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1  In >>Your<< FACE! (Face Painting--IMG HEAVY!) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RenDuH on: May 22, 2012 04:07:39 PM
Yeah, "In Your Face! Face Painting" is how I have semi-officially decided to start referring to my face painting..."business" (it's not really officially a business yet...just something I do on the side, haha)

Anyhow though, here are some of my recent designs that I've done.
If you've seen my other face painting post, you can see how I've improved. Smiley

Tiger on my boyfriend (design is based directly off a design one of my friends/face painting mentors did; a year ago, I probably couldn't have done this)

Design here is loosely based off of a unicorn I saw somewhere online (only part I took from it was the fact that the unicorn uses the wearer's eye as its eye)

Rubber ducky with bubbles mask
Super proud of this one!  I was asked to face paint at the Milford Duck Pond Race a couple weeks ago, and wanted to create a design related to the event.  The kids all loved it!

This is another design I was super excited about, and love how it turned out....especially the "mane" (not sure if it's called a mane on a giraffe...?)

I absolutely love octopuses (or octopi - either plural is appropriate Wink)

Loch Ness monster on my boyfriend.  This is an adaptation of a design I learned whilst working at Busch Gardens in Florida.  I think it brings out his eyes really well  :3

This is another direct copy of one of my friend/mentor's designs.  Done on my cousin for a St. Patrick's Day parade.

Shark on my boyfriend!
Love how this one turned out, too--loosely based off a design I saw somewhere online.  Super popular with little boys.  ^__^

Hello Kitty
Obviously I didn't create this design myself, lol

Dragon Mask
Loosely based off a design I learned while working at Busch Gardens in Florida.  I need to work on the wings a bit....otherwise, I'm pretty pleased with it, and so was my friend's son (the model) Smiley

Pulling Teeth
This one was based off a design I remembered from about 2 years ago.  Saw it somewhere online (as I usually do, haha) 
Done on my friend Annie, who is a dental hygienist and requested that I do a tooth-related design on her.  She loved it, haha 

CCI Logo
This is my friend Danielle who is a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence.  Learn more at cci.org  Smiley

Rainbow robot unicorn shooting a laser beam from its horn!!!!
I was so excited to do this one.  Smiley

Yep.  My friend Shelby as a Power Ranger.
He asked me to paint his face, and said I could do what I want....he was already wearing this shirt, so I went with it.  He was super excited, as was I.  Smiley

The end! Cheesy
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2  T-Shirt Blanket!....turned down comforter shell? in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RenDuH on: February 17, 2012 07:56:24 PM
First off, I REALLY hope this is in the right category--if not, I'm sorry!  I seriously spent about 10 minutes trying to figure out which category fit it best though, haha.

My boyfriend had an excessive amount of t-shirts (3 drawers full!!) that he wasn't wearing for various reasons (holes, stains, too small, just plain worn out, etc.), so I offered to take them and make them into a blanket for him.  He happily agreed, and was completely fine with it....although he did get a little wary when he saw me start to chop up some of his favorite tees, lol.

All I was going to do was a patchwork t-shirt front and a fleece back, but when I was juuuust about done, the bf decided that he wanted me to leave a hole in the bottom so that he could put his down comforter inside it, and make it a down comforter shell instead of just a thin blanket.

So that's what I did, and he loves it!

The boyfriend, watching TV with his new blanket...

He gives it two thumbs up!

The whole front of the blanket

On his bed (not the best photo, but the best I could get--his room is really small)

Although it was a bit frustrating to piece everything together, overall I'm happy with how it turned out (especially since it's my first time doing something like this).

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
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3  Monarch Butterfly Nail Art! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RenDuH on: February 17, 2012 07:36:55 PM
Due to the fact that it's winter, I haven't been doing much henna....it's really no fun doing henna when you can't show it off because you're so cold you have to be bundled up.  lol

That being said, I've been focusing a bit more on nail art.

