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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sirius Black quote lamp! on: July 09, 2015 04:22:21 PM
Made for fatewineroses in the Quotes Quotes Quotes swap! This started as a really good idea. It took about 10x longer than I planned, but I was happy with the end result so I didn't mind so much. Wink



The creation:

When I read my partner's quote, the "light" and "dark" struck me as NEEDS TO BE A LAMP. Since I had a lamp base sitting around, it seemed fitting!

It started with designing a cut file of the quote. (For some reason my mind filled in the word "darkness" instead of "dark", whoops!) I then fed it through the silhouette on a heavy chalkboard paper (as I figured I wanted something stable enough that I didn't need a wireframe in the shade). Great idea? I thought so! The Silhouette didn't. I tried twice and it wouldn't cut through the paper. So, I cut the quote entirely by hand.

Then it ended up being too small for the frame I'd rigged up for the lamp. Oops. And I was out of black paper. Double oops. I tried creating a few of my own wireframes to hold it on the bulb (most were hilariously Frankenstein-ish). Then lo and behold, one day at a thrift store, I found a lampshade almost the exact same size, so I bought it and dismantled it, and glued it to my piece. HOORAH!

Long story short, it was a lot of trial and error but I'm glad it worked out in the long run. Smiley Next time I'll buy a lampshade to base it on first!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dr. Who/Tardis Jewelry Box! on: July 09, 2015 04:11:49 PM
Made for my partner, fatewineroses, in the Quotes Quotes Quotes swap. I was going to post this over in housewares, but noticed a notice pointing me this way, so here it is. Smiley

The completed project:

Humble beginnings:

The whole thing was painted in a cabinet paint before painting the galaxy effect in acrylics. I traced out the sides and top of the cabinet onto paper, and drew the banner so it would loop seamlessly across all sides. I then cut out my sketch and traced it onto the box, and painted it in. The quote and detailing was done in Sharpie once the paint had dried. Smiley

"I am and always will be..."

"The optimist, the hoper of far-flung hopes, and the dreamer of improbable dreams."

The glass out of the door was replaced with a little piece of something that was basically plexiglass; I just bought a sheet and cut to size.

I had a lot of fun with this one, and can't wait to do another! I picked up a jewelry box that plays the theme from the Godfather, so I'm anxious to figure something out for that one. Wink

Thanks for looking!

P.S.: fatewineroses, I had some trouble with the bottom drawer sticking. If you jiggle it by the sides rather than the handle, it'll come out! Smiley
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Disney Villains Shrine (kinda pic heavy) on: July 08, 2015 06:04:19 PM
I made a shrine for amc- in the "Darker Side of Disney" swap! She's received so I am now safe to post photos!


From humble beginnings....

After painting and decorating the interior:

I made all the figures out of Sculpey. They were fun! I found a tutorial for Cruella and Hades on YouTube, and made up Scar and Captain Hook. Captain Hook is my favourite! I love the way his outfit turned out. Here they are before going into their "environments":


And after:

The full shebang!

A couple fun little things I used:
- Flat shiny green bead/charm things that reminded me of crocodile scales for part of Captain Hook's background
- A broken piece of jewelry (on the left) that was the closest thing I had to an alarm clock for the Cap'n
- A little picture of a dalmatian (I drew spots on a generic dog from some scrapbooking paper) with a pair of scissors on Cruella's background
- Scar is standing on a little pile of buttons, hehe Smiley
- The "gem" at top centre is a broken piece of jewelry, a bottle cap, a gem, a pendant, and a rhinestone brad
- The gemstones up the left side are an old bracelet my hubby's grandma bought me at a thrift store... the beads were cool, but I don't wear bracelets... yay craftiness!
- The rhinestone string up the middle is another bracelet I got in a surprise pack
- I originally made the flower on top for my wedding! It was part of a centrepiece. Smiley
- Other than the shelf/box itself, this piece was completely from stash. YAYYYY!

Thanks for looking!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Monkees Concert Shrine on: May 10, 2015 02:35:06 PM
I hope "Shrine" is the right word!

I haven't posted any crafts in what feels like forever, but when I saw the subject of this contest, I had to create something. I love road tripping for concerts with my mom (we've seen the Monkees twice and Neil Diamond once... working on more! Smiley) The first time we saw the Monkees, it was an outdoor concert at a zoo and we nearly got rained out. They stopped the show and corralled everyone inside, and we waited an hour before they decided to go back on and speed through the rest of the show. So, I was super excited when we got to go see them again - at an indoor venue this time!

