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21  Needle felted piranha plant in Felting: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: January 28, 2015 11:08:14 PM

I made this piranha plant by felting around a styrofoam ball that I had cut a wedge out of. Fibre doesn't actually stick to styrofoam, so I wrapped the ball in felt strips and then poked it until it was tightly attached to itself. Once I had the felt base, I needle felted over it. The teeth and leaves are also made from a felt sheet, and the stem is felt strips wrapped and felted around a chopstick.

The plant is hot glued onto the bottom of the paper mache pot which I had painted green and then I stuffed yarn into the pot which keeps the plant standing upright. The entire thing is about 30cm (12 inches) from top to bottom and my parents thought it was store brought which was a nice compliment! ^___^
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22  Pug love embroidery hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: January 28, 2015 10:56:53 PM

I made this embroidery hoop for one of my friends, using a pattern from Urban Threads. Instead of stitching all of the lines, I cut out shapes of felt and sewed them down ^____^
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23  Pineapple shaped pineapple upside down cake in Dessert by teaandcraft on: January 28, 2015 10:52:03 PM

Last year I jumped on the pineapple bandwagon for all I was worth and so, encouraged by my recent baking success, I decided to make myself a pineapple shaped cake for my birthday ^____^ I'd never made a pineapple upside down cake before, so I wanted to give that a go too!

I used pineapple pieces rather than rings so that I could make the cake have a pattern that kinda looked like the outside skin of a pineapple. I baked it in a rectangle tray because I couldn't find an oval cake tin anywhere, but I like how it looks anyway! I also made a circle shaped vanilla cake to make the leaves of the pineapple. I replaced the water in the recipe with pineapple juice and it had a very delicate pineapple flavour which was nice ^____^ I cut it into a leafy shape and then iced it with green icing; I only did the top so that it would match in better with the upside down cake, which has nothing on it's edges. It was really, really tasty and we had heaps left over so all visitors got given cake for the next week ~____^
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24  Pizza jewellery in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: January 28, 2015 10:34:24 PM

To celebrate finishing uni, my friends and I had a pizza party - we ate pizza, and also crafted pizza! ^___^ I made one big pizza, which I sliced into smaller segments to make pizza slice necklaces and also one smaller pizza to wear as a brooch.

We made the bases using plain super sculpey and then we made all of the toppings; I tried to make canes of my ingredients, but it didn't work so well. I'll have to practise more! ^___^ We baked the bases first since they were thicker; the toppings were really thin, like sprinkles, so they didn't take long. For the cheese, we mixed yellow acrylic paint with cream coloured puff paint (since I couldn't find any yellow puff paint at the craft shop) and then globbed it on with disposable plastic teaspoons. We used our fingers to put the toppings into place, but tweezers probably would have been a good idea too! Then we put them back into the oven (which was off but still warm from baking the clay before) so that everything was dry and easy to take home ^____^ The next day I glued on the jewellery hardware and have given away most of the pizza slice necklaces now - I have a lot of friends who are fans of fast food! ~____^
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25  Recovered recipe box in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by teaandcraft on: January 28, 2015 10:15:42 PM

I collect postcards and recently decided to tidy up my recipe collection by writing them out onto some of the postcards (rather than the scraps of paper they were on before!). This meant, however, that I needed something to keep them in! They fit perfectly into this paper mache box so I covered it with scrapbooking paper to make it look prettier ^____^

I covered the edges with washi tape, and added some embellishments to the lid. The "so very lovely" piece is from one of those sheets of scrapbooking paper where it has lots of little images and you cut out the one you want (I'm sorry, I have no idea what they're called!) and the other two are made from chipboard.

I also coated everything in mod podge so hopefully it will remain relatively unscathed despite being in my kitchen!
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26  Revamped vintage school desk in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by teaandcraft on: January 28, 2015 10:03:19 PM

My brother recently got married, and he and his wife wanted a rustic vintage theme which included having this vintage school desk as their signing table. The picture above is how it looked on the day, and the photo below was how it looked before. That picture seriously doesn't do it justice though - it was so ugly! It had about seven layers of paint on it, the inside was all rusted and full of dirt (no idea why), and the top was coming loose from it's hinges.

