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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Asatru/Heathen/Germanic Pagan Swap? on: October 24, 2009 03:57:59 AM
I know there are a lot of WWP swaps floating around, and I know they are open to any pagans, but I was wondering if there would be any interest in a Asatru/Heathen/Germanic Pagan specific swap? I know this is a busy time of year for crafting, so now would not really be the time, but I was thinking about maybe trying to put a swap together a little closer to Ostara (Eostara, Eostere, I know there are a lot of variations on this). I can't organize a swap right now, I don't think I have all the creds I need, but I am working on it, and I think this would be a fun swap to organize. I just hope there is some interest.

Alright. I'll let you go think about it!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / HELP!!! Need help with diaper cake! on: October 17, 2009 06:59:54 PM
It's for a little girl and it is my first "commissioned" cake, and only the second one I have done. I have the main cake and the ribbon attached, and have the topper. The little bunny on top has special sentimental value (the first toy daddy bought when he found out they were having a little girl) and the pink all around the bunny is a blanket that goes all the way through the cake, so those things cannot be moved.
Here is what I have so far:

Here is the topper:

A closer shot of the ribbon:

And these are the little doodads I need to attach to the cake, but can't figure out how.

I thought I might add some flowers and curling ribbon and tuck them into that, with floral stakes or something that would be hidden by the ribbon. Any thoughts?
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Bleached out Rorschach shirt (Watchmen) 2nd try! on: September 26, 2009 01:02:02 PM
Okay... tried it again with the freezer paper and it came out 110% better this time:


The color is fine, it just isn't dry yet, so it looks stripey. I couldn't wait for it to finish drying to post it!
C&C Welcome!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Toilet paper origami on: September 18, 2009 07:34:20 PM
Never get bored in the bathroom again! Forgot to bring something to read? Amuse yourself by folding your toilet paper into delightful and attractive shapes!



I youtubed it. Lotsa neat stuff on there.

Houston... We have a problem!
It's supposed to look like a flowerpot with a flower in it. This one is in the kids' bathroom. Now I don't know where to go pee. I don't want to mess them up!

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Toilet paper origami on: September 18, 2009 04:18:39 PM
EDIT EDIT EDIT

I had to remove the image I had posted because it wasn't mine (oops!), but since I posted, I have figured out how to do toilet paper origami and have posted a few pictures in the completed projects section. Go ahead and have a look!


I found this photo on the interwebs and was intrigued. Not surprising considering one of my favorite books is The Social History of the Toilet.
A good book. You should check it out... if you happen to like history and toilets. Enough rambling!
I did some origami recently at an anime convention (see post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=320566.msg3694752#msg3694752)
and when I stumbled across this, I got all a-twitter. Anybody here ever gotten crafty with their toilet paper?


6  COOKING / Dessert / The BIG gay sushi cake! (pic obese... and wordy!) on: September 09, 2009 06:43:10 PM
Here is a little back-story:

My sis recently came out and is obsessed with Japanese culture, so for her birthday, I told her I would make her a big gay sushi cake. I was inspired by this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=251768.0 and other sushi cakes as well as the rainbow cupcakes http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=316358.0.

So I set out to make one. Naturally, my sister has to be difficult and tells me she doesn't want a california roll, she wants something else. This is my inspiration:

I was going to use two 13x9 yellow cakes tinted with food gel in rainbow colors. I planned to use fondant for the top and white sprinkles for the rice. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. The little podunk town my sister lives in does not have a decent store to go to for cake suppiles, so all we have is Wal-Mart. My Wal-Mart sells the things I need, hers... not so much. No white sprinkles, and the only fondant they have is a 5lb box, which I don't need. Great, now I have to get creative.
I tried to tint some of the frosting a nice light pink to use on the top as the tuna... apparently there is no light pink, there is only dayglo pink. So it doesn't really look like fatty tuna, it looks more... radioactive.

Oh well. For the rice, I just frosted the sides super-thick and picked at it with a fork to make it look textured. Worked okay, but I still wasn't thrilled.
 
To make it look more sushi-ish and less like a cake that was just plain weird, I thought "I'll put a stripe of black frosting down the middle to look like a piece of seaweed." Wrong again. No black frosting, just chocolate. Dang it, I'm going for it!

But the inside? Oh the inside turned out lovely! We had lunch at Olive Garden, and when we sliced that sucker open, it sure turned a lot of heads!!!

It  was tasty. The middle bit was cream cheese frosting, the outside frosting was vanilla. The cake was just two, plain boxed cake mixes... colorfully tinted!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / What I did at my first anime (mini)convention on: September 09, 2009 06:02:01 PM
I'm not really into anime. My sister really digs it though, so I took her to her very first convention for her birthday. She had some friends from school meeting her, so there was really no point in hanging out. So I sat at the kids' table and learned to do origami!


It's a penguin!



Now it's a samurai penguin!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ponytail hat on: August 09, 2009 09:48:41 AM
I know it's a little warm for this, but I was cleaning out my craft room and found this neat-o little hat I made last year and also remembered that I have a camera now, so here are the pics!

The finished product:

I have pretty long, thick hair, and I work with little kids, so I usually keep it pulled up into a ponytail. We have to go outside every day for and hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, even when it's really cold. I got tired of my hats not fitting right because of my giant ponytail, so I whipped up this little number to make room for it!

A close up of the little bow:


C&C welcomed!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Made with blood, sweat, tears... and diapers! (pic heavy) on: August 05, 2009 02:53:38 PM
Well, mostly just diapers and ribbons  Wink

Here is the final project:

I had some WIP pics, but thanks to my little helpers, pictured here:

All my WIP pics got deleted when my camera got thrown on the floor. Fortunately, the camera recovered.

A closer look at the topper:

The colors are truer in this pic.

Tip: try not to have kids in your house or a raging migrane while you are making your very first one. I was all excited about this, went and bought my coordinating ribbon and all that jazz, then when I got home and opened the diapers, I discovered that every other one was plain and the others hade green and orange stripes. Great. Orange doesn't go with the stuff I bought AT ALL and now this dumb thing has reached a whole new layer of crazy because I have to pay attention to the diaper pattern. Meanwhile, the kids are arguing over who has the most Magic the Gathering cards (yup, the kiddos are geeks) and my cat pulls the piping hot hot glue gun onto my foot (that reminds me, I need to go unplug it!).

Also, a lot of the tutorials I read suggest using rubber bands to hold the whole mess together until you get the ribbon on. I would reccommed using yarn or string. That way, you can slide the diapers around if you need to adjust them and you don't have to fight with the rubber band.

I am going to go put this thing in my truck so no one can knock it over or bother it. On the plus side, if I have to make another one, it shouldn't be as tough!

Edit:
Just one more pic to show the colors a little better:



C&C always welcome!
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Sugar scrubs... super sweet! on: July 31, 2009 02:37:47 PM
I was playing around with some gift ideas for some of the women in my family for the holidays, and I decided to throw together a sugar scrub! So sweet, so simple, and SO much cheaper than you can get at Bath and Body Works!



The blue one is eucalyptus and the orange-ish one is mango smoothie. Yum!

UPDATE!!!

I made a new one!



As you can (probably) tell by the label, this one is coconut cream... complete with poorly drawn coconut!



Scrubalicious!!!
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