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1  COOKING / Dessert / Butterfly Celebration Cake on: July 30, 2012 03:31:48 PM

So, I'm in a pastry/culinary arts program in college, this is my first celebration cake! I'm pretty darn happy with it, aside from the obvious flaws with some of the piping, but hey, I did it all by hand. Smiley

The top tier is painted with royal icing, the butterflies are scrapbook stickers (I originally wanted to make them out of pastillage, but it didn't work out how I wanted). The Monarch is dark and white chocolate. It's covered with fondant.

The cake itself is layers of vanilla sponge and coconut pound cake, then filled with a coconut pastry cream.

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Unicorn Swap Gallery on: April 07, 2012 08:01:08 PM

Wheeee, unicorns!


NostalgiaDeathmatch <-> I Sew Cute
bubblegum_phoenix <-> Nobodyhasthisoneyet
lilusa <-> PrettyR4veGirl
gotgrey -> HowdySailor -> Rodelphia
mama24boyz <-> littlenutbrownsquirrel
sheeshakaye <-> ceda
franknhurter <-> KodaNRoxyDogs
AMIFRIENDS <-> dfabbric
aliis <-> Maimy

Blue = Sent
Green = Received
Orange = Sent and Received
Purple = Sending Late with Communication
Red = Contact Organizer
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Unicorn Swap (SU; CLOSED, SO; 4/16/12) on: March 02, 2012 04:10:05 PM
Swap name: Unicorn Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: NostalgiaDeathmatch
Sign-up date range: 3/2/12 - 3/16-12
Date to send item by: 4/16/12

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
Everyone likes unicorns. Everyone. Unicorn swap is for unicorn lovers, everywhere, for us to make unicorns for each other. You could even make unicorns for your unicorns, if you wanted. Unicorns are pretty great.

This will be a 3 point swap. You can do more, but talk with your partner about it (unless you dont expect to receive an equal amount in return or something). Shirts, accessories, toys, etc!
Small Item = 1 point
Medium Item = 2 points
Large Item = 3 points

Small = 2 or less hours; bookmark, earrings, stickers, etc.
Medium = at least 2 hours of crafting; A scarf, a doll, a wallet, etc.
Large = 3 or more hours of crafting; A shirt, a bag, a pillow, etc.

Please try to avoid doing three small items, try to include at least one medium or large.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):
Would you be willing to participate in a Round Robin (A sends to B, B sends to C, C sends to A) if there are an odd number of swappers?:
Do you have any allergies?:
Any allergens in your home?:
Are you able and willing to post in the swap topic at least once weekly so I know you haven't flaked?:
Do you have pierced ears?
What is your shirt size?
What are you favorite colors or patterns?
Least favorite colors/patterns?
What are some of your favorite unicorn things? (Characters, movies, stuff in general)?:
What kinds of crafts would you like to receive?
What kinds of crafts would you prefer NOT to receive?
What kinds of crafts are you interested in making?
What kinds of crafts do you like the best? (things that you can't make yourself?)
Do you have a wist, or other stalkable place?
Other information youd like to include?

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

1. NostalgiaDeathmatch
2. bubblegum_phoenix
3. lilusa
4. Nobodyhasthisoneyet
5. HowdySailor
6. mama24boyz
7. franknhurter
8. Rodelphia
9. sheeshakaye
10. KodaNRoxyDogs
11. I Sew Cute
13. Ceda
14. gotgrey
15. littlenutbrownsquirrel
16. PrettyR4veGirl
17. Maimy
18. dfabbric
19. aliis


NostalgiaDeathmatch <-> I Sew Cute
bubblegum_phoenix <-> Nobodyhasthisoneyet
lilusa <-> PrettyR4veGirl
gotgrey -> HowdySailor -> Rodelphia
mama24boyz <-> littlenutbrownsquirrel
sheeshakaye <-> ceda
franknhurter <-> KodaNRoxyDogs
AMIFRIENDS <-> dfabbric
aliis <-> Maimy
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Strawberry Primrose on: February 22, 2012 04:01:46 PM
In Seattle, and probably everywhere else, it's really easy to find primroses right now. Since they're only $1, I decided to pick on up. When I bought it, it only had three blooms, but it's grown so much in just a few days!

It's cute, but kind of boring. So, I wanted to make some sort of craft to spice it up a little. Since the color of the flowers reminds me of strawberries, I decided to make these!

