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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Day of the Dead Bride on: June 27, 2019 04:53:50 AM
The 2nd annual Artist's Showcase at work is in August and all pictures have to be submitted by Friday and Wednesday at 11:28 pm I finished her!  Nothing like a little last minute panic to kick me into overdrive!  I worked on her for 2+ months, using an I hook and half double crochets.  She covers the top of my king size bed.
Here comes lotsa pics!

12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Cacti! on: May 19, 2019 07:20:07 AM
craftylittlemonkey inspired me to make some cacti for my desk!
I paint crochet flowers so they don't die
Here is the pattern (I used the mini prickly pear and barrel cactus patterns)

13  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Spring Crochet Along with Repeat Crafter Me on: May 14, 2019 05:20:13 AM

Anyone doing Repeat Crafter Me's Crochet Along?  Here is the link:
It's set over 3 weeks using 4 Bernat Pop skeins (my Joann's doesn't carry them and I'm scared of porch pirates or I'd order online) so I substituted Sweet Rolls.
I made 1 of the 4 flower panels last night, was really easy and it's pattern repeat so I could zone out while watching TV
Starting out:

Halfway there!

All finished (I carpool with my hubs so I can crochet while he drives)

14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flora-crochet succulent flower girl on: May 03, 2019 03:10:57 PM
I love flowers, especially succulents.  I was intrigued by a swap idea about house plants and while I have the blackest thumb I thought I could make one that would last. 
No pattern, saw one similar on Pinterest for inspiration.
15  COOKING / Dessert / Pig Lickin' AND Tres Leche Cake on: May 02, 2019 12:10:06 PM

We celebrated Cinco de Mayo a few days early and since I am an old Southern woman I had to throw a little hillbilly in there too.  I made a Pig Lickin' Cake (story goes the cake is so good that even if you dropped it on a pig you'd lick the pig too) and Tres Leche Cake.  I have never made the Tres Leche before and from the looks of the scraped pan and the bickering coming from the kitchen, they were both a hit!  They both use boxed cake mix as the base so it's easy peasy
Pig Lickin'
1 box (18 ounce) yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 can (15 ounce) mandarin oranges with juice
1 carton (12 ounce) Cool Whip
1 box (3 ounce) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 can (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
In a large bowl mix together the cake mix, eggs, oil and butter. Add the mandarin oranges and juice, and beat well by hand. Pour the batter into greased 9X13 inch cake pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.

In a large bowl combine the Cool Whip and instant pudding mix. Add the drained pineapple. Refrigerate until the cake is cooled. Spread on top of the cake.

Store the cake in the refrigerator

Tres Leches:
yellow cake mix (mixed with ingredients on package)
1 tsp Mexican vanilla
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
Milk soak:
1 can evaporated milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 container whipped topping, thawed
1 tsp cinnamon
Prepare the cake mix according to the directions, adding the vanilla and cinnamon.
Place in a greased 9x13 baking dish.
Mix the 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the cake batter.
Bake the cake for the longest time listed, so that the edges of the cake get crispy. It was 33 minutes on my box.
Let the cake cook completely.  Mix the 3 milks together and keep in the fridge til ready to pour.
With a bamboo skewer, poke holes all over the cake about an inch apart.
Slowly pour the tres leches (3 milks) into the holes in the cake.
Refrigerate the cake until the liquid is absorbed into the cake.
Mix in the teaspoon of cinnamon in with the thawed whipped topping.
Frost the cake with the whipped topping.
Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top.
Serve and enjoy.
Store cake in refrigerator.
16  COOKING / Dessert / Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper Cake on: April 24, 2019 05:19:35 AM
I found this recipe on Pinterest and just *had* to try it out!

17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 126 ENTRIES / Candy overload house on: January 08, 2019 08:49:45 AM
I always say that I loooooove making gingerbread houses until I start... My impatience is tested waiting for the "glue" to dry. We raided the dollar tree for candy goodies and went to town!

