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1  Fruity Bs: Baby basket with booties and bib in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by fujiiro on: July 14, 2009 02:09:48 AM

i made these a while ago (back in May! wow how time flies!) but didn't have time to post them till now. The idea for the fruit basket theme present started off with the idea of a pair of pineapple booties, which led to the development of the watermelon bib. However the pineapple booties didn't quite work out as planned, so in the end it was replaced with a pair of strawberry "sandal" booties.


I used the Bitty Booties pattern by Heather Bailey. The booties are made of 100% thin scrap leather and suede from where I work. I punched out the little holes with a round leather punch and used a die to cut the heart shapes for the strawberries. The whole thing came together surprisingly easily on my home sewing machine. I embroidered around the opening edge of the booties, just to give it a little extra bit of girlie-ness.  Cheesy


The watermelon bib is made of cotton poly twill covered with vinyl for easier cleaning. The seeds are trapped between the layers and have a tendency to shift around... a feature I later regretted, but the father-to-be is totally enamored with it, so I guess it's fine Grin I made the pocket a little wider than the bib, so that the pocket stays open and actually catches food. The neck opening looked very small (it's supposed to close with a snap) so i added some ties using left over bias binding. I thought it looked a bit odd, but the mother-to-be thought it was very hip and stylish... Grin Yay for creative problem solving!

'scuse the mess in the background of the pictures... this is what happens when the whole basement is your crafting domain (i tend to spread out onto every free surface)
Thanks for looking!
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2  Gingerbread Rabbids have taken over Christmas! in Dessert by fujiiro on: December 27, 2008 08:52:13 PM
I've developed a totally unhealthy obsession with the rabbids from the Raving Rabbids series of games.

For those of you who've played/seen the second game, the gingerbread rabbids were my absolute favourite, and i decided that when Christmas came around, i'd make a whole army of them. They've been decorated using regular icing, mini m&ms, smarties, and various "sugar confetti" and those silver and gold "dragees".

Oh, and i made my own cookie cutter for ease of mass production Grin (not pictured, but i can if anyone wants to see it)

And now... the invasion:

(these were my favourites from the whole bunch(l to r): the "dalek" rabbid, the skeleton rabbid, and the "bikini rabbid sisters")




(the second left one has sunglasses on his head, not a bra [as my aunt believed, lol])


(I even made toilet plungers for them to hold![each sold separately  Grin])


(I cut a lot of other shaped cookies as well, including some cowboy hats which were the perfect size for the rabbids)

The recipe i used was pretty simple (I don't remember where it came from, but I have a copy of it if anyone would like it), however i burned out my hand mixer when i was adding in the flour in the final step  Cry  Next time, I'll definately remember to combine the flour in by hand. These were a huge hit with everyone, but apparently they're too cute, and a lot of people hesitated to eat them!

Comments and Crits welcome! (and sorry for the long post!)
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3  Fruit Tarts and Tartlets Galore! (img heavy) in Dessert by fujiiro on: June 30, 2008 10:46:26 PM
What can I say... my family likes tarts (mainly my mother really... the rest of the family doesn't really care what dessert is going into their mouths, as long as it tastes and looks decently good) Instead of spamming the board with individual posts for each one, here's a bunch of tarts I've made over the past two months.


Mix Fruit Tart (blueberries, kiwi, peach, apple, strawberries, custard base)


Mix Fruit Tartlet (same fruits as the large one)


Another Mix Fruit Tart (blueberries, kiwi, pear, apple, green grapes, custard base)


Green Tartlet (kiwi, pear, green grapes, blueberries[i know, they aren't green])


Mango Tart (mangoes, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bunch of other spices I can't remember)
This tart doesn't look as pretty as the other ones, but it tastes great and it's simple to make.

I still have 7 mangoes left (i bought a case of them 'cuz they were cheap Tongue). I foresee a lot more mango tarts in the very near future Grin
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4  Nectarine "rose" Tart in Dessert by fujiiro on: August 05, 2007 09:54:09 PM
I was bored, so I borrowed Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook from the library to flip through (and to see if i could find a pretty, yet easy-ish recipe). When I saw the full page image they had of this tart, I was in love. Then, I saw that it used nectarines (one of my favourite fruits) and I fell in love with it all over again XD

Before baking (and pouring the filling in)


After


Doesn't it look a like a ham and cheese quiche in the after picture? XD
Either way, it was quite tasty, and although assembling the "roses" took much too long, it was fun nonetheless. ^.^

Perhaps I'll try this with some other fruits. Any suggestions?

Here's the recipe for the filling, along with "condensed" instructions:

1 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 large egg
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Chambord or brandy
1/4 tsp salt

1. Make and pre-bake a tart shell according to a recipe of your choice. (The one from the book came out very crumbly for me, but it's probably because I screwed up somewhere when making the dough. I had to add some water to make it stay together enough to roll out. o.O) Set aside to cool completely.

2. Melt butter in small saucepan over med. heat, whisk occasionally until butter solids begin to brown, about 5 mins. Remove from heat, set aside.

3. In med. bowl, whisk egg, sugar, lemon juice, Chambord and salt until light in colour and double in volume, about 2 mins. Add flour and reserved brown butter, whisk until well combined.

4. Slice nectarines into 1/8 inch slices. Make roses by loosely coiling a thin slice of nectarine for the centre, then wraping each additional slice around it, offsetting each slice from the previous one. Make and transfer enough roses to fill tart shell, filling any gaps with extra nectarine slices.

5. Whisk filling briefly, pour evenly over fruit, using a spoon to fill empty spaces. Bake at 375F, rotating tart halfway through, until filling has slightly puffed, about 40 mins. Cool on wire rack. Makes one 9 inch tart.

The recipe called for 8 nectarines, but I ended up only using about 6.
This tart might work well with plums too (as suggested by someone) but they'd have to be firm, or sliced slightly thicker so that they don't turn into mush when working with them (as I learned the hard way with some of the softer nectarines). I've debated if it would be a good idea to try this with apples (for either a tart or single crust pie) but would it be wise to keep the skins on the apples?

Feel free to ask me if you find anything confusing in the recipe!
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5  circuit board + vinyl/denim wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by fujiiro on: August 05, 2007 08:45:42 PM
Like many others, I was a long time lurker on here, looking at all the really cool stuff I wish I had thought of/made. Picture links in a post kinda annoy me (no offense to those who do it, I know the file hosting on the forums doesn't always work for everyone) so I had to wait till I had accumulated enough posts ^.^

Anyways, onto my first posted project (sorry the pictures aren't so great):
Front


Back


Open


Full


I made it as a birthday present for a friend a few months back. He's a bit of a computer geek/nerdy, and a wallet made out of circuit boards  seemed very fitting XD. I found a tutorial for one made with clear tape and circuit boards, but I wanted something a little "fancier" than that. This one is made of pleather/vinyl, denim (on the inside), and keyboard circuit board (on the outside edges and front 2 card holders)

I based it off of my boyfriend's wallet and just made it up as a went along, hoping it would turn out as I imagined in the end. XD
Comments and criticisms welcome!
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