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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Help me make gingerbread houses in Japan! Advice please! on: December 05, 2010 05:47:47 PM
So I am teaching English in Japan, and have been asked to do special Christmas lessons starting this Wednesday. As part of it, I want to have the children make gingerbread houses. For a number of reasons, we will be making them as decoration only.

So, we are using cardboard forms to which the children will adhere cookies and candy.

I have two problems:

1. I cannot acquire powdered sugar in economical amounts (I can only get small, expensive packets) so I need to make a substitute "icing" that looks like white frosting and dries hard

2. I cannot decide if i should cover the houses in cookies ahead of time and then let the kids put on the candies as final decoration, or if I should let them go for it.

Please help! どもありがとございます!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / silk chiffon patchwork- am I nuts? 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!

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Coin pearl/knotted leather necklace 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.
4  COOKING / Dessert / Commissioned Cakes- basketweave with lighthouse and chocolate birds... 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!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Unicorn sex mural prank... (im)mature content! 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!

6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Bjork, Ned Flanders, and Poison Ivy costumes 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!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / prank on housemate, need help with paint or similar 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!
8  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 Angel needed for Red Dwarf Swap 2.0 FOUND ANGEL on: April 29, 2009 02:45:58 PM
Swap Name: Red Dwarf Swap 2.0
Original Thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=291131.0
Gallery thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293849.0
# of Flakers: 1
"size": 1 large item, 1 medium item, and 2-3 small items

Who you will be angel-ing for:

Favorite RD Character(s): Lister maybe Or Duane Dibley.. but i really love them all equal  Tongue
Least Favorite Character, if any:
Favorite episode(s), if any: I prefer earlyer seasons, 7/8 ain't my faves.
Any special skills/what do you like to craft? (i.e. knit items, purses, jewelry, etc.): crochet/knit - make alot of bags and stuffed toys!
Anything you would particularly like? (i.e. earrings, hat, bag, etc.) I like bags, hats, t-shirts, stuffed toys,  jewlery.. most things really  Smiley
Anything you would prefer not to receive? Nope  Smiley
A few things about yourself that will help your partner make you spiffy stuff: (Hobbies, favorite color, etc.) Im wiccan, i love black, red and purple, im a television/multimedia student
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pink shotgun case for a pink shotgun on: March 07, 2009 07:29:32 AM
My brother, the hopeless romantic, bought his fiance a lovely pink .20 gauge for Christmas. (It's actually more appropriate than it sounds: my family [including my soon-to-be-sister-in-law] and I recreationally and competitively target shoot. So I think she actually wanted one!)

As badass as she is, she's also a girly-girl, thus the pink gun. My brother asked if I'd make a cosy for it. I had one day's notice so I ran to Jo-Ann's and found the perfect pink cameo fabric (my bro is in the military) and black quilted fabric, as well as sweet pink nylon webbing. The cameo fabric is that waffle-weave stuff used for PJ's. It is a pain in the ass to sew with. I was up into the wee hours of the night but it was worth it!

You can see the pink woodgrain stock of the gun here.

Handy loop for hanging the empty case. I think it's strong enough to support the weight of the gun too if she wanted to hang it as well.

I was originally going to put the pink cameo as the lining with the black on the outside for a more subdued look, but I had a change of heart, and I'm glad I did. Imagine the looks on the Good Ol' Boys' faces when she steps out on the range with this little number and whips out her sweet pink shotgun! Hope you enjoy. :-)

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Red Dwarf Swap 2.0 Gallery on: February 23, 2009 09:09:25 PM
OK partner assignments are out. I tried very hard to match people up in-country if possible and also with people who were compatible as far as crafts they wanted to make/receive. If anyone has trouble or questions, please don't hesitate to message me.

Otherwise, I can't wait to see all the super-smeggin great crafts you brilliant folks come up with!

PS I'm sure this goes without saying, but no posting items you made until your partner has confirmed that they have received their package. :-)

----------------STATUS UPDATE 5-1-09----------------------

One flake and a few late-senders, but overall a great swap. Don't forget to post all kinds of pics!

And let's all thank SamJ, who has kindly stepped in as an angel!

Status Color Key

Green=Will Send Late (moderator has received notice)

RachoftheJungle Sent late with communication (sending to Hahnasay, receiving from thelastkodama)

Hahnasay Sent 3+ wks. late but did send (sending to thelastkodama, receiving from rachofthejungle)

MrsFlibble Sent Mon. on time (sending to Jellybean313, receiving from amastra)

JellyBean313 Flaked SamJ is angel-ing (sending to amastra receiving from MrsFlibble)

Amastra sent late with communication (sending to mrsflibble, receiving from jellybean313SamJ)

thelastkodama Sent a tiny bit late w/communication (sending to rachofthejungle, receiving from Hahnasay)

Kewlmomma Sent late with communication(sending to and receiving from ammasmama)

Sent Mon. on time (sending to and receiving from kewlmomma)

Our two one swapper who has not yet sent has been given negative feedback for the time being. If they send, this feedback will be reversed.

Everyone else who has both sent/received has been given positive feedback. For the few of us still pending the receipt of a package, I will provide feedback ASAP once I have received any updates. PM me with questions, thanks!
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