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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Fairy tales...with a twist? Creative idea help! on: February 27, 2009 05:50:20 AM
Every year my college theatre group has a big end of the year party, with themes. This is my first year going!!! Last year's theme was Historical figures. They had people go as Sweeney Todd, Pebbles and Bam Bam, Artemis, Pluto (yes, that poor planet)...so you see the wide range we let the theme cover. This year is "Fairy Tales [and other Literary Characters]" and I'm at a loss. It's easy enough to just go as a popular tale character, but that's boring. My first thought was a magic wand. I could find some sort of bright silvery, glittery leggings and/or shirt and wear a star headpiece (made of what, I don't know) with ribbons hanging down. lol

I also read somewhere being the beanstalk, dressing in all bright green, with some vines and a little toy "Jack" clipped on a body part. If actually really like that one! But I also kind of wanted to do a Twisted fairy tale, but can't really come up with any really creative ones.

I want to do something that'll let me still have crazy and even glittery make up (I love doing makeup, I hope to do makeup for theatre one day) and nothing that's too "Well, anyone could have done that."

Any ideas? Thanks all!!
2  COOKING / Dessert / help with dryyyyyyy cupcakes on: November 26, 2008 03:16:21 PM
I haven't made these yet [http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cooking-live/cranberry-cupcakes-with-maple-cream-cheese-frosting-recipe/index.html] but the complaints on the reviews say that they're dry. How can I make them more moist? More butter? Oil instead of milk? I have no idea. I'm a novice from scratch maker, but I'm pretty beast at sprucing up box mixes. so this is not my area of expertise. Help?
3  COOKING / Dessert / Soda + cake mix = ? on: June 28, 2008 08:32:21 PM
So I found a kick-butt recipe for Mountain Dew cupcakes (http://www.allthingscupcake.com/2007/12/05/mountain-dew-cupcakes/). I wanted to make them for a friend's birthday/beginning of the school year fun time. However, I am in college and I really can't keep all the ingredients around because I don't bake terribly often and I can't afford all the ingredients/don't want them to go to waste and I don't have mixers, etc.

So cake mix, right? I can manage to keep the veg oil and eggs on hand and I'll buy small containers of lemon and lime juice to pump up the flavor.  Do I just simply replace the water in the cake mix instructions with soda? Do I still use the vegetable oil..or the eggs? Anybody have any tips or experiences to share about baking with soda?
Thanks!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / odd request...crochet deer head? on: June 16, 2008 03:16:27 PM
One of my best friends has a deer head in his room at home and I thought that for his birthday I'd crochet (or knit) him a small one for his dorm room (with a Santa hat too! he puts one on his deer head as well as various other hats).

I have a deer pattern from the book Amigurumi: Super Happy Crochet Cute by Elisabeth A. Doherty but was looking for something more buck like (but I might just add antlers [I could make these out of amigurumi tubes with pipe cleaners inside and just sew on more tube pieces branching off, right?] on top of it and call it a day!). Then I thought maybe I could modify a cow pattern but I'm new to crochet so I'm not too good at making things up. Any ideas?

Also I need to knit or crochet a "mounting board" for the head (y'know what I mean, right?). Could I just crochet something flat in rows and increase that the beginning and end of rows to get the right shape? If there's a better way to go about shaping, please let me know! Alternately, if any of you know of a knitting technique or pattern, I can knit too.
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