Welcome to Make-It Tuesday . . .
Twenty-three cotton chemo caps, to be donated to a cancer treatment center. Made from excellent pattern here: http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/kpatt18.htm
For more chemo cap patterns, check out http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/patterns.htm
Gin (not affiliated with headhuggers, but the chemo caps are a good thing to do, and they offer immediate satisfaction, they’re very portable, the yarn is inexpensive, and I love playing with all the colors)
FIRE-BREATHING DRAGON BIRTHDAY CAKE BY DEBBY
When I was a little girl, my Grandmother made us special cut-out birthday cakes (bunnies, butterflies, ponies, trains, etc). I have continued that tradition for my grandchildren – when they are little. When my oldest grandson was turning 18, he requested a fire-breathing dragon birthday cake (it had been ten years since I had made him a cut-out cake). In his words, “now that I’m going to be an adult, I don’t think that I can get away with it after this year.”
I used a large oval pan for the body of the dragon (the cake was cut in half and set on its side), and a 9” round to cut up for the head, paws and tail. I have used double-boiler frosting in the past, but for this guy we used Betty Crocker cream cheese frosting (I was in a hurry). We colored the frosting bright yellow. The ridges on his back were mini-orange slices cut in half. His claws were orange jelly beans. I cut marshmallows with a small pair of kitchen scissors for his fangs and the whites of his eyes. The green eyes and brown nostrils were M&Ms. (Notice the marshmallow in his mouth – that was a last minute save, as the day was so warm that the frosting wouldn’t hold and his mouth wouldn’t stay open!)
His wings were made of sheets of fruit rollups folded around drinking straws. The fire was several colors of fruit rollup sheets cut into the shapes I wanted.
(Two weeks later, my four-year-old grandson asked for a chocolate Millenium Falcon for his birthday cake! If I did this one right, I’ll post a picture of that one too.)
Carol-Ann McClay: Lighthouse – one of my favourites I’ve done.
Carol-Ann: Sunflower cushion – My MIL had always wanted an embroidered cushion, so when I saw the sunflower pattern for a cross-stitch I thought it would be lovely for her, and she loves it. My friend Anna made it into a cushion for me.
Carol-Ann: Elephant for Lorelai – my most recent completed work for a friend’s baby.
Carol-Ann: Here’s a baby blanket I made using Rico pompom wool.
Jane F: Dino Beach: Sadly, I don’t know how to make origami dinosaurs. All of the items in this photo were gifts from different people. I just thought, “hey, even T-Rex’s may want Caribbean vacations!” Well, seeing when I open my blinds in the morning makes me smile.
Jane F: the binder with ALL THE PRE-LABELED TABS. This is not traditional crafting but I had fun doing it and I enjoy the pretty colors. I am generally not the most organized person but I am hoping labeling the tabs in advance by sections already in the syllabus will help me as the semester gets rolling. It also makes me happy that all the school supplies were raided from my old middle school ones. (Why did I feel the need to keep ALL my pre-algebra worksheets for posterity?)
Great stuff, everybody. As for me, I finished the baby sweater but have to figure out the buttons and button holes, plus a matching hat. Except I don’t know where my camera is, so I might add them later. The thing is, the hat, looks like it fits a 6 month old and the sweater looks good for a preemie, but whatever. They’re cute. I know how to crochet! Even Camo, the camouflage yarn dog, is looking good.
I wonder if that’s what always happens. You play around and do some shawls and scarves and then suddenly the world opens up.
Thanks to Jenny. Oh, and absolutely thanks to my Danish grandmother, who taught me and my roommate to make afghans and shawls. I still have my black shawl which is at least 42 years old (and they used it in the local version of “Our Town.”) I do love shawls.
Anyway, great work, everybody. I’m looking for stuff from Kathy G.S., who’s a phenomenal sewist and tailor, and more from Lynda, who doesn’t knit but creates all sorts of things.