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41  Re: Pimp My Craftster Name R2 -- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by fishie on: September 12, 2007 09:02:20 PM
Picture time!  I just got back from California this evening (I went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium!!!) and my package was in the mail box waiting for me!

Octipii made me this awesome tote bag with some beautiful patches:

A fishy necklace!

And a t-shirt with a stenciled reef scene!

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42  Vegan Piggy Cake (w/ semi-tutorial) in Dessert by fishie on: August 10, 2007 05:43:30 PM

A luau-themed birthday party is getting thrown at our house. The birthday-ee is into cake decorating, and made a lego-cake for the most recent birthday in the household.

I couldn't help myself.

I turned this:

into this:

I had a bunch of leftover fondant, so I made lettuce to hide my powdered-sugar mess:


   1. Get a cake mold vaguely resembling what you want to make and make a cake. I bought some pretty good cake release from the craft store, and it made it REALLY easy to get the cake out. In fact, all I had to do was turn the mold upside down and it just slid out. Instead of greasing and flouring the pan, just squirt some cake release in and brush it around.
   2. When the cake is done being baked (and this will probably take A LONG TIME if you have a deep mold), let it cool for about ten minutes, then cut off the curved top. This top is going to be your bottom, and it needs to be flat to sit right.
   3. After the cake has cooled, carve your shape. My cake ended up being in the oven for about an hour and a half, so it was nice and hard and easy to carve. Try to be as neat as possible.
   4. Ice it! All the "cake decorating" instructions I found said to use butter cream. I don't even know wtf butter cream really is, I just made some icing: 1/4 cup margarine, 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar, and about 2 TB soymilk, along with a splash of vanilla extract (since I was making vanilla frosting). Use a thin layer, and spread it as evenly as possible. Use the icing to smooth out any cake blemishes.
   5. While letting the icing set, get your FONDANT. You can get sugar fondant from a craft or baking supply store. I bought white, because I wanted to color it myself, but you can buy it pre-colored. A little bit of coloring goes a long way, and all you need to do is knead it in. When the fondant is the right color, get a rolling pin and roll it out so that it's slightly bigger than the surface of your cake (include the sides when measuring), and so that it's about 1/4 inch thick. Use powdered sugar to "flour" your surfaces so the fondant doesn't stick.
   6. VERY GENTLY place fondant on the cake. Smooth it out, make sure you don't have any air bubbles, all that good stuff. When you have the fondant on your cake all nice, carefully cut along the bottom to get the excess off.
   7. Use the excess to make embellishments, and use your icing to "glue" them to the cake.

Don't let this seem overwhelming if you want to give it a try!  I'd NEVER done something like this before, and without even a tutorial it was pretty easy.  Fondant is VERY forgiving.  So if you want to try, DO IT!  Cheesy
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43  Re: Fitted Knits-along ? in Knitalongs by fishie on: August 04, 2007 07:46:48 PM
I finished my two tone shrug last weekend at Crater Lake:

I love it, even if it doesn't match anything Grin
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44  Blossom: Recycled Jeans-Bag in CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES by fishie on: August 01, 2007 12:36:19 PM
I'm not experienced with stencils (yet!) and whenever I try to decorate things, they end up looking cluttered and scary.  So I went for simplicity with this project:

My friends know I'm crafty, so before they head off to the thrift store to donate old things, they ask me if I want to dig through their stuff first.  This was a pair of capris, lined with some fabric my grandma gave me when I was learning to sew about 15 years ago, and an old 1970's button I swiped from my mom's sewing kit when I was little.  The strap is the leftovers from a leg that I narrowed up and sewed to the sides.

Don't mind the wet spot, I was a little impatient to take a picture after ironing on the DIY patches!

Close-up of the flower.  I cut the shape out of two pieces of fabric and sewed them together onto the bag through the button.

