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1  Re: January 2011 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bedheadchic on: March 10, 2011 09:15:25 AM
Received my package from strwberesh0rtcke this week! It took so long for both our packages to arrive, but it was great because I got to celebrate my birthday again!




I got lots of junk food, including PEANUT BUTTER OREOS - which are nearly all gone!

Plus these awesome personalised recipe cards with some of strwbere's favourite recipes on, plus loads of blank ones for me to fill out:




Thanks so much for my second birthday strwbere!

Blue Skies,
Charlotte xo
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2  Re: January 2011 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bedheadchic on: February 03, 2011 01:18:11 PM
Recieved my package from SaralaAnne today! She claimed me for a box of granny squares. When she contacted me about colour preferences, I mentioned I wanted to stitch them into a crazy 70s style afghan, not realising she was the crafty brains behind Lafayette's afghan in the True Blood Swap (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=367419.msg4352386#msg4352386)



my favourite is this rainbow coloured one:



and after browsing my Wist, SaralaAnne also made me this bitemark choker (also from the True Blood swap, I think the pic I wisted is the actual one she sent!)




Thankyou so much SaralaAnne, I keep rearranging my squares and can't wait to get started on my afghan!

Blue Skies,
Charlotte xo

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3  Lavender Cookies in Dessert by bedheadchic on: February 01, 2011 12:03:19 PM

A couple of months ago a friend gave me a huge bunch of lavender she'd grown in her garden. I took the flowers off, dried them and kept them in a jar for far too long. So last week I mixed up a batch of lavender sugar and when the sugar was sweetly scented I used it to make a batch of lavender sugar cookies:


You can substitute the flavoured sugar in any sugar cookie recipe, the one I used is linked below:

http://blueskiesblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/from-kitchen-lavenders-blue-part-two.html

And because I am such a cackhanded icer, I used fondant cutters and a dusting of sugar to decorate, but they would taste lovely with a subtle lemon frosting too.

Blue Skies,
Charlotte xo
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4  Sweet Treats for a Graduation Day in Dessert by bedheadchic on: February 01, 2011 11:54:28 AM


I made these chocolate mortarboards for my mama's graduation day:


I was inspired by some graduation cap cakepops I saw on Bakerella, using Peanut Butter Cups and Airheads Sour Belts, but ended up making solid chocolate bases using petit four cases as molds and modelling fondant tassles all stuck together with some lovely metled chocolate.

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5  Contraband Caramel Corn in Dessert by bedheadchic on: February 01, 2011 11:45:11 AM
I do think no trip to the movies is complete without some delicious sugary sweet popcorn to munch on and for my first trip to the movies in nearly 18 months I decided to make some of my own. So Sunday night sees me and my girlfriends and my oversized handbag stuffed with  tooth decayingly luscious caramel popcorn to (because after departing with the best part of a tenner to get in to the film no way I am paying movie theatre prices for snacks too) queueing to see Mr Firth in The Kings Speech. The film I could take or leave (but really a late showing on four hours sleep the night before was never a good option) but the popcorn was delish!



* Heat 2 tbsp vegetable oil in a large pan and add 200g popping corn kernels
* Cover immediately and shake gently every couple of minutes
* Once the popping has slowed down, turn off the heat but don't remove the lid yet
* Tip the popped corn into a bowl and return the pan to the heat
* Add 125g diced butter, 150g caster sugar and 2 big squirts of clear honey - bring to the boil and allow to bubble for 5 minutes without stirring
* Pour over your popcorn and mix well, then pour out onto a paper lined baking sheet
* Let it cool and set for an hour or two, then use your hands to break up the hardened piece and enjoy/ smuggle your contraband to be eaten under cover of darkness
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6  Re: Keep Me Warm Swap Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by bedheadchic on: January 29, 2011 11:45:32 AM
Here's my package from morrigan_le_faye, I have to say I think I am a swap psychic, this is the second time my partner and I have both sent the same thing, but without even mentioning that item in our questionnaires!



