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41  COOKING / Dessert / Valentine cupcakes on: July 14, 2008 04:53:08 AM
I realized I've never posted these before, despite being some of my favourite cupcakes I've made to date. Smiley Basically my goal was to make cupcakes that look like the little cupcake charms that many polymer clay artists make. I don't know if they do, really, but I think they're cute anyway!

I used a store-bought mix and store-bought frosting, after about 3 attempts making my own which wouldn't stand up the way I wanted it to.  Also used heart quins from the bulk store.  I made the chocolates on top all by myself. Smiley  I made a few different variations of cupcakes; chocolate with pink frosting, vanilla with chocolate frosting, chocolate with chocolate, vanilla with vanilla, etc., and altered the heart chocolates as well.  Unfortunately this is the only picture I have that kind of came out.  They were soooooo yummy... I have to make them again someday. Cheesy
42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Archie comic bracelet on: July 12, 2008 01:51:50 PM
Thanks to MissVan722, I decided to make one of these for myself!  Here's her thread with her great tute! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=255119.0

I decided to use one of my old favourites- Archie comics. I think the hardest part of the whole project was that I decided to read the comic before making the bracelet.  Is it just me, or have Archie comics really gone downhill in the past few years? Sad  In any case, that made it a lot easier to cut up the comic. *giggle*  (No offence intended to Archie fans- guess I grew out of the humour!)

I made a couple changes, though- instead of mod podgeing the beads, I rolled packing tape around them and trimmed the ends.  Since I don't wear bracelets often, I can live with having it not-so-waterproof. Smiley

Without further ado, here are the pics of my creation! Smiley

Thanks for looking! Smiley
43  COOKING / Dessert / Why make regular popcorn when you can make... RAINBOW POPCORN! on: July 11, 2008 07:35:52 PM
I was making popcorn for a movie night tomorrow, since I had found my recipe for pink popcorn after having lost it for years.  So I was thinking to myself... I could make any colour popcorn I wanted.... I could make *rainbow* popcorn if I wanted....
And so it was!

Unfortunately, I ran out of popcorn... this should have made almost twice as much... so I'm sure it'll be super sweet, since I still used all the coating.  *giggle*

edit:  Due to ... semi-popular demand (re: 2 people Wink) I'm posting my recipe and process stuff. Smiley

You'll need....
2 big ol' bowls full of air popped popcorn (I used one, but you could spread this out further to make two)
2 more big bowls (For purposes of my process, I'm using 4 bowls total, it all depends on how many colours you want. Smiley)
3 little bowls
saucepan or a small cooking pot
1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
1/3 cup o' water
1/8 cup of butter
and some food colouring!

Divide your popcorn evenly between the 4 big bowls. Throw the water, sugar, and butter in your pot and stir it up.  Bring it to a boil and then seperate it up into the 3 bowls, and leave some in the pot (or you can use 4 little bowls and divide it up evenly, I just like to use the pot as a bowl 'cause I hand wash dishes and less dishes makes me happy. Smiley) This is your coating!
Add food colouring to the first bowl of coating and mix it in.  Use a fair bit, 'cause it'll be less intense once it's on the popcorn. Then drizzle it bit by bit over one of the big bowls of popcorn and stir it all up.  Continue for the rest of your colours. 
Once all of your colours are done, stir them each seperately a little more (just so they don't all chunk up while they dry). Then let them sit for a bit.... half hour... hour or so... and then toss 'em all in a big bowl and mix them all together!

To answer the question of if they're flavoured: they're not flavoured, per se, but the sugar and butter definitely make them sweet.  If you've ever gotten a box of 'pink elephant popcorn', it tastes like that. Smiley
44  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Scuba Steve bobblehead on: July 11, 2008 07:29:45 PM
A coworker commissioned me for a late father's day gift for her dad- a bobblehead of Scuba Steve's body with her dad's head! His name is Steve, and he scuba dives, so she's been calling him Scuba for years. Wink

He's made from Sculpey, with an armature of tinfoil and skewers. His hair is yarn, his glasses are wire.  I painted him with acrylics.  All things considered, I'm pretty happy with how he came out! Smiley  I gave him a quirky little grin, I wish I would have detailed the teeth better.  Since they were sunken in, it was hard to get a paintbrush in there afterwards.  Oh well!  I gave him to my coworker today, who's bringing him to Scuba this weekend.  Can't wait to hear about his reaction!

(I take making things myself very seriously- I even made the spring that attatches his head to his neck! Wink *giggle*)
45  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My "Captain Jack Sparrow" Photo Shoot on: July 04, 2008 09:07:52 AM
Hope I'm putting these in the right place!  I had so much fun with these that I just have to post them.  They're for a Frosh (orientation week) website for my college; I'm a Frosh leader and we're all doing spoof movie stills for our profile photos. I pulled out my Halloween costume I made last year, and went down to the waterfront on Canada Day with my boyfriend to get the pics.... forgetting that the festivities were going on down there and there were SO many people wandering around!

Here are a couple of the best ones.  My boyfriend was the photographer, but he doesn't have an account here. Wink

I've got a jar of dirrrt, and guess what's inside it!

Me and the boyfriend... I like the off-centered unbalanced look of this one.

