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1  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: December 07, 2013 02:22:02 PM
Without further ado, my lovely package from Elyxandra!

First up is the stocking, which is currently hanging on my desk at work. Smiley

The box was stuffed with goodies, all wrapped in cute brown paper with a red print all over. Inside was a cute card that assembles into a fun little Christmas tree, a tin of shortbread cookies, candy buttons, a Hershey's bar from Hershey, Pennsylvania, and a box of Cracker Jack. (The prize in my Cracker Jack was a pirate sticker. Smiley)

Then there were two sets of Christmas cards (naughty & nice), some scrapbooking supplies for my wedding guestbook, cute kitchen-themed buttons, and an adorable skate ornament set (in the little tin) including beads with mine and my fiance's initials on them.

Still more goodies! Adorable recipe cards, Body Shop lotion, a card hanging kit with cute clothespins (already hanging in the living room with the two cards we've received so far), wax seals of the letters "M" and "D" (which will be my initials after the wedding!), extra wax sticks, a mini Game of Life keychain, a super fun VW bus catnip toy which I haven't let the kitties at yet, and a lovely snowflake hoopla - the first hoop I've ever received!

Then there was this mysterious little pouch, which she said was based on a design by her Great Grandmother...

And it opened to reveal this awesome travel sewing kit! Love it! Going to stash it in my duffell bag for when we make weekend trips to visit the fiance's folks. Smiley

Thanks so much Elxyandra - I look forward to munching on cookies and chocolate this weekend, and crafting up a storm with the supplies!
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2  My first gumpaste floral spray :) in Dessert by fluffypants on: August 21, 2013 07:57:32 PM
I recently started learning how to make gumpaste flowers, and wanted to show fellow cakesters my first floral spray! Carnations are so fun to make. Smiley

I was surprised at how long the flowers took to make. The calla lilies were quick, but the carnations and roses ended up taking 15 - 20 minutes apiece. (I'm sure they'll get quicker as I make more!) Thankfully it's easy to do one step at a time, and by the time you're done your first step on your last flower, your first flower is usually dry enough to do the second step on.

My biggest tip is to buy green or pre-wrapped florist wire for these babies - wrapping all that wire ain't no fun! I lucked into finding green wire at Michael's after I'd finished wrapping about half my stems... I was one happy lady! Smiley

I can't wait to learn how to make more... dahlias and tiger lilies are near the top of my want-to-know-how list!
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3  Re: "I've made a huge mistake." - The Arrested Development Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: August 08, 2013 08:18:24 PM
I received a bundle of awesome from Sloth003 today - so much cool stuff!!

First off, one of my favourites  ("Well, I don't know what I expected," hehe) an embroidered lunch bag with a matching snack pouch!

I have to admit, when Slothy messaged me to ask if I took a lunch to work, I kind of anticipated receiving something like this - and was stoked when I opened the package!

Next up, an incredible stitched Tobias pillow which will definitely make it onto the couch with our other TV themed pillows! Next to it are two catnip toys - cutoffs and Lindsey's infamous shirt!

The back of the pillow even has a blue handprint. Cheesy On top of the pillow, there's a banana change purse (with a quarter inside Smiley), business cards from Barry (which I will be handing out to fellow fans), Gob's bottle of Forget-Me-Nows (homemade lemon Altoids) and a tin of Tobias' Teamocil (mint homemade Altoids - and wow are they curiously strong!)

Last but certainly not least, a shirt with my favourite quote!

This party's gonna be off the hook!
And possibly the best part of it? I'M A MONSTER!

Thanks a million, Sloth003! This swap was a blast. Thanks jungrrl for organizing! I think the swap bug has bitten me again. Smiley
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4  Some of my newer cakes & goodies - pic HEAVY! in Dessert by fluffypants on: November 18, 2012 09:28:17 PM
I wanted to put some of my newer baking adventures all in one spot, so here goes!

Brown & blue wedding cake: made for my friend's wedding, this cake was a chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse in between the layers. It was covered in chocolate ganache before adding the sides, which are slabs of chocolate that I poured, then drizzled blue chocolate over.

Fantasy flower cake: so called because that's what those flowers are called! This was a super moist vanilla cake with cookies n' cream filling, and vanilla buttercream. The flowers and butterflies are gumpaste.

Moominmama cake: One of my favourite book series is the Moomin series by Tove Jannson. They're wonderful books with adorable characters. This cake was lemon, with lemon curd filling, and vanilla buttercream. Moominmama was done as a royal icing runout, as were the shapes around the bottom of the cake.

