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1  Our "Gone with the Wind" Save-The-Dates in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Calliel on: December 30, 2009 02:51:31 PM
So, my fiance is a filmmaker, and we are both huge movie buffs. With that in mind, we decided to have a slightly movie-themed wedding. (Not TOO theme-y, but little touches here and there.) We decided long ago that we wanted our save-the-dates to be funny--a little less formal and elegant than the rest of the wedding. One very awkward photo shoot (because we kept laughing) and many hours in Photoshop later, here is the result:

What do you think? Smiley I'm pretty happy with how it came out! He loves it, so I'm happy.
If you don't know what the original looks like, here's a reference:
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2  Re: Outlander Swap Rd. 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calliel on: May 26, 2009 10:27:29 PM
Okay! I finally got pictures of Selkie's gorgeous package, WHEW! Sorry it took so long--moving is a pain in the, er, posterior...

First, a Box Of Goodies! The box itself is really gorgeous, too. We have here silver bangles (one says "Believe" and the other has little lines on it), Claire and Jamie's knitted stockings--very cute, Book of Kells temporary tattoos (I can't bring myself to use them!), a Taurus embroidered patch (for Jamie), and her sweet card.

And the inside of the box...lucky me, it's full of GEMS!

And then...the gigantic Book. It's a notebook, filled with all different kinds of paper and lots of memorabilia from the books. I took pictures of 8 of the pages, but there are tons more!

Isn't it awesome?? Thanks so much, Selkie, and thanks to everyone else for being so patient while I got these photos together! Smiley
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3  Majolica Marimekko-inspired casserole and Postal Service-inspired vase in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Calliel on: May 07, 2009 10:35:11 AM
These are both thrown earthenware, fired to cone 04, with majolica glaze. I love majolica because you can work with it like it's paint. Mmmmm.

This is a small (like a meal for two people) casserole dish. I wanted it to evoke sort of mod, Marimekko-style prints, so I took the time to draw out the patterns and paint them. It took FOREVER, but I'm really happy with it!

This is about a foot-high vase inspired by the Postal Service song "Such Great Heights." I love birds and tend to put them on everything. I wish I had more views for you; I'll see if I can get some more pictures. This one was really fun and stress-relieving to do.
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4  Some random porcelain and stoneware vessels in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Calliel on: May 07, 2009 10:31:17 AM
I didn't want to give each of these a separate thread, so they're all here. But if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Porcelain vase, cone 10, with my own shino carbon trap glaze, sprayed

Porcelain bud vase, cone 10, with hickory and walnut ash glaze

Porcelain bud vase, cone 10, altered, with copper red interior glaze

Porcelain mugs, cone 10, altered, with celadon glaze

Porcelain bud vase, cone 10, with copper red glaze

Stoneware pitcher, cone 10, with green celadon glaze and wax resist

Stoneware pitcher, cone 10, with Shaner butter and tomato red glaze inlay pattern

Stoneware pitcher, cone 10, with Emily purple and Shaner butter glaze and wax resist

Porcelain tea bowls, cone 10, with my own shino carbon trap glaze

Stoneware vase, cone 10, with sunflower seed ash glaze

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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5  Robin teapot and cup "eggs" in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Calliel on: May 07, 2009 10:23:54 AM
This was half of my final for my ceramics class this semester: a tea set. I decided I wanted mine to be inspired by a robin. So I made the little egg cups first, and then made the pot; and while the pot was still wet, I pushed the eggs into it, so they would nest underneath it. I glazed the eggs with a speckly blue and the pot with red and brown. I'm pretty happy with it! It's not that useful because of the tiny spout and little cups, but you can use it, if you want to.

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6  Porcelain glaze-inlay series in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Calliel on: May 07, 2009 10:21:45 AM
This was half of my final assignment for my ceramics class this semester. I threw four porcelain vessels and then altered them; after firing (cone 10) I glazed them in a cobalt glaze that I mixed. I waxed designs onto them, then scraped away all the glaze that wasn't covered by wax, and then dunked it in that pale blue celadon glaze. It's called "glaze inlay." I'm pretty happy with them, although I think the third one is too busy; I like the simpler designs on the first and fourth.

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7  Sugar and creamer set (stoneware) in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Calliel on: May 07, 2009 10:19:02 AM
I threw this sugar/creamer/tray set for an assignment for my ceramics class. It's stoneware, fired to cone 10, glazed with a color called Tender Lavender. The tray was two small circular ones, thrown, and then I cut off the ends and attached them together before I fluted it. I'm pretty happy with how this set came out!

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8  Re: Junk Jewerly Necklace Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calliel on: March 13, 2009 09:43:22 PM
OK! So I am super duper sorry that I couldn't get these photos up before I left for spring break. But now I'm back (ugh) and I have pictures of the sweet haul kmac sent me!

