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1  COOKING / Dessert / Minecraft Cake! on: October 28, 2012 07:54:11 PM
I've been playing minecraft for a few weeks now, and am completely addicted (I've even dreampt about it), so when my favorite, also minecraft addicted cousin's 16th birthday rolled around, I knew I had to put my newly discovered building skills to the test!
And thus was created......



The Minecraft Cake!

Using a pair of 10" square pans and a few good ol box cake mixes, I baked up two chocolate cakes for the dirt, a vanilla with a touch of black coloring to make the grey stone, and a yellow cake for the sand. And then of course some jello for the water.



Once I had a basic idea and sketch of what I wanted, I mapped out each layer separately, marking each square with a D, S, St or W so that putting each layer together would be a breeze (and it almost was). I then figured out that my magic number for the block size was 1.25", which allowed me to get the most squares out of each cake. I then created a grid sheet on freezer paper and poked holes through each intersecting point with a skewer. After leveling each cake so that it was 1.25" high, I lay my grid on top and poked holes into the cake and used a ruler to cut things as straight as I could, using my map as a guide.



I brushed each piece with simple syrup to lock the moisture in and then set to work on assembling everything. I was very happy to see that because everything was so level, I didn't need dowels or anything to support it.



Between baking and cooling and cutting and stacking, I worked on the paper craft animals. Making these guys was more time consuming than making the cake itself, but my cousin loved them so much that he saved them and has them set up in his room.



And of course, it wouldn't be Minecraft without a Creeper.


Thanks so much for looking! Comments and crit always welcome!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sweeney Todd on: May 31, 2012 05:00:54 PM
I made this Sweeney Todd doll for a Tim Burton swap a while ago and completely forgot about it until I was going through some photos not too long ago.









The body is made from felt with my own pattern. The nose is needle felted, the face is colored with chalk pastels, and the hair is hand sewn on yarn. The outfit is made from repurposed clothing and muslin. If I remember correctly, he's about 12" tall.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Home is Where You Make It... on: May 31, 2012 11:38:30 AM
This is so pretty!  I love it, especially the lettering Smiley  Do you mind sharing how you did the background?

Thank you! For the background, I just thinned out my paint with water so that it acted more like a stain and allowed some of the natural wood to still show through.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Home is Where You Make It... on: May 27, 2012 08:02:47 PM


A much loved and repeated quote for me and my best friend from one of our favorite movies, "Joe Dirt." This was a gift for her when she had to move under unhappy circumstances.
9"x7" acrylic on wood w/satin clearcoat
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Tim Burton Swap round 6 (SIGNUP 12/28/10 - 1/12/11; SENDOUTS 2/12/11) on: January 28, 2011 07:32:13 AM
well progress on my large has come to a stand still because it is frustrating me to no end, even though it's turning out nicely. i did however get a butt ton of work done on another medium last night and it's looking fantastic! i just hope i don't screw it up when i add the next parts to it. aaaand i'm going to hunt for different supplies for another medium today, which once i get those supplies, i should be able to wrap up that project quickly. phew lots of crafting still ahead!
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Forays into fusing in a microwave (pic heavy) on: January 23, 2011 07:16:10 PM
oh very cool! I'm actually head of the craft dept at my hobby lobby here, and i've always wondered about this thing since we started carrying it. it's awesome to see someone getting to play around with it because now i have way more info i can give to other customers who are interested in it!
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Tim Burton Swap round 6 (SIGNUP 12/28/10 - 1/12/11; SENDOUTS 2/12/11) on: January 20, 2011 09:21:34 PM
I did some work on a quick prototype for a large the other night, so I think I'm good to go on the real thing this weekend, and I also got started on another medium. I'm hoping to get started at least on another medium this weekend, and if all goes well, I may be sending early!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Tim Burton Swap round 6 (SIGNUP 12/28/10 - 1/12/11; SENDOUTS 2/12/11) on: January 14, 2011 10:20:06 PM
woo very excited because i finished a medium today and it turned out fantastically! i may definitely have to make one for myself later.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Tim Burton Swap round 6 (SIGNUP 12/28/10 - 1/12/11; SENDOUTS 2/12/11) on: January 10, 2011 03:47:08 PM
Ugh well i spent what was supposed to be my ultra crafty weekend puking, fighting an outrageous fever, sleeping, and just generally being miserable. but i'm better now! so on with the crafting!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Tim Burton Swap round 6 (SIGNUP 12/28/10 - 1/12/11; SENDOUTS 2/12/11) on: January 06, 2011 08:43:35 AM
coming weekend off, perfect time to sit back and watch my partners fav TB movies, get some more inspiration and start crafting! and holy crap guys! do you realize that the gallery for this swap is going to be the epic of all epic galleries?! CAN'T WAIT!
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