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1  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
2  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!!

3  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


4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Shelf-Liner/Contact Paper/Sticky-Back Plastic on: August 12, 2008 01:19:12 AM

Could someone please tell me wheat term Americans use for 'contact paper' or 'sticky-back plastic'. Is it shelf-liner? I want to find kitschy sort of contact paper and I think that I can get more variety from America but I don't know what words to use when I'm googling it. Also, does anyone know of any good suppliers of this kind of thing?I want to cover and old suitcase with it. Thanks!!!!

5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / A Wet Felting Disaster - can it be redeemed? on: May 04, 2008 10:52:32 PM
Eh, hello. Bit of an embarassing story... and a long one (sorry)...

I have a jumper that I wanted to make 2 pairs of slippers out of for some friends.

I'd never felted before so I just figured I'd shrink the jumper in boiling water. After 2 failed attempts I decided to check the label. It was 100% acrylic, NOT WOOL. I few weeks later I was at a craft show. A lady at a wool felting stall suggested I needle felt then wet felt the jumper. So I went to Lincraft (I know some of you are probably groaning and shaking your heads). I spent about $70 on SULLIVANS INTERNATIONAL '100% WOOL ROVING' - Excellent For Needle Felting (according to the label), and a needle felting device complete with some brush thing. Then I got to felting.

I felted the back of the jumper really well. I mean, I stabbed the life out of that thing and I used a lot of 'wool'. It only took me a few weeks and three minor hand stabbings but I did it. Then today I got to the wet felting part of it.

Now, is it significant that the packaging on the '100% WOOL ROVING' says it's ideal for Locker Hooking, Needle Felting, and Hand Spinning, but doesn't mention Wet Felting? I did notice when I bought it but because that was the only roving Lincraft had and it was supposedly wool, I thought that it would be fine.

In relation to the wet felting side of things, I used hot water, soap, a textured mat, I pummeled, agitated, rolled, squeezed, and repeated. All I got was a wet, matted down jumper that dried surprising fast. It didn't turn into felt, it's still fuzzy, and I'm not sure how it'll work as slippers if they're going to cover everything in little coloured 'wool' fibres. So, my real question is... did I do something wrong or was I ripped off?

I don't feel like going through the process again. I might just needle felt it again and make the slippers anyway. Unless anyone has some great idea. All I can think of it putting it in the oven and hoping the fibres melt together (kidding!!).
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Buddha Bag & Psychadelic Pyramid Purse - 3 Pikchas on: February 01, 2008 11:14:38 PM
I finished the buddha bag today and made the pyramid one today.

The buddha bag doesn't have a zipper because I got frustrated trying to put one in and only found this tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0 by e.r.i.k.a. after I'd finished. The tutorial was extremely helpful when I made the pyramid bag. I did the beading of the Buddha ages ago. The strap is purple hemp with glass beads macramed into it. I accidently split some of the beads when I filed the holes to fit the hemp through. Oops.

The fabric for the pyramid purse is an old bedsheet from an op shop.

7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Looking for Glass Art Classes on the Sunshine Coast/Brisbane on: July 11, 2007 07:49:22 PM
I'm interested in glass art, making lampwork beads, and doing just general art classes that are not painting or drawing. Something unusual. I live on the Sunshine Coast so I'd prefer anything up here but if there's something really good on in Brisbane I'll go. Does anyone knoe of any classes, or do you teach them? I've looked at Tafe. Nuthin'.


8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Various seed bead earrings: Peyote, Britch, Wire Wrapping, Stringing... img hvy on: June 07, 2007 03:26:09 PM
Sorry! I tried to put them all in one photo but it didn't look right.

A couple of these I made quite a while ago but I'm really getting back into beading now. I'm posting these up cos I've been looking for seed bead projects and ideas on here but there really arent' that many and some of the other sites I've looked at are quite daggy. Yes, I still use that word. Daggy. But they are.

I made these ones yesterday. Peyote stitch.

I made these a few years ago. Brick stitch.

Sorry the picture's a bit blurry.

Dunno what this stitch is called but I've used it quite a few times. These are mini versions of the big tassle ones I like to do.

These ones are just strung on so they're really simple but I wear them cos I like colourful things.

Anywho, I hope ya like them and hope they provide a bit of inspiration. If anyone has made their own seed bead earrings I'd love to see them!! Even if you think they're daggy!  Grin
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Orange, yellow, and white 70's style Peyote tube seed bead earrings (phew!) on: June 06, 2007 03:14:48 PM
Please excuse the crappy picture. I'm not a very good photographer as it is and it's rainy and dark outside so there are horrible shadows in the picture, and I'm cold and may have been shivering when I took the photo (excuses).

Anyhousen, the title says it all, really.

I drew these on a peyote graph I drew up. I had to write myself insturctions, too, because I started getting lost straight away. Anywho, after I did the first one the 2nd one didn't take too long.

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / White Buffalo Native American Seed Bead Brick Stitch Earrings on: June 03, 2007 03:40:39 PM
Ok, so they might be a little bit white pleather wearing, Country and Western singer-ish, but I think they're hippie. With the right LZ or Burrito Brothers t-shirt...

I guess I could have used the Peyote stitch to keep in line with the Native American theme but I don't think it would have sat right.
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