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161  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby quilt on: May 14, 2011 07:23:39 PM
I finally finished this! it's only been a year in the making! LOL

Just some rectangles sewn in strips and sewn together.  Quilted in the stitch in the ditch method directly onto some fleece.  took it easy peasy for my first real quilt!:)

162  COOKING / Dessert / lego man cake on: May 08, 2011 10:20:56 AM
For my son's 6th birthday he asked for a lego man cake.  I had umpteen brilliant ideas that would have each taken me hours upon hours to make, so I choose to do the most simple LOL!  it still took a while (on and off all day)  but he loved it and it was taken well by all his friends.

The cake was chocolate with a layer of blondie with chocolate and butterscotch chips in between layers of butter cream icing.  Fondant to cover it all. Smiley  Of course they had to eat the lego man!

163  COOKING / Dessert / hot crossed buns, hot crossed buns... on: April 20, 2011 08:56:40 PM
One a penny, Two a penny, Hot crossed buns!

So, although these look absolutely delicious, I think either my yeast was less then active, or they needed to be knead more.  but here they are anyway, my first attempt at homemade hot crossed buns!

Pre oven look:

I used this recipe for the buns, and made a few tweeks.  To avoid raisins, I chopped up some prunes instead, and they still taste great!  And, instead of the icing, I made homemade custard and did my crosses with that.  That's the way they were at grandmas, so that's the way I'll make them! The custard goes on before they are baked, and develops a wonderful texture!

164  COOKING / Dessert / Easter surprise eggs on: April 20, 2011 08:48:30 PM
Who doesn't love a surprise egg for easter?  These ones are sugar cookie with a fun filling: mini M&M's! 

But how you ask?  Like this!
First get yourself some awesome silicon molds that give you the opportunity to line them with cookie dough like this, and bake. (Color the dough for pretty colored eggs, this is fairly tedious, but well worth it!)

Then take your mini M&M's (or candy of your choice, but these ones make a pretty shaky noise) and fill one half of a cooled cookie.

Put a generous amount of butter cream icing around the edge and place another half of the egg on top.

Voila! beautiful eggs with a fun surprise inside!  Hope this gives someone else some inspiration!

165  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / There's a Moose on the loose! on: April 19, 2011 01:35:33 PM
Made for the OTT stuffy R3 this little moose is 3 inches tall.  And I jointed him, so he's posable! isn't he darlin'?

Sittin' in the apples

Run Mr. Moose run!

166  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / lacy beaded Necklace/choker on: April 07, 2011 10:34:49 AM
Here's my entry!
as a necklace:

as a choker:

clear view of the whole thing:

30 beads of your choice
Red Heart LusterSheen in sport-fine weight
1size US0/2.55MM crochet hook
Thread 30 beads.
Ch. 51 turn.
in 3rd stitch from hook 1/2dc each stitch (being sure to insert hook so there is only one strand underneath), ch1, turn.
*sc into front loop x4,  slide bead into place, sc 4* repeat until end of row (uses 11 beads) tie off.
pick up 1 stitch in the end of the 1/2DC (this would be on the bottom of your work, or your starting chain) * Chain 6, slip stitch into 4th post, chain 8 slipst into 5thpost (from the last join), chain 10 slst into  6th post, ch8 slat into 5th post*, ch 14, slst into 7th post. reverse directions in the * and join at end using a slst into the last 1/2 DC.
Turn work, and #sc 9 around the chain, sliding bead into place on the 5th stitch. **bring hook around to front and work as a back post sc when you reach the "valley" placing a bead here as well. **  sc 11 around chain, placing bead on the 6th stitch, repeat *-*.  sc13 around chain, placing bead in the 6th stitch. repeat **. sc11 around chain, placing bead on 5th stitch, repeat **. #sc17 around chain, placing beads at 5th 8th and 11th stitches. repeat **.  reverse directions between #'s across remaining work. slst into the last 1/2 DC.  tie off.
 Weave in ends.

Measure 4 equal lengths of chain, and attach to crocheted piece using jump rings. attach two strands on each side with a jump ring, and attach clasp of your choice.
Admire your handy work and enjoy all the compliments you will get on your beautiful new pieces of jewellery!

