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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: American Mcgee's Alice Cheshire Cat on: March 20, 2009 09:42:59 AM
oooh, scary.  well done!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Dark Chocolate Rum Frosting- not too sweet on: March 19, 2009 05:19:53 PM
In recent weeks I have set out on a mission to frost a cake without using icing sugar.  I present to you my first success and although I am currrently unable to posts photos I assure that this substance is rich, dark, glossy and utterly delightful.  This is less a recipie than a rough guideline to a refreshingly bitter dark chocolaty treasure:

Grab a good saucepan and turn your burner on to very low heat, this will take patience so if you get bored try sampling a little of the incomplete frosting.

Place approximatly 2 tbspns butter, 3 pieces unsweetened baking chocolate, and 2 pieces semi-sweet baking chocolate in the pan.  Add 2 tbspns each whipping cream and good rum. 

Stir constantly on low heat and as the chocolate melts add more rum and cream as needed to maintain a smootly flowing consistancy.  Add small amounts of sugar if you find it to be too bitter for your tastes.

If at any point you feel there will not be enought to cover your cake feel free to add another square or two of chocolate (if you have extra it's unbelievable on vanilla ice cream)

When the entire mixture is smooth and melted mix in a splash of vanilla and frost the cake with the warm chocolate.  If it becomes too firm place it back on the burner to melt it a bit.

Top with pretty things and enjoy.
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: colour filter gels on: February 26, 2009 09:28:13 PM
the diarama project is excellent!  I think I might try dressing up my kitchen lights with them and a few more melty experiments when I have more time.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red rose coat on: February 24, 2009 09:58:45 AM
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Nymph Feather Wings from recycled materials - (with tute + pics) on: February 24, 2009 09:28:01 AM
I really like these, the colours are pretty and unexpected! 
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Lemmings! on: February 24, 2009 09:08:54 AM
eeek! I love lemmings! Those are excellent.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Film Canister Diorama: Little Red Riding hood on: February 23, 2009 08:21:31 PM
That's delightful! nice clean lines too!
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / colour filter gels on: February 23, 2009 08:18:15 PM
I have piles of slightly faded/off-cuts of colour gel from work and there has to be some use for it.  Nice thin, transparent, brightly coloured pieces of polycarbonate that I can't pass up.  Tommorrow I'm going to see if I can control how they melt but right now the only use I can think of is a faux-stained glass sort of project.  Any ideas would be delightful!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Cross processing fun!!! ( lots-o-images!) on: February 21, 2009 11:39:18 PM
lovely, I especially love the light in the playground.  The photo of the bottles is partictularly beautiful.
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Growing my own herbs? on: February 20, 2009 12:21:46 PM
if you want to try some indoors too I've had good luck with chives and tarragon year round.
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