Tim's Cake: A friend of mine requested my help with a birthday cake for her pilot boyfriend. She knew she wanted a plane and something video-gamey on it, but that was all! She cut out stars with my tiny cutters and made lumas (the stars with eyes) for hours on end, while I made the rest of the cake. Once it was together, I piped the clouds and we filled in the stars. The propellor is missing in this photo - whoops. The cake was vanilla, dyed yellow and blue and done in a checkerboard pan. If I remember right, it was frosted in vanilla buttercream. The plane and stars are a 50/50 mix of fondant and gumpaste.

A simpler cake, learning how to make pinecones and poinsettias with buttercream. This cake was another chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse, but also had chopped up peanut butter cups between the layers.

And some cupcake fun!

Strawberry lemonade cupcakes: Looked great but the frosting went as hard as butter in the fridge (and also tasted that way. Blech!).

Mini red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting:

Chocolate cupcakes with caramel filling, caramel cream cheese frosting, and Skor bits. The circles on top were done by rolling out microwaved Kraft caramels, cutting with a cookie cutter, and piping the outlines and letters in chocolate.

Strawberry cupcakes: probably the only times I've used a box mix in the past 3 years - I was in a massive rush to get these done for a baby shower. They're simple, but I thought they were cute!

I got this one out of the book "Hello Cupcake" - needed a Thanksgiving idea! They were ridiculously sweet and while adorable, I'm not sure I'd make them again. The pile of frosting under the turkey was a bit much!

And I'll finish off with some cookies! This was one of my first attempts doing flooded cookies (and it's one of the oldest baking projects here!) I think I did these about 2 years ago. I hadn't quite learned the art of letting the outlines dry completely before adding the colour, hence the mushrooms looking a bit like they're wearing mascara. Smiley

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5  Under the Sea cake in Dessert by fluffypants on: November 18, 2012 08:58:49 PM
I made this cake a year ago or so for a joint birthday party, and had a heap o' fun with it! I got to choose my own theme and run with it. Since I always wanted to make an under the sea inspired cake, I decided this was the time.

The cake itself is a white almond cake, the fish, bubbles and seashells are sugar cookies with royal icing. The corals, weeds, turtle and crab are gumpaste, the tentacle is solid fondant and the sand is made of graham crumbs. The tentacle was a last minute decision and I'm so glad I did it - it really tied the whole thing together. Smiley

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6  A classic - Princess Leia (photos with Han Solo and random guest stars) in Halloween Costumes by fluffypants on: November 05, 2012 09:23:07 PM
After deciding on our Calvin and Hobbes costumes for last year, I told my fiance that this year it was his turn to choose who we'd be. After much debate and flip-flopping, he told me he'd always wanted to be Han Solo and Princess Leia - so I sucked it up and made myself a princess gown. Nowhere near as exciting as a tiger suit, but I digress.... Wink

Sadly, the only photos I have are photos from work with other people in them! So, here is the best full-length shot I have, with my coworker the Pink Lady:

The only shot I have with the hood up (I didn't think it was sticking out that much - I look like a shy nun!) with the Pink Lady and Sally the ragdoll:

My scruffy-looking nerf herder and I:

And a quick shot from the side, since it's the only thing I have close to one showing the hood down. (Holding the cake I made my fiance, since his birthday was the same day as the Halloween party we attended!)

My dress/gown was sewn out of bedsheets (and completely lined with more bedsheets!) from a pattern I made up as I went along, with guidance on the shape from a costume site. The belt was a last minute dash to the fabric store where I picked up some vinyl and cut it to shape, and sewed velcro on the back. I then cut fun foam pieces in the shapes of the "metal", and covered them in duct tape. I hot glued an unpunched pinback button front onto each piece, and glued them to the belt - then did a little decorative stapling around the edges when they started to fall off, haha.

My hair is done up with two pairs of socks rolled into my buns. I wrapped it as you'd wrap with a bun roller thinger, then pinned it in place and wrapped each bun in a hair net, and pinned some more.

With all the amazing entries this year I feel inadequate even entering, but I had to enter my favourite contest of the year! All grumping about being the Princess aside, I did actually have a lot of fun in the costume, and aside from the tight neckline it was very comfy to wear. We dressed up to hand out candy and the highlight of my night was when I dropped a goody bag in a little boy's bag, and he said "THANK YOU PRINCESS LEIA!" before running off. Too cute. <3
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7  Re: Board Games!: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: January 26, 2012 05:29:26 PM
Finally getting up pics of the goodies I received from Lilak Tygress!

First up, a Trivial Pursuit cup sleeve, an Operation box (it had earrings inside but they're at my boyfriend's place - will get a pic soon!) and a sadly broken but beautiful Life mug.