There are a few more decent ones- (the photography ain't amazing, but they're amusing pics Wink) -if anyone wants to see just let me know! Smiley

46  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Duck Hunt NES zapper lamp- update pg.8-feat. in Nintendo Power & GamesMaster! :D on: May 01, 2008 06:51:57 PM
Check page 8 for a big update!  I've been featured in Nintendo Power magazine! Cheesy

So one day I picked up an NES Zapper (gun) and went "woah, that would make a cool lamp!" So... after playing around...

I gutted one... who knew this is what they looked like inside?

Then I stumbled around for ideas for the base and shade.  A regular cartridge was too small a base, so I measured one and made a 1.5 scale replica out of cardboard, and screwed the gun to it.  I weighted it with stones, and then tackled the shade.

I picked up a $2 shade at the re-store, a pack of fun foam, and voila!  After hours and hours of cutting pixellated shapes, I was done!  A little dab of glue to secure the shade, and... ta dah!

I didn't get any shots of it lit up, unfortunately, but it does work! I just didn't have a decent bulb. Sad
47  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / T-shirt quilt (my first quilt!) on: May 01, 2008 08:34:20 AM
My first quilt!  Looking through my t-shirt collection, I knew I had to part with some of the old ones from my 'buy the biggest shirt possible!' phase.  (I fit mediums, but had a phase where I bought XL and XXL all the time).  So... I couldn't bear to part with the memories, so I found a way to keep them in a different form!

My mom helped lots, it was probably about 50/50 between her any myself.  I love the final product, though- and every single shirt reminds me of something... and of course, the whole quilt will always remind me of making it with her! Smiley

48  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Captain Jack Sparrow Costume on: April 30, 2008 08:59:52 PM
Okay, first off, I'm not a big fan of the PotC movies- but seeing Johnny Depp's costume- well- I had to attempt it! I did this for Halloween 2007, I'm still working on it bit by bit. I got a compass tonight, I'm hoping to make a coat and hat for the next time I use it. Smiley
One of the big tips I found on many websites was to 'dirty up' the clothes, but I couldn't bear to rub dirt all over my brand new pirate shirt and boots after they'd cost me $25 each. Hehe.

I only got one decent pic (which unfortunately doesn't show off the boots I made Sad )

Let's see here, I'll have a brief little breakdown of what I made and what I bought.

Renaissance shirt
Men's pants

Boots: from a pair of black square toed dress shoes, covered in ultrasuede, and made into about knee-high boots
Sash: from a pillowcase, painted stripes with acrylic
Belts: bought belts, made buckles from Sculpey (night before Halloween, haha). I hung some things from the belt like Captain Jack had in the movie; some little furs and things.  Didn't have a compass, but I just found one today in a mega blocks playset, hehe!
Bandana: made from pillowcase
Wig/facial hair: Wig was store bought, but I cut, styled, etc. it all myself. 
Beads were also handmade from Sculpey, and the stick was one I found and carved to shape. Facial hair was extra clippings from the wig.
Vest: from men's dress shirt

I think that's it!  If anyone has any tips on a pattern that would be good for a jacket, I'd really appreciate it--- and any tips on making a hat would be awesome!  I found one tutorial, but it would be about $80 to make their hat.... money I don't have... heh...

Any questions/comments greatly appreciated and welcome- I'll post pics of the boots when I get home if anyone's interested!
49  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first slide lamp! (5 pics) on: April 29, 2008 08:22:14 PM
My fingers are aching from doing all the jump rings by hand... but I think it turned out alright. Smiley It's going to be my Aunt's birthday gift in 6 days!
I got the slides (of 'Veniza') at Value Village, as well as the lamp (no shade- perfect!) Just had to buy a hole punch thingy at Wal Mart, and a billion jump rings. (Did I mention my fingers hurt? hehe).

Anywho, here it is!



I love the swivelly factor. Cheesy

Scary crafter with crafty lamp:

I love the light it casts Smiley

Questions and comments more than welcome! Smiley

Oh yes, I forgot the link to my inspiration!! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=46294.0
50  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Flower Power lamp on: April 01, 2008 05:34:43 PM
I was at the dollar store buying some things for a friend's birthday the other day, and found some placemats, 2 for $1. I only wanted one, but picked up an extra because they were so cheap.  I was sitting around at home, twisting it about, and when it was in a tube, I went 'woah, that might make a cool lamp!'
So another trip to the dollar store later, I came home with a veggies & dip serving tray, a SpongeBob night light, and some little metal flower stickers.

The final project:

And here it is lit up!

A quick wordy tutorial, as I forgot to take progress pics:
-I measured down each side of the placemat and made marks at 1" increments. I then punched holes at each (I heated a nail over a candle and pushed it through- the placemat is just thin plastic, and I'd lost my hole punch).
-I wove this together with a green leather cord I found in a box lying around here, and topped each weave with a metal flower sticker, to make it look like a flower with a green stem
-I took the SpongeBob plate off the front of the night light, attatched it to an extension cord, and stuck it in the dip section of the serving tray (secured with tape).
-I cut a nook in the placemat tube where the cord comes through

It could also be used without the tray (might look nicer on a table) but I like having the tray so that if I have it beside my bed, I can chuck my odds and ends on it (earrings, watch, change, etc). Smiley

And there you have it!

Total cost:
Placemat: 50 cents
Tray: $1
Nightlight: $1
Flower stickers: $1 for 10, I used 5

=$3.50 with stickers left over!

One more pic, 'cause it shows off the placemat nicely Wink

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