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21  Evil Festive Cake in Dessert by mrsflibble on: December 20, 2012 04:50:13 AM
ok, so you've probably clicked on the mature thumbnail to see this, muuuuwahahahaha it's cake!!!

and before anyone gets at me for killing a reindeer or poking fun at animal death, I'm not. it's marzipan. it'd be different if I'd stuck an actual dead deer on a cake. anyways, on with the show...

i've marked it mature for obvious reasons. this was going to my my mother's cake this year, I started making a rather cartooney dead reindeer then things sort of got out of hand and my sick, twisted mind took over. antlers made from broken pretzel, marzipan coloured with cocoa powder....  

so anyways, it's now plonked atop a Madeira cake for my brother and sister.... and mum's getting a fruitcake with cutsey, adorable penguins on it.

remembering the fallout from this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=283852.0 a few years ago and the aftermath of it.... I couldn't face the wrath of the Mothership.


so, here is my mature image reindeer. I'm sorry. I'm really, really sorry. also, you can colour marzipan with cocoa powder. cool, no?!

 
to change your image viewing settings please click here

yeah.

again, I'm very very sorry.

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22  This year's card in Winter Holidays by mrsflibble on: November 27, 2012 04:35:49 AM
since finding out how to do this in febriary around the child's birthday, I vowed to try and do it at every opportunity lol.

This is this year's xmas card to friends of the family, and also to the child's friends too. I wanted o use full size candy canes, but stupidly I didn't check the size of the child's hand when I 'shopped it to get it a bit larger.... I didn't do it big enough, so plan B... mini canes in their own little baggies!!!
I actually bought two bags of mini canes just to munch on lol. oh well, needs must hahahaha!!!

whadya think?! I put season's greetings because not everyone we know is christian, and nor are we! We want to be inclusive of all of the people we know, and let them know that in the darkest time of the year, they're still loved and thought of.

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23  Not just for a Kid, but BY a Kid! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by mrsflibble on: October 27, 2012 01:29:17 PM
So, husband and I have been homeschooling the Child since easter, and the whole family are so much happier. One of her favorite things to do is get the sewing machines out and have fun making something. I try to get other things into it like the maths of measuring, problem solving in designing etc...
Today the child decided she wanted to do some sewing. Fine, it's horrible weather, we've nothing better to do!!!

She wanted to make herself a top to wear to a sewing fun class she's going to next week. It's a kid's "how to make your own bunting" class at a local bookshop.... ANYWAY...... I thought a square shirt would be easiest for her to handle. I used this tutorial to make one for myself a while ago, so I showed Child how to mark it out, pin, cut, what a seam allowance is, what needle to use with a knit fabric.... she already knows how to use a sewing machine.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=118928.0 <--- awesome tute.

Here is her shirt. she did the sewing with minimal input from me, then decided it needed bows at the nackline so I showed her how to do those and she stitched them on. the best bit? she's not even 7 years old yet.



thankfully she fabric she picked out of my fabric box doesn't need hemming, it's a waffle type knit fabric so it wont fray Smiley



Her second project today was a hat for her Dad. it's got really cold here this week! she drew a design, I cut the fabric and pinned for her, the sewed both the hat and lining an I helped her to hem. next project this week? who the heck knows!!!
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24  Guess what these are..... in Knitting: Completed Projects by mrsflibble on: October 22, 2012 12:52:37 PM


ok, so I only have my cellphone at the moment because, since our house move, I can't find my camera cable. oh well.

I saw Tardis blue cheap yarn at my local yarn store, an I'd seen Tardis socks on ravelry so the two had to be combined!!!



they came out huge, which is good as they're for my sister's xmas present and she has UK size 9 feet. I swear she needs clown shoes.

so, once I'd finished them... (no mean feat as I suffer from arthritis in my hands, I'm 30. I feel too young for this problem!) I looked online for some slipper sock goop I once found by accident on ebay.



the base of the socks have a fez on one, and a bowtie on the other. one says "hello sweetie" and the other says "come along pond". both have a swirl at the heel, like the tunnel the tardis is flying through in the opening credits of each episode of dr who.

one last thing though, and this is somewhat of a tip... if you choose to use the slipper sock goop, make it in a well ventilated room. it smells like a mixture of ammonia and rotten fish. and the smell doesn't dissipate until it dries!!! an you will need at least two coats. one to soak into the fibres, one to lay on top of the first layer.
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25  ChocoGranola Pieeeee!!! in Dessert by mrsflibble on: September 10, 2012 12:39:43 PM
this is AWESOME.

pastry

4oz all purpose flour
2oz margarine or butter

filling

    150 grams marshmallows (cut into chunks about the size of minimarshmallows, or you know, use mini marshmallows)
    50 grams butter soft
    200 grams dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids) chopped into small pieces
    50 grams syrup or honey
    60 ml water hot
    284 ml cream, whipped
    1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract

topping:

1 small handful of each:
chopped nuts, rolled oats, ground almonds
1tbsp golden syrup
1/2tbp oil

first off, make the chocolate filling.

