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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Rosh Hashanah challah! on: September 29, 2011 11:13:43 AM
This is my very first attempt at making challah in the round braided style used for Rosh Hashanah.

It was a lot less complicated to braid than I'd feared, and it turned out all deliciousness! This is a good thing, because the first time I ever tried making challah itself, it kinda turned out more like a braided brick and scared me off bread-making for a while.  Embarrassed

The recipe I used was from the New Good Housekeeping Cookbook-- it was pretty simple to follow. The directions for how to braid I got from here.

It's...already half gone. Not starting off the new year with much willpower....
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Just some inchies... on: September 04, 2011 07:29:35 AM

I decided I wanted to make an inchie mosaic, kind of like Llisaredd's project, so I decided to make some of my own to go with the ones I received in the Beginner Inchie swap long loooong ago.

I used mostly watercolor and ink, with some collage there as well. A small beginning to a (hopefully) big end!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Taste the Rainbow (yeah, creative, I know) on: September 04, 2011 07:13:42 AM
I love the trend of hanging embroidery projects still in their hoops, so I've decided to make my own hoop-y wall! This is numero uno.

It took me about six hours of stitching from start to finish, because I got in the zone like a maniac and wouldn't stop even for food. God help me if I ever try to do a really big project. >_<

I used chain stitch, bullion, whipped spider wheels, French knots, and the like. Really pretty simple. :-D
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Table quilt on: January 27, 2011 04:47:12 AM
I have made exactly one quilted thing in my life-- a table runner that was constructed during a quilting class looong ago. So this table quilt (made to keep my coffee table from getting more scratched up) was a big undertaking for me. I winged the whole thing, which I'm very proud of even though the design is so simple it will probably make you experienced quilters weep with boredom. :-D

Please excuse the rather blurry pictures...apparently taking shots indoors at night is not such a good thing.  Roll Eyes
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Wreaths and plushies and sachets, oh my! on: December 09, 2010 05:00:08 AM
I don't think I've posted on craftster in years, but I want to start back. And since I've made a whole lot of stuff for the holidays, why not now?  Grin Warning in advance-- the photos are not the best, but at least you can sort of make out what it all is, if you squint.


A wreath I decorated:

I just got a cheap wreath form last year and put some felt and fabric flower brooches on it (http://blog.betzwhite.com/2007/01/felted-brooch-tutorial.html). The design was definitely influenced by the look of this one (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281660.0) and another one I can't locate. Oh well.

I made several plushies for friends and family, but since I don't want to repost these images ten gazillion times, I'll just link to the post I made about them. There are squirrels, a microbe, and, um, Lady Gaga in Borg wear. ...The people I know are weird.


The squirrels were for a married couple I know who is obsessed with squirrels and other fuzzy creatures. Here is all of what I made them:

They had some $16 lavender sachets on their amazon wishlist. Screw that. I can make that.

And I did.
A handful of delicious pie-flavored Lara bars completed the present, and now it's all set to be mailed. Hooray!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lots of plushies by a dabbler (pic heavy, sorry) on: December 09, 2010 04:34:46 AM
So I haven't posted much of anything I've made here on Craftster before, but since I made a whole, whole lot for people for the holidays, I figure now's as good a time as any to start. I tried a lot of new crafts this year, including attempts at cute plushie doll-like things. Apologies in advance for poor photos. Please be gentle.  Cheesy

A married couple I'm friends with is kind of obsessed with squirrels and fuzzy creature. Therefore, I had to make them the following:

I used this pattern from we wilsons: http://wewilsons.blogspot.com/2010/05/squirrel.html. The tail in the pattern didn't work for me for some reason, so I made up an equally squirrel-like tail.

The next plush I made for my cousin, who is a second-year med student and I'm sure is familiar with the subject matter:

Meet Mr. H. pylori, inspired by ThinkGeek's microbe plushies. He is made of felt, yarn, and a whole lot of love.

The tag I included with him-- has a badly-printed picture of H. pylori in its natural habitat, plus a request for KISSES.

And last but not least, Borg Queen Gaga.

Another cousin of mine is very, very into Lady Gaga, and particularly is amused by her appearance in the Alejandro music video. Looks like the Borg Queen and all. So I made her one of her very own!

Awww, look, she wants to assimilate YOU.

Kind of hard to tell what all she's wearing in the video below her neckline...so I made it up.

Bad photos, alas. She looks pretty crazy in person. And lest you think I forgot the pipe she holds in the video, I...did. But! I made one out of sculpy just now and stitched it on, I promise. So there.

Aaaaaaand that's it for now. Making plushies is really, really fun, actually.
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