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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / River's D.I.Y. Frank Lloyd Wright Wedding 09-04-10 on: March 02, 2010 11:25:46 AM
Hello, everybody!

First, I'd like to say I am so impressed with ALL of the completed D.I.Y. weddings posted here. 'Tis a brave task to undertake, to do one's own wedding one's self!!!

Here's what I have so far:

The venue, for ceremony AND reception:





I consider it D.I.Y. because future husband booked the venue (a 1908 Frank Lloyd Wright prairie-style house) FOR FREE! Ever since we first toured the house, we KNEW it was where we wanted to get married. It is so beautiful and small- the perfect excuse to have a small, intimate, low-budget (yet CLASSY) wedding!

I love the fall, so originally we were going to have the wedding in October, but every October wedding I've been to (and my October engagement party!) was cold and/or rainy, and we wanted to take advantage of the FLW home's GORGEOUS GARDEN and have the reception outdoors- so we booked it for early September! I am so excited, but I have a lot of crafting to do! Undecided

Here are some things I/we plan to D.I.Y for the wedding:


~Grow my own centerpieces: Rouge vif D'Etampes pumpkins!
~Grow my own bouquet (flowers to be determined)  Huh
~Make my flowergirls' pomanders
~Dress up my flowergirls' $20 white, easter dresses with exposed orange petticoat fringe and big orange sashes
~Make my flowergirls' hairpieces/headbands
~Finish my invitations (halfway done!)
~Make my own TAZO tea favors (I forget who I stole this idea from!)
~Thank You cards

I'm sure the list will get so much longer, but for now, this is all I have planned as far as craftiness. Just planning has been quite the adventure. My colors are Brown, orange and green because it is sort-of Autumn and because I LOVE PUMPKINS. I grow pumpkins in my backyard garden and they are my pride and joy! So I had to include them in my wedding. (Here's hoping for a booming, healthy crop for 2010, because my back-up centerpieces are orchids and let's face it, they're a b!t@h to transport!  Cheesy )

Thanks for stopping by to read about my crafty wedding! I will update frequently and with more photos, because it really helps keep me organized!


2  COOKING / Dessert / Yaar. A Jolly Roger Pirate Cake. on: May 29, 2009 09:15:52 PM
I whipped up this little thang for a friend's groom's cake / birthday cake for her husband-to-be as their wedding day was close to his birthday. He is a proud member of the U.S. military (woot!) but his secret wish is to be a pirate! Hence the cute cake, by which he was pleasantly surprised on his wedding day. Cheesy Yay for adorable stories and equally adorable cakes!













3  COOKING / Dessert / cherry blossom cake (first time with fondant flowers) on: April 06, 2009 05:47:54 PM
I made my boyfriend a cherry blossom cake for his birthday.







As proud as I am of the cake, (handmade with marshmallow fondant of course), I am ten times as proud to have a boyfriend secure enough in his masculinity to allow me to make him a cherry blossom birthday cake. Cheesy Thanks, Lovey!
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / a LOT of overhead transparencies on: July 23, 2008 10:48:45 AM
I've got about a bajillion overhead transparencies because my college was doing some house cleaning (college cleaning?) and obviously nobody uses an old-fashioned overhead projector anymore. So I have about 2 million clear sheets of plastic. What can I make with these? Any suggestions?

Greeting cards? A window decoration? What?


HELP!  Shocked
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / hare krishna collage on: July 02, 2008 03:04:54 PM
 Cheesy collages make me happy!

I needed some new welcome art to hang on my front door. And I thought it would greatly please the hippie people across the hall from me if I allowed them to start each day being greeted by His Holiness Rama Krishna Vishnu. Plus it's just plain auspicious.











(the Ani Difranco fish is also good luck, just FYI  Grin )

Thanks for looking!
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / BLAH gardening clogs to UBER CUTE shoes in 20 minutes! on: June 26, 2008 05:26:36 PM
UBER should be umlauted. I apologize.

