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1  silk chiffon patchwork- am I nuts? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by RachOfTheJungle on: April 28, 2010 07:07:45 AM
I got a bunch of squares of gorgeous, very lightweight silk chiffon. I want to stitch them into a patchwork scarf. The patches would be large, maybe 10"x8" each. Have I lost my mind?

I'm thinking about getting a spool 1/4" ribbon, sandwiching the seams on both sides, and topstitching so that the scarf looks good on both sides. And as far as the hem goes, should I just do a rolled hem? What would you do?

Do you guys have any suggestions? Should I try another technique?

Thanks sooo much!

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2  Re: Doctor Who and Spinoffs round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RachOfTheJungle on: December 07, 2009 07:26:12 AM
Hi all-

My package from AbsurdAnnekuh came Saturday:

They are charms made from repurposed Scrabble tiles and two (cherry?) lollipops. My favorite tile is the one of 10's All-Stars.

I know I promised the file for the Adipose stationery, so let me go post the file to my Flickr and I'll be right back!
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3  Re: Doctor Who and Spinoffs round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RachOfTheJungle on: November 20, 2009 06:20:50 AM
My DC# says my package was delivered Wednesday, so I assume it's safe to post pics! Sorry for the low light, ya work with what ya got! Here is what I sent AbsurdAnnekuh:

The whole package

The little guys are getting beamed back up to the mother ship: Adipose stationery! (15 sheets, 10 envelopes)

This fella is also waving hello on the front of the envelope near the seal.

And my finest achievement, the Dalek washcloths! I used this amazing pattern: http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/who/dalekcloth.html The page says "exfoliate, exfoliate!" Hahaha!
In an attempt to make dueling Daleks, I tried to reverse the pattern on the white one (to mix it up a bit) so I ended up with a few mistakes on that one :-/.
I painted this TARDIS jewelry box.

I made an abstract interior inspired by the inside of the TARDIS from the new series.

And finally, some iron-ons featuring AbsurdAnnekuh's favorite quotes from Doctor who and Torchwood. (The ones I printed out are flipped, don't worry!)
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4  Re: Doctor Who and Spinoffs round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RachOfTheJungle on: November 07, 2009 06:10:13 AM
I have some teaser pics for my partner:  :-D

There are some other things included but I thought this might be fun to play the "guess what this is" game...

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5  Coin pearl/knotted leather necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by RachOfTheJungle on: October 14, 2009 04:51:39 PM
I saw a necklace like this in a boutique, and as per usual for a Craftster chick, said, "Ooooh I could make that!"

After taking a few liberties with the design, I came up with this:

Closeup of the pearls used

Necklace on

hanging on wall. Here you can see I used two strands of dark brown leather: One strand has four knots/pearl bundles and the other has five.

For the tips, I used JB Weld to secure the caps on the ends of the leather cord.
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6  Commissioned Cakes- basketweave with lighthouse and chocolate birds... in Dessert by RachOfTheJungle on: September 10, 2009 09:26:11 AM
Bringing desserts to staff meetings as a friendly gesture has led to a couple of (paid) commissioned cakes as word of my baking got around.

Not gonna lie, I am unabashedly a "fame whore" for people complimenting/enjoying my food... anyone else out there the same way? It's hard for me to accept other kinds of compliments but I absolutely eat up (hahaha!) kind words about my kitchen handywork. So when someone actually *paid* me to bake that to me is the highest praise of all!

Anyway, here are my latest. I got to take a theme and run with it. Both cakes are layer cakes with buttercream icing. Recipes below pics.

A farewell cake for a birdwatcher heading south for the season:

And a cake for an anniversary for someone who can't get enough icing! This couple also loves their beachside summer home so I tried to reflect that with the handmade chocolate lighthouse, basketweave pattern, and creeping rosebushes.

My fave white layer cake recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Creamy-White-Layers/Detail.aspx SOOOO good with none of that unfortunate "cornbread" taste that I find in so many homemade cakes. The cake has an A-mazing crumb, texture, and perfect moisture level.

For my buttercream, I just cream butter with powdered sugar, a tiny bit of salt, and enough cream to get a good consistency. Vanilla or almond extract is also added, chocolate powder to color/flavor.

If you are addicted to layer cakes, please share your work and/or recipes!
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7  Unicorn sex mural prank... (im)mature content! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by RachOfTheJungle on: May 04, 2009 05:40:42 PM
Hee hee hee...

My housemate went away for the weekend, and my friends and I decided to play a little joke on him...


We've talked seriously and very un-seriously before about what I should paint on his wall. This is sorta a gross version of some of the un-serious things we said I should paint.

I used washable finger paints. I tested on part of the wall, let it dry, and it wiped off quite easily with a sponge!

Here are some in-progress shots and the final result, which took about 1hr-1hr15min to complete:

Sorry for the poor lighting; my friend could use some more lamps!

Hope this made you smile :-)

PS My friend is due home in like an hour. We're thinking of camping out int he halway and playing "Dreamweaver" when he comes home, just to set the mood for sparkly unicorn sex!

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8  Bjork, Ned Flanders, and Poison Ivy costumes in Costumes: Completed Projects by RachOfTheJungle on: May 04, 2009 09:24:44 AM
For Halloween, I made my own costume (Poison Ivy!) and I also did a costume for my friend, who went as Bjork. My boyfriend went as Ned Flanders :-)

Even though I liked my costume a lot, my friend's Bjork costume was definitely the hit of the evening. He ended up winning Funniest Costume at a bar contest. I won Sexiest! Sadly I dont have any good pics of my final costume, but Ive got plenty of my friend.

First, we bought a handmade tutu from someone on Ebay. I could have made one easily by taking strips of tulle and knotting them around a braided ribbon, but I dont have a good fabric store nearby and I was running low on time.

Next, I took a pair of white tights and stuffed one of the legs with craft filling and cut off the other. Then I sewed black beads on for eyes. I made a beak with a sheet of orange felt and attached it to the end of the tight leg to finish the head.

I cut a triangle of fabric off of a white tshirt to make the body of the swan. Then, I took a white boa and covered the white triangle. I just used large whipstitches so it didnt take much time at all. I then safety-pinned the body to the skirt.

Here is a final (and deeply disturbing) shot. We topped it off with makeup and a black wig. The socks were his idea. Honestly, I am glad he elected not to shave. I think it adds to the effect.

Hope you enjoy!
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9  Re: Red Dwarf Swap 2.0 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RachOfTheJungle on: May 04, 2009 08:30:54 AM
If anyone is interested, heres the file I made in Photoshop for Cats This is Mine spray. Feel free to print it and make your own. Its made to fit on a standard body spray bottle, like the kind youd get from bath and Body Works or similar.

It's displaying small on this post but if you download it and then open it, you can have the full-size image and also read the note from Cat about his product and usage instructions. :-)
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10  prank on housemate, need help with paint or similar in Discussion and Questions by RachOfTheJungle on: May 02, 2009 05:39:38 AM
OK so I want to play a prank on my housemate. I was thinking of painting something crazy on his bedroom walls while he's away, like unicorns mating or something. I wasn't sure if I could get away with using tempera paints, watercolors, finger paint, or similar and then washing it off later with a sponge.

He has orange walls.

<-----like that

I have until Monday.

Whaddya think?

UPDATE: I did it... MUAHAHAHA! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=303657.msg3473542#msg3473542

PS Of course I will help clean up/remove the image. That is, if he doesn't want to keep it!
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