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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / secrets: illustration in watercolour and ink on: December 15, 2010 09:28:13 PM

recently, i've been reading mahn-hwa's like 궁. getting in touch with my korean heritage and all. you can see the oriental influence in her hairstyle, which is a traditional korean chignon-type style worn by the choson dynasty aristocracy.

and it's been raining lately. rain either makes me restless, or puts me in a peaceful/calm/productive mood. lately, it's been the latter. i like this girl so much i made prints, which i may give away as Christmas presents. probably not though! i'm thinking of opening an etsy store.

more on my blog! (see signature)
2  COOKING / Dessert / Creamy Chocolate Mocha Ice-Cream - good for beginners! on: January 29, 2009 12:42:30 AM
Hello all,

I'm sort of a cooking newbie, so I decided to make a simple dessert before trying any elaborate dishes. I modified a recipe from The Essential Dessert Cookbook; it produces an ice-cream that is really thick, creamy and rich in flavour. Tastes strongly of chocolate and coffee, as one would expect, but is not overly sweet. A simple fail-proof experiment for beginners, such as myself.

Ingredients you will need:

    * 1/2 cup epresso coffee beans
    * 3 cups cream
    * 250g dark chocolate
    * 3/4 cup caster sugar
    * 6 egg yolk
    * 1 cup milk

Basically combine the coffee, cream and chocolate in a sauce-pan, stir over medium heat until mixture thickens.
Combine sugar and egg yolks in a bowl, whisk until slightly thick, put the two mixtures together and stir until consistent texture. Return to pan and stir until thick. Put in container and freeze. Serve in scoops.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pomegranates and Daffodils on: January 22, 2009 11:17:41 PM
So I've returned to embroidery once again, and I decided I'd like to try a few traditional things before getting back to freeform/contemporary Smiley

The second one is still incomplete, hahah. They're nothing fancy, but I rather like them.
The patterns are from: http://www.blackworkarchives.com/

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Aubergine-hued Cocktail Dress with Pleated Bodice (EDIT: pics w/ dress on) on: November 09, 2008 06:04:51 PM
Hi, this is the first time in forever that I've posted to Craftster but anyhoo, down to business:

This is the real colour of the fabric. And here's the dress itself:

Bust/bodice area:

More bust detail:

I know it's a pretty simple dress, but it's been ages since I last sewed, so I'm proud there weren't any major screw-ups. I messed up the front where the straps meet, but that was conveniently covered up by the rose! Hahah  Cheesy

EDIT~ As promised, here are the pictures with the dress on

Sorry, I know they're a bit dark, but you get the general idea..
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A QUESTION concerning needle sizes =] on: November 07, 2007 02:50:43 AM
Hi, I'm new to knitting and I was only able to purchase one pair of 3.25mm-ish needles (about US size 4 or a bit smaller?) before the store closed down. I almost cried. I don't know anywhere else that sells knitting supplies, and I'm not overly fond of buying things online (bad, bad past experiences turn me off anything remotely connecting to online shopping).
SO my question is: if, say for example, a hat pattern recommends size 4 needles for ribbing and size 8 or 9 needles for the rest of the hat, would it make a huge difference if I made the whole hat in size 4 needles? Should I just find another store that SELLS needles?

Please help me. I'm a complete noob, but I already feel strange withdrawal-like symptoms if I don't knit for long periods of time. I swear this is a dangerous hobby  Grin
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / blue-gray knit dress (winter's just arrived here in AUSTRALIA) on: June 09, 2007 09:06:22 PM
While all the rest of craftster is happily creating sundresses, it's winter here so i made le babydoll dress below >>

The best part is that the whole thing only cost me $3   
... but then I ran out of fabric, so it's only gathered at the front, not all around. Heheh; =]
Oh, and sorry about the mirror pics. I'm not that great with the whole self-timer thing
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / it's almost embarrassing to ask this ... but what are circulars and dpns ? on: May 06, 2007 03:39:06 AM
and what can i make without them, with the exception of scarves and ipod cozies? sorry for asking such a basic question, but i'm a COMPLETE amateur when it comes to knitting. sewing, jewelry making, embroidery - i can do - but knitting... my grandmother taught me the very basics when i was eight but i haven't picked up yarn+needles since. HOWEVER; now that winter is approaching (in australia) i really want to pick up on my very rusty knitting skills.

thankyou for your help =]
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / green kitten with cream+rose coloured ears on: August 17, 2006 03:50:22 AM
be nice, because this is one of my first ever plushies, apart from a sock monkey and an elephant. =]  she's a bit wonky, but i still love her. heheh

i got the pattern from here >> http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com/ (go to freebies)

(sorry about the huge picture! i dont know what happened...)

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / japanese cloth doll craftalong?? on: August 15, 2006 08:03:47 PM
does anyone want to make this japanese cloth doll with me??


i've never tried it before and it looks really interesting =]

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / fashion sketch + a painting on: July 18, 2006 10:47:30 PM
haven't done much art lately, but here's a painting from last year... it's an abstract sun. (yes, to me, the sun is a girl in a long, sparkly dress)

and a fashion sketch for a contest on DeviantArt  .. she's a vampire, but my scanner destroyed her.

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