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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Birthday sushi cupcakes on: January 28, 2010 11:49:15 PM
Finally! Sushi I want to eat. Smiley
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: R2-D2 Cake and Droidlets on: January 28, 2010 11:28:05 PM
Hmmm...don't know what happened to R2 up there. I did the rotate image thing, and instead it apparently just squinched him like an accordion. But the Droidlets, ladies and gentlemen! The Droidlets!

Update! Fixed the problem, but you're going to have to look at R2 sideways. Sorry.
3  COOKING / Dessert / R2-D2 Cake and Droidlets on: January 28, 2010 11:17:18 PM
Okay, so I just posted the blue lobster cake my son wanted for his birthday. That was only one of two cakes I made for his birthday last year. We had the lobster for the family b-day/Easter gathering, but the kiddo had a Star Wars party with his friends, so I borrowed my friend Rachael's totally awesome R2-D2 pan and went to town.

Rachael, by the way, has used this pan for other designs. I know she used it for a rocket cake a couple of years ago, and who knows what else. She's a mad genius! Me? I just made the droid.

And then, because it was going to be a huge party and I always worry about running out of cake, I make two dozen Droidlet cupcakes.

They are not the droids you are looking for, but they are tasty!  Tongue
4  COOKING / Dessert / Blue Lobster Cake on: January 28, 2010 11:03:02 PM
Last year my little boy turned five, and for reasons known only to him he announced that he wanted a blue lobster cake. Absurd, tricky, and slathered in blue icing. This was totally up my alley.

After a bit of doodling, I figured out that I could do it with two standard round cake pans. I froze the cake after baking it so it would be easier to cut, and it still started to fall apart on me.

First, I cut very skinny moon-shaped slivers off the edges of one round, then trimmed the slightly lobster-head-shaped piece into a slightly more lobster-head-shaped piece by giving it a pointy little lobster nose. Then I trimmed roughly two-inch pieces off each end of the skinny moon-shaped slivers to make the lobster claws. The middle of the slivers became the lobster's little arms.

For the torso, I basically cut a big football shape out of the other round, but left a smaller football shape attached perpendicular to one end for the tail. Then I whacked the trimmed pieces from this round into shapes that were more-or-less little rectangular legs. Very scientific. I trimmed the pointy end of the football piece flat and did the same to the back of the head, and pieced the whole thing together. I had to hold the legs on with toothpicks, then stick it back in the freezer for a bit before I could ice it.

while it was freezing, I iced the cake pan just for the hell of it, because I had two tubs of vanilla icing and I figured one dyed blue would be plenty. When the cake firmed up I applied the base coat...

Then used blue and black gel for the details.

So there you have it. One blue lobster cake, and my first Craftster project post!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Dissect-A-Bear on: January 16, 2010 07:36:11 AM
LoL! Is that a uterus?!?!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: The one and only Spider-Man sock monkey!!!!! on: January 16, 2010 07:34:39 AM
ROFL!!! That is PERFECT!! I think I see a new toy line for Marvel...
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Kraken on: January 16, 2010 07:32:33 AM
Oh, my gosh! That is huge!  Shocked

And I have to say, if you're going to make a massive soft critter, you can't do better than the kraken. So cool!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Edward Scissorshands doll on: January 16, 2010 07:29:55 AM
What amazing detail! I can't believe you made scissors out of Shrinky Dink. That must have been a bit of a nightmare during the shrinking process...
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: vintage haberdashery wreath on: January 16, 2010 07:24:48 AM
The measuring tape bow is such an amazing touch! Nice work.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: TRYING MY HAND AT CLAY TO MAKE JEWELRY on: January 16, 2010 07:22:31 AM
OMG! I love your Flying Spaghetti Monster! That is awesome. Smiley
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