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211  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / from pink to bubbles :D on: September 27, 2009 11:09:11 AM
So our bathroom was pink.... pink walls, pink curtains... very pink. now don't get me wrong I like pink, but not in my bathroom, not in that quantity anyway.

Here's the result of a couple cans of paint:

sorry, this ones dark... but it give a fuller view of the bubbles.
Here's a

before/during in which you can still see the pink:


this is as finished as the bathroom will get for a while.  I just really couldn't stand the pink bathroom... next redo we will have the tub and toilet moved, and a new vanity and new floors... Good thing my hubbys a plumber.... Cheesy  But for now a couple cans of paint will do.  And belive you me, there will be bubbles in the next re-do too!
212  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / To make my own WPI..... on: September 13, 2009 01:14:34 PM
Okay so I'm mildly confused here.  I want to make a WPI tool.  Here I am searching methods and coming up with things that confuse the snot out of me.  example:  One site says to take a 1/4 dowel and mark 1 inch and wrap.  Next site says take a piece of wood that is one inch tall by 6 or so inches long and mark off 1 inch and wrap.  Now maybe it's just perspective, but would that not yield two different counts? I'd test it out if I had the mats at hand, but my chance of getting to a hardware store is slim atm... Does anyone have a pattern or link to a pattern for one of these?

(and yes, I know a standard ruler would work just fine, but I want to make something perty... cause I'm intoxicated with spining tools to.. not just spinning...)
213  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lovesclutter embroidery on: August 21, 2009 12:04:26 PM
I was paired up with Lovesclutter (okay so I asked to be paired with her... but anyway) in the Pimp my Craftster Username Rd4.  This is on the front of the wallet I made for her Smiley


I think this is my first post on the embroidery board......  but not my last!
214  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Raspberry Brooch on: August 21, 2009 11:56:42 AM
I made this brooch for Lovesclutter in a swap.  It went well with the raspberry jam it was sent on Smiley
There is a seperate doiley underneath, so ingnore the crochet Wink  I used both wet and needle felting.


215  COOKING / Dessert / A cake I made for a Cancer fundraiser on: August 09, 2009 10:04:10 AM
So.  When I found out there was a desert auction to be held at the Concert For Cancer here in town, I knew I wanted to make something.  I've been volunteering at a camp for kids with cancer for 7 years,  This is a cause close to my heart.  3 weeks ago I found out a boy in town my sons age was diagnosed with cancer.  This made the desire all the more strong.  4 years olds should not get cancer.... mind you no one should...  But the funds raised are going to the family.  Anyway.  I made my delicious Chocolate covered strawberry cake.  It fetched a whopping 450$!!!!!!   Shocked   It wasn't the most expensive one, but it was by no means the least expensive!!  In total our little town of 300 odd people managed to raise over 14,000$!!!!!!!!  And I was glad to be a part of it!


Well, now that you've read all that, I guess you want to see pictures of the cake that made 450$      Wink

The more or less straight on shot Smiley


This is what the inside looks like.  Under that pile of strawberries is a generous layer of choclate ganache!


Close up of my very first attempt at a bow Smiley  turned out pretty darn good Smiley!


and one more for fun!


Thanks for having a look!
216  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate coverd strawberry cake on: July 16, 2009 07:19:47 AM
So I found a recipe for strawberry cake  (here:  http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-4783-scratch-moist-strawberry-cake.html )  and was determined to actually use it.  I can't make a cake for fun, but I can make a cake for a reason. So when one of my recruits (I sell usborne books, its like tupperware, only kids books;) ) made it to the executive council and dragged me along with her I felt she deseerved a cake.

So I call it chocolate covered strawberry cake.  It is chocolate marshmellow fondant, covering the strawberry cake.  To make the MMF chocolate I just added cocoa powder.  in a full recipe of fondant I'd say it would be about 1cup of cocoa. (I just wung it, since I'd made the recipe before and knew the texture I was going for.)

You can probably see the "quilting" effect on the top, I did that with a fork, because I don't have any real cake decorating tools.  but what youcan't really see is that I rolled it out on cheese cloth, to make it look like fabric.


This is a pic of my attempt at making it look like knitting for the band at the bottom.  didn't really work out well.


And a close up of my terrible pipping skills.  color is off in this one.  I really need to learn how to take pictures of my cakes...


enjoy!
217  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / spikey cat collar- crochet! mildly pic chubby. on: July 12, 2009 08:36:46 AM
So I was thinking our new kitty needed a collar, and with no hope of going to a place I could find a killer collar, I decided to make one!
He's so cute and innocent looking, but under that cute bi-eyed exterior, he is a little hell raiser!  So spikey collar it is!





sorry some are sidways... my coffee needs to be stronger.. I thought they were up right...
218  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Fellow WoW heads unite. WoW inspired yarn discussion! on: June 02, 2009 09:41:55 AM
So as discussed in the FF 05/30 thread, This is where we will further discuss the ideas for our WoW themed yarn.   
I'm starting off with Shadow priest, as I'm fairly familiar with that one.  Then onto Rogue next.    As soon as I'm done those I will post a thread in the finished projects section.   This is going to be fun!
219  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Question on Oven Dying on: May 30, 2009 08:47:53 PM
Okay.  So I have all that fabulous fiber wanting to be dyed.  I only have one pot.  What if I were to get some old pickle jars(which are sitting in my basement), fill them with fiber(pre soaked of course), pour in the dye(carefully and slowly to prevent spilling), and then stick em in the oven.  I can likely fit at least 6 jars in there(if not more), and likely get 2oz in each jar if I stuff it.  Will this work, and if it will, how hot can I go?  about 250?  I think my oven will go as low as 170`F.  And how long should I leave it?  30 mins?
Or, do you think the pickle jars will explode?  I want to dye it all now and I cannot wait for my one sorry pot to do 4oz of fiber at a time. LOL
Hopefully someone out there will have an answer for me!
220  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / weighing wool for a project with no scale! help! on: May 10, 2009 08:01:57 PM
Okay so heres the deal.  I am a camp counselor and run the crafts activity.  This year we are doing felting.  The problem is I'm not sure how much wool to order.  And since I don't have a scale, It is proving to be a difficult task (I've only ever ordered for myself, and then I've never paid attention to the weight, just price LOL).  We have ~75 kids (ages 7-18) who will all be doing either a 2-D 8x10 "picture" OR a felted vessel- about 3-4 inches in diameter, and approx. 2.5 inches high.  Is 6.5 lbs  enough?  this is what I was thinking:

Two shades of each color total weighing(for each color family) .625lbs
Red, orange,yellow, green, blue, purple,
.625 lbs each  black, white
 .5 lbs of each gold, bronze and silver

does that make sense?  hopefully!


Any help will be greatly appreciated!!

~belladune


NVM!  My Lovely hubby got me a scale today after I complained how hard it was to figure out!!!
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