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1  COOKING / Dessert / Minecraft Cake! on: October 28, 2012 07:54:11 PM
I've been playing minecraft for a few weeks now, and am completely addicted (I've even dreampt about it), so when my favorite, also minecraft addicted cousin's 16th birthday rolled around, I knew I had to put my newly discovered building skills to the test!
And thus was created......

The Minecraft Cake!

Using a pair of 10" square pans and a few good ol box cake mixes, I baked up two chocolate cakes for the dirt, a vanilla with a touch of black coloring to make the grey stone, and a yellow cake for the sand. And then of course some jello for the water.

Once I had a basic idea and sketch of what I wanted, I mapped out each layer separately, marking each square with a D, S, St or W so that putting each layer together would be a breeze (and it almost was). I then figured out that my magic number for the block size was 1.25", which allowed me to get the most squares out of each cake. I then created a grid sheet on freezer paper and poked holes through each intersecting point with a skewer. After leveling each cake so that it was 1.25" high, I lay my grid on top and poked holes into the cake and used a ruler to cut things as straight as I could, using my map as a guide.

I brushed each piece with simple syrup to lock the moisture in and then set to work on assembling everything. I was very happy to see that because everything was so level, I didn't need dowels or anything to support it.

Between baking and cooling and cutting and stacking, I worked on the paper craft animals. Making these guys was more time consuming than making the cake itself, but my cousin loved them so much that he saved them and has them set up in his room.

And of course, it wouldn't be Minecraft without a Creeper.

Thanks so much for looking! Comments and crit always welcome!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sweeney Todd on: May 31, 2012 05:00:54 PM
I made this Sweeney Todd doll for a Tim Burton swap a while ago and completely forgot about it until I was going through some photos not too long ago.

The body is made from felt with my own pattern. The nose is needle felted, the face is colored with chalk pastels, and the hair is hand sewn on yarn. The outfit is made from repurposed clothing and muslin. If I remember correctly, he's about 12" tall.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Home is Where You Make It... on: May 27, 2012 08:02:47 PM

A much loved and repeated quote for me and my best friend from one of our favorite movies, "Joe Dirt." This was a gift for her when she had to move under unhappy circumstances.
9"x7" acrylic on wood w/satin clearcoat
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Need Ideas! on: January 04, 2010 05:34:15 PM
So I picked up 10 little bright colored frames for $10 at Micheal's today, each of them no bigger than about 3" and I want to do a series of paintings, all the same theme, but a different picture for each frame and then possibly sell them on etsy.

The thing is, I have no idea what to paint! So I need some ideas! So give me all you've got! Crazy, weird, creepy, funny, I don't care! Just throw some ideas my way!
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Deer (pic heavy!) on: August 21, 2009 09:07:28 PM
Okay, I made this sweet little deer a while ago for an amigurumi swap, but I'm just now getting to post it because of computer troubles. This was definitely one of the more difficult amis I've ever tried to tackle, and I thought it would be the death of me, but in the end I think it turned out really good. I tried to write up a pattern for her as I went, but that didn't go over so well, so just about all of her was done freeform. Please let me know what you all think!

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Custom Painted Box on: May 10, 2009 06:13:05 PM
Okay, so I did a personal swap with the fantastic littlepooky and as part of the swap, I painted this nice wooden box for her.

Okay, here's the top of the box. All the other sides are painted the same turquoise with a light brown wash to dull it and make it look aged. It's got gold metal clasp and hinges and the whole thing is covered in a few coats of high gloss glaze. The inside and bottom are lined with a dark purple felt.

Here's a closeup of the A and flowers

And here's a closeup of one of the skulls

I would love to hear what you guys think!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Coraline Doll on: May 10, 2009 06:00:56 PM
Okay, so after participating in the Coraline Swap (http://www.craftsters.org/forum/index.php?topic=292139.0), the super awesome littlepooky asked to do a personal swap with me for a replica of the replica of the Coraline doll that I made for the original swap. This was the original doll I made http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3426201675/ and thiiiiiis was the one I made for littlepooky:


Who wouldn't love such a sweet face?

Here she is without skirt or coat. And yes, her legs are uneven lol but that makes her even more special!

And here's a shot to show each lovingly glued down strand of yarn hair

This was the box I painted for littlepooky

And here Coraline is, tucked inside. She looks a little cramped, huh?

I made up my own pattern for this sweet little doll and she's completely hand sewn.

I would love to hear what you all think of her! And if you didn't see Coraline when it was out in theaters, be sure to catch it when it comes out on dvd!

8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Ami Bunny & Panda on: February 27, 2009 09:23:07 AM
I made these two cuties for this swap here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285270.0 and since my parnter has already received them, it's safe to post them. I had a lot of fun making these two and it was a nice challenge for myself since I made my own pattern.

Pan: *reaches over and grabs Bun's hand*.....
Bun: hehehehehe

Pan: *puffs out his chest* Yeah I been workin out.
Me: Yeah, liftin weights with those q-tips?
Pan: Sh-shut up!

Pan: Can you see me NOW? Yeah I'm all up in yo face. *falls over right after pic is taken*

Bun: Are you getting my good side? Is the camera adding 10 lbs?!
Me: You look fine!

Bun: Here, get a close up of me!
Me: Yes ma'am.

Bun: Get a shot of my cute earrings!
Me: *does as commanded*

Me: Uh, I'm not taking you guys outside...
Pan: Yeah, it's kinda cloudy and wet...
Bun: I wanna go outside!
Pan: But...
Me and Pan: *obey*

Bun: Ahhhh fresh air. I look so much better when in natural sunlight, surrounded by cute flower.
Pan: *sigh*

It's kinda lonely around here now without the two of them sitting by my monitor all the time, but I know they've got a great home with their new momma, and hopefully they'll be on their best behavior *doubts it* Anyways, I'd love to hear what you guys think of them!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Baby and Momma Owl on: January 28, 2009 09:17:32 AM
I've been crocheting for a couple of months now, and absolutely can't stop lol, but i have yet to post any of my projects, so i figured it was about time i did. It all started one night at work when I came across the book Amigurumi World Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Paula Rimoli and flipped through it and decided i HAD to learn how to crochet so that i could make the cute little animals in the book. So i did learn, and i did start making a cute little animal or two, and then my friend looked through the book and said to me "make me this owl for Christmas!" so, fearing her wrath (j/k) i started making the momma owl for her, and before i finished it, my friend found out that she was pregnant, so i decided i would make the baby for her as well, as a surprise. and here was the result:

Momma and baby settled into a nice nest in the bushes

When i gave these two her, she was like "omg how cute! which one do i get?" and i said "both!" lol she was super excited about them, and they'll be a great addition to the nursery
10  COOKING / Dessert / Oreo Balls yummmmmm on: January 28, 2009 08:52:03 AM
So, i've made these a couple of times before, using the fantastic recipe posted by lovefindslove here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=164704.0 and i've always taken them to work and the coworkers have devourered them in 2.5 seconds. And now, if the word "oreo" even slips out of my mouth, anyone within earshot comes running lol. buuut anyways, we had inventory last friday, and i knew it would be a looong gruelling day for all of us, so i decided to make a batch as a special treat for everyone, to get us all through the day without killing anyone. so after a couple of hours thursday night having fun with chocolate and sprinkles and my new mixer in the kitchen, these were the results:

so once again, i gotta thank the awesome lovefindslove for posting the awesome recipe https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=164704.0 and seriously, everyone needs to try it out cause it's super easy and soooo ridiculously delicious<3
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