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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with Herb, and Lonnie, and Mel, and Ruhlig?? on: February 06, 2013 12:17:06 PM
So my husband and I were at an antique store when a mason jar caught our eye. Our conversation went something like: "Is that...?" "No, it can't be!" "It totally is!!" "We are so buying this!"

What were we so excited about? Why a jar full of men's name badges! The fabric kind that you see on mechanics' shirts and the like. Exactly like this one:


Maybe you don't think it's as funny as we do, but they are awesome! In this jar of gems we have Perry, Lonnie, Mel, Fred, Bill, Steve, Chuck, Herb, Dennis, Gary, Sam, and Willie! All the good 'ol boy names are there. There's also a Ruhlig (??), and of course, an Al! There are 31 different names total, and they all smell like a garage. Smiley

Now that we have aquired this strange collection, what to do with it? I need ideas! I don't just want to mount them in a frame. I wish my husband worked at a place that would make this funny: sew velcro on a jacket and mount a different badge on it every day to confuse people. But he works in a small office and no one would pay attention. 

Any thoughts? I'd love to hear your ideas! The funnier the better!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / whimsy fleur de lis on: October 07, 2012 10:44:16 AM
I did this project a good 10 months ago, but haven't posted any of my projects in forever. Of course I was totally inspired by the amazing sheepblue's tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401755.0

This was so much fun, and a good way to use up some of the junk I had lying around. I get compliments on it all the time, and my kids love "finding" all the different pieces. Sorry the pics are less than stellar, I am not a good photographer.

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Downton Abbey Swap Gallery on: April 22, 2012 07:34:48 PM


Post your Downton goodies here!

Sent
Received
Sent & Received
Feedback given
Sending late with communication
Contact organizer ASAP
Dropped due to emergency

beccas_song <--> dmarie360
AC! <--> annamaize
ehinders <--> whenindoubtsew

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk airship, on a cake! on: March 17, 2012 08:58:43 AM
For my brother's wedding last July, I was asked to make the wedding cake. Once we got the design set, my sis-in-law and I started talking about a groom's cake. She told me that if I could do a steampunk airship, it would rock their world. I told her that as long as the airship didn't have to be cake, I thought I could do it! My brain started turning, and this is what I came up with!

I used this picture http://anneangersbach.deviantart.com/art/Steampunk-Airship-132679776 and this artist's work http://www.annwoodhandmade.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=267 for my inspiration. I also cut out a pic of this steampunk couple http://resident-jade.deviantart.com/art/Steampunk-Couple-169288314 to go inside and this gnome http://www.amazon.com/Gnomes-Wil-Huygen/dp/0810909650 . Want to give credit where it's due!

How I did it: The balloon was made from a balloon that I taped into shape and covered with fabric strips and paper mache. The ship is cardboard covered with old sewing pattern pieces (loved the color and texture). The wings are velum that I tinted and wrinkled. The bits and bobbles are from my stash, and I used quite a bit of copper wire- all the bits that look like string on the balloon are wire. It was held above the cake by a dowl that went through to a hole drilled in the base. It was really sturdy!

My brother was totally surprised by the cake/balloon, and my sis-in-law loved it. Especially the trail of gnomes from the back (inside joke from a role playing game they once did).

Hope you like it too! C&C welcome!




5  COOKING / Dessert / A different wedding cake on: March 17, 2012 08:40:04 AM
So, for my brother's wedding last July, I was asked to make the cake. I said sure, as long as it wasn't too complicated. Well, this http://the20somethingsociety.com/2010/06/09/something-different/ is what she decided she wanted. Waaaay more complicated than I'd ever attempted. She wanted vines up the side too.

I told her that as long as she didn't mind the small tiers all being fake, I would give it a try. I bought 1 in high styrofoam squares and covered them with fondant. Oh, did I mention this was my first major project with fondant? Yeah. I did alot of practice runs. A little bumpy still, but not too shabby I think.

Things I would change: I started my tinting way too dark. I wish the tiers' color change was more pronounced. Also, I wish I had angled then tiers a little more sharply. Mostly I wish I had made the top tier at least twice as tall. But I transported everything from IL to IN and didn't have supplies to make more cake by the time I realized it was too short. And finally, I wish my sis-in-law had wanted a topper on the cake. I think it needed it, but they loved it just as it was. That's what counts I guess! Oh, the vines were fondant and the leaves were chocolate painted over basil leaves so there would be veins on them.

All in all, for as complicated as it was (for me!), I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. I also did a grooms cake, but it's going to be posted in paper projects b/c it's main feature is a two foot tall paper steampunk airship!







