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71  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Suriah's fuzzy bunnies on: May 20, 2008 12:20:08 PM
Hello Smiley

I crochetted these two fuzzy bunnies as part of my package for Suriah in the Craft My Pet Swap (its late because this was for an angel package). She received a week ago and said I could post. She had wibit's fuzzy bunnies wisted so I decided to make versions of her pet bunnies Lizzie and Twitch. They were probably the most time-intensive item in my package because i'm rather clueless when it comes to crochetting and i altered the pattern to make them look more like their real counterparts. I love the look of the brushed mohair ^_^

(twitch is the brown bunny, lizzie is the lop).

Besides being rather obese little guys, i think they turned out pretty cute. i put some wire in Twitch's ears to help them stay perky Tongue
72  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Nicky Scratchboard on: May 20, 2008 12:06:41 PM
Hi again Smiley

I did this scratchboard as part of my package for Suriah in the Craft My Pet Swap (I was an angel for her, which is why we're only sending now even though the swap ended ages ago). She received last week and said it would be ok for me to post Smiley
It's of her family dog Trigger, a 14 year old yorkie. 8x10" clayboard scratchboard and ink.

She's going to post pictures in the swap gallery once she finds her camera cables so i'll let her say what she thinks there, but her and her family seem to like it ^_^

73  COOKING / Dessert / more rainbow cupcakes! on: May 16, 2008 08:10:57 AM
yes, i know these have been done nearly to death but damnit they're so cool and they're a friggin pain in the ass to make. i probably could have made a painting or something in that amount of time...
so my partner remembers at like 3pm yesterday that he has a potluck today at work to bake for. long story short, we went from having no plans, to having passes to a movie premier, a dinner party to go to, a softball game to play, and potluck baking to do. we split ways at 9pm - him to the softball game, and I back home to bake. luckily a good friend offered to give me a hand (even so we were still up until 2am making these things).
The original project was posted by phwarfcat (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244232.0). I followed the recipe she posted, but trippled the yeild. even so, we only ended up with enough to make about 27 (should have yeilded 36) but that may be because the first dozen were a little larger. i'm thinking that it would probably be easier to put each of the 6 dough colours in pastry bags and pipe it into the muffin tins - spooning it and trying to carefully spread it around was a big job. i'm also thinking i'd like to quadruple the recipe and use twice as much per cupcake, so that the coloured layers would be a bit more defined.
we then made a dangerously wonderful cream cheese icing and piped little clouds onto each cupcake (icing recipe was my friends).
finally, cause my boyfriend is a beekeeper, we did a project out of this months Martha Stewart Living magazine (which has all sorts of articles on bees! yay!) and made little bees out of marzipan and almond slices to put on each. the bees were simple in concept but time consuming to make, and the almond slices were tricky to get to stay. in the end, i used a knife to cut a slit for each slice and used a tiny dab of the cream cheese icing to help hold them in there.

of course, he rode his bike to work today so i have little hope that they'll have survived the trip intact, but what can you do. at least i have a perfect one for myself ^_^

crappy 2am shot of the bee swarm

yay gaycakes!!! ^_^

with a bite out of it

my friend took these pictures of the one i gave her this morning. my camera somehow refuses to focus on them Smiley
74  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / my first bento ^_^ on: May 08, 2008 10:33:39 AM
Allo - This is my first time posting on the cooking board. Smiley
The Eat My Bento community over on livejournal inspired me to start making my own bento lunches. I never pack a lunch for work... usually too lazy or I just don't know what to make. This gets rather expensive and fattening though, always buying my lunches, so I've been trying to think of ways to inspire myself to make my own. turning lunch into a craft project may just be the motivation i needed.

