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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Wedding craft bonanza (super image heavy!) on: March 15, 2010 06:49:16 PM
That's adorable! The hole punch/contact paper idea is pretty brilliant.

Where did you find the champagne flutes? We were thinking of doing something similar that said "Drink me" but have had a tough time finding affordable ones.

The invitations are great, too. I love the font! 
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Sing to the clouds on: August 23, 2009 09:52:29 PM
I think this one is finished. I may have to look at it for a couple of days to be completely sure.
Inspired by lyrics from a Michael Franti song: "I believe that what you sing to the clouds will rain upon you when your sun has gone away"

It's done mostly in acrylics, with watercolors for the girl, and polymer clay for the little hearts and the bucket. I cut the cloud and the hill out of foam board, which took 2 or 3 attempts and was more trouble than it was really worth, but I'm pretty pleased with the way it came out.

Here's the best close-up I could manage to show some of the details. Her tiny rain-boots are my favorite part!

And a full shot. For some reason my little camera does not take very good pictures sometimes. I get to chose between out-of-focus, or washed out with the flash.

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." on: July 14, 2009 11:30:00 PM
i'm busy planning an alive and wonderland theme for my 21st birthday and i came across this image from the disney couture runway show
it's kinda alice themed clothing but still looks mostly like nice formal wear

I LOVE the stacked furniture in the background!

And that has to be the best interpretation of the Tweedles that I have ever seen. EVER.

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / It's Pajama Time! on: June 18, 2009 10:21:26 PM
I just finished this one for my fiance for Father's Day. I'm pretty proud of it, being that watercolors are typically the enemy.

It is inspired by this book which is just amazing. Read it.

Little Q strikes this pose every time the animals in the book say "It's Pajama Time!" which is every 2 or 3 pages. One of these days he's going to get too excited and punch somebody in the face by accident.

I love those boys. Smiley
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: CCC - Crafty Chessboard Centerpieces! on: May 08, 2009 10:42:02 PM
What a great idea! And I don't think your cake idea is hokey at all! (Although I am biased, we are doing Alice in Wonderland and I want chess king and Queen cake toppers too!)

Have you thought about doing the whole chess set made out of chocolate? We've come across some molds online that don't appear to be TOO labor intensive... And I don't recall crosses on the tops specifically.

If you want to go a little more traditional, you could always try the checkerboard pans. You could frost it any way you want, throw the toppers on it, and it will still fit the chess theme when you cut it open!

I think it's a lovely idea and the sentiment behind it is very sweet also. (Not to mention I would NEVER have recognized those as candlesticks if you hadn't said so. How terribly resourceful! I am impressed!)
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." on: May 02, 2009 04:07:43 PM
(Also, your icon is amazing...)  Grin
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." on: May 02, 2009 04:04:31 PM
I just wanted to say.. creepy. I could have written this thread. LOL

That's great! It makes me feel... less insane. I am staring to worry I'm taking on more than I can really handle, unless I want to quit my grown-up job and wedding plan/craft full time  (Trust me, I thought about it...)

Although I have to ask, because everybody keeps asking me: "So are you going to dress like Alice?"

I REALLY like the idea of old barrel keys... I hadn't even thought about them in any sort of large quantities! I was going to do one, next to a bottle tagged "Drink me" setting on a table with whatever I decide to use as a guest book. 
I wonder if they could be MADE instead of acquired?  Polymer clay perhaps? then spray-painted and antiqued?

These are cute, (Perhaps without that "key to my heart" tag,) but more than we were really wanting to spend per favor. Our budget is unreasonably small though, so perhaps they are not to expensive for "normal" people.

This might be fun too...

You might try Freecycle for keys too. That's part of my plan for teacups, although I haven't had time to start looking there yet. You never know what people are going to find cleaning out grandma's attic. Smiley
8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Fun with Fondant: Super Mario Galaxy cake (foto fat) on: April 22, 2009 07:24:19 PM
You are amazing! Smiley My six year old (and his father  Wink ) would kill to see this brought to life in our house... (I learned to stop showing them things I find on Craftster after they demanded Transformers Halloween costumes that actually transformed...)

The lava looks great! I'd say you were a pretty good sport about his criticisms too... After hours of work, I would have been tempted to tell him to make his own darn lava!

Are you at all worried what he's going to come up with NEXT year?
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." on: April 17, 2009 10:01:49 PM

I thought I might share an update of what I've been scheming lately.

Here is the ginormous idea-board I've been spending too much time on at work this week.  Wink

I REALLY love the dress in the top right corner on the blue background, but they don't seem to make it anymore. In any case, that's the style I'm going for. I think I've settled on White with a blue sash for me, and blue with white sashes for the bridesmaids. I sort of want a tiny top hat... I don't care if it's inconsistent, I still want one.  Tongue

Flower Girl will probably be a miniature (and more adorable) version of my dress.

Boy wants an "ivory" tux with coat tails. and a top hat of course. Smiley We're thinking groomsmen in pastel vests with bow-ties... 

I'm dying to make those Martha *shudder* Stewart tissue poms! They remind me of giant dandelions. I keep picturing giant flowers towering above all the guests.

I have not been able to find tea cups online for what I consider to be reasonable prices. I have two hypothetical solutions to this:
1. Search Garage sales and thrift stores and begin to assemble a HUGE pile of mismatched china. Pray they will be cheaper than the ones I looked at on eBay
2. Hire someone to cater the tea service and bring their own damn tea cups.

I found a company in the Denver area who will provide option number 2 for $500 for groups of over 100 people. I just would rather not have all of my guests line up at what looks like a portable Starbucks counter...

If I cannot provide tea cups as favors, I think we'll do sugar cookies shaped like Hearts, Diamonds, Spades and Clubs, and glazed the appropriate colors.

I'm dying to do a bottle of wine labeled "Drink Me" at each table. I have construction paper, and appropriate rubber stamps already.

I want chess king and queen cake toppers, and considered doing chess boards as some of the centerpieces, (cheap at garage sales and perhaps possible entertainment value also...?)

I also want to do a big wooden sign. One with lots of arrows, Some of them more practical than others:
This way, That Way, Up, Down, Parking, The Loo, The Reception, The Shortcut...etc.
I originally wanted to try my hand at an "alternative" bouquet option, but the recent suggestion of big white daisies certainly does speak to me.

A good friend of mine also made a suggestion on the subject of giant chess pieces:
"A few bishop chess pieces could be appropriate. (Or you could just ask Matt's mom (she is performing our ceremony) to only move diagonally...)"

So far so good, I guess. Boy is beginning to wonder what he's gotten himself into. Smiley

10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Help finding candy molds? on: March 10, 2009 07:58:50 AM
Does anybody know of a reputable website to buy candy molds from?  I've used ShopBakersNook.com before and loved them, but they don't have what I'm looking for.  I need playing card suits or chess pieces...

I found a few websites that carry them, but I have trouble trusting a product photo that looks like this:

Has anybody had decent luck with other websites?
Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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