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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / HELP! 36 hours to ComicCon and my Harley costume fell through on: August 09, 2012 12:46:05 AM
I had an idea for a Harley Quinn inspired Victorian costume, the skirt came out almost as I had planned, and I had intentended to wear a red and black underbust corset with it (Roethke tutorial), but with the liner I added it looks far too bulky kind of defeating it's purpose. My sewing machine isnt with me and I have no way to get to it before the con, so anything I do would have to be hand stitched. I still have a surplus of black and red fabrics but no clothes that I could just stitch together in a makeshift thing. Any ideas would be so helpful.
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Putting an image on a stainless steel flask on: December 15, 2011 02:08:56 PM
So my friends birthday is coming up in a few months and I would love more than anything to give him a Cthulhu flask. I was originally going to get a flask engraved to have the picture on it (I already have the flask, it's stainless steel) but according to my engravers it would run me about $50 just to get the image into their computers and then another hundred or so for engraving and I'm poor. I know I could just put a sticker or something on there, but it would eventually wear away and would only look cool for a week or two. I want something as permanent as possible, color isnt completely necessary but it would be nice. I have till March to make this a reality, any suggestions would be really appreciated.
* Edit to remove image link that wasn't working *

Ia ia, much love Dearies
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Forktopus necklace on: October 13, 2011 12:27:23 PM
I was out shopping yesterday and saw a necklace made out of a fork. So, instead of spend $14.95, I got a fork out of the kitchen, bent it up with jewelry tools and wire cutters, glued on eyes and added a length of hemp for a chain.

Let me know what you think  Cheesy
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Preserving a signed cane (ABNEY PARK) on: April 10, 2011 02:35:38 AM
So I was at an Abney Park concert and got the entire band (and their infinite amazingness) to sign my cane. It's a polished (or stained) body with a brass cobra head on top, all the signatures are on the wooden part. What's the best method for making sure the sharpie never comes off, even if I keep carrying it around. I was thinking of coating it in a thin layer of resin, would that work?
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / OH NO! MY BF'S SICK! (a nose clearing potato soup with room to make it your own) on: February 14, 2011 07:21:07 PM
So happy Valentines day to me, my boyfriend has fallen ill. So I asked him this morning if he wanted me to make him some soup (everyone needs soup when they're sick) and he seemed pretty happy about the idea. I usually make this pretty fattening delicious baked potato soup, but I figured that wasnt really what he needed just now, so I made a variation. It came out very colorful and tasty

Ingredients (I dont believe in measuring so these are all what I guess them to be, really it's all for your individual tastes)

3 large red potatoes 6 small purple potatoes
4 medium yukon gold potatos
a bulb and a half of garlic (NOT individual cloves) minced
2 tables spoons of each rosemary, parsley, sage, and oregano (again, go by your tastes, this was pretty strong but my guy, roommate and I all thought it was pretty good)
Between a quarter and half a gallon of milk, depending on the thickness, I used about a quarter gallon.
Half a large red onion (I'd guess this was about a cup and a half) chopped
about half a cup of butter
about a quarter cup flour (optional, for thickness)
About a cup of shredded gouda
About a half cup mozarilla

1.) First things first, stab a few holes in each of the potatoes and either bake them in the oven or microwave them between ten and fifteen minutes. Let them cool enough so you can touch them without pain and chop them into varying sizes. You can do them uniformly if you want, but I think the textures a bit better if you have them vary. Set them aside.

2.) Now, saute the onions and garlic in a little bit of butter until they are soft, while they are cooking add the herbs in and continue to cook. Once the onions begin to brown take them off the heat and put them in a bowl. (at this point the smell made my roommates very interested in what I was doing, we have a fondness for garlic here)

3.) Melt the rest of the butter in the pan you wish to use to make the soup its self, I used a dutch oven. Once melted stir in the flour, it'll make the soup thicker later. Once that's all mixed add in your garlic, herb and onion mixture. There, you have the base for your broth Smiley

4.) Add in your milk, stir it constantly, do not stop, it will burn. Cook on medium high heat until the milk is hot, but not boiling.

5.) Stir in the medely of potatoes, go slowly so it doesnt splash. That's never fun to clean. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes, to rewarm the potatoes and have them fall apart a little to thicken the soup even more. I like thick soups.

6.) Lastly, you stir in the cheeses. The original recipe called for cheddar but it doesnt melt quite as well as these.

Michael said he prefered this version to the original, he was pretty stuffed up so it was something that he could actually taste. All the garlic and onion helped to clear up his nose as well. (also like every young man on earth he eats like a black hole and he was full after only 2 bowls, so it is pretty filling). Last time I made something like this I added in finely chopped sundried tomatos, to mixed reviews. I thought it added a nice tangyness, but the picky eaters/men in the household didnt really like it as much as my female roommate and I. It's all up to you from now dear crafter, go nuts.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Isolde Blouse by Dracula Clothing on: January 08, 2011 12:51:51 PM

Does anyone know of a pattern or tutorial to make something like this. Mostly I just like the collar
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for personalizing a trench coat (a very colorful plead for help) on: November 19, 2010 06:51:15 PM

Okay so I have this trench coat


And if you dont want to look at the link
Jacket Description:

*Floor Length
*Black, silver eyelet accents
*Corset laces on the sleeves, about 2 inches from the elbow to the wrist and on the back
*Some sort of stretchy denim like fabric
*Zips up the front, from about 5 inches below the waist to about 3 inches below the collarbone, no zipper pull
*Slight wear at the hem
*Eyelet design on the waist
I got it for my birthday a bit over a year ago, and much as I love it I think it needs a bit of a change. So far I've changed all the laces to have purple ribbon, and added some decorative red thread to the collar along with a patch that says "zombie" on the left elbow to cover a hole. I'm open to pretty much any suggestions and am willing to do pretty much anything to it. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

I already have a sewing machine and about a million colors of fabric, a few patches, all that's necessary for knitting, crocheting and embroydery, beads, clay, buttons, skies the limit I just need ideas

Thanks a million
<3 Lasha
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / I'm designing a 90's themed table for prom... on: February 04, 2010 09:30:21 PM
The theme is "Timeless", every table is going to be from a different decade. We've got the 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 70's, 80's, 90's and Future (I'm dressing up as a zombie from the apololypse). What does everyone think I should do for it? It just has to be school appropriate.

All I know for sure is the centerpiece is going to be an hourglass.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: November 15, 2009 12:04:08 AM
I'm in a serious panic right now, my fiance didnt have much money when he proposed but he got me a ring all the same. Its not that fancy but I still love it, and the rock (not a diamond thank god) just fell out. I just spent the last hour crawling across the floor in search of it but I have no idea where it went.

So first off I need to know what to do to find a decent replacement (it was some pearly stuff before that I think may of been mother of pearl and was a small, flat oval)

And second, I cant afford to go to a jewlery repair place, so how do I fix it on my own. It looks like it was held in place with some sort of glue the first time around. The band is silver and there is an indentation for the rock to sit in.

here are a few horrible web cam pictures I just took. Now if I can get any advice I'll be eternally grateful
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / My cell phone got hit by a car on: October 06, 2009 05:05:46 PM
 I just cant bring myself to throw out all those fun little electrical bits, do you have any idea how fascinating the keys are from the INSIDE! really, its like bubble wrap with a piece of metal over it.

Pictures arent working right now but it was a black motorola razor

So anyone have any idea what do do with this?
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