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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / What happened to the Once You Pop swaps? on: August 15, 2017 05:28:07 PM
I remember always wanting to do a round of the Once You Pop swap (fill and decorate a Pringles can) but I haven't seen one in years. Is there interest in a new round?
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Zany to the max! Yakko Warner & the Wheel of Morality (Animaniacs) on: November 05, 2016 07:10:09 PM
My husband and I are always trying to come up with random pair costumes! We've been Calvin and Hobbes, Doc Brown and Marty McFly, the Keeners from Camp Cariboo...

This year we decided to go back to one of our childhood favourites and do costumes from the Animaniacs! We couldn't decide what pair of costumes to do, but randomly watching clips, for some reason we thought the Wheel of Morality would be hilarious. We decided on Yakko for me, and a sandwich board featuring the Wheel of Morality for him. He was being camera shy, so I couldn't get him to pose for pictures!

The "whiskers" are folded back in this picture, making them look uneven, but nonetheless...

The Wheel is built on top of a lazy susan so it would spin, not sure if this (incredibly short) video will work: https://www.facebook.com/mary.paulusma/videos/vb.642155483/10157641809790484/?type=3&theater

For Yakko, I bought the black shirt, but everything else was homemade. My feet and gloves were reused from my Hobbes costume a few years ago. I bought fleece and made a giant pair of brown pants and the belt, and made the buckle out of fun foam. The head was made from a plastic canvas frame, chair cushion foam, and fleece. I stuffed floral wire in each ear so they were poseable. It was a pretty fun costume but I had absolutely no field of vision! Next year, I think I'll stick with face paint. Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about knitting patterns on: December 16, 2015 09:34:38 AM
Hi all! I wanted to get my Aunt a few mitten patterns, but I am not a knitter by any stretch of the imagination so I need some help. My Aunt does absolutely beautiful intricate mittens already, and I showed her a photo of some cat mitts which she thought were really cute. I found the pattern on www.joridweb.com and would like to get it for her for Christmas. However, I just realized it is only available in Norwegian, and not in English. Would these be impossible without English instructions?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sirius Black quote lamp! on: July 09, 2015 04:22:21 PM
Made for fatewineroses in the Quotes Quotes Quotes swap! This started as a really good idea. It took about 10x longer than I planned, but I was happy with the end result so I didn't mind so much. Wink



The creation:

When I read my partner's quote, the "light" and "dark" struck me as NEEDS TO BE A LAMP. Since I had a lamp base sitting around, it seemed fitting!

It started with designing a cut file of the quote. (For some reason my mind filled in the word "darkness" instead of "dark", whoops!) I then fed it through the silhouette on a heavy chalkboard paper (as I figured I wanted something stable enough that I didn't need a wireframe in the shade). Great idea? I thought so! The Silhouette didn't. I tried twice and it wouldn't cut through the paper. So, I cut the quote entirely by hand.

Then it ended up being too small for the frame I'd rigged up for the lamp. Oops. And I was out of black paper. Double oops. I tried creating a few of my own wireframes to hold it on the bulb (most were hilariously Frankenstein-ish). Then lo and behold, one day at a thrift store, I found a lampshade almost the exact same size, so I bought it and dismantled it, and glued it to my piece. HOORAH!

Long story short, it was a lot of trial and error but I'm glad it worked out in the long run. Smiley Next time I'll buy a lampshade to base it on first!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dr. Who/Tardis Jewelry Box! on: July 09, 2015 04:11:49 PM
Made for my partner, fatewineroses, in the Quotes Quotes Quotes swap. I was going to post this over in housewares, but noticed a notice pointing me this way, so here it is. Smiley

The completed project:

Humble beginnings:

The whole thing was painted in a cabinet paint before painting the galaxy effect in acrylics. I traced out the sides and top of the cabinet onto paper, and drew the banner so it would loop seamlessly across all sides. I then cut out my sketch and traced it onto the box, and painted it in. The quote and detailing was done in Sharpie once the paint had dried. Smiley

"I am and always will be..."

"The optimist, the hoper of far-flung hopes, and the dreamer of improbable dreams."

The glass out of the door was replaced with a little piece of something that was basically plexiglass; I just bought a sheet and cut to size.

I had a lot of fun with this one, and can't wait to do another! I picked up a jewelry box that plays the theme from the Godfather, so I'm anxious to figure something out for that one. Wink

Thanks for looking!

P.S.: fatewineroses, I had some trouble with the bottom drawer sticking. If you jiggle it by the sides rather than the handle, it'll come out! Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Disney Villains Shrine (kinda pic heavy) on: July 08, 2015 06:04:19 PM
I made a shrine for amc- in the "Darker Side of Disney" swap! She's received so I am now safe to post photos!


