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1  Sheffield Banana Chocolate Cupccakes! Yummy! in Dessert by rill on: May 27, 2009 03:39:55 AM

Sorry you can't see it properly. It was my first try and tasted really good. For me, I think the taste of chocolate and banana and cinnamon is balanced. Definitely going to make this again for the future. They're for my BF's birthday. I got the recipe from here: http://resepi.mesra.net/Detailed/4781.shtml
And here's the translation: Grin

You'll need:
2 eggs
2 cups castor sugar
1 cup fresh milk
1 cup oil (I used cooking oil)
1 tsp essence of vanilla
2-3 bananas (mashed)
1 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tbsp chocolate chips
1 cup hot water (I didn't add this as I had bad experiences adding water to cake batter before)

And you need to sift these ingredients:
1 cup self-raising flour
3/4 cup wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup cocoa powder

In a mixer, mix eggs and sugar until fluffy.
Mix in milk.
Mix in oil.
Mix in essence of vanilla, cinnamon powder and chocolate chips.
Mix in mashed bananas.
Fold in sifted ingredients, don't use the mixer, use a spatula
Add in hot water (I skipped this step)
Bake in 150 degree celcius for 40-45mins

(p/s:sorry for the bad English, lol)

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2  My First Felt Bunny! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by rill on: May 27, 2009 03:15:18 AM
This little guy was made for my BF as his bodyguard (it was his birthday). It's my first time working with felt, and my first attempt at bunny-making. His ears are black velvet. That's my BF's name on the bunny's sweater.

Safely in the backpack he's getting

I also bake him a banana chocolate cinnamon cupcakes ^.^

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3  It WAS a great bag... [pic heavy] in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rill on: September 15, 2008 09:42:45 PM
Okay, so I made this messenger, which turned out great. It has everything I wanted for a messenger (only I forgot to put a key holder). It's black and reddish-hot pink (not orange like in the pic). It has pseudo flap (I hate turning the flap over to open the bag). The flap has vertical pockets. Under the flap are 3 pockets for my phones and glasses. Inside there are 2 pockets - for my pencil case and calculator. There's also a water bottle holder. The inside turned out to be humongous. Which is great! Grin It also has a strawberry embroidered on the flap.

and then, this had to happen:

the zipper got broken. I didn't use a heavy duty zipper because it's hard to find in my country from the retailers. It will be a whole lot of a job to open the seams and install a new zipper. Oh well, I guess I should make myself a new one then... Grin

So, I was walking around campus with my messenger. While it got several compliments, I also got several requests. A friend wanted one for her birthday. So, a month AFTER her birthday, I made this:

She's in love with the colour yellow, so her bag is a black and yellow combo. It's quite similar to mine, except it's simpler (I was in a rush and had very limited time to sew this). I had to use a separating zipper to make sure this bag doesn't suffer the same fate as mine.

Next is a bag/purse that I made for another friend. Also for her birthday. And this one is a month and a half late.

I actually liked it and planning to make myself one. I'm in love with the fabric, but sadly I only bought 2 meters of it. It has 3 pockets inside.

That's all. Thanks for reading.
*hint:comments/critics make my day

P?S: all of these are my first bags Grin
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4  An apron for a friend [IMG HEAVY!!!] in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rill on: May 17, 2008 10:45:15 AM

So, my friend's wedding reception is tomorrow (it's far..I'll have to drive for 3 hours to get there =.=). She was my roommate all through my diploma years, so that's about 2 1/2 years. We have a lot of memory together. After graduation, we kinda got caught up in our lives, I rarely see her, but I cherished her all the same.

One of the memory was me having a conversation about her wedding. She said "For my wedding gift, I want you to get me cooking utensils. I don't want you to give me a set of dinner plates or cooking pots, other people will sure to give them to me. Nobody gives kitchen utensils, so you should give me kitchen utensils" and this was roughly 4 years ago, lol.

