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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  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.
4  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

5  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!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Star Ribbon! on: May 03, 2007 02:58:47 PM
So,  I wander into my local Dollar Giant (and for those who don't know, the Dollar Giant is about THE best dollar store I have ever been to)  and I'm going through the isles,  and I see this:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/hananabread/483116625/   

OHMYGOSH.   so i bought their entire supply (for a dollar a spool,  its not damaging and there were only those 4 spools...) 

But what do I do with it?   I was thinking about sewing some of it on to a hoodie or some denim shorts that I am slowly covering with patches..  Or maybe making earrings out of them..  or gluing them on to head bands?

Anyone have any good ideas?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / PROM DRESS DILLEMA! on: January 22, 2006 03:13:02 PM
Okay, so I'm having a hard time finding a prom dress that is nice enough to wear, but doesnt look like ive been wrapped in cotton candy.  so i thought the obvious solution would be to make one.  I found a McCalls pattern a really like but now im having second thoughts because its a wedding dress pattern and im worried that it will turn out to be toooo fancy.   

Heres the dress pattern...   http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4714.htm?tab=evening_prom_bridal&page=2

Its the one without sleeves...

Any Suggestions on how to make it a bit less formal?
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Stenciling on Veleur?! on: December 05, 2005 08:19:13 PM
Is it possible to stencil with acrylic paint on veleur?    i was all excited about stenciling a new sweater i got,  but then my mother dearest suggested it might not work...   now im scared to ruin a sweater...      any suggestions?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help me! on: February 07, 2005 08:02:58 PM
okay,  i'm trying to knitt a scarf, a sample scarf of alternate knit/purl, but whenever i go from knit to purl, it adds a sorta loopy stitch,  i feel so dumb because i cant make it work!!  aahhhh  darn wool, darn sticks,   i need to throw something,           okay,   can i please get some suggestions of what i'm doing wrong?  or am i doing it right?
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