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1  Pink Ribbon Basket cake with fondant in Dessert by AllygatorintheElevator on: October 22, 2008 11:34:47 AM
Hi Everyone,
My mom is a breast cancer survivor, and we've been doing the Making Strides walk every year for the past 6 years. This year, my friend Jen and I decided to make a cake for my mom using the pink ribbon theme. My mom also loves Longaberger baskets, so we decided to incorporate that in as well. this is what we came up with:

Here's a close-up of the side:

This was the first fondant cake either of us had made, and we're pretty pleased with the results. We made marshmallow fondant, and the cake is a vanilla butter cake with sprinkles inside. The buttercream frosting was also made from scratch.
We ended up with a lot of extra fondant (We originally werent sure how much fondant we'd need, so we made the recipe x 1.5) so we decided to make another cake just to use up the rest of the fondant. It's creepy witch hands holding a book:
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2  Guitar Pick earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by AllygatorintheElevator on: July 12, 2006 02:52:28 PM
Hi people. this is my first time posting in the jewlery section. I went to southwest Ireland with my college a couple weeks ago, and found these amazing guitar picks while shopping in Tralee. I immediately thought they would make great earrings, so i bought 4 of them; two to play with and two to make earrings out of. They were 50 cents euro each. so yesterday i bought some earring making stuff at jo-anns, and it was on sale!
i cut equal lengths of chain, attached them to the earring part, then attached a larger loop to the bottom. to poke holes in the picks, i heated a thick needle with a candle and then poked it through. it went fairly easily, and the excess plastic came off really easily. i then put the picks through the bigger loop thing and closed. the total cost for everything was under $5, and i still have plenty of chain and earring parts left.

(technically the flag is green, white, and orange, not the other way around, but i wanted the picks to look the way they do. i looked it up though, and found that the OLD irish flag was orange, white and green, so technically i'm not wrong)
and on:

thanks in advance for looking, and let me know what you think!
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3  Red Summery Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by AllygatorintheElevator on: June 02, 2006 02:33:28 PM
So I found like 10 yards of red cotton-ish fabric in my closet (I'm not actually sure what kind of fabric it is), and since dresses seem to be very in this summer, I decided to use some of the fabric to make one. I dislike patterns, so I just kind of winged it.

The skirt part is a half-circle skirt, the top is altered from a shirt pattern I had, and I just sort of guessed on how to make something to connect them in the middle. The back part was just awkward, so I cut it up the middle, added two red elephant buttons to the the top, and had the zipper part start from the middle of the back. I also dislike zippers, and the directions that show how to install one, so I made that up as I went too. Part of the back is just kind of open, which I like, but you can see my bra when wearing it, so I may need to figure out something to do about that. The dress also needs to be hemmed. I've been putting it off because I'm dreading hemming it.

excuse the fact that it needs to be ironed Undecided
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4  Re: Don't touch that squirrel's nuts! in Halloween Costumes by AllygatorintheElevator on: October 14, 2005 05:25:23 PM
ok everyone! the costume is complete! went to the fabric store, cut, and sewed it all this afternoon. didnt use a pattern, because 1. there arent acorn costume patterns, and 2. even if there were, i wouldnt have used one because i dislike following patterns. it took about 3/4 hours to do everything.she was so excited and happy when it was done. i even let her pick out the fabric ($2/yard sale fabric for the bottom), and push the pedal on the sewing machine. she also especially loved the plush stomach. she'd randomly say "i'm fat!" and laugh when she was wearing it.
here it is!

when she wears it for halloween, she'll have brown pants, shoes and shirt, of course.
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5  Re: Don't touch that squirrel's nuts! in Halloween Costumes by AllygatorintheElevator on: October 03, 2005 02:25:57 PM
ok, i really wish i had asked for ideas before i started making it. the sandwichboard thing is genious! for the acorn cap, i'll prob use the sled as a mold, and make it out of paper mache and then pop it out of the sled.

here is a sketch of what i'm thinking it's gonna look like.

thanks for the suggestions! keep them coming!
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6  pink prom-ish dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by AllygatorintheElevator on: August 22, 2005 11:14:14 AM
hi people! i made this dress earlier this year to wear to a friends prom. i designed it myself, and didnt use any sort of pattern whatsoever.

i started with the middle section, and used a ruler when measuring the fabric while doing the ruching, or whatever it's called. i hand sewed the side zipper in, mainly because i havent figured out how to do it on a machine yet, but it's very well camoflaged and you really cant tell that it's there. i did the top last, and it was the hardest part. i think it probably could have turned out better, but i was satisfied with it. the dress is fully lined with a light pink fabric. the ribbon across the hip/waist area covers up a lot of the ugly visible sewing, and was also hand sewn on. i also took the leftover ribbon and glued it to my shoes with fabric glue. i dont have a picture of the shoes though. i dont really have any good full body shots of me wearing it, so the picture of it on my dress form will have to do. it ends just below the knees.

let me know what you think!
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7  Re: first post ever! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by AllygatorintheElevator on: August 18, 2005 07:16:37 PM
wow, was that your first time sewing on sequins?
i have to tell you, i've been sewing for quite awhile
and have no real understanding exactly HOW you
sew on sequins!  that looks great and really dresses up
the already cute cotton fabric-
it's one of those skirts that you can now wear day or evening
b/c of the sequins.  great job!  Smiley

yeah, it's my first sequen sewing adventure. i have a skirt quite similar to the one i made, so i just looked to it to see how the sequens should be sewn. i drew a little diagram to show you how i did it. hope this helps!
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8  first post ever! [skirt with sequins] in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by AllygatorintheElevator on: August 18, 2005 06:34:16 PM
so, i've been lurking on here for a little while, and i finnally decided to join.
i made this skirt after being inspired by this post with tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=44683.0
i got the fabric on sale for $3 a yard at jo-anns and bought a 59 cent bag of like 800 gold sequens. the skirt took like 2 hours to make, but sewing on the sequens individually by hand took atleast 4-5 hours.

the fabric has a little bit of shimmer to it on parts of the pattern.
a couple of my friends spent like $70 for a solid colored skirt similar to this, which is just crazy. making your own is so much cheaper, and more fun!

btw, the sequens are only on the front half, and i used about 230 of them
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