My boyfriend is a fan of Skyrim, so for Valentine's day I made him a card with the central theme of taking arrows to knees. The card itself was made up of pictures of me holding written signs; for the last panel, I put the below picture of me wearing an [edit:] iron helmet that I made. A few sheets of fun foam, a roll of masking tape, papier mache, and 6 solid evenings of work brought me this If I'd had more time, I would have fixed the nose guard (tapered at the end, instead of straight), and made the horns curlier and more textured. Alas, that's something to think about for next time.
My absolute love of all things nerdy leads me to excellent (imo) Halloween costume ideas (the past three years: Yuna [FFX], Link [Zelda], Steampunk Batgirl). This year I combined that with my love of all things vintage, and rocked original series Star Trek. I didn't take any before or during pictures of revamping the dress, but it started out as a too-large turtleneck dress that I picked up from Value Village for $7.99; I tailored it down to my size, sewed on a black boatneck, and added Lieutenant's stripes on the arms. For the sake of not freezing more than I already expected to, I chose not to shorten the dress to a more realistic length (sorry, canon, but I can only be so accomodating ). I also made the Starfleet pin out of Fimo. Paired up with black tights, some old leather boots, and about a fluid ounce of hairspray, this redshirt's ready for some Halloween action
Ps, Sorry about the lack of a good full-body shot; this is the best I managed to grab for the night.
So, being the nerd that I am and having loved the new Star Trek movie as much as I did, I decided to go as a perennially ill-fated redshirt. Of course, as great as the new Star Trek was, the costumes (and hair) weren't nearly as excellent as those from the original 60s series. (Yes, I did go as canon as I possibly could, and made sure my arm bands and pin were correct for rank and field; of course, if I wanted to go true canon the skirt would have had to be about a foot shorter, but come on--it was about 6 degrees outside! COLD!)
And now, I present to you: Security Officer, Lieutenant Pinkie!
Unfortunately, about the best shot I have of the full costume (with some pirates); also unfortunately, it doesn't show my crazy half-bouffant that took about an ounce of hairspray to hold up.
So I had some berries burning a hole in my pocket (fridge?), and decided to make a bumbleberry crisp! Of course, I was eating alone tonight, and I prefer my crisps fresh from the oven, so I made just enough for me
I chopped up a medium granny smith, tossed in two handfuls each of fresh blueberries and raspberries, and put it all into an ovenproof mug. For the topping, I mixed a handful each of rolled and quick oats, two pinches of corn starch, and cut in a bit of butter. Poured the topping onto the fruit mix, and baked it at 350 for about 25min.
Not to blow my own horn, but it was pretty much the best idea I had all day
To celebrate my one day of the week off work (), I was an awesome person and invited a bunch of people over to my friend's place. To make up for it, I brought a poorly-presented (the tastiness made up for that) platter of candy sushi!
Nori- Fruit by the Foot (Can I tell you, NO WHERE in this town sells Fruit Roll Up. It's a travesty, I tell you.) Rice- Rice Krispy Squares (only half made into squares, I just pulled from the pot to make the rolls) Stuff inside/on top- Twizzlers, dried apricots, and gummy fish
I wanted to do some other cool stuff (roll a sushi roll in either black sesame seeds/dark flax seeds/purple coloured sugar; use sprinkles on the top for roe; have chocolate sauce [soy sauce] + green dyed icing [wasabi] as dipping sauces and sliced dried papaya [as ginger]; have other things inside), but I couldn't find everything I wanted and I'd already been running around the city for an hour, so....
Without further ado, I present: My Baking Tray of Candy Sushi!
I was at my Armenian friend's house a while back, and I had some of the most delicious dumplings (mante) ever. After ages of bugging him to give me the recipe, I finally gave up and found one online:
1lb ground beef (you can substitute ground pork or lamb, I just happen to prefer beef) 1cup finely diced onion (about half a medium) 1/2cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (I was adventurous and used curly-leaf; I find it easier to chop into tiny bits) 1/2tsp salt 1/4tsp pepper 1/8tsp allspice
Knead all the ingredients together in a bowl (you could use a spoon, I guess?).
Now, because I didn't feel like spending ANOTHER half hour in the kitchen, I cheated and used wonton wrappers for the dough. Take your stack of wrappers, cut them in half, then halve again (I used all but two wrappers making mine); put a tiny bit of meat in the centre of each, then pinch them up into little boat shapes. They should look a-something like this:
Put the folded mante on a big rimmed baking sheet that has been well-greased with butter/margarine/shortening. When your tray is full, bake them at 400F for 18-20min, wherein they should look like this:
Delicious! According to my friend, they are super tasty with yogurt and a sprinkling of paprika; the wonton wrapper crisped nicely, so I just popped mine like candy. Beefy beefy candy.
**I forgot to mention: If you want to make these, they are super delicious and you will not regret it. Just make sure you have patience. That is a pan of over 200 mante.
I saw iggy.boy's nautical ropes (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=290836.0), and absolutely had to do my own. I've had some lovely two-tone teal yarn sitting around for ages, and figured I'd make something quick with it. It's about 20ft, if my scientific measuring method of folding it in 4 and holding it up against myself is any judge of length
Excuse the end trailing out -- I couldn't be bothered to tuck it in properly for a photo op.
Since everyone knows hand-made ornaments are far superior to store-bought ones (except for glass baubles...unless you're a glassblower, in which cause kudos to you), I decided to make salt-dough ornaments! They turned out pretty wicked, except one of the sparkly stars broke on the floor...turns out hollow = poor stability All I need is an extension cord to plug in the lights! (also better store-bought)
Baking (forgive the gross spots on the oven window)
Not-sparkly stars! (there were also big ones)
I also made some ball ornaments (foam core, covered in beads and sequens), but didn't feel like making a post for just them.