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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Blooregard Q Kazoo with tutorial - Spoiler for Toriaa on: January 23, 2008 12:41:08 PM
Here he is folks.  After looking at Natalie's Evil Minions, I decided to tackle Bloo for an angeling project...Toriaa...he's coming your way...

Blooregard Q Kazoo

size G hook

Sport Weight Yarn in a dark blue (though you could use the same color in worsted weight and get the same thing)

felt, yarn needle, embroidery floss, two navy buttons (for eyes)


6 sc in a ring

rd1: 2sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd2: 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc around (18 sc)

rd3: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc around (24 sc)

rd4: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc around (30 sc)

rd5-16: sc in each sc around (30 sc)

rd17: in BLO, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc around (24 sc)

rd18: sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc around (18 sc)

rd19: sc2tog, sc in next sc around (12 sc)

At this point, i finished off and sewed the body shut.  After stuffing it, of course!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Sugar Free Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting on: January 08, 2008 08:31:20 AM

This was my son's birthday cake.  He decorated it all by himself.

Sugar Free Chocolate Cake

1 1/2 cups of  whole wheat flour
1/4 cup of Splenda
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 cup of Soy milk
2/3 cup of Smart Balance Margarine
2 Eggs    

Combine all ingredients in large bowl and beat just until blended. Pour into well greased and floured 9x13 cake pan. Bake at 350F. for 40-45 minutes or until done. NOTES : Calories=86 per serving with 1 gram fat

Sugar Free Buttercream Icing
1/3    cup heavy cream
1/2    cup Smart Balance Margarine
1     cup Splenda
1    teaspoon vanilla extract

# Gradually whisk by hand cream into soft peaks
# With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat in butter, Splenda, and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and fluffy.
# Place 1 cake layer on serving platter. Spread 1/2 cup frosting evenly across top of cake. Place second layer on top then spread remaining eve evenly on top and sides if you wish. I like to pile all my frosting on top. Cut and serve.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / My Christmas Present for my brother on: January 02, 2008 12:06:44 PM
I'm just getting around to post this.

This is one of the shirts I did for my brother.  He got two...and they are Halo themed as he's a big Halo nut.

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Sanrio Swap Round 1 on: December 18, 2007 02:19:46 PM
Who is sending to whom:
SentReceivedSending Late - with CommunicationNo Communication - CONTACT ASAP

Twisted Truth --> NameThatCandy
Kirashii --> Estrata FLAKED
csi_princess --->boomboom
GirlScoutRiot --> OctopusIncClothing
nerdXslut --> Kirashii FLAKED
green r my tear$ --> GirlScoutRiot
missmuffcake --> Cumber1137
OctopusIncClothing--> mai apple pie
NameThatCandy --> craftykaida
boomboom --> csi_princess
EstrataFLAKED --> green r my tear$   Angel Found
Shakes --> Kron
Cumber1137 --> Twisted Truth
dizzylizzy FLAKED--> Shakes  Angel FOUND
Kron --> Mushed-Popcorn
Mushed-Popcorn -->dizzylizzy
mai apple pie --> nerdXslut
craftykaida --> missmuffcake
Astica --> gwenyvarr --> JustDon'tChange-->Astica (round robin...)

5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Sanrio Swap - Signups 11/25-12/7 - Now Ships on 01/11/2008 on: November 26, 2007 06:22:42 AM
Swap name: Sanrio Swap

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: gwenyvarr
Sign-up date range: 11/25-12/7
Date to send item by: 12/30 Date Changed:  Ships now on 1/11/2008

Limited to a certain number of people? No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

All ages allowed? All ages allowed

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants:  green r my tear$ is the co-organizer

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:
Welcome to the World of Sanrio.  If you like Hello Kitty, this is for you.  This swap is not restricted to just Hello Kitty, it's for all the members of Sanrio's world.  Batz Maru, Chococat...etc.  The idea is to craft anything that is Sanrio.  The number of items sent in the swap is atleast 1 medium and 2 small objects

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Your favorite Sanrio character?
Would you be willing to angel if needed?
Hat Size?
Shirt Size?
Shoe Size?
What colors do you love?
What colors do you hate?
Do you smoke/have pets...etc?
Any allergies?
What types of crafts do you know how to do?
What types of things would you like to receive?
Anything else you'd like to share


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Those who have Signed up.
1.  Twisted Truth
2.  gwenyvarr
3.  Kirashii
4.  csi_princess
5.  GirlScoutRiot (First Swap... Grin Grin Grin YAY)
6.  Nerdxslut
7.  green r my tear$
8.  missmuffcake
9.  OctopusIncClothing
10. NameThatCandy
11. boomboom
12. Estrata
13. Shakes
14. Cumber1137
15. Kron
16. Mushed-Popcorn (First Swap...YAY!!!)
17. Astica
18. craftykaida
19. justdon'tchange
20. mai apple pie
21. dizzylizzy

