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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Yoda Costume for a 4 year old on: November 02, 2009 08:36:30 AM
My daughter decided she wanted to be Yoda this year for Halloween, so here's what I came up with.

We bought her pants and shirt (it is a polo with an altered collar) and belt (we added handmade pouches). I made the robe/hood combo, hands and feet from fleece.

Here is Jedi Luke with Master Yoda

And here is the whole family. My husband was Luke as a Jedi, I was Darth Maul.

I also made the capes my husband I are wearing, and our costumes are just put together from fabric scraps and black clothes we already owned Smiley
2  COOKING / Dessert / I want a Powerpuff Girls cake... and that is what I shall have on: March 06, 2009 08:30:00 AM
My daughter was quite insistent on getting a Powerpuff Girls cake for her 4th birthday. My husband & I always make her cake, so this year was no exception.

We used two 9" round cakes and half of a 13"x9" sheet cake & canned frosting with food coloring.

Pics aren't the greatest, but you get the idea.  Smiley
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My little Alice in Wonderland on: November 05, 2008 08:30:38 AM
Makes me want to make one for myself xD

I know huh... I had the same thought Smiley
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My little Alice in Wonderland on: November 04, 2008 08:05:43 PM
awww... thanks!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My little Alice in Wonderland on: November 04, 2008 07:33:40 PM
I know this isn't the most unique costume idea, but in my defense, my daughter's name is Alice, and she happens to have blond hair and blue eyes.  I based her costume on the Disney movie (obviously).  I made the dress from New Look pattern 6448, with a few modifications: I added a waistband on the dress (the original was to empire waisted), I added 2 layers of tuille between the slip and outer skirt to poof it up, and I added a ruffle on each skirt to look like petticoats.  I made the headband out of scrap black cotton I had on hand, and we bought the shoes, tights & turtleneck (its cold here on Halloween).  I made my own pattern for the apron.  Both the dress and the apron were made from old sheets I already had, so the dress could've been a little blue-er, but I think it still looks good.  She won a costume contest for her age group at our VERY small town's Halloween festival and got a bike!  Its way too big for her (she's 3 1/2 and can barely pedal her trike), but none the less, she loves her new "bikey".

Of course, I didn't take any "making of" pics, but oh well- it was your standard lined dress.

Without further ado:

Her new bike
6  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cookie issues - with sad little pictures. on: November 01, 2008 05:16:12 PM
I live at 6500 ft, and I think the altitude affects chocolate chip cookies ALOT.  I never had any trouble at sea level... They say for high altitude, you should reduce the amount of leavening and add a little extra flour.  The altitude causes the leavening to react more quickly and vigorously before the other ingredients have had a chance to set, so they poof up real quick and then collapse... I'm not clever enough to figure out how to modify existing recipes, but I have a great cookie that does great up here on the mountain.

I got this recipe from a friend, and it makes the most delicious, tall, fluffy looking cookies ever.  You may have to play around with the amt of flour- I usually go for a 1/4 less than the recipe calls for (you can always add it in the end if the dough seems too gooey), and my oven bakes hot, so I only bake 8-10 minute- other than that its very forgiving.  I am lazy and never cream my butter and sugar, but the cookies always turn out good.

3/4 c. Shortening (butter flavored is good)
1 c. Brown Sugar
1/4 c. White Sugar
1 Egg
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1 3/4 c. Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 c. chocolate chips

Mix shortening & sugar, add other wet ingredients.  Sift dry ingredients together, add to wet ingredients.  Drop onto cookie sheet, bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes (or less- keep an eye on them).

Hope this works for you- its my new favorite recipe and its great for high altitude.
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: *STRETCH MARKS* on: November 05, 2005 03:54:41 PM
Well, hate to be a killjoy, but I used Vit E cream and coco butter on my belly everyday when I was pregnant, and my belly still ended up looking like a zebra.  Whether or not u get stretch marks is usually genetic- it has to do with your skin's natural ability to stretch- and skin's stretchiness comes from within.  Collagen and elastin can't be replaced into the actual structure of your skin.  They can be added to give your skin a temp fix, making it plump, minimizing the appearance of fine lines etc.

If you already have stretchmarks, like from puberty etc you'll probably get em when ur preggers... luckily they fade pretty fast- its been 8 mos for me and they're like 90% faded.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Celeb in-speared onesies? on: October 15, 2005 11:29:06 AM
I made a jumper/onesie thing out of a T-shirt-

I cut a narrow upside-down U shape out of the bottom of the T-shirt keeping the original hem and added snaps to it to close.  I cut off the sleeves and added snaps at the neck after cutting it down to make it the right size- this way I didn't have to re-finish the neck.

For the neck on a wife beater I would cut it at the top of the shoulder and overlap them like baby-Ts and resew it so that it is big enough for the baby's noggin... baby heads are surprisingly large...  If you want to make it a onesie and not a jumper (in my mind onesies have no legs, while a jumper has legs) you would just have to cut it to the right shape and bind it with something so that it wouldn't stretch out of shape.

Also- if you get a small, or maybe even a kid's size wifebeater, you shouldn't have to alter the width much or at all- wifebeaters are pretty small and..  stretch alot... I'm breastfeeding and still fit into a man's medium, and I'm quite, shall we say, buxom...lol.. On the one I made of a reg T-shirt, I made it kinda A-line so there would be room for my monster to move around.

Good luck.
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