*enter clever title here*

I wanted to come up with some clever title for this latest project I finished, but my mind is not quick with the wit today. Alas.

Anyway, I come with pictures (and a mild story of woe) from my latest project. It wasn’t the cross-stitch of doom, but it wasn’t necessarily my easiest project either, mostly because I have an inability to do math.

So, last month, my buddy contacted me about doing a commission piece from him based on this:

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Easy, right?

Well, it theory, it was. I opened the pic with my program and messed with the coloring, etc. After that was all said and done, I needed to figure out the dimensions so I would calculate how long it would take for me to finish it. So, I averaged the area that Ken took up — 30 x 100. (I’d have to double it to include Ryu, piece of cake.) So, I multiplied it in my mind — 30 x 100, well, that equals 300.

(Now at this point, any 3rd grader could tell you where I went horribly wrong.)

Let’s just say what I thought would take 5-7 hours ended up taking over 30.

So, over the course of a week and a half, this cross-stitch became a part of me.

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We watched Tangled together.

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And Night at the Museum.

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And Captain America.

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Twice.

Still, I couldn’t figure out where I had gone wrong if calculating my time. I blamed it on being tired, sick, the cycle of the moon — anything.

Vacation came and so did my newfound BFF.

It was my traffic buddy…

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helped keep seagulls away…

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and watched as children played.

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Finally, after dedicating six times the amount of time I thought I would, the end was near. And as I was finishing Ken’s foot, it hit me.

30 x 100 doesn’t equal 300. It equalsย 3,000.

Oh.

Yeah.

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But in the end, everything turned out rather well and now I’m turning my attention back to Hyrule.

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And the next time someone asks for a commission piece, I’m pulling out the calculator.

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Warning: Delicious Calories Ahead

Yesterday, in an attempt to come up with something delicious for dessert, I decided I was going to make a cake from a cake mix box. (I know, not particularly exciting.) As I was looking at the back of the Betty Crocker box, I saw a little blurb about their website, talking about how they had other recipes there. So, I popped over there, not wanting a plain white cake.

I browsed and looked a peanut butter cake with chocolate icing caught my attention, but I knew I didn’t want a Reese’s Peanut Butter cake. (I’m not a huge chocolate fan, sorry.) But, I did like the idea of a peanut butter cake. And I knew that we had some marshmallow creme hiding in the pantry.

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Ta da! A Fluffernutter cake was born!

The recipe couldn’t be simpler (or more delicious).

The cake:
1 box of Betty Crocker white cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 c. oil
1 1/4 c. water
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. Jif Whips peanut butter (This stuff is amazing!)ย 

Follow the instructions like on the back of the box. I added the peanut butter and vanilla during the last thirty seconds of mixing. Bake it off per the instructions.

The icing:

(1) 7 oz. container of Kraft Marshmallow Creme
8 oz. (or 2/3 of a container) of Country Crock Simply Delicious spread
2 tsp. vanilla
3 c. of powered sugar

Mix the first three ingredients, then slowly add the sugar (so it doesn’t get all over the place). My icing was a bit loose (which I wanted so that it cascaded over the sides of the cake — if you want the icing thicker, just add more powdered sugar.)

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Then, enjoy!