Who is sending to whom:
SentReceivedSending Late - with CommunicationNo Communication - CONTACT ASAP

Twisted Truth --> NameThatCandy
Kirashii --> Estrata FLAKED
csi_princess --> boomboom
GirlScoutRiot --> OctopusIncClothing
nerdXslut[/color] --> Kirashii FLAKED
green r my tear$ --> GirlScoutRiot
missmuffcake --> Cumber1137
OctopusIncClothing--> mai apple pie
NameThatCandy --> craftykaida
boomboom --> csi_princess
EstrataFLAKED --> green r my tear$   Angel Found
Shakes --> Kron
Cumber1137 -->Twisted Truth
dizzylizzyFLAKED--> Shakes  Angel Found
Kron --> Mushed-Popcorn
Mushed-Popcorn -->dizzylizzy
mai apple pie --> nerdXslut
craftykaida --> missmuffcake
Astica --> gwenyvarr --> JustDon'tChange-->Astica (round robin...)

Sanrio Swap Round 1 Gallery
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Jakers on: October 26, 2007 10:50:34 AM
Ok I did it,

I made a rubber ducky.  His name is Jakers

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Sanrio Swap on: October 04, 2007 01:12:23 PM
Would anyone be interested in doing a Sanrio swap...could be anything from the Sanrio line. i.e. Hello Kitty, Badz Maru etc.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Strata on: September 26, 2007 12:01:55 PM
This lovely guy is my first attempt at Amigurumi. I do have to say that I'm really impressed. He turned out better than I thought.

He's a cross between two patterns:
oldbaglady's Baby Snow Dragon and angry angel's Fierce but Friendly Dragon

Here's Strata

I won't post the pattern as it's not my own, but he turned out very good.

I do give credit where credit is due.  Thanks very much to oldbaglady and angry angel for posting such great patterns.
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / DragonCon 2007 on: September 02, 2007 10:14:31 PM
Yes, this year I actually dressed up for DragonCon.  I made the costume myself and it took me right up until Friday to finish it because my sewing machine was acting up.  I need to fix the problem so I can finish the other projects on my sewing table.  Without further ado...here's the shots of me...and several other characters, including my dressed down husband Hans, my friend Ian (both wore kilts) and my friends Andrew and Marc (the Brobdingnagian Bards).

Without further ado.  Me as an elf

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / It's finally here!!! Pillowcase romper/short set - with Pattern and Tutorial on: July 23, 2007 01:15:10 PM
Ok, I finally broke down and hand sketched the pattern.  Mind you, I didn't take any progress pictures, and the pattern works for the measurements of your child.

This pattern is one of my first designed so bear with my drafting skills.

I don't have any photos of my daughter in it yet, except the shorts, that she used as a pirate's first mate for dress up...

Without further ado,  here's the pattern.



1 standard size pillowcase
1/4" elastic for around the waist
bias tape for sleeve interfacing

Lay the pillowcase out with the opening end towards the bottom.  Place shorts pattern pieces side by side.  This will give you your x2 pieces needed for the shorts.  Place the bodice pattern above the shorts pieces towards the top and cut the pattern out.  There should be about a 2 inch piece of the pillowcase on the left hand side.  This will be used for the straps at the top of the bodice.

Shorts construction:

For both front and back pieces.  With right sides together.  Sew along the inseam until you reach the dot.  Then take the sewn pieces and with right sides together sew the sides together.  Then match up the inseam area *crotch area* and then sew it together. The legs do not need a hem as the finished part of the pillowcase has already done this for you.

Fold over 1/4" of the waist and press with an iron (optional step).  Fold over again and stitch the hem in place.   Leave about a 1/2 opening in waistline to run the elastic through.  I use two safety pins one on either end of the elastic to run it through the waist.  Once done.  Stitch the elastic and waistband closed.

Bodice construction:

With right sides together sew the side seams from under the arm to the edge.  Hem front and back seams at the collar and the bottom hemline.  Turn the bodice inside out with right sides facing out and sew the bias tape first on the outside of the arm-hole and then turn the top inside out again (right sides together) and tack it down in place.

Optional step.  When you hem the front and back, you can run elastic here too or add the straps.

Straps:  Once measured pin the straps to the wrong side of the bodice with wrong side facing out at the dots. Once attached, turn wrong side in and you are complete.
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