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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Gir! on: June 18, 2008 08:56:19 AM
I made this for my SO a few weeks ago.  Theres a few inaccuracies but he liked it and its my first doll of any sort so I'm proud of it.  Though I did have a hell of a time letting go of it, I guess ill just have to make dog suit Gir for myself ^^

For size:
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Lotion questions on: May 02, 2008 09:59:50 PM
I'm trying to lighten my skin a bit. I'm already rather pale so I didn't want to use any super expensive super skin mutating creams or what have you so I figured I would do a bit of research and make my own skin lightening concoction.
What I'm going to add to what ever lotion base I choose is:
Lemon juice or extract
Mulberry extract
Phyllanthus emblica extract (if i can find any)
And Niacin

Because lemon juice is water based I'm assuming it wouldn't dissolve in the lotion, which i suppose wouldn't be awful but is there any method of suspending something in the lotion.

Note: This isn't because I loathe my ethnic background or anything. I just feel I need to look more mime/corpse like.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Crafter + Roommate = Epic Fail on: April 29, 2008 07:24:14 PM
I got every thing all ready to make a new bikini today but my roomie (in a small dorm room) passed out... so Ive been pining everything but cant sew cause my machine is kinda noisy...
Any one have similar woes?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Top Hat Redux on: April 28, 2008 11:56:02 AM
This saterday Im attending a "Kentucky Derby" Party (Aka "we want a cinco de mayo party but dont want to get trashed on a monday" party) and therefore I needed a nice flamboant hat as if I was attending the races.  Not being a fan of straw hats I added some removable modification to my already existing top hat.


Action shot

Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skirt and bustle-ish thing on: March 02, 2008 09:28:08 PM
I finished this last week and have sadly been very antsy about posting it on here.
The longer black skirt was reconstructed from a pair of pants but the green bustle thing was from scratch.  I didn't even draft a pattern anything, just made a couple measurements and went on a cutting.  I'm actually really happy about how it turned out, I've never attempted a ruffle like that before and they turned out beautifully if i do say so myself.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tea Box on: February 14, 2008 08:51:19 PM
I needed a place to store my tea in my room.  If I'm gonna have something neat and organized it might as well be my leafy beverages.  Its nothing special, I got a balsa wood box and painted it so it didn't look quite as ghetto. I still need to touch it up a bit but yeah.

7  COOKING / Dessert / Flourless chocolate cake on: February 12, 2008 09:39:49 PM
Im making this for my SO this coming saterday.  We cant see each other for V day so we're celebrating over the weekend.  I got this recipe off the godiva chocolate website.

Flourless Chocolate Cake:
4 bars (1.5 ounces each) Godiva Dark Chocolate, broken up
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
9 large egg whites
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 large egg yolks, lightly beaten

Truffle Filling:
1 cup heavy cream
3 bars (1.5 ounces each) Godiva Dark Chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons Grand Marnier

2 tablespoons apricot jam
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
Confectioners' sugar
1 dried apricot, cut into 4 strips

Make the flourless chocolate cake:
1.   Preheat oven to 425F. Line 11x17-inch jelly roll pan with aluminum foil, allowing foil to extend over short sides of pan. Lightly spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
2.   Place chocolate and butter in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high (100% power) for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave 30 seconds more or until chocolate is softened. Stir until smooth and let cool.
3.   Place egg whites in large mixing bowl. Beat egg whites until foamy, using electric mixer at medium speed. Slowly add sugar, beating until medium peaks form, using high speed.
4.   Stir egg yolks into chocolate mixture. Then fold some egg white mixture into chocolate mixture to lighten it. Then fold chocolate mixture into egg white mixture. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes or until top of cake looks set. Cake may puff in some places and will still seem wet under top surface. Cool in pan on wire rack. Chill thoroughly in refrigerator.
Make the truffle filling:
1.   Heat heavy cream over medium-high heat in small saucepan until small bubbles form around the edge of pan. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Let stand for 1 minute or until chocolate is softened. Whisk until smooth and add Grand Marnier. Chill in refrigerator until completely cold, at least 1 hour or overnight. Or chill in iced water bath.
2.   Place truffle mixture in mixing bowl. Beat mixture until it just begins to thicken, using electric mixer at medium speed. Remove from mixer and finish whisking by hand until thick and spreadable. Be careful not to over-whip or mixture will become grainy. Place truffle mixture in pastry bag fitted with 3/8-inch round tip, such as Ateco #4.
Assemble the dessert:
1.   Stir together apricot jam and Grand Marnier, breaking up any large apricot pieces.
2.   Run small sharp knife along long sides of cake pan to release cake. Using ends of foil as handles, lift cake out of pan and place on work surface. With 3 1/2-inch fluted heart-shaped cutter, cut 12 heart shapes out of cake. Remove scraps of cake from around hearts; run a long thin metal spatula under hearts to release from foil.
3.   Set aside 4 hearts for top layers of individual cakes. Place 4 of remaining hearts on work surface. With pastry brush, spread each with jam mixture. Pipe truffle filling on each heart, beginning at upper "V" of heart, leaving 1/8-inch border around outside, outlining heart and working your way inward in concentric heart shapes until entire surface is filled. Place 4 more cake hearts atop filling, pressing down gently to even out filling. Repeat layers of jam and truffle filling. (You should have a small amount of filling left for top garnish and a small amount of jam mixture left for plate garnish.) Top with remaining cake layers, pressing down gently.
4.   Sift confectioners' sugar over tops of cakes. Decorate each cake with a dot of truffle filling and an apricot strip. Drizzle four dessert plates with remaining jam mixture and place cakes on top.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Any one seen a lapel tut lately? on: February 11, 2008 07:34:32 AM
My SO wants me to make this shirt from Get Backers and I cant figure out for the life of me how to make the lapels....
Heres what it looks like, maybe ill just modify a lab coat but yeah... help would be amazing! ^^

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Early 20th Century Jacket on: January 10, 2008 11:43:31 AM
Finaly after exams and Christmas presents I had time to finish this.  Its from butterick pattern number 4954.  It took about two weeks to finish but i was pretty ADD about it.  I had a little trouble with the sleeves and the pleats in the back but overall I think it turned out well.

In the pattern they want you to pull the corners of the front to each side but i cant decide if i like it or not.

10  COOKING / Dessert / Apple cider cupcakes on: January 10, 2008 10:42:00 AM
Of course, out of all the cupcakes I make the one my SO likes most is the most annoying to make.  I do admit these are very good and moist but I'm still looking for the perfect caramel recipe for the top.  The cupcake and frosting come from vegan cupcakes take over the world but the caramel recipe comes from here: http://www.accordingtolayla.com/pdfs/Gingerbread_Cupcakes.pdf

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