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1  Re: Bachelor Party T-shirt in Weddings and Bridal Showers by perianmellon on: April 21, 2009 07:47:49 PM
Thanks everyone ^_^

I'm really jealous that he's going to a Video Games Live concert too.  We had tickets a few years back, but the concert was canceled last minute!!

Here's a close up for details

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2  Bachelor Party T-shirt in Weddings and Bridal Showers by perianmellon on: April 21, 2009 01:47:48 PM
So my future husband's friends are kidnapping him on Friday night (shh, its a surprise... good thing he doesn't ever read craftser ; p) to take him to VIRGINIA (we live in upstate NY) for a Video Games Live Concert.  I decided I *had* to make him a t-shirt that announced to everyone "I'm getting married" and increase his chances of getting called up on stage for one of their interactive segments.

incidentally... it is really hard to put a veil on a chain chomp  Wink
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3  Re: impossible stencil?? in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by perianmellon on: December 15, 2008 07:57:17 PM
ok here's what I've got so far. 

I think I've identified the general... "furriness" as my big problem.  I can't figure out how to simplify her fur enough so that the stencil is easier (relatively) to cut, without losing her mopey expression. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
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4  impossible stencil?? in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by perianmellon on: December 15, 2008 02:22:43 PM
Last year I made a t-shirt for my sister that had her grumpy cat, Nobu, on it:

This year I wanted to make my sister in law a tshirt with this picture of her mopey dog, Lola, on it:

but for some reason I can't get the image right!  I've been playing w/ Gimp for 2 hours now and can't seem to get something I think will stencil well.  Is this picture just too complicated? 
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5  Colors/theme for a May wedding? in Weddings and Bridal Showers by perianmellon on: March 29, 2008 08:43:14 PM
So the fiance and I have decided that it would make the most sense for us to tie the knot in May '09.  I originally had my heart set on a fall wedding, but nursing school does not seem like it wants to let that happen ; p 

We're thinking about doing a brunch reception (the wedding has to be on a Sunday for religious reasons and I can stuff myself and my guests silly on french toast, bagels and lox, and mimosa's and still save big $$ Wink ) I have so many neat ideas/things to craft but I'm really really struggling with colors!  I have no ability to tell which colors look good together and am making myself cross eyed staring at little colored squares trying to picture what they'll look like on dresses/flowers/invitation/everywhere!  I'd really like to avoid some of the more... um pastel colors associated with spring, but would still like a bright/airy feel.  I'd like to have a sort of garden/country look to the whole shindig.

So far these are the two color blobs I like the best:

(inspired by kitkabbit's gorgeous bouqet - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=53280.msg1307479;topicseen#msg1307479 )  I used this awesome palette generator (http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/colors.php )that extracts colors from photos and then tinkered with the color levels in the gimp until I was happy

Are these too dreary?  Any ideas on a third coordinating color (perhaps some shade of green?)

(edit because once you start to share your planning details with craftsters its really hard to stop ^_^)

Here's my ring (teehee):

And what will most likely be my dress:
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6  Challah braiding ^_^ in Recipes and Cooking Tips by perianmellon on: February 22, 2008 04:59:15 PM
I found an amazing video online on how to do the 6 braided Challah and thought I would share since a) I've been battling w/ my challah braiding for a while and this video was the key for me to finally understanding how to do it.  b)My result tonight was so pretty!! ^_^

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22p3wIHLupc

Bread: Grin
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7  Re: Mochi? in Recipes and Cooking Tips by perianmellon on: February 22, 2008 04:30:48 PM
Mochi is actually rice pounded into... well its kind of a sticky mess at first : p it can be sweetened to fill with things like ice cream or sweet red beans or kept unsweetened and toasted for adding into nabemono (pot dishes like sukiyaki, etc)

It's traditional in Japan to make mochi at New Years as an offering, like so: http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y135/Pandabonium/bonium/Kagami-mochi.jpg

I've only ever made it with my host family in Japan, and it was an intense (and seemingly dangerous) process.  It basically takes two people, one with a huge hammer, who alternate rearranging the rice/dough and pounding it with a hammer.  Here's my fiance making some mochi at my friend's host family's house:

You can supposedly make it from mochiko (mochi flour), which can be found in most asian grocery's, but I haven't had too much luck this way.  If you can make it to Trader Joe's, their mochi ice cream is really good. 

Just a quick warning, mochi is slightly dangerous since its sticky and hard to eat.  I wouldn't feed it to little children or the elderly.
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8  Toad T-shirt! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by perianmellon on: August 09, 2007 07:31:39 PM
My first successful t-shirt stenciling, I made the stencil myself from an image I got off line + some gimp tweaking.

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9  Toby's Castle (cat scratcher/condo/tree) in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by perianmellon on: July 31, 2007 07:10:14 AM
Thanks to a lot of awesome inspiration from craftster (like https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=47711.0 and https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=114627.0 ) we just finished what we're calling "Toby's Castle"

It's made of wood, mdf board, some free carpet we found, sisal rope and a quick tube.  Most of it is nailed/carpet tacked, but the top part is thanks to the wonders of gorilla glue.  Home depot was out of liquid nails so we decided to give it a shot instead, and it's definitely a miracle glue.
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10  Cable madness!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by perianmellon on: April 09, 2007 07:30:53 PM
So I just recently learned to cable by making one of princess_philo's Shannon bags (http://princess-philo.livejournal.com/22889.html) and am now completely obsessed.

Here's my finished Shannon bag:

And a pic of the lining (cause sewing is a *really* big deal for me  Tongue)

Then I used my knew cable skills to make Hello Yarn's Irish hiking scarf (http://www.helloyarn.com/irishhikingcarf.htm) for my mom (done just in time for spring )

You'd think at this point I'd be interested in changing it up a little, but nope... I just knit a swatch of this: http://girlfromauntie.com/patterns/simple-celtic-cable and am now trying to figure out how to work that into a pattern for a small throw pillow cover.  I predict that by this time next year everything in my apartment will have a cable knit cozy ^_^
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