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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / ATTENTION all Cupcake lovers and makers!!!!!! on: January 22, 2009 01:17:31 AM
Hi guys.

I just have to start this off by saying I hate cake, and cupcakes. I cannot stomach the texture/taste combination of them. The whole texture sets off my gag reflex. Which is sad.

However.!

I love to bake especially cupcakes, which I'm pretty good at.

I fail at icing.

Seriously fail. It's generally too thick or too runny or not fluffy or just no good.

Can anyone help? I want a nice creamy frosting/icing I can make which doesn't taste overly sweet or anything. Like a buttercream icing or something that can be "piped" onto cupcakes.

PLEASE help me.! My cupcakes aren't quite the same Sad
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Australian Craft Swap...? on: June 29, 2008 12:02:56 AM
Hey Aussies.! (or legal aliens living in australia.!!!)


I'm new to swapping. Very new. I've signed up for my second swap already and I love it.!

The only thing I don't love are the shipping costs.!

I've did a couple of searches and there were a few Aussie swaps.

Anyone interested?
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Australian Craft Swap...? on: June 29, 2008 12:02:02 AM
Hey..!

I posted this over in the new swap ideas section but thought I'd add it here too incase some people don't see...

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Hey Aussies.! (or legal aliens living in australia.!!!)


I'm new to swapping. Very new. I've signed up for my second swap already and I love it.!

The only thing I don't love are the shipping costs.!

I've did a couple of searches and there were a few Aussie swaps.

Anyone interested?


ETA Discussion now here. Smiley

We're having a "craft my stash swap"
Discussion here - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257425.0
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Aluminum foil ""armature"" on: June 27, 2008 11:28:00 PM
I've read through the glassattic site (Excellent source of info Diane B. ! Smiley)

It says you can use aluminium foil armature's which seems fine.

If I wanted to use the aluminium foil to put in the middle of a sculpture using clay to lighten it when it's finished, and to use less clay would this work?

My assumed answer from reading the glassattic info on this would be yes. But I'm talking more like a hunk of screwed/rolled up foil which is then covered in clay and baked.

Just needed a second opinion.!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another Dr Who/Torchwood swap? on: June 14, 2008 11:22:37 PM
I'm so sad I missed the last ones.

Any interest?

I'm new to swapping (almost finished my first one, waiting for my partner to recieve) and i think the swap bug went and bit me.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / New to Crochet. on: June 06, 2008 06:04:12 AM
Hi.!

I'm new to crochet.... As in so new the two hooks I bought are still sitting in their packaging awaiting their first use.

I've done some research and looked up some tutorial video's on youtube. I think, to get the hang of thing's I will make an extra long but thin scarf in sc's (I think that's the right term [LOL])

But, I can see that getting old FAST.

I'd like to know of some patterns, for beginners, that aren't granny squares. (haha I know. I just can't stand the thought of making them. They seem either too hard or too boring. Plus I don't want to have to stitch them all together at the end.)

I really like(love) the look of the star blanket... But would that be too hard?

Any tutorials or patterns would be very appreciated.

Also, What's the best sized hook for people to start on? I picked two, one that was 5mm and one that was 4.5mm (I think, I don't have the packets with me atm) They didn't look too big or too small. They were cheap so I can get more easy.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / The dress of many names. *slightly image round* on: May 05, 2008 09:37:37 AM
Awhile ago I decided I wanted to make a dress. I knew exactly how I wanted it to look. It turned out pretty much like that but it's not as flattering as I thought it would be, I can think of a few decent alterations I'm going to make to it anyway.

Some of the names I came up with whilst making this dress were...,
The "Circle Skirts are Evil" dress.
Dress of a million pins.
Pins, Patience and Persistance.
Million Mile Hem dress.

I really can't remember the rest. I was pretty delusional and tired by the end.

There's a few things I would change next time round. I'd make the skirt band/waist band higher, Shorten the sleeves and make the whole top part a little tighter. All in all not bad for my first time making a dress, and first time making a circle skirt, first time making nice seams and first time sewing with stretch stuff for real.

Also, I did the measurements for the circle skirt and did the maths about three or four times, even using an online calculator and it still came out too big, so I ended up having to make small gathers around the waist of the skirt.

Anyway, I love it and plan on making a few more out of other types of fabric. Smiley

Here's proof.! haha

The dress..! Look at that circle skirt..! Awww How cute.!


The back, I wasn't keen on how the back sat. But now I think it's pretty.


Front.! Sorry for slight boobage.


You can actually wear this with the sleeves off of your shoulders....

This is what it looks like from the side with the sleeves down.


And, Last but not least. Front with the sleeves off of shoulders.




Sorry for the bad pictures.... I was tired after work so my head has been cut out. Also they had to be taken with my stupid camera phone Smiley

Comments and constructive criticism welcome.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Flying Spaghetti Monster. on: May 03, 2008 01:01:02 PM
I made this guy for one of my friends at work. I was bored at work one day so during my lunch break I went to spotlight and picked up some supplies, and saw pipe cleaners. Pipe cleaners are fun, and look noodley when twisted. So the Flying Spaghetti Monster was created.

(on a side note, I only recently realised what pipe cleaners were for.... cleaning pipe's. Duh. I just thought they were for making things out of.!)

Without further ado.



Now, the specs... His balls (hehe) are made from a piece of scrap paper from work (which work usually just throw out.!) and a rolled up tube between the two meat balls (more hehe) I then stuck on some pipe cleaners and wrapped the balls in that weird fun fur that looks kinda like eyelashes? In a suitable meaty colour.
Glue on some googley eyes. and there you have it.!


Just don't try and eat him. He's not tasty.

For further information on the Flying Spaghetti Monster
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Stretcy "Cotton Jersey Knit" Fabric on: April 29, 2008 09:50:34 AM
Hi. This will be the first time I will be sewing this type of fabric. I have sewn stretchy fabric before, but wasn't getting the best results. I have a basic sewing machine and am not sure which would be the best stitch to use so that I can still get the same stretch out of the fabric.

I think it will be one of these

(Excuse the dodgy camera phone pic. It's late and I don't know where my camera USB is.)
Either the red one under D, the red one under H or The black one under I maybe?


I will love you forever if you can help.!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Freezer paper.... Is this it? on: April 21, 2008 01:34:59 AM
Hi. I know this is going to seem like a silly question.

But, even though this says freezer paper on the listing..... Are these eBay listings freezer paper that is good for stencilling???

I know dumb question. But I just want to make sure...

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Reynolds-Freezer-Paper-Box-12mx38cm-13-3-yds-x-15_W0QQitemZ300206008646QQihZ020QQcategoryZ19161QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/CJ-Jenkins-Freezer-Paper-Sheets-50-Sheets-NEW_W0QQitemZ290217278701QQihZ019QQcategoryZ19161QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/New-Matildas-Own-Freezer-Paper-Applique_W0QQitemZ260222909954QQihZ016QQcategoryZ3110QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Matildas-Own-Freezer-Paper-Roll-20m-x-40cm-NEW_W0QQitemZ300172591141QQihZ020QQcategoryZ19161QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem


Thanks in advance.!
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