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1  COOKING / Dessert / Unclesamosaurus- the most patriotic dinosaur ever (Piccy pudgy!) on: July 06, 2009 12:07:18 PM
So I'm basically the designated dessert maker for my group of friends, and we were having a 4th of July party this past weekend! Hooray! The thing about my friends is that they're huge dorks too. They stumbled upon a T-rex shaped cake pan my mom had, and the rest was decided without me: I HAD to make them a T-rex cake some time.

The cake inside is a home made (family recipe) chocolate cake and the outside is home made decorator's frosting. My friend and I decorated it together, and had a great time.

On to the pictures!!

Jackie out lining his face

The two of us filling in details

His devious little face (before his hat was finished)

The whole cake, including decorated board

The two of us feeling proud of ourselves, and slightly hyper from sugar consumption and each other's company.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Decorated Apron for Work on: July 03, 2009 05:06:26 PM
Now I was kind of torn on where to put this since I really didn't recon anything, but I didn't make it either, so I guess it fits better here.

I'm now working at  a pottery painting studio in Austin called Cafe Monet (update the Paper Corset following crowd, I didn't get the job at Amy's, but ya'll can come visit and paint pottery! It's in the same shopping center).
Each employee is given an apron to wear at work and is told to decorate it some how, and make sure to include their name on it. I personally LOVE bears, so I decided something adorable with bears would fit me best. I used puffy t-shirt paint and acrylic paints (mixed with the puff paint) to get the smoother areas.

Oh to pictures:

the whole apron

the girl bear with my name

the boy bear peeking out of my pocket.

I hope you like it! Feel free to stop by and paint at Cafe Monet if you live in Austin!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Monkey-tastic!! (With tute, Piccy-pudgy!) on: June 05, 2009 02:51:25 PM
I sure do love monkey bread, it's delicious!!
I decided to make this for dessert for a party my soccer "team" is having after practice. It was really simple and fun to make, I think I might made it with my niece once she's a little bit older!  It came out really well, and I'm hoping it'll be a hit with everyone tonight.

Here's a tutorial if anyone is curious as to how it's made. I made mine in a muffin tin so there could be individual servings, but you can put the pieces in a round cake pan, bundt cake pan or just place them on a cookie sheet!

The following ingredients list made me 36 individual serving sizes:

3 Cans of biscuits (there were 8 biscuits in each can)
1 Cup sugar
4 Tbs. Cinnamon
1 cup butter (melted)

Other materials:
1 Sharp Knife (ask your parents for help, kiddies!)
1 Cutting board
1 Muffin pan (12 muffin cups in the pan)
Cooking Spray
1 Ziplock baggy

Got your all of your supplies together? GREAT! Let's get started!

1: Pre-heat the over to 350F, then mix together the cinnamon and sugar into a ziplock baggy.

2: Melt your butter in a microwave safe dish (I chose a Pirex glass measuring cup) and mix in some of the cinnamon sugar mixture (about a tablespoon or so)

3:   Open your tasty biscuits, and try not to jump when they pop (some how I always do, but so do the dogs, so I feel a little better that I'm not the only one!)

4: Pull apart the biscuits and cut each one into 8 pieces (I usually cut it into forths length wise, then cut each forth in half) I found that 16 pieces (which is 2 biscuits!)  will happily fill 3 of the muffin cups (5 pieces per cup, then split the remaining piece where you see fit).

5: Roll each piece between your hands (think making a small snake out of playdoh), then place it into the bag of cinnamon sugar, close the baggy and shake it up, making sure to coat all of the pieces entirely!

6: Once the pieces are covered in cinnamon sugar, place them in the muffin cups (about 5 pieces for each cup)

7: Repeat steps 4-6 until all of your cups are filled, or all of your biscuits are gone, which ever comes first.

8: Once all of the cups are filled, spoon a little bit of the sugar/butter mixture into the muffin cups, over the biscuit pieces.

9: Place in the over and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until the biscuits are well cooked. Take the pan out of the oven when the timer goes off.

10: Allow the monkey bread to cool, then take out of the pan (they should come out pretty easily if you turn the pan upside down over some foil)  and enjoy!! Feel free to hang from a tree and oot like a monkey while eating them!

Please let me know if you try the recipe and how you liked it, or if you found a way to change it! I'd love to see what people do!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Paper Bag Corset (Piccy pudgy!) on: May 25, 2009 08:18:16 PM
That's right, out of paper.

I'm currently applying for jobs all around town, and one of those was at my favorite ice cream shop called Amy's Ice Cream. Originating in Austin (where I live), it's certainly got that funky, Austin vibe. To go along with the vibe, you need the right people, right? How do we get those people? Give them a paper bag for a job application, of course!!

The rules are pretty simple. You can do what ever you want to the bag as long as you bring at least a part of it back in some way and include your name and contact info.

I decided that I was going to make something ridiculous with my bag. I knew it had to be artistic, unique and say something about me, but what? I eventually settled on clothing. I had made a dress out of newspaper for a design project at one time, so why not make something even more fun?   When I got home, I set to work on figuring out what I wanted to do. I originally wanted to use red in my color scheming, but I was out of red dye. Teal/mint green was my second choice! I hand dyed thick cotton string and about a million coffee filters (I've still got some that I didn't use). I cut double of each pattern piece to keep it from being transparent, then sewed it up. The "grommets" in back for lacing up were made with a hole-punch and hot glue to reenforce the holes.  I made some different flowers (including one for a hair pin) by cutting 2 coffee filters (each a different way) then folding and scrunching them together. The frills on the top and bottom of the corset were made by pleating fourths of a coffee filter.

