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1  COOKING / Dessert / Stegosaurus cake! on: April 09, 2008 01:52:14 PM
I made a stegosaurus cake for my 27th birthday. Why? Because I'm an adult now, and that means I can do whatever I want, which means I can have a dinosaur cake. Uhh... right?  Grin

This is the first "3d" cake I've ever made. It's basically two 8" rounds of yellow cake cut into shapes and secured with fruit skewers and icing. I wanted to use funfetti, but was afraid that would fall apart. The icing was just plain vanilla, colored with food coloring. The back plates are Oreo 100 calorie pack thin crisps, and the toes/ tail spikes are pieces of Pocky. And the stegosaurus is the most noble of all god's creatures.

Thanks for looking!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Can something be used as a paper mache mould without destroying it? on: April 19, 2007 08:50:11 AM
I'm trying to make an egg big enough for 3 yr olds to sit in. Thus far, my favorite idea is to do something similar to this person.

Can anyone tell me the best way to use my exercise ball as a mould for making two hemispheres? Or will this inevitably mess up my ball?

If the mould is usually messed up (ie, lots of people use balloons & pop them to take them out), then hopefully I can find a giant balloon to use like this.

Thanks for any advice and links. It's much appreciated!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Ideas for making a GIANT egg? (Paper maiche?) on: April 18, 2007 05:05:43 PM
Yes... a giant egg. >.>

I'm currently doing clinicals in a child development academy for my early childhood ed class (it's awesome btw, I highly recommend the company of three year olds, aka funniest people on the planet). They are hatching chicken eggs in an incubator and have done a lot of egg-related activities (egg books/ lifecycle stuff, handling and cracking eggs into a bowl, talking about what animals hatch from eggs, etc).

My supervisor knows I am "crafty" and pretty much volunteered me to do one more BIG egg activity with them next Monday, since the eggs are supposed to hatch the same day. She wants me to make a giant egg so the kids can play in it/ paint and decorate it (they are also currently very interested in playing in & painting cardboard boxes).

I think it's an awesome idea, and I agreed... but how can I pull this off? It doesn't have to be perfect, but it needs to be egg-shaped and big enough for a 3 yr old to sit in. She thought I could blow up a trashbag and paper maiche on that. But how does one blow up a trash bag?! Another idea was to make it from cardboard and hope for the best... :-D

I think paper maiche might give the best result (and then maybe I could paint it white, to make it more convincing), but I don't know how to make something that big and get the right shape. Any ideas? Or other ideas of how to make a giant egg out of anything?

At least I'm not crazy enough to crochet it.  Grin
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / "Squeeze Me" Octopus (& more!) on: February 09, 2007 08:19:54 AM

This is by far my favorite project to date! I made this for a Pet Swap last summer, from a great Roxycraft pattern. I made it HUGE and made the legs a little longer, too. The ball-legs of the pattern are cute, but I wanted the puppy to be able to drag this around.  Wink I put a large squeaker toy inside the head when I stuffed it.

Apparently, the puppy was a bit afraid of this. Oops.

I rarely make my own project threads, so here's some pics of other crochet things I've done:
* Green scarf
* Red hat & mittens

And I've just realized that I crochet daily and never have picture proof that all those stitches actually make stuffCheesy

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Hat & Gloves Swap Gallery on: November 10, 2006 07:23:37 AM
We had an early early early send-out! Here's the gallery when you need it. :-)
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Have you seen patterns similar to this one? on: November 04, 2006 07:55:15 PM
AC Moore "Ponchini"

I've been looking for a crochet pattern like this... but not quite this. I want to make a shoulder wrap for my boyfriend's mother. This is the closest I have come to what I've been picturing.

What I'd really like is something that is more of a rectangular wrap ~ that is, wrapping around below the shoulders and buttoning on the front left side. I have a sweater with a long "top" that folds down like this, leaving the shoulders bare. That may be where I got the idea, since I can't seem to find a pattern for this. I could  probably wing it, but since I really want this to be nice, I'd rather have a set pattern.

