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11  COOKING / Dessert / The Fabulous fish cake on: April 26, 2008 03:12:54 PM

I made this cake at work yesterday when a man called last minute to order a cake with the fish on it and the cake decorator had already left. I loooove him!
<3
12  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Infinity shoes!!!! Img Pleasently plump /w Tute on: February 06, 2008 01:46:17 AM
I fell in love with these shoes from mohop. They are truly amazing but honestly right now I don't have the money to buy shoes that are 300.00 dollars,so I made my own. It took about 40.00 and two hours and boy was it well worth it! It was soooo easy too!
http://users.livejournal.com/spankmyspatula_/52490.html
^^^Tutorial ^^^





























And just like that.....Rags to riches.
<3


Moderator Note:  We ask that tutorials for name brand and potentially copyrighted items not be posted publicly.  These are very cute and I just know you crafty people can figure this out!  Wink  Thanks.
13  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Lain anime shirt for boyfriend on: October 06, 2007 12:34:53 AM

This was the shirt I worked on for 24 hours straight to have it done in time for my boyfriends valentine's present last year.


this was the original photo


This in the stencil I used, cut up, taped then cut up again. The hair was a pain. I mostly hand painted after I got the base together.


Wearing it right after waking up.


Modeling on the street.

So, The worst thing was I told him "I haven't ironed it to set the paint yet...DON'T WASH IT.....Guess what he did. Yep....It was ruined. It's faint now, you can't see the detail that I slaved on....but it looks aged I guess. It was heartbreaking.

<3
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tears of healing power, Phoenix on: September 16, 2007 02:38:07 PM
This is my Phoenix I made for Noelle in the Harry Potter "Care of magical creatures" swap.



This was my base made of orange dupioni silk with a gold and red sheen and a little beak with a hay colored dupioni.


Eyes and wings on. Alot of people thought it looked like an orange swan. Roll Eyes


Then I put on the tail and the little head feathers.


I made 40 million feathers and stitched them all with gold thread, frayed the edges to make it look more feathery and sewed them on by hand.






The neck was from strips of silk cut on the bias and stitched free form zig-zag to create the small feathers.

I hated making all those feathers but as soon as I shipped it off I really missed it.
<3
Laura

15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES / Happy recycling earth friendly friends! on: August 06, 2007 12:21:12 AM

This is my One less plastic bag tote!


This was after all the hard work...all I needed to do was sew it together.


After sewing....and breaking three needles on the canvas and almost breaking the computer by spilling water on the laptop mouse and breaking then fixing the sewing machine a few times.


Close up on the important message, the happy sun and the clouds that are in love.


Here are the recycling buddies and Mr. Earthworm


The nicest tree you'll ever see chillin with the Recycling buddies.


Mr. Seal cutting up those nasty plastic rings that hold six-packs of soda.....and yes, he's in a pond.....He decided he could hangout in the pond for a bit since it was for a good cause.


ACTION SHOT! Shopping at 11:00 at night. There was a police officer that kept watching as my boyfriend took pictures.


Maybe he thought I was stealing....or he just wanted to be on craftster too.


Once you see inside my bags, you see inside my soul.....haha


Alright......sooo....I have little sleeves inside that are detachable....this one has an ice pack in it! I take the bus everywhere and there is nothing worse then shelling out 6 bucks for icecream and having it melt! One can also be placed in the divider. I'm going to mostly use it to put fruit so it doesn't get all mashed up, or place in some batting to keep the cold to one side.


Pea pods on the sides. Cacti on the inside.


My wonderful bag!

Thanks for the great theme...we're all helping make a difference! Lets keep this going past the challange!

<3 Laura
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Chanel inspired shirt/mini dress W/tut EASY! on: July 19, 2007 12:35:56 AM

I made this from a tut I found in the Spring '07 Adorn Magazine, I thought I'd make a more detailed one to share with everyone.