From humble beginnings....

After painting and decorating the interior:

I made all the figures out of Sculpey. They were fun! I found a tutorial for Cruella and Hades on YouTube, and made up Scar and Captain Hook. Captain Hook is my favourite! I love the way his outfit turned out. Here they are before going into their "environments":


And after:

The full shebang!

A couple fun little things I used:
- Flat shiny green bead/charm things that reminded me of crocodile scales for part of Captain Hook's background
- A broken piece of jewelry (on the left) that was the closest thing I had to an alarm clock for the Cap'n
- A little picture of a dalmatian (I drew spots on a generic dog from some scrapbooking paper) with a pair of scissors on Cruella's background
- Scar is standing on a little pile of buttons, hehe Smiley
- The "gem" at top centre is a broken piece of jewelry, a bottle cap, a gem, a pendant, and a rhinestone brad
- The gemstones up the left side are an old bracelet my hubby's grandma bought me at a thrift store... the beads were cool, but I don't wear bracelets... yay craftiness!
- The rhinestone string up the middle is another bracelet I got in a surprise pack
- I originally made the flower on top for my wedding! It was part of a centrepiece. Smiley
- Other than the shelf/box itself, this piece was completely from stash. YAYYYY!

Thanks for looking!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Monkees Concert Shrine on: May 10, 2015 02:35:06 PM
I hope "Shrine" is the right word!

I haven't posted any crafts in what feels like forever, but when I saw the subject of this contest, I had to create something. I love road tripping for concerts with my mom (we've seen the Monkees twice and Neil Diamond once... working on more! Smiley) The first time we saw the Monkees, it was an outdoor concert at a zoo and we nearly got rained out. They stopped the show and corralled everyone inside, and we waited an hour before they decided to go back on and speed through the rest of the show. So, I was super excited when we got to go see them again - at an indoor venue this time!

The first time we saw them, Davy Jones was still alive, and so it was Davy, Micky and Peter. The second time we saw them it was after Davy passed, and so it was Micky, Peter, and Mike. This is the concert I'm recalling in this piece. Smiley It was a treat to finally see "Nez" perform live!

Detail shots:

The Venue:
Marquee, curtain, and guitars on stage!

"My" Song:
My name is Mary, so when they played Mary, Mary, I held up a sign that said "I'm right here!" (I do not have man hands like that in real life... they're from a toy soldier, haha).

Monkees tie-in: "Why not take little metal bottle tops and nail them to your living room floor. It gives you the impression that you are walking upon little metal bottle tops."

The Concert-Goers:
My ticket - from Ticketmaster, no less - and a photo of my mom and I from the first Monkees concert we attended - somehow there is no photo from this one! The "mn" is for Minnesota, where we travelled for the concert. The back of this window is covered in red "Admit One" style tickets - I'll have to see if I can get a better shot of it.

All Your Monkees Info:
A "Barrel of Monke(e)s" toy directing you to Monkeeland, where I first started chatting with other Monkees fans. We always kept each other up-to-date on Monkees news, and I met up with a fellow Monkeelander at this concert! (Sadly we forgot to get a photo!)

Davy Jones Tribute:
Since Davy passed away before this concert, I thought I would feature him in tribute. During the concert, there was a huge screen behind the stage, and they would show photos, clips, etc. Some of the most touching moments were when they would play videos of Davy's songs rather than performing them live.

The Monkees in the '60's. This photo of them is from the video for Daydream Believer, which was arguably the best-known Davy-sung Monkees song. At the concert, the band members mentioned that none of them could do the song justice, but the fans could, and there was a huge audience sing-along. Smiley
Also, the dog is in there for one of my old favourite Monkee tunes, "Gonna Buy Me a Dog".

Monkees tie-in: "You know how hard it is to find purple flowers, baby?"

And self-explanatory, three boxes featuring the band members. (Photos not by me).

Micky Dolenz:
His last name is spelled out behind him in blue and white cardboard stickers.

Michael Nesmith:
With the Jimmy Choo shoes he wore (and posted a hilarious Facebook status about) and a guitar pick with hand-drawn shrink plastic Monkees logo. The shoes are made from the feet of the same toy soldier I used the hands from on the top of the shrine. Poor guy has seen better days, haha.

