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1  What's the lethal dose of butter? in Stitch And BOTCH by Julz on: January 24, 2009 02:57:57 PM
I am about to make a batch of cupcakes (which I have never done!) and I have this American recipe that calls for 2 sticks of butter. I got online to check what the equivalent is in grams (I'm Australian) and it's 227g for 2 sticks.

So here's the botch - 3 weeks ago I made 2 banana cakes and I went online to get an icing recipe. I got one off cooks.com (which has a lot of strange concoctions that people use at home) and at the time, I assumed that 1 stick of butter was 250g! You know, cos, like, 500g comes in a square shape and 250g is a rectangular shape, more like a stick. So I used 500g of butter in icing that only required 227g. I got the icing sugar bit right (I think). But I was wondering why I had a motherload of icing left - it's still in the freezer! And seriously, I spread that icing on the cakes REAL thick, sides and all. That's not the first time I did something stupid like that...

I once made an entire cake with plain flour because I didn't read the instructions properly... when I realised it was supposed to be half plain and half self-raising, I'd mixed all the other ingredients. So I added an equal quantity of SR flour to make it even. But I'd run out of golden syrup (it was a caramel cake) so I used caramel topping and brown sugar. I didn't have the right ingredients for the topping so I thought I'd melt some butter and brown sugar in a pan and put that on top. Great idea til it solidified as soon as it hit the cake (I think I'd over cooked it) and I couldn't spread it. It sort of sat on top of the cake like a flat, slightly skewed beret. It didn't look like Nigella's at ALL. When my uncle tried to cut it, he couldn't get through the "icing" so he had to lift the 'hat' (as my brother called it as he rolled on the floor, crying with laughter) and we all took turns trying to break the toffee/fudge/whatever on our knees. I think we eventually broke it on the side of the coffee table. The cake itself was delicious if a bit crumbly (I managed to 'glue it back together' with a concoction of butter and sugar) and twice the size it should have been - which forced it to rise WAY above the top of the cake tin. Here's a picture, just in case anyone is in doubt -

 

The plate on the left has broken toffee hat, the plate on the right is the borken cake. The gormless looking girl in the photo - I've never seen her before in my life...  Wink
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2  Buddha Bag & Psychadelic Pyramid Purse - 3 Pikchas in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Julz on: February 01, 2008 11:14:38 PM
I finished the buddha bag today and made the pyramid one today.

The buddha bag doesn't have a zipper because I got frustrated trying to put one in and only found this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0 by e.r.i.k.a. after I'd finished. The tutorial was extremely helpful when I made the pyramid bag. I did the beading of the Buddha ages ago. The strap is purple hemp with glass beads macramed into it. I accidently split some of the beads when I filed the holes to fit the hemp through. Oops.

The fabric for the pyramid purse is an old bedsheet from an op shop.









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3  Re: Beaded dreamcatcher tutorial needed PLEASE!!!! in Beads: Discussion and Questions by Julz on: June 07, 2007 03:53:15 PM
What do you mean? Is it something like this...



or does it have more beads on it? What type of beads?
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4  Various seed bead earrings: Peyote, Britch, Wire Wrapping, Stringing... img hvy in Beads: Completed Projects by Julz on: June 07, 2007 03:26:09 PM
Sorry! I tried to put them all in one photo but it didn't look right.

A couple of these I made quite a while ago but I'm really getting back into beading now. I'm posting these up cos I've been looking for seed bead projects and ideas on here but there really arent' that many and some of the other sites I've looked at are quite daggy. Yes, I still use that word. Daggy. But they are.

I made these ones yesterday. Peyote stitch.



I made these a few years ago. Brick stitch.



Sorry the picture's a bit blurry.



Dunno what this stitch is called but I've used it quite a few times. These are mini versions of the big tassle ones I like to do.



These ones are just strung on so they're really simple but I wear them cos I like colourful things.



Anywho, I hope ya like them and hope they provide a bit of inspiration. If anyone has made their own seed bead earrings I'd love to see them!! Even if you think they're daggy!  Grin
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5  Re: Earrings, Sooo boring help me fix them in Beads: Discussion and Questions by Julz on: June 06, 2007 08:33:38 PM
How about something like this?

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6  Orange, yellow, and white 70's style Peyote tube seed bead earrings (phew!) in Beads: Completed Projects by Julz on: June 06, 2007 03:14:48 PM
Please excuse the crappy picture. I'm not a very good photographer as it is and it's rainy and dark outside so there are horrible shadows in the picture, and I'm cold and may have been shivering when I took the photo (excuses).

Anyhousen, the title says it all, really.

I drew these on a peyote graph I drew up. I had to write myself insturctions, too, because I started getting lost straight away. Anywho, after I did the first one the 2nd one didn't take too long.

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7  White Buffalo Native American Seed Bead Brick Stitch Earrings in Beads: Completed Projects by Julz on: June 03, 2007 03:40:39 PM
Ok, so they might be a little bit white pleather wearing, Country and Western singer-ish, but I think they're hippie. With the right LZ or Burrito Brothers t-shirt...
 


I guess I could have used the Peyote stitch to keep in line with the Native American theme but I don't think it would have sat right.
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8  And some random seed bead pieces / earrings, etc... in Beads: Completed Projects by Julz on: May 31, 2007 10:30:34 PM
Comanche earrings. I love this style but it's really hard to get it flat.



Because I love anything Native American. Brick stich. Single earring. I sometimes wear a Dream Catcher earring on the other ear. I made that one, too, but I can't find it right now.



Single earring cos I lost the other. Hard to replace as I cannot find matching beads. 1920s style. Brick stitch. I once had these stolen (they were in my bag) but I found them in a bin. I know that theives chuck out the stuff they don't want so, yes, I did go through several bins at the scene of the crime. (I really love them  Cheesy)



Buddha. Peyote stitch (I love Native American stitches but so hard to keep flat). Not sure what I'll do with this one. It's about the size of my palm. A bit small as a purse and I really can't be arsed repeating the pattern to make a fully beaded purse. Hmmm...

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9  1930s Style Summer Fruit/Flower Seed Bead Earrings in Beads: Completed Projects by Julz on: May 31, 2007 06:42:27 PM
I just made these. They took about, oh, 3 hours to make. As you can see I love working with sead beads, no matter how slow the process is or how many times I spill them.

I made these for a friend's birthday.

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10  1930s Style Seed Bead Tassle Earrings in Beads: Completed Projects by Julz on: May 27, 2007 08:12:16 PM
I made these ones I saw in a great beading book I owned. I left it at my parents house and I can't remember what it's called - Little Book of Beading or something like that? Anyway, I'm not even sure if there's a pattern in it for these earrings but there are photos of ones like this that the author's grandmother made in the Thirties. She also used to bead dresses. Beautiful stuff.

These are really big ones I made and I love them but they're so heavy on my poor pears so I made some mini ones too.





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