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11  COOKING / Dessert / Cottage Cake on: August 01, 2010 01:08:41 PM
Hello,

It's been a while since I've posted anything here, but finally I'm getting round to posting my most recent cake creation. I was recently commissioned to make a replica of a lady's cottage for her husband's birthday cake, and here is the result (sorry the pictures aren't better - I finished it in the wee small hours of the morning and my hands were shaking with fatigue)

tada!

front:


back:


Some close-ups:



And an in-progress shot:

I didn't take many WIP shots, I was in such a state about getting it done.

It took about 10 days all told; I didn't make any money on it, but I covered the cost of making it and gained more experience and another cake to go in my portfolio, so that's good. The lady who ordered it was very happy with it, so I'm happy too!

C&C very welcome Smiley
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Viva la Frida! Handpainted Frida Kahlo t-shirt (+ suggestions?) on: June 13, 2010 01:12:34 PM

Hello,

Following on from my painted Totoro tshirt, I decided I wanted to try something on a larger scale, so I took another t-shirt rescued from the thrift store and created this:


Again, it's painted with DYLON fabric paint, built up in many layers and painted over a period of three weeks. I spent hours on this bad boy.

Here is the original Frida Kahlo painting:



And here are some close-ups and in-progress shots so that you can see how I did it:













I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with it now - it's 2 sizes too small for me (I'm a US size 10 and have a v. large chest so there is no chance I'm squeezing in to this. Probably should have thought of that before making it).

Also, I'm not sure whether or not to paint in the sky behind the leaves, or if I should just leave it as it is - what do you think? Would it be too much?
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Swap the STASH Shop? on: June 10, 2010 02:55:33 AM
Hello,

There was some discussion on the 'Suggestions for Craftster' board, but I thought I'd give the idea it's own thread. Someone suggested a swap with the same format as Swap the Shop - where each poster posts a "shop" with items, each one given a point value, and uses the points they make from selling their items to buy from other posters' shops - but for items from our craft stash. You'd post a "shop" of your unwanted craft items and then you could swap them for other people's stuff.

It would be a bit like the "Ongoing Offer What you Have Swap" but you'd be able to claim from anyone's list.

What do people think?
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Totoro hand-painted t-shirt! on: June 01, 2010 09:40:56 AM

Hello,

I've been doing a lot of fabric painting lately to while the hours away, and this is the latest:




And up close:




It's done on a tshirt I thrifted, I thought I'd give it a better home.

I also did a little totoro drawing on the back to spice it up a bit:


close up:


Hope you like it, c&c welcome! Also, I'm actually looking to trade it if anyone's interested. It's a a European 36, US 2, UK 6.

15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Palaeontology Rocks! Purim Fossil Record Costume on: May 15, 2010 05:53:00 PM
Ok, so this wasn't actually a Halloween costume, but there isn't a Purim board so I put it in here with the other costumes.

For Purim this year (a Jewish holiday where we dress up and give gifts of food) I decided to go as the Fossil Record! I hand-painted this costume with tip-ex and permanent markers - the layers go from the earliest period at the bottom (late proterozoic period) to the present (quaternary period). I made little animals out of polymer clay to illustrate the creatures that evolved in each period. (Yes, I am a massive geek)



Close ups (sorry they're a bit dark)

The front of the top:


The back:


The skirt:



close-ups of a couple of dinosaurs/lizards:





At the Purim meal I went to I actually got told off by another guest, who was a creationist  Roll Eyes I'm glad to be out of that neighbourhood now.
16  COOKING / Dessert / 80th Birthday Cake (and icing granddad) on: May 15, 2010 04:20:20 PM
Hello,

It was my granddad's 80th birthday on Wednesday and to celebrate, I made him a surprise birthday cake.

Voila:



It's a chocolate cake covered in melted milk chocolate, with a ring of maltesers round the edge. I also made a fondant version of my granddad, Jim (his name's spelled out on the cake board in maltesers again), which took FOREVER.





I real life you couldn't see all that icing sugar - the flash picked it up in the photo Sad

He's in highland dress - a kilt made from ribbon, white socks and black shoes, a black jacket, and white ruffly shirt. I made his spectacles out of wire.

Here's a picture of my granddad for comparison:

(ok, so not the greatest pic, but you get the idea...)

And one last pic:


17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Zine cover advice on: April 01, 2010 02:32:08 PM
Hello,

I'm trying to design the papercut for the new issue of my zine, Modern Convert, but I'm having a bit of a creative block. I've done a first draft of the design - I'd really appreciate your input on how to improve it, and if it's clear enough. I'm especially looking for a way to more naturally integrate the text of "No.3: Down the Rabbit Hole".

Anyway, here is the the cover, with details - please, I really want c&c on how to improve it:













Thank you very much!

18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Zine-along? on: March 11, 2010 08:15:46 AM


Hello,

I've just started on another issue of my zine, Modern Convert, and I was thinking it might be nice to have some company. I participated in 2 zine swaps, I thought it would be good to start a craftalong because it provides all the companionship but without the deadline pressure of a swap. Though of course, as people complete their zines, it might be nice for people to swap them with each other, but it would be on a personal-swap basis.

People could sign up and post their ideas and questions, and pictures of their zines as they progress. It would be nice to have newcomers to zine-making as well as experienced zinesters, we could all pool our knowledge about construction and distribution too.

If anyone is interested, just post in this thread Smiley


Here's a picture of my first ever issue of Modern Convert:
19  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / MIDDLE EAST / Israel? on: February 06, 2010 12:16:56 PM
Hi,

I was wondering - are there any other craftsters here from Israel? I'm living on a kibbutz at the moment, but planning to move to Yerushalayim soon. It would be nice to hear from other Israelis and find out some good crafty places Smiley

Thanks,

Tzipporah
20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Gingerbread Nunnery! (complete with icing nuns) on: January 03, 2010 10:56:42 AM
I'm a geeky history student, so quite a lot of my baking/crafting is history-related. Hence, I give you: The Gingerbread Nunnery



It's built in the shape of a late medieval cruciform English church, the nuns' habits are reasonably accurate (well, as close as you can get in inch-high icing sculptures) renditions of late medieval Benedictine habits. I'd love to pretend that the building is a bit wonky because the religious houses of late medieval nuns were chronically under-endowed and usually falling to bits (poor nuns!), but actually it's wonky because it was made in a college kitchen shared with about 60 other people. Some rotter actually took it off my baking tray while it was in the oven so they could use the try to cook chips! The cheek of it.


Another view:



Pigs! Nunnery estates often had their own poultry and livestock, to make ends meet. Contrary to the popular image, they were generally extremely poor.


Nuns in procession!

(you can tell the abbess by her crozier)


I'm rather proud of the nuns, they're rather sweet.

A view from the back:


But hey, who's that I spy, hiding behind a tree?

Naughty nun! Whatever is she up to?

(based on an actual nun in one of my Lincoln visitation records, who gave birth in the nunnery after getting a bit too close to an Augustinian Brother down the road...)

Hope you enjoyed, c&c much appreciated Smiley
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