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21  Summer set for a 1 year old in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by cherry_blossom55 on: March 28, 2010 05:07:56 PM
Hey everyone!
Went to my fiancee's cousin's house today for her baby's first birthday. I decided to make a little summer dress and bloomer set for her, and hubs picked the fabric from my stash. It was really simple, just shirred the top of the dress, added some ribbons, and guessed for the bloomers! (use shirring around the waist and legs for them too)

She loved it and everyone went "awwwwwww" when she pulled it out.  Grin great success!
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22  Girl With a Pearl Earring in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by cherry_blossom55 on: March 28, 2010 05:03:35 PM
Bonjour! This is a painting I did last school year, but I was having a REALLY hard time photographing with without getting either a) glare from flash or b)blurriness from my camera's longer exposure trying to compensate for darkness. Today I was like "well, what if I use the flash but take the photo at a slight angle??" And so it was done. And it worked. hurray! 

So the assignment was a "Master copy", and I chose Vermeer's "Girl with a pearl earring". The original can be found all over google images.

There is still a bit of a glare...but I really can't wait any longer to post this cause I'm just so darned in love with it.

funny story actually. I remember I was working on getting the lips and teeth just right for a couple hours. and when I finally finished I was like "tada! DONE!!!!". Ten minutes and a cup of tea later, I came back to admire my work and realized i had forgotten to paint in the pearl earring- the namesake of the painting! My painting prof would never have let me forget it, haha. So I had to include a detail of it.  Cheesy

Again REALLY sorry for the shoddy pictures. they are not doing justice to the subtleties!

Thanks for any comments or critiques!
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23  My two loves combined! Sewing and Painting! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by cherry_blossom55 on: March 28, 2010 04:53:42 PM
Hey everyone! I had an assignment a few weeks ago to do a "chiaroscuro still life". That was all the instruction we had, so I decided to combine my love of sewing into the piece as well as be ever so clever and have the subject matter double as the light source. Cheesy

I still want to go back into it and add a little bit of shadow under the foot, where it touches the fabric, but other than that I'm totally pleased with it. Any comments?

(sorry there's a bit of a glare, flash was the best way I could get it to focus!)

and just for fun, an in-progress shot!

Thanks for looking and all comments are appreciated!
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24  "Breakfast" - A pop art still life in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by cherry_blossom55 on: March 28, 2010 04:49:02 PM
Hey everyone, I haven't posted in a while so I thought I'd try and catch up.
This is an independently chosen work I did for my 3rd year painting class. I haven't handed it in for grading yet, hahaha, but I'm pretty pleased with it. I decided to start a theme for the hubby's kitchen, so I made it in the pop-art style of this wonderbread painting I did a while back: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=301578.msg3444107#msg3444107

Decided to add in the pill bottle so it feels like there's a story behind it.  Wink

If you'd like to see some detail shots I'd be happy to add them, but if anyone has any critiques that would also be appreciated! Always trying to improve! Thanks!

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25  Re: 6.26.10 wedding - help me choose my invites! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by cherry_blossom55 on: March 15, 2010 02:03:12 PM
I would also choose number three

If I may offer some constructive criticism, I think your monogram needs some work. It looks a little awkward, like it wants to slide away to the right, but it definitely wouldn't take much to balance it out.

 I'd look mainly at the loop at the bottom (elbow, if you will) of the L and make it level across the bottom with the right half of the monogram. Just increasing the size of that loop would do wonders for the balance and would also look more script-like in terms of font.

like this:

(more like what you have, the right half is lower than the left half)


(you can draw a horizontal line across the bottom of this letter, it feels more balanced.)
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26  Re: Harry Potter R7 w/ RPG twist, Send by March 1 in The Swap Gallery by cherry_blossom55 on: February 26, 2010 06:52:22 AM
- Olive is rudely awoken at 7:30am on a day she has a chance to sleep in, as the post owl pounds on her door. Grumbling, she pokes the fiancee, who gets up to answer the door and Olive falls back asleep. An hour later, he decides she has slept long enough, and comes to the bed to plop a good sized cardboard box on her stomach.

"It was for you, from Circe I believe. Weren't you waiting for this?"

-Olive is instantly awake

"Oh, hooray!! Just let me brush my teeth and I'll open it!!

-Digs into package, displaying all the goodies!!


the whole shebang:

a fuzzy cuddly owl and some Ravenclaw, Owl Post notecards (from wist). (maybe I'll use one to complain about unwanted 7:30 wakeup calls by those pesky owls lol)

a beautiful crochet bookmark in my lovely house colours: (modeled by HPDH)

A butterbeer cork and radish necklace, along with radish earrings and wand earrings, from my wist. the man pretty much rolled his eyes and loled at me.

back of the Potions notebook (the front can be seen in group pic, not very clear but it says POTIONS across the front and SIRIUS at the bottom on the back

A bumper sticker straight from my wists(I totally did not expect to recieve it, but I thought it was so funny Cheesy) and a gorgeous buttoned crochet/knit headband or choker. I dunno what it was intended as, but I'm currently wearing it as a headband. Cheesy

last but not least, a cute little owly totebag in my most favourite colour of violet. Smiley

Thank you so much for everything Zombie_Queen!! I love it all and I really appreciate all the attention to my wists! This was the best unwanted wake-up-call ever! (truly, the postman did knock on our door at 7:30, to which I grumbled and went back to sleep)
If I had to choose, I'd say the headband and owl stuffy are my favourites! Thanks again!
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27  Re: Wayward Victorian 2 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cherry_blossom55 on: February 05, 2010 08:55:55 AM
I received I received!!!! Lady_Frog spoiled me, I must say, and everything is AWWWWWesome!

