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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Harry Potter Bookcase Ornaments on: December 10, 2017 08:07:55 AM
I made a couple of ornaments featuring miniatures this last week. Harry Potter themed. These were given away to friends, but I was so pleased with them that I took photos to remember them by. This was my first attempt at making such a small piece of furniture. I'll definitely be making more of these now, and probably overstuffing the next few.

The bookcase measures six inches tall by three inches wide.
Each one of the books has real pages, a few were premade dollhouse books, but the themed ones I printed covers for and made.
The Deathly Hallows symbol, dragon, and mini cauldron are all charms with the loops snipped off. The wand is a half of a toothpick. The pumpkin juice bottle is a cola bottle with the top filed down and a polymer clay pumpkin added to the top. I didn't have orange paint I liked, so it's painted with nail polish. The chocolate frog card box is polymer clay, as is the card (I should probably have just used cut paper, oops. Harry's face on the chocolate frog card is a sticker I had from one of those movie still collection booklets. The crystal ball is a tiny clear marble on a bead cap. The inkwell is a bead cap with a smaller bead glued on top, and the quill is a real feather.

The book inside the clear ball measures two and a quarter inches tall and has real pages that can be written in, the ball opens up.

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Freeze Paper Tardis Hoodie on: December 18, 2011 05:25:25 AM
I ordered my brother a sonic screwdriver set for Christmas and decided that he needed something to go with it.
I've seen several really nice designs online but didn't see a stencil that was quite right, so I sketched out a stencil based off of a bunch of other stencils I found online and came up with this one. The wording is small and done freehand so it didn't turn out that great. However, overall I am pretty happy with the result here.

Forgive the cruddy cell phone pics, one of my kids broke my camera Sad

3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 63 ENTRIES / Fun with sugar on: June 08, 2011 08:51:09 PM
Fun with sugar! Special FX makeup. Broken glass from explosion embedded in my "victim's" face.

Broken glass shards and bloodwork all made with a combination of sugar, corn syrup, butterscotch syrup, chocolate syrup, food dyes and gelatin. Plus a little imagination and no budget lol.

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / First Costume Hat Ever! on: May 10, 2011 09:35:46 AM
So I'm really not the best seamstress, but a couple of weeks ago I decided to try my hand at making a witches hat for a Harry Potter convention I was going to be at.
This is made with leftover home decorating fabrics that I recovered some chairs with, heavy interfacing and a little floral wire from the dollar store.
And like everything else I do, did I use a pattern from the store? Heck no! I made it up! I really should learn to use a real pattern one day lol.

My son makes the best model.

5  COOKING / Dessert / Zombie Attack Victim - Cake on: March 25, 2011 07:17:03 PM
My husband had a birthday today and what better way to show my love than to make him a heart shaped cake! And lungs, and a liver, kidneys, intestines, stomach, etc.

This lovely little beauty is about actual human torso size. It consists of dark chocolate cake, vanilla butter-cream, and vanilla marshmallow fondant with a nice bloody drizzle of a cherry and raspberry gel 'filling'. The ribs are piped white chocolate.

The intestine is really pretty gross, it's filled with a cake-pop mixture which is crumbled cake and frosting mixed together to make a paste. Very disgusting and I'm sure you get what it's supposed to be lol.

An extra set of hands is essential, so my brother lunatekk was key in making this one happen!

Before the gore... (Which I think I prefer the look of, I was sad to cover it with blood lol)


This cake was inspired by one I found online.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered Book for The Harry Potter Alliance on: February 28, 2011 12:33:13 AM
I made an altered book for my local chapter of The Harry Potter Alliance. They have a library display case for the month of March. Since we are currently doing a book drive as well I thought this might be a cute addition to the display rather than just pining up a flyer.

I started with an old outdated encyclopedia from freecycle. I didn't alter the books cover since it will be on a book stand on display, but I figure that once it comes out of the case I might make a more complete one with a new face.

I used hot glue, mod-podge, printer photo paper, a scrap of ribbon, and a few beads salvaged from a necklace.

This was the first time I've done this before but it was a lot of fun.

This is the book open (it's sealed this shape, open and flat) on a bookstand.

Top of the book. I loved the way the pages shaped. You can also see the bookmark here.

And the bottom of the book, complete with bottom of bookmark.

This is the back of the book, and technically the before, though the back is still the same for now.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Assorted Harry Potter Wands - pic obese on: February 18, 2011 09:27:48 PM
For Valentines day I made wands for everyone in my Harry Potter meetup group. I thought my pictures turned out better than they did. I apologize for how bad the pictures seem to be.
Pay no attention to my horribly abused scratched up table.

I've got plans to not only make more of these, but to try and make replicas of more of the movie wands. Though next time I promise to take better pics.

All were made with wooden craft dowels or sticks I picked up outside.
Details are molded from plain sculpey clay and or hotglue.
Baked, painted with acrylics and sealed with mod-podge.
Each of these are between 11 and 13 inches depending on the wand.

My version of The Elder Wand

My version of Voldemort's Wand

Organic stick, half sanded and sealed.

Sculpey vines, this one is fairly heavy on the end, but fits nicely in the palm.

Drizzled Hot Glue and then painted, I love how this one turned out.

Calla-Lily Handle. I made these in both white and orange.

Sculpted Leaves, these are placed mid-wand.

Dragon's Eye, and one in silver.

Slightly better pic of the eye.

8  COOKING / Dessert / First Wedding Cake - New Member Post on: July 10, 2010 10:23:04 AM
Okay so this is three years old now, but I'm a new member.

This is the first wedding cake I ever made (with my younger sister), sheet cakes included. And besides being the first wedding cake, it was the first cake. If you don't count plain cakes like you'd frost while it was still in the pan.

Not the best picture. Stupid me, I didn't take pictures but luckily someone did. This was our wedding gift to the bride.
The wedding cake was made with homemade buttercream, peach flavored white cake and in between each layer is homemade peach filling.
Sheet cakes were chocolate with espresso buttercream, and yellow with vanilla buttercream.
All detail is freehand piping, including the topper. No fondant was present at the baking of this cake.

LOL not impressive at all unless you factor in that we made this in a log cabin in Alaska and transported it on rough roads through the mountains to the brides childhood home.

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