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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Some Bunny to love on: March 11, 2013 09:06:14 PM
I made another one!

Again in a gift card tin. They are so cute, so easy and so cheap to make! less than $5.

Hope you like it!
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bunny Tin on: February 15, 2013 02:35:10 PM
I've been seeing this floating around the internet for a while but since there is no such thing as Altoids where I live I haven't been able to make one. Yesterday I spotted a gift card tin at the craft shop and here it is!

It is a very economic birthday gift, I don't think it cost $4 to make.

Cute isn't it?
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A baby for Breanna on: January 15, 2013 03:29:41 AM

I made this Dolly for an 18 month old girl called Breanna.

Here she is in all her glorious in perfections!
She needs a bath and the 40 degree heat should be perfect for that.

I made her from a pattern from a quilt shop, I've made half a dozen now. Little girls all love them even in the age of the DS. Three are currently overseas with their owners. If you make many little dresses to change they love them more. You can take them to bed not like the hard plastic ones. Hint: A Fat Quarter is not enough material. 

If you want the pattern send me a message and I'll tell you where to get it. If that's allowed I guess.
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Baubles, Baubles and More! Pic Heavy on: December 21, 2012 10:53:49 PM

Hello I'm not sure if this is the right place but I had my first try at painting baubles, the DIY kind from the craft shop. I think they turned out pretty, more to follow!
15  COOKING / Dessert / Moist Carrot Cake on: April 20, 2012 10:51:00 PM

‎2 Cups grated carrot (3 large carrots)
1 tin crushed pineapple drained
1/2 cup crushed walnuts or pecans (buy crushed walnuts)
2 1/4 Cups SR flour
1 level tsp bi carb soda
1 level tsp salt
1 1/4 Cups canola oil
4 eggs
2 cups castor sugar
 beat eggs abd sugar together (hand mixer will work) add oil gradually fold in flour and dry carrots and pineapple bake in a big tin lined with baking paper (important lined) bake 350C or 180C 1 and 1/4 hours
 Cake is very moist.
 125gms cream cheese (half a block or tub)
 1/4 cup butter
 1 1/2 Cups icing sugar
 1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix with a mixer spread on cake.

Apologies for camera phone picture.
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Dolly For Shelley on: December 16, 2011 11:25:26 PM
I made a dolly for a little girl called Shelley.

It never ceases to amaze me that in these modern days that little girls continue to love cloth dollies, so much nicer than those plastic ones that you cannot take to bed with you.

I have made 5 of these now all have been loved. I have made many little dresses as well here are the ones for Shelley:

I describe my sewing abilities as frustrated beginner, I'm aware the sleeves are wrong and that it is an improper use of bias binding but I'm hopeless at rolled hems and don't own an overlocker so I'm sure you'll understand.
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Abraham Owls on: July 02, 2011 03:06:17 AM
Hello I made these sweet little owls as gifts. The photos are not very fantastic but as its 8pm this is as good as I can get them.
The pattern is free and it's from here:


I did have to make some modifications as they are baby toys so:

I made the wings bigger and stitched them (pretty average at blanket stitch but never mind) firmly down over the side seam as the bub I love likes to chew things so I didn't want her to inhale any felt.

I stitched down eyes for choking reasons.

I added a rattle inside. This is very simple to do. I bought Kinder Suprise eggs, and ate the egg, threw out the toy and added dried peas and wheat (just a pinch inside). I sealed up the egg and it made a very good rattle. Just remember not to machine wash the toy or it will get mouldy. I guess you could find something else that wouldn't do that but I was using what was at hand.

I think my twin Abraham Owls turned out cute. I made them in retro colours to amuse myself  Smiley Sorry about photo quality.


18  COOKING / Dessert / Sponge Cake on: June 08, 2011 12:32:28 AM

The recipe is just a standard sponge cake that you can find anywhere pick the one you like best! Or buy one..

The topping is meringue, I traced around the tin on baking paper then spread out the meringue. You may like yours a lot more undercooked than mine but I like it crispy.

Construction was easy. I cut one punnet of strawberries length ways thinly as its winter and they are expensive right now.

I cut the cake in half. Then layered it:

Layer of whipped cream (you need to whip it yourself till quite stiff the stuff in the can won't work
Then I put a layer of strawberries with the points facing out
More cream
Strawberries again
If you are worried about all that cream just put enough on to get the layers to stick together.
Thanks for looking!
19  COOKING / Dessert / Pecan Pie! on: May 30, 2011 11:40:47 PM

Sorry about the photos but its pouring (and freezing) here in Sydney so this is the best I could do.
The recipe is free:

I like this one as it has no Maple Syrup like others and no corn syrup which isn't available here.

You will notice that I have used Puff Pastry instead of shortcrust, this is because I don't tolerate the colour in most of the frozen and this was the only pastry I could find. I'm too lazy to make my own.
Thanks for looking!

20  COOKING / Dessert / Copy Cat Cherry Blossom Cake on: September 29, 2010 02:48:08 AM
After seeing this:


I wanted to have my own, this is my first time with gum paste:

little lady bugs:


It was fun to make, made for entertainment only how did I do?
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