    Put the marshmallows, butter, chocolate, syrup and water in a heavy-based saucepan.
    Put the saucepan on the hob, over heat, though keep it fairly gentle to melt the contents, stirring every now and again. Remove from the heat when it's all meltey and gooey. resist the urge to shove your face in it and inhale.
    Meanwhile, whip the cream with the vanilla extract until thick, and then fold into the cooling chocolate mixture until you have a smooth, cohesive mixture.
    Pour or scrape into a bowl which holds at least 750mls.
put in the fridge to cool and set.

make your granola now. mix together all of the topping ingredients, pour into a very greased tray and bake in a 150 deg c oven until golden. stir occasionally, then when browned, tip out onto a sheet of baking parchment to cool. break into little itty bits and try not to eat it all.

now for the pastry. crumb the fat and sugar and add cold water until it forms a dough ball. roll out and use to line a greased, floured pie tin. blind bake until golden and fully cooked through on the base, then trim while hot and allow to cool.

once the pastry is completely cool, fill with the chocolate goop. at this point you can add a layer of cherry jam too! to with granola and serve. it's AMAZING.



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26  1950s/60s clock recon in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mrsflibble on: September 10, 2012 12:22:33 PM
I saw the most awesome clock on ebay. it was in bits. it was unloved. it was PERFECT for my late 1950s house.
here's a teaser for the thumby....



so, when I found it on ebay, it looked like this.....



serious damage, needs a good clean, has no actual mechanism...



oh googley moogley. so, anyway. all it took was some hard work and a cheap, modern clock. the cheap clock was found in the bargain bin of Asda (WalMart) for 2, so not counting metal polish and time, this clock cost about 12.



and a full wall shot... now, bear in mind the fireplace wont always have crap all over it!!!



so. did I do well? I know it's not a faithful restoration having used a modern mechanism, but it's the best I could do on my budget!!
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27  space jewellry box in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by mrsflibble on: August 20, 2012 04:05:46 AM
the inspiration for this box goes back to a joke argument my sister and I were having. she claimed my space-themed spray paint canvasses arn't art. I claimed she's an art snob. we laughed, I gave her a canvas and forced her to hang it in her room.....

so, anyway. it;s her 15th birthday on wednesday this week and I've been making this thing for weeks. it's a space themed, spray painted jewellry box lol.



I began it in the same way as a space canvas, layers of coloured spray paint, dabbed with paper to texture and reveal the lower layers. then comes shading with black spray paint and it's allowed to dry completely. then masks were cut from packing tape. on a canvas, I'd use plates or lids but this box has a curved lid so that wasn't possible. I also cut her name out of tape too and stuck it on the side. then came another 2-3 layers of black paint, and a short burst of silver to make stars.

so, the external decoration done, it was time to line it. I bought a fat quarter of space theme fabric from ebay and used that and some old boxes to line.....



I made a ring holder from fabric, a garlic paste box and some upholstery foam I had leftover from my old sofa... it's glues in to the right of the box.



and I used copper wire off a broken relay and french knitted (on a machine, not by hand!!) the copper wire to make the earring hangers. they were inserted into cardboard squares that had been covered with more space fabric, and then glued. I pegged the squares until they were completely dry because the copper wire, although lightweight, kept pulling the support squares off.



because of gravity, earrings on the bottom hanger don't get stuck in the hinges lol. I checked!!

finally, I made some little baggies from the last bits of fabric for storing chains so they don't get all tangled.
this is just a sample, but I have made 4 of them in different shapes. all hand stitched too!



ok, so, that's it! wednesday I find out if she likes it lol.
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28  Owlet jumper for my minime (updated with button view!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by mrsflibble on: July 08, 2012 03:28:30 AM
so my darling daughter saw my owls jumper (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=409126.0) and decided she needed one
I agreed, told her to pick a yarn colour and I'd get right on it.



