Wednesday, September 1, 2010

9/1 Handmade Picks of the Week

I'm a total bonehead and completely forgot to post my superfly handmade picks last week! So I'll be doubling up this week which means you get to see even more awesome choices all in one little bloggy blog. I'm also including links to these shop's Facebook Fan Pages as well so you can keep up to date with all of their DIY goodness.

First up, for all you book fiends out there, is this super cool and totally convenient book pillow from Inverness Studios! Rest it on your lap while you read away and it will even keep your place should you nod off! Check out her FAN PAGE too!

Once again I need to sing the praises of these amazing hand carved stamps from SkullandCrossbuns. My newest favorite is this bad ass Devil Horns stamp. ROCK ON, my friend, rock on! FAN PAGE <-- like it!

Another one of my all time favorite designers is aNGrYGiRL Gear. This ooak purple tartan corset is to DIE for! So tough yet with a touch of femininity....LOVE it! Check out her FAN PAGE too!

This adorable upcycled plaid lace flutter sleeve top from Smarmy Clothes is definitely going on my birthday wish list. It's so cute and I love the lace accents *makes grabby hands* "Like" her FAN PAGE to see her latest and greatest creations!

Platipuses makes some amazing clothing for girls with curves. This sweet little paisley dress is just one of the many wonderful things Plats offers in her shop. Check out her FAN PAGE as well!

Last up is for all you Harry Potter fans: Snape Memory Bottle Necklace from The Clay Pony. You know you can't resist it!! Go "like" her FAN PAGE for more of her awesome accessories.

And remember: to find more super funkilicious handmade items just search the tag "craftanon team" on Etsy!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

8/17 Handmade Picks of the Week

This week is all about the tees!! I love t-shirts and own more than I need, but these are tempting me to break out my wallet and grab some more!

First is this amazing handmade black and grey knit tee by EyeScream.

Next is the super cute hand painted Zombie Kitty tee by RockytheZombie.

And the last tee is for all of you tattoo lovers out there! By JenellsRevenge.

Want to see more great clothing, accessories and art?? Search the tag "craftanon team" on Etsy!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

8/10 Handmade Picks of the Week

I've got two super cute handmade picks for you this week.

The first is this adorable newsprint bag from Warning Label Creations.

And the second is this ruffle top by Poppys Wicked Garden, perfect for those upcoming fall evenings!

Want to see more awesome handmade items from the talented Craftanon Team? Just search the tag "craftanon team" on Etsy!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

CraftAnon4Charity and Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research

This week's handmade pics are special because they all come from our team charity shop CraftAnon4Charity. Team members donate items and all proceeds go to the featured charity.
Currently we are supporting Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, a wonderful organization that devotes it's time to rehabilitating wildlife effected by oil spills. This is a concern for many people with the current spill in the Gulf.
The great part about this shop is that you will receive an awesome handmade item while knowing that you helped out with such an amazing cause. Win, win!
So...on to the goodies!
This adorable little pair of Pretty Pansy undies would make any gal feel sexy! Donated by the lovely miss Lex of SmarmyClothes.

Or how about this awesome Pirate Tee handpainted by the super talented Rocky the Zombie? You know you would totally rock this shirt!

And if you're looking for something a little more edgy, then check out this cute and creepy Spider Necklace by NightsRequiem.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

7/21 Handmade Picks of the Week

It's time again to delve into the magical word of DIY and share with you some of my favorite items from the Craftanon Street Team on Etsy.

Ok, so seriously, who WOULDN'T want a frickin ninja in their pocket???!!! This tiny needlefelted ninja can go with you anywhere and make you even more awesome than you already are. Brought to you by DameNamedRedd.

Goonies never say die!! Show your Goonie love with this cute little tube dress from KuteGurl Klothing.

Versatility is a girl's best friend. This jersey necklace by PoppysWickedGarden caters to many of your accessory needs - necklace, choker, bracelet - you name it!

As always, search the tag "craftanon team" on Etsy to find more team member's awesome handmade items.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

7/14 Handmade Picks of the Week

I've got three more wonderful CraftAnon Team members to highlight this week. These three are completely different but equally awesome :)

First is Ms. Mara, the turquoise goddess of Indiscretion . Indiscretion offers clothing and accessories that are fun and whimsical. Right now I'm loving this crocheted Rainbow cowl.

Next up is this gorgeous flower headband made for your not so typical bride by EclecticBride.

Lastly, is a shop full of wonderful handcarved stamps by Emily of SkullandCrossbuns. This Bling Skull Stamp is pure money, baby!

Don't forget! CraftAnon Team has many wonderful alternative DIYers, you can find their goodies by searching the tag "craftanon team" on Etsy!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

7/6 Handmade Picks of the Week

Ahoy matey! If you love the sea then these nautical inspired necklaces will surely keep your inspiration afloat!

The first necklace is by TheClayPony and features a beautiful star compass.

Next up is this beautiful necklace by CandiedStrands. The wire pendant reminds me of a ship's wheel!

Last, but not least is this fun little necklace featuring and anchor and ship wheel by kisszombies.

All items are by CraftAnon Team members. More member's awesome handmade items can be found by searching the tag "craftanon team" on Etsy!

