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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: old cabinet into something new! on: March 19, 2009 07:43:47 PM
Swish! I love the handles Cheesy
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My completely redecorated first home on: January 27, 2009 12:01:30 PM
Wow, great job! It really brightens the place up. But secretly I also love the old floral wallpaper Cheesy
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / What's the lethal dose of butter? on: January 24, 2009 02:57:57 PM
I am about to make a batch of cupcakes (which I have never done!) and I have this American recipe that calls for 2 sticks of butter. I got online to check what the equivalent is in grams (I'm Australian) and it's 227g for 2 sticks.

So here's the botch - 3 weeks ago I made 2 banana cakes and I went online to get an icing recipe. I got one off cooks.com (which has a lot of strange concoctions that people use at home) and at the time, I assumed that 1 stick of butter was 250g! You know, cos, like, 500g comes in a square shape and 250g is a rectangular shape, more like a stick. So I used 500g of butter in icing that only required 227g. I got the icing sugar bit right (I think). But I was wondering why I had a motherload of icing left - it's still in the freezer! And seriously, I spread that icing on the cakes REAL thick, sides and all. That's not the first time I did something stupid like that...

I once made an entire cake with plain flour because I didn't read the instructions properly... when I realised it was supposed to be half plain and half self-raising, I'd mixed all the other ingredients. So I added an equal quantity of SR flour to make it even. But I'd run out of golden syrup (it was a caramel cake) so I used caramel topping and brown sugar. I didn't have the right ingredients for the topping so I thought I'd melt some butter and brown sugar in a pan and put that on top. Great idea til it solidified as soon as it hit the cake (I think I'd over cooked it) and I couldn't spread it. It sort of sat on top of the cake like a flat, slightly skewed beret. It didn't look like Nigella's at ALL. When my uncle tried to cut it, he couldn't get through the "icing" so he had to lift the 'hat' (as my brother called it as he rolled on the floor, crying with laughter) and we all took turns trying to break the toffee/fudge/whatever on our knees. I think we eventually broke it on the side of the coffee table. The cake itself was delicious if a bit crumbly (I managed to 'glue it back together' with a concoction of butter and sugar) and twice the size it should have been - which forced it to rise WAY above the top of the cake tin. Here's a picture, just in case anyone is in doubt -


The plate on the left has broken toffee hat, the plate on the right is the borken cake. The gormless looking girl in the photo - I've never seen her before in my life...  Wink
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: My Tribute To Valemtines Day (img heavy) on: January 17, 2009 11:51:06 AM
Wow, they are fantastic! You certainly have been busy! Good job!! I have to admit I was convinced they were real... they all look so delicious! I hope the little ones know your creations aren't for eating, too Cheesy
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bevy of Bobbins- corral your unruly bobbin thread! Pics, too! on: November 20, 2008 12:39:45 AM
Cool!!!!!  Cheesy
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Dinosaur quilt all finished! (pic heavy - but we all like pics right?) on: October 16, 2008 12:55:46 PM
It's brilliant! I love it. A definite heirloom.

I would find it strange if the pajamas WERE ironed. Cheesy
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: All you need is love...and Beatles Fabric on: October 05, 2008 12:50:57 PM
Oh, my god!! You guys have the best craft stuff over there!!! I love how you incorporated 2 of my favourite things ever - The Beatles and rainbows Cheesy I would so buy those if I saw them at the markets.
8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Shoe Sizing - Different Sizes on: October 03, 2008 02:47:51 PM

Does anyone know where I can get some free Shoe Sizing Templates? I have Searched crafter and goolge but keep coming up with Conversion Charts with lots of numbers but no templates. Any help would be mvery appreciated! Thank you!!

9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Eumundi Markets, Sunshine Coast, Queensland... on: October 01, 2008 02:28:48 PM
Hi Everyone!!

I am a stallholder at Peregian Beach Markets. I would like to talk to other stallholders or people who want to sell their weird crafts but can't afford the hefty prices at Eumundi Markets or who don't want to wait to get into the markets. Me and some other crafty stallholders are discussing getting together and creating our own unique market, free of imported junk. We're just putting some ideas together at the moment so drop me a PM or reply to this post if you're interested. Strange is good Cheesy


10  COOKING / Dessert / Re: WARNING! More super Explicit cupcakes! on: September 11, 2008 03:00:50 AM
Ahhahahahahahahaha! They look so cool, so life-like! Nice pee-holes (can I say that here?). So realistic. I think I'd have to shut my eyes if I was going to put one in my mouth... a cupcake, I mean... am I blushing? I think I am!!  Cheesy
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