Now that you're sick of reading my boring story, here are the pictures!!

With the giant fruits/veggies at Central Market (the artichoke is my fave!)

I'm clearly very excited about my victory over the paper corset.

Thanks for looking! Any comments/critiques/questions are welcomed!!

{EDIT:} Thanks so much for the kind words, everyone! Here are some pictures I had taken with my webcam during the construction, sorry they're so low quality, but I had a request for a lace up and felt I should oblige.

The back. Please ignore the sports bra... I was trying it on to make sure the laces were long enough.

Here's a closer shot of one of the flowers. I think I might make more and use them for decorations on presents or something... Maybe it'll be my resident's Door Decorations when I start my resident assistant job in August! lol!

5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Film Canisters on: March 28, 2009 07:36:13 PM
I'm a photography student at the University of North Texas. We still use black and white film in our class, which comes in little canisters. For whatever reason, I decided that I wouldn't throw them away, as I thought that maybe I could figure out something fun to do with them. I've used one as a holder for bobby pins, but I only have so many!!

Any ideas on what I could do with these little things? They're not much than an inch or two tall, and about half an inch to an inch in diameter.

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES / Purple Pachyderm Pedigree on: December 02, 2008 05:03:43 PM
Hello everyone!

This is the first time I've ever entered a challenge, so I'm really excited! (I was going to enter the Halloween challenge, until I realized that I hadn't gotten any good pictures, and I'd left the costume back in my hometown when I went back to school!)

So onto the craft project!

I decided that I was going to make my baby nephew some plush toys, but what would be good? My sister had designed the nursery with a "Noah's Ark" theme, and I'd already made him a blanket with jungle critters on it. What came to mind? Elephants! But not just any elephants, oh no no! PURPLE Elephants! There's nothing better than a purple pachyderm!

   The whole family next to a film canister for scale




  One big happy family!

Thanks for looking! I hope you like them!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Another Infinity Dress?! No waaaay!! (a bit image pudgy?) on: August 27, 2008 10:32:37 PM
So ever since seeing the infamous "Infinity Dress," I've been in love with it and wanted to try my hand at it. I used the tutorial from http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html  though I'm not quite sure i followed it to the "T." A part or two of the tutorial had me scratching my head, but I just did it how I thought it was being described to me and it turned out fine. I love the color of the material. I opted for a pixie cut skirt instead of a the circle A) Because I like that kind and B) I didn't feel like cutting out a big circle because I'm lazy... Haha.

Please excuse my silly faces. I'm normally a bit more photogenic, but it's late and my contacts have long since dried out.

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plain Blue Skirt to Beaded Bag! (A few images!) on: August 15, 2008 12:46:23 AM
Hello all!
This is my first time posting in the bag/purse/etc. section, so I'm a bit excited.  Grin
I decided that I needed to make a cute bag that's bigger than the tiny one I have. I'm not very girly, and I don't carry very much stuff with me, so I don't really have a purse, just a couple of small bags. So to solve this problem, I took apart a skirt my Aunt gave me and whipped this up! The beading took the longest part, but I like it a lot, especially considering I've never beaded before.

Comments and advice are welcome!! Thanks for taking a look, I appreciate it!   Kiss

The beading. You can't tell from the pictures, but there are 3 different types of glass beads: clear, white and frosted. I free handed the flower in chalk and sewed the beads along the line.

I wish the photo showed how lovely this shade of blue is.

I'm ready to take my bag around campus! I'm even in pajamas, quite normal for a college kid!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Marlie and Max the Manatees on: July 29, 2008 09:34:31 PM
Hello everyone!
I found this (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=224170.0) wonderful pattern for a manatee plush and really wanted to make one when the time was right, meaning when I found the right fabric.
Well, my Aunt had given me a big bag full of clothes, and I just so happened to stumble upon the ugliest, fluffy grey dress with giant, bulky abstract flowers embroidered on the top. What was I going to go with such an ugly monstrosity? Make some MANATEES!!

I've made two so far (and taught my boss's daughter how to make a 3rd), but as I have fabric left over, I plan on making more! These first ones are going to my baby niece.

Here's the pictures! Excuse my silliness, I love cute things, and I've been up for a long long long time, 12 of those hours dealing with kids.

Marlie is the big one and Max is the little one. Haha, poor Marlie has lopsided nostrils.

Manatee love!

(I had 2 more pictures, but Craftster is being funny to me. Maybe I'll be able to put them up later. )

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cute New Dress! on: July 16, 2008 04:30:40 PM
I saw CraftyZary's post and tute on how to make a cute baby doll top ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=36887.0 ) and wanted to try it. I had a cute sarong-thingy my mom had given me that I didn't know what to do with, and a long sleeved shirt that didn't fit well.I ended up making mine into more of a dress than a shirt, but it looks cute with my dance pants so far (I was wearing them while I was sewing last night, so I just kept trying it on over them). It's a really comfy dress, I really like it.



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