I asked for something crochet'd and got these beautiful sky blue wrist warmers and absolutely perfect flowers - I think I am going to stitch them into a 60's style headband:





Snowflake tea & the tastiest caramel nuts:



I am absolutely in love with these adorable hot chocolate spoons:



And a beautiful handpainted snowflake mug:



I love all my blue and warm themed accessories! Thankyou so much morrigan_le_faye, I will be sending your package on Monday and then you will understand my swap psychic-ness
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7  Ms Pac-Man Quiche in Recipes and Cooking Tips by bedheadchic on: January 22, 2011 08:36:28 AM
I saw some Pac-Man shaped cookie cutters online last week, and after resisting my immediate impulse to buy buy buy I realised surely a round cookie with a slice cut out would look exactly the same? And then I didn't really fancy cookies (I know crazy right?) So I figured I would do a Pac-Man pie, only I didn't really want pie, so I made a quiche. And my quiche minus a slice still didn't look quite Pac-Mannish so I added a little bow and it looked somewhat like Ms Pac-Man. But still something was missing so I added some mini marshmallows for Ms Pac-Man to eat, but still something was amiss. And then I remembered the ghosts. Of course, the ghosts. So I made some cardstock ghost shapes and stuck them to chocolate lollipops. And finally, my Saturday night was an entirely productive one, as I introduce to you Ms Pac-Man Quiche:

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8  Re: January 2011 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bedheadchic on: January 22, 2011 08:23:38 AM
I collected my birthday package from PirateColey this week and am so so happy with my new pj set. I said I was going to wait until my OH got home to avoid having to take awkardly self-shot pics myself, which of course didn't work, so here are me and my new pj pants posing in my bedroom mirror:



And another one, just to prove to you they were all as badly lit and out of focus as each other:



I also got a matching t-shirt with appliqued heart:



And some super chunky Sharpie-love:



There was also a little mexican coloured horse that has somehow disappeared into my son's toybox!

Thankyou so much PirateColey, I have worn my pj pants every day so far! Happy Birthday January babies!

Blue Skies,
Charlotte xo
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9  Wrap-It with your Christmas Leftovers in Winter Holidays by bedheadchic on: January 06, 2011 12:10:37 PM

It's funny that all the Christmas posts come after Christmas, but me, I am festive all year round!

After taking down all my Christmas decorations they looked so sad sitting in boxes and there were so many cute patterns and colours I decided to have a little wrap-session and mini photo-shoot (more photos on my blog, link below).

I think this is a cute little idea for all those leftover end bits of paper too small to be useful:


This is a repurposed gift box decorated with that quintessential Christmas party item, the paper hat:



And my favourite, ribbon curls (leftover from my xmas gift wrapping) and an actual use for those plastic cracker toys that litter your beautifully set table and are binned by Boxing Day:




My husband thinks I'm a whole bunch of crazy for spending my son's naptime wrapping up empty boxes with stuff he considers trash, but I know you crafty people will understand! More pictures on my blog, link below.

Let me know what you think!

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10  Re: International Snack Swap 2 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by bedheadchic on: December 13, 2010 10:17:24 AM
PS- Bedheadchic I hope you get your package soon! I'm so anxious to see if you like everything!

Yes, it was waiting for me when I got home from work (from the worst day ever so doubly special!)

Here's what was supposed to be a well posed still-life but turned into more of an action shot as I couldn't resist those Oreos:


I asked Joy to send flavoured Oreos (since we only get the normal ones here) and Hershey's Kisses and then asked for some of her favourites with an emphasis on the chocolate. All together I recieved:

Candy Cane Flavoured Oreos
Penut Butter Oreo Cakesters
Golden Chocolate Creme Oreos
Chicken in a biskit (am veggie so am waiting for the other half to get home and try them!)
Pik-Nik shoestring potatoes
Moon Pie
Hershey's Kisses
York... bars?
Reese's Pieces (yay)
Whatchmacallit
Zero bar
Austinuts
Mint flavoured Peeps

Also a little book for my 14 month old. Here he is enjoying it (surrounded by the newspaper packaging - which I am keeping, is that weird?)

p.s. his face looks a bit misshapen cos he is enjoying his first ever Oreo cookie!

And the bestest bit:

Yes that's the Merlotte's (True Blood) sign

Yes those are bite marks

Yes this is me posing but very excited in my new apron!

I mentioned to Joy that I love baking and also that I was disappointed I'd missed out on the True Blood swap but not that I have been ogling cute aprons on etsy recently, that bit was just her amazing psychic talents!

Thankyou so so much Joy! I can't wait till you recieve but also hav major swap anxiety now!


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