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1  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Crafty novice in bristol on: June 27, 2011 09:05:09 AM
I haven't done any yet but there's a shop by the arches on Gloucester Road (Cox and Baloney's vintage I think it's called) and they have a sign outside advertising craft workshops (knitting, upholstery etc) . I think there's also stuff at Paper Village in Bedminster, so I hear.
Otherwise, lets start one! Cheesy
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Wowza! Now that is a planter! on: May 13, 2011 11:36:11 AM
Hilarious! What would the neighbours say?! Wink
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Star Wars Dresses...'nuff said on: May 13, 2011 11:22:22 AM
NICE! I wish I could find sheets like that!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / un-seasonal twee-as-you-like bunting on: October 19, 2010 07:06:39 AM
I started this in the summer, when bunting was all the range, but only got round to finishing it yesterday, haha.
I had about 50 4cm squares of material I'd been using to make a quilt, but got a bit bored and demoralised with that. I'd been out in town, seen shops with over priced fabric bunting in, and said to my friend 'I could do better than that'. So I did!

It's a bit scrappy but I've got 5 sets of roughly 3m long strings of the stuff now. It's all different colours. Unfortunately they're not quite good enough to sell so I've strung them up in my room. It's always summer now!

(I cut the squares into triangles, sewed them back to back, then sewed them onto ribbon or cotton tape, then backed the ribbon/tape.) The left over triangle bits went into more triangles as well.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: MEGA chain chomp bean bag on: October 19, 2010 06:34:25 AM
oh wow! My brother keeps moaning about our candy striped bean bag... am inspired now!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Nintendo coffee table *extremely pic heavy* on: September 20, 2010 11:06:21 AM
wow! That must've got a bit tedious but it looks amazing!
7  COOKING / Dessert / The 'how the hell do we cut this?!' Wedding Cake on: September 03, 2010 11:56:09 AM
Hi guys! My friends are getting married tomorrow, very low key, and having a open house tea party. My first thought (after happy yay lovely for them thoughts) was 'can I make the cake?!'. I don't think it's the official one, but I said I was gonna make one and it's my edible present to them.
They have adorable young children and I always play lego at their house. So I got a lego bride and groom off ebay to top the cake.

I made chocolate leaves by painting the underside of rose leaves with melted dark chocolate, refrigerating, and then peeled off the leaf.
Sugar rose petals - dip the petal in egg white, dip in caster sugar. They taste just like they smell! It's weird but lovely.
I made a fondant icing rose which is on the top as well, I was planning on making loads of little ones to go round the bottom but my icing was too sticky and it was just a nightmare so I only managed one. Last time I buy pre-made fondant!

The cake is 8in, 4 layers, alternating chocolate orange with orange and lemon sponge. Sandwiched with marmalade and icing, the icing is orange and lemon and white chocolate butter icing.

I made a prototype cake yesterday to test the recipe, which I dropped as I got it out the oven, then dropped the icing on the floor! I managed to rectify it and it tasted pretty good. I tested a few methods of mixing to make sure I got a good consistency.

I used a traditional sandwich cake recipe by Mary Berry and added the flavours. I hope they like it, and that it survives the hour long car journey! My tins weren't big enough so it's in a box...

(I took pictures along the way to blog it, but I'm not sure where to post them... I can put more here if you want. I might set up a cake tumblr or something.)

I'm dead chuffed with it!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The Wandering Coffee Table on: August 29, 2010 02:38:17 AM
How long did it take you to sand off all of the varnish/gloss stuff on the the table before you put the maps on?

I only briefly hand sanded it for 20mins or so, so only took off maybe the top layer. I figured because I was decoupaging as opposed to properly painting it didn't really matter! Especially as the legs were an annoying shape.

Thanks for the lovely comments guys!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The Wandering Coffee Table on: August 27, 2010 07:23:23 AM
Its looking that you used any thin wallpaper to give a MAPIA look to this table. I am still not believing that you painted it.

whoops that was a typo! I meant I painted the table, then glued actual maps on. Man if only I'd painted it!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Wandering Coffee Table on: August 27, 2010 04:31:06 AM
(I completely forgot to take before pictures, oops!)

Basically, I love old maps. I got a load for 25p each (!) at my local Amnesty book store. And I thought 'hmm I'd like a new useful piece of furniture', and picked up a pretty good condition pine coffee table for 15 at a used furniture store.

I painted over my maps with a concoction of tea and coffee, sanded and primed the table, and after a lot of hardcore PVA glue, varnish, and clear enamel spray paint, this is it! I'm really pleased with it, but the legs were so difficult to get decoupaged flat and still retain some integrity to the map. So they're not. That's my only gripe. Practise makes perfect!

Also, the top doesn't quite go but it's a lovely pre 1950's map of my home county that I didn't want to cut up, and thought it was a nice centre piece. FYI, the legs are Scotland, the rim bit is Northern France, the top Sussex (England).

My cups of tea will never get lost!

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