The first time we saw them, Davy Jones was still alive, and so it was Davy, Micky and Peter. The second time we saw them it was after Davy passed, and so it was Micky, Peter, and Mike. This is the concert I'm recalling in this piece. Smiley It was a treat to finally see "Nez" perform live!

Detail shots:

The Venue:
Marquee, curtain, and guitars on stage!

"My" Song:
My name is Mary, so when they played Mary, Mary, I held up a sign that said "I'm right here!" (I do not have man hands like that in real life... they're from a toy soldier, haha).

Monkees tie-in: "Why not take little metal bottle tops and nail them to your living room floor. It gives you the impression that you are walking upon little metal bottle tops."

The Concert-Goers:
My ticket - from Ticketmaster, no less - and a photo of my mom and I from the first Monkees concert we attended - somehow there is no photo from this one! The "mn" is for Minnesota, where we travelled for the concert. The back of this window is covered in red "Admit One" style tickets - I'll have to see if I can get a better shot of it.

All Your Monkees Info:
A "Barrel of Monke(e)s" toy directing you to Monkeeland, where I first started chatting with other Monkees fans. We always kept each other up-to-date on Monkees news, and I met up with a fellow Monkeelander at this concert! (Sadly we forgot to get a photo!)

Davy Jones Tribute:
Since Davy passed away before this concert, I thought I would feature him in tribute. During the concert, there was a huge screen behind the stage, and they would show photos, clips, etc. Some of the most touching moments were when they would play videos of Davy's songs rather than performing them live.

The Monkees in the '60's. This photo of them is from the video for Daydream Believer, which was arguably the best-known Davy-sung Monkees song. At the concert, the band members mentioned that none of them could do the song justice, but the fans could, and there was a huge audience sing-along. Smiley
Also, the dog is in there for one of my old favourite Monkee tunes, "Gonna Buy Me a Dog".

Monkees tie-in: "You know how hard it is to find purple flowers, baby?"

And self-explanatory, three boxes featuring the band members. (Photos not by me).

Micky Dolenz:
His last name is spelled out behind him in blue and white cardboard stickers.

Michael Nesmith:
With the Jimmy Choo shoes he wore (and posted a hilarious Facebook status about) and a guitar pick with hand-drawn shrink plastic Monkees logo. The shoes are made from the feet of the same toy soldier I used the hands from on the top of the shrine. Poor guy has seen better days, haha.

Peter Tork:
My favourite Monkee (though for the night I may have been a bit of a Nez-fanatic!) with a hanging peace sign - he was always the hippie of the group. His last name is spelled out behind him on postage stamp stickers. (It's too hard to photograph layers! haha).
The clock without hands is for their song "No Time". Smiley

One other little note - the top section of the shrine is made from a folded paper fan (for all the "fans"!) and an old record. Oh, and I used rhinestone stickers on the edges between all the areas to mimic the multicoloured lights they used in the show. Smiley

This was a ton of fun to put together, I've never really made anything like it! Hopefully next time I can find a bigger display shelf to use as a base. eBay here I come!

5  COOKING / Dessert / My first gumpaste floral spray :) 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!
6  COOKING / Dessert / Some of my newer cakes & goodies - pic HEAVY! 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

7  COOKING / Dessert / Under the Sea cake 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

8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A classic - Princess Leia (photos with Han Solo and random guest stars) 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
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Calvin and Hobbes - Let's go exploring! (Tons o' pics) 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!

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Need help finding orange sweatshirt fleece or an alternative - any ideas? on: September 12, 2011 03:33:30 PM
Does anyone know where I can find orange sweatshirt fleece, or something similar, online?

I'm trying to find some for a costume, but I'm not really succeeding - finding a lot of fleece but no sweatshirt fleece. It's for a set of full pajamas (as in top and bottom together, like footed pajamas without the feet), so I don't want it to be super hot.

Odds are I'll be in it for most of the day at work, so I don't want anything I'll be sweating in halfway through the morning, haha. I'm in Canada, so something a little warm is definitely not a bad thing. I plan on just wearing shorts and a tank top underneath anyway.

Any help is very much appreciated!
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