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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Elmo I Spy Bag on: August 13, 2012 09:51:02 AM
Made using a free down loadable color page as a pattern, re-sized on my printer. Craft felt, poly beads, cute odds and ends, and large jiggly eyes and a touch of hot glue. Added a bit of batting under the nose for dimension.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hello Kitty I Spy Bag on: August 08, 2012 07:54:23 AM

I was looking for a quiet busy toy for my grand daughter, and saw some super cute ones for sale. I thought I could make one for a lot cheaper.  So, I down loaded a free color page to a 5x7 size and used it as my pattern.  2 sheets of white felt, scraps of red, yellow and black felt, a glue gun, sewing machine, poly beads, a clear plastic pencil bag, and odds and ends from a million other projects.  ( doubled sew all the seams for safety)

We've all been testing it out to see if it will work.
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Ponyo Dress for Cosplay on: June 28, 2012 05:02:20 PM

This Ponyo dress for the cosplay this year was a surprise project that had to be made in just 2 days.

I sew every decade or so...had to watch YOUTUBE to refresh my sewing techniques (such a relief!)...turned out better than we hoped, and looks sooo much cuter on! The costume has bloomers, and the time was so tight that she actually packed it just as soon as I cut the last few threads, and left for the convention.  :-)

Alls well that ends well!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two little foxes on: January 24, 2012 02:40:35 PM
i love these little fox mini stoles!  The pattern is by tinyowlknits, it is so clever and quick.  I'm really into the fox thing right now, :-) 


5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fox Hood Scarf with pockets..(soon)...Or Fox Scoodie on: October 31, 2011 03:56:27 PM

I was inspired to make this scarf by Cat Morley, but I also loved a Fleece Fox Scoodie by Katie O., another crafter on the same site.
Soo, I did the next best thing...and knit hacked Cat's pattern with Katie's design, just in time for Halloween!

Cat wrote a Fantastic pattern, and I will make several Kitty versions, but following along with her pattern...here are the mods I used to make the Fox:

I used RedHeart in Carrot, White and Black

And these are the parts:
The Scarf-
62 inches long.should go 66 inches next time.

Two sides for the Hood -
Increased Co to 50 stitches and knit for 50 rows making the Bo at 35 stitches for a deeper hood.

I used a crochet hook and used a chain stitch to seam this together, glad I did, the hood was off center by an inch, made it easy to take apart to recenter it.
I seamed the hood from the inside starting at the bottom, and stopped 1 inch from the top curling edge, then seamed that last inch from the top so that when it naturally curls you dont see a seam.

Two Pockets -( I am adding paw prints in duplicate stitch before I start the sewing to assemble this beauty) :-)

Four Ears - 2 outer and 2 inner.
Pattern same for all four ears.
CO 18 sts, knit 3 rows, decrease one stitch one each end every 4th row until 2 stitches remain, BO- makes large ears.
For smaller ears CO 16 sts, knit 2 rows, decrease one stitch on each end every third row until 2 stitches remain, BO.

All done! Loving it! :-)


6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Toasted Ravioli with a Summer Salad and Garlic Bread on: August 29, 2011 04:36:07 PM
The recipe called for large round cheese ravioli, but I grabbed several bags of the round mini's instead....the pictures on the bags looked the same, and I was trying to beat the crowd at the grocery store...

1 bag frozen cheese ravioli
1 whole egg
1/4 cup milk
panko bread crumbs
canola oil
These were thawed pre-made ravioli that I dipped in an egg wash and breaded with Panko Bread Crumbs.  I fried them in 2 inches of canola oil using a cast iron skillet.  They cook up quick, so be ready to turn them, and they will puff up a little. Place them on a paper towel covered plate to drain off the oil before serving. (make extra...they are so freakin good) 
( *I mixed the left over egg wash and panko crumbs together and fried that up in little dumplings....the were gobbled up so fast, surprisingly tasty! )

I made a really quick and simple marinara sauce:
    1 can of crushed tomatoes (15 oz)
    1 small can tomato paste
     tablespoon of dehydrated onion
    Extra-virgin olive oil
    Fresh basil leaves, chopped
    Dried oregano
    Salt and pepper
    Pinch of sugar
Add it to together in a sauce pot and let it simmer slowly, it will make just enough for one nights dinner, :-)

Summer Salad for us is a bag of salad greens, sliced mushrooms, tomato slices, julienne sliced baby bell peppers and some dressing of choice.
Garlic bread.

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7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spilled Beads Scarf on: August 04, 2011 05:54:08 PM


I was cleaning the craft room when I spilled a huge tub of plastic beads all over the floor.  Just as I was thinking of every bad word I know, ... I was inspired to make this scarf, sorta kicked by inspiration really.

I used US size 7 knitting needles, and used a P,K,P to secure the beads in place. Make sure on the Knit that you hold the bead infront of the needle, and give the yarn a gentle tug before the second purl.  Or the bead will slip through the hole to the other side of the scarf. :-)
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hello Kitty Knitting Needles from Chopsticks on: July 09, 2011 02:21:32 PM

I got these as an early birthday gift from my daughter.....and just wanted to share them with my knitting friends, :-)  Already using them as we speak!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lil Pigs - slippers- added the mod notes on: July 07, 2011 02:01:08 PM

Theses are a modified version of a slipper pattern I got for free on the web.  It is just the slipper instructions for a basic slipper that will fit just about any size foot.

Here is the link to the free pattern: http://bevscountrycottage.com/maggieslippers.html

Here are the mods:
2 black faceted plastic beads for each set of eyes.
1 Four inch I-cord for the each nose. Make the I-cord.Roll it up, stitching as you go. Sew over the gathered toe.
2 knit triangles for each set ears:
CO was 7 stitches. Knit a row. Decrease one stitch on each end of the of the next row. Repeat until the last stitch, pull yarn through the loop. ( I actually picked up the stitches so I wouldn't have to sew the ears on)
1 knit curlycue I-cord for tail:
CO was 10 stitches, double the number of stitches by knitting into the front and back of every stitch, BO purlwise. Leave a long tail to twist and sew the edges together lengthwise to make the tail curl.
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Pasta and Broccoli on: February 22, 2011 12:13:26 PM

This is one of my favorite dishes. It can be meatless, or you can add chicken or fish...which I have done on occasion.  It's quick, and filling, but not heavy on it's own. Takes about 30 minutes.

You will need:

1 cup Virgin Olive oil
3 Tbl spoons of chopped garlic
2 tsp of red pepper flake

A box of your favorite pasta.
Fresh broccoli florets

2 cups of Grated Parmesan Cheese - make sure it's got a great flavor.

 Mix the oil, the garlic and the red pepper flake together in a small pot, on the lowest possible flame warm enough just to infuse the flavors. Stir a couple of times. Leave this warming until the pasta is done.    If your oil gets to hot, you'll have crunchy hard garlic (yuck)

Now you need a box of your favorite pasta....any kind will do.
In a large pot, add your water and salt to boil. 
Start prepping your broccoli by breaking in into bit size pieces. 
When the water is ready for the pasta, cook it as directed. 
Add the broccoli to the boiling pasta for the last 2 minutes of the cooking time, carefully drain away all the water.
With the pasta and cooked broccoli in the same pot that you cooked it in, add the warm  olive oil mix and stir well.
Add the cheese a cup at a time, use a large spoon to mix it well.
You can add more cheese or go with less...whatever you like.

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