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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire and bead earrings: my first since junior high! on: January 24, 2009 11:55:06 PM
I've been feeling a certain lack of creative energy in my life since... well, for a really long time. So when I awoke today to find that I had absolutely nothing to do, I decided to change that unfortunate fact. I dug my beads and miscellaneous other supplies out of my dusty crafting boxes, and after a quick supply run to the local craft store, I made my first pairs of earrings since the last time I used my beads in junior high school ( Undecided).

The first pair didn't turn out like I wanted them, but they're still coolish. (Please forgive the awful image quality--the only camera I own is on my phone.)



The second and third pairs I <3 <3 <3! So simple, yet so pretty.





I didn't even realize that I had crafted a pair of G-clef earrings until I was reviewing the images. Obviously, the one shown in the pic above is backwards, but its mate is facing the right way for a G-clef.

And I discovered a really nifty and convenient way to keep hook earrings (if you have a spare, rarely-used window blind available):

I hope this means my creative juices are flowing again.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / monstrous vday card (hardly even crafty) on: February 19, 2007 07:21:52 PM
Home made vday cards are always the best. I don't know if this card even counts as a craft (except for the googly eyes), but I'm proud of it (and so pissed at myself for smudging some of the text in the lower left corner).



This is the first time I've ever had a boyfriend during vday! Yay! He loved this card...
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / rant: fabric and the failings of the human body on: February 18, 2007 05:59:55 PM
I hate, hate, HATE pricking my fringer while handsewing a project, not because of the pain, but because of the blood. I have to sit there until it stops bleeding so I don't stain the fabric, precious crafting minutes ticking by. Why must human skin be so fragile? Rar.

I'm sure other people have already posted in this manner, but I just pricked my finger, and with nothing else to do for the next couple of minutes, I felt like ranting. Obviously, I don't particularly care if I get blood on my keyboard... but fabric? Never!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / coffee cup magnets (with googly eyes!) on: February 18, 2007 12:23:29 PM
Googly eyes make me so happy, I have a giant bag full of them.

Anyway, I made these for my roomie's birthday, and based them off of doomcandy's "felt cupcakey fun" post (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=127467.0). I chose coffee cups because she's a coffee addict (the day she accidentally broke the coffee pot before she could get her first fix was the worst day of her life).

8 total, 4 spell out my roomie's name, 4 are like emoticons

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/coffeecups1.jpg

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/coffeecups2.jpg

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/coffeecups3.jpg
5  California / California: North / new Craft Club on the UC Berkeley campus! on: January 26, 2007 08:18:27 AM
Some classmates and I just started a new Craft Club on campus. For the time being, meetings are being held on Mondays from 4-5 (although I'm going to push to have that changed to a much later time) in the Naia Lounge on Lower Sproul. The room may also be changing soon, as Naia is very loud.

Membership is restricted to UC Berkeley registered students, staff, or faculty.

Since we've only just formed this group, we do not currently have anything planned for it. However, we mean to provide crafting support to our members, a crafter-friendly social group, and we are going to try very hard to host a craft fair, but at this point that is just a dream.

If you're interested, you can find us on the Office of Student Life website http://osl.berkeley.edu
Or email us at craftclubatcal@gmail.com
6  COOKING / Dessert / *graphic* Edible Viking Battlefield (the Teddy Graham massacre) on: January 25, 2007 08:41:00 PM
The reason I did not put this in the recipe part of the forum: Although this project is edible, I did not make it for the sake of eating it. I made it to tell a story.

Some background: In the spring semester of 2006, I took a student-run class at my university in which we read fiction concerning "leftover gods", the gods that settlers brought to America and forgot about. For some reason, the majority of our discussions and readings were about Norse mythology. For the final project, which my entire grade depended on, I could pick anything to make, as long as it had to do with what we learned... so I made an edible battlefield. Obviously, this class was not very serious.

