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31  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - May 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by elliot_anne on: May 14, 2015 08:48:32 PM
I got some awesome ATCs in the mail today!

From curiousfae, who did a collaboration with her son. They each drew portraits of each other! How cool!

Here is the other one I got. "Bath Time" from pioneer9! Super cute!!

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32  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - April 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by elliot_anne on: May 09, 2015 09:43:30 PM
Yesterday I received two LOVELY ATCs from jillybeans for my motherhood/breastfeeding theme!

The first one, she made by herself and it looks like it's made with pastels?

The second one was a collaboration with her daughter, who painted the background for this beautiful one!

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33  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - April 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by elliot_anne on: May 03, 2015 09:59:58 PM
I love that Burrow card. It is so homey-looking!

Luna's Patronus is beautiful. I love the color of that blue.

The multi-media card is super cool.

Haha the zombie parrot makes me giggle.

I want glittery leaves! I mean, I want plants to not just die upon entering my home, but I would love glittery leaves too!

Kwality, your monsters are so cute! Speaking of kwality's cute monsters, check out the one I got in the mail!!

He is so cute! And so happy about that cupcake!! It's like me when I have cupcakes! Smiley
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34  Toddler Teething Cookies in Vegetarian / Vegan by elliot_anne on: April 30, 2015 09:55:34 PM
I've been really disappointed with the ingredient lists in traditional toddler teething biscuits, particularly because so many of them have sugar! Who wants to feed their toddler sugar?! They've got enough energy as it is!

So then I started looking up recipes for healthy toddler teething biscuits, and once again all I could find were tons of recipes with up to a 1/4 CUP OF SUGAR!

Finally I decided to wing it, mash a couple of recipes together, and then put my own spin on it, since I have tons of baby cereal and baby food left over (my kiddo never wanted baby food. Ever.).

I've tried them, and they're a little bland (you know, no sugar...), but my toddler and her best friend absolutely love these! Here's what I came up with:

Apple-Blueberry Teething Cookies

1 cup wheat flour
1 cup baby cereal
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 container of Apple-Blueberry baby food
2-4 Tbsp of water

1. Preheat the oven at 425 degrees. Line a cookie sheet.
2. Combine all ingredients (start with 2 Tbsp of water), and mix well. The dough should be soft but not super sticky. You may need to add more water or a little more cereal/flour to get the right consistency).
3. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4"-1/2" thick (younger babies need thicker cookies so they are less likely to chomp through them. Older babies that know how to chew can have thinner cookies).
4. Cut out fun shapes that are
 large enough that the baby can't fit the entire thing in their mouth (rule of thumb is it shouldn't be able to fit through a toilet paper tube).
5. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes (thicker cookies may need more time).
6. Allow to cool completely before giving to baby. These can be frozen for later, or stored in an air-tight container.

What I love about these cookies is that they are so easy to change up! I made a second batch and swapped the Apple-Blueberry baby food for Sweet Potato, and added 1/4 tsp of cinnamon to the mix for a fall taste. Other good flavors would be Banana with a dash of vanilla, Banana-Mixed Berry, Apple and cinnamon, etc. Have fun with it! And I would LOVE to hear any other flavors and combinations you try!!

Here's a picture of the Sweet Potato ones:

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35  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - April 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by elliot_anne on: April 30, 2015 08:54:36 PM
OMG! I received this super awesome card in the mail today and I AM IN LOVE!

