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Marie Porter is an award winning Cake Artist, author, and spandex costumer. Her current cookbook titles include "The Spirited Baker", "Evil Cake Overlord", and "Sweet Corn Spectacular". Her current "Spandex Simplified" sewing manual titles include "Synchro Swimwear", "Sewing for Skaters", "Sewing for Gymnasts", and "Sewing for Superheroes". Marie is also the author of a disaster memoir, "Twisted: A Minneapolis Tornado Memoir". Marie is proud to be an Aspie nerd... Loudmouth. Eurodance fanatic. INTJ. Survived being Top 100 finalist on MasterChef USA, season 4. Blog covers food, costuming, and is sprinkled with some general geekery. (Cosplay, Doctor Who, Tolkien, and Marvel are some favourites!)

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You shall not pass… out!Here’s Baby Gandalf. <3 him!

You shall not pass… out!

Here’s Baby Gandalf. <3 him!

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So, here’s where I’m at with the Katniss gown.  Can’t get any further til I fit it to the young girl I’m making it for!

Finished the skirt yesterday, aside from some minor styling (need to pick up some portions and tack them up for more cascades!).  Started the bodice today, then went ahead and started sculpting the cage.  I sized a photo of the original dress to the right size for my little “Katniss”, so it’s absolutely accurate, and to scale!

The cage is just pinned on now, in that top pic. I still need to heat mold it to the body, then paint and embellish (and finish the bodice!) before attaching it… but I think it’s coming along well!

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thrandys-nonsense:

I figured something named Yeti would be a good time to use my favorite beer glass.  That knight is just awesome.  This is Great Divide Brewing Co’s Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti.  It’s an imperial stout, and boy it is ever.  I tried bumping up the background light to see through the beer a bit.  Nope, couldn’t do it.  Even with the whole background blasted beyond white, you couldn’t see through the beer.  Awesome!  This is nicely intense.  Lots of chocolate flavor, and lots of burnt wood flavor.  It sort of tastes like you took an oak log off the campfire, melted a nice dark chocolate bar on it, and then ate it.  Many would say that’s gross, many of us say that’s awesome.  I see nothing wrong with drinking a campfire chocolate bar.  In fact, I would buy this again.  It’s a wonderful beer to keep sipping on, I wish I were under the stars in front of a campfire right now, sipping it.
8.5/10, this is a great one to try but of course not an every day sort of beer.  When you’re in the mood for something like this, it’s wonderful!

Hubby is having fun with the beer reviewing :)It&#8217;s fun to see him go straight to Tumblr as soon as he cracks a beer, LOL!

thrandys-nonsense:

I figured something named Yeti would be a good time to use my favorite beer glass.  That knight is just awesome.  This is Great Divide Brewing Co’s Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti.  It’s an imperial stout, and boy it is ever.  I tried bumping up the background light to see through the beer a bit.  Nope, couldn’t do it.  Even with the whole background blasted beyond white, you couldn’t see through the beer.  Awesome!  This is nicely intense.  Lots of chocolate flavor, and lots of burnt wood flavor.  It sort of tastes like you took an oak log off the campfire, melted a nice dark chocolate bar on it, and then ate it.  Many would say that’s gross, many of us say that’s awesome.  I see nothing wrong with drinking a campfire chocolate bar.  In fact, I would buy this again.  It’s a wonderful beer to keep sipping on, I wish I were under the stars in front of a campfire right now, sipping it.

8.5/10, this is a great one to try but of course not an every day sort of beer.  When you’re in the mood for something like this, it’s wonderful!

Hubby is having fun with the beer reviewing :)

It’s fun to see him go straight to Tumblr as soon as he cracks a beer, LOL!

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I’m kind of annoyed that the DoS BluRay chopped up and slightly shortened the Thranduil “porn” intro.

Hubby thinks they may have swapped out the “I can wait” for a slightly different take, too.

Any other differences anyone noticed?

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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug arrived.

Had a crappy day, so asked hubby to wear his crown. Figured my Thorin boots would make nice slippers for the evening.

We may have a weird marriage.

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Progress on the Katniss wedding gown!

Have spent the last while sewing 100+ yards of two-tiered ruffle, sandwiched between two 100 yards lengths of satin ribbon. Feels good to get going on the skirt sections again!

Progress on the Katniss wedding gown!

Have spent the last while sewing 100+ yards of two-tiered ruffle, sandwiched between two 100 yards lengths of satin ribbon. Feels good to get going on the skirt sections again!

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Hehehehe MUAHAHAHAHAHA.

It&#8217;s here! Can&#8217;t wait to start an insane project on Monday! You guys will looooove it!

Hehehehe MUAHAHAHAHAHA.

It’s here! Can’t wait to start an insane project on Monday! You guys will looooove it!

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fuckingoropher:

celebrationgeneration said:Doesn’t sound pessimistic… You just sound like a hobbit :)

tbh if i could live like a hobbit i would be very happy

The world needs more hobbits!

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Tomorrow’s a big day!

No joke: Tomorrow marks the release of my latest sewing manual, “Custom Swimwear”!  

It’s written in layman terms, featuring carefully explained, step-by-step instructions and more than 250 full colour photos and diagrams!  All you need is basic sewing knowledge to get started - If you can sew a (relatively!) straight seam, you can make your own swimwear… you don’t even need a serger!  Beginner and advanced seamstresses alike can enjoy using this book… and produce spectacular results from it.

Learn how to design swimsuits that flatter any body type and how to alter patterns for shape, size, and style. Learn the tips, tricks, and techniques to make many of the design elements that can be used to design and create almost any style of swimsuit imaginable!

It may not look like springtime yet, but it IS… so it’s a good time to start learning to make your own swimsuits for the coming summer!  Please help spread the word to anyone you think may be interested :)

http://spandexsimplified.com/CustomSwimwear.html

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Yesterday, we found out that a feral cat had kittens in our garage. Today, we got to meet them!

Meet Gandalf, Indy/Tux (still debating name), Panthro, and the unnamed white/grey one. So insanely cute.

Currently trying to convince my husband to let us keep Gandalf, because (s)he curled up and snoozed in my arms for a whole hour!