These bags are fun, fast, and easy to make, and most of the hard work is already done for you!  Just sew the bottom of the jeans together at the crotch, make the strap and sew it on, and then add the lining.  Viola!  You've got a recycled bag complete with pockets!
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45  Re: Fitted Knits-along ? in Knitalongs by fishie on: July 26, 2007 10:42:00 PM
I cast on my two-toned ribbed shrug on Sunday, and I'm just now picking up the outer stitches for the last bit of ribbing.

^that's an older picture I took a couple days ago.  I'm knitting the smallest size in lion brand cotton-ease on size 6 and 4 needles. 
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46  Re: Thong-Th-Thong Along in Knitalongs by fishie on: July 21, 2007 01:02:18 AM
Okay, it was bothering me how BIG this thing was, I just ripped out the waistband and redid it.

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47  Denim Corset in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by fishie on: July 21, 2007 12:59:03 AM
I FINALLY put the placket on that corset I made somewhere around 4 or 5 years ago.  A long time ago, my mom had gone to the store and found some denim drapes on sale and figured I'd like to use them as fabric.  I did!  I used one of them to make this, now that the placket is on, I can WEAR it!   Cheesy  I made this when I worked in a costume shop, and this was my first corset, and I was lucky enough to have the help from a wonderful teacher.  I was able to alter the pattern to fit me better, and all that bias tape and the string?  I made it from scrap fabric.  Yay!

I used the leftover fabric to make a jean skirt I wear all the time, but I don't have pictures of it yet.  I'll definitely post some once I get them!  I used Simplicity 5726.
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48  Re: Thong-Th-Thong Along in Knitalongs by fishie on: July 17, 2007 09:47:01 PM
Finished my lacy thong in about 6 hours!

Anybody else notice the error in the lace pattern?  That hole on the bottom left is not in the right spot!  I was a dork and didn't take my swatch seriously, and ended up with a waistband that would fit about four of me.  So now I have a drawstring thong! 
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49  30-minute evening bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by fishie on: July 15, 2007 03:34:27 PM
My roommate had agreed to be a friend's date to a wedding at the last minute, and 30 minutes before she needed to leave, she wanders into my craft room dressed in her evening gown asking me if I had a small black purse.

I'm pretty masculine when it comes to accessories.  I don't even have a wallet, I just shove everything in my pockets.  I asked her why the heck would I have ANY kind of purse, and why did she need one.  She's like me, and normally puts everything in her pockets too, but the evening gown didn't have pockets.

Hm.  I told her to hold on.

twenty-three minutes later, I handed her this:

Okay, so that's a bit of a lie.  I got the body of the bag done in time, but by the time she needed to leave, it was still without a strap.  I cut off a rectangle of fabric and sewed it on really fast, promising her a better strap in a few days.  Last night I finished it, and it only took about 10 minutes.

This is the first bag I've sewn, and it's all nice and interfaced and lined and everything.  Yay go me!  Cheesy
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50  Re: Pond Friends Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fishie on: July 13, 2007 07:15:36 PM
I finally got my package (Why did the mailman wait until 6 to come today???) and I love EVERYTHING psmommy sent me!  I'm serious when I say I was giggling in the empty room I opened it up in.  LOTS OF PICTURES FOLLOW!

Here's everything!  My package included:
A koi shirt in my favorite color
A crochet fishy bag
A goldfish suncatcher
Stitch markers
An expanding towellete thing (I'm afraid to take it out of the packaging!)
Two balls of yarn psmommy hand dyed herself along with a set of crochet hooks (I've been wanting to learn to crochet)
A catfish/lily circular needle holder
and a card with a LOON on it! Cheesy

Close-up of the group

The stitch markers (I LOVE THEM)

Yarn and crochet hooks

The fishy bag (I was giggling like a school girl at his floppy tail)

The fishy bag is ALSO a hat!

The needle holder is SO beautiful.  And now, I can turn THIS:

into this:

There was just enough space for all of my circs in here.

Yay!  Thank you psmommy!  Cheesy
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