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11  A Bite to Eat! in CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES by hercuteness on: August 02, 2006 09:04:19 PM
Lots of people forget that cooking is a craft, nay an ART, as much as any other on Craftster.  My husband and I decided to do this challenge together since we are total foodies and enjoy spending time together in the kitchen.

This project was inspired by an article in Martha Stewart Living that appeared some time ago. 

I give you, miniature fast-food.

i know it's hard to tell from this shot, so I'll give you something for scale. . . .

our burger was a little over one inch tall and about an inch wide.

Here, we have the "money shot" of our burger with its many teeny layers

After we took all the pictures we cut the tiny burger in half and each ate half.  It tasted awesome.

Our official entry is the burger, though the burger and fries together are still less than two inches.
Here are some shots of the preparation of our mini-meal.  Everything was handmade, including the tiny buns.

I used a Splenda packet for scale, since it was two inches long.  Check out the mini pickles, onions and tomato!

Frozen ground beef, cut with a jigger.

It only took a few seconds to cook.

Testing the tiny french fries.

Two batches later. . .

So. . .very. . .small.

I made the soda and tray out of polymer clay and my husband designed and printed the label and tray liner out of Craftster content

We had so much fun making this together.  It was seriously challenging, right down to the sesame seeds. 

So, from the two of us, we hope you enjoy our delicious entry. . . .I know we did!

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12  Re: FOC swap 3 reveal!! in The Swap Gallery by hercuteness on: July 19, 2006 09:33:58 PM
here is the LOVELY wrist purse that soadchik sent me as a thank you.

the lining inside is the same fabric as the wristy part. 

too cute!  i love it.  thank you so much!

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13  Re: FOC swap 3 reveal!! in The Swap Gallery by hercuteness on: July 14, 2006 11:05:21 AM
Hey everyone!  I got my final package two days ago, sorry for the late post.

So, here we go. . . ."Previously on "FOC Swap Round 3"

first package = awesome kanzashi with instructions and extra fabric.

second package = swap journal (with cover) and sweet purse

third package = circus peanuts, pretty card, and chocolate bar (not pictured)


reveal package = super happy fun needle roll!  (which i totally needed, as you can see)

the fabric is awesome!

"This Secret FOC Swap package brought to you by. . . ."



thank you so much, sweetie.  you rocked this swap.

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14  Knitted Padlock and Key **EDIT** in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by hercuteness on: July 12, 2006 07:38:00 AM
i'm working on a little project and i was wondering if anyone has ever seen a pattern for a knitted padlock or old fashioned key.

something like this:


and this:


my goal is to knit them, felt them, and attach them to something else.

i could probably make it up as i went along, but if there's a pattern out there i'd love to get my hands on it

thanks for any help you can give!


here is how it's looking so far.

i'm not sure i like it. . .my key and padlock look a little cartoony. . .this is all before felting, so i know it will change some afterwards. . what do you think?

**EDIT 2**

here is what my scarf looks like after MANY MANY cycles.  the yarn was from argentina so i wasn't prepared for how long it was going to take.

here is a close up of the lock and key, post-fulling.  i wasn't happy with the results so i snipped them off. . . here they are just for reference.  i think i made the right decision.

the key still looked too floppy and the lock looked too. . .cartoony?


it occurred to me after many days of my husband watching me go through this oddysey with the chain that the REAL adornment it should have is a big, black ball.

you know.

for the Old Ball and Chain.

so anyone know how to knit and full and huge ball?

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15  Re: FOC swap 3 reveal!! in The Swap Gallery by hercuteness on: July 10, 2006 06:16:49 AM
yay for eirle!  JES made you some sweet stuff!


soadchik was a great partner to craft for.  she's got a great sense of style.

here are some more pictures.  i LOVE pictures.

the first package:

the second package:

yes, that's my old ironing board wearing the apron.  she's really let herself go.

the third package (my first attempt at felting):

the fourth package:

thanks for the kind words everyone!

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16  Re: foc swap 3 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by hercuteness on: July 06, 2006 11:31:01 AM
GUESS what *I* got while i was eating lunch this afternoon?

that's right. . .CIRCUS PEANUTS!!!

my lovely FOCcer went all Wist-Stalker on me and sent some of my FAVORITE candy in the world.  if the bag looks a little empty it's because i devoured half of it before i realized i had to take pictures.


i know they aren't everyone's cup of tea. but they made me so HAPPY that i was jumping around the conference room clutching my package.

also included were the super cute card you see in the picture and a caramel chocolate bar that is NOT in the picture because it is recovering from the Texas heat in the refrigerator.

MERCI ma chrie!

i know you are all trs jalous!

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17  Re: foc swap 3 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by hercuteness on: June 30, 2006 03:21:38 PM
i would like everyone to see the wonderful, whimsical things my secret FOCcer sent me for my second package.

i got an awesome little purse that's designed with nifty pockets on the outside as well as in. . .and it was her first time with interfacing.  i'm super impressed.  also included was a swap journal (totally needed one of those) with a cover made of stretchy corduroy (my favorite) and a cute pocket that holds a WINNIE THE POOH PENCIL.

i have included this shot which illustrates my love of The Pooh and of my journal and pencil.

my bag rocks, too.  it's going with me tonight wherever i go!


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18  Re: foc swap 3 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by hercuteness on: June 15, 2006 12:10:43 PM

i finally received my super-awesome package from my lovely FOCcer.

it arrived on Monday, i think, but i did not get it until Tuesday.

check it out, y'all!

i know you are so jealous.

she sent me a nice note saying that this was the FIRST TIME she ever made kanzashi!  can you believe it?
obviously she stalked my wist. . .or she's telepathic.

and. . .she sent me some extra fabric along with hand-drawn instructions.


i'm so happy. THANK YOU secret FOCcer. . .who is so very far away!

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19  Groovy *Beaded* Pom Pom Curtain! **EDIT** in CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES by hercuteness on: June 01, 2006 08:30:22 AM

in honor of Crafters With Kitties.  quick and dirty PS.

What's more kitschy than a beaded curtain?  How about one made with Pom Poms!

I strung black yarn with pom poms of various sizes and spaced them out.  I was going to string them tightly together, but I liked the bubbly look this gave it. . .and my fingers hurt from stringing pom poms.

i laid the strings out on the floor and hot glued them to big fat popsicle sticks to make the curtain "rod."  then i tucked the whole shebang up into the workings of my stupid vertical blinds.  I think it's much improved, don't you?

i used some jersey loops laced together to make the curtain tie-back.  neato! 

here are some more close-ups.

i broke two needles and burned myself with hot glue.  pretty normal crafting day for me, though.

i hope you like it!


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20  Peacock! Hedgehog! Snail! in CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES by hercuteness on: May 01, 2006 09:07:38 AM
I found these three pieces of art at a local flea market and bought the trio for $15.  They look like they came off the walls of some long-defunct seaside motel.  Apologies to the original artist, wherever he or she may be!

Since the material was stillin good shape I decided to turn each Beige Beastie into something a little more whimsical.  I had some feathers in my craft cupboard and just kind of made everything up from there on.

Once a lonely little sandpiper. . .. . . .. now a fabulous peacock!

I have NO IDEA what this was. . . . .. . but now it's a playful hedgehog!

Used to be an abstract-y conch thingy. . . .. now an inquisitve snail!

Thanks for looking!  This challenge was so much fun.

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