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231  COOKING / Dessert / Wall-e Birthday cake on: May 01, 2009 12:39:38 PM
My son is turning 4.  He LOVES Wall-e, ask to watch it every day. His party is tomorrow, so I spent the better part of this morning decorating his cake.  I thought about making Wall-e himself, in 3-D but that seemed fairly daunting(keeping his eyes from falling off? yeah to scary LOL).  So I went with something I felt was more simple, maybe more detailed but simpler.

Anyway,here are the pics
top shot (yes I noticed the oops in the left bottom corner, but to late to fix it.)
 

I couldn't just decorate the top, so the leaves went over the side!


Close up of the trunk/wall-e (with his cockroach friend) and the leaves.


Also, I'll be posting the whole party on sunday, because this cake is just the start of what I've done for this party, and I felt like it deserved its own post! LOL
232  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Wall-e themed birthday(ideas) on: April 26, 2009 05:10:45 PM
My son is turning 4 and is in LOVE with Wall-e and Eve. 
This is the itinerary so far:

10:30- guests show up
11:00-11:30/45ish [seriously, they are 3/4/5yr olds and there are at least 7 of them... and then their parents... hopefully it doesn't take that long]- Build your own pizza
11:30/45ish-12:00/15ish- Place the plant in the Hollow Detector game  (like pin the tail on the donkey)
12:15-12:45 Eat our pizzas and cake
12:45-1:15 -Games  What kind of other Wall-e themed games can you all come up with? Is this too much, more games after lunch?
1:15-1:45- Gift opening.
2:00 home time.

Does anyone have any better ideas?  I'm going shopping on Tuesday and Have a few ideas for goodie bags.  I really don't like the ones full of junk, but then its hard to keep the price down.  Any sugestions for those? 
The cake is either going to be Wall-e or be wall-e related (yes I'm going to make it myself.)
I don't know otherwise.  Any other ideas would be appreciated! 
 
233  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Alaskan Hand Spinning Cruise on: April 20, 2009 01:12:49 PM
So, has anyone ever heard of these "Craft Cruises"?  I came across this at the joy of handspinning site:
http://www.craftcruises.com/cruise.php?brand=Handspinning%20Cruises&cruise_name=Alaskan%20Explorer&cruise_line=Holland%20America%20Line&cruise_ship=ms%20Westerdam&dep_date=2009-09-06&cruise=21

And heres the clincher my husband has wanted to go on an alaskan cruise for quite some time.  I have absolutely no interest in seeing Alaska(I'm sure its beautiful.  But we live about 12 hour drive from Yukon(which borders Alaska)  I've had enough of the cold.)  And this would be a great compromise!!  I could take some spinning classes,  And he would get his alaskan cruise!   But before I go ahead and get everything together to go do this, I want to know if any spinners/craftsters have ever done one of these cruises?  Or would you do something like this?  The site makes you give your email to get pricing info, so I don't yet know the price.

234  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Foot pin cushion. Hilarious back story included! pic chubby on: April 18, 2009 10:06:40 PM
  Once upon a time lived a crafty maven.  She shared an apartment with her beau.  This lovely young man put up with all the clutter craftiness brought, with very little complaint.  Until one day tragedy struck!  A pin cushion had fallen off the table and onto the floor. ~~ Now this pin cushion was poorly designed, as it was terribly thin, and both sides were mere cloth.~~  The Mavens beau walked past the table and stepped on the pincushion!  He fell to the ground, crying out in agony!  The Maven rushed to his side and tried to remove the mass of pins from his foot.  But alas, she failed.  With a second attempt the pins came free, though the young man was still terribly upset.  The young man did come to forgive the Maven.  And they lived happily ever after.


Now thats a true story.  And it lead to the crafting of this:
Note the hairy toes, and foot-


Side view, complete with pins


Front view


and how it is to be used, pins go in the bottom!



enjoy.  I hope it brings you as many chuckles as it did me!

235  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / chicky family portrait on: April 13, 2009 08:20:24 AM
So I saw this post, by Wayuki: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298179.0
And I just knew I had to make a ton of these chickies for my family.   Its a good thing I have a relatively small family.  LOL  And no, they have no eyes, because I didn't have any black embroidery thread, and live in the middle of nowhere, and its not worth a trip to the city for just some black embroidery thread.   And I kind of just gave it a go with the beaks and wings, because when I started, I had no real crochet back ground. I knew how to dc, sc, trc, and that was pretty much it.  The "bobbles"  for the beaks turned out not bobbles. The family members loved them.  and thats all that matters.  Anyway on with the picture:




The blue ones are the men, The pink are the women, Yellow are the kids and the grey ones are the Grandparents.  They are all arranged in families.

thanks for looking! c+c welcome!
236  COOKING / Dessert / 27th birthday cake on: April 10, 2009 07:13:37 PM
SO I made my self my birthday cake this year.  went with teal and yellow. cause that was pretty much what looked good together from my selection of colors.  I used marshmallow fondant.  I think I did pretty good, for the 2nd go with fondant,   Whatcha think?


