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1  Re: Dyeing tennis balls? in Dyeing: Discussion and Questions by Puppy_girl on: September 09, 2016 06:44:41 PM
So we attempted to dye tennis balls last weekend.  While the dye didn't stay as nice and dark after rinsing as it was while they were soaking, overall I'd consider it a success.  We used blue and red dye.  The red ended up working better I think.  Even if they're not a super dark color, they're still different enough from how they started that we'll definitely know which balls are ours at the tennis court.  Smiley

(This is what color they started as)
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2  Fear my butt, for I am...skunk! in Halloween Costumes by Puppy_girl on: November 03, 2015 02:01:20 PM
One of my boyfriend's pet names for me is "skunk" (long story) and we both agreed it'd be cute if I went as a skunk for Halloween this year.  And since I didn't want to be a "sexy" skunk that meant making my costume myself.  
I started with a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants as a base.  Then I bought white and black furry fabric for the stripe, ears, and tail.  Sewing on the ears and stripe were easy.  I hit a minor snag with my tail.  It was supposed to be more upright and with a bit of a curve to it, but the wire I put in just crumpled to the bottom the first time I sat down in the costume.  So I ended up being a skunk that wasn't on high alert.   Cheesy  I joked about getting one of those clown spraying flower things to rig up so I could actually spray people (though not with actual skunk spray  Tongue ) but that was starting to get a bit too complicated.
Here's the final result:

I bought black bear paw slippers and black paw glove things.  The gloves didn't stay on very long since it was hard to eat, drink, or do much of anything with them on.  The slippers were awesome though.  

I took this picture because my boyfriend said a skunk wearing sunglasses looked ridiculous, but in this case it helps show off the ears a bit better.  

This costume had the bonus of being pretty much the most comfortable costume ever.  I was basically just wearing pajamas and a blanket as my costume.  Luckily it wasn't too warm either of the times I wore it, or else I would have melted right out of it, since it was very warm inside.
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3  Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza in Vegetarian / Vegan by Puppy_girl on: July 15, 2014 02:21:06 PM
My boyfriend and I love pizza, and love experimenting with new pizza toppings.  We even dedicated a section of our blog to just such a topic.  We realized that (with the exception of dessert pizzas) all our pizzas feature meat, yet we have a lot of vegetarian friends.  So we decided to make a vegetarian pizza this time.  Thus was born the buffalo cauliflower pizza.   Smiley

The process was pretty simple.  First we fried up some cauliflower.  This was actually the most time consuming part, since the cauliflower had to be steamed first, then breaded, and then fried.  It was worth it though, since it's delicious.

Then my boyfriend made up his buffalo sauce, while keeping it more on the mild side than usual for me, since I don't handle spicy foods as well as he does. We put a thin layer on the crust, like you would with tomato sauce on a regular pizza, and par baked it first, since the cauliflower had already been cooked a lot.  Then we dipped the cauliflower in the buffalo sauce and put them on the pizza.  Finally we topped it off with a mixture of shredded mozzarella and provelone cheeses.  

Popped it into the oven to finish baking, and voila!  It was really yummy.  Even as someone who's not generally a fan of buffalo wings I still enjoyed it.  And it's pretty much the perfect alternative to buffalo chicken pizza for vegetarians.   Smiley

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4  Re: Fiber Friday 30 March 2014 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Puppy_girl on: May 30, 2014 01:47:20 PM
ooh!  i actually have something to contribute this week.   Smiley
This is spun from roving i got back in september at a local fall festival.

i like it because it reminds me of neopolitain ice cream.   Cheesy
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5  Dr. Mario Pillow in Needlework: Completed Projects by Puppy_girl on: August 08, 2013 07:33:20 PM
I wasn't sure if I should put this here or in housewares since it's a pillow, but the bulk of the work was the embroidery, so I decided this would be its home. 

I've officially finished my first Christmas present for this year!  This will be going to my boyfriend.  He's a big video game fan and Dr. Mario is one of his favorite video game characters.  I made the pillow itself to look like a pill.  I'm really happy with how good it looks.

