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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Reception outfit on: July 28, 2009 08:27:09 PM
So everyone tells me "You just HAVE to dress Cailin up for the reeption"  After much looking around I said to myself "Self make something!"  and so I did.  Now I who cannot make decisions (not very helpful when planning a wedding) need to decide which tutu Cai should wear..... 

Long or short?

and FYI anything I do to this dog she thinks is gold.  The short tutu pics she is just still ill so she is not all smiles. 









Please help me decide.  Asking the "fiendance"  is like asking a brick wall for an opinion.....
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding roses on: March 09, 2009 07:11:40 PM
I am getting married this fall, for the reception and my bouquet I want to make all my own flowers.  I have never really been one fore real flowers, they die.  And I am not so hot on everything being 1 or 2 colors.  The main color is going to be red, but the other color is "fall" thus anything I think looks fall is good enough.  Also the semi theme is going to be crafted flowers. 
I made these ribbon roses, 8 down oh 100 more to go.  I also want to make coffee filter roses too. 
Oh yeah, I got all the ribbon on clearance too!  YAY clearance flowers.


Anyone have some ideas for other roses/flowers I can make? I want the shape realistic, not necessarily the colors.




3  COOKING / Dessert / Anime Cheese Cake on: February 12, 2009 08:37:21 PM
I made this cheese cake for Valentines day for the boyfriend.  we decided it looks like something out of an anime!  So we are calling it the anime cheese cake.  Its not baked its um, melted?   I got the recipe off a bag of strawberry marshmallows!  But I did make the fondant I used to decorate with, and colored it with food coloring.  The chocolate strawberries are more marshmallows sliced diagonally in half and dipped in chocolate.   Since I had tons of fondant left I made cupcakes for work tomorrow, the girls are going to kill me! 
I am please with the outcome being this is the first time I have even worked with/made fondant and I don't bake.  Only broke one dish doing all this too.  YAY! 










4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Living in 700 square feet. on: January 12, 2009 08:22:19 PM
For my birthday I got to turn my dinning/craft room into a craft/dinning room.  I feel like I live in a Ikea showroom now!  Basically I have a very small apartment roughly 700 Sq ft.  and I like to craft and my boyfriend likes to play his computer.   So we redid the dinning area so that we can both use it.  Plus we needed more book room, our book shelves were overloaded!

The before:


The during:


The after:

we got a room dividing double sided book shelf with a desk that attaches.  the sewing machine fits wonderfully into one of the shelf units and slides right onto the desk.  I have 4 clear craft storage drawers and two sets of small drawers for little things.  The piece on the right is a fold down birch table, it has two leaves that swing out to sit 4 + people. 


just to show where I moved the Bean (turtle).  I plan on making a skirt to fit around the desk we have her tank on too. 


The crafting side of the shelving unit.  I even have my great grandmothers knitting needles out in a pot. 


The boyfriends area.  I really need to figure something out with the garbage can though, its a sore thumb right now!





a side of the table up.  It will work great for extra crafting space for big projects, and when I am cooking in my tiny kitchen for extra cooking prep space too.  There is room to move the table on the other side of the book case towards the living room if needed for dinner guests.   Just in case we don't want to sit on the couches?


a view of the table again, with a crafty picture of my pup too. 

I figured anyone who has limited space might get a kick out of the new "crafting cubby"  as the boyfriend calls it. 





5  COOKING / Dessert / Christmas Mice and Larry on: December 16, 2008 10:15:56 PM
I made these for practice before making the ones to give away.  And I found it amusing to put some "sprinkles" in the dish.  I plan on taking them to class tomorrow, I am in a Veterinary Tech. program they will get a kick out of it.





And I cant forget Sad Larry the  mouse.  I don't think I can let Larry be eaten now, he's just so sad.





6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt (and I am not even keeping it!!) Pic HEAVY!!! on: December 14, 2008 07:58:59 PM
I decided in August that I would like to make a quilt.  So me being me, and having never made a quilt before, I decided why make one of those 4 sided quilts and use some pattern someone else made?  NOOOOO  I had to go design my own and have 8 sides and a stuffed pillow on it.  Not the easiest beginners project I don't think.  But hey its done! 

The idea was I wanted to make a pumpkin quilt for my boyfriends mother, she loves pumpkins and halloween.  Then I had this brain storm to make it pumpkin shaped! oh wait lets add a stem and leaves that's stuffed like a pillow.  It also turned out smaller than I planned, I forgot the 1/4 inch that came off each of my squares, but its still a good sized lap blanket.

My machine would not do the main quilting part, so the "quilting" bit is all hand done. It is designed like a pumpkin vines with leaves that I free hand drew then quilted (no patterns).  The top is machine pieced and the binding of course with the machine.  I am sure this has broken a lot of "quilting" rules, but I am not one much for rules.  I just had my idea and went at it.  Next I think I will make a giant star, I think it might make me cry!

enough talk PICTURES!



Laid out:


the stem:


The quilted bits, sorry theya re kinda hard to see






The Back:





7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Puppy Dog Hoodie on: December 03, 2008 11:24:15 AM
So I work at a dog kennel while going to school for Veterinary Tech.  And it gets kinda cold running in and out all day.  So I decided that i would make a new work hoodie (ish.)  I bought a cheap hoodie, some scrap white material and white paint.  Cut out some ears put them on the hood, and used freezer paper to make paw prints on the arms.

Kinda simple but I am pleased with the out come.  Work will have a great laugh.  (they already think I am nuts)
 
Debating putting on a pink collar and tag?  hehe yeah nuts...

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Snow flake cape on: November 06, 2008 04:20:12 PM
I have always wanted a hooded cape, but the ones at the ren faire are too expensive and well, just not me.  I am not a person to go running around in a black cape lined with crushed velvet all winter.  SO I made my own, and in my own style.  I started with this pattern
http://home.clara.net/arianrhod/Aldebaran/DoItYourself/Cloak02.html
and  did a ton of modifications so that it would work with my material and be reversable.  Plus I shortened it.  Corduroy to the floor might be a bit heavy. 
I used corduroy for one side and blue snowflake fleece for the other.  I had a scrap of super soft white fleece that I used as trim. 
I still need a clasp for it though.  And I doubt I will wear the snow flake side out, its pretty um snow flakey.
I am pretty pleased with it, and all together took me about 6 hours to do. 
anyway enough bla bla bla
PICTURES:











so what do you think? 
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / White screenof death on: November 04, 2008 04:45:35 AM
I tried to change my avatar picture and when I click the "change Profile" button I get what I call the white screen of death.  I even tried it on two different browsers.  The end result is the broke picture link for my avatar instead of a ferret wrapped around a ball of yarn (which I think is a lot cutter than a broken pic symbol).  I even tried to put my last picture in and it wont work.  Is anyone else having this issue???
10  COOKING / Dessert / Evil suprise cheesecakes! on: October 25, 2008 03:52:15 PM
So I needed a halloweeny thing to take to a party.  But I also had an idea for some really cool cheese cakes.  So I got these food color pens at the store and they are just awsome!  I got to decorate the tops of my cheese cakes without destroying them!  YAY!!!   They are like paintbrushes for food. 
So maybe I did not "make" the cheese cake but I did think of the idea and assemble them!
The bottom layer is the "suprise"  the yellow cheese cake has apple toppings under the cheese cake and the blue cake has cherry.
really simple, just put the toppings in the night before, covered well, frooze.  So that when the cake is added to the top the fruit doe not mix. The next day added my cheese cake topping to the top.  Because you cant have cheese cake without fruit topping, or well bottoming!!! 
I like how my spidies turned out too. 





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