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If a Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Then a video paints a thousand times a thousand words. Multiply that number by the number of times needed to watch it in order to gather enough information and what you’ll have is a bridge across a language barrier to an incredibly adorable child’s sweater.
A generous member of YouTube shared how she made a sweater. She has other video tutorials as well. The ones I clicked on were in a language other than English. Below is the video from which I made the latest sweater. I don’t know if it is exactly the same but it is close enough for me.

Child's Sweater Tutorial
Here is my version of her sweater.

Bead Crochet Rope

     I recently completed a small crocheted tote.  I wanted to add something different than the regular crocheted handles.  So, I tried my hand at bead crochet rope.  I love the look of the necklaces and other jewelry made using this technique.  Using a fantastic picture tutorial (found here, http://www.beadersshowcase.com/profiles/blogs/2049967:BlogPost:3497 ) shared by Julie A. Harper.

     I strung 364 6/0 glass beads (3 cream, 1 dk blue, 1 lavendar, 1 dk blue) onto size 3 crochet thread and used the technique shown in the above tutorial…a slip stitch instead of a single crochet and crocheted rather tightly and worked 6 stitches around using a #7 steel crochet hook.  I first tried with size 30 thread and a #10 steel crochet hook.  Well, my eyes ain’t what they used to be and I couldn’t see them well enough in the beginning and got aggrevated and switched to the larger, size 3 thread.  Now that I’ve got the general idea, I’ll secure me a better light and possible a hands-free magnifier for the first couple of inches at least.

     What resulted was a nice length (almost 9 inches) of rope that was usable for my tote.  The only problem is…I now have to get more beads in order to make the other one…I’m short on the lavendar ones.  So, I’ll save the beaded handles for another project and continue on to completing the tote with regular (tubular) crocheted handles.

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LaLaLoopsy Cookie Project

After seeing the incredibly adorable LalaLoopsy Doll cookies shared by Daily Cookie on CakeCentral  and on Facebook , I knew I wanted to attempt to make them for my granddaughters!

(The above are the work of Carla (CakeCentral’s DailyCookie and Facebook’s Daily Cookie) )

The steps I took to make them are below.  I didn’t photograph the attaching of the sticks (absentmindedness) but I will upload more pictures later.

 1)   I gathered several different styles of the dolls

to try and cover as many attributes (hairstyles, clothing, arm

positions) as possible.  I copied them to one sheet in MS Publisher and sized them all to be about the same size, printed out the sheet on cardstock and cut each doll out making sure to leave areas of weakness (extended arms and other thin details) with paper for structure.

2)  Using one of these mats (found near the cutting boards

at Walmart), I attached the cut out dolls with tape.  This way, I could

position them so that more fit on the mat than could be printed out

on one sheet of cardstock.

3)  Using an X-acto knife, the dolls were carefully cut out of the mat.

I used double-stick tape on the backs of the cardstock cutouts as well

as clear tape on the edges when they were positioned.  This allowed

the dolls to remain attached to the cut out plastic pieces.

Here, they’re all cut out of the mat.

4)  Using cookie sticks as thickness guides on either side, the dough

was rolled out on parchment (waxed or freezer paper will work as

well) and slid onto a pan (1/2 sheet cake boards are ideal for this step)

and placed in the freezer to get firm/hard for cutting.

5)  Once the dough is chilled/frozen firm enough,  remove from freez-

er, place the cut out doll mat on top and using an X-acto knife, care-

fully cut the dolls out.  Remove mat.  With a small spatula or table/

butter knife (or whatever tool you prefer), remove excess dough…

being careful not to pull too hard or too fast just in the case of possi-

bly having areas that weren’t completely cut, …leaving the doll cutouts on the papered pan/board. 

I attached sticks by brushing the area lightly with water, positioning the stick, brushing the stick lightly with water and pressing small amounts of the excess dough onto the dough and smoothing gently, encasing the stick.

Return pan/board to freezer.  Continue rerolling dough and following the above steps until all cookies are cut out and have sticks attached. 

Beginning with the first set, remove them from freezer.  Before they have a chance to soften, using a spatula, flip them over so the patched stick area is against the papered pan.  If needed, replace paper on pan (I’ve never baked on waxed paper or freezer wrap so I can’t recommend doing so.  Parchment paper is what I recommend baking the cookies on).

Bake them according to the directions given with your sugar cookie recipe.  Use your favorite decorated cookie icing to finish these adorable cookies.

These can be stored, baked or unbaked, in your freezer for a considerable amount of time if well wrapped/bagged/packaged, making them an ideal gift to make if free time comes in small increments! 

Another idea, for those with limited time, use the cleaned mat to cut out thinly rolled fondant to place on the still hot cookies for a quick base.  When cool, use edible pens, air brush colors and brushes and icing to add details.  Don’t forget to add some edible glitter!

 I’ve yet to decorate mine.

Miniature Square Cakes Tutorial Part 2

Miniature Square Cakes Part 1

It took a bit longer than expected but, I managed to get the first tutorial done for the mini squares. I’ll work on the remaining part(s) today. They should all be up (however many they wind up being) by the end of this week.

Miniature Tiered Cakes -More Tutorials

All the tiers are complete with 3 coats of buttercream and this next set will be covered in rolled fondant.

Using tiers that have had 3 coats of buttercream applied, these tiers will be given a poured fondant application.

Please, remember that tiers should not be frozen…cool is okay, just not frozen…when applying poured fondant.

Video tutorials in the works!

The first video tutorials, from me, will be on miniature cakes.  You’ll be able to see various techniques I use in making them.

If you have a suggestion for a future video tutorial on cake/cookie decorating or dessert making please chime in.