Hope you enjoy, and try it out!
167  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / where can I find Punch embrodery thread? on: March 27, 2011 03:03:33 PM
My neighbor is running out of punch embroidery thread (mostly in black) and I told her I'd help her find a place to get some (that wasn't ebay)  Does anyone know where I can find some for her?  Online, or a store I can contact and have them deliver?

168  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / A skating dress on: March 20, 2011 07:33:45 PM
I teach kids to skate, and for this years carnival decided I'd get my hands on the costuming too!  And of course, being the procrastinator I am, I did them all within the 5 days before the carnival... Grin
These aren't my kids, so for their safety, I blurred their faces.  i know it can be distracting, but no deal.  they aren't mine, I don't have the right to post their faces on public forums.
Anywho....  Pics!

This one was from scratch, and believe it or not, the skirt has 100$ worth of trim on it!  Shocked 

This is the hair piece i made to go with it.  Yay for feathers and hot glue guns!

This one was recon'd.  It started life as a hideous "flying monkey" Which didn't really look like a monkey at all, more like a flying squirel.  I cut the "wings" out, and zipped(sewed) up the sides, added the spots on the back and changed out the tail.  i then cut one of the other "flying monkey's" up to make the headband.

I also made a cat ears and tail, and a skunk outfit, and some birds wings, but between organizing and watching the carnival, I had  no time for pictures!  these were the only two i could snap!
169  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Perhaps this'll remind me.... on: February 04, 2011 09:40:35 AM
I'm trying really really hard to keep my daily life on track and I spend waaaaaaaaaay to much time on the computer.  So I devised this computer monitor cover to keep me off the dang thing.
I saw this quote on a hoop in the OTT Hoopla and I fell in love with it.  Apparently it's from Fight Club, although I've never seen it.  The quote to me is like "Cease the day"  or "make every moment count", only it's a bit darker. I like darker.  I, for what ever reason, have it in the back of my head that I could walk out the door and die.  I really need to start using every minute purposefully.  And this will hopefully keep me away from this time sucking machine Tongue

Modeled by my beautiful Apple

Close up of the stitching

Question for those of you who are computer savvy, though.  It's simply elastic around the back, so it should be okay for not over heating my computer, right?  Please tell me so.  If not I'll frame it and hang it above the computer.... but I much like the idea of covering it. I've tried just shutting it down after a certain time in the day, but I'll just turn it back on again.  And this is more a visual reminder of not using it, and I'm a visual learner :p

170  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / People of the world, meet the Snailtaur. (pixplotion) on: January 30, 2011 12:35:32 PM
The Snailtaur, unknown keeper of the swamplands.

The Snailtaur is generally a friendly creature, though they can be fierce when need be.  Living in the swamplands of the world, they protect the helpless creatures, and fend off human population of these areas with their magical spells.   Snailtaurs camouflage into their environment by sinking back into their shell.  Their hair grows to look like grasses and weeds you would find common in swamplands.  The unexpected burst of color through their body is used to confuse their predators and humans.  Although a protector of the swamplands the Snailtaur does have natural enemies, such as hawks, eagles, some ruthless humans, and carnivorous beasts.   
Snailtaurs would, at first glance, seem to be defenseless, but as earlier mentioned, they posses great magical powers derived from nature.   They carry staves that are adorned with magical talismans they’ve collected during their studies to become powerful magical beings.  Their massive upper body strength also helps them when they do occasionally get into physical combat.
Finding a Snailtaur is said to be the best of luck.  Humans who befriend Snailtaurs will be quite fortunate as they share a common thread with the creature.  Having a Snailtaur in your Home will bring fortune and luck.

poppet inspired body and jointing.  Poppet abs tutorial used (will link that in a bit why didn't i bookmark that? I can't find it again!  If anyone knows where it is, please let me know!)

Shell is a wet felted vessel.

Snail bit is scraps ironed onto fussible interfacing, then crazy stitched for security.

Hair is a hand made piece of felt, cut into pieces to resemble swamp weeds

Staff is a warped wooden knitting needle, painted, sparkled, leather wrapped, and adorned with 'Magical talismans"- glass beads, feathers, wood beads.

The Snailtaur was Created for Rlynn, in the Weird Stuffy Swap.  It was born from her theme "Swamplands".  He was a blast to make and really dug me out of a creative hole!  I was sad to see him go, but know he's very well loved in his new home!

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