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1  I am Gaia in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by whyislife on: November 16, 2008 01:15:02 PM
It was supposed to be different. but i really liked it. so i left it as it turned out annnnd decided that it's not actually a halloween costume, but another fancy-ish dress that i need a place to wear. ANYWAY:

my not-boyfriend calls me "gaia" because of this photo  Smiley
I'll try to get a photo of the back soon.
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2  Re: Apple cake with cream cheese/cider frosting and caramel roses (img chubby) in Dessert by whyislife on: October 13, 2008 05:43:41 PM
Oh my goodness! wow. I didn't expect so many responses!
I suppose I can share the recipe for the frosting. I had the cake recipe up here for about 2 seconds, until my mom asked me to take it down (I guess she doesn't believe in sharing Sad )

however, here is the frosting recipe, that I'm sure would go well with any kind of spice cake.
12 oz cream cheese (I don't skimp on frosting Smiley )
2 cups apple cider
cinnamon/allspice/nutmeg/anything else you'd like to use
1 C powdered sugar

Boil apple cider and spices until only about 1/2 C- 1 C is left. Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar. Add the boiled down cider, mix until it's all of it is light brown. Add an absurd amount of your choice of spices.

Don't let the cider cool before mixing it in. it thickens as it cools.
Frost the cake as soon as you can, the frosting will get very thick and become difficult to spread, so you have to frost the cake while the frosting is warm.

Using a rolling pin, roll out 3 caramel candies until they're about 1/6 of an inch thick. mold them into ovals, and cut them in half width-wise.

roll one of the halves

wrap the remaining halves around the first piece, pinching the bottom of the pieces as you add them so that they stick together

Hope that works for you. And because I shared my recipe, I want allll of you to make this cake by the end of October, and post pictures here so I can see your beautiful work  Smiley

Thank you all!
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3  Apple cake with cream cheese/cider frosting and carmel roses (NOW WITH RECIPES!) in Dessert by whyislife on: October 11, 2008 10:09:44 PM
okso. I used a recipe that my aunt created when she was in high school, and the icing is recipe i created on my ooowwwn. unfortunately, I do not have pictures of the inside of the cake because it was a gift for someone and I wasnt able to cut into it.
without further ado:

please please ignore my complete mess of a kitchen. I don't know what cleaning means.
in the second picture, you can see part of another, similar cake. It was my test cake that my family very happily devoured in about a day =)
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4  homecoming dress from laaast year (PURPLE!!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by whyislife on: October 05, 2008 07:46:17 PM
I thought I had posted this, but I guess I didn't  Undecided
I really only remembered it because I'm having a dress-up date with my bff and I'm breaking the dress out again.
I don't have great pictures right now, but i'll for sure get more when we go out on Saturday!

Full-ish shot

close up of the top

I know I'm amazingly attractive in both pictures, please try to abstain from making lewd comments  Tongue

It's just a halter (with a bra in it because I need a bra always (boooo on boobs)), with a belt and the skirt has bits tucked up. There's probably a name for that but... I don't know what it is...
So? Comments?

P.S. I had numerous people comment on the absurd cleavage I have going on, and for those who don't approve, I apologize. However, I secretly love my cleavage, and I don't feel that any part of any body is soemthing to be ashamed of simply because it's "taboo."
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5  stripes, hoods, and 4 inch heels in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by whyislife on: September 22, 2008 09:23:17 AM
Hood down:

Hood up:

New favorite outfit. Made it last night/this morning. Soooo pleased. It looks a little wonky in the pictures and... it is a little wonky, I won't lie.

Do you love it?
I do!!  Grin
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6  more-than-a-circle skirt? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by whyislife on: August 02, 2008 03:47:56 PM
i love the flowiness of circle skirts. i would wear circle skirts all the time if i could. but i'm wondering if i can get more flowiness.

this is a typical circle skirt folded in half:

i'm wondering if by making the bottom half-way point comparatively longer that the waist half-way point, would i get more flow, or would it just look awkward?

what do you guys think? has anyone done this? i feel like it's something that could be accomplished by insertion of gore/godet-like panels into a circle skirt.
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7  dangerously looow back lbd in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by whyislife on: July 28, 2008 11:20:53 AM
i haven't posted anything in a while, but i've made a whole tooonnn of things. maybe i'll picture and post the rest later, but for now, here is my dangerously low back little black dress- my lblbd, if you will.

here is the front

annnnd the back

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8  "beginning a new chapter" dress in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by whyislife on: June 26, 2008 08:26:06 PM
hey, I'm x-posting this in the designer forum too, since i'm not quite sure where it belongs, and i think it's pretty appropriate for both sections. anyway! I have come to terms with my curves. i've always had weight issues, and i suffered from an eating disorder for four years (i know i'm young, it happens), but i've set my foot down and decided that life is too short and i need to move past these things. as a sort of... moving on celebration, my boyfriend is taking me out on a beautiful expensive date, and i would like a beautiful not-so-expensive dress (though if it must be expensive, i'm willing to splurge a little). it's just a dress, but i'm using it as a sort of land mark. a reminder of hard times overcome.

i want this dress, or something similar. if anyone has any patterns or suggestions, i would be eternally grateful. any help offered will be accepted and appreciated. thank you for your time =)

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9  i finished my prom dress 10 minutes before we left (img pregnant) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by whyislife on: May 04, 2008 08:05:29 PM
our prom theme was "Midnight Masquerade" although...

story time:
the juniors had the seniors vote on what we wanted the theme to be. we had a list of seven themes to choose from. a group of us decided to do a write in theme since all the other themes were lame. we chose "dinosaurs" as the write in. of the seven themes (eight including the write-in) "dinosaurs" came in third place.

anyway. i made my dress and my mask. neither are very good, but what are you gonna do, right?


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10  Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! in Clothing Sewalongs by whyislife on: April 26, 2008 07:45:07 PM
WOO! I finally finished my mock-up! now i have like... 4 days to make the actual dress! and since the theme is masquerade, i plan to make a mask using this pattern: http://www.michaels.com/online/pdf/e05709.pdf

my jewelry:

my shoes:
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