ANYwho- I have a rehearsal dinner to attend. A casual one. For my boyfriend's sister's wedding. He surprises me by buying me the prettiest dress to wear, except for one thing... I can't find shoes to match!! What's a girl to do?!  Huh

Then a light bulb appears above my head. I remember my boyfriend seeing those gardening-clogs-turned-mary-janes on craftster and saying how cool he thought they were. And there was a green pair of those same clogs on sale for $4 at Big Lots last weekend! Hallelujah!



Special thanks to Sunshyne, the original designer of these fantabulous shoes! (Scroll down for a link to her original Say no to CROCS!! thread.)

BEFORE


AFTER


http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=157237.0
^ Sunshyne's original and SUPER AWESOME thread
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / happy yoga bag on: June 22, 2008 05:34:27 PM
 Grin It's made of 100% salvaged fabric and hardware, and- oh yeah -it's SUPER BIG! My favorite part is the straps for my yoga mat, because I'm always carrying yoga stuff, towels, clothes, books and magazines in my bag, so there's never any room for a yoga mat. Problem solved!







Thanks for looking!
                              -and namaste!
8  COOKING / Dessert / Rainbow Cupcakes with a West Virginia Twist! on: May 10, 2008 04:59:09 PM
Woohoo! I jumped on the rainbow cupcake bandwagon and this is what I came up with.

A whole bunch of West Virginia cupcakes and a random happy face, because rainbows make everybody SMILE.  Grin My boyfriend loved these so much he ate the first batch all by himself!

Special thanks to phwarfcat for the inspiration!









That was fun. I heart West Virginia.
9  COOKING / Dessert / Tractor Cake (more fun with fondant) SUPER PIC CHUNKY on: May 10, 2008 04:41:50 PM
My best friend's family is from West Virginia and her birthday is tomorrow. So i spent ALL DAY baking.  Cheesy Literally. I been at it since 8 AM and I'm still going! I dirtied every dish in my apartment! Oh well, at least I've got a gorgeous cake!

I was inspired by yet another awesome Craftster post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=210889.0
So thanks, Craftinator!




Anyway, it went a little something like this:








I used my marshmallow fondant for the green and dark green, and icing for everything else. The seat is made of wafer cookies covered in yellow cream cheese frosting. And yes, those ARE rainbow cupcakes on the side. I couldn't bear to stab my beautiful tractor with candles!


Hope you like!

Happy Crafting!

-River
10  COOKING / Dessert / how to make MARSHMALLOW FONDANT! (super pic-chunky!) on: April 04, 2008 02:55:27 PM
So I was thinking about making a cake using fondant, which, in all of my cake-baking thus far I have been avoiding like the plague. It seemed really complex! But I then I found several fairly simple recipes for something called marshmallow fondant, which I had never heard of before. It seemed so simple! So I played with the proportions of things and made a beautiful cake! So I thought I'd share this super-sticky-fun cake-decorating confection with all of my fellow cake-happy craftsters...

HOW TO MAKE MARSHMALLOW FONDANT
...another fancy fully pictorial tutorial brought to you by river watson


First off- welcome to my kitchen. It is extremely small. This is my pot rack.




I heart my rachael ray pots and pans and my eyeball lights!

Anyway my kitchen isn't all sunshine and roses! This is all the counter space I have, so bear with me...


^ This is everything that you will need.
-(1) 2 lb bag of powdered sugar
-(1) lb bag of marshmallows (minis work well)
-(1) package of gel food coloring
-(1) can of vegetable shortening
-(2) big glass bowls (a glass bowl and a plastic bowl will also suffice)
-(2) tablespoons water
-a silicone spatula to mix with
- a roll of plastic wrap
- several sheets of wax paper
- a cutting board or clean counter top
- kitchen scissors
- a non-stick (or greased) rolling pin
-(1) completely frosted cake

This is a super cheap project if you are already equipped to bake cakes. Anyway, where do you begin?!