A couple of friends and i went down to chinatown after work last night and rummaged through a bunch of the gift shops and grocery stores and scored some bento boxes, chopsticks, onigiri molds and assorted treats. we hadn't intended on making lunches last night, but the pretty goodies were inspiring so we ended up giving it a shot. we made four lunches (all the same) - the pictures are of my box, taken this morning (the egg and dumpling look a little squished - looked nicer last night).

bottom container - boiled egg, black grapes, two onigiri (flower and rainbow shaped, seasoned with nori and sesame seeds), two sesame cookies
middle container - bbq pork dumpling (i bought these frozen from the market and steamed them), lettuce, lotus nut paste cake, onigiri stuffed with red bean paste, cute little koala cookie, banana chips
top container - soy sauce and pocky.

The onigiri were fun to make - with a rice cooker and mold they're pretty idiot-proof. I had no veggies in the house  but next time i want some more fruits/veggies. I'm also going to try to make that egg omelet stuff (for which i've forgotten the proper name).

I just ate it a couple of minutes ago and it was pretty damn tasty ^_^ i suspect the pork dumpling would have been better served hot but it was tasty none the less.

anyone else have bento ideas to share?

my hoarding instincts have kicked in majorly and i've spent most of the morning checking out cute containers and accessories online. bad bad bad.

~giggle~ the brandname of my bento box is Lube Sheep, and the chopsticks say Doggie and Peedoong, on them.
i'm 12, i know.
75  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / bird necklace for mom on: April 28, 2008 08:14:10 AM
Hello everyone!
I made this necklace for my mom's birthday yesterday. She likes my asymmetrical necklaces but is generally concerned about wearing things that aren't age-appropriate, so I decided to do a more delicate, toned-down design for her. She usually wears very chunky jewelry, so i thought it might also be nice for her to have something more simple for dressing up.

Everything is sterling except for the bird charm (omg the local bead store sells sterling wire BY THE INCH - yeesh), with maroon fresh water pearls and swarvoski crystals in blues and oranges. Length is a loose choker.

I've made three other necklaces for mom - I figured I'd snap a few shots since i was there

This one is all sterling silver with white fresh water pearls and smoky swarvoski crystal. I really like the pattern with the silver rings. this was also my first a) necklace and b) attempt at using wire and crimps. There are matching earrings too but i forgot to get a picture. its a loose choker.

This one is again all sterling (findings, chain and silver beads) and semiprecious stones, crystal and occasional glass beads. This is the most expensive chain i've ever bought, at $16/foot. its looped over once in the picture- unlooped it goes to below the navel. At some point i want to rewire this one - it has simple closed loops linking it all together and now that i can do wire wrapped loops, i think it would be a bit more secure since the beads are quite heavy on this one.

and finally, this one my mom picked all the beads for (she wanted a green necklace) and I constructed it over the xmas holiday. again, all sterling with assorted semiprecious, crystal, silver and glass beads. The clasp sits at about the sternum.

I thought Mr.Lion would make for a good model but in the end, i think its too hard to see the details of the necklaces. unfortunately I was only able to snap off one shot each because the batteries were dead and I had to catch a bus back home. I will also note that everything except the new necklace is in need of a good polishing (though i think slightly tarnished silver has a lot of character ^_^). neither mom nor I would model cause it was the end of a very long day of car repairs and yard work. hehe after two hours with the leaf blower, the lawn looked a hella lot cleaner than i did!

hope everyone had a great weekend ^_^

76  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Nven's wedding bling on: April 23, 2008 03:41:07 PM
allo again!

This is a necklace and earring set made for Nven's wedding. Swarvoski crystal and faux pearls in fall colours (it was a September wedding), with sterling silver toggle and findings. the earring in the photo has two posts because she has two piercings Smiley

Photo courtesy of Nven!

and here is an action shot of Nven looking beautiful on her big day ^_^

thanks for looking!
77  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pirate Booty necklace on: April 23, 2008 12:47:41 PM
Hello everyone!
This is a necklace made for fellow craftster Nven's birthday last year. I've somehow managed to get completely bogged down in projects for the next few weeks so I haven't had a moment to try and make a new alice necklace (the pretty beads are sitting on my coffee table, begging for attention...)
anyway, this was the first asymmetrical charm necklace that i made, and its still one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. Its called Pirate's Booty because we gave it to her in the treasure chest on a pirate shaped birthday cake a group of us made her ^_^
It has a skull and crossbones charm, a dragonfly, a bee and another charm, and a variety of cuts of Swarvoski crystal in reds and oranges.