Here's the whole gang:

oh, PS: Lady-Frog...you sent all the pieces for the unknown DIY thing, but no instructions, so I don't even know what it's supposed to be!! lol

First the extra non-crafted stuff:
a lovely little teacup (to add to my monstrous collection, haha)

oh look, it's made some friends already!

I found this little pull-n-go mouse at the bottom of the box, loled, put it on the floor...and it immediately got stuck under the book case. that's so me. maybe this will convince the fiancee that we need a cat, since it's a cat toy. honestly I'm not sure if it was in there by accident though, since Lady_Frog said her cat was playing in the box. lol

a GORGEOUS little gold owl pin. honestly this may be my favourite thing Lady_Frog sent. that's not to say, of course, that I don't appreciate her craftyness; its just so darn cute.

a studded cuff; very cute. not quite in keeping with my fashion style nowadays, but the boy will probably thieve it anyway lol

tea. ahhh, tea. how I love thee. I'll be having this while I paint later!

Crafted Goodies:
the inside of the lovely decorated binder (front is seen in group pic- it depicts a "good" girl and a "wayward" girl, lol) I think I might use this as my wedding planning binder, since it doesn't fit in my bookbag for school

awesome fabric!! a covered notebook (which I always find a use for!)

and the inside!

a shadow box for mr. fiancee. This is truly funny because it totally describes our quirky relationship. I can't wait til he gets home from class to see it!!(also interesting is that he's a chem major and had at one point considered going into pharmaceuticals)

feeather headband and hair clip (wearing the clip right now!) If I'm not mistaken, Lady_frog took these ideas straight from my wist. Cheesy

top-hat headband!! ****CUTE****
not an everyday thing like the feathers of course, but EPIC CUTE nonetheless, for dressup.

Thank you again Lady_Frog for such a great package!!! I love everything! Swapping with you was awesome

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28  Re: Wayward Victorian 2 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cherry_blossom55 on: February 02, 2010 06:45:52 PM
Hooray! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I had so much fun with this stuff and really enjoyed swapping with you Lady_Frog!

 I did get a fairly good pic of the little blue roses, and I also have a couple WIP's of the cameo. (gosh darnit, you all have to see it unpainted!)

et voila!

I will feel good knowing I have made your walls a little prettier, and your lovely self a little happier with crafty goodness. Cheesy

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29  Re: Wayward Victorian 2 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cherry_blossom55 on: February 01, 2010 04:19:53 PM
Since the post service is being stupid:

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30  A Low-Fat Chipotle CREAM sauce, whaaaat! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by cherry_blossom55 on: January 30, 2010 10:13:50 AM
Hey everyone! I thought I'd share this quick and easy recipe I whipped up just now. I'm obviously not the first person to come up with this but I never really thought of it before.

(I was almost done by the time I realized I should take a pic, lol)

I LOVE cream sauces on pasta...and I mean LOVE! I am not, however, in the fortunate position to be able to eat that kind of stuff very often and get away with it. My fiance is sort of a chef-in-the-making and he's very stubborn about using the best ingredients, which to him, means full fat 35% cream when making a cream sauce. This is delicious, and he being a man can get away with it, but I always feel fat and gross afterward. Today he was at work and I had a hankering, so I took one of his favourite cream sauce recipes and used Light cream cheese (plus a little milk) instead of cream, and MAN IT WAS GOOD!

Shall we begin!?

(this is for 1 rather large serving, or 2-3 side dish servings)

2 tbsp diced onion
1 clove minced garlic
3-4 tbsp light cream cheese
1-2 tbsp 1% milk
1tsp (or less) cooking oil
1/2 tsp chipotle powder (or more to taste)
salt (to taste)

1. in a small frying pan, heat just enough oil to cook the onions and garlic with. let them cook on med heat for about 2-3 minutes (stirring occasionally) or until they are soft and the onions start to turn golden at the edges
2. add in cream cheese and stir with a spatula (the rubbery kind for scraping mixing bowls) until nearly all melted, then add chipotle powder and milk, and stir with spatula until all are blended together well.
3. add salt to taste (1 used 2 pinches of KOSHER salt, table salt is much different in potency so be careful)

and mix in with your pasta! this coated a good sized soup bowl's worth of rotini for me, but you could stretch it further if you like less sauce than I do. Happy munching!

Nutrition info:
3 tbsp light cream cheese: 5g fat
1 tbsp 1% milk: less than a gram of fat (1 cup=2.5g, it works out to like 0.15g/tbsp)
1 tsp oil: 2g fat
salt, onion, garlic and chipotle do not have any significant fat.
MY TOTAL= 7-8 g fat per batch
(and you could probably use fat free cream cheese to make it less, but I don't buy it cause it has so little flavour)

For real cream sauce hubby uses about 1/3 cup heavy cream (25g fat), plus 1-2 tsp oil (4g fat) (he is much freer with the oil than I am, so probably more like 2)
HIS TOTAL= 29g fat per batch (of about equal volume to my recipe)

SO I shall be sticking to this cream cheese method, I think. Cheesy
Thanks for taking the time to read, and happy munching!

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