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11  COOKING / Dessert / The saddest birthday cake:( on: April 05, 2010 03:25:26 AM
I was reading up on the featured botched projects and thought I'd post my own horrid creation.
 A little back story 1st- I am not into baking at all but am known for my pretty decorated cakes. I'll usually start off with a box cake (Yes, I am lazy!) and decorate it within an inch of it's life. Fruit slices arranged in flower patterns, rainbow roses in a bundt vase, ice cream cakes, you name it. My husband recently turned 27 and I thought that I'd make something sort of understated.

I know, right?
 I don't know what I did wrong. Not enough oil? Not a clue. The fondue was ready to go, hors deouvres set up beautifully, the guests arriving and I'm in the kitchen on the edge of tears. The crumb coat didn't cooperate at all. I would pull away the spatula and chunks of cake would be sticking to it. I slathered a bunch of frosting on top and tried to cover the hideousness with some chopped almonds. Unfortunately, we didn't chop them well enough. They were huge! And the sides were still hacked-at messes. I'd seen a brand of spray-on frosting at the store and wanted to give it a try. As a sort of hail mary I sprayed it onto the sides of the cake. And it fell off! The picture was taken before we cut into it. My sweet husband laughed it off and our friends were nice enough to make comments like "Well, it's just going to get eaten anyway!" The monstrosity actually did get eaten, though. I think I'll be taking a tip from Lucy Ricardo next year and just frost my cake pan!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sheets to slipcover to springy retro dress! on: April 05, 2010 02:37:12 AM
While helping with a move recently I stumbled upon this sheet set that had been modified into a slipcover. I immediately recognized the dress that they wanted to be! The pattern was lovely. White with green polka dots and random green bouqets. The top of the sheets had the same pattern, only with the colors reversed. The sprngy dresses posted on the site have really been an inspiration!

From this:

Detail of the pattern and gratuitious cat shot:

The top of the sheet became the bodice of my dress. It was pretty simple, even working freeform (pattern-less, plan-less, mannequin-less). I just fit it to my measurements and gathered it a little at the top to be more form fitting. I added a couple of darts  and a back zipper to make it fit my waist and then added a circle skirt. I used some extra green material to make extra-large binding tape so that if the inside of the skirt shows you can't see any seams. Later on I'll refit the straps and add some pockets but I'm pretty pleased with it for now! The hardest part of this whole process was that the sheets had become faded, yellowed and worn at different spots. This made the pattern a bit irregular but I made the best of it!
The back:

An action shot of the side while out on the town:

 I got a lot of compliments while out on our local Art Walk. I'll definitely be making this style again!
PS- Yes, girls really do wear summer dresses and open-toed shoes here while the snow's still on the ground. Honestly, if it's above thirty it feels like summertime!

13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Spooky sleep mask on: March 26, 2010 11:00:55 PM
This is my lovely husband modeling the sleep mask that I made for my lil sis. It's got a piece of felt between the fabric layers to give it a little more substance. There's also a pocket inside of it for some sachets that I made with loose lavender leaves and iron-shut tea bags. It's made with cotton, binding tape and acrylic paints. I hand-sewed it because I only know how to make my machine do straight lines.
 This picture was taken right after I taught him to knit. As if he wasn't awesome enough!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Animal-free fox stole. With a secret compartment, no less!(Added pics) on: March 21, 2010 03:59:58 PM
This is my first post! I'll do my best with linking and such, but I make no promises!
 I had the idea for this stole in my head for a while. Dita Von Teese is my style hero! Anyway, I finally got some cozy faux fur from Joanne's and put it together. I trimmed the shape of the face into the fur, then formed it with craft glue. My machine didn't like sweing this material and started to make the shaping all wonky so I completely hand sewed it! I used jeweled buttons for eyes and a little felt nose. I wanted to use a plastic nose that you might put on a teddy bear or something but couldn't find one. I hate lugging my purse around with me on dressy occasions so sewed a little zipper on the inside so that I could stash ID and lipgloss in the head. I wore it to a ball and the bouncer that carded me at the entrance asked if I'd pulled my ID out of my ear because he had no idea where I would keep it otherwise! I even made a little matching muff with a satin bow. It's not perfect, but I love it! It was the Miner's and Trapper's Ball that we have up here for Fur Rondy, a fine Alaskan tradition where people walk around with a variety of dead animals on their heads, BTW. Anyway, enough words!

Hey, I finally figured out how to add more pictures!
The inspiration and materials:
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In progress (using my cosmetology skills to cut out the face shape):

The zipper:


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