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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Button Crowns! on: October 05, 2009 04:20:27 PM
Hi there!

I'm in my first year at art school and my first sculpture project was to take 5 kilos [approx. 12 pounds] of a found object and create a sculpture that relates somehow to the object chosen.

I chose buttons and I thought I would share my end results with you all!

The first crown I finished is a male/king's crown:

and the second one I finished is a female's/queen's crown:

They're 100% buttons so I didnt use anything as a base for them,  I just glued a ring of buttons and built on top of them,

constructive criticism welcome and greatly appreciated!

2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Chocolate Cake with Butter Cream Frosting on: April 22, 2009 11:53:49 AM
Hi there!

Lately I've had a bit of a cake decorating obsession.   I started watching Ace Of Cakes and it's definitely been very inspiring. 

This is a fantastic cake/chocolate glaze recipe I found online here:  http://www.instructables.com/id/The-BEST-chococlate-cake-ever...that-happens-to-be/

and the Butter Cream Frosting I found here:  http://www.chow.com/recipes/10856   

But for me, the best part of the cake is the decorating.  As someone new to cake decorating I had no idea where to start when it came to buying all the little piping tips,  so when i saw THIS FANTASTIC PIPING KIT  http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/50133050  at Ikea I had to pick it up. 

PLUS I found a bunch of great cake decorating tutorials  HERE  http://www.monkeysee.com/play/980-cake-decorating-tools

I can't WAIT to try it Cheesy
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cake in a Mug!? on: February 27, 2009 01:17:27 PM
I've tried twice now to do a vegan version,  the first time I did it I used half a very bruised banana and it didn't rise,  AT ALL.  It was still really good to eat but tasted a little like a chocolaty spongy brownie or something, definitely not like cake.   My second attempt was with a 3rd of a banana and it rose a little more this time. 

If anyone was to attempt a vegan version I would recommend 1/3 of a small banana,  or even 1/4 because it seems to really weigh it down. 
4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cake in a Mug!? on: February 05, 2009 11:28:56 PM
OH MY GOSH.  I showed my sister the recipe and she immediately got up and tried it.   It took probably 7 minutes to complete,  start to finish.  It turned out SO good!  We were really surprised how moist ours turned out.  *we just realized we used all purpose flour instead of cake flour and didn't add the corn starch  (we used the second recipe) but i wouldn't try it with corn starch,  it was good without it.

we also used the biggest mug we have in the house so it didn't over flow and was easy to take out.

the only thing we would change is adding something to it,  we felt it wasnt QUITE chocolatey enough,  so we thought about adding chocolate chips or walnuts next time.

I might even try a vegan version with half a banana mashed up instead of an egg?  chocolate banana microwave cake?  yummm
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cowl/Neck Cuff thing. Not an impressive sweater. on: January 31, 2009 11:21:36 PM
Hey!.. it is super cute!.. The trusty stitch is always a good one.. and the buttons are a great accent!.. Love your glasses too btw.. where did you get them?!

I got them at Shoppers Optical at the local mall in Vancouver,  they were a real find for sure.   They're by Vogue so they probably aren't too hard to find.   I actually ran into another girl a few days ago who had the same pair   Cheesy
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cowl/Neck Cuff thing. Not an impressive sweater. on: January 31, 2009 06:00:49 PM
So I got a fancy new knitting book for my birthday a month ago called "The Knitter's Bible".  It's full of every stitch I've ever seen and some I hadn't.  I decided that I'd do a simple project that would showcase a stitch I'd never tried before. 

Now this seems like a great idea for a new knitter but I have been knitting basically my entire life,   my mom and grandma taught me when i was 5 or 6 [I'm 20].  I am afraid of failure and have been picking easy things to knit so that I'm not disappointed and so I don't have to pull it all out and start all over again. 

ANYWAYS,  true to nature I picked the moss stitch with a rib on either end but I think it turned out pretty cool:

Here's a close up of the super cool sort of frosted green buttons...

here's a close up of the freaking amazing button holes that I'm so proud of.  Best button holes I've ever made.

aaaand finally this is what it looks like on.   It's not as warm as I was hoping for but its acrylic yarn so that's probably why.

Next time I'm just going to go for it and knit a sweater.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mermaid Embroidery on: October 17, 2008 12:41:47 AM
I found the pattern for this mermaid on craftster a few months ago and knew I would use it for something,  and finally that time has come.   I also learned A LOT when working on this project,

1. Take apart a bag before embroidering on it,   2. Canvas is REALLY hard to embroider on,  and 3,   metallic thread is the spawn of Satan. 

Despite these three,  I think it turned out really well! Smiley

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Zombie Walk Vancouver, WARNING: GORE and IMAGE HEAVY on: August 17, 2008 09:06:02 PM
So every year in Vancouver, the zombies come out to play. It's just for fun, and this year we had a great turn out (2-3 thousand zombies).   My friend who's a makeup artist did a great job on our makeup for the walk and I thought I should share it with everyone.

my wounds

the makeup artist's wounds

I had SO many people ask me if they were real,  one kid on the bus asked me if she could touch it Tongue

These are from the after-party we went to,  we put on a whole new set of wounds for this

all the wounds are made up of are makeup glue, corn flakes, latex and a few different kinds of fake blood!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: I made my bed! And I'm not just talking about the sheets. lots of photots on: July 18, 2008 11:33:03 PM
I have the same bed sheets as you!    Shocked
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A few more Button-Up Legwarmer Spats on: March 19, 2008 02:22:09 AM
I loooove those so much,  but I hate wearing heels,  i'm 5'8"  and i feel like a giant in them.   have you tried the leg warmers on with flats? 

I would hate to make them and then never wear them because they look silly with my shoes Sad

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