Have you seen anything like this? Any brainstorming will help. Thanks!
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Hat & Gloves Swap (Sign-ups from 10/19 to 10/31, Send-Outs EXTENDED to 12/6) on: October 19, 2006 01:39:05 PM
Swap name: Hat & Gloves Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: AModernMantra
Sign-up date range: 10/19 - 10/31
If we get a ton of sign-ups, I will either find an organizer partner or I will have to end sign-ups earlier than planned.
Date to send item by: EXTENDED 12/6

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country?

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages

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

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

Details of swap:
Baby, it's cold outside! We need winter items!

This swap involves making ONE hat (any type) and ONE PAIR of gloves (or mittens, any type) for your partner. I've been having dreams of long gloves, fingerless gloves, those cute mittens with the fold-over tops, animal face mittens (aaah, so cute)! There are so many possibilities for this swap.

Sign-ups will last until I am either overwhelmed by responses, or it is Halloween. Cheesy You will have a whole month to craft, which should be plenty of time.

When you send, I will need a DC# or copy of receipt if you send out of your country. Participants are also expected to keep in touch with their partners, to let me know if there is any problem, and to have fun. Fun is mandatory.

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

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?

What kind of crafts do you do? What kinds of hats/gloves can you make? (Crochet, knitting, sewing, etc)
What kind of hat would you like to receive? (Crochet, knitted, etc/ styles preferred)
What kind of gloves or mittens would you like to receive? (Ideas: long, short, animal themed, fingerless, etc)
What colors would you like for you hat? Your gloves?
What colors would you NOT want?
Yarn preference, if any (weight, etc):
Any yarn/fabric type you would NOT want used?
Any allergies your partner should know about?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Sent | Received | Both

Kristieb <---> Krafty_kelly
Albarinos <---> Funkyflower
Kpuppy <---> Stina
Ariel <---> GoldfishGirl
Jezebel_1982 <---> Shewolf
Glittergirl94 <---> Christinacoghill
Sweetz_love  <---> Mlcrays
Chaoticpassion <---> Disneyfan
Motleycruiser <---> SabertoothPixie
Limey57 <---> AModernMantra

"In Progress" status has been posted to you all. Have fun crafting!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Hat & Gloves/Mittens Swap? on: October 08, 2006 11:17:22 PM
I just signed up for the new round of the scarf swap and realized it would be really great to obtain even more warm thingies for the coming winter. ;-) Would you like to do a swap where you make a hat and matching (? or not!) gloves or mittens? These can be knitted, crocheted, sewed... I'm picturing lots of different kinds of hats, long gloves, fingerless gloves, mittens with animal faces, who knows! :-D

I have enough swapping under my belt to organize this one. Let me know if you're interested. We could have a relatively long craft time with send-outs being in mid to late November, depending on the sign-up period.
9  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / ARRR! A Jolly Roger be in progress here! on: September 08, 2006 11:51:02 AM
I've just begun my Jolly Roger. It's my first sweater, so of course I'm worried that everything is wrong.  Embarrassed I think it's looking too "holey" to be a proper sweater... I can't tell from the book pics.

Here it is at the very beginning yesterday:

I'm wondering if I need to start over. I suppose I'm worrying too much about how it looks, when the poor thing hasn't even reached scarf status, much less full sweaterhood!

Edit: hahaha... alright, lots of views + no opinions = I need to frame a more direct question! ;-) Does this appear to be too "hole-y," or does it seem fine? I suppose I'll see for myself as I keep crocheting over the weekend! Cheesy
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Kitchen Swap on: August 03, 2006 08:21:58 PM
I've just moved into a new apartment, and my kitchen is very... blah. Cheesy I'd love to do a swap with some kind of kitchen theme. Maybe a general "anything for the kitchen," and participants can give ideas of their wants (ie, color, or if they have an existing theme). The only previous related swap I found was kitschy kitchen, whose gallery is here. We could do a round 2 of that, if you'd like. Ideas? :-)
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