You'll need....
Shirt or Mini dress in desired color
1/2 yard 45' wide cotton fabric
Needle and thread
Sewing machine (optional)
Five or six 1 1/2 wide buckles
Straight pins
Scissors


1. Cut two 6'x 25' inch fabric strips, One 3'x 15' inch strip (I made mine a few inches longer)

2. Fold each strip inside out lengthwise and sew along the bottom and   side of each strip leaving a hole at the top. Turn right side out, turn the raw edge inside the tube you just made and sew it shut. Repeat with remaining strips.

You should now have two strips 3 inches by 25 inches and one strip 1 1/2 inches by 15 inches.

3. Making the bows: Place a 3 x 25 strip flat on your work surface.


4. Lay one end of the strip over the other as pictured, pull the ends until they are even. (sorry for the raw edges, I forgot to picture the parts before....so imagine they are beautifully sewn.)


5. Grasp the looped fabric from the back and flip it on top.


6. Pinch the top and bottom of the loop to make the base bow shape 


7. Place one or two stitches from top to bottom to hold it's shape. Repeat with remaining 3x25 strip.


8. Slip your buckles on the 1 1/2 x 15 strip. This is what it should look like so far.


9. Place your bow a little more then an inch above the bottom of the main strip.


10. Pull the inch or so of the bottom strip up over the bow.


11. place the end under your bow out of sight.


12. There you have your bow. Repeat steps 9-11 for the top bow.


13. I put on my shirt infront of a mirror and pinned the strip where I liked where it fell. To stitch it in place I made one little X in between each buckle and under each side of the bow.


Enjoy your new runway inspired creation!

<3
Laura

Edit:
Here's the Original Chanel on some starlets...

Thanks Hellga!
17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 19 ENTRIES / Princess Appendicitis on: July 02, 2007 03:35:19 AM
About a month ago I had my appendix taken out after having Appendic problems for four years which were misdiagnosed time and time again...This is my tiara tribute to my surgery.




I started out with a cheap headband and secured some of those terrible hair combs to hold it on.


I cut out my shape out of a shoe box and paper mache'd the heck out of it.


Spray painted it and added my thermomiter, scary syringe, Vicodin, band-aids, stethoscope, stitches and appendix.


Then I glued in my IV bag which is actually the "Bubble wrap" Zappo's used to pack my new shoes. Recycle power!






The crown jewel


Action shot! There is nothing better in the world than being in your own bed after being in the hospital.

Cheers to everyone's good health...
Laura


EDIT: THEY ARN'T REAL VICODIN PEOPLE!!!! They are four bucks worth of fimo.......not 200 worth of REAL Vicodin...But I guess thanks for thinking they look good enough to be real....
18  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / The Great for the planet Green living challange! on: May 27, 2007 02:44:05 PM
I think it would be a great idea to do a green challange since living green is  becoming more and more important and many crafters are taking that idea and running. So many great idea's are out there right now, it should be limited to one place like inside the home. Weither it's a new bedspread made from green fabics or creating an arty compost bin, whatever as long as it's "Green".This would be a great way for all craftsters to be part of a challange and educate themselves.
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 18 ENTRIES / Quad grande two pump vanilla two pump hazelnut soy extra extra foamy latte on: May 07, 2007 12:25:20 AM
I was sitting in the bakery I work in and I was wondering what to make.....and it hit me.....I live in seattle.....I'm a barista....I know! Espresso Machine!!!




Here is my drawing I made in the bakery on a very slow day...


Here is the inside of the espresso puck, it's a magnet so it actually goes into the machine.


As we see here...


I had to buy some last minute foamcore board to give it the support to actually stand.


The cats seeing what new toy they have....hah!










Then....after all that hard work....sit back, relax and enjoy that latte.


Laura
<3
20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 17 ENTRIES / Captian Hook Beware! Tick tock... on: March 01, 2007 12:28:14 AM
This is my Croc clock.
He is made of mostly cardboard and tape.



I started by making the two shapes, upper and lower, then connecting them with a bolt.


Then I added a bit on the top of the head as his eye area.


Taped over the whole thing then pained him light green.


Then I pained on his scales, glued in his scary chompers and fed him the clock.



My boyfriend wanted me to tell you all that he made one tooth...I think it's the fourth the the right. Silly boy.

Thanks guys, and great clocks!
<3
Laura

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