Monday, June 28, 2010

6/28 Handmade Picks of the Week

Another week, another awesome mini collection of handmade goodness.

I have been eyeing this Dark Rhapsody - Gunmetal Charm Necklace from NightsRequiem ever since she listed it. I love the layered chain style and that big gorgeous turquoise gem!

Kezbirdie makes all kind of wonderful things: hand painted shoes, clothing and bags but I am in love with this finger knitted scarf!

Who doesn't love a serial killer with a heart? Show your adoration with this lovely Dexter Pendant from KalliopeKreations.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

6/23 Handmade Picks of the Week

Here are this week's handmade picks. I love searching through these shops for my favorite items. It kills time, it's kinda like window shopping and I get to discover some amazing DIY talent!

First up is this badass hoodie from Stitches & Stones

Next is this necklace I have been eyeing forever by SyntheticSeduction

And the last pick this week is an absolutely amazing dragon necklace from AfterMidnightDesigns

Check out all three of these shops for more kick ass clothing and accessories!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Handmade Picks of the Week!

Three shops I think you should check out on Etsy...each amazing in it's own special way! I found my favorite in each, just click on the links to see their shops :)

I'm a sucker for black & white and this messanger bag by CDChyld is no exception!

This girl is one of my favorite Etsians and persons :) HeartSizedCrush's tattoo inspired jewelry is truly, well, inspiring!

Another one of my favorite people and the most amazing designers I know, aNGrYGiRL Gear makes the most bad ass corsets, hoodies and shrugs.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Wanna See My Lastest Cake???

Check it out at my new blog location HERE!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Poisoned Creations Giveaway!

My friend Kim is the beauty and brains behind Poisoned Creations.
She makes gorgeous clothes and accessories for the rockabilly/pinup crowd.

Some of my favorites are her pencil skirts:

And her fascinators:

Right now she is holding a giveaway on Facebook to win this gorgeous bustle:

So please please please fan her Facebook Page by clicking HERE and tell her Faboo sent you!! Then you can join in for your chance to win as well!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Clearance Sale!!!

It's time to clean out my brain and spark some creativity! The best way to do that is to get rid of the old stuff - so now through Sunday, all items are marked down to move!!

Check it out at Fabulously Fierce

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It's Moving Time

Now that my website is up and running, I will be moving this old bloggy blog over there. I'll probably double up for awhile and then fade this one out, so if you want to stay up to date please follow the new blog!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Final Cake!

Tonight was the last class for Course 3 and it was fun, fun, fun! The only requirement was we had to make a 2 tier cake, beyond that we had free reign. I went with fondant, because it's my new best friend. Originally I had wanted to make a red and black marbled cake, but sadly my order of fondant didn't make it in time and all I has was white cake it was. I was pretty undecided on what I wanted to do with my cake when I got to class, all I knew was I wanted to make some fondant roses. My black fondant came in right before class, so being the dark and twisty girl that I am I made black roses and sprinkled them with black cake sparkles.

I decided to keep my cake kind of simple and classy, so I added black fondant bands at the bottom of each tier and made a gum paste/fondant skull applique with more sparkles for the top. Being obsessed with all things red and black I had to add a few red details with the little bow and some red buttons.

So here is the final product, I am very much in love with it!

Friday, February 19, 2010

I Freakin LOVE Fondant!!

After a couple week break I am back in action with the cake decorating classes. I started Course 3 last Thursday (yes, I skipped Course 2...long story short, they don't offer them in order but you can take whichever class you want after finishing Course 1). The first class was a lot of talky talky with a little bit of piping work but nothing too exciting to talk about. Last night though, we started fondant and let me tell you, I am in LOVE! I instantly took to it and had a ton of fun messing around although it is a bitch on the wrists.

We started the class making fondant roses which came out so much better than the buttercream roses I attempted a few weeks ago. I love the fact that I can play an active role in molding and shaping these roses to make them look exactly how I want them to. I'll break down the process for ya: First you have to knead your fondant until it's nice and malleable, then you can work in the coloring...I chose purple. Then you roll it out until it's super smooth and about 1/16th of an inch thick. Next you use the handy little rose cutter and cut out three shapes like this one:

Once your shapes are cut out you take a weird tool that looks like a plastic pencil with a ball on top and you thin out the edges of the petals and make them kinda wavey.

After you do that to all three of your cutouts you place them one by one onto the rose center shown here:

You can use vanilla extract, water or vodka to brush onto each petal and then you gently curl them up and around the center until they stick where you want them to.

Once all your layers are on and sticking well, you can pinch and pull at the petal to get the look you want, this was my finished creation:

After working on a few roses, it was time to cover my cake with fondant. Again you have to do a lot of kneading and rolling, making sure you have it big enough to cover your entire cake. Then you roll it onto the cake and start smoothing, smoothing, smoothing until you can't smooth no more! I was pretty damn proud of how my first attempt came out!

Once my cake was covered, I colored more fondant, this time going with a gorgeous blue color that I decided to leave a little bit marbleized cuz I thought it looked cool. I cut out strips for the ribbon and bow and a bunch of stars to applique on my cake and voila!! I love, love, love how it turned out. I was even proud enough to take to work with me today to show my coworkers :)

I can't wait to do more with fondant, I see very fun projects in my future!