I used crayon tinting for the clipboard, shoes, the round part of his head...thingy, and his skin.

A little closer up:

I'm super pleased with how the hair turned out.  (And the threads in the back aren't as noticeable in person).

The back is just plain, but shows off how it looks like a pill.   

I can't wait until Christmas so I can give it to him. I think he's really going to love it, and I think it'll be a surprise getting something video game themed from me, since I'm not really into that world.  Since I can't get his reaction for a few more months, I'd love to hear what other people think!
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6  New purse that looks a lot like my last two purses in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Puppy_girl on: August 14, 2012 02:22:20 PM
Last year I made my own version of a bag I'd bought at Wal*Mart (as can be seen here:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376814.msg4446396#msg4446396).  While I like that bag and have used it alot, it's just a little too small to use during school and sometimes I have trouble fitting all my stuff in.  So I made another bag in the same style.

ta-da!  Same style, just a bit bigger.  

The inside:

I love me some zippy pockets.   Cheesy

Standing more upright.  I added some interfacing to the handle this time to give it a little more strength.

The outside fabric is canvas.  All the rest are just assorted cottons I think.  I honestly don't even know how old the lining fabric is...I'm pretty sure my grandma bought it (and she hasn't been with us for awhile).  Even though I can see all the little things wrong with it, overall I'm pleased with how it turned out.   Smiley
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7  Wedding Ring Quilt OR The Blanket That Ate My Summer Vacation in Crochet: Completed Projects by Puppy_girl on: August 02, 2012 02:36:46 PM
When my friend got engaged last spring I knew pretty much immediately that I had to make her wedding present.  So I scoured the internet for patterns and finally settled on this one: http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/AfghansThrows/WT1647+Wedding+Ring+Quilt.htm
I started it back in November, but didn't have much time to work on it during school, so most of the work was done over winter break and the past couple of months (the wedding is in September).  Here is the result of my labors:

I did it in the colors of their wedding.  Since there's a vineyard theme to the wedding I wanted to make it look kind of like grapes on vines.

I only have a few in progress shots:

And here are some more completed pics:

This one gives an idea of size:

It's actually a bit small...I think because my rings are poofy, and I'm not entirely sure why.   Undecided  Hopefully they either have a smaller bed, or since they live in the desert will use it more for decorative purposes.
I still want to embroider a label with their names and the date of the wedding for it, but I'm just to happy to finally be done crocheting that I felt like I had to share with people.   Cheesy

Now to fit all the projects I wanted to do for myself over the summer into the next 3 weeks...

Added 8/14:
Here's the label I embroidered and am going to pin on to the blanket (last names have been blurred out).

I realized too late that what I thought was the same blue thread was actually slightly different blue thread.  I don't think it's that super noticable though, and at least the color change occured between words, so I can always just pretend I did it on purpose.   Tongue

My friend opened her present back at the hotel yesterday afternoon:

I think she liked it.    Grin
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8  Re: 27 July 2012 Fiber Friday in Spinning: Completed Projects by Puppy_girl on: July 27, 2012 07:01:19 PM
Here's some yarn I spun up from roving I bought from Color Craz Fiber on Etsy.  It's soooo pretty and soft.  I realy have to think of something special to use it for.

Best of all I still have more of the roving to spin up!
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9  Re: May I Fiber Friday? in Spinning: Completed Projects by Puppy_girl on: June 22, 2012 02:32:16 PM
very pretty!
anyone remember the roving i dyed with left over Easter Egg dye back in April?  I finally got around to spinning it up!  Here it is:

I'm calling it Easter Basket since it was dyed with egg dye, but I think it could also be called Crayon Box!   Cheesy  The colors are in no particular order, just how I grabbed them as I went.
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10  Re: Fiber Friday 13 April 2012 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Puppy_girl on: April 13, 2012 07:22:34 PM
i don't have anything spun up, but i have some roving that i dyed with left over Easter egg dye.   Smiley
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