And now, her family will think that I'm a lousy gift-giver when she opened my wedding gift  Undecided (we usually open wedding gifts with our family here). I mean, really, kitchen utensils? Anyway, since kitchen utensils barely have personal feelings in them (pardon my English, but I hope you understand what I mean), I made her an apron. I was inspired by the wonderful Emmeline Apron. I really like the criss-cross on the back. It's kinda wonky when I wear them, but I made it to fit her size, I think she has bigger bust, so I think it's okay. I hope she'll liked them.

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5  Awesome Cat-Ear Hoodie with Exaggerated Hood! IMG FRENZY! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rill on: December 17, 2007 04:56:32 PM
Well, at least I think it's somewhat awesome...meh Tongue


It's started with the initial idea and sketch. I got inspired from a bunny-ear hoodie found  here.

It was one off the urges that randomly came up to me at odd times and will keep springing up and will only stop when I got it started  (I once got the urge to paint my room right after I woke up one morning, and the next thing I did was buying some paint o.O), and so off I go to buy the materials. I found a cheap fabric (RM3/m - about US$0.83, lol), and got some net, trimmings, buttons, and such. All amounted to about RM19.60. It was a stage that made me nervous because it's practically the first time for me to cut a virgin fabric. (So I'm like a Virgin Virgin-fabric-cutter?) And yes, I did use a cookie tin to mark the neck part XD

The measuring and cutting took all night (I'm a newbie, see? and I started at 12am). Then I had to summon all my patience and try to contain myself to wait till morning so I can use my mum's sewing machine. (I tend to be impatient when I'm doing a project because I'm always too excited to see the outcome). Then after I discovered my mom's machine had died, and I don't have enough patience to wait for it to get resurrected, I started hand sewn it. And few days later, I got a cat-ear hoodie.

The hoodie being up

Side view

The back

The lining: soft, white cotton

The HOOD! This is why I put 'Exaggerated' in the title. The hood is lined with net and the same powder blue fabric with satin ribbon trimmings near the end and lace in between the net and the blue fabric.

The buttonhole

Closeup on appliqu of a kitty and my name

And my ingenious anti-fray mechanism

My label

Yup, 100% hand sewn. (I'm so proud of myself although the hoodie is barely anything to you experts Wink) My favorite part of the hoodie is when the hood is down, I'll get this sort of like a Japanese schoolgirl uniform look (like in the first pic). I've already wear it in public, and surprisingly, many has asked me to make one for them too Huh (a friend wanted one with a mashi maro's ear o.O) It really surprised me because I have never seen someone wearing a cat-ear hoodie here in Malaysia, so I thought the idea might be revolting to the society  Lips sealed I usually wear the hood down, but my friends kept asking me to put the hood up >.>

The buttonhole was an adventure as I have never ever sewn one before, machine nor hand, and I just used logical reasoning to decide to use blanket stitch for it (I didn't even have a reference on how to hand-sew it), and the sleeves are messy Tongue Oh, and I use terry cloth for the applique and the inner ear, because mohairs and felts are rare here. I dunno if you guys think this is very weird, but I found it very calming to hand-sew while listening to the rain. And the sense of accomplishment I got from finishing this is wonderful, I feel like I'm a genius or something.

Okay, I'll stop writing, and sorry for posting too many pictures (I got excited). Oh, leave comment, plretty please with sugar on top? They make my day.
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6  What I've Been Doing Last Week... (Slightly IMG Obese) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by rill on: October 16, 2007 09:45:10 AM
Okay, so, my mum decided our hall needs new set of curtains because we've been using the same ones for about a decade. At first, she wanted to buy one, but being a craftster that I am, I said to my mum, "Hey, I could sew that! Don't waste RM400 for only four-panel sliding door curtains". So, my mum bought the fabrics, and so begun my sewing frenzy.

So, on to the pics!!

The curtain, these are for the sliding door panels. I also made curtains for the windows, same design and stuff, just shorter.

These are the...urm..I would call them "ices"...lol. Just some embellishment on the top border of the upfront curtains.

And this is the fabric showing the texture and colour of the first layer of the curtain. I really like the texture but hate the way it stretch.

This is the second layer of the curtain. It's organza (I don't know what you call it in the US), the colour is gorgeous, it has two shades which are teal and yellow-ish green. But it's also a hard fabric to sew.