Thanks for looking! C&C welcome!
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Downton Abbey Swap (Signups 3/12-3/31; send by 4/30) on: March 11, 2012 10:26:49 PM


Swap name: Downton Abbey Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: beccas_song
Sign-up date range: 3/12- 3/31
Date to send item by: 4/30

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
This swap is all about the amazing BBC Masterpiece series Downton Abbey.  Now that season 2 is over, we could all use some Downton love to tide us over till season 3, right? This will be a three point swap with the option to do more if you and your partner agree. That means one large, a medium and a small, or three smalls.  More specifically:
By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Regarding extras- Im fine with sending extras, but its up to each pair whether or not to. PLEASE check with your partner first before buying or crafting more goodies than agreed upon!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap Downton Abbey Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO)
Do you agree to post in the thread at least once a week and notify your partner and the organizer when you ship and receive?
Do you agree to use a DC# to ship your package or keep your receipt if out of the US?
Who is your favorite Downton character?
If you lived in that era would you want to be upstairs (lord or lady) or downstairs (servant)?
Do you have a favorite Downton quote or moment?
Any other Downton love you care to share?
Are you interested in doing more than 3 points? How many?
What colors do you love?
Colors you hate?
What would you love to receive?
Anything youd rather not have?
What crafts do you do?
Shirt size (if interested in clothes)
Pierced ears?
Do you have any allergies?
Does your home have any allergens that might affect your partner?
Anything else youd like your partner to know about you?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


Participants:
1. beccas_song
2. annamaize
3. ac!
4. dmarie360
5. ehinders
6. whenindoubtsew

GALLERY
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Downton Abbey Swap? on: March 04, 2012 02:06:43 PM
Anyone else in love with the Masterpiece Series Downton Abbey? I can hardly wait for season three! And I have a LONG wait!  I've not seen any swap like this, or did I miss it? I'd love to do a swap based on the series and time period. Interest? I've never organized, but would be willing to give it a try!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fall/Autumn Swap? I know, I know, it's not even summer yet... on: June 06, 2010 10:51:27 PM
Fall/Autumn Decoration Swap? I know, I know, it's not even summer yet...

BUT... I was wondering if anyone would be interested in thinking ahead and crafting some fall decor. I don't do much in the way of Halloween decoration, but I love love love pumpkins, fall leaves, apples, cider, harvest, and all the wonderful things that come with fall. I used to have alot of fall decorations, but due to a fire, not anymore. It's been several years, but it's never been a priority to replace them. I'd love to organize (it'd be my first time!) a swap for fall decorations. This would NOT be a Halloween swap. I'm talking about decorations that can go up in Sept and stay up through Thanksgiving. I'm totally not against the awesome Halloween swaps, but this one would focus on the whole fall season.

I was thinking about mid July signups and early September sendout. The fall decorations and supplies start to go up in the craft stores in August I believe, and that way we'd have crafty ammo to work with. And if sendouts are early Sept, then we'll have all season to display our goodies. Anyone have any thoughts? Interest? Should I expand this to include ANYTHING fall-ish, not just decor?
9  COOKING / Dessert / A cake for a cowgirl. Yee haw! on: October 26, 2009 10:56:47 PM
Hi all! So, this is my first post in this section. I do alot of cakes, even tried to do it for a living for a while. I've had some culinary training, but am self taught on cakes. I'd say I'm fair at decorating, even though I'm always terrified one of my past cakes will come back to haunt me on Cake Wrecks...

This is a cake I made last weekend for my daughter's third birthday. I made a 3D penguin for her 1st, so I wanted to do something cool for this one too. The theme was Toy Story, focusing on Woody's Roundup gang, because she loves horses and cowboys. I tried to load pics of other decorations on here too so I could post the whole theme, but only the cake would load. So here it is!

I didn't want to use fondant because of the taste, so I stuck with buttercream and used candy clay for the rope, cow spots, and star. Used silver edible dust on the star to make it shine. I freehanded the bandana design. I should have gone one size smaller for the top tier, but otherwise I think I like it. It's not my original idea at all, I googled cowboy cakes and got lots of great ideas. We used bandanas all over as decorations- cut up for penants, with signs on the walls, and wrapped around silverware. I also bought stick horses at the dollar store and dressed them up with rope reigns and bandanas around their necks for lovely and inexpensive party favors that doubled as a game. Also made bandana beanbags for games and of course played pin the tail on Woody's horse. We had pizza (since it's in the movie!) and it was a really nice little party.

Back to the cake- question- I can NEVER get my cakes level and even! Any suggestions? Is the trick in how I ice it? And any time I try to carve my cakes to even them, they crumble. Would anyone share a good, firm, moist, and yummy cake recipe that will stand up to carving- like the cakes they use on all the cake shows! My cakes never carve that well! I'd love any advice! Thanks for looking!

**Right now, the pics are going in sideways. I changed them already, hopefully they'll catch up sometime soon.



Monkeys and figurines from the movie. Also had army guys and a piggy bank. Couldn't get a Mr Potato head though. Woody was sitting next to the cake.


And the birthday girl herself. Isn't she a cutie? Smiley
10  COOKING / Dessert / Toy story/Cowboy birthday- need cake ideas!!! on: October 10, 2009 12:14:30 AM
Hi all! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I *think* it's ok to post cake questions here?? If not, will someone kindly redirect me? Thanks!

Anyway, my daughter is turning 3 and is in love with Toy Story. She loves Woody the best and also adores horses and cowboys. So we're throwing a simple Toy Story party, focusing on the Woody's Roundup characters. We had settled on a 3D boot as a cake, but that's kind of... boring.

I have cake experience and can do alot of things, so I'm looking for some different ideas of something cowboy-ish or specifically TS. Not really wanting to star-pipe a character's face on a flat cake. I'm thinking more 3D and fondanty. I've googled cowboy and TS parties, and most pics I've found are flat cakes w/ plastic figurines, boots, or character faces. Her first bday cake was a 3D purple penguin in a scarf and beret (my first fondant cake!), so it has to be at least that exciting. Smiley

Any ideas are welcome and appreciated!
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