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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Autumn beef soup and Irish soda bread on: September 04, 2009 09:16:00 PM
Tonight's dinner: Autumn Soup and soda bread!

Mmmmmm .... I'm trying to eat dinner at home and make everything myself. Unfortunately it's just me but it does mean I get plenty of leftovers for lunch at work!

Also the first time I made soup (I live on the coast where it's cool in the summer). SOUP! Shhh here's the recipe card.

I got the soda bread recipe from here
Said to be authentically Irish but to be honest I wouldn't know the difference. I used the cake version of the basic soda bread.

Try it! It's good stuff.
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi dance party on: August 21, 2009 10:09:32 PM
Ive been on a crochet roll lately! A couple Christmas presents and some just-because presents having a fair dance off before they part.

The robot and flathead screwdriver are suspiciously chummy but I've heard the robot prefers Phillips screwdrivers.

The koala, screwdriver and robot are made from the patterns in Amigurumi Two! The bear and koala are from Mr. Funkys Super Crochet Wonderful.

I love the cute patterns in both. The design of Mr. Funkys is more appealing but Amigurumi Two! has more versatile patterns in terms of amigurumi. Mr. Funkys also includes some nice scarf and hat patterns but Im on a crochet animal kick.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Photo collage banner how-to for Etsy on: July 28, 2009 04:00:13 PM
I'm new to Etsy selling ... so far I just have a couple photo prints up. However! A banner seemed like a good idea and I'm planning on putting this up at my blog, too.

It ain't perfect but I wanted to throw this idea out there. Etsy banners need to be 760 x 100 pixels. Here's the directions I followed for the banner: http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-make-a-photo-collage-banner-for-your-photoblog-or-website

I plan to put up my crochet items soonish (getting started on Xmas presents if you can believe it)
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / How do I make embroidered skin look natural? Bobbsey Twins on: July 28, 2009 10:40:31 AM
I've seen all these wonderful pin-ups in needlework and want to try my own life-like people. I'm usually a crocheter and a bit of an embroiderer. I was wanting to embroider the children in this photo for my mom:

She used to be a big fan of the Bobbsey Twins. Would cross stitch be easier? I've done that too although it's been many years ...

I usually embroider animated characters so skin tones and shadows are new to me. Anyone have ideas?
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rorschach and Totoro pillows! (yes, odd combo) on: July 26, 2009 11:21:36 PM
I am a bit new to embroidery - I'm normally a crocheter so I wanted to share my first and second projects on the boards here. I made these pillows for uncomfortable chairs I owned. However, they have come out of my possession but I kept the pillows. My hard work will not go to waste!

Here's the first pillow - Rorschach from Watchmen:

I was a big fan of this movie and when I saw on Kittyzilla's blog I was inspired. Here's the link to the pattern and other Watchmen patterns. http://blog.handmadestuffs.com/2009/04/pins-and-needles.html

My lettering wasn't very good but all things considered I think it turned out well. He was made mostly with backstitches and split stitches, because that's what I do best. It was complicated for a first project, I guess, but I like initiation by fire.

Now, for my Totoro pillow!

I'm a Miyazaki fan and I want to meet a Totoro. I have a small plush Totoro but this is too cute. I traced the pattern from this image:

I didn't want to overcomplicate things so I left out the children and other Totoros. I added the wind to imply movement on the fly because it looked incomplete without something added. Also, wind is blue. Didn't know if you knew.

For much of the outside I believe I used a backstitch and used half the thickness of the floss. I used split stitches to fill him in and used the full thickness. His pupils were french knots.

Enjoy! This stuff and other stuff is on my blog: http://everydayjournalist.com
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mr. Funky's Elephant friend on: July 15, 2009 11:06:56 PM

This is my elephant. I made him from "Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wondeful" book and boy is he loveable! He's for a friend so I'm not sure what his name will be but I like the name Jack Burton for him.

For the main color, I used Debbie Bliss merino aran yarn, 100% wool, making him cozy. The other stuff I had already lying around so not sure of the type.

I also made the hat off the top of my head. This is the pattern!

1-Chain 4, slip stitch in first to make ring
2-6 sc in ring, place stitch marker in last one
3 to 5- 1 sc in each stitch
6-Sc twice in each stitch (12 sc)
7-Sc, increase: repeat around (18)
8-Sc in next two stitches, increase: repeat around (24)
9-Slip stitch in next stitch, fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.
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