And this is a group pic with everything else I made last week, just for fun and because the other stuff don't deserve their own thread.

Sorry it's in Bahasa Melayu, it's for my blog. It says on the curtain caption "new curtains", and under it is some cookies I made which are Clockwise: Honey-Cornflakes treats, Peanut Butter Cookies and Orange Cookies. And the caption of the bottom one reads "layer cake. Try and count the layers". The layer cake took 5 hours to make, phew. I also made a chocolate cake but couldn't take pictures as it has been consumed by many hungry and chocolate-craving stomachs.

I'm very proud of myself as it's only my second curtain. I hope I can do those difficult pleats and stuff next.  Grin

Please leave comments, they make my day~
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7  My Kimono-hoodie !!! NOW WITH MORE PICS in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rill on: June 24, 2007 10:23:40 AM
Okay, here's the new, supossedly better pic

Hood on =3 :




Here in Malaysia, we don't have real reason for wearing hoodies (as we live practically under the Equator), other than because it's stylish. I wear them mostly to night classes or when I need to got out but too lazy to change, thus, hoodie to the rescue! Just cover up whatever you were wearing, lol. I started this project at midnight using the trial-and-error method. A couple of injuries (I pinned and stitched my hand) and a few hours later, voila! New hoodie! And not just any hoodie, it's a kimo-hoodie! The new semester is going to start soon, and now a have my new kimo-hoodie (that no one else has) to show off wear.

Another thing about Malaysia is that the fabric stores don't sell knit/t-shirt/sweatshirt fabric, and I can't find separating zipper anywhere  Angry So I had to buy 4 large t-shirts (cheap ones, thanks to Carrefour  Grin) and figure out a way to for closure without using a zipper.

This is also my first try at hoodie...and actually the first clothe I sew in 5 years (last time I sew one, it was end of 2001). Ok, on to the pics...

Group shot of vectorized version of me, lol

L-R: Hood on, Front, Back, and Front (better view of the Obi)

Close up on fabric

It's really cute >.<

Bad pics, I know, maybe will post better ones later.

For closure, I used ribbon around the obi. The front can be opened entirely like a kimono. The hood is small, but then again, I never wear hoodies with the hood on (like I said, it's there because of the stylish factor,lol  Cheesy), so that's not a problem. The fabric is thin, and super comfy. It's a little messy, but I'm proud of it. I had sooo much fun making it, and I'm considering of making a red one (I think it would be yummy). It cost me under RM20 and I like it better than my RM40 store-bought one  Grin

Yeah, totally inspired by madpimp's famous kimo-hoodie

Thank you so much for reading and looking, and comments/critics are highly appreciated.
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8  Boring, Ordinary Men T-Shirt to spiffy T-Shirt (My First Recon, YAY!) IMG Heavy in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rill on: June 17, 2007 06:39:33 AM
Okay, I got this TShirt that I really like and I got it for free when I join this leadership programme. I feel proud wearing it because it's a symbol that I've survived the camp because that camp was the toughest ever. But, it's a boring men tee (why does they always give men tees?) and it's a tad too big for me.

I've never thought of reconning my shirts before I discover Craftster. Feeling inspired, I started my first recon job, yay!  Grin

note: I'm a graphic designer and I then to graphic-ised everything, so excuse the 10-minutes graphics.

Here's the before pic with a micro-pic of the participants of the camp that you need a microscope to see (yay for everybody wearing the same shirt!)

I then tore it apart, what fun!

And the finished product...

And action shot! (modeled by the vectorized version of me, lol)

Thanks for looking.
Comment and critics are much appreciated Wink
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9  Re: a pair of pincushions... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by rill on: June 10, 2007 07:07:06 PM
Here, let me post it for you...

Very cute! I love the patterns on the fabric. Soy bean huh? What a great idea!
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10  Embroreided Towels (Wedding Gift) 2 pics in Needlework: Completed Projects by rill on: May 25, 2007 05:30:04 PM
I wanted to give my best friend something personal for her wedding gift. So, I got a towel and embroreided their initials to it. The towel was pretty cheap too. RM10 (about $4 I think) it's soooo big and fluffy.

Here's a closeup
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