First, of course, the necklace (it would be rad if I could take a non-blurry picture):

It's made from a bit of gourd she used for something, how cool is that? I love the patina wing and the little bird! (If you have the key, can you post it? I don't have access to a scanner right now to post the one you sent me...Sad)

But wait! There's more!

A mini gourd drum!

Super awesome! My boyfriend has been playing with it for days.
And my favorite part, EARRINGS!

I'm on a huge non-matching earrings kick, and I love these! I wore them all over in Florida. Smiley

Thanks so much, kmac! This stuff is awesome. Oh, and as promised, here's the key for mine:
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9  Hpnotiq Cocktail Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Buttercream and Pineapple Gele in Dessert by Calliel on: February 12, 2009 11:02:59 PM
This is my first try at a cupcake recipe of my own! It was adapted from several others; you can read all the gory details on my blog, if you want. But I thought I'd give you guys a photo and recipe here. These were INSANELY delicious, probably the tastiest cupcakes I've ever made, and very beautiful. They're particularly yummy with a Hpnotiq cocktail to match! Wink

Hpnotiq Cocktail Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Buttercream and Pineapple Gele

Makes about 18 cupcakes


1/2c unsalted butter, room temperature
1c sugar
2 large eggs
2c all-purpose flour
2tsp baking powder
1/2tsp salt (I like sea salt)
1/4c Hpnotiq liqueur
1/2c sweetened shredded coconut
1c crushed pineapple, drained VERY well (I squeezed it in paper towels before adding it)
Food coloring (I used Wilton Professional Icing Dye Gels in Teal and Royal Blue, just a tiny smudge of each)


2 large egg yolks
1/4c pineapple juice
1/2c Hpnotiq liqueur
1/4c sugar
5tsp cornstarch

1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
1/4c milk
2tsp vanilla
2c powdered sugar
1 1/2c sweetened shredded coconut
(Reserve extra coconut to toast for garnish.)

1. Toast the coconut for the garnish. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, spread a thin layer of coconut over a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the coconut reaches your desired doneness. I like mine dark brown and crunchy, but you may not. Your house will smell great!
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt with a fork. Set this aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until it's light and fluffy.
4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each.
5. Measure out the Hpnotiq into a small bowl or glass.
6. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the Hpnotiq to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. (I did 4 additions of flour, 3 of Hpnotiq.) Blend thoroughly after each.
7. Mix in the coconut and pineapple.
8. Add the food coloring, if desired. I used only a tiny bit of each gel color; about the amount that would fit on the end of a toothpick.
9. Fill cupcake liners 1/2-3/4 full. (They rise about an average amount; I keep mine on the low side to make room for the gele later.) Bake 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
10. Place on a rack to cool.

1. In a small saucepan, whisk together egg yolks, pineapple juice, Hpnotiq, sugar, and cornstarch.
2. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and slightly bubbly. (Be careful! It will seem very thin, and then thicken all at once. It took me about 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on it.)
3. Remove from heat and let cool while you make the frosting.

1. Beat the butter until smooth, making sure to scrape down the bowl.
2. Add the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
3. Add the coconut and beat until it's combined thoroughly.

1. Cut a cone into the top of each cupcake with a sharp paring knife. Set these aside; you will need them.
2. Fill each depression with gele.
3. Replace the cones. They will fit! Don't worry if they don't line up perfectly; the frosting will cover it.
4. Pipe frosting on top of each cupcake. I purposely avoided going out to the edges, because I wanted to show off the blue color. I used my sweet Williams-Sonoma mechanical pastry bag, but you could easily just use a Ziploc with the corner snipped off. (That's what I used until Christmas.)
5. Sprinkle with toasted coconut, and garnish with a piece of dried pineapple, if you wish.

That's it! They're incredibly yummy--enjoy, and please let me know what you think if you make them.
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10  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R4 FOCR R4 Gallery of ♥ LOVE ♥ in The Swap Gallery by Calliel on: February 10, 2009 04:51:14 PM
I received yesterday from taerowyn! Sorry I've been so lame about posting pictures--I couldn't get to the camera until today.

I received her wonderful knit flower hat, as well as the slide pendant that was the object of so much speculation in the other thread!

She tossed in a really cool heart-shaped handwarmer, an adorable card with a border collie on it (super cute dogs!), and three wonderful chocolate ladybugs! Sadly, one of the ladybugs was injured in transit, but I quickly put it out of its misery.

And I apologize in advance for this photo:

See, I'm going to look like a dork no matter what, so I might as well make it intentional. (Anyone see that episode of Friends where Chandler keeps ruining the engagement photos with his creepy smile? Yeah...)

Thanks a ton, Taerowyn! The hat has already been the object of many oohs and aahs Smiley
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