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361  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap (CLOSED! ~ Sendouts 11/5) on: September 25, 2010 07:36:45 PM
I am so excited to start crafting for this swap. I can't believe so many people are finished with items already.

I still have to get a few supplies for items I plan to make and go through my mounds of crafting items. My craft room guest room has a person in it at the moment so I'm clearing space in my dining room to set stuff up.
I also want to make sure that I get my weekend trip to our local Renaissance Faire before I start to craft. So many ideas there, not that I don't already know what I want to make.

Plus I'm super excited because I just got back from the store and they set out pumpkins today! I'm not sure who shouted out "PUMPKINS!" louder, my 5 year old son or myself lol.
362  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: George Carlin Tribute on: September 23, 2010 09:40:32 AM
These are hilarious! I love that they are beautifully done. Everyone should curse in floral! Though my favorite is the Tits with the ribbon.
363  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Potion Jars on: September 23, 2010 09:37:28 AM
These are way cool! I need to try that out, I would never have thought to bake clay on plastic bottles.
364  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Classic X-Men Rogue on: September 20, 2010 11:09:06 PM
Wowsers! That's awesome! I love watching X-MEN. It's one of my many favs. Rogue and Storm are my favorite female characters. Wolverine and what's the blue guy (like mystique) that can teleport? well they are my favorite male characters.

Nightcrawler, He's Mystique's son.

365  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Classic X-Men Rogue on: September 10, 2010 12:46:44 AM
I love this!!!!!

That's my fav version of Rogue, and the one I grew up with. I wish i could pull off wearing something like this, so much fun.

LOL Wolverine is a little tall there.
366  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap (Signups 8/31-9/18: Sendouts 11/5) on: September 01, 2010 07:44:17 PM
So I've never participated in a swap before, and am dying to do so here!

How do I go about signing up? Do I just need to fill out the questionnaire and send it, I'm a little confused.

But I know how to craft! At least thats the easy part lol.
367  COOKING / Dessert / Re: The Great Wedding Cake Adventure on: July 25, 2010 02:47:52 PM
Just noticed on the buldging icing issue.
Mine doesn't do this, and works nicely.

I use a mix of, fruit jam, fresh fruit and a little jello in the matching flavor. The jello makes the filling more stable without making it taste or feel like eating jello. You could also use unflavored packets or sheets.

I boil my fruit and jam together, shnapps and then add the gellatin last. Then I put it in the same cake pans I made the cakes in. I grease the pan with a drop of oil and a paper towel before adding the filling. When the filling cools it will firm just enough to tip out onto the cake without running everywhere. It won't completely firm up like a normal jello so if you do this be careful.
368  COOKING / Dessert / Re: The Great Wedding Cake Adventure on: July 25, 2010 02:39:15 PM
This is a very nice cake, I think you've done a wonderful job.

I posted a picture not too long ago of the first wedding cake I ever made. I've since made many more cakes, though not wedding cakes.

Here are a few good tips...

When you ice your cakes there are a few ways to make them smooth. The first one is to use a 'crusting buttercream' recipe. After your icing crusts a bit you are supposed to take damp 'Viva' brand papertowls, place them on the cake and smooth the frosting with a fondant smoother.

The second is my favorite method. It's the one my mom uses for wedding cakes. Put on a crumb coat of icing, ice over that, and the place your tiers in the freezer. Leave them in just long enough to freeze the icing. Then take a new clean sponge, dip in hot hot water and squeeze out the water. Then wipe your frozen icing smooth. Dipping in water often enough to keep the sponge hot.
The hot sponge melts the icing just enough to make it very very smooth. This gives it that look that pro cakes, and cakes covered in fondant have. Then you can refreeze your iced cakes for a few more minutes to make sure your icing stays smooth.

Make sure if you are going to use colored buttercream with this method that you only use gel colors. Regular liquid food dye will bleed out of the frosting. I learned this the hard way, as evidenced by my first ever wedding cake.

This time is year, most craft stores have sugar flowers for cakes, Wal-Mart does as well. They are premade edible flowers, fairly cheap, nice looking. These cover up all sorts of things.

Fresh flowers are also your friend.

To pipe small things use sandwich bags that don't seal and just snip off once small corner. So much cheaper than buying huge amounts of icing bags if you don't have need for them again. You can also do this with a coupler and tips. If your bags split and break, your icing is too thick.

And my favorite, they sell these almost everywhere where you can buy cake supplies or order online. It runs about 10-12 bucks depending on the store.


I think I use mine to death. You roll out fondant, gumpaste, candy, etc. And then use the cutter like a cookie cutter, then press the flower into the cakeand push the plunger like a syringe. So very very very easy. Then you can pipe a dot of frosting in the middle. makes very nice tiny flowers that look like they came out of a bakery.

Hope your cake comes out lovely Smiley
369  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Black, teal, and copper Steampunky Fun! on: July 23, 2010 10:06:54 AM
I love this!

I told my husband this week that rather than another sci-fi or renn faire costume I'm making the next one steampunk.

This is great inspiration, and thanks for posting the mini bloomers link. I'd use that anyway just because it's cute. I love things with a vintage feel.
370  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Wench costume on: July 23, 2010 09:58:33 AM
Those look great.

I love that gypsy pattern for costuming, it does look detailed. Doesn't work as well once you get in the bigger sizes like me though.

I'm not a big fan of the "underwear in public" look, but for a wench I suppose it is ok and yours is very pretty!

I keep looking but  don't see how you get underware in public out of that outfit. It's basically a dress with a vest over it for this pattern. LOL in fact it used to be that you were  thought to be a loose woman for not wearing one over a dress, it was far later that it morphed into an under clothing piece.
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