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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Lasagna Cupcakes on: August 14, 2011 06:45:51 AM
Got a decent image at last! This one's using homemade pasta cut using a cookie cutter.

2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes on: August 09, 2011 02:57:52 AM
Those look yummy! Cupcakes, check! Chocolate, check! Coffee, check! Sounds like a winner.

I'll admit the "spice" caught my attention. I thought "Hey! That looks similar to something we get here!" and then I saw the "Product of South Africa". Tongue
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: For the love of Cupcakes round 3 gallery on: August 08, 2011 03:59:43 PM
Yeah! I love my package from alexania! Apron and matching cloth (that velcros on). And a supercute pin cushion, which I think your husband was totally lying to you about, cause it's awesome Smiley

Yay! I'm so glad you liked it (and that it got there in one piece!) How was the stamp mosaic on the front hey?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Zombie Quilt on: August 01, 2011 12:23:12 AM
Thank you so much, that cleared up a lot of confusion! (Sorry for the barrage of questions!)
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Lasagna Cupcakes on: July 31, 2011 01:50:53 PM
I've made these a couple of times and I keep wanting to post photos but they're bloody hard to photograph... they keep looking like mini blobs of pasta and meat.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My first soap (MP only though) on: July 31, 2011 01:43:37 PM
So after months of wanting to I've at last attempted MP soap (I'm still getting up the courage to play with lye).

I made two batches of soap. I don't have a double-boiler/dedicated soap bowl, so used the "microwave method". With my first batch it cooled down much quicker than I worked, which meant that when I poured it into the molds, it created bubbly wobbles on top. Tongue The second batch worked much better.

I found them to be quite oily when I took them out of the molds, is that normal? I was also faced with the problem of "what do I do with them?". I live by the coast, so I didn't want the humidity to melt them. Eventually I just wrapped them in cling wrap. What do you guys do with your completed soap?

The first batch was a Brown Sugar and Vanilla batch (with Vitamin E). I wasn't very sure about my vanilla FO, as it didn't smell at all like vanilla in the bottle. :/ So I probably didn't use as much as I could've, it's consequently not a very strong smelling soap.

The second batch was a Lavender and Olive Oil batch. The lavender flowers just kind of floated on top, which depressed me a little, but oh well!

Over all I'm pretty proud of them!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Zombie Quilt on: July 31, 2011 12:07:03 PM
Okay so I really want to make this quilt for a friend of mine but I've never quilted before and my applique experience is sketchy. Frankly I'd describe my sewing skill as "Enthusiastic Beginner". But on the other hand, I tend to stay interested longer if it's a challenge. Tongue

So my first question is, for about a Queen size quilt (yes I'm crazy shhh) how much fabric/batting would I need?

Secondly, I've read some articles/tutorials etc and do you think it would be possible to do this quilt without turning? So just fusing the pieces on and zigzagging the edges? Did you do the red pieces first and then the black pieces on top of them?

Also, once you've managed to applique the patches onto the front and then you sandwich your backing and your batting and your front, how do you decide where to stitch for the "quilting"?

And what did you use for the edges?

Oh oh and what paint did you use for the back? Will normal acrylic do, do you think?

And then lastly, I have a very very old machine that I inherited from my gran, and it has a lot of... squiggly feet. Is this a quilting foot?
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / MP Soap Bases - Can you adjust them? on: July 29, 2011 04:06:38 AM
As you may haven noticed I didn't know what to call this thread. Woo!

Okay so I have a clear soap base sitting at home and I was looking through recipes last night and lot of them specify Olive Oil Soap Base or Shea Butter Soap Base or Goat's Milk Soap Base, etc.

So my question is, can I turn a Clear Soap Base into for example an Olive Oil Soap Base by just adding some Olive Oil?!

(As an added note, if you can actually get soap supplies in South Africa, it's very, very limited. So can't really go and buy those bases. Sad )
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: For the love of Cupcakes round 3 gallery on: July 26, 2011 04:24:21 AM
Aaaaaaaah everything looks so awesome! I love the stuff you got Bernadettelynn! I wist that tag so bad... I think I might have to copy it.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: For the love of Cupcakes round 3 gallery on: July 22, 2011 12:12:37 AM
I simply ADORE the mug and the hoop, it's awesome.
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