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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / French Bulldog Graph on: November 30, 2017 07:21:45 AM
I am showering my Secret Santa with crochet gifts this year, she has a Frenchie named Auggie Doggie and he's the cutest stinking kid!
Here is the graph (I totaled out the numbers of each color on the side to make for easier counting)
Finished!

Graph:


Here it is sort of finished, I was so excited I snapped a quick pic in the car

I still have to crochet a back, I was thinking about a Frenchie butt! and add a border (esay peasy)
and in progress shot

Inspiration... Auggie Doggie
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Rudolph Corner to Corner on: November 29, 2017 05:57:10 AM
Repeat crafter me is slowly becoming my favorite pattern go-to site!  Her patterns are wonderfully written and easy to follow
I made this for my secret Santa at work and although I should have paid attention to the size better I am pleased with it.  I was hoping it would be bigger but it'll be perfect for a table topper or a chair
Here is the pattern:
http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2017/11/crochet-rudolph-c2c-blanket.html


Cooper trying to help


3  COOKING / Dessert / 4 pies 1pan-best Thanksgiving ever on: November 22, 2017 01:56:10 PM
To maximize oven space we decided to combine all 4 of our pies into 1 pan
I did make a wall out of leftover pie crust so they wouldn't run together. We've got apple, pumpkin, cherry, and pecan
Best idea ever!

Before:

After I got my slice (I had to get in on all the action
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Give Thanks Table Runner on: November 08, 2017 07:46:38 AM
Inspiration:
http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2017/11/crochet-thanksgiving-table-runner.html
Perspiration:





I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, wish I was better at picture taking, this is so cute in person and my photos are so blah
5  COOKING / Dessert / Christmas Cookies! on: October 28, 2017 04:55:14 PM
It's never too early for a little holiday baking, right?!?  As many of you know I work for an amazing company (in Orlando, NOT The Mouse) and we have TONS of team building competitions and exhibitions and they are wonderful at keeping us involved.  Next week we are having a Cookie Competition-Holiday Edition.  I chose a modified gingerbread recipe dipped in white almond bark.
Here goes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
*2 tsp ground ginger
*1/4 tsp ground cloves
*1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
(in lieu of these three starred ingredients I used Pumpkin Pie Spice-found it at WalMart)
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup + 3 Tbsp granulated sugar , divided
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 tsp vanilla extract
12 oz. White almond bark (you can also use white chocolate chips)
3 Tbsp shortening
Red and green dye

Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar until well blended. Mix in egg, then blend in molasses and vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Scoop dough out about 1 1/2 Tbsp at a time, shape into balls then roll in remaining 3 Tbsp granulated sugar. Space cookies 2 inches apart, flatten tops just slightly (I used a flat bottomed drinking glass). Bake in preheated oven 8 minutes. Cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

In microwave safe measuring cup, melt white almond bark (do not use shortening yet), stir.  Dip cooled cookies halfway into melted almond bark.  When cookies have been dipped there will be leftover bark, separate into 2 bowls and melt shortening in microwave until fully melted, pour into bowls that contain the melted bark (or chips) and add food dye to desired tint (1 green bowl, 1 red).  Using piping bag and small tip (or hole cut in bag) pipe holly berries and vines.  This sets up quick so work 1 color at a time and work QUICK. 

These are the chewiest gingerbread I have ever eaten and they are melt in your mouth delicious

Gratuitous Cookie Pics:




6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cell Phone Charging Wristlet on: October 12, 2017 03:30:02 AM
I wanted to make a wristlet (since that's what i carry 99% of the time) that would accommodate my cell phone charging bank.  Not entirely in love with this design but this is why we re-work and re-do, right?  Next time, no magnetic snap, I feel like I'm going to rip the fabric everytime I unbuckle it.  Maybe a turn lock next time
Here it is open:

And closed (it folds flat, which I like)

View from the top:

And if you look real close you can see the portable charging bank tucked away in its pocket
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hooded unicorn blanket on: October 10, 2017 05:48:57 PM
Never one to back down from a challenge, this was one of the most challenging and most satisfying patterns to date:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/555901423/crochet-pattern-hooded-unicorn-blanket?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=briabby%20designs%20unicorn%20blanket&ref=sr_gallery_1

many, many photos later...