Tiny little felt strawberries (with seed bead seeds) attached to curled pipe cleaners. It kind of makes me super happy to see them dangling out of the pot like that. Smiley Really simple craft, but I hope you guys enjoy it~
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tiny Bird Spice Jar Terrariums on: February 22, 2012 03:53:20 PM
So, I got the book "Terrarium Craft" awhile ago, and right on the cover are these tiny spice jar terrariums that have moss and tiny birds on the inside. I'm sure you can understand that I immediately needed to make them.
I found all these cute little birds at the craft store, and they even had little tiny eggs! You can kinda see them in some of the photos, but, sadly these are better viewed in person.
They're a little hard to get a good photo of, but I have six total.

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Unicorn Swap? on: February 16, 2012 09:38:56 AM

Hey guys! Smiley

I've been on a serious unicorn kick lately, and it seems like Craftster is a pretty pro-unicorn forum, so why not start a unicorn swap?

It'd be anything goes; jewelry, clothing, plush, clothing FOR your unicorn plush, etc! I personally feel like making a whole mess of stuff, so I'm not really sure how many points it would be. Input? Ideas? Smiley

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / My Funny Valentine swap? OTT. on: January 09, 2012 02:15:07 PM
Anyone interested in a sort of last minute Valentine's swap?

The idea is that we'd create on small plush monster (or something like that) "valentine" to ship to our partners, probably including a card written from the creature's perspective. For all us lonely folk to have someone - or something - to share Valentine's day with. Kind of like the regular Monster swaps that have been around here, just filled with cheesy Valentine's ideals (i.e.; pink and red, hearts, etc).

Feel free to expand on that, anyone interested?
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Sock Monkey Hat on: November 30, 2011 01:37:32 PM
Hello again Craftster! It's been awhile. Mostly I just forget to take pictures for you, sorry.

ANYWAYS! Like most of you, I'm in the middle of crafting projects for Christmas gifts, and I just finished this one for my brother. (Actually the third gift I've gotten him, he's so lucky!)

So he has this recent obsession with sock monkey, which I don't really get (I think they're kind of creepy)...
Not to mention nearly all the sock monkey hats sweeping the stores right now are child sized (as with most of the patterns). Managed to finally find one, though! (found here; http://coffeecupthoughts.wordpress.com/2010/03/16/some-happy-hooking/) Sooo glad I decided to crochet it instead of knit, I whipped this up in two days. Smiley

I used Vanna's Choice yarns, all doubled up (except for the red band where white meets brown), so it's extra thick. I think the mouth ended up being a little too big, though...

Photo time!

Aaaand obligatory adorkable shot of me wearing it;

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Wooden Koi on: June 13, 2011 04:09:52 PM
Made this for my mom, who likes koi way too much.

She saw some really neat koi art at a local garden show, but it's all so expensive, totally not worth it. So, I found a 1/2" thick piece of wood in the basement, sketched a koi, cut it out with a handsaw, and then painted it with acrylics. It's roughly 14 inches long.

Dark background.

Light background.

Nose detail, still some spots that need to be fixed.
10  COOKING / Dessert / Mocha & Creamsicle Cupcakes on: April 05, 2011 07:17:10 PM
So the place where I work is doing an open house tomorrow, and they commissioned me to bake them cupcakes. They're also having coffee and wine, so I wanted to make things to go with those. Or at least try to.

First up were mocha cupcakes! It's a chocolate cupcake with coffee mixed in (had to do quite a bit to get the coffee flavor through), and chocolate chips. The frosting is a vanilla/coffee buttercream, and they're garnished with chocolate covered coffee beans. The coffee beans were in white, milk, light and dark chocolates.

Second, I couldn't really decide what would go with wine at all, so I just decided to do something citrus-y for spring. I don't really like lemon cakes or cupcakes, so I went with orange/creamsicle.

It's a basic vanilla recipe that I added fresh orange juice and zest to, came out super good. You can taste both the vanilla and the orange, so it's just like a creamsicle like I wanted it to be~ The frosting is a vanilla buttercream that also has orange zest and juice... hopefully the acids in the orange zest don't do anything bad to it. D: Like make it separate. Or something. It's garnished with a tangerine jelly belly. The swirl is made by brushing the inside of the piping bag with gel food coloring, so it comes out on the frosting. It worked better than I expected! You can kind of see how the color came out progressively, it takes a test cupcake or two before the color shows up.

Aaaand, a close up of the orange one, just so you can see it a little better.

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