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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Slipper Boots! So toasty warm! on: January 23, 2012 09:51:50 AM
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The pattern these boots were derived from is here:

I made a pair of these slippers for my mother a while back: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=127333.0

...But when starting a pair for myself, I wasn't crazy about the style...I wanted something that covered more of my foot. So, I started these slippers using the above pattern and a super bulky yarn and boy did they get away from me. Instead of stopping at the "Mary Jane" look I just kept going. They come to just below my knee, but you can also fold them down for more of a bootie type slipper. They are super warm and cozy and with the bulky yarn they work up super quick. While working on them my sister joked, "you could make thigh high boot slippers"...And I started thinking, what about just going all the way and making leggings??? That would be a hoot!

Anyhoo, I don't see any leggings in my future but I will definitely keep making slipper boots.

I forgot to mention that they look super super cute worn with leggings. While wearing them with my leggings, I even got a "wow, those look cool" from my hubby who doesn't even notice if I get a hair cut and color.  Tongue
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Rubik's Cube Transformed into the Steelers Cube! on: December 15, 2010 10:43:01 PM
I hope this is the right place to post this. I got the idea for this from this crafty crafter here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=144080.0

My dad is a big Steelers fan (as am I) and one of the highlights of my week is after the Steelers game when my dad calls me (he lives in Ohio, I'm in Utah) and we discuss the game. So, I thought I would make something for him that he could set on his side table to remind him of me until our weekly phone call.

With money being really tight this year this worked out perfect. Thanks to my son donating his Rubik's Cube to me, it didn't cost me a thing.

I am really pleased with how this turned out.

I just peeled the stickers off of the cube, measured them, printed out pictures to size, cut into measured squares and decoupaged them on to the cube. Viola!
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / ZOMG!!!! IT'S A CREEPER (Minecraft) on: December 15, 2010 10:13:11 AM
I found this sneaky little guy hiding in our liquor today. He nearly got me!

He jumped out at me and I heard a SSSSSSSSSSSS!

Then he apparently lost interest in me....He must be an Aries (like me)

Because he turned around....
And headed back to the liquor....Whewwwww!....Close call!

4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Blood Worms....Yum! on: October 12, 2010 08:13:20 AM
I just did a practice run for my halloween snack/food for a party this year to make sure I could pull off something new I'm doing...I thought these turned out pretty good. Icky, but yummy. Not only do they look like worms, they feel like them too!

Jello Blood Worms

You can find the directions for the worms here:

Happy Halloween!
5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / DIY Halloween Invitations on: October 07, 2010 11:33:42 AM
I'm really pleased with how these turned out!!!...I wanted something that looked really old and damaged. I love that each one is so different from the next.....I blurred out my address on the photo's but you get the idea....All it took was a printer, paper, coffee, a lighter and an oven...

6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Hillbilly Stew (Beans and Noodles) on: September 14, 2007 09:16:28 AM
My mom made this all the time when I was a kid because you could feed an entire family on pennies. I never appreciated how good and inexpensive it was until I had a family of my own. I can make this dish for less than two bucks and my family of four eats for two days. It's actually my kid's favorite meal.

You'll need:
1 lb. of dried pinto beans
1 lb. box of rigatoni
1 ham hock
1 stick of butter
Salt and pepper to taste

The night before you make this dish, soak your pinto beans overnight in just enough water to cover them (if you forget to soak them, use the quick soak method on the package directions). Rinse your beans and place them in a large pot with 8 cups of water, a stick of butter, and the ham hock. Bring the water to a boil. Once your pot is boiling reduce heat to just low enough to keep a gentle boil going. Boil beans for 2 to 4 hours until they are soft, stirring occasionally (if water level gets low during cooking, add additional water as needed to keep beans covered). Add salt and pepper to taste. Once beans are done, boil rigatoni in a separate pot according to package directions until pasta is al dente. Add one cup of pasta water to bean pot. Drain rigatoni and add pasta to bean pot and cook until pasta is very tender. You want the pasta to finish cooking with the beans so it can absorb all the yummy flavor.

Serve with sweet corn bread.
7  COOKING / Dessert / Nesquik Brownies.....Better than a box! on: September 09, 2007 02:02:34 PM
I just made these brownies with my youngest son and they turned out really good.....they are so moist...We always have Nesquik powder in the cupboard because my boys like it better than Hershey's syrup for their chocolate milk....remember when Nesquik used to come with the metal top you had to pry off with a spoon and then give it a good whack to close it again???....Those were the days......
I misread the recipe and added a Tablespoon of vanilla instead of a teaspoon, but you couldn't tell....they are so yummy!...we didn't add the nuts....we all prefer our brownies without them....
I'll never buy a boxed brownie mix again!

Nesquik Brownies
(Taken from the Nesquik site)

Ingredients & Directions

1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted
2 tablespoons water
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups NESTL NESQUIK Chocolate Flavor Powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)


PREHEAT oven to 350 F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan. COMBINE sugar, butter and water in large bowl; stir well. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Combine flour, Nesquik, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; stir into sugar mixture. Stir in nuts. Spread into prepared baking pan. BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Here's a picture of one of our brownies so you can see how moist they are!

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I'm one of you now! A Rasta/Jamaican flag scarf on: March 29, 2007 02:16:26 PM
OH MY GOSH!!!....I can't believe I'm posting in the knitting section...I'm so excited!...I'm a crocheter but have ALWAYS wanted to learn how to knit and have been stalking the knitting forum for, ummmmm, EVER while just pea green with envy at all the talent here....well, my in-laws were just here for a visit and I begged my MIL to teach me how to knit...and she did....my first requested item was from my 16 year old son...he wanted a Jamaican flag/Rasta scarf....(doesn't EVERYONE do a scarf for their first knitting project???)...Well, this is the combination I came up with...my son loves it....it's all done in knit stitch (the repetition was great practice)....it took me about 4 days...

Yea! I'm a knitter!!!!

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Easily distracted - Ode to an Aries on: November 16, 2006 09:43:16 PM
I'm that Aries....my husband says I have the attention span of a goldfish....oh look a chicken....

I get so bored sometimes with the repetition in some crochet patterns...same color...same stitch...over and over.....so I kept it interesting....each yarn was a whole new experience....different texture, softness, color, and difficulty (some yarns are just hard to crochet with)....I love purples, so each yarn has some level of purple in it....obviously some more than others....this was a fun project, but let me tell you...weaving in all those ends was a pain....here's my husband graciously modeling it for me....I made this as an intended gift, but my husband won't left me get rid of it....he likes it... Tongue

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fall (placemat bag) is here! (with link to tut) on: October 08, 2006 11:11:18 AM
Fall is in full swing here in Utah...the colors and smells of the season are to die for...really they are...so in honor of Fall, I've been working on some Fall themed placemat bags for some family members...I found the placemats at Wal-Mart...here is the latest one I have finished...I still have to do some last minute "permanent" attachment of the handles (which is wood from my aspen trees outside) so they don't slide around...and I need to fix some screwy stitching around the top...sometimes my sewing machine hates me...but anyways, here it is....

I forgot to mention where the inspiration came from....it came from not2old4glitter...here is her posts with wonderful easy to follow tuts...https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=94934
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