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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ninja Turtles hoodie - my first attempt at using a pattern! :D on: August 20, 2008 05:49:27 PM
This is my first attempt at making something on my own, that wasn't a bag made from a pillowcase. :p

So I saw these Ninja Turtle sheets sitting at the thrift store... and every time I passed them I knew I could make something from them, but I didn't know what.  They sat there for about 2 months (I'm surprised no one bought them!) before inspiration struck! I ran out to buy them after work yesterday.... and it turned out it was only one small sheet, but luckily I had some old Ninja Turtle fabric I bought at a yard sale years ago which I tossed in the mix.  Add two flannel blankets for lining, and my first attempt at using a pattern, and you get... this!!

(I think I did alright lining up the pieces for it being my first try! Smiley)
I'm so proud of myself right now, hehehe. Cheesy I think i might add a zipper yet, for those cold winter months, but I've yet to actually get to the fabric store!
32  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Joining different fabrics? on: August 17, 2008 01:51:23 PM
Hey all, I'm relatively new to sewing.... today was my first time finishing something without my mom's guidance! Wink I made myself a shoulder bag out of a vintage pillowcase..... and now I'm hooked!

So my question is this. I have a t-shirt and a pair of cotton pajama pants that I would *love* to turn into a shirt (shirt for the torso, pants for the sleeves).  Does anyone know if using the different fabrics together will cause a problem?  Any other issues with it?  Etc. etc.?  I've never used two different kinds of fabric in one project before (both cotton, but, y'know, t-shirt material differs from PJ pants) except for a quilt, where all the squares were backed so they'd be sturdy.

Any thoughts, please let me know!  I'm itching to start crafting if it can be done! Cheesy
33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reversible duct tape tote! on: July 22, 2008 07:55:28 PM
I'm having trouble deciding if I like the outside (checker) or 'lining' (stripes) better!  I can't believe this took over 2 rolls of duct tape... of course, I used small rolls from the dollar store since I'm cheap. Smiley I'm looking forward to making more of these for gifts! They're actually pretty easy to make... I'm making a few matching wallets, too. Cheesy

34  COOKING / Dessert / Rainbow unicorn cake! on: July 19, 2008 10:52:41 PM
So I made this cake for my coworkers' boss' birthday last week- joke was to make it look very .... simple on the outside (I love it- usually cakes take hours to decorate, this took 10 minutes!!) so that no one would expect the inside to be the awesome part!

The outside:


It was a long process, but I absolutely love the rainbow effect!  I'm still debating what other cakes would make good rainbow cakes... like Care Bears!

Due to popular demand, here's how to make one of your own!
Simply make up your cake batter, divide it up and dye it.  Spread one layer in the pan, bake for 7 minutes, cool a bit.  Spread the next layer on top, bake for 7, cool, etc. etc.  The bottom layer will crack a bit, but I found it still tasted fine.  You may have to trim the edges of the cake, since they will overcook a bit.  Because of the excessive taking it in and out of the oven, the cake won't rise much, and will be quite dense.  I imagine if you had 2 pans and could be doing different layers in them at the same time, it would probably rise better... less in and out. Smiley
35  COOKING / Dessert / Valentine cupcakes on: July 14, 2008 04:53:08 AM
I realized I've never posted these before, despite being some of my favourite cupcakes I've made to date. Smiley Basically my goal was to make cupcakes that look like the little cupcake charms that many polymer clay artists make. I don't know if they do, really, but I think they're cute anyway!

I used a store-bought mix and store-bought frosting, after about 3 attempts making my own which wouldn't stand up the way I wanted it to.  Also used heart quins from the bulk store.  I made the chocolates on top all by myself. Smiley  I made a few different variations of cupcakes; chocolate with pink frosting, vanilla with chocolate frosting, chocolate with chocolate, vanilla with vanilla, etc., and altered the heart chocolates as well.  Unfortunately this is the only picture I have that kind of came out.  They were soooooo yummy... I have to make them again someday. Cheesy
36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Archie comic bracelet on: July 12, 2008 01:51:50 PM
Thanks to MissVan722, I decided to make one of these for myself!  Here's her thread with her great tute! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=255119.0

I decided to use one of my old favourites- Archie comics. I think the hardest part of the whole project was that I decided to read the comic before making the bracelet.  Is it just me, or have Archie comics really gone downhill in the past few years? Sad  In any case, that made it a lot easier to cut up the comic. *giggle*  (No offence intended to Archie fans- guess I grew out of the humour!)