it's taken me 26 hours spread over about 2 weeks. it's been a long old slog because I've had so much other stuff to do! and I've also ended up with an extra ball of yarn (150yds!!) by accident. probably due to my terrible maths lol.

anyway, again bit props to Katie Davies for her wonderful Owlet/Owl designs.



the buttons haven't arrived yet. I waited to try and find the right ones for the job, ordered some and realised they were waaay too big so I'm swapping them. anyways....

so, problems I encountered:
1. my own inability to count lol.
2. having to rework 2 rows when I realised I'd made a mistake. it wouldn't have been much of a problem had it been in the straight forward stockinette section, but no. I had to buck the trend and mess up on the fricking cables. uuuurgh. but, that fixed (that added an hour and a half to the full make time) it was fine from there. even the wrap and turn stitches were easy, and I've realised that not only have I built brain and muscle memory with regards to super stretchy bind-offs and long-tail cast-ons, but also I can now remember how to do kitchener stitch without having to find a tutorial online or dig out my Socks book lol. I am officially a knitter.



child is incredibly happy. apologies for the mess in the room, as you can probably tell by the boxes, we're in the process of packing up for a move!

righteeho, time for me to go sand down my 6.5mm bamboo knitting needle. it's got a burr on it and keeps snagging.

here we go, buttons all sewn on now.

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29  Child's first impressive piece in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by mrsflibble on: July 07, 2012 06:55:55 AM
ok so every parent thinks their kid rocks, and I'm no exception.
Soph is home educated for many reasons, and I decided last week we'd follow an Instructable about making space paintings using spray paints.
I figured first off, it's some fine motor control, shadow perception, chemical awareness in the form of knowing that if this paint gets on you, you need a special chemical to remove it (so also an introduction to solvents). It's also an introduction to artistic composition, recycling, organisation, budgeting in the form of having a budget for materials and keeping to it and finally, we'd end up with some snazzy new art for our new home and possibly some to give away as christmas gifts lol.

there are a lot of amazing artists on this site and I know my six year old following an internet tutorial can't compare to the amazing talent, but art takes many forms Wink and apologies that the photos don't seem to do the paintings justice. the space is black, there are silver stars...

the left hand picture was completely unaided. the right hand one was the one we did together to teach her how to hold the spray paints and position the stencils.



here she is doing the one on her own. I was busy beginning to make my sister's birthday gift (jewellry box decorated the same way lol)



so.. .whadya think? not bad for an afternoon in the sun with some spray paints, pound shop canvasses and old plates!!



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30  Lactose Free Fudge! (NOT marshmallow based) in Dessert by mrsflibble on: June 24, 2012 01:33:54 AM
my family are lactose intolerant. among other things, we all miss real fudge.
So, with the help of a wonderful company called Arla and their research into making lactose free, real dairy foods I bring you... FUDGE.
I used Lactose Free cream, milk and butter but you can use normal stuff and make what we like to call "poopyfudge" lol

2 cups sugar
1/8tsp salt
1tbsp syrup
2/3cup cream
2tbsp butter (very cold)
1tsp vanilla
2tsp cornflour
dibble of milk

slake the cornflour with the milk. bring the sugar, cream, salt, syrup, slaked cornflour slowly to the boil. using a sugar thermometer, slowly boil it until it changes colour and hits 235F (soft ball), stir continuously. the cornflour will remove any of the usual problems involving fudge and external humidity... WOO!!!

anyways, once it's hit 235F, remove from the heat. now you can either put the pan in cold water and beat by hand, or you can do what I did and pour it from the pan into the bowl of one of this world's most wonderful inventions: a Kenwood Chef mixer.

anyway, you need to beat it as it cools. this step is REALLY, COMPLETELY, VITALLY important. by hand I have no idea how long this would take by hand as it took me 15mins in the Kenwood! incidentally, if you're using one of these bad boys, you need the K beater.

ok, once it forms a ball and is noisily being knocked around the bowl, press it into a tin lined with greaseproof paper. this is also important. I just greased a tin then spent a long while this morning trying to get the bugger out!

so, it's in the tin. great. refrigerate it for at least an hour. I did it over night.
once cooled and stiffened, cut it into small squares.

it's yummy. it's fudge. its also INCREDIBLY calorific being composed almost entirely of dairy fats and sugar, so keep it in an air tight box.



(Kenwood Decal made by Lisa Hunt of StuffMummyMakes)
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