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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Beautiful Tinker Bell! on: November 02, 2009 08:22:15 AM
Hello all!
This is the Halloween costume I made for my sister!

She really wanted to be Tinker Bell because her boyfriend was going as Peter Pan and their friend put together a Captain Hook costume.  We went to the store and she bought a large variety of fabrics that might be useful for a Tinker Bell costume she was planning on making for herself.  The other problem is that she doesn't know how to really sew because also that day she said something like, "I just got a new sewing machine, and I want to learn how to sew, but I don't have any supplies, can you help me pick out what I would need to start off my sewing basket?"

So, I mentioned I'd help her put it together, but then she tells me Thursday morning, "Oh yeah, my boyfriend helped me put it together, it's almost done, don't worry!"
Ok, cool, I thought!  So...around midnight on Thursday now, I am over her house, getting ready to go home, we all have to work early in the morning....and she pulls it out.  Completely unfinished.  Not even close.  So for the next 2 hours I'm just trying to make the thing fit her because it was way too tight around the top, and.....and...the thing was three layers of floor length!
That night I made the top look the way it did, reshaped it all around.

The next day I spent another 4 hours getting rid of the floor length fabric that was all sewed in, reworking everything, and doing all the finishing touches!

I also attached the wings, which I did not make, to the dress so that they stayed up and not flopping around, and also so the straps of the wings wouldn't show since the dress is a tube top.  So the wings couldn't really be removed, but in the end, after partying for two days, it's best they were attached!

She was also going to wear little cute gold flat shoes which she attached puff balls to, but her boyfriend insisted that she wear heels.....men....so, she attached puff balls to the heels instead.

About 5-6 hours total it took me to revamp the whole thing.

She looked great, I just think she was beaming with happiness when the whole thing was done because I don't think she would have gone out with her friends if she didn't have a costume.  She had a great time, and wore it Friday and Saturday all over town.  I'm so happy because she was so happy!

Thanks for looking!!  Grin






2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skirt from scraps on: June 26, 2009 10:44:51 PM
Hey
I made this skirt yesterday.  I was just inspired to make something, and I took out all my fabrics, dumped them on my bed, and went to work....for 12 hours.  Haha, I started at 4pm and ended and 4am.  I just had fun, I haven't made anything like this...I guess ever before.  

It's a wrap around skirt with snaps to close is shut and a huge pocket to put all my findings in  Wink

The tree was made out of an old pair of underwear that the elastics were all stretched out, and I thought the fabric was too cool to throw away.  The branches are where my butt would have been, so the trunk is the crotch  Tongue haha.  I just drew it, cut it out, and sewed it on.

The pocket was made because I had about 7x16 inches of extra brown material for the main of the skirt, but I didn't feel like cutting it (just in case I messed up or changed my mind about the design), so I sewed up the skirt with the fabric folded so that it would fit me.  When I had the skirt pretty much completed, I cut a slit to make a pocket, and added the silky blue fabric.  I might add a button to hold the pocket closed because it kind of sticks out a bit.  I used the same silky blue fabric to make a stripe to cover the stitching on the pocket, then made another stripe on the other side of my butt to match.  

I also used a brown leathery fabric with a black flowery pattern to hem the bottom and weigh it down, and then a brown and gold ribbon for the top.  

I thought it looked too plain with just the tree, moon (made out of grey flannel), and blue stripes, so I added a key and key hole.  The key is cut from a vintage green cotton fabric I bought on ebay, and then I used the brown leather for the keyhole plate with the green fabric behind it.  My friend asked me if the fabric behind the keyhole was glow in the dark fabric...too bad I didn't think of it, but I like it anyway.

Then I made those little spirals out of another blue flowery fabric and used them to cover up the stitches from the snaps.

I had so much fun making it.  I completely made up every step, it wasn't really too complicated, but I didn't look up any how toos.  I loved using all the different fabrics.  The silky blue and grey flannel I bought to make a little storage bag, I usually use the brown leather and the ribbon to make handmade journals with, the tree was from my underwear, the main brown I have no idea where it came from, and just some other scrap fabric I keep for occasions like this.

I guess that's it.  I just wanted to share!   Wink













<-- big pocket  Smiley
<-- Snaps

<-- stitching as seen from the inside


3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Rocks from the beach - Keeping the wet look? on: June 09, 2009 08:13:07 AM
Is there a way to make rocks look like their wet as if you found them in the ocean?
I went to the beach this weekend and picked up a bunch of rocks to make necklaces out of. I picked them up while they were all wet, but of course when they dry off they don't have those same colors and tones. Is there a way to treat them so they have that wet look?
Thanks  Grin
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Any ideas on how to make Baked Beans Interesting? on: March 17, 2009 05:47:47 PM
I get kind of bored of baked beans right out of the can.  Sometimes I mix them with veggie hot dogs, sometimes I add a little honey and mustard....but aside from that, I don't know what to do with them.  Does anyone else mix anything with baked beans?  I was thinking rice might be good.  What are some other options?