It is the 2nd one I've gotten for my rubber duck theme and I seriously CAN NOT WAIT to get enough to frame them and put them up in my rubber duck themed bathroom!
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36  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: April 30, 2015 08:36:41 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Apple-Blueberry Teething "Cookies"
Project Page Link: RECIPE! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439140.0
Brief Description: I was looking for a healthy teething biscuit recipe for my 14-month-old... and failed. Everything I found had sugar in them. So I decided to kind of wing it by meshing some other recipes together and adding my own spin on them. Happily, they turned out great! Well, the baby likes them anyway!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's - Mushroom
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mushroom Watercolor ATC
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: I made this mushroom watercolor ATC for AugustBell's Woodland Whimsy theme in the April ATC Swap.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Sweet Potato Teething "Cookies"
Project Page Link: RECIPE! - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439140.0
Brief Description: When she finished the Apple-Blueberry Teething Cookies, my toddler was still teething pretty fiercely (At least 2, possibly 4 teeth coming in - she won't let me look properly). So I made her another batch, in a different flavor.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Guinea Pigs -  Nature's Fertilizer
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: I used to work with a local guinea pig rescue (Orange County Cavy Haven), and still receive their newsletter even though I don't have guinea pigs anymore. When I saw that their annual Pignic is coming up, I decided to paint them a watercolor painting to donate for their silent auction or raffle. Smiley
Project Picture:
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37  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: April 30, 2015 07:47:11 PM
Prompt: 80s Fashionista
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Diaper Liners
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439101.0
Brief Description: My 14-month-old was having some bad diaper rash issues, and needed a medicated diaper cream. Unfortunately, we use cloth diapers, and most diaper creams are not safe to use with cloth diapers (they ruin them, and make them non-absorbent). So I made enough fleece liners to line every one of her diapers (plus a few extra) and keep them safe from the diaper cream.
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Prompt: Tea Time
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: Engineering!
Project Name: Apple-Blueberry Teething "Cookies"
Project Link: Recipe! - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439140.0
Brief Description: I was frustrated with all of the teeth biscuits in the store that have extra junk in them (food coloring, sugar, preservatives, etc). I started looking for recipes online that didn't have any of that... and found lots and lots with sugar... Exactly what I DON'T want to be giving to my 14-mont-old... I mixed and matched some different recipes and came up with these. I rolled them out and cut out hearts and stars. My girl, and her other toddler friend absolutely love them! WOO! Happy mama!
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Prompt: The Beatles
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Seaweed Watercolor
Project Link:
Brief Description: I imagine the Beatles probably saw lots of seaweed beneath the waves in their Yellow Submarine.
Project Picture:
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38  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: April 28, 2015 10:56:10 PM
I have another huge photo dump, so I sincerely apologize. However, I HIT 50 PROJECTS! (Actually 52, but 2 I can't post because they're for swaps and haven't been received yet...) Also... when I updated my list, I forgot to hit "thumbnail" for these projects, so they're huge... But after spending an hour just uploading the photos with the world's slowest internet, I just can't bear to go fix it right now...

33. Happy Birthday:
34. Soar:
35. Thank You:
36. Congrats:
37. Charlotte Wreath:
38. C Monogram:
39. Mushroom and Snitch ATCs:
40. Stained Glass Flowers:
41. Lemonade Flowers:
42. Hibiscus:
43. Nature's Fertilizer:
44. Clover and Blueberry:
45. Pink Circle Roses:
46. Blossom Branches:
47. Hyacinth:
48. Fuchsia:
49. Apple-Blueberry Teething Biscuit "Cookies":
50. Sweet Potato Teething Biscuit "Cookies":
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39  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: April 28, 2015 12:58:45 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Cloth Diaper Liners
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439101.0
Brief Description: These are diaper liners to be used with cloth diapers to keep diaper cream from touching the cloth diapers. If you want to read more about them, feel free to click the link. When these are in use, they are completely hidden beneath the flat, the diaper cover, and whatever clothes the baby is wearing!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - March
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Bunting Embroidery
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439100.0
Brief Description: This was a hoop I started a couple months ago and then... forgot about. I finally finished up the backing on it today so that it is ready to hang on my baby's nursery wall tomorrow! Smiley
Project Picture:
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40  Reusable Diaper Liners in Completed Projects by elliot_anne on: April 28, 2015 12:44:03 AM
This thread mentions diapers, poop, diaper rash, etc. If that's gunna bug you... you were warned.

We have been using cloth diapers on my 14 month old for over a year now. We've never really had any problems with diaper rash or anything until a couple of weeks ago. She got a rash from something she ate (we're still trying to figure out what she's allergic to), that triggered a rash so bad her poor bum was bleeding! We took her to the pediatrician who prescribed us some fancy medicated bum cream to help clear it up.

Problem! Bum cream + cloth diapers = BIG NO NO! (Unless it's a special cloth-diaper-safe cream, it causes the cloth diapers to repel water (pee) instead of absorb... No bueno). The normal solution is to put the baby in disposable diapers until the rash clears up. Well, after 3 hours in a disposable diaper, baby girl's butt was not only still bloody, but also chapped because the disposable diapers suck all of the moisture out of her skin... -sigh-

Solution! Fleece liners laid on top of the cloth will keep the cream from touching the diaper, wick pee away from the baby's skin (keeping her rashy area dry) without pulling out SO much moisture that her bum gets chapped.

It took me about 45 minutes to cut down some fleece I had into the right size liners for her diapers. I made enough to line every one of her (30) diapers, plus a couple of extras - I just went til I ran out of fabric.

They are roughly 6"x9" and so far they are working great!

Here is a picture of it sitting in the diaper. It actually goes a little bit lower than I placed it for the picture, but you get the idea. (And yes, we use the old-fashioned flats with a diaper cover. LOVE MY CLOTH DIAPERS!)

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