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21  COOKING / Dessert / an edible birthday present with an edible gift inside on: July 29, 2008 01:21:13 PM
Today is my daughters 5th birthday, and I have tried my hand at making unique cakes for her in the past, but this years cake is my favorite. I'm sure someone must have done this already, but I've never heard of this being done so I'm very excited about it. I decided to make her a present cake; what says birthday like a neatly wrapped gift?

I used frosting with sprinkles so it looked more like wrapping paper. and I flattened/ streatched out air heads candy for the ribbon. I'm sure there is probably a better way to do this but I was limited by what I could find at the grocery store late last night (Yes, I am a terrible procrastinator). I flattened out a white air head, cut it up, and wrote on it with a toothpick and red food coloring to look like a gift tag.

But who wants an empty birthday present? So I cut a hole in the middle tier and hid a candy necklace inside the present-cake. it's under the gift tag, so I know which corner to give her.

I'm so excited about this idea. She has seen the cake and was excited that her cake looked like a present. I can't wait to se her reaction when she finds out there really is a little gift inside.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Folk-art/4th of July dress on: July 05, 2008 07:32:44 PM
I wanted to make my daughter a dress for the fourth of july, but I didn't want it to look like she was wrapped in a flag. I found this fabric at walmart in the dollar bin, and thought it had a nice country/old-timey look to it. Unfortunately, after hand-sewing all the square together for the top, I realized that the cheap checkered fabric was a really low thread count and coming unravelled  Angry. Well, I had put too much time into it by this point to just quit, so I went back over them again, added some fabric glue, and sewed buttons on all the corners in an attempt to reinforce them. In my favor, I don't sew much, so I didn't think about quality of the fabric, but you live and you learn. Despite my poor choice in fabric, and ammeture sewing skill, I really like how it turned out. And more importantly, my daughter loves her new dress. What do you think?

23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / V.I.P. Scarf (4 pics) on: May 06, 2008 11:50:03 AM
When my mom passed away, she was working on a blanket for my Grandmother. I took what she had done and assemblyed it into a throw for her couch with matching pillows. I had some flower squares left, and wanted to use it for something special. Inspired by taloola's blanket,
I decided to make a patchwork/crazy quilt kind of scarf. I asked my family/friends to contribute by making me a square for christmas. Many people learned to crochet just for me. It's four feet long, and I can always add more squares in the future.
I feel very special.
Very important people in my life contributed to this scarf. So without further adu, My VIP scarf!...

24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I need help making this dress. on: April 11, 2008 06:47:21 PM
A friend of mine recently gave me this fabric to make my daughter a dress...

I was totally excited about it, and at once had a general idea what I wanted it to look like. I thought a pattern in this basic shape would be easy to find, but I've searched the internet for hours and can't find a thing. If someone could direct me to a similar pattern (or even a good place to look), then I think I should be able to tweak it a little to get what I want. (I hope)

the top/ neckline isn't as important because I want to make a little fur caplet/ shawl type thing to go around the shoulders (that matches the fur trim), That I was able to find, but I can't find a pattern anything like this anywhere. Can anyone help me?  Cry

Oh yeah, I need a childs pattern Abt. size 4 or 5 Thanks!
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / TOOO many scrunchies!! *pic heavy* on: March 27, 2008 09:13:40 AM
A while back I went crazy crocheting hair scrunchies. No, really crazy! I couldn't even wear half of them. I have a small head, and my hair is so thin and straight, many of them overpower my hair. I have already given away about half of the ones I made, but I figured I'd post the ones I still have.
My favorite one is more like a doily than a hair tie.

more with beads




26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Macrmaed plant hangers *Many Pics* on: March 22, 2008 10:44:18 AM
I've been making these for a while, I give most of them away. I just made this one for a friend and decided to show off some of my others as well...

Here is my "candy caneish" plant hanger (the pot I currently have in it is too small)

here's my big one, but it's kinda hard to see

27  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / looking for a good beginner pattern. on: February 21, 2008 10:37:29 AM
I am thinking about trying my hand at quilting. My best friend wants a quilt for her bed. I have old black, deep wine red, and ivory silk sheets, that match her room perfect. The problem is, I've never made a quilt before. I want it to be a more adult romantic quilt. Not a funky country type quilt. They may look cool, but it wouldn't go well in her room. Can anyone offer any patterns/ideas? Remember, I have never made a quilt before, so it need to be super easy.
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Autumn necklace on: February 11, 2008 04:08:59 PM
I bought these glass leaf beads a while ago, and wanted an acorn bead to make a necklace. I eventually took a lampwork bead class and learned to make my own glass beads. so I finally made my glass acorn bead, and made a chain from some copper wire and voila...

forgive all the pictures, I'm just really happy with it. Grin
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Magic cards tote *pic heavy* on: February 11, 2008 02:09:06 PM
My husband plays the card game Magic. When we go out of town, he is always taking his cards with him. So for Christmas, I made him a custom magic card tote. He LOVED it! I was pretty happy, because it took forever to complete. But I am really happy with the finished product. I copied the backs of magic cards and decoupaged a lunch box, and a card tin for his counters n' such.

I also made up some fake cards to decorate the box. I scanned a card, added my own picture and changed the text to something funny that describes him.  Here's an example (He's also real big into video games) It's the best I could do with my limited knowledge of paint, I think they turned out pretty good.

I also drilled a hole in a 20 sided die, and added it as a charm on the side he can use as a life counter.

On the inside I made dividers to separate his different decks, and the counter box I made. On the inside of the lid, I decoupaged a magnet to look like a card to hold an occasional rare card or trade, untill he adds it to a deck. It looks very realistic. when he saw it he was trying to figure out why this card was stuck to the lid. voila my husband's Christmas gift!

30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / tatted-macramed necklace on: February 11, 2008 12:24:45 PM
I fell in love with this stone. I had to buy it. I knew how I wanted it to look in my head, but I was having problems figureing out the pattern for it, and decided the easiest way to make it without it being too thick was to tat & macrame the necklace. Now that it's done, I've came to the conclusion that all tatting really is, is macrameing with a needle.  Roll Eyes
Anyway, I Love my new necklace. I'm really happy with how it turned out. So, what do you think?

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