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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Bright Spring Baby Quilt! (It actually IS Spring here down under) on: October 26, 2008 07:20:38 PM
I finally finished a baby quilt I made for my art teacher.

She's due in December but I wanted to finish it earlier due to the start of the horrible HSC year (last year of Australian secondary school, exams up to your eyes).

It's my first quilt and is about 97 cm x 112 cm.
There's about 7 different fabrics in there. The pattern is 'ninepatch cot quilt' (and I have lost the book >_>)

It has a few small errors on one edge of binding but I'm really pleased with it.

Modelled by my dumb-expression sister- the one I made this cake for: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271546.0

Thanks for looking!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Stripy Circus Birthday Cake! MMF on: October 01, 2008 04:26:23 PM
Hey all,
So I've made a cake for my little sister- it's her birthday tomorrow.

I wish it had a smoother, more professional-looking finish, but wth- it was fun. Chocolate cake, choc-orange buttercream, and tri-coloured marshmallow fondant. I personally can't wait to eat it.... *surreptitious drool*

Thanks for looking =)

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Strange Little Zany dolls- disturbing and cute! on: August 10, 2008 11:12:49 PM
Hi! I've made some little dolls over the last few months. They are pretty wonky (I had no idea how to cut patterns or sew neatly, haha) but it kind of adds to the charm. I was maybe planning on selling (better- neater) versions of these at a craft market so if you have any opinion on that, I'd love to hear it!

My two favourites.

Thanks for looking =)
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yet another 'denim jeans----> shoulder bag' recon! on: August 10, 2008 01:53:29 PM
So I did have a pair of ridiculously unflattering jeans in the cupboard.
And I did have a lot of work to do.

So I now have a jeans bag! I love the way conflicting statements work themselves out like that.
No picture of the jeans before recon, unfortunately. I have one complete leg and 2/3 of the other leg left over- more things I can make!

There is one pocket to fit something small- phone/ipod/keys- and one pocket for 5 pens or brushes. There is also a secret pocket in the fly (I couldn't resist) for emergency money etc. In the recon spirit, the lining is an old sheet =P

Thanks for looking!!
5  COOKING / Dessert / Earl Grey Cupcakes with Mandarin/Lemon/Earl Grey Icing on: June 12, 2008 02:18:29 AM

Earl Grey Icing

So I made Earl Grey cupcakes! The flavour is really good but tends to be overwhelmed by the icing- so if you're only making the one kind of icing, make it the Earl Grey one.

Earl Grey Cupcakes

250 grams butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
3 cups SR flour
1 cup milk
2 Earl Grey teabags.

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Spray 2 normal or mini-cupcake tins with Pure'N'Simple/ whatever you usually do.
Microwave the milk for 1.5 minutes. Dunk one of the teabags in it.
In a bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and cream the butter with the sugar until it is light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in half of the flour and the contents of the other teabag. Then add the milk (discarding the brewed bag) and the remaining flour and stir until just combined.
Fill the cupcake pans about 1/2 (mini tins) full. Bake 6-10 minutes (15~ for normal cupcakes).

Lemon Icing

Three Icings! All delicious.

1-2 cups icing sugar
3 butter slivers (yeah, yeah- like 5 grams each)
1 Earl Grey teabag
Juice of half a lemon
Juice of one small mandarin

For icing-
Brew the teabag in 1/2 cup boiling water for a minute or so.
Shake about 1/2 cup icing sugar into each of three bowls- A, B, and XYZ. Add a butter sliver. Add a splash of tea to A and B. Cut open the teabag and put the dregs in A. Lemon juice in B and mandarin juice in XYZ.
Get mixing.
Ice those cupcakes with a knife (no! chopsticks) and chuck them in a tupperware. Or just eat them. All. In the name of comparison tastetesting.

Make these! It only took me an hour start to finish =D Post pictures if you make them, hey!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Jackson Pollock-Style Canvas Wallet! Now with messier stitching than ever! on: April 01, 2008 04:14:48 AM
Hello again!
I was all revved up to say 'HEY! I made my first wallet! Ain't I something?' and then I saw this thread (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=224222.0) and got all sad again. It's okay though- When I start to feel sad I stop feeling sad and start feeling awesome. So here's some pictures of a wallet sewn this afternoon with a piece of paint-splattered canvas I made some idle time in an art lesson.

Comments super welcome and appreciated! It's a bit messy and a bit wonky (okay, a lot) but I am pretty happy with it >D


7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Recycled Kimono Bear! Would you buy this bear at a market? on: December 21, 2007 06:02:38 AM
Hi! I decided to join after browsing for a while...everyone's creations are really impressive =)
I finished this bear today for my little sister's birthday present!

He's made out of vintage kimono crepe and is 18cm tall.

I have a question I'd really appreciate your opinions on- I've been considering selling bears like this one at art/craft markets for a while now, but I've got a lot of mixed signals from people so I thought I'd ask you!

Would you buy this bear for $12 (AUD)?
If so, do you think the price should be different? The cost to me is about $3 for materials and 2 or 3 hours per bear.
If you wouldn't buy it, why not? Don't sugar-coat your reasons! Size? Cost? General look of it? The purpose?

I'd love to hear any and all comments, good or bad!
Thank you.
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