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11  First crochet project, yay! in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by dianamariemtv on: March 29, 2008 01:44:05 PM
For some reason I felt inclined to try my hand (hook?) at crochet.  So I went to the library and picked up the Happy Hooker crochet book (like any decent craftster would do), popped into the craft store and grabbed a few hooks and a skein of yarn, and over the past few weeks I practiced my stitches.  Last night I decided to try my first project.  So after a few hours of work, I had myself a decent little fit-to-be-tied bag.  I've sewn the lining, but still need to stitch it into the bag, which is really intimidating me.  Any tips or tricks for doing that?  Well, here she is!  I'm awfully proud and can't wait to try more crochet projects!

When I took the picture the ribbon was a little too tight so it looks kinda wonky.  I've since fixed it and it looks much straighter.  What do you think?!
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12  A few more cakes in Dessert by dianamariemtv on: March 26, 2008 10:03:41 AM
I posted some of my cakes yesterday and people seemed pleased with them so I thought I'd post a few more today.  First is a cake I did for my Christmas display.  The characters are handmade out of fondant/gumpaste, and the tree is an ice cream cone with royal icing "needles" with a gumpaste star.  The charcters are sitting on a gumpaste plaque so that the nativity scene could be kept after the cake was cut and served.  The writing on the cake is luster painted onto royal icing. The ribbon on the bottom cake is not edible.

This cake was done for my cousin's wedding last July.  She saw a photo in a Martha Stewart Weddings magazine and asked if I could replicate it.  This is what I came up with.  Three tiered fondant covered hexagon cake with stamped fondant.  Handmade, handpainted bamboo accents are gumpaste/fondant mix.  Flowers are silk. I'd love to give credit to the photographer for her wonderful work, she's a great woman, but unfortunatly I never recieved her contact information.
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13  Shrinky Earrings (offensive language) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by dianamariemtv on: March 25, 2008 12:40:53 PM
My friend always uses the expression "F@#$'n Eh!" So here are some shrinky rrings I made for her! Sorry for the crummy pic, and note to readers- no offense intended.

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14  A few of my cakes in Dessert by dianamariemtv on: March 25, 2008 12:30:17 PM
I've been working on building up my cake decorating business for the past two years, but am currently taking a break to prevent burn-out. Smiley  One benefit of my cake break is that I stumbled upon Craftster, yay!  Anyway, I have tons of pics but will only post a few at a time so I don't do any major flood-damage.  Enjoy!!!!!!!

My largest cake to date- for a 50th wedding anniversary. White cake with Strawberry filling covered in buttercream and rolled fondant.  Handmade roses, royal icing details painted with edible gold luster paint.

Small turtle cake, with buttercream icing and homemade chocolate modelling clay.  The recipient named him "Norbert B. Dessert" Smiley
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15  Virgin Handbag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by dianamariemtv on: January 27, 2008 04:21:59 PM
So aside from a few disgusting tote bags I made years ago, this was my first bag project.  I just joined this group a few days ago and have been spending a rediculous amount of time browsing the forums.  What a wealth of knowledge!  I plan on making a diaper bag (expecting #2 in 5 weeks!) but wanted to try something smaller and simpler first.  I think I'll gift this to my friend for her birthday this weekend.

Anyway, here's my bag- Pink cotton fabric (I've seen this one posted a few times just today!) from Joann's and the tan is an old pair of DH's cargo pans.  The lining went a little wonky on me when I sewed it in, I think it's just a tad too big.  Oh well, maybe I'll pick it apart and do it again.

Thanks for looking, and I can't wait to spend a lot more time here!
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