handy lil things after all this time...packets of needles+individual ones were being loss at too high of a rate for my comfort level. 

I don't have a sewing machine, so this is pretty crude, as my hand sewing skills are definitely at a noob level, still  Smiley

Thanks for looking!
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Retail Therapy Chicken on: January 24, 2009 03:09:57 PM
Heh...I just finished this one for my babysitter, who keeps chickens as a 'hobby'.

Aunt Martha Pattern on a micro-fiber waffle weave kitchen towel.

Thanks for looking, comments/crit welcome  Smiley
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Blue Bird Pillow Case on: December 31, 2008 12:46:16 PM
This is from an Aunt Martha's pattern, and my first serious effort at Lazy Daisies (my ultimate weakness next to the chain stitch  Roll Eyes ), which I used a very shiny magenta rayon DMC floss for. I'll get it one of these days, along with the iron on that refuses to wash out & itty bitty bird beaks... *sighs*

Comments & Crits welcome, Thanks for looking!  Smiley
27  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate Pots de Creme- pic chunky on: December 31, 2008 12:20:20 PM
I made these for my families New Years Eve party...about 30 servings in all. I tried to double this recipe, but found that this resulted in more foam, so I went back to the regular recipe. It came from "The Lady & Sons, Too!" Paula Deen cookbook. I find Ms. Deen only slightly less sufferable than to RR, but tend to use her recipes quite a bit... oh well...here we go!

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 eggs
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon brandy
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup milk

Put all ingredients except the milk in a blender.

In a saucepan, over medium heat, heat the milk until very hot, but not boiling.

Add the milk to the blender, cover, and blend for 20 seconds, or until chips have melted.

Pour the mixture into small ramikens, or demistasse cups. I only had these smaller clear plastic cups, so they sufficed.

Chill for at least 4 hours & serve with whipped cream & garnish as desired.

28  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Chilaquiles on: September 19, 2008 11:43:14 AM
My husband taught me to make these. Im sure there are several different variations of the sauce out there, I like mine to have a lighter taste and not so much chile flavor.

Sauce :
4-5 Roma tomatoes, or more
2 cloves garlic
2-3 chiles de arbole (they are dried red chiles, about 1-2 inches long and thin)
-1/2 cup of water
Salt to taste
Cumin, or Mexican dried oregano if you wish.
of an onion, chopped
2-3 T. oil

Roast the tomatoes and garlic under your broiler or on top of the stove in an old pan, until the sides are blackened (not completely charred).
Place them into your blender/food processor. Toast the chiles, be sure you have your hood fan running, just in case!
Place chiles with the tomatoes, add salt, water, and cumin/oregano if using.
Puree until very smooth.

In a medium saut pan, place of an onion, finely chopped with the oil, saut until onion is clear and add the tomato puree at this point. Allow this mixture to come to a full boil very quickly & reduce to a simmer. You may have a foam form at the top, stir the sauce occasionally for 10 minutes, uncovered. Set aside.
* You could also use a canned enchilada sauce (so Ive heard) but have never tried it myself.

The tortilla part:
24 corn tortillas, or more, cut into eigths
Oil Corn or Vegetable oil, enough to pan fry ( about 1-2 cups)
Large saut pan, or your deep fryer.
Pre-heat your oven to 400 F

Heat the oil in your saut pan over med. to medium high heat, or you deep fryer to the appropriate temp for frying chips. At this point, add a handful of tortillas to the pot, be sure to stir to move them around and help prevent them from sticking. Youll want them to be crisper than usual, and a bit darker.

Drain on paper towels in a large baking dish. Once theyve all been cooked, remove the paper towel from the pan but leave the chips/tortillas in place. Heat in the oven for a few minutes (5-10) to get them all hot again. Remove from the oven and pour your sauce over the chips. Next, you can add shredded or diced chicken or cooked hamburger if youd like, and cover with about 1 lb of shredded cheese (cheddar, jack, Mexican or taco blends, whatever you have on hand). Place back in oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Top with sour cream if youd like. With leftovers, or if I dont have any meat, I like to fry an egg over medium and place on top of the chilaquiles.
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Morning Glory & Pin-up - Pillowcases - a bit chunky on: August 21, 2008 04:35:54 PM
My last 2 projects...

A quick pin up for my husband - I found the basic design in a Flickr album, but she had but she had yellow poufy hair and  red & white polka dot bottoms ( still cute, but I wanted to make herexotic, or different than the standard pinup). Mostly backstitch since shes curvy and I used a shiny-rayon magenta thread for her bottoms. I was trying for a windy thing at the bottoms of her feet, but added French knots so now its more like water and bubblesand then he asked me to put nipples (gasp!) on her...meh... sorry if the images are a bit large, upside down or sidewaysI have a perpetual HKI issue ( Human-Keyboard Interface)

The Morning Glories (Aunt Marthas pattern) A gift fro my sister in law for babysitting my oldest daughter so much this summer and taking her to summer courses. Ive started on an identical one, so shell have a set, but havent yet to complete it fully to datesince it matches, might as well post this one, it is done after all!  Smiley

30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sweet Dreams- Child's Pillowcase on: April 30, 2008 07:17:41 AM
I did this for my 7 year old daughter for Dia de Nino, Children's Day (think along the lines of Mother's/Father's Day, or if you really spoil 'em, another birthday).
 She totally loves it.  Cheesy

Here's a link to my album, I'm soooo having tech issues today!

I got the template f/ a colouring book when I was searching for Celtic designs, just held it up to the window and penciled it on.

Thanks for looking! Smiley 

*Edited 04/30, no more upsidedown-ess

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