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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: September 16, 2014 12:40:46 AM
AIMR - I love that mapleleaf dotee, so autumn-ny  Grin

Everyone is so busy making lots of lovelies it's enough to make you jealous! I havent been crafting much recently as I am about to apply for an amazing creative arts oppertunity which would mean a HUGE change of life - basically going from an office worker to a full time craftswoman. Very, very scary, especially at age 35 - I havent even submitted my application letter (closing date is Friday) and I am stressing already!! Undecided  If I'm invited to interview I have to bring a portfolio of work so I am going to try and get that pulled together starting tonight - would that count as crafting?  Wink
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 on: September 07, 2014 12:55:11 AM
Oh wow! I especially love the silver one. Is that faux leather? Beautiful! (Isn't Ludi's tutorial awesome? Wink )

Thanks. yeah I think so - I made it in a 2 day "Modern Goldwork techniques" class a few years back so I dont quite remember. It is worked on Silk though.

And yes Ludi is a star for that tutorial. I will be using it again.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 on: September 06, 2014 11:15:51 PM
The embroidery on these was completed a while a go but I just wanted to share that I have finally managed to get them 'framed' thanks to Ludi's wonderful tutorial.   Grin

My little hoopla wall is looking quite good so far:

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: September 06, 2014 11:05:07 PM
I've been on annual leave for a couple weeks (and boy did the time go fast!) so I have managed to get a couple things finished up.

Thanks to Ludi's wonderful tutorial I have finally managed to get a couple pieces finished up for my 'hoopla' wall.

I also had a request from my sister to make her a more travel safe Tartan Gator as she is going to a writers confrence in New York!

She bought a plastic toy gator:

and I have re-painted him:

so thats another 3 on the list.  Grin
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Starbucks Bothwell Street Big Knit (or crochet) for Kidney Kids Scotland on: August 19, 2014 04:18:55 AM
Just wanted to give you a quick update Smiley Although we still have piece's being donated we have now surpassed our taget by about 5 metres!

We are going to continue til the 21st Sept when we will officially call it done.

Also we are about half way through the 2nd book of raffle tickets for the Dr Who scarf and I suspect we will draw the ticket on the 21st as well Smiley

Thank you to all who have supported us in this  Cheesy
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: August 14, 2014 01:01:29 AM
This is just a little silly make but it made me smile Smiley

I work as IT helpline support for a website and after we relaunched our site a few months ago we have been having some serious issues. The head of IT siad in a meeting a while back that "We know there is a hairy bug in the system, we just cant find it!" so of course I decided to knit the 'hairy bug' :

(Apologies for sideways phone pic - will try an sort this later)
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Housewarming wall hanging on: August 11, 2014 05:30:15 AM
Thanks for the lovely comments everyone  Cheesy
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: August 10, 2014 01:33:32 PM
oh thanks!  My mouth is watering now for cake!  I assume the sugar for the icing is the confectioners sugar we have or 10x.

the caster sugar goes in the cake, the demerara (or light brown) is mixed with the nuts & spread on the top before baking. I didnt put any notes about the buttercream filling or the drizzle icing as I just hedged that bit when I did it Cheesy
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: August 10, 2014 08:15:17 AM

You must share the recipe for the cardamon cake!  It has a very unusual flavor.

From the Hairy Bikers Bakeation book

200g butter.
2tbsp cardamom pods
225g caster sugar
3 large eggs
300g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
200ml semi skimmed milk


3 heaped tbsp demerara sugar
40g chopped hazelnuts or pecans

Pre heat the oven to 190c/fan 170c/gas 5. Grease a 20x30cm cake tin and line with greaseproof paper - I usually make this cake either in 2 loaf tins or you could split it into 2 round tins if you wanted to have the buttercream filling version.

Put the butter into a sauce pan and melt slowly, put to one side to cool.

Break open the cardamom pods and crush the seeds with a pestle and mortar.

Put the sugar and eggs into large bowl and beat with an electric whisk untill pale and light.
Add cardamom, flour,baking powder,cooled melted butter and a little of the milk, whisk untill just combined.

Gradually add the rest of the milk whisking constantly untill the batter is smooth and is the texture of double cream.

Pour into the prepared tin/s.

Mix together chopped nuts and sugar and sprinkle over the top of the cake.

Bake in the centre of your oven for about 30/35 mins or untill well risen and golden brown. Check it's baked with a skewer. bake for a bit longer if it doesn't come out clean.

Leave the cake to cool in the tin for about 30 mins.

You can either have this iced or not  -  tastes really good both ways Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: August 10, 2014 06:38:14 AM

I've just realised that it have been quite sometime since I posted any pics and updated my list - honest I have been crafting!!

ok here ate the pics of the 2 pieces I couldnt post before (I was teaching these)

Snowflake Brooches (I've now made 3 of these)

"Elegant" Necklace

And here are the new bits:
Housewarminig wall hanging for my BF's 1st house - Post here

Sea/space necklace

Purple Crystal Necklace

Golden "Crowns" bracelet - I have also make this in Silver but have no pic.

Rich Choc cake for Work Raffel (also made a marble cake but forgot to take a pic too  Undecided)

Birthday Cardamon cake with chopped pecans, buttercream filling and vanilla drizzle icing for Mum.

baby booties for a work mate

I have learned a new crakft - Viking Knit. So far I have made a braclet (no pic  Embarrassed) and a necklace:

I have also finished 2 other beaded pieces (no pics til I have taught them next April, sorry - shame cause I really want to show you all what I've come up with!!) and another knitted scarf length for the BigKnit Project.

I think that covers it all  Cheesy Brings me to at running total of 28 so far.
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