Photos courtesy of the lovely Nven Smiley
78  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro challenge - bee on: April 22, 2008 11:54:00 AM
Hello everyone!
This was taken with my mom's camera (Canon PowerShot S3) last spring - its one of me and my boyfriend's bees eating from a pollen patty.  The patty is sitting on the inner cover the hive (the hole you see on the left leads into the hive). the bees start coming out of hibernation around this time of year, but have to be fed pollen patty and sugar water solution (with their medications) for about 3 weeks until things have budded/bloomed enough that they can sustain themselves. This is a very young worker bee (female for those who don't know bee demographics... or who watched Bee Movie (tsk tsk Dreamworks - its the girls who do all the work!!)) - its wings and hair are still shiny and perfect meaning she probably has not flown outside of the hive yet. she's italian stock (though our queen was russian). 

I know very little about cameras, but tried hard to document our bees throughout the summer, and thus came up with a few cool shots ^_^

*edit* - the levels were adjusted slightly in photoshop Smiley

79  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Alice in Wonderland necklace on: April 08, 2008 07:14:13 AM
Hello Smiley

I made this necklace for Izzy55's birthday. I made the alice charm using ihateranch's tutorial (Sculpey and modgepodge) great tutorial btw! I had a bit of trouble getting the modgepodge to look even, and i'd like to try coating the charm in resin next time i try this (would this be wise on flexible Sculpey?). The rest is an assortment of Alice-themed charms (hearts, flower (that evil flower garden), a rose, clubs, tea cup, cheshire cat, question mark cube, lock and key...) I think my favorite thing on there is the handblown italian glass bead on the right (blue and orange striped). I have been looking for a way to incorporate those for a while now but they've never looked right on anything I've made in the past. I'm pretty pleased with this necklace ^_^
oh oh! and I made wrapped wire loops for all of the beads, my first time! since i kept forgetting to link the next element on to the loops before closing them, I got lots of practice. >_<

we're all strange here...

Things don't lay quite right because its on a scanner.
I will add an action shot once she sends me one!
80  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Tank Girl Tub painting on: April 07, 2008 06:30:54 PM
Hi all Smiley
First off, let me start by saying, no, this is not an original image - its a copy of a page from Tank Girl vol.1 (wooo Tank Girl!!!!), who's art is by Jamie Hewlett.
We have two bathrooms in our apartment, one across from the other. One has the bathtub and a sink, and the other a toilet and sink. I've always loved this tank girl drawing and decided to copy it to put up in the bath bathroom. I also just got some awesome new colours of paint that i really wanted to try out.
It's on a 12"x12" canvas, in acrylics. I wanted it to look like marker, so there are a lot of layers for each colour (there are, i shit you not, 7 layers of yellow on that duckie). I'm just learning to use acrylics, so there were some technical challenges for me in this one. I was kind of shocked that you couldn't just buy ready made flesh tone paints... mixing the right shade (even for cartoon complexions) required some trial and error. In the end, the painting took way longer than anything else I've done, but i find it really pops. Some details have been changed (colours, shading, the weird leg shadow in the original) but I didn't feel comfortable changing too much about the image since it isn't mine so, for the most part, its the same. I'm hoping to do a tall narrow canvas for the toilet bathroom, if I can find a tank girl toilet image that isn't too crass (or draw one myself).
Here is a link to the original image: http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc152/missacidtrix/bath2.jpg

Rub a dub dub, three girls in a tub...

EDIT: a friend asked me to post a closeup, so here you go. This one is a bit closer to the true colours (its from a second scan). I guess I didn't colour correct the first scan enough, its too dark.

anyway, it makes me smile. ^_^
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