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11  COOKING / Dessert / Twilight Cake! on: February 12, 2009 09:41:17 PM
I'm having an Anti-Valentine's/Friday the 13th party tonight, and we're celebrating Vampire style! Well, Cullen style, specifically lol. So, for the occasion I made a Twilight cake! It's graphically inspired by the cover of New Moon, in case you didn't notice Wink

It's red velvet cake with cheesecake frosting and white fondant.

For the flowers I bought faux-white carnations and dipped them in red food colouring.

The blood is chocolate syrup with red food colouring.

[FYI - It's totally an upside-down glass in the middle supporting the top layer Wink]

It's not my best, but it was another frontier and I think it gets the point across, heh.
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Twilight-Inspired Bracelet! on: November 08, 2008 08:51:34 PM
So, the latest theme to "inspire" my crafts has been Twilight, of course, like many many MANYMANY other women my age [as well as younger and older women]! heh.

Materials: a big, dark silver link chain from Michael's; some red velvet ribbon; black diamond-shape black beads; ruby glass "blood drop" beads; a Swarski crystal heart [teehee!]; some black pearl/hemotite(?)-like dark silver beads that I already had [which don't photograph well, but trust me, the colour reads better in person]; and various findings of course.

I weaved the ribbon through the links and tried to glue it at the ends, but the glue didn't work and left a mess so I picked off what I could and just hand-sewed the ends around the link. Everything else is just as it seems.

MAN, I forgot how much I hate making wire loops! lol

13  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Craft The Vote! / "I VOTED" Sticker! on: November 02, 2008 07:48:53 PM
That's right, I voted and I'm DARN PROUD! I'll be a nervous wreck on Tuesday, but I'll be rockin' this to the best of my fried-nerve abilities Wink

So, I went to Micheals in search for a base for my sticker. I decided on this metal, domed, Asian/Indian number [it was amongst other religious and cultural icons of the like]. I thought flat would be best, so my hubby took the piece to work and hammered it flat. Then I glued the sticker to smooth "back" of the pendant, and used a coating of glue to seal it.

After that was dry, we brushed on a light coat of Easy Cast Resin to both sides. Finally, I worked out a way to lay it flat and added another coat of resin to just the sticker part. The result is a nice, smooth, slightly-dome shape Smiley

On to the pictures!



[on the chain I threw together for it]

[Obligatory Myspace-esque, nerd shot]

14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / "Marie" [Antoinette] (IMG PLUMP!) on: October 18, 2008 12:13:54 PM
My birthday was October 16th, which happens to be the day that Marie Antoinette was executed in 1793. For my birthday, we went to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, so of course, my costume was Marie Antoinette... kind of!

I actually was Marie from the Aristocats, but in the style of Marie Antoinette, so I made her style of dress in Marie colours. I helped my husband make his costume, too... he was my executioner... lol!

My dress was an adaptation of the Simplicity pattern #3637. I didn't make the cape, added a modesty panel behind the corseting, used an eye-let punch instead of hand-sewing them, and used lace instead of tulle with scalloped edges for all the lacy bits. Also, the skirt was totally free-styled since I wanted it shorter, without pockets, and I wasn't making the basket under skirt for it to go over. Instead, it was gather before sewing to the bodice to make it fullest on the sides. Then, I altered a petticoat I already had to have puffs on the hips, to get that classic hoop skirt shape without having to wear a giant hoop skirt to a theme park lol.

I also decided to wear flats for comfort, so I added some pink ribbon to make my shoes match the outfit. I also made the big pink neck bow to match Marie's. It's probably my favourite part of the whole outfit Wink Finally, I threw together a REAL quick pull purse the night before Wink

Oh, and I didn't make the ears. I bought them in Disneyland Paris [along with really cute Marie paw gloves].

My husband made his tunic all by himself, most of his arm bracers by himself [i just helped sew on the velcro], and he and a friend made his cowl.


The ultimate unconventional love:

Horribly sick action shot:

The back:


neck bow

It was a LOT more hand sewing and thereby time consuming than I thought it would be, but all in all I was happy! Not many people got it of course, but I did get a couple compliments on originality Wink
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Twilight Goodies! [IMG HEAVY] on: September 03, 2008 09:05:54 PM
I am, like many others, horribly obsessed with the Twilight Saga Novels. *suppresses squee* Of course, this means that I have to flaunt my adoration whenever possible!

I have many more ideas to come, but this is where I started...

A stretchy Bamboo Tile Bracelet:

A matching Necklace:

And a Twilight-inspired Book Thong:

The faux-rubies reminded me of blood drops Wink

I'm still searching for the wolf carving to add along to the crystal hearts I intend to buy, in order to make Bella's Bracelet-inspired goodies! Wink

Thoughts/Comments??  Grin
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Bails in Resin on: August 16, 2008 08:32:39 AM
I have the multi-shape mold tray from Michaels and I was wondering how you all put in the bails for pendants and what have you. I tried on a couple and it just sits awkwardly at the back of the pendant if I try to cure it in the resin.

Tips / Advice / Resources would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Naughty Knits Eyepatch? on: August 03, 2008 12:28:22 PM
Has anyone ever done the pirate eye-patch pattern in the Naughty Knits book, or done a different pattern? This will be my first time doing darts and I'm a little nervous!!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Female Joker Outfit for Dark Knight Premiere on: July 18, 2008 05:07:52 PM
I decided to make a female interpretation of the Joker for the Dark Knight premiere. I found the pattern for the vest on sale for $1 at JoAnne's fabrics, made the skirt and tie from scratch, got the fabric all on sale... so all in all the whole outfit cost me maybe $20 Wink

I wanted a sort of 40's silhoutte, too. My figure didn't really do it justice, but it was still cool. The back and lining of the vest is all black satin (it has two straps that tie in a bow at the back). The pencil skirt has a zipper and slit at the back... and the tie is just a normal tie haha

19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First attempt at Resin! on: June 12, 2008 07:25:21 PM
I really love the idea of resin things made from my own photographs, so I had a go at it today! I forgot to warm up the resin (whoops) so I'm hoping that's why I have so many bubbles! [Oh, and I tried the blow through the straw trick, and you know what? After too much blowing, water or whatever gathered in the straw and dripped onto the resin! lol]

I made a pendant with my own photograph of the Eiffel Tower, and I gave a whirl using this Coca-Cola ice tray to make bottles. I decided to not to de-bubble the coke bottles, and added aluminum foil to try and get a soda/glass look. It turned out pretty spiffy, so I plan on making more and turning them into magnets [I have a Coca-Cola themed kitchen]!

Without further ado...



[the ice cube tray - worked perfect! came out clean!]

So! any tips or tricks for this newb?! heh. Those bubbles sure are a bummer!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pleated Pink Gingham reversible purse with "Hidden Mickeys!" on: June 07, 2008 10:19:29 PM
I made this for my mom, who was dying to find a "summer" purse... and is a HUGE Mickey nut [even after working for WDW! Wink]

Side 1, the pink gingham [which I found on sale at Walmart for $1 a yard! I bought all they had! lol]

A close up of side 1' "hidden mickey" - obviously made out of buttons

A close up of Side 1's handle area

Side 2, really sheer white fabric [which was also $1 a yard]

Side 2's "Hidden Mickey"

Side 2's handle area

And finally, what the piece looks like mid-reversing...

Those bamboo handles I just went ahead and closed in... man, that was kind of a pain in my butt lol
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