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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: God's Unleashed !! on: November 05, 2008 08:33:02 AM
Thank you!! :-) Umm.. well you get it off I scrubbed a lot with a loofa but, honestly it is almost gone on my arm you just see a tiny bit. I am having more trouble getting it of my feet.... there it just looks faded.. good thing it is not sandal weather. :0)
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / God's Unleashed !! on: November 03, 2008 09:31:35 PM
Hello, This year my husband and I went as God's. I went as the Hindu Goddess Durga and Nart went as the Greek God Hades. It was so cute, he had not decided what to be and then he saw that skull mace and had to have it, so Hades it was. lol. Our costumes are a concoction of thrift store finds and stuff we had around the house.

Hades was once a shower curtain, place mats, scraps of burlap, scraps of fake leather, and a piece of foam from a pillow. (I did not make the spider or mace)

My clothes I found at the Thrift store I just had to make alterations, I made most of my jewelry from stuff I just had around. I did not make the earrings or necklace. I made my head thingy out of trim, old jewelry and a glue gun of course. The nose ring was harder it is a old screw earring I painted and added a trinket and chain. IT is hard to see but on the other end of the chain is a bell so it wrapped around my ear. Then I got some fine tip permanent markers and drew henna like tattoos on. I had band aids wrapped around like 4 fingers, from the glass bottle my gold paint was in..that was not fun. I had gold paint everywhere.

Despite the blood sweat and tears, I really like how they came out.
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Strawberry Shortcake Cake on: September 26, 2008 02:32:30 PM
Oh my god! How adorable and elaborate. What a lucky little girl. How much was the marzipan?
It was about $7.00 a tube. which.. was not enough so drastic improvisation had to take place. :0)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Sleeping bag on: September 17, 2008 09:30:05 PM
You did a great job! and your little one is so cute!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout... - beaded spider necklaces on: September 17, 2008 09:22:37 PM
These are great! Your attention to detail definitely paid off, they look awesome.
6  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Strawberry Shortcake Cake on: September 10, 2008 02:35:45 PM
I have to agree with everyone else.  You made a master peice.  The detail is incredible, and I know from the cooking shows marzipan has a learning curve, but you don't see it with your cake.  I like that you kept the strawberry theme throughout.  Maybe I'll see if I have time to make my neice and all out cake for her third birthday.

Wow! thank you! it is really exciting to be on featured projects! Lizfd it is easier if you split up the work. I think if I had tried to do it all in one day I would have gone crazy. I molded the figures one night and then stored them in the fridge and then baked the cake the next night and then put it all together the next day. I guess it still takes a lot of time but it is easier to find slots of time than a chunk. lol I am glad the cake doesn't seem to show a learning curve, I definitely had lots of cracks  in the layer that covered the cake!! Though I tried to cover them all with detail and I "painted" the cake in a mix of dye, honey and whipped topping that took care of a lot of them. LOL I guess I would say my skills are in improvisation and less with material. :0)

It was sad to see the cake get cut but also a relief. I know that sounds silly but, I tend to be a perfectionist especially when it comes to making something for other people. It is almost a relief once its gone.

Thanks Again for all the fab comments!

7  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Strawberry Shortcake Cake on: August 20, 2008 07:47:27 PM
Shadeweaver, I think that I will try marshmallow fondant next time. There is this great tutorial by riverwatson http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238211.0. I have never heard of modeling chocolate. I would like to try it, is that something I could find at the grocery store or a specialty store?

I actually make my own ... you can make it with white, milk or dark chocolate .. with white being the softest and dark the hardest.

I use this recipe and it is soooo easy!

Shade Smiley

Thanks Shade, I am definitely going to try modeling chocolate for my Labor Day cake :-) Which by-the-way I decided to make after all the awesome positive feedback I got here!!! you guys are doing wonders for my ego.

Thanks again!!
8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Strawberry Shortcake Cake on: August 16, 2008 08:35:03 PM
First, thanks guys for all of your supportive comments!! Wow! Tero Thanks so much!
mcbenno, When I first decided to make a Strawberry Shortcake Cake and started searching for pictures I didn't even know they had changed her, but why fix something that's not broken?? The original Shortcake is the best Shortcake Wink
Shadeweaver, I think that I will try marshmallow fondant next time. There is this great tutorial by riverwatson http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238211.0. I have never heard of modeling chocolate. I would like to try it, is that something I could find at the grocery store or a specialty store?
9  COOKING / Dessert / Strawberry Shortcake Cake on: August 16, 2008 11:26:44 AM
Hi everyone! So it was my niece's 5th birthday and I wanted to do something special for her. I decided to make her a cake. She said she wanted Strawberry Shortcake or the little mermaid. I choose Strawberry shortcake. The cake is a lemon cake 4 layers with strawberries and strawberry whip topping. Everything is make by hand. The only things I got pre-maid were: the marzipan (I used it to cover the cake and mold the figures) and the yellow cake mix. Oh my! this cake took a long time. It was my first time doing such a detailed cake and my first time with marzipan. The marzipan tasted good but is pretty expensive. If I did it again I think I could cut down the prep time in half.
Here is a close up of Strawberry Shortcake

Here is the cake

My Niece with the cake. Isn't she cute?

Sister-in-law cutting the cake. Bye Bye

And this was all that was left.

 Please let me know what you think and if you have any pointers to help with marzipan please let me know.lol  for next time.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Geisha, Kanzashi Birthday Present on: June 22, 2008 05:02:18 PM
Thank you guys for all the comments. Foisty, I would love to see your work!!!! I bet sewing is much less messy..I will have to try that next time.

Also, I am hoping to get my friend to send me a picture of herself wearing the hair pins. When she does I will post it so you guys can see the craft in action. hehe.. :0)
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