Peter Tork:
My favourite Monkee (though for the night I may have been a bit of a Nez-fanatic!) with a hanging peace sign - he was always the hippie of the group. His last name is spelled out behind him on postage stamp stickers. (It's too hard to photograph layers! haha).
The clock without hands is for their song "No Time". Smiley

One other little note - the top section of the shrine is made from a folded paper fan (for all the "fans"!) and an old record. Oh, and I used rhinestone stickers on the edges between all the areas to mimic the multicoloured lights they used in the show. Smiley

This was a ton of fun to put together, I've never really made anything like it! Hopefully next time I can find a bigger display shelf to use as a base. eBay here I come!

8  COOKING / Dessert / My first gumpaste floral spray :) on: August 21, 2013 07:57:32 PM
I recently started learning how to make gumpaste flowers, and wanted to show fellow cakesters my first floral spray! Carnations are so fun to make. Smiley

I was surprised at how long the flowers took to make. The calla lilies were quick, but the carnations and roses ended up taking 15 - 20 minutes apiece. (I'm sure they'll get quicker as I make more!) Thankfully it's easy to do one step at a time, and by the time you're done your first step on your last flower, your first flower is usually dry enough to do the second step on.

My biggest tip is to buy green or pre-wrapped florist wire for these babies - wrapping all that wire ain't no fun! I lucked into finding green wire at Michael's after I'd finished wrapping about half my stems... I was one happy lady! Smiley

I can't wait to learn how to make more... dahlias and tiger lilies are near the top of my want-to-know-how list!
9  COOKING / Dessert / Some of my newer cakes & goodies - pic HEAVY! on: November 18, 2012 09:28:17 PM
I wanted to put some of my newer baking adventures all in one spot, so here goes!

Brown & blue wedding cake: made for my friend's wedding, this cake was a chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse in between the layers. It was covered in chocolate ganache before adding the sides, which are slabs of chocolate that I poured, then drizzled blue chocolate over.

Fantasy flower cake: so called because that's what those flowers are called! This was a super moist vanilla cake with cookies n' cream filling, and vanilla buttercream. The flowers and butterflies are gumpaste.

Moominmama cake: One of my favourite book series is the Moomin series by Tove Jannson. They're wonderful books with adorable characters. This cake was lemon, with lemon curd filling, and vanilla buttercream. Moominmama was done as a royal icing runout, as were the shapes around the bottom of the cake.

Tim's Cake: A friend of mine requested my help with a birthday cake for her pilot boyfriend. She knew she wanted a plane and something video-gamey on it, but that was all! She cut out stars with my tiny cutters and made lumas (the stars with eyes) for hours on end, while I made the rest of the cake. Once it was together, I piped the clouds and we filled in the stars. The propellor is missing in this photo - whoops. The cake was vanilla, dyed yellow and blue and done in a checkerboard pan. If I remember right, it was frosted in vanilla buttercream. The plane and stars are a 50/50 mix of fondant and gumpaste.

A simpler cake, learning how to make pinecones and poinsettias with buttercream. This cake was another chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse, but also had chopped up peanut butter cups between the layers.

And some cupcake fun!

Strawberry lemonade cupcakes: Looked great but the frosting went as hard as butter in the fridge (and also tasted that way. Blech!).

Mini red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting:

Chocolate cupcakes with caramel filling, caramel cream cheese frosting, and Skor bits. The circles on top were done by rolling out microwaved Kraft caramels, cutting with a cookie cutter, and piping the outlines and letters in chocolate.

Strawberry cupcakes: probably the only times I've used a box mix in the past 3 years - I was in a massive rush to get these done for a baby shower. They're simple, but I thought they were cute!

I got this one out of the book "Hello Cupcake" - needed a Thanksgiving idea! They were ridiculously sweet and while adorable, I'm not sure I'd make them again. The pile of frosting under the turkey was a bit much!

And I'll finish off with some cookies! This was one of my first attempts doing flooded cookies (and it's one of the oldest baking projects here!) I think I did these about 2 years ago. I hadn't quite learned the art of letting the outlines dry completely before adding the colour, hence the mushrooms looking a bit like they're wearing mascara. Smiley

10  COOKING / Dessert / Under the Sea cake on: November 18, 2012 08:58:49 PM
I made this cake a year ago or so for a joint birthday party, and had a heap o' fun with it! I got to choose my own theme and run with it. Since I always wanted to make an under the sea inspired cake, I decided this was the time.

The cake itself is a white almond cake, the fish, bubbles and seashells are sugar cookies with royal icing. The corals, weeds, turtle and crab are gumpaste, the tentacle is solid fondant and the sand is made of graham crumbs. The tentacle was a last minute decision and I'm so glad I did it - it really tied the whole thing together. Smiley

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