Thanks!

 Cheesy
5  COOKING / Dessert / Do you know an AWESOME Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake recipe? on: February 01, 2009 10:56:47 AM
Hey

It's my boyfriend's birthday at the end of the week and I want to make him an AMAZING Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake!!

Last year I made him this, and it came out really awesome
http://secretfoods.blogspot.com/2006/12/triple-chocolate-cream-pie.html

This year I want to make him a chocolate mousse cheesecake.  We went to the Cheesecake Factory about a month ago and got their Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake, and it was really amazing! If you have the recipe they use, that would be be cool
But if you have even one of your own that you KNOW is AMAZING, let me know!

I don't have a whole lot of money, so I'm probably going to sew him something and make him a cake! So, I NEED a really good CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CHEESECAKE recipe!!

Thank you so much!



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Well...I made up my own recipe...
I read through so many recipes.  Some called for fancy machinery, some had too many ingredients, some didn't seem to have enough.  So I just kind of pieced together my own.

~*~WARNING~*~ Chocolate OVERLOAD!!!

I'm not even kidding.
It's so rich.
It taste's awesome.
Too much chocolate??  You be the judge I guess!

I'll list the exact ingredients I used in case it matters.  I try to use as much organic ingredients as possible when I cook:

Crust:
* 1 1/2 Cup (5oz) chocolate creme cookies - Finely Grounded (I used Late July - Vanilla Bean with green tea Sandwich Cookies because they sounded interesting...I used the whole box, it was 9 oz, I think I used a bigger pan anyway)
* 5 tablespoons melted butter (Kates Homemade Butter)
* 1/3 Cup sugar (Florida Crystals Organic Cane Sugar)

I blended the cookies in a food processor and then mixed in the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.  When it was all evenly blended enough, I molded it to the 9" pie pan.

~*~I made the rest of the pie right after, but I think if you are not, you should chill the crust.~*~

Filling:
* 1 pound (19 oz) Softened Cream Cheese (I probably used 17 or 18 oz, and the store I went to didn't carry the organic cream cheese I usually buy, so I went with Philadelphia)
* 3/4 Cup sugar (Florida Crystals Organic Cane Sugar)
* 2 teaspoons...maybe a little more Vanilla (I don't usually buy organic vanilla...it's expensive and I go through it too fast)
* 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa Powder (I used Equal Exchange Fairly Traded Organic Baking Cocoa)
* 1 Cup Sour Cream (I usually buy Friendship or Daisy, it's not organic, but, I don't usually like organic sour cream)
* 5 Eggs - (Cage Free, vegetarian fed, omega 3 "Happy Chickens Lay better eggs!")
* 10 oz Milk Chocolate Chips Melted (I just used store brand chips)
* 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream (I can never find this stuff organic  Sad)
* 3 oz German chocolate Grated (I used the Baker's brand....and I also made a mistake in my own made up recipe...I melted it ><)

- Preheat oven to 350
- In large bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar.
- Beat with an electric mixer until smooth
- Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition
- Beat in melted chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa powder
- STIR in whipping cream and grated German chocolate
- Pour mixture over crust
Cheesy I drew a heart on the uncooked pie with my boyfriend's name in it at this point Wink
- Bake at 350 for 15 minutes
- Lower temp to 200 and bake for 1 hour and 25 minutes, or until center no longer looks wet or shiny
- Remove the cake from the oven and run knife around the inside of pan (I forgot to do this...)
- Turn oven off
- Return the cake to the oven for  2 hours
- Chill uncovered over night


Ganache Glaze (when pie is completely cool):
* 3oz bittersweet Chocolate Finely Chopped (I used some of the left over milk chocolate chips and put them in the food processor)
*4 teaspoons (1/2 stick) butter (Kates Homemade Butter)
* 1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
* 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
* 1 Tablespoon Powered Sugar (Florida Crystals Organic Powered Sugar)

- Place finely chopped chocolate in a medium sized mixing bowl
- Scald the butter and cream together in a saucepan
- Pour the cream mixture over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is completely melted
- Whisk in vanilla and then whisk in powdered sugar until smooth
- spread over cheesecake while ganache is still warm

-I topped it with rainbow sprinkles and a little snow of powered sugar  Smiley

-Chill the cheesecake until ready to serve


This was a HUGE hit.  I think because how insane it tasted.  Never had that much chocolate at one time.  ONLY NEED SMALL SLICES!  Haha  Cheesy

Enjoy!!

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