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21  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: What to do with geode/agate slices... on: February 17, 2012 06:15:37 PM
I actually have a friend who inherited a house from a friend of his family's, and one of the guy's hobbies was making stained glass.  The house has at least 3-4 stained glass windows, and a couple do have geode slices in them.  Smiley

This is absolutely gorgeous!
22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Valentine's Day Photoshoot on: February 16, 2012 11:45:36 AM
They are very pretty photos

Thank you!  Smiley
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Valentine's Day Photoshoot 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
24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: More Henna (a hand and a foot) :) on: February 07, 2012 09:21:13 AM
Both designs are lovely, but I especially love the foot design! So elegant and pretty!

Thank you! Cheesy
Of the two, I honestly like the hand better, but that's because I'm biased.  As previously mentioned in this post, I prefer to do Indian-style henna.  c( :
25  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: More Henna (a hand and a foot) :) on: January 24, 2012 06:29:58 PM

You're a Craftster Best of 2011 Winner

Yay!! Cheesy
Thank you so much! <3
26  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Rockabilly/Pin Up Girl! (first dress from scratch!) on: November 09, 2011 10:31:25 AM
Great first dress, you look super cute!

Thank you!!  ^_^

I agree! Well done! And the liberty rolls are awesome, even if we can't see them that much.

No pattern! Very impressed.

Thank you so much! Cheesy
27  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Breaking Bad - Crystal Methcakes (cupcakes :)) [IMAGE OBESE!] on: November 07, 2011 01:38:55 PM
i love it!! looks yum!

Thanks! Cheesy
They were--just (as mentioned) a bit difficult to eat the "meth", lol   Cheesy
28  COOKING / Dessert / Breaking Bad - Crystal Methcakes (cupcakes :)) [IMAGE OBESE!] 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
29  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Rockabilly/Pin Up Girl! (first dress from scratch!) 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
30  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: More Henna (a hand and a foot) :) on: September 22, 2011 11:11:14 AM
Those are so beautifull! I have tried to do Henna on myself like once and I did such a bad job that I didn't try it again. Maybe I should try it again though!

Thank you!  Smiley
It's really just a matter of practice.  If you can, get a cheap henna cone and try practicing (or do what I do--whenever I have a cone that I forgot about that's really old and not potent enough to stain anymore, I'll use that for practice so I don't waste good henna  Smiley)


Thanks!! lol
I'm not big on skulls, but I suppose I could try.  Would have to find a guinea pig willing to have a skull on them for two weeks.  hehe
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