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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: my big F.U. to urbanoutfitters gone wrong... on: August 04, 2009 12:53:31 PM
This is lovely and I agree with you that quilting is HARD. I tried it a couple of summers ago and the result is something of which we do not speak in my house (it's unfinished and has been crumpled up into a bag and shoved inside the closet). I have great respect for quilters. Congratulations on your fabulous new blanket!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cecil the Gnome on: February 11, 2009 08:21:51 AM
Thanks you guys, they are pretty fun projects for the holidays or just for any time.
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Greats of Russian literature rendered in gingerbread on: February 10, 2009 05:09:45 PM
Thanks everyone! I think my teacher did like them, he made me send him pictures of them before hed take them home and eat them (which turns out to have been lucky or I wouldnt have had any pictures to post).

Ive gotten pretty into the custom gingerbread cookies, not only are they a good gift, but theyre an entertaining group activity. Of course Im not artistically talented enough to just freehand the cookies so I do a simple line drawing first and then transfer that onto the dough which means that I can use any simple line drawing I like. What I did with my some of my more artistically minded friends this year was to have them each make one or two drawings that they wanted to have cookie-ized and then I used their drawings to make a few cookies for each of them. In the end everyone got some cool cookies and got to swap them around with each other I think we all had a good time. Now I wish Id taken pictures

For my two year old niece I made some cookies that looked like her favorite picture book characters. My favorites were Russell the Sheep and this hedgehog from a book called One Winters Day, does anyone know those? Theyre adorable. Next time Im definitely going to document things better.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cecil the Gnome on: February 10, 2009 08:41:44 AM
Hello everyone! This is my first time posting on the knitting board on craftster so I thought Id share one of my favorite knitting projects. My friend and I collaborated on this pattern and in the end I it was mostly free-hand knitting anyway, but I think hes pretty charming myself. Cecil is made of my own handspun and died yarn and his beard is just some white roving. And here he is!

And again!

All hail the gnome.

Oh, and this is my first gnome, I think I improved the pattern with the second one, dont you?

Well, there they are, so tell me what you make of them!
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Colourful ceramics project-- a few images! on: February 10, 2009 08:09:23 AM
These are beautiful, I envy your glazing abilities!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Hedgehog - beyond cute! on: February 10, 2009 08:06:03 AM
Oh, I have this pattern! Your hedgehog is so cute (and I love hedgehogs). Now I really, really want to get started with it but, like you, I've unwisely overextended myself in the knitted gift department and I don't have time yet. Soon though, soon...
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Last year's projects on: February 10, 2009 08:02:29 AM
Hello everyone! I'm new to craftster so I have a few things I'd like to share. In an attempt to get current I figured I'd start with these which are all projects from my last year of high school. Later I'll post a couple of the things I've been working on this year. We didn't have any wheels in my high school, so these are all (clearly) hand built.

First there is the fish teapot. This is a teapot that I made in the hope that it would look like a fish. I think its recognizable although I was (as usual) not terribly happy with my glazing.

And here is a mask that I made in my first-ever ceramics class. Im not in love with it, it was a pretty silly project, but I still think its a bit interesting.

Unfortunately I cant find pictures of the rest of my stuff, so Ill just have to leave it here. Thanks for looking!
8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Matcha Coconut cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream Frosting [imgx] Enjoy! on: February 10, 2009 02:40:20 AM
Matcha, thats such a good idea, and not one that would have ever occurred to me. The little stars are just the perfect finishing touch. Youve inspired me to do some experimental baking of my own. 
9  COOKING / Dessert / Greats of Russian literature rendered in gingerbread on: February 10, 2009 02:36:18 AM
Hello! Just thought Id share some pictures of these cookies I made for my Russian lit teacher before winter break last year. I havent posted here before, so lets see if I can get these pictures to come up properly.

This is Turgenev

And this is Dostoyevsky (my favorite of both the authors and the cookies)

Here is Tolstoy

And Gogol who sadly didnt come out very well, he ended up looking a bit Shakespearean.

The gingerbread recipe is a pretty standard one that Ive used for a long time; I think its from one of my mothers Martha Stewart cook books and same with the icing. If anyones interested I could find out exactly where its from, all it takes is a call home after all.
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