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1  COOKING / Dessert / Sleeping Dragon Cake on: November 22, 2008 02:19:09 PM
So it's DH's b-day, and he loves cake, logically I make one. It's devil's food cake, with homemade butter cream, and marshmallow fondant. Since we're both huge fantasy geeks, I figured what's better than...A DRAGON!

I sculpted him out of MMF.

The wings were a little problematic, and didn't want to stand up

here's the whole thing.

Lessons learned, it's harder to cover a round cake than a square cake with MMF. I need to get some rubber gloves because my hands are blue (blue mixed with green for most of the draggie)

2  COOKING / Dessert / My first ever pretty cake! on: October 03, 2008 03:56:51 AM
I come from a family of cake people, my mom was a cake decorator, had an at home business, and worked in a grocery store bakery, and is really good at it, though she no longer does it for money. My brother went to culinary school, for pastry. And while they've both tried to show me how, I am a total dunce when it comes to icing, despite being the only one of us that can draw. I've been more than a little annoyed that all of my cakes look like they got hit by a truck, even though they tasted great. So I decided to scrap the buttercream, and take a stab at marshmallow fondant.

The funky shiny spots are from covering it with cling wrap before I took the pictures. And it's red, not orange, bad light. I only had liquid food color on hand, so, the red's not as vibrant as I would have liked, something not helped by the red plate. I ended up replacing the water in the fondant recipe with food color for the black, after the fight with red. I used a cookie cutter for the butterflies. I'm very happy with it overall though, seeing it was the first time I used fondant.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Label Design. What do you think? on: July 11, 2008 04:35:06 AM
I'm planning on starting an etsy shop (The link on my label works, but the shop is completely empty right now, so don't bother looking.) And I was looking for opinions on what you guys thought of the design. I'm planning on selling soap and jewelry, and this is my soap label. The blank spot in the middle is to put which soap it is. Also, do you guys think I should add that text in my graphics program, or hand write which flavor of soap?

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Remember Kids Case Modding Is Dangerous! on: June 22, 2008 04:47:39 AM
So, my dear sweet wonderful husband is going to teach me how to build computers, something that I have never been able to find anyone willing to show me. Well what kind of crafter would I be, if I didn't tell him to hold off on ordering the real computer parts, while I modified the case?  Taking inspiration from The Steampunk Workshop, and my shiney new Xclio case, I decide the first task to undertake is to cover her with copper leaf. This sounds very safe, and mundane, RIGHT up until I'm leafing the top, go to lift my hand up, and hit it on the side where you're supposed to attatch important computery bits, that is mostly rough edged holes in metal, I curse, and look at my hand, to be welcomed with, a flap of skin covering a quarter inch deep gash in my pinky finger, that luckily was at a pretty sharp angle, so I didn't get to see my finger bone. (one of my goals in life is to NEVER see my own bones, 24 years, so far so good)  I took care of it at home, because all I was going to get at the hospital was a bandage anyway, and two days later it looks like most of the skin flap is going to reattach itself neatly, yay!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Knitting Project NOT A SCARF!!! on: March 26, 2008 07:53:47 AM
My first finished project, my furry rediculously bright purse. I kinda made it up as I went. Knitted on size 8 needles out of purple and lime green "angel hair" yarn from Joann's (their sensations brand)

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / First Recon: Waist Cincher on: March 26, 2008 07:23:58 AM
A few years back I mail ordered a corset, unfortunatly, it had bra style cups, that would not acomadate my chest, and was WAY too small. The thing had been lurking around the back of my closet for years, never worn. So I cut it apart, and reworked it as a waist cincher. The black satin, boning and gromet strips are all from the old corset, the purple was a quaterflat from Joann's, the trim is from an old pair of jeans...and the laces were stolen from my husband's spare pair of boots.

I ran out of boning so the back is actually all soft, hence the funny wrinkles

This is actually my first ever finished clothing project, I used the corset as a pattern, and it was all sewn by hand, because my sewing machine and I have been feuding for a couple of years now.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How to fix a blanket? on: January 13, 2008 08:02:35 AM
Okay, my mom gave me an old crocheted blanket that used to belong to my grandma, that had a tiny spot that was starting to unravel, which would have been an easy fix. BUT, my cat found the little bit of yarn facinating, and manage to seperate the blanket from itself, before I could make with the easy fix.  My camera is dead right now, but, the blanket in question looks like the one here (or it did before it was damaged):


But with about a foot long tear (for lack of a better word) between two of the stripes. There's a long bit of yarn dangling from it, and neither of the edges of the tear have unraveled. I left the yarn incase i could use it in the repair, and moved the blanket to the top shelf of my closet so it couldn't tempt my cat. I don't know how to crochet, at all, and my sewing skills don't go much beyond a basic seam mend. How can I fix it? How much do I need to learn to do so?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Duct Tape Reupholstering? on: April 09, 2007 05:22:32 AM
My hubby and I moved into an apartment shortly after getting married, with almost no furniture, we were talking about buying a couch one day, and when by some devine intervention, we go out to the dumpster, and someone had left a black pleather couch just sitting there to be thrown away, it wasn't in the greatest condition, but hey, it's free, so no complaints. It had a lot of tears in the pleather, and we tried taping over them with electrical tape, it matched well, but isn't the stickiest stuff around, and hasn't proven to hold too well. Last night, durring a cleaning/couch repair session (more electrical tape) I mentioned using duct tape, then, it dawned on me, why not cover the whole thing in duct tape! The idea: black duct tape (i like the black couch) covering all of it, with an undecided contrast color (probably red or blue) used to make nautical stars on the back, one per cousion thingy (two total, it's a small couch) Has anyone tried this? Is it worth spending the money on the duct tape? Or would the $60 be better spent on a thrift store couch?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Gothic Geisha Hair Stick on: March 23, 2007 03:32:30 PM
I got some new beading supplies, including a way nifty hair stick. The stones are garnet and quartz. So here it is my Geisha inspired, Goth as F**K hairstick...

(Please forgive the sloppy hair, and the roots of doom...)

laying on my table

In my hair

and a closer shot of it in my hair
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / WoW Cosplay Help (image heavy) on: February 27, 2007 06:24:27 AM
Alright, I admit it, I'm a warCRACK head. And decided to dress up as my night elf for conventions (yeah...i'm geeky) anyway, I have the make-up figured out, even have a place to get the super long elf ears, but the costume itself, is my problem. Any ideas on good paterns for this? Here are some screenshots of my character.

I have a tabard pattern here, thanks to a patern my hubby bought for his ren faire costume, the deer's going to be fun though. I was thinking of just sculpting styrofome, and covering it with fabric for the shoulders (the small purple ones, not the huge ones that look kind of like wood) Everything is supposed to be leather, but i was toying with the idea of vinyl that looks like leather, and some faux suede. My only problem after that, is i'm built more like this:

but there isn't much i can do about that...and i can deal with the fact that i'm gonna look like a dwarf dressed up like a night elf...
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