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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Skyrim Helmet on: February 13, 2012 02:31:14 PM
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 Smiley
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.

Enjoy!



Process pics:

The frame


Ready to papier mache


Horn skeletons begin


Horn skeletons, before being extended


Finished horn


Attaching the horns to the papier mached helmet
2  CANADA / Ontario / Kingston Craftsters on: June 27, 2011 07:49:02 PM
Hello, fellow Craftsters!

I've just moved to Kingston, and am hoping that I'm not the only crafty person in the area Tongue
Related: are there any craft/fabric stores in town (besides Michael's and Fabricland)? Not to say they've treated me poorly, but it's nice to see some of the things that indie stores carry Smiley
3  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Need nice cardstock for Wiltshire wedding! on: April 23, 2011 06:16:50 PM
Hello fellow craftsters!

My sister is getting married in Marlborough, and needs to get some nice cardstock to print programs. We're travelling in from Canada and she doesn't want to bring the extra weight in her luggage on the plane.

If anyone could give some recommendations as to where we could pick up some nice cardstock in Wiltshire (or London), I would really appreciate it.

Thanks!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Whale You Be My Valentine? on: February 13, 2011 12:07:20 PM
I borrowed the Twitter Fail Whale for the valentine I made for my BF, and turned it into the Love Whale!
(Please ignore my awful marker work)


Inside: Whale you be my Valentine? I'll dolphinitely be yours!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Redshirts, set your phasers to stun! on: November 02, 2009 11:36:43 AM
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 Tongue). 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 Cheesy

Ps, Sorry about the lack of a good full-body shot; this is the best I managed to grab for the night.

Posing with some pirates


A close-up of my badge


Artsy shot from an impromptu photo shot at UofT


Thanks for looking/voting, maybe? Tongue
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Redshirts, set your phasers to stun! on: November 01, 2009 01:21:43 PM
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.


Close-up of my Starfleet badge, made of Fimo.



A fun artsy shot
7  COOKING / Dessert / Single Serving Bumbleberry Crumble on: August 13, 2009 05:35:29 PM
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 Smiley



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  Cheesy

8  COOKING / Dessert / Candy Sushi! on: June 05, 2009 08:57:50 PM
To celebrate my one day of the week off work (Embarrassed), 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!
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / The Tiniest Dumplings! on: May 07, 2009 06:32:15 PM
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.
 Cheesy

**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.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Simplicity Pattern Sizing on: April 08, 2009 01:31:17 PM
Hi everyone Smiley

I have a wedding to attend in May, and I think I'm going to save some money by making my own dress rather than buying one. I think I've decided on Simplicity 6699 (http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=6699, white with black sash design...different colours, of course Cheesy).

However, I'm a tad bit worried about actually making the thing, because the sizing chart on the back of the envelope says I'm a size 12 (I'm actually a size 4).

So, my question to all you fine crafty dress-making ladies out there: Which size should I cut the pattern to? My actual size, or size 12?

Thanks so much Smiley

-Pinkie
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