Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Macro shots of my nemesis



TMI... and horrifyin. Macros of Mosquitos emerging from the water for the first time. Evil buggers.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1290526/Mosquito-emerges-deep-adult-life-outside-world.html

Saturday, June 26, 2010

'Light' Vanilla Bean Icing

1 package of Philly Cream Cheese Light
Half cup of butter
1 cup Icing Sugar
1/2 teaspoon of Cold Press Vanilla - More if its regular store vanilla... I used Mason Cote 10 Bean vanilla, which is basically 10 vanilla beans soaked in high grade vodka for 6 months. I buy it at the circle craft show every year and its always ultra strong and very very flavourful
1/3 vanilla bean



Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fabric Hoarding Management

So I photograph every fabric I buy so I don’t buy duplicates when I’m shopping … but it appears there is an app for this.

 

http://www.blueshiftsoftware.net/iphone-apps/fabric-stash/

 

With FabricStash you can keep your entire stash, no matter how big, in the palm of your hand. It’s easy, just snap a photo of your fabric, enter as many details as you’d like, and you’re ready to go! With fabric stash you can:

Features:

  • Create project lists, allowing for easy access to a list of the fabrics you’ve gathered for your next quilt, or used in past quilts.
  • Match old fabrics with new using large, full color photos
  • No more carrying fabric samples while shop-hopping.
  • Organize and view your stash by color, style, manufacturer, line or project.
  • Keep track of exactly how much of a fabric you have.
  • Make a wish list of fabrics you’d like to obtain in the future.
  • Enter custom category names and notes about your fabrics.
  • Save money- no more duplicate purchases.
  • Added in ability to give fabrics two images instead of just one
  • Added in Non-Fabric Material (Notions)info storage so you can now track your stash of buttons, ribbon, thread,patterns…etc
  • Non Fabric Materials can also be assigned to projects just like Fabrics
  • Updated backgrounds and icon.

Updated with your suggestions and feedback 4/5/2010

  • Added ability to track Cost, Location, Height, Width and Weight of Fabric
  • The notes field now auto-expands to allow for inputing of multiline notes about fabric.
  • Your fabric stash should now remember the last category sort used and will preserve this selection in between sessions.
  • Existing fabrics and materials can now have the option to be added to a project from the project detail screen to allow for faster project creation.
  • Improvements have been made which should improve speed/performance when browsing through a large stash
  • The way user inputted values are remembered for fast re-entry has been saved has been changed to enhance stability and further reduce chance of data loss.
  • Additional speed and stability improvements.

Fully customizable, FabricStash can be personalized in many ways to fit your individual needs as a quilter or designer. FabricStash is also smart, if you’ve entered a custom description before, it will remember it for later use. Give it a try, you’ll love it!

 

Singer Details


Singer
 Dealer Centres

www.burnabysewing.com

Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5J 1H5
(604) 437-1633

 

Hours:

Tues – Friday 9:30-5pm

Sat 10-4

 

$70 + GST for repair work, plus cost of parts.

$27.99 for a replacement pedal

Monday, June 7, 2010

Ivy's less glamourous chocolate cake for Don.

I made this cake for Don's Birthday. He's a mighty 77! Pretty cool. Just topped it with some stuff I had around the house: Coconut, raspberries, strawberries, sage, . (yes those purple flowers are chives :P)



Ultra Rush Chocolate cake recipe:
1 box of Chocolate Cake, 1 box of pudding, ingredients as per back of box of cake mix, plus half cup of sour cream, half cup of milk, 1 egg.

This is a ridiculously delicious recipe. It makes the cake taste home made, a bit more dense, but still very moist. Don't overbake. Just until the toothpick comes out "reasonably clean" its a moister cake so will probably make the toothpick a little bit dirty.

Ultra rush but AMAZING chocolate whip icing:
1 box instant chocolate pudding + 500 ml of whipping cream = whip until stiff. So good. Soo delicious.

Ice, decorate.. and voila..





Doreen's Tinkerbell Birthday Cake

Doreen's Tinkerbell Cake - Age: 27, year 2010.
Cake Artist: Sarah Graham.

Concept: Use Turquoise and Lemon Grass Green, with Strawberries, Grass, Mushrooms, and little flowers.... Tinkerbell to be on top with Flower. A bow in the middle.

Execution:




Top Down View.



View of the Flower at the back's detail, including the pollen.


Gorgeous non?

Thanks so much Sarah, It was a big hit!
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