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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Potato Chips! on: May 07, 2012 08:49:38 PM
I LOVE homemade potato chips...once or twice a year my whole family gets together and my dad fries up 5lbs of potatoes (sometimes russet, sometimes reds, sometimes even the purple ones!) and we dump cayenne pepper, garlic, salt, and parmesan cheese on them fresh out of the fryer and gobble them down before they even have time to cool. 
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: I want to carry a brooch bouquet down the aisle, but... on: January 28, 2012 11:16:07 AM
You are all dolls, thank you!  I'm going to start at my local thrift store, and then try all of these one by one until the big community garage sale we have in May.  Hopefully this will do it!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Making my own cake- am I crazy?? on: January 25, 2012 07:00:11 PM
Not crazy.  I personally hate the pre-made, frozen and thawed, sat in a freezer cakes you get from cake shops, and have never liked a wedding cake served to me.  I've made countless 2-3 layer cakes for birthdays, and while I'm not a professional decorator, I'm keeping it simple with textured frosting, rose petals, and a nice cake topper.  Practice beforehand, test your base cake recipe, and don't overfrost the bond between the layers (slippage will occur!).  Your cake will be covered in confetti, so you don't have to worry about perfect frosting.  Just make sure the cake transporters are careful!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: yep ! short girls can wear a maxi dress !! on: January 25, 2012 06:04:24 PM
I always found I was too tall for maxi dresses...they end about mid-calf on me, haha!

You look fantastic in this dress, and it looks absolutely professional.  I love the pattern on the fabric!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red gown with beading on: January 25, 2012 06:02:25 PM
Can you come home with me and make all my clothes?  Please?

I love everything about this gown - the outfit, the silhouette, the lovely way the chiffon pools on the floor...and that beading!  I can't imagine how long this took you.  If I had this dress I'd become that crazy woman who goes everywhere around town in a ballgown.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / I want to carry a brooch bouquet down the aisle, but... on: January 24, 2012 09:12:23 PM
...I don't have any heirloom brooches or costume jewelry.  My mom's side of the family had a lot of this stuff, but there was a lot of emotional baggage in that family and nothing was really passed down to her.  My dad's side of the family were all depression era farmers, so there are no luxury heirlooms.  This is less of a sentimental thing for me, and more a theme thing - pirate wedding = chance to carry a totally blinged out bouquet, plus I want to be able to have my bouquet as a keepsake.  So, my question is, where's the best place to hand-pick costume jewelry pieces for cheap?  I have some thrift stores around, and a big community garage sale coming up in may, but I was wondering if anyone has any other suggestions, like where I could look online, or what alternatives to brooches I could use.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wedding dress help! on: November 03, 2011 11:28:46 PM

The only problem with something like that, is that you really need a cage crinoline underneath it, otherwise it's going to hang and droop funny, especially if it's in a very heavy fabric.

I don't want it to be super poofy, more like the third picture.  Would a stiff petticoat work for that with a thicker fabric, or should I look at lighter fabrics, or maybe I could make a sort of a-line cage crinoline? Is there a tutorial out there for a cage crinoline?  Even if I don't end up using one, I've always kind of wanted to try making one =P
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Wedding dress help! on: November 01, 2011 11:59:51 AM
So, being artsy fartsy, I can't just *buy* a wedding dress...nothing is up to my specifications, and I refuse to pay $900 for a couple yards of satin and tulle.  Anyway, I'm envisioning a sort of french ballgown style overskirt over a colored petticoat, but I'm not quite sure exactly how to do the overskirt.  I want to use a heavy material, like velvet or brocade, so it can stand alone and I can take the petticoat off for the reception.  I'm not sure what the technique I want to use for the overskirt is called (I've heard festooned, scalloped, draped, and gathered), but it looks something like this:

The original inspiration being Marie Antoinette's wedding gown (though I don't want it to be so overwhelming):

My first thought is that all I would have to do is make a circle skirt that completely covers the petticoat, then run gathering stitches up in 2.5' intervals to get the gathered scallopy thingies full and pretty.  However, I can't find a pattern to confirm this for the life of me, and I know the heavy fabric I want to use will probably act differently from any cheap fabric I practice on.  Does anyone have any experience making this sort of skirt?

Thanks in advance!  And the wedding's not till next year, so I have time = )
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Japanese Cuteness Swap Sanrio/San-x/Kawaii GALLERY on: August 13, 2011 04:55:40 PM
O noes poor groom!  I thought i had enough bubblewrap around him to pad a whole country!  Stupid usps Sad. Glad you liked it!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Japanese Cuteness Sanrio/San-X/ Kawaii Swap (SIGN UPS CLOSED; S/O: 8/15/11) on: August 09, 2011 03:01:31 PM
Well, v3nu5 should be arriving soon!  Dropped it off at the post office on Sat, so it should have gone out yesterday or today!  Excited for her to get it!
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