Posted on December 30, 2008 by the mrs
My dad asked for fudge for his Christmas this year and, after a very bad experience trying to make it the conventional way, I resorted to a tried and tested method of considerable ease.
Are you ready? Here it is:
~ Put 1 can of condensed milk in a microwavable container (quite a big one).
~ Add to that 1lb of chocolate chips (or break up some chocolate bars).
~ Pop it in the microwave on high for 1 minute.
~ Take it out and stir.
~ Alternate 30 secs in the microwave with stirring until all the chocolate has melted.
~ Pour, or spoon, it into a suitable pan/dish/whatever is to hand and place in the fridge to set. A top tip here would be to line your dish (the one you put in the fridge) with cling film. It’s easier to remove the set fudge that way.
~ Cut into squares/triangles/circles/whatever.
All done. Yes, it’s that easy and while it’s not quite authentic fudge it is a pretty good substitute and a whole lot less stressful in the making.
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Posted on December 30, 2008 by the mrs
This post is copied from our new blog at www.madestuff.co.uk. When I say our, I mean Alasdair and I. We have decided for one reason or another to post collaboratively on our craft adventures. Who knows, one day someone might want to buy some of this stuff and make our house a bit less cluttered.
The following piece won’t be for sale as I don’t hold a licence to reproduce it for commercial use. You can get the pattern yourself though and give it a go…it’s very easy.
Anyhow, here it is:
Is it an ornament or is it a pincushion? Well, it could be either. In this case it’s an ornament because the intended recipient doesn’t sew.
The pattern for this was from Little House by the Sea, who very kindly shared her pattern. The embroidery was mostly my own creation, although the general idea was also taken from the one’s made by Little House by the Sea. The stitches used are back stitch, running stitch, bullion stitch (which was new for me on this piece) and something that I know as lazy daisy, although I’m not at all sure that’s its correct name.
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Posted on December 10, 2008 by the mrs
Remember the bird tutorial?
See anything familiar in the wristlets I made this week?
felted sweater appliqued bird wristlet (try saying that after a few drinks)
Well I attempted to felt an old cardigan, without a lot of success I might add. I don’t think I put it through enough washes. Still it felted enough to not fray when cut. Once felted, I cut the end of the arms off…a bold action for me…and sewed them into a wristlet sort of shape with the help of my handsome assistant (it’s very unnerving having pins stuck in a garment while you’re wearing it). At this point I was very dissatisfied. It hadn’t taken me long enough and I felt as though I was shortchanging their intended recipient. The answer, of course, was to embroider a tree on them.
Er, wait a minute, that’s not a tree! Let’s take a closer look…
nope, definitely NOT a tree
Well no. You see the tree looked naff when drawn out on paper. Looking through my box of bits to find some inspiration, I came across the original template for the bird and decided to applique a bird on each wristlet. I quite like them although they are perhaps a bit twee for most people. The other one is a mirror image of the one shown above.
I have loads of this cardigan left so if you want a pair of these let me know in the comments and we’ll sort something out (whether that be payment or a swap for something of equal worth). They are very, very warm.
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Posted on December 8, 2008 by the mrs
It was actually completed last week but there’s a daytime blog posting problem again and now I can only blog in those 5 minutes that Alasdair gets up from the PC to make a cup of tea.
Getting good pictures of this one was an absolute nightmare. The fabric goes all swirly under the flash and we’ve had such terrible weather this past week that the light has been really poor.
Anyhow, here it is for posterity’s sake.
Embroidered pillow case tote bag (with just a little touch of felt)
and an arty shot just to show off
Instructions (sort of)
This bag is made from a pillow case cut about 5 inches from the top and 2 inches from the left hand side, before being sewed together into a case shape again.
Do the same with a plain pillow case for the lining.
Insert lining into embroidered pillow case and secure handles between layers.
Sew around the top to secure the cases together and hold the handles in place. I quilted the handles which I think looks rather good .
Should you be drooling onto your desk and want me to make one of these for you…forget it (or send me a cheque for several hundreds of pounds). There are far too many hours of work in this and I reckoned it would be worth at least £100 in my time alone.
Amusingly I spent so many hours sewing the spirals onto the tree that I can’t stop sewing spirals on everything. It’s like my brain is stuck on spiral.
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Posted on December 7, 2008 by the mrs
Now that my lovely partner has received her dotee I can show you the whole package…
Here she is all wrapped up in her box with her reading material
And isn’t it always the way? You’re ready to go and someone needs to go to the toilet one last time so you have to unpack!
And then she wanted to play in the tree…huh!
I’m pleased to report she did eventually get back in the box and another box and was taped up well enough to survive the USPS.
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Posted on November 27, 2008 by the mrs
Yesterday was Alasdair’s birthday.
We have a tradition in our family that says you get a cake made for you on your birthday. Well, Alasdair is the baker in our family and makes wonderful cakes out of practically nothing. I slaved all day on Tuesday looking for the perfect recipe (OK, not true. I spent ten minutes looking for the perfect recipe). I stopped by the supermarket on the way home and got the ingredients for a ginger loaf with butterscotch coating…yummy. I don’t know why but on the way out I suddenly thought to get a bag of premixed chocolate sponge cake. You know, just in case.
You see where this is going?
Turns out I was right. I really did slave all day yesterday to make this wonderful, beautiful creation. One that a wife should be proud of, one that a husband and kids should devour and remember forever and ever as the best cake in the world.
Except…when I went to cut the cake with a sharp knife, one of our very expensive and very sharp steel knives, it wouldn’t even mark never mind cut. Oops! It appeared I’d made a brick for Alasdair’s birthday. Not only that but when I did get it cut the insides were raw! How does that happen?!?!
Still at least it looked nice and it kept us warm for a wee while as it burned on the fire. Thank goodness for the backup cake mix…
By the way, if you decide to try any of this you should note that butterscotch morsels and Werther’s Originals are not the same thing. Also, Werther’s Originals don’t melt when heated…nope, they bond together in a huge messy lump that you can’t get off the plate you put it on out of the way so that you could make chocolate topping instead…just saying, not that this is what I did or anything! <walks away whistling>
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Posted on November 25, 2008 by the mrs
I check Whipup every day for ideas of things to make. You’d think given all of the WIPS I have I’d give it a rest wouldn’t you? I don’t because I’m scared I might miss something really cool. Something worthy of dropping everything I’m doing and making that instead.
There have been a few over the past week that have grabbed my attention and this one from Little House by the Sea is going straight to the top of the list. Handily for me (or not) I ran out of the green thread I was using for the embroidered tree last night and will have to wait for the weekend to get more so I have some free time to pursue other avenues. Hmm, one small problem is that the felt I have is for Iona’s felt food…slapping my wrists as I write this. Must not use Iona’s felt…must finish making felt food before I use the felt for anything else! Maybe, just maybe I could felt some jumpers to use instead. I have a grey one and a red one…nobody would notice them missing would they?!?!?!
Something else that I saw on Whipup this week that is just excellent is boxes made out of old aluminium drinks cans. I’ve been making boxes for my swaps out of cardboard and have been enjoying it as a quick and easy way to package the more fragile items. Making them out of aluminium though appeals to my sense of creativity and frugality.
In other news, Alasdair and I are in the inception stages of a new arty/crafty venture. If we can get ourselves in the same room for long enough without the interference of the kids it may well just get off the ground. Announcement on that one possibly in the new year…or maybe even sooner (who knows!)
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