I should also mention that SOMEONE ate all the candies off the house and SOMEONE barfed all over the kitchen. But she shall remain nameless*

*her name is Chase
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Kindle Fire tablet pouch-with pattern on: December 27, 2018 05:47:59 AM
Were you a good little boy or girl and got a tablet for Christmas?  I WAS!  My hubs said he was tired of me (and my old eyes) having to read on my phone all the time so he bought me a Kindle Fire tablet*
Clumsy behind me thought it would be best if I crocheted a lil pouch for her to slide into to help prevent accidents.  The finished pouch measures about 7 1/2" X 10".  I think it will also accommodate and IPad mini

H crochet hook
small amount of yarn (I had a partially used skein and came no where close to running out, half a skein will be plenty)  I also just used acrylic medium weight size 4 yarn
1" button
Tapestry needle

Special stitch-3DC Cluster
(all done in the same stitch) YO, insert hook, YO, draw up loop, *YO, pull thru 2 stitches* 3 times, YO and pull thru all 4 stitches on hook

To begin, ch 22
Round 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next 19 ch, 2 sc in last ch (now you will begin working in the round), sc in remaining 21 ch (along the unworked spine ofchains), join with sl st into first sc  (44 stitches)
Round 2: Ch 2 (this is the first DC of the 3DC cluster), YO, insert hook, YO, draw up loop, *YO, pull thru 2 stitches* 2 times, YO and pull thru all remaining stitches on hook, *sk 1, 3DC cluster in next st*, repeat for remaining stitches. Join with sl st into top of previous round (22 clusters)
Round 3: Ch 2 (this is the first DC of the 3DC cluster), YO, insert hook, YO, draw up loop, *YO, pull thru 2 stitches* 2 times, YO and pull thru all remaining stitches on hook, 3DC cluster in top of cluster stitch from previous round, repeat for remaining stitches.  Join with sl st into top of previous round (22 clusters)
Round 4-15: Repeat Round 3
Round 16: ch1, sc in same st, 2 sc in each stitch around (44 stitches)
Round 17: ch 1, 1 sc in each stitch until you get to the middle of the back (almost all the way around the row) when you are centered, ch 10, sc in next stitch (this creates the button loop), then finish single crocheting around.  Join with sl st.  Cut yarn and weave in ends with tapestry needle
Sew button with scrap piece of yarn on front center and voila!  One complete kindle case!  
Took me about an hour to finish one, I was laying in bed watching basketball so I wasn't cranking it out, very relaxed Smiley


*He also bought me Hamilton tickets!
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Ungrateful Gift Recipient on: December 26, 2018 08:33:29 AM

Maybe ungrateful isn't the word I was looking for.  Here goes...
It started very simply with the Grinch Scarf I posted, originally saved on my Facebook as a marker for myself.  I did not share it on Facebook and write "OK, who wants one???" but guess what?  The requests started flooding in.  I didn't answer anyone (even though so many people NNNEEEEEDDDEDDD one). 
I made one for myself for my Christmas party and was so stoked to wear it. 

#1-A former co-worker (we still work for the same company but I switched departments) cornered me and said how she absolutely needed this scarf because she volunteers at the children's hospital and what a hoot this would be and could I please PlEaSe PLEASE make her one?  I agreed and gave her the one I had made for myself.  Still with plenty of time to make another one for myself before my Christmas party

#2-My cousin (who I haven't seen in about 10 years) calls my mom and asks for my phone number.  Aww how sweet, she wants to reconnect!  NOPE, she texted me and begged me to make one for this lady at her church who has taken her and her husband under her wing and she has cancer and is precious, blah, blah, blah.  Can I pretty pretty please make one for her in time for Christmas (and mail it to her).  Fine, she offers to pay me for the yarn but I said Nah it's cool, make a donation to Toys For Tots (I already had the supplies and it's Christmas, yada, yada, yada).  She is so excited and purchases a toy and drops it in the bin.  Hooray!  As I'm cranking out another scarf the same cousin texts me and says she showed her co-worker and she needs one for her granddaughter and can I crank out another scarf (because they're so easy to make and I just do it while I'm watching TV) and that she will also make a donation to Toys For Tots.  What am I going to say?? No?? have a child go without a Christmas present because I'm being bratty???  So I agree, it's the Christmas spirit, this is what Christmas is all about, you know the drill.  Scarf #2 and 3 go out and make it to their recipients and hooray everyone's happy.  She lets me know when the package arrives and requests one more scarf for Christmas 2019 (now I'm feeling like the Grinch over these dang things)

#3-I've had 2 other former co-workers that co-worker #1 showed the scarf to that have requested one.  I can't charge them because I didn't charge #1 but I am really sick of these dang scarves.  I told them for Christmas 2019, let's just hope they don't hold me to it.

