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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Am I the only one that can't draw men?!?! on: April 28, 2012 02:37:21 PM
Maybe it's because men aren't as aesthetically pleasing Smiley Smiley Smiley  (just don't tell my husband that)

Joking aside, the males I draw tend to have softer features and sometimes look slightly feminine or boyish.  My style just isn't very... rugged.  I'm sure you'll get the pictures to look more like you want the more you practice.  Have you tried doing a lot of very quick (as in less than 60 seconds) sketches of various males?  That might help you get a feel for the different angles and placement of things.
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: 16 yo son wants to be an artist on: April 28, 2012 02:32:49 PM
I think lots of professions have a rough time in this economy.  I think it's great that he's passionate about his chosen line of work.  I like the ideas of other posters of encouraging him to network online, learn more about art and tattoos, and keep that passion alive.
13  COOKING / Dessert / Re: LOOK IF YOU HAVE SMALL CHILDREN on: April 28, 2012 02:23:53 PM
What if you make pony shaped sugar cookies (I'm sure there are pony cookie cutters out there) and have her help you decorate them and place them on the cake?

Fondant is technically edible... but I don't know if I'd consider it "eat-able."  The pony you made is adorable... but it's an awfully big chunk of that stuff.  I'm sure the little girl would wash her hands, but having big chunks of edible play doh on a cake that have clearly been formed and handled a lot by little hands might not be appetizing for everyone.

If you still want the 3d sculpted pony, what about using marzipan or chocolate clay instead?

Or... have you considered using candy molds?  You could push the marzipan into a pony-shaped candy mold to get a cute pony that's flat on one side for adhering to the cake... and you could paint it with food coloring, or use colored marzipan to begin with.
14  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Edible butterflies on: April 28, 2012 02:14:48 PM
Those are lovely.  Do people actually eat them, though?  I'd think the gelatin would taste bland...
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anybody know what this stitch that looks like a barnacle is called? on: April 28, 2012 01:30:49 PM
I could be wrong (I'm new to hand embroidery) but I think it's called the raised cup stitch

(like in this tutorial)
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Undersea hoopla on: April 28, 2012 01:22:24 PM
wow that's gorgeous!
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help, how to do this please? on: April 28, 2012 12:16:54 PM
I found this tutorial, seems to be the pattern for the pink one you posted:


I've never done smocking.  I'm a noob at sewing... but now that I have a Janome heavy duty sewing machine and a Janome serger... I'm trying to learn a bit more.

I don't know if I'll do smocking any time soon, although it does look helpful for making dresses for my 3 year old twin girls... I should try shirring first, though.
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