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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Idea for one yr old's Bday - I want to use an awesome photo I found... on: April 23, 2009 08:34:19 PM
Many thanks again!
I just wanted to share what I ended up doing!  Better late than never! 
Did I mention I love printable fabric?

22  COOKING / Dessert / My Most Favorite Cookie Recipie! Cake Cookies! on: April 23, 2009 08:27:44 PM
Hello All!
I have finally found a cake recipie that I can call my own... even though I found it on the side of a Duncan Hines Cake Mix Box!!!  It's on the side of their "Chocolate Fudge Moist Deluxe" Cake Mix...

1 pkg of Duncan Hines Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter melted
1/4 cup brown sugar packed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans, (I didn't add this, didn't have any!)

Preheat oven to 350 F, grease baking sheets, (I use Parchment paper, the stuff rocks)

Place cake mix, eggs, melted butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl, and stir with spoon until thoroughly blended.  Stir in Chocolate chips and nuts.  Drop by level measuring table spoons onto greased baking sheets.

Bake at 350F for 12 minutes for chewy cookies, [cookies will still be puffed], or 14 minutes for crisp cookies.  (I needed to use 9 minutes to get them perfect.  Maybe my oven's too hot)

Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets.  Remove to cooling racks.

Check out the pics! 

And I've tried other flavors! With *awesome* success!  (The other flavors bake smaller, but just as yummy!)  I took pics of the Marble Cake Mix Cookies:

I also tried Cherry Chip, but I didn't like it as much.  My girlfriend, though, whose favorite cake flavour is cherry chip, really really enjoyed many of them!

This may be a well know recipie, I don't know, but I just *had* to share!!!
23  COOKING / Dessert / Scoop and Bob the Builder Cake - with progress pics! on: April 23, 2009 08:09:56 PM
Hello All!
I finished a cake for a friend's son that I am particularly proud of, (except for the unsmoothness of the fondant), and wanted to share!  I was most proud of the proportions & the "Black Diamond of Illusion" as I call it!  It made my odd triangle shape of cake look like the arm and bucket of scoops digger! 
Too the Pics!

Do you see the "Black Diamond of Illusion"?  Don't mind the parchment paper surrounding Bob... the royal icing wasn't dry enough for the party Sad  (I broke 3 Bob's before resigning to incompleteness).  So, I had to be resourcefull!

The beginning:

Assembly begins:

Notice that the green fondant doesn't quite reach the back corner?  It's worse in the front corner cut off by the photo.... so I decided that would be a great place to put "water" lol!

This is a cheat I often use:  fondant can get heavy, and to make sure that the top piece doesn't weigh down the base, I cut a toilet paper roll to *exactly* the right hight I need, cover it in foil, and carve a hole for it (This pic shows it under the icing):

I love making cakes, but I've only done half a dozen major ones... I can never get the fondant as smooth as the "good looking" cakes that our out there, (and posted on this board!).  But the kids don't mind!  At least the grass and water is smooth!

But ofcourse, after my hours of labour, all the kids really cared about were the chocolate rocks!!! lol!  (They're candy coated chocolate, I found them at the Bulk Barn!)

Thanks for letting me share!  Maybe I'll give some ideas to another cake-making mom or aunt!
Have a great day!
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: paging a spiral pocket coin purse.. anyone? on: February 28, 2009 07:00:46 PM
Have you searched at instructables?  I did a quick look about and found this, (close, but not quite...)
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First try at patterned beading! on: February 27, 2009 07:00:58 PM
I'm not sure what to call it, but instead of straight stringing, or attaching looped findings, I tried to step up my game by doing a pattern from "Beaded Fantasies".  Lovely book!  I'm pretty stoked with the results!

Except, I suck at taking close pics.  I have an automatic camera, so I can't choose the focus Sad  I hope my mom likes them!  They're for her birthday!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: do you believe in love ? on: February 27, 2009 06:43:29 PM
no attachments.
it's an accessory

Genius!  Well made, stylish, and... Genius!  Now all your fav shirts can be hooded!  I love it!!!

... you can wear it with pretty much anything,
   or nothing at all ?    Cheesy

HA!  Well... at least your neck will be warm!  lol!
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need your opinions on wire colors! on: February 24, 2009 09:16:05 AM
Cherry blossom trees in my mind are dark brown, and brown and pink are two colors that go well together.  I say brown, hands down.  The silver is pretty, but I don't think cherry blossom.  The gold is, to me, a definate no, and I don't think I like copper either.  (Copper is kinda orange to me.  Orange and pink?  Nah).

BTW, all the trees look great!  You'll post a final, right?
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 3 inspirations Mummy Dress ! on: February 24, 2009 09:08:28 AM
A costume has *nothing* on this dress!  I think it's gorgeous! What a beautiful dress!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: IS criticism NOT ok? on: February 23, 2009 12:51:27 PM
Persephone Hazard:
You look amazing!  Honestly, I am 175lbs, and I could *not* pull that off!  (I'm a bit pear shaped). 
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: do you believe in love ? on: February 19, 2009 07:30:48 PM
Is the hood attached to the shirt, or is it an accessory?
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