Step 1: PLOP ZAP STIR ZAP STIR
Melt the marshmallows. (Add 2 tbsps water to your marshmallows just to help them along.) You can pop them in the microwave or heat them up on the stove top as you would for rice krispie treats. However I am SO lazy and I was sort of pressed for time, so I put mine in the microwave.  Most recipes I read insisted that one would use mini marshmallows, but I used big ones because they were handy and I had no problems.



I used 1/2 lb, or about half the bag. I just PLOPPED them in a pyrex bowl, added a little water and ZAPPED them in the microwave, STIRRING every 30 seconds for 1 minute. That's ZAP STIR ZAP STIR. 

Many recipes called for 2 and a half minutes of zapping, stirring every 30 seconds. That may work in a double boiler but not in the microwave! So be very careful with your fluffy marshmallow goo. It can get very hot, however you melt it. Let's not burn ourselves, k?

Step 2: SPLOOGE FOLD FOLD FOLD *PSHEW* FOLD FOLD FOLD


Now that you have your fluffy melty goo all fluffy and melted... prepare another big mixing bowl with about 1/2 lb of powdered sugar in it. I patted out a little well in the sugar at the bottom of the bowl so that I could pour in the goo without it sticking to the sides.


Then I SPLOOGED the goo around the bowl with my spatula until it was evenly coated in sugar, forming a slightly-less-sticky ball of goo. Then I folded the sugar into the ball, then added more sugar and folded some more. Then I rolled up my sleeves, greased up my hands* with Crisco and got angry.

This part is SO FUN!



See? Just keep kneading and FOLDING and adding sugar until you reach the consistency you desire. Most recipes I saw called for 2 lbs sugar for every 1 lb marshmallow, but I wanted a shinier, thicker fondant, so I used less sugar. It was very pretty, but it was a little more difficult to work with, I think!

Also make note that your hands are warm and the warmer the fondant, the runnier it seems. So don't sugar it to death.

Once you're done showing your fondant who's boss... It's time to say good night.

Step 3: SWADDLE

Double-wrap it extra tightly in plastic wrap, just like a burrito. (Otherwise it will dry out and become very hard to manage later.) You CAN use plastic ware just so  it's easy to fit in the fridge, but you MUST use plastic wrap first. Otherwise your fondant will be dewy in the morning. And that would be bad too.



SWADDLE up your fondant tight- he's on his own in the fridge all night!


Goodnight my little fondant ball!

NEXT MORNING


Step 4: SPLASH (obviously optional)

Next, we're going to add a SPLASH of color! Yay! Just fold in the color gel as you did the sugar...



In old-school baking, red was always limited to varying shades of pink, as icing and fondant is originally white, and it's hard to achieve a true, deep red without using so much coloring that you turn your icing or fondant into almost-red-food-dye-soup... Enter Betty Crocker stage left. FINALLY a good red gel food coloring! It starts out pinkish, but just as with most food colorings, as it sits, your cake-covering medium will soak in the color and become deeper and more defined.



Observe the brilliant vermillion! Gorgeous, no?

And finally, I rolled my fondant out in between 2 sheets of wax paper and then peeled off the first sheet, turning my fondant over onto my cake and smoothing and trimming to fit! This seems to be the hardest part. It's all about eyeballing it. Thankfully there are lots of eyeballs in my kitchen.

I applied another small white sheet of fondant to my cake for the decoration and then finished it off with some decorative icing.




FINISHED PRODUCT

A beautiful Twin Peaks** Black-Lodge-inspired birthday cake for my David-Lynch-loving boyfriend whom I SO adore.



Add some matching candles and call it a day! I did, anyway.

As always, thanks for looking!

Happy crafting!

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*This part was pretty gross, but now my hands are super soft!

**Twin Peaks was a TV show during the 1990s. It was EPIC. If you haven't seen it, you must. The Black Lodge is a sort of mystical magical room with a zig zag floor and red curtains, hence the cake.

^The Black Lodge



PS: Wanna see what it looks like on the inside? It's chocolatey!

click>> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238211.msg2617569#msg2617569  ^^here

UPDATE:

I finally finished my John Deere Tractor cake:



See the complete thread with more pictures here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=245271.0

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