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1  Rubiks Cube [img heavy] in Dessert by Zen Gwen on: July 10, 2007 04:23:27 PM
Well, I was spending some time at a friend's house recently and found myself with perhaps too much chocolate in my system and no activities planned one day. So, obviously, I decided I had to make a cube cake. Various decorating ideas were proposed - mazes on the sides, dice spots, a Borg cube - but I settled on a good old Rubiks. We be nerds.

As far as materials... I used one tub of chocolate icing, three of vanilla, some food coloring, and four boxes of white cake mix. I made four 9x9 cakes, layered them on top of each other, then measured and cut it down so that it was a cube. Well, the sides slanted a bit, but it was pretty close. I think it only would have taken two or three boxes of mix if I had a pan that was closer to the width it ended up being. So yes, there was much spare cake and almost as much spare icing, and both were consumed by my friends. In an effort to be helpful, they would have me believe.  Grin

Anyway, pictures.

I marked off where I was going to cut with red icing and a chopstick. The cake was wonderfully wiggly before I iced it, and I decided my next project is an edible Gelatinous Cube, complete with bones and armor and such inside. I'm not sure how I'll do that yet. (God I'm such a nerd. Rubiks cube, Borg, Mazes, D&D in one post. Ye gods.)

Me painting it, again, mostly with chopsticks. Took an age, hurt my knees.

And the finished product, from two angles so you can tell I did it all the way around:

It wasn't eaten until after I left, but they apparently cut out the pieces as cubes, as I'd hoped they would.

Hope you like it.  Grin
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2  Re: Back To School Knitalong in Knitalongs by Zen Gwen on: September 01, 2006 02:43:09 PM
Muahahaha, a frosh. *evil grin* I'm a senior this year. My class has resolved to reinstate freshman friday. They've already taken away our senior trip, not much else they can do beyond some detentions, lol.

Aaaanyway, thought I'd post a quick WIP pic of my Mariah.

I'm working on the first sleeve still - I've just started the second chart repeat. Have about a foot. It's looking good, but happening slowly. Maybe it'll be ready for me to wear on my first day of college, lol.
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3  Re: Geek Pride T-Shirt Swap!! in The Swap Gallery by Zen Gwen on: August 31, 2006 06:18:06 PM
I got my package from Kairichan! It's sooo cool! We agreed to both do three shirts and some other cool stuff. So, let's start with the shirts:

Check out those awesome shirts! I think the B4K4 one is my favorite. I wore it today, it looks great over a long-sleeved white tee. (They're all size large and fit just how I like them - well, but a little loose so they don't show off my chubby tummy.) There's also a cool paladin shirt (yay pallies) and a great Kingdom Hearts shirt, which I think merits a closeup.

Clever, yes?  Cheesy But that's not all! Here we have an uber-cute Trigun hat (the name of the character is slipping my mind right now), a cool tote that says Otaku on it, and the coolest plushie ever! It's a paopu fruit! YAY! Now I have my very own ultra-soft, incredibly kawaii and huggable paopu!

Aaaand, last but not least, here's a shot of the rainbowy goodness on the inside of the tote. (Notice the pocket.)

Thank you SO MUCH, kairichan! I love everything! You should be getting your package soon too, I hope you love everything as much as I love this.
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4  Re: Fill A Coin Purse Swap ROUND 6! in The Swap Gallery by Zen Gwen on: August 23, 2006 02:38:46 PM
I received from spunkyPOPmonkey today! Yay!

I opened the box and was greeted by these incredibly cute little purses:

We had agreed to each make two purses instead of one. They're both these awesome spiral-crocheted drawstring bags. I love 'em both. I can tell that I'll be using the black one all the time, too, since it's big enough to actually carry around a wallet and cell phone.

Then I opened them up:

Look at all this cute stuff I got! Starting from the top of the picture, there's some beautiful pink roving, which she suggests I try making felted beads out of. I think that's a great idea.  Cheesy Then there's the uber-cool pink and black radioactive keychain, which replaced my lame old keychain right after this picture was taken...and, of course, an incredibly cute star-shaped washcloth. I love the colors, and can't wait to try it out. I also got mini emory boards, highlighters, lip gloss (I love Lipsmackers), cute post-it's shaped like a G for Gwen, and some yummy banana candies. When I got home and opened the package, they were all warm and soft from sitting in a mailbox all day, so there's a couple missing from the picture.  Grin

I love it all! Thank you so much! Go get your package out of your closet and open it!
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5  Re: Band Cuffs pattern by Craftster's Knitwit in Knitalongs by Zen Gwen on: August 22, 2006 06:40:24 PM
I made some too.  Cheesy

They're so fun! I think I'm going to have to have one to go with every outfit.
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6  Re: Fill A Coin Purse Swap ROUND 6 (SIGN-UPS 6/22 - 7/27) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Zen Gwen on: July 26, 2006 09:41:10 AM
Thanks! I like yours too! It is so cute! My sister is OBSESSED with anime and manga... what character is that?

I actually have no idea...I just found it online. >_< I think it was someone's personal art. So it's copyright to them, whoever they are...Oh, I remember! I found and downloaded it when I was trying to find some pictures with wings. (I was trying to draw them myself....ha, like that'd happen.)

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7  Re: why, it's TOTORO! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Zen Gwen on: July 10, 2006 04:46:19 PM
Your wish is my demand.  Grin Edit: Command, not demand. o_O

Sorry for the crappy picture. I used teal, because I didn't want it to stand out too much - it turned out pretty well! My only complaint is that it's kind of shiny, so when the light hits it wrong you can't tell what it is.
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8  Band t-shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Zen Gwen on: July 07, 2006 09:30:57 AM
Now, I'm normally a knitter, but homemade shirts are big at school, and I pride myself on having the ones people can't tell are homemade. I normally use those little 99 cent bottles of fabric paint to freehand some sarcastic comment on the front, but I though I'd branch out a bit.

Please excuse the crappy photo! The yellow is a little brighter in real life. I used the MS Word Stencil font on size 200 (how do they expect us to make a decent stencil with size 72? It's like half an inch tall!) I printed it out on freezer paper, and used a couple layers of the brightest yellow fabric paint I could find.

So, any comments? I'm pretty proud of it. It's my first stencil.  Grin
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9  Irish Hiking Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by Zen Gwen on: July 03, 2006 03:07:59 PM
This is the first FO I've posted on craftster. Grin

I made my Aunt a green Irish Hiking Scarf for Christmas. A little early? Yes. But I am a known procrastinator, so it's a breakthrough for me.

I used two balls of Paton's Canadiana - I think the color was called Forest Green. It's a bit shorter than I wanted, but I have no more of the yarn! I never thought I'd need more than two balls for it.

A closeup of the cables:

So, what do you think?
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