And last but not least, an amazing redone Clue game - the Monkees vs. the Beatles! It features many locales based on songs and other locations (Penny Lane, Yellow Submarine, Kansas City, Long and Winding Road, Ed Sullivan Show, Liverpool, Tear Drop City, Last Train to Clarksville and Pleasant Valley), and music-related weapons (tour bus accident, choked on a guitar pick, etc).

Thanks for the amazing goodies Lacy, this swap was a blast!
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8  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: December 11, 2011 02:37:17 PM
I received a stuffed stocking o' splendor from yzzilnoaj!

I forgot to take pics before I opened everything, whoops.... nonetheless....

First up, a stellar spotted stocking!

Cool coasters!

A pretty purse emergency kit, ornate ornament, and psychedelic pens!

Purple palm preservers (aka dish gloves)! (Atrocious alliteration!)

Wonderfully whimsical wine charms, starring the Moomins! Love these. Smiley

More Moomins - perfect postcards! (And the card from yzzilnoaj!)

Bodacious baking book for all my yummies! (Also, cute cupcake cups and eerie eyeballs! Wink)

Fabulous fabric, a mod Monkees mug (made by her sister!), two pairs of enchanting earrings (hard to see - they're right in front), marvelous magnets with rad recipes, and a lovely lobster - I've seen these before but never figured out if they were decorative or served a purpose - anyone know?

I can't believe you made the paper beads for those earrings, yzzilnoaj - that must have taken FOREVER!

Thanks a big bunch, everything is flippin' flappin' fabulous!
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9  Re: Calvin and Hobbes - Let's go exploring! (Tons o' pics) in Halloween Costumes by fluffypants on: November 11, 2011 01:50:54 PM
Thank you all a bunch - there are some seriously amazing entries this year!

Edited to add: Just found this one on a friend's Facebook... apparently this is what they do at Halloween parties when you take your mask off - pretend you're their latest kill, haha!

There were a couple more pics from a Halloween party that a friend added to Facebook, and I had to share!

Hamming it up with the hostess:

And we swapped heads!

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10  Calvin and Hobbes - Let's go exploring! (Tons o' pics) in Halloween Costumes by fluffypants on: November 01, 2011 07:14:23 PM

My boyfriend Bryan and I opted for a less typical "couples" costume this Halloween, and decided on one of my favourite comics. My costume is completely handmade (by me!) and his shirt was made by us. We opted for thicker stripes on the t-shirt than Calvin usually has since this shirt is probably 4 times the size Calvin's shirt would actually be, so we made the stripes about four times as thick. Bryan already had black pants and running shoes, and the wig came from a costume shop. Had we had another week or so I probably would have tried to make it! Wink We were inspired, of course, by the one and only Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes.

P.S.: I make mention of the pattern number later on- I actually modified the pattern so that the crotch would hang lower, so that my legs actually start at my knees, since Hobbes had short legs and a long torso. Smiley Oh, and I added a tail - hehe.

My foot paws are made from canvas runners covered in foam and fleece with felt paw pads. The gloves are four finger gloves made from fleece. I printed multiple pictures of Hobbes from different angles to try to get the stripe placement as accurate as possible, but it changes here and there from comic to comic.

Without further ado...

I present to you now, Calvin and Hobbes, complete with my Ode to Costuming as a Boy & His Tiger. I thought of Bill Watterson's epic poems from the beginning of the treasury books and knew I had to write this in rhyme. Wink

Months before All Hallows Eve my boyfriend Bry and me
Were searching on the internet for what wed choose to be.
We thought of all the standards, the cliches, the old and true,
But soon settled on a costume that would be something brand new!

Yards of fabric, foam and love went into Hobbes pelt,
I used some fleece, I used some fur, of course I used some felt.

I must say that head was sure the hardest part to make,
I was clueless but excited for a challenge to undertake.

I stitched plastic canvas up with yarn to make my noggin frame
While Bryan dab dab dabbed at his t-shirt which once was plain.
He used screen printing ink, duct tape and a stencil brush,
While I worked on foaming up my head so it looked plush.

The tiger suit was made from McCalls M6251,
A pattern for onesie pajamas that was truly second to none.

The stripes were sewn on afterwards, as was the belly white,
Getting everything pinned in place was really quite a fright.

Much seam ripping and re-stitching later, finally it was done,
A boy and his tiger together at last, all ready to look for some fun.

And remember, if ever you find your life too dull and boring,
Call us up, well put on our suits, and take you out exploring!

Process photos: Bryan's shirt, my crafting face, and two of the Hobbes head in the works.


Thanks for looking! We had a blast!

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