I haven't been taking very many photos of it, but here's a monarch butterfly design I did (based off one I found somewhere online, but the photo has been lost to me now :/) a couple months back:

(oh, and please excuse my chewed up looking nails/cuticles....a big part of the reason why I do more intricate designs on my nails is because it encourages me not to bite them.....this design was done right after I had bitten them up a bit, heh  :/)

Thank you for looking! <3
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4  Valentine's Day Photoshoot in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by RenDuH on: February 13, 2012 09:03:15 PM
So, I had the idea of this first image in my mind for a few days, and enlisted the help of my cousin Mariah to make it happen.  She was more than happy to help, and stay outside in 30 degree weather wearing a spaghetti strap dress, light sweater, and ankle boots.  haha (no worries--we were only outside for about 15 minutes Wink)

Oh, and if you could please, I would appreciate it if you would check out my photography blog Smiley
Thanks, and happy Valentine's Day!  <3

Blog link:  http://renaeduhaime.bluemelon.com
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5  Breaking Bad - Crystal Methcakes (cupcakes :)) [IMAGE OBESE!] in Dessert by RenDuH on: November 07, 2011 11:08:38 AM
No, there's no crystal meth in this recipe.
Just lots of sugar.  haha

First of all, about two months ago, I started dating this amazing guy.  About a week after dating him, I found out that he's on craftster, too....and I'd even seen one of his posts!!
My boyfriend is Greg.Matta, and he made the ever-so-popular Grilltendo! (here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350201.0, if you're curious)

He's not SUPER crafty, but he does like to craft now and then, which is pretty awesome.  Smiley

For our friend Danielle's birthday (who is his best friend, and one of my close ones), we decided that we wanted to do something special for her.
Once a week, we all have a Breaking Bad night where we go over to her house and watch the show.  I had the bright idea of doing a Breaking Bad cake for her (if you're a fan of the show, you'll know that Breaking Bad is famous for its blue crystal meth, which is what I wanted to top the cake with, lol), and the boyfriend wanted to help.  Eventually, we decided that cupcakes would be a bit easier, and so that's what we settled on.

It especially helps that my boyfriend went to culinary school for a little while.  Smiley

Here's the finished product:

They were a bit difficult to eat, for two reasons--one, it's hard candy on top of a cupcake.  It's more for decoration than for practicality.  And two, it was really humid out when we served them at our friend's outdoor birthday party, so the hard candy got a little sticky.  >___O
Overall though, she loved them.

Here are a few more in-process photos, and a semi-how-to:

Greg, stirring the sugar

Temperature rising...

Note the splattered sugar ALL over the stovetop! 
If we do this again, we're using a deeper saucepan  >___O

Pouring the culinary napalm (onto a baking sheet that we first coated in vegetable oil, then dusted with a light layer of flour)

Pulling it off the sheet once it was dry (and after this, we put it all in a Ziploc bag and smashed it with a hammer until the pieces we small enough)

The finished product!

The finished product getting a little melt-y!



Well...it's a little tough to do a how-to, considering we can't find any of the recipes we used, heh.
All we really did for the rock candy part was google recipes for hard candy.  We added some blue food dye, and that was really about it.
For the cupcake batter, we used a recipe from a cook book his mom had....problem is, we made the cupcakes while we were visiting her in Rhode Island...we live in CT, and didn't take the book back, so I don't have a recipe for the cupcakes...although any recipe for a vanilla cupcake would work, I'm sure.
The filling was just marshmallow fluff, straight out of the tub, mixed with blue food dye and injected into the cupcake with a piping bag.  The frosting was store bought.

I hope you like them--please let us know what you think! Smiley
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6  Rockabilly/Pin Up Girl! (first dress from scratch!) in Halloween Costumes by RenDuH on: November 07, 2011 09:54:05 AM
Hey guys!
So, this was my very first attempt at making a dress from scratch.  No pattern, no dressmaker's dummy, nothing.  Just some good, old-fashioned measuring and trying it on until I got it to fit correctly, haha.

