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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bookbag on: September 14, 2008 05:05:41 PM
made my daughter a bookbag, both she and I love it. it has magnetic closures because i wanted it to be easy for her to open & close it ( she's 5 ) and it's elastic in the front so it keepks the stuff from falling out. the front has a kangaroo pockets for tissues and such. and best off all, the shoulder straps are soft cotton and padded, since the biggest complaint of store-bought bookbags is how much they hurt her shoulders.

i didn't use a pattern, just went along with it after a rough sketch of main ideas.
 Embarrassed the bow is still pinned on, i'll sew it on eventually.

2  COOKING / Dessert / Congrats RN cake on: August 13, 2008 03:52:15 PM
I threw a BBQ to celebrate my successful completion of my licensing exam ( which makes me a registered nurse ), and since i couldn't bake my own cake since my over is vintage and broken, i just had to buy a cake, but i'd be darned if i wasn;t going to decorate it with a stethoscope. i really wanted to make the "R" letter wear a nurse cap, but i didn't get any red icing,

it's nothing special, and it didn't even taste great, but it's my first attempt at " decorating " a cake.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / what to do with border print fabric? on: August 05, 2008 10:17:34 PM
i bought a few gorgeous fabrics with a border print on top and bottom, and while i was looking at the fabric i knew that i would have a hard time actualy utilizing it, but i still bought it anyway.

well, a few days ago i decided to sew a dress using one of the fabrics and it was an absolute nightmare. all the skirts arch at the hem and all the bodices arch on the top. how in the heck do you use fabric with a straight border?

and pattern advices?

i know you can just gather the skirt, but i don't fit well into puffed skirts.
4  COOKING / Dessert / if you like cream puffs/ Profiteroles ... on: May 02, 2008 05:45:56 PM
i drool over these everytime i open the page, and i will finally make them tonight. so what if it's past my bedtime, i want Profiteroles darn it!

here is the link and pictures for you drool over until i make mine, which shouldn't be long.


So I made them, and unfortunately, everything went wrong. i shall attempt them at a later time
here are my "puffs" that never did rise to be puffs and even the cream went wrong so they are ice"cream" filled.

5  COOKING / Dessert / in dire need of an EXCELLENT cake recipe on: April 11, 2008 06:06:38 PM
i want to make my daughter a birthday cake, and i am in search of the most awesome care recipe.  all i can find are books on decorating, and i already know how i'm going to decorate it, so to me the TASTE is far more important. i haven't found anything interesting yet. is there like a recipe for world's most delicious cake?

i just hate hate hate regular cake, so dry, so common. i dont bake cakes mostly for that reason, i cannot find one i like enough to make.

<-- one picky biotch  Roll Eyes 
6  COOKING / Dessert / Boston Cream cupcake on: April 10, 2008 01:34:51 PM
this is a boston cream ( creme? ) cupcake from some cupcake book by dede something or the other.

it' made up of :

Dunkan heinz's (sp? ) Super Moist Butter Recipe CAKE MIX
Vanilla Creme custard filling
Chocolate ganache top

I made the same exact recipe in a mini-cupcake form for my birthday last fall and it tasted MUCH BETTER then a full sized cupcake.

7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / fondant sculpting question ? on: April 06, 2008 10:04:42 AM
i'm making my 5 y.o the dreaded cinderella cake.

i have no problem with the base ( dress bottom ) but i'm clueless as to what to do for the top portion. i do not want to use a doll's upper body, because 1) it's corny 2) the bottom will be way too big

so i need something to sculpt her upper body, it doesn't have to be so edible- i doubt anyone will eat it, but it HAS to be realistic and  most importantly her face. if i'm going to do this it will have to be done right.

what can i sculpt and paint that will not crush the cake base under it?


in the even that I forgo this cinderella fiasco, i was thinking of making her a sheet cake with a minnie mouse imaging, similar question- what is the best material to use, both background and actual painting, to paint a realistic looking artwork? gels are too thick and do not dry

thank you for any help you can offer
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / new Burda april preview - drool on: March 07, 2008 04:53:05 PM
have you seen it ?  Shocked all i could say is WOW! i have never liked a whole collection, just a few pieces, but the april issue - i wanted to wear everything!

i have to hunt it down here in new york. anyone have a fav store in the city that sells international sewing mags ?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / what is the current style in Miami? on: February 05, 2008 05:25:29 PM
i"ll be down in miami for a long weekend and i have no idea what to sew up. i'm from new york, and here we pretty much wear what the heart desires, there is no such thing as "crazy" because crazy is normal. but i'm not going to wear my winter clothes in miami and i want to look descent.

should i sew up dresses? pants w/ blouses? what's the trend/ style of miami?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / peeved- no good patterns for the young crowd on: February 05, 2008 04:32:49 PM
just venting my frustrations at the lack of good stylish patterns for 20-something year olds. and i don't wan tot hear that it's because there is little interest from this crowd, as craftster proves this theory wrong.

even the project runway collection from simplicity is horrendous. everything is a moo-moo shaped tunic.

am i just not aware of a pattern company for the "cool" kids? i'm so tired of dull creations. and i'm not about to quit nursing school to join FIT just to be able to draft something up.
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