Sunday, March 8, 2015

CCN Blueberry Cake finish :)

Threads: DMC blanc, 825, 3346, 3828, and 3840
Start/Finish: 2/17 & 22 and 3/1 & 8/2015

My finish on the blueberry cake block today. I hope to start the next block some time in April. I have some crocheting to do for the rest of this month.

Hope you guys are having a good weekend!

Until next time >___<

Sunday, March 1, 2015

CCN Blueberry Cake progress

My progress today on my CCN blueberry cake block. I think by next Sunday I should have the block finished.

Until next time >___<

Saturday, February 28, 2015

How To Raise A Cactuar

While known for their speed and sometimes devastating 1,000 needle attacks, little is known about raising these creatures in garden settings. It is quite possible to raise cactuars on one's own, but it is a tricky endeavour. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when raising these creatures as a hobby.

1) If you are fortunate enough to come upon cactuar seeds amongst the markets and/or rare creature auctions, keep in mind that they will not come cheap. Seeds of this rare variety of cacti will set you back a few thousand gil, but the chance of raising cactuars it well worth it in terms of an engaging experience and a fabulous conversation starter for enthusiasts of rare creatures.

2) Unlike other flora seeds, cactuar seeds need to be planted in clay pots on top of the soil, not underneath. Keep the soil moist so your seeds do not dry out. Cactuar seeds love sunlight so the pot must stay in the sun for as long as possible during the day.

3) Once the cactuar has been established in his clay pot, you must keep all animals or small children away from his abode. Despite being only a small cactuar, he will strike out at any invasion to the area around his clay pot with a 100 needle attack.

4) Before your cactuar becomes full grown, you must transplant your cactuar to any local desert area nearby. Since your cactuar is still regulated to its pot, it does not have the ability to move around and it cannot see behind him. During the night you must take a heavy cloth bag and put it over your cactuar and its pot while it is asleep. You can transport the cactuar during the day by sneaking up behind him, but it is a risk as it can be damaging to yourself and your cactuar.

5) While in the desert transplanting your cactuar, beware of nocturnal enemies. It is advisable to bring along a bounty hunter to keep an eye out for any attacks while you are busy with your cactuar.

6) Dig a shallow hole in the sand and while wearing mythril gloves, carefully take your cactuar out of its clay pot and transfer it to the hole. Cover the cactuar with the sand. Do not be afraid of harming your cactuar as the sand is its natural environment. Nothing else remains to be done and you may return to your home.

I hope you have these tips on raising cactuars helpful. It is quite an enjoyable hobby and it is well worth persuading to impress your colleagues at your next rare creature emporium meeting.

Until next time ^____^

Sunday, February 22, 2015

CCN Blueberry Cake Start

My progress so far on Country Cottage Needleworks' blueberry cake design.

Until next time >___<

Saturday, February 21, 2015

CCN Strawberry Cake finish

Pattern: Cottage Cakes - Strawberry by Country Cottage Needleworks
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Cream linen by Zweigart
Threads: DMC blanc, 580, 666, 725, and 3828
Start/Finish: 1/31, 2/7-8, 14-15/2015

My finish on the CCN  strawberry cake. I am starting on the blueberry cake! I love these designs!

Until next time >___<

CA package - Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year

This is the package that I sent to my friend Amanda in CA for Valentine's Day and the Chinese New Year.

As always, there are panda goodies! Also included is a cute pack of sushi magnetic bookmarks I found at Barnes & Noble, two crocheted heart brooches, and some fun things for the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Sheep. I sent her the little sheep amigurumi I made, a Starbucks new year gift card (for lots of extra whip cream!), and an adorable sheep desk calendar.

I actually bought myself a sheep calendar too. I have it on my desk at work. Always nice to have something kawaii at work to make you smile when things go awry.

Hope you liked your package!

Until next time >___<

Mythical Strawberry Moonpie!

This year's exclusive moonpie flavor this Mardi Gras season! ~nom nom~

1940s baking - Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Last Sunday I decided to try my hand at another recipe from the 1940s cookbook. I had tried them the weekend previously, but made the mistake of adding way too much shortening because my brain is so used to adding one stick for the cornmeal cookies.

Luckily I made no mistakes in baking on Sunday. I love the taste of these drop cookies. I think the next time I make them, I will add mini chocolate chips.

Strawberry Shortcake Amigurumi

Pattern: Strawberry Shortcake - my own pattern
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft limelight, sunshine, watermelon, and white
Hook: size F 
Start/Finish: 1/24/2015

I love sweets. So what else would I stitch up? This little mini strawberry shortcake amigurumi is about the size of a k-cup.

Ugh.....makes me what a bowl of strawberry shortcake like my grandmother used to make....

Until next time >___<

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Strawberry Cake - Cottage Cake cross stitch

I started working on this design last Sunday and got around to stitching on it this weekend. There is something so relaxing about stitching on Country Cottage Needleworks designs.

Pattern: Cottage Cakes - Strawberry by Country Cottage Needleworks
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Cream linen by Zweigart
Threads: recommended DMC