I made the dress from fabric purchased at Joanne's--it's black with cherries all over it, if you can't tell from the photos.  It's a halter with a sweetheart neckline and zips up the back (sorry, I didn't get any photos of the back :/).
The shoes were $10 (on sale) at Payless, and everything else (makeup, earrings, slip, crinoline, hair accessories, and belt) I already had.  Overall, it cost around $25, and it's a dress (and shoes!) that I would wear again.  Smiley

By the way, victory rolls are SUPER difficult to do!
(and the photos don't do them any justice--they actually looked pretty darn good, if I do say so myself Wink)


I honestly don't expect to win the contest (there are so many amazing entries!!), but I wanted to share anyhow, 'cause I'm proud of my first dress.  Smiley
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7  More Henna (a hand and a foot) :) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RenDuH on: August 11, 2011 10:26:02 AM
Yay!  Two more hennas for you!

Haven't been able to do many since I got my job (have to dress business casual, and most of the henna I do on myself is hand henna...which is not "business casual" ;____;), but did a few recently.

First one I did on my friend Sabrina.
Long story short, she and I went to middle and high school together in FL and lived about 2 miles away from each other, she moved to NY about two years ago, and I moved to CT about a year ago...now we live about 2 hours away! lol 
So I went over for a visit, and she asked me to do some henna.

The next one was done on my foot, and I wanted to do it in a more African style, since I always do Indian style.

These were both 100% original, I might add (a year ago, I was having a lot of trouble coming up with my own random designs...I think I'm getting better! Cheesy)

Let me know what you think!
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8  Two Bridal Veils... in Weddings and Bridal Showers by RenDuH on: July 22, 2011 08:59:29 PM
So! Long story short, I'm a freelance photographer in my spare time, and I do a lot of weddings.  I wanted to do a bridal photoshoot that was a little less stressful than an on-the-spot shoot with an actual bride, so I enlisted the help of my 16-year-old cousin who just got her braces off and was DYING for a photoshoot, lol.

I decided it would be cheaper to make my own veils than to buy them (and I'm sure I was right--total supply cost was under $20, I made about 4 veils, and have enough supplies leftover to make, oh, about 10 more, haha), and here are the results of two of them, at least.  As for the other two, one of them was nearly identical to one of the ones I photographed, so I didn't bother using it, and the other one....well....let's just say it didn't turn out exactly how I had wanted it to, lol.

Oh, and for the record, for this shoot, it took about 4 hours to get ready, and I did:

made the veils
made the "bouquet"
bought the dress (thrift store, $15)
bought the necklace (thrift store, $3)
provided the earrings
provided the headband (borrowed from my aunt)

My cousin did the modeling (obviously) and provided the shoes and "ring".

Definitely the most effort I've ever put into one photoshoot to date, lol.  All of that being said, here are the veils!

First one is a traditional veil, made by hot gluing tulle to a comb clip (more difficult than it sounds).  If you flip the veil over your face, the comb actually has some pretty pearl beads along the back, but I didn't get any shots of it.

The second veil is a vintage-style birdcage veil.  Base was another comb clip, which I glued a small piece of cardboard to (made it a little easier to attach the flower), then glued the tulle to the cardboard and the flower on top.

.............and I totally just realized she had taken off the ring for that last picture.....d'oh!  >__O

And there you have it!
Two handmade veils! Smiley
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9  Fabric-inspired nails somehow wound up being...Reese's nails?? O_o in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RenDuH on: June 02, 2011 10:57:16 AM
So, I painted my nails with the intention of them looking like a fabric I really like from my job (I work at La-Z-Boy), but with the colors I used, I think they turned out matching the Reese's packaging (which I discovered by accident when I bought a package of them and noticed it, haha)


And the fabric that (originally) inspired them, haha:

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10  Tiny Bow Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by RenDuH on: May 25, 2011 09:57:19 PM
I have a friend at work who is OBSESSED with bows (she even has one tattooed on her foot...which looks awesome when she wears flats that have bows on the toes XD), and I recently acquired a bunch of upholstery fabric swatches that were PERFECT for making bows.  So I made her one for her hair (which she requested), and she asked me to make more.  I made a big one for her hair, and I also made teeny tiny bow earrings (I hope she likes them!).

Just hot glued everything together, then hot glued them onto the ends of the bars that hang off the earrings.

"Action shot":

Let me know what you think!  Wink
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