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1  COOKING / Dessert / pirate birthday cake on: December 10, 2011 03:53:13 PM
i used playmobil toys to decorate, and various candies. not perfect, but my son was happy.

i'm no betty crocker. and discovered chocolate cake doesnt like to stand on it side. so, i made a seperate flat choc cake, and the ship was made of white. the flag was a fail, but at least it was edible. i used brown sugar as sand, some swedish fish. used rolo's as cannons, wasnt able to put the candles in them. used wafer sticks as the railing. and a pirouette as the mast. i put a dowel rod down the center to keep it standing straight. but it didnt break in the right place.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / weirdo with a beardo!!! on: December 10, 2011 03:38:17 PM
i recently discovered the phenomenon that is that bearded hat. created my own pattern for the hat and followed these links to make the beard http://sunmoonearthandstars.blogspot.com/2011/05/pet-peeve-rant-and-free-crochet-pattern.html and mustache http://bluestockingstitching.wordpress.com/2010/09/05/free-pattern-crocheted-handlebar-moustache/. i attached the beard with buttons, so the hat can be worn without the facial hair. first shot was a bit small, so, i passed it on to my 6yr old. he loves it.
adult size:
Correction, used the mustache pattern here. http://crochetme.com/media/p/95351.aspx
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / aunt Lindy's paper dolls and repurposed book cover carry case on: December 10, 2011 03:08:13 PM
i've been looking for a while for a nice, sturdy paper doll set for my 6yr old niece for christmas. i found this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386593.0 and purchased the fabric panel here: http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=1b30c51e-225b-4a2c-a99b-aafcc94a4abb once i received the fabric, i got started straight away. in researching a bit, i decided the best route for me was to do a rough cut off the dolls and clothes, and iron them onto a heavy interfacing (left from a previous project, and great way to use all of my little scrap pieces). after they were all attached, i cut the dolls and clothes out with my GOOD scissors. i knew i wanted to make a nice carry case for them, but wanted to keep each doll and their matching outfits seperate from the others. i have been dying to repurpose a book cover http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4RFH0q0Osk, and thought this would be the perfect project. after a few failed attempts at different kinds of pages/pockets, i decided to use 9x12 sheets of colored felt. i sewed fabric pockets to each sheet. i then sewed the felt sheets to one of sheet of felt that would be glued to the inside of the book cover. i used a box cutter to remove the page from a thrift store book. i sewed 2 strips of fabric and added a magnetic snap. using a heavy spray glue, i attached it the felt sheets to the book cover, including the magnetic snap straps. i let it set overnight, then i put each doll on one side of the page, and matching clothes on the opposite side.

in hindsight, i wouldve have purchased a taller, wider book. and trimmed the felt sheets to fit a little better before sewing on the pockets and gluing it to the book. and made the magnetic strap shorter, but now it can double as the handle. also havent quite figured out how to get the tabs on the clothes to lay down right on the dolls. let me what you think!
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / first shot at corned beef and cabbage, crock potted on: March 17, 2011 04:56:40 PM
I wanted to give corned beef a go for St Patty's Day.  Wink

I combined a mix of recipes I found online:

1 4lb corned beef brisket
4 cups apple juice
2 lbs of red potatoes-unpeeled
1 head of lettuce-cut into eighths
1/2 bag of pre-cut carrots

I placed the beef in the bottom of the crock pot. I put the vegetables on the top and sides and poured the apple juice over the top. Covered and cooked for 8 hrs. It was nice and tender. When I tried to remove it from the crock pot, it broke up, so instead of slicing, we just peeled of strips. Here is the delicious end result!

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / medicine bags for my sister, niece and nephew on: March 17, 2011 10:03:26 AM
My niece and nephew have asthma. They carry around a lot of medicine, everywhere they go. My sister wanted a nice bag to keep his and hers seperate, and a bigger bag she could carry it all together in when they traveled. I found the pattern for the backpacks here
 And used a pajama top that my sister wasnt using. Its kind of a messenger style. I sewed a lining to the inside, with a flap to go over, so nothing falls out. This is the final product.
 My sisters big carry-all bag:

Nieces backpack:

I made one for my nephew with a Cars fabric, but unfortunately, I didn't take a picture! Whoops!

Hope you like!!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Boxing robe for my nephew on: March 17, 2011 09:50:02 AM
My nephew just turned 3. And he has REALLY been into boxing. Been walking around, swinging fists, chanting "jab, jab, hook." He has mastered boxing on the wii, and watches fri nite boxing. all boy!! He got some gloves and shorts from gma and gpa. So, I decided I would make him a robe. I tried to copy the shape from my sons halloween costume. He needed to have a hood.

Here is finished project. Let me know what you think!!

this is my first time working with satiny/silky material. please overlook the imperfections!! I figured it would be suitable for the length of time he fits in it!!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered pillows on: February 21, 2011 09:23:35 AM
My father had open heart surgery at the beginning of the month. So to put my worried hands to work, I made these embroidered pillows.
This was to remind my dad he is human. Not superman! It says I survived a double triple bypass. With a heart and band-aid!

This was for my mother. She had her gall bladder & part of her colon removed a wk later. The dr was quite impressed with how anatomically correct the picture was. Got the pattern from sublime stitching.

And this was for my aunt, who came to help us all out! My mom had her crocheting towels while she was there. I dubbed her this because she kept losing her "hooker." and she knocked out 28 towels in about 5 days!!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / first metal frame coin purse on: January 22, 2011 10:36:22 PM
picked up the frame at joann's on a whim. scoured craftster and the internet for a simple pattern. i used this pattern http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/2006/12/purse_frames_de.html. i liked how it turned out.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / little leather envelope wallet on: January 22, 2011 11:25:42 AM
i found this pattern online http://www.homelife.com.au/home+ideas/home+help/how+to+make+a+leather+case,4522and have been dying to make it. i picked up a leather jacket from the thrift store a while back, and have used it for many little projects. i thought it would be a nice touch to hand embroidered a yellow cherry blossom on the front corner, to match the fabric inside. i picked up on clearance a rivet kit, with this project in mind. couldn't find a yellow rivet, so, closest was the clear crystal. i think it turned out pretty good. can't wait to find something to put it in now. or, find someone to gift it to. ha!

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / lego treat boxes on: January 07, 2011 04:47:59 PM
for my son's 5th birthday, i crafted up some special treat boxes. i also used the invitation and coloring book templates from this blog:http://cleof.blogspot.com/2010/07/lego-birthday-party.html i purchsed a lot of mini figures from ebay. i also made different colored chocolates, from molds bought on ebay, and put them on the cupcakes. my mom purchased some lego shaped sweet tart candies. the party went well!! i used cake boxes, tore off the top, and covered them with cardstock and glued some foam circles purchased in the dollar section at target. i think they turned out great. the kids loved them!

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