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11  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Pink Poodle Cake with marshmallows on: November 15, 2006 12:48:06 AM
That is so unique! How did you get the marshmellows pink?
I bought 2 bags of mini ones that always come in white and pink mixed.  They are the kind you float on hot chocolate or use in baking.  Only really needed one bag but I wanted more of the pink. 

so you can get pink marshmallows anytime? in the area i live in we can only get white.
OOO.... I live in New Zealand.  I had no idea pink marshmallows were not common elsewhere! Any brand/bag of big or small marshmallows here is almost always 50/50 pink and white.  There is one kind that has tiny yellow ones as well but that seems a bit wrong.....
You need to have pink AND white so you can have arguments as to which colour tastes best  Grin
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black velvet teacup bag on: November 09, 2006 02:47:14 AM
Thanx Katxana and runnermom   glad you liked the bag. I've made an attempt at a tutorial, my first! so I hope it makes sense.  The handles are the wire kind where you can unscrew the ends and thread stuff like beads on them - wish I could find another pair.  The original pattern (which I no longer have)  had longer fabric shoulder straps so that is also an option for handles for a shoulder bag.  Use less or more squares to adjust the depth of your bag.  Just always have 4 rows.

Bee

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black velvet teacup bag on: November 07, 2006 03:57:48 AM


This bag is made from quilted squares.  I used a black velvet as the base fabric and a teacup quilting fabric inside each square.  The blocks are made from a larger square enfolding a smaller square with mitred corners and are quilted.  This way you get a self made backing inside as you go.




I was in a hurry, didnt pay much attention to the instructions so mine turned out a bit different.  I did 54 rows not 4x4 so I ended up with a deeper bag.

This turned out to make quite a firm bag which actually stands up nicely on its own as you can see above. The top sits open in a square by itself and the base forms a square.  The velvet was not good to sew - very slippery and I had to do a fair bit of hand tacking to sandwich my layers together properly.  It was worth it in the end, I was pleased with the firmness of the sides yet the velvet is so nice and soft to touch and carry.





The handles are purchased wire ones which I covered in a ruched skinny tube of black velvet and added 4 wooden beads on the ends.   
14  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Pink Poodle Cake with marshmallows on: November 07, 2006 03:43:49 AM
That is so unique! How did you get the marshmellows pink?
I bought 2 bags of mini ones that always come in white and pink mixed.  They are the kind you float on hot chocolate or use in baking.  Only really needed one bag but I wanted more of the pink. 
15  COOKING / Dessert / Pink Poodle Cake with marshmallows on: November 07, 2006 02:41:14 AM

Ths was made for my daughters birthday.  It was a big hit with her and the other girls at the party.  They all really liked marshmallows!

The cake idea comes from the 2005 Australian Womans Weekly cake book and was pretty simple to put together on the day.  You just need a ton of tiny marshmallows, a few larger ones, some liquorice ropes and some patience!  I used a plain victoria sponge cake and pink icing. With kids I've found they like it best if the cake not too rich.
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: weighted pin cushion and thread catcher on: October 21, 2006 12:52:12 AM
Wow,  not been on for ages and I find my old project is still getting comments.  Thanks.  I'm not able to do a tute with pics right now.  I got a pattern somewhere online and had seen some to get an idea of size etc.  So um... do a Google?  sorry can't find the site myself anymore.

Basically the pincushion is two squares sewed cushion style then stiffed, with a weight base (tile).  The bag is just a bag with a channel for a stiff bit of plastic coated wire or similar.  make a band to attach the two,  The bag willl hang open nicely and the weight stops it falling off.

Bee
17  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Christchurch on: April 08, 2006 03:36:21 AM
Wow,  I'm within walking distance of Fendalton Library!  (um except I always drive).  I'm in there at least 2-3 times a week.  I op shop and garage sale in this area a lot so I probably have walked past you some time...Heh heh.  I've not been on Craftster for a while, I come back and find the Christchurch contingent lives on my doorstep!

Bee

It is AMAZING. Seriously, AMAZING. All the librarians know me and greet me. It's my dream house too.

-G.
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Lottie with purple dreads.... on: September 04, 2005 05:59:55 PM
oh yes I love her !!
Thanks Smiley Love the purple writing....  how do you do that.....
I discovered this doll fits all the other doll clothes we have perfectly (good luck ,no planning involved LOL)  So I don't have to make any more.  She went to school dressed in a tartan kilt with purple knitted coat and matching hat with Purple pom pom.

Bee
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lottie with purple dreads.... on: September 04, 2005 03:23:16 AM
Lottie was born on the first day of Spring (Southern Hemisphere). She loves Daffodils, Paisley, making cakes and reading. She is modelling her brand new pair of embroidered jeans which she has paired today with a vintage top. She enjoys listening to The Cure and thinking up new hairstyles.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/uploads/15240/lottie3.jpg


Lottie was made from a clown doll kit which I thrifted from a church sale (50c!!). Her lavender and pink hued wool hair comes from the same garage sale. It is kind of like mini dreadlocks.  She is very glad she was not made into a clown as they can be kinda creepy. Plus who needs giant yellow shoes??  She is for my daughter, she named her after a little friend who has sadly now moved to England. The real Lottie has a similar rag doll which is named after my daughter.  The jeans are made from an outgrown childs pair of jeans utilising the heart embroidery around the bottom.

Bee Grin
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: all black cat! on: August 24, 2005 03:52:12 AM
Ha, that is so cute. Love the stripy feet/socks.

Hi from another Kiwi.   I never knew the actual translation of the Haka, too funny.  I checked out your Happy Whale site, they are adorable.  You could try selling AB Cats as well?  I guess there would be copywrite issues though Sad

Bee
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