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11  COOKING / Dessert / Re: a cupcake conundrum; icing inquiry... on: February 22, 2011 09:57:31 AM
Thank you for your advice Cheesy x
12  COOKING / Dessert / a cupcake conundrum; icing inquiry... on: February 19, 2011 09:17:45 AM
I've decided to give handmade cupcakes as favours at an upcoming party, but need to know what brand name - or store's own - icing/frosting can sit at room temperature for a few hours.

I should mention that I'm in the UK, and may not be able to get hold of US-only products (which sucks because having been to the US last year, and tried things like Honey Buns, I am now thoroughly depressed because they don't sell them in England Sad ).

Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated ^_^ x
13  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Re: From drab to fab - dull duvet to great gijinka (seriously image heavy!) on: February 09, 2011 07:46:40 AM
Erm... I have that exact same duvet set on my bed at home right now!!  Shocked Lol - at least I know what I can do with it once I no longer need it!

Really? Wow, small world! Cheesy
14  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Arcanine hybrid... I choose you! on: February 07, 2011 03:57:25 AM
Ta dah!



This gijinka took me AGES! I started it last year when I spotted this really cute design by SilentSasuke on dA.



SilentSasuke has moved accounts and is now drawing under the name Onisuu. PLEASE check out both accounts, they're full of fantastic artwork and designs.

As I said, I started it last year, but other cosplays, illness, work and various life hurdles meant that I kept putting it on hold. Before I knew where I was, a year had passed since I first saw the epic drawing and the artists birthday was quickly approaching. So, I got my arse in gear and got to work. I almost got it done in time, but due to an unexpected hospital visit, I finished it a day late.

The artist loved it though, so the slight lateness didn't matter Smiley
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Re: From drab to fab - dull duvet to great gijinka (seriously image heavy!) on: February 03, 2011 02:19:12 AM
It is great. And how on earth could you look at a drab duvet cover and see it could become a gijinka?  Roll Eyes So funny.

I suppose it's like looking at a blank canvas and seeing what you want to paint. Truth be told when I first bought it I was going to make a Shiro Lolita dress, but the day before I started I was serving a customer who bought a box of dylon machine dye. I looked at it and went "Hmm...."  Grin
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / From drab to fab - dull duvet to great gijinka (seriously image heavy!) on: February 02, 2011 07:43:00 AM
This is my first Craftster challenge, so here we go! Since Im in the UK, I used a currency converter to translate $20 into pounds, so (as of January 14th) 12.77 was my limit.
 
The item I used for this challenge wasnt ugly in the traditional sense of the word, but the sheer drabness of it was what made it ugly. It was an unloved, quite sad looking thing, but I was determined to breathe new life into it. I was browsing the thrift shops in Liverpool when I saw a really dull, duvet cover and 2 pillow cases. I paid 7.99 for them. (I also bought a cute greeting card with a bulldog on it while I was there, but that was for my personal collection Cheesy ).

Here it is, in its original dullness, awaiting its magical journey into the washing machine, on the way to becoming something beautiful! Please excuse the mess in the kitchen, I have several projects on the go and the house does go to pot when Im engrossed in my crafting. I dyed the duvet cover and only one of the pillowcases, since I needed the other pillowcase to stay white to make the horns and parts of the sleeves and leg warmers.



A quick math quiz! 1 liberated duvet set plus 1 box of blue fabric dye plus (additional supplies from my stash divided by my scissors) plus my sewing machine and glue gun equals

A shiny Houndoom gijinka!



Im sure most of you know what a gijinka is, but for those who dont, Ill explain. A gijinka is when you take an inanimate object or an animal and translate it into clothing. To get a better idea, type gijinka into a Google image search.

Im also sure that most of you are aware of what Pokemon are, and Houndoom is a Doberman-like animal with horns and a pointed tail. Normally, Houndoom is black and orange, but the shiny version is blue and peach. Here is a picture of Houndoom in its shiny form .

The tail is a long grey foam thing (insulation for a pipe) inside a tube of fabric. I made a ribbon to go at the top so it didn't look just plonked on, and because it's detachable it is a bit er... wonky Undecided The point of the tail is made of funky foam.



The horns are made out of upholstry foam - something I always have a lot of because I make costumes heads out of it - and covered with white fabric from the undyed pillowcase. I then stuffed them and glued hair slides to the bottom.



The white round alien head is also detachable, so the garment can be machine washed.

And so to the leg warmers. Made to form-fit my legs, they're elasticated at the top. This was my first attempt at leg warmers, and the fact that there are tutorials here on craftster for making them certainly made it easier.



All in all, I only paid for the duvet set and a box of Dylon Ocean Blue machine dye - because I'm such a tremendous hoarder, everything else was already in my stash Grin

It felt really good doing this challenge. I did some good by buying from a thrift store and recycling something unwanted into something really cute that I can wear to meet ups and anime cons/expos.

Hope you all like it! x
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: More leggings and pants to show off!!! on: February 01, 2011 07:28:51 AM
These pants have inspired me to recon my ill-fitting shirts into a comfy pair of jim-jam bottoms  Smiley

My fave pair has to be the Iron Maiden ones, blue and black go fantastic together!

Great work! xxx
18  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #59 - Super Ugly to Super Awesome Round 3 - Due Feb 1 - Feb 8 on: January 29, 2011 08:04:30 AM
I went in today and everything was actually nice and pretty. I did score some *other* things I won't be using for this Challenge though. I did manage to find one thing I'm really excited about altering into something awesome but it's not truly ugly to begin with (just boring) so I'm wondering if I should bother entering it. Assuming I can get it done in time for that matter... lol. I'll be posting it when I finish it regardless. Tongue

Everyone has a different idea of what is ugly. A lot of the current clothes that most people consider fashionable I think look awful Tongue Maybe I'm just spoilt because I can make whatever I like and cater to my own tastes. I certainly hope you do get your entry done in time - I too found something boring and unloved, and have almost finished transforming it into something that's not only cute but something I can use Cheesy Although the thing I bought was more super dull than super ugly, I'll be posting it - whether or not it counts - because it felt good buying from a charity shop and making something epic out of what I purchased ^_^
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Dissected Little Pony! on: January 25, 2011 01:52:41 PM
I've seen quite a few reconstructed My Little Ponies, one of which was made into a Predator, but this is definitely the most inventive one I've ever seen.

Accurate or not, it's so cute and yet so twisted I simply adore it! Great work!
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: from useless bed to awesome couch on: January 25, 2011 01:49:10 PM
Indeed it is a great improvement! I love the before and after photos, you must be very proud; I couldn't get that much done in one afternoon! Mostly because I'm a dreadful procrastinator Cheesy

I see it's been dog-approved too  Cheesy He/she looks very comfy there ^_^
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