Basically, I made a graham cracker Valhalla (Odin's home), Odin, Loki, Thor, and various Vikings fighting to the death for Odin's glory. In one corner is the well where Odin's other eye resides. I also made Yggdrasill, the World Tree, with a little Ratatosk in it out of paper (not included in these pictures), because I couldn't figure out how to make it edible. In case you have no idea what I'm talking about, you might want to check out Wikipedia's entry for "norse mythology".

For this project, I used: chocolate graham crackers, Teddy Grahams, Cocoa Pebbles, green crystal sugar spinkles, chocolate frosting, red and black icing, a part of a marshmellow, and two pretzel sticks.

The project as a whole:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06b.jpg

From behind Valhalla:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06c.jpg

The battle in general:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06i.jpg

A close-up. Odin has a goofy look on his face and Thor is holding his hammer and yelling. Teddy Graham Vikings are slain and icing blood is strewn everywhere:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06f.jpg

A close-up. Loki is standing by the spear that was just thrown to dedicate the battle to Odin, yelling. More Vikings are slain and one poor little guy who's been gutted is still alive  Sad
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06e.jpg

Another close-up, just like the previous two:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06d.jpg

A lone little scared Viking, hiding behind the well with Odin's eye in it:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06g.jpg

Two more Vikings hiding behind Valhalla, one injured:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06h.jpg

I had so much fun making this, you have no idea. And it only took me an hour!

First, I built Valhalla using chocolate frosting as glue. I put the frosting in a ziplock bag and cut the tip of one corner off for a makeshift decorating bag.

In retrospect, I probably should have put the "grass" down before Valhalla, but it all turned out great anyway. I spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting all over the baking pan, then sprinkled the green crystal all over for grass, and cocoa pebbles for gravel.

The well was built in layers with chocolate frosting and cocoa puffs.

The best part was making the facial expressions of the Vikings. The black icing was difficult to work with at first, but I soon got the hang of it (after messing up and eating many, many teddy grahams). Odin's eyes  are made of small bits of marshmellow rolled up into tiny balls with dots of black icing on them. Thor's hammer and the spear that Loki is holding are (obviously) made of pretzel.

I used chocolate frosting to hold all of my Vikings up and in their places, and red icing for the blood. It took me a while to figure it out, but with a certain ratio of squiggles:smushed red icing, I got the gore to look pretty good, I think.

I managed to transport this halfway across town on a public bus without damaging it in any way (it was actually pretty sturdy after I turned cool air onto it with a fan). After presenting it to my instructors (and receiving much praise), I brought it back home and the guys on my dorm floor promptly ate it. When I got the pan back, all that was left were small smears of chocolate frosting, lol.

I also make themed cakes (a Nintendo 64 and controller for my little brother's birthday, my dog's head for my mom's birthday, and Nevada for my high school teacher's retirement), but I don't know which part of the forum to put them in... misc or recipes? Can't tell. If anyone has a clue, could you let me know? Thanks.  Wink
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / "Robot Man" pj pants on: January 25, 2007 07:56:31 PM
This is my first post, so I hope the images turn out well.

I found this amazing cotton flannel at my local fabric store and could not resist. Unfortunately, due to a lack of working sewing machines, it sat in my closet for the majority of 2006, and I finally got around to doing something with it over the holidays!

My mom taught me how to sew years ago, and I didn't use a pattern to make these, so I worked it by trial and error, reminding myself how to use a sewing machine, and allowing lots of extra fabric in case I messed up (which I did).

I pretty much based these on other pj pants I have, and I think it turned out great! The only thing a pattern could have improved is the fit... I sort of forgot to make the seat area longer than the front, so it feels weird when I sit, but they're still roomy enough to be very comfortable.

The part I'm most proud of: I made pockets and button holes (for the drawstring) all by myself!  Cheesy

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/robotman20070111c.jpg

A close-up of the fabric, to show you just how adorable the robots are.
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/robotman20070111e.jpg
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