237  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / International Year of Natural Fibers on: April 08, 2009 08:14:48 AM
I just discovered that this year is the International Year of Natural Fibers!  Who knew!

http://www.naturalfibres2009.org/

Yay for learning more about the fibers we spin!
238  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Linseed oil on moving parts of wheel? on: April 02, 2009 08:47:39 AM
k,  So my spinning wheel needs to be oiled, and amazingly enough (<----read in a sarcastic tone)   there is no one in town that has any oil for the job.  Roll Eyes   I do however have some Linseed oil that I was going to oil the wood of my wheel, and the table (once its been stripped)  with.  Can I use it on the moving parts of the wheel?

thanks in advance!
239  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Apple Oatmeal Mini Muffins---> Recipe included! on: March 26, 2009 01:29:08 PM
So last night, just after supper, I got a phone call.  "hey, we need you to bring a snack to playschool tomorrow.  We've already got crackers and cheese.  maybe you could bring some dessert type stuff?"   Yeah thanks.  Make me bring the long to make stuff And ask for it last minute.... LOL
But anyways,  I did and these are what I made:



I ended up with nearly 48 mini muffins (obviously they are not all in this picture....).  And they were a hit (one kid ate 5.... and only one kid of 10 didn't like them).  Super moist, and maybe just a tad heavy, although thats probably because of the oatmeal. And have I mentioned yet that I made this recipe up on the fly?  Since its my own creation,  I thought I'd share Cheesy

Apple Oatmeal Mini Muffins
3 Macintosh apples (peeled cored and chunked)
Sprinkle of cinnamon (to your taste, I used maybe 1 tsp)
2 tbsp water
1 cup milk (heated)
1 cup oatmeal (quick cooking)
2 cups Flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 small eggs
1 Tbsp canola oil

In a small sauce pan combine apples water and cinnamon.  Cook over medium heat until apples are tender.  Smush. (aka turn into apple sauce I used a submersion blender thingy to make my sauce really smooth)  Meanwhile heat milk in a microwave safe glass bowl for 45 seconds.  Add the oatmeal.  In a large mixing bowl combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Add all the 'wet' ingredients and the eggs and oil.  Stir until just blended.  Bake at 375`F for 8-10 minutes.  This recipe will give you approximately 4 dozen mini muffins, if you make them into medium muffins, increase baking time.

*You can also add what ever extras you want, like raisins, coconut, chopped walnuts, chopped hazel nuts  etc.   I added raisins and coconut to the second pan of muffins, just to add variety,  some kids don't like raisins (how silly of them! Wink )

Oh and if you don't have a mini muffin tin, and have small children, I totally recommend getting one.  It has been the most used wedding shower gift.  And my almost 4 year old loves mini muffins.  That and there ends up no wasted muffin, as regular muffins are generally to big for toddlers.

Anyway, enough rambling.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I and the kids did.  Please let me know if you try out the recipe.  I'd love to hear reviews!
240  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Monster chalenge 09- Ava, the sky monster on: February 27, 2009 08:58:30 AM
Meet Ava.  Ava is a sky monster.  We found Ava on a sunny day, simply because she got stuck in stormy day mode. 
If you've never heard of a sky monster before, I'm not surprised.  Sky monsters are not a well known type of monster, simply because they normally blend in with the sky (much like a chameleon would change to blend in with its surroundings)  Sky monsters spend their days lounging in the clouds, eating snow and star dust.  They also like to play cloud hockey, they use hail pucks and star nets. 
Well,  on with the picks of Ava the Sky monster.

Trying to blend in with the sky she can see, but failling.

Loungin' at the computer-She's facinated with the idea of such a thing.

a pic of the back:





Now heres the story of her conception.  When this chalenge was announced, I asked my 3.5 year old if I should make a land monster, sea monster or a Sky monster.  He responded Sky monster.  Now that led me down many a path  (including dragons, and that Neverending story flying dog)  and I thought no, it has to have 3 eyes, son agreed.  Originally she was suposed to be sky blue with coulds, but my felting kit still has not shown up in the mail (and I ordered on the 1st.  don't worry its all settled and should be here by monday  :/ ). and all I had was grey on hand so, she's grey, cloudy and moody looking lol.  She's actually my second attempt.  She turned out way better then the first lol.
Anyway.  hopefully you like her and the story behind her.

~belladune
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