In progress shots:



the base of the blanket was an absolutely beautiful stitch
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Accio Coffee! on: October 07, 2017 07:13:12 AM
Teaching everyone at work how to make coffee cup cozies has led to a whole slew of cozy ideas!  No coffee cozies without irony?

Accio Coffee!
Materials:
J hook, and F hook
burgundy yarn (small amount)
gold yarn (small amount)
oatmeal yarn (fleshy color)
Dark brown yarn (small amount)
Brown embroidery floss
Black embroidery floss

(You can carry the yarn for these 4 rounds)
Rd 1: With J hook and burgundy yarn chain 21, without twisting chains, join, ch 1, sc in same chain, sc around (21 stitches), join
Rd 2: switch to gold yarn, ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc around (21 stitches), join
Rd 3: switch to burgundy yarn, ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc around (21 stitches), join
Rd 4: switch to gold yarn, ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc around (21 stitches), join
cut yarn and weave in
Rd 5: switch to oatmeal yarn, ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc around (21 stitches), join
Rd 6-9: ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc around (21 stitches), join
cut yarn and weave in
Rd 10: switch to dark brown yarn, ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc around (21 stitches), join
cut yarn and weave in
Now for the accents:
With black embroidery floss, embroider glasses
With brown embroidery floss, embroider scar
fasten off floss and weave into stitches

9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Ragdoll on: October 05, 2017 07:52:41 PM
This is a free pattern!  Does anything make you happier??!?  I appreciate the time that went into writing the pattern, it was extensive
Free pattern here]https://spinayarncrochet.com/ragdoll-harry-potter-free-crochet-pattern/]Free pattern here
Took me about 8 hours when in my mind it should've taken me 2.  Ah well, the result is spectacular!  I thought there was  HP craft board but I couldn't find it


here's a couple in-progress shots:

10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 120 ENTRIES / What the world needs now is crafts, sweet crafts! on: October 04, 2017 10:33:06 AM
My donation to society is the gift of crafting.  Bear with me, this is gonna be a long post.  I work for a fantastic company that encourages creativity and sharing new, fresh ideas.  My boss's boss's boss came to me and said "I would like you to spread your love of crafts to the masses"  I happily obliged.  Hence, craft night was born!

I have hosted 4 nights of crafts after hours in our conference rooms.  Everyone was invited, all skill levels encouraged and we had a blast.

Here are the 4 nights we've had so far:


The majority of these women have never even stepped foot inside a craft store let alone created anything with their own 2 hands.  I was so happy to get to spread my knowledge with them so they could make and do beautiful things. 

We started night #1 with mason jar luminaries.  I brought all the supplies (thanks to my stash at home) and let everyone's creativity run wild.  Everyone loved it and were very impressed with themselves that they created such beauty.

(I'm the one holding the bag of Epsom salts)


Here's boss lady working hard

and the finished product:

Everyone was amazed that they were able to make something to be proud of in such a short time

Craft Night #2 was learning to crochet!  This came as a little bit of a struggle but everyone caught on and I was SO proud of them.  We made crochet coffee cup cozies.  The perfect stocking stuffer to put with a coffee gift card Smiley



Jen Jen working hard

The finished product:


Night #3 we went back to the basics and made glitter Christmas ornaments


The girls are very proud of their work (and with good reason)



Show-Off-Sheila (her new nickname) made AWESOME Harry Potter ones

These were the most fun in my opinion because it was instant gratification and the outcome was stunning

Night #4 was marble coffee mug night

Dipping coffee mugs into nail polish led to some amazing results
Here I am fueling my coffee addiction


Thanks for sticking with me to the end, nothing gives me greater pleasure than sharing my gift with others, I take for granted that not everyone sits at home all weekend and makes crafts, hopefully I've spawned some new craftsters (I told them all about it)
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