Everyone's happy-except me (the Grinch)

It's the day before my party, I'm out of yarn, pooped from making 3 scarves in about 6 days and don't want to go get anymore of that putrid green yarn.  No scarf for me.  Not a big deal
EXCEPT, the co-worker I gave the original scarf to now needs newborn hats for the Christmas season because the nurses at the hospital she volunteers at loved the scarf and are in demand of Christmas-y type newborn hats.  Again, do I say no?  NO, of course not!  It's newborns.  So I spend an entire Sunday crocheting 10 hats (out of my stash) for the littles to bring to work Monday. 

Am I the one being unreasonable and bratty??  It's sure beginning to look that way but the point of my RANT is: Does anyone else feel this was about sharing things you make (or want to make) on social media?  I'm almost to the point where I just flat out say no.  I don't ever want to be un-accommodating but at what point is enough enough? 

Sorry for the long post I just feel that people have the mindset that
#1-handmade things are easy to do
#2-I do it in my spare time so why not make more (BTW, the scarves take about 6 hours each to complete)
#3-craft supplies are free

If you've made it this far, thanks for hearing me out, I needed a sympathetic ear

Yours truly,
The Grinch

P.S.  I think I'm going to start sewing these onto my gifts

20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas cookies-with recipes on: December 19, 2018 07:14:54 AM
Glad tidings to you all!
I am notorious for not being able to sleep, not insomnia per se but an overactive mind so sleep eludes me.  Baking to the rescue!  I had tons of mismatched baking goods in the pantry so I decided to make a goodie box for my work peeps.
There are 4 varieties of goodies (recipes in order from left to right)

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
This is hands down the easiest cookie recipe ever
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Any boxed cake mix (I used Devil's Food)
2 eggs
1/2 cup of oil
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Mix all ingredients together and roll into 2 inch balls, then roll cookies in powdered sugar (gives it the crinkly look), place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  The powdered sugar is optional if you don't want crinklies.
Bake for 8 minutes

Peanut Butter Blossoms
Fair warning: This recipe makes a TON of cookies (around 75 or so) so it can easily be halved, just use 1 tbsp. of milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar for decoration
2 (9 ounce) bags milk chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped
Cream together the shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar, and 1 cup white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, and stir in the milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the peanut butter mixture until well blended. Shape tablespoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in remaining white sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from oven, and immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie. Allow to cool completely; the kiss will harden as it cools.

Peppermint Crackers
28 Ritz crackers
1-12 oz. bag of chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate mini chips)
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1 tsp. shortening
Melt chocolate chips and shortening in microwave in 30 second intervals.  Stir in peppermint extract.  Dip Ritz crackers in chocolate mixture and allow to cool on parchment lined cookie sheet.  Pop them in the freezer if you're impatient like me and can't wait for them to set

Peanut Butter Balls (white chocolate and milk chocolate coated)
1 cup creamy peanut butter (not low fat or natural, good ole Jif or Skippy are my faves)
1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter (NOT MELTED)
1-16oz. box of powdered sugar (also equates to 4 cups if you buy it in bulk like me)
1 tsp. vanilla
1-16 oz. package chocolate (or white chocolate) almond bark (I prefer almond bark because it sets up fast and tastes delicious)
Cream peanut butter and butter by hand or with electric mixer til smooth, add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix til combined (you'll get a good workout and can skip arm day)
Line baking sheet with foil, roll mixture into 1 inch balls, I use a melon baller to dish out my peanut butter mixture, makes for a more even size.  Place on foil lined baking sheet and pop in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Melt almond bark in microwave in 30 second intervals, I melt mine in a measuring cup, makes the dipping process MUCH easier.  When melted dip naked balls (!) in chocolate with fork, raking fork on side of measuring cup to remove excess.  Place bake on same foil lined sheet and let set.  Again, use the freezer if you need them in a hurry
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