I made a couple changes, though- instead of mod podgeing the beads, I rolled packing tape around them and trimmed the ends.  Since I don't wear bracelets often, I can live with having it not-so-waterproof. Smiley

Without further ado, here are the pics of my creation! Smiley

Thanks for looking! Smiley
37  COOKING / Dessert / Why make regular popcorn when you can make... RAINBOW POPCORN! on: July 11, 2008 07:35:52 PM
I was making popcorn for a movie night tomorrow, since I had found my recipe for pink popcorn after having lost it for years.  So I was thinking to myself... I could make any colour popcorn I wanted.... I could make *rainbow* popcorn if I wanted....
And so it was!

Unfortunately, I ran out of popcorn... this should have made almost twice as much... so I'm sure it'll be super sweet, since I still used all the coating.  *giggle*

edit:  Due to ... semi-popular demand (re: 2 people Wink) I'm posting my recipe and process stuff. Smiley

You'll need....
2 big ol' bowls full of air popped popcorn (I used one, but you could spread this out further to make two)
2 more big bowls (For purposes of my process, I'm using 4 bowls total, it all depends on how many colours you want. Smiley)
3 little bowls
saucepan or a small cooking pot
1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
1/3 cup o' water
1/8 cup of butter
and some food colouring!

Divide your popcorn evenly between the 4 big bowls. Throw the water, sugar, and butter in your pot and stir it up.  Bring it to a boil and then seperate it up into the 3 bowls, and leave some in the pot (or you can use 4 little bowls and divide it up evenly, I just like to use the pot as a bowl 'cause I hand wash dishes and less dishes makes me happy. Smiley) This is your coating!
Add food colouring to the first bowl of coating and mix it in.  Use a fair bit, 'cause it'll be less intense once it's on the popcorn. Then drizzle it bit by bit over one of the big bowls of popcorn and stir it all up.  Continue for the rest of your colours. 
Once all of your colours are done, stir them each seperately a little more (just so they don't all chunk up while they dry). Then let them sit for a bit.... half hour... hour or so... and then toss 'em all in a big bowl and mix them all together!

To answer the question of if they're flavoured: they're not flavoured, per se, but the sugar and butter definitely make them sweet.  If you've ever gotten a box of 'pink elephant popcorn', it tastes like that. Smiley
38  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Scuba Steve bobblehead on: July 11, 2008 07:29:45 PM
A coworker commissioned me for a late father's day gift for her dad- a bobblehead of Scuba Steve's body with her dad's head! His name is Steve, and he scuba dives, so she's been calling him Scuba for years. Wink

He's made from Sculpey, with an armature of tinfoil and skewers. His hair is yarn, his glasses are wire.  I painted him with acrylics.  All things considered, I'm pretty happy with how he came out! Smiley  I gave him a quirky little grin, I wish I would have detailed the teeth better.  Since they were sunken in, it was hard to get a paintbrush in there afterwards.  Oh well!  I gave him to my coworker today, who's bringing him to Scuba this weekend.  Can't wait to hear about his reaction!

(I take making things myself very seriously- I even made the spring that attatches his head to his neck! Wink *giggle*)
39  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My "Captain Jack Sparrow" Photo Shoot on: July 04, 2008 09:07:52 AM
Hope I'm putting these in the right place!  I had so much fun with these that I just have to post them.  They're for a Frosh (orientation week) website for my college; I'm a Frosh leader and we're all doing spoof movie stills for our profile photos. I pulled out my Halloween costume I made last year, and went down to the waterfront on Canada Day with my boyfriend to get the pics.... forgetting that the festivities were going on down there and there were SO many people wandering around!

Here are a couple of the best ones.  My boyfriend was the photographer, but he doesn't have an account here. Wink

I've got a jar of dirrrt, and guess what's inside it!

Me and the boyfriend... I like the off-centered unbalanced look of this one.

There are a few more decent ones- (the photography ain't amazing, but they're amusing pics Wink) -if anyone wants to see just let me know! Smiley

40  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Duck Hunt NES zapper lamp- update pg.8-feat. in Nintendo Power & GamesMaster! :D on: May 01, 2008 06:51:57 PM
Check page 8 for a big update!  I've been featured in Nintendo Power magazine! Cheesy

So one day I picked up an NES Zapper (gun) and went "woah, that would make a cool lamp!" So... after playing around...

I gutted one... who knew this is what they looked like inside?

Then I stumbled around for ideas for the base and shade.  A regular cartridge was too small a base, so I measured one and made a 1.5 scale replica out of cardboard, and screwed the gun to it.  I weighted it with stones, and then tackled the shade.

I picked up a $2 shade at the re-store, a pack of fun foam, and voila!  After hours and hours of cutting pixellated shapes, I was done!  A little dab of glue to secure the shade, and... ta dah!

I didn't get any shots of it lit up, unfortunately, but it does work! I just didn't have a decent bulb. Sad
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