I tried to use paint stripper on it, but it didn't really work so my husband and I ended up sanding the whole thing. It took ages! After it was all sanded, we managed to get out all the screws to take it apart. They had been painted over many times, so they were pretty stuck! We sanded back all the hardware to get rid of the remaining paint and rust and then coated it with a steel protectant, which we also painted the legs/frame with. The wooden top is coated with a sanding sealer in case we decided to stain it later, but the happy couple gave it the thumbs up so it stayed as is ^____^
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27  Princess Bubblegum crochet crown in Crochet: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: November 15, 2014 06:42:49 AM

I went as hipster Princess Bubblegum for Halloween this year, which meant I needed a crown! I crocheted this in two parts (the circle part was separate from the rest of the crown) and the gem is a felt circle painted with glitter mod podge. I used 100% wool, which wasn't the brightest idea since it was *so itchy* on my forehead (I wore my fringe up on the night). I ended up folding up a tissue and putting it between my head and the crown because after a couple of hours I just couldn't stand it >___< I'm going to sew in a felt panel to prevent this from happening next time I wear it! The uppy bit of the crown (mmmm, technical terms ...) is held up with a craft stick that I sewed to the back. This was fine for me, but if I was making this for someone else I think I would try pipe cleaners or maybe even fabric starch.

I also made myself some brooches to wear. The lollypop was made using a Twinkie Chan pattern, and the wrapped sweet is just a crocheted rectangle with a ball of scrap paper in the middle.

And Pops de Milk made a fantastic pattern for Science the candy corn rat, so I had to make her too! I safety pinned her to my top so she could ride on my shoulder all evening ^___^
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28  Jewellery for my hipster Princess Bubblegum costume (one bad word ahead!) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by teaandcraft on: November 15, 2014 06:26:00 AM

I went as hipster Princess Bubblegum for Halloween this year, so I figured I needed some pins to wear! I made this Peppermint Butler ...

... a ton of mini donuts (using Nerd Burger's youtube tutorial) which I made into earrings and a brooch (I still have plenty to use up!) ...

... and this heart brooch inspired by the Marina and the Diamonds song by the same name ^___^
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29  Hipster Princess Bubblegum in Halloween Costumes by teaandcraft on: November 15, 2014 06:17:20 AM

I had pink hair over Halloween this year, which I figured called for a Princess Bubblegum costume! I didn't want to have to sew anything since my machine is broken, so I checked out what I had in my wardrobe and figured I had everything I needed for a hipster version of PB ^___^ But, dressing in pink does not a princess make! I crocheted myself a crown, Science the candy corn rat, and lollypop and wrapped sweet brooches. From polymer clay I made a Peppermint Butler brooch and some mini donuts which I made into earrings and yet another brooch.

I carried my coffee cup around all evening, and it was actually really handy since I was the designated driver and sticking to water. The absolute best part of my night was singing Thrift Shop at karaoke, solely for the line "headed to the mezzanine, dressed in all pink ..." (even though I did cheat a bit with the shorts!) ~___^
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30  The Lights Above the Arby's WTNV cake in Dessert by teaandcraft on: November 15, 2014 05:36:05 AM

*waves* Hello! This is not my normal board, since I am generally pretty terrible at making cakes. However, it was my best friend's birthday so I decided to attempt to make a cake nonetheless. And to my great surprise it turned out well! ^____^ I used a recipe that I made up which tastes like the cake version of Anzac biscuits. I was a little worried it wouldn't turn out well, so I made two. And they both were fine (apart from a little bit of sinking in the middle), so I figured I should use them both! I put coconut icing between the cake layers, and iced the top and sides with it as well. The icing on the sides has unsalted butter added so it would stick properly.

I used some fudge writing pens from the supermarket to decorate the top. I did the Welcome to Night Vale eye at the top, attempted to make something that vaguely resembled the Arby's sign on the side, and then added stars over the rest.

And when the candles were in and lit, they were the lights above the Arby's! I was really happy with how it looked, it tasted delicious, and my bestie loved it - I think I've gotta call that a success ^___^
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