Tuesday, 21 August 2012


On a roll here posting things up.

Here are some carnations that I made from cake decorating class. Haven't coloured them yet, but I think you can guess what some of the colours will be.

Return of liddlebits!

And back!

After what seems like ages, I'm finally able to hit the crafty stuff again.

Feels so nice having so much time available to try all sorts of things again.

Here's one of my latest creations I've managed to take a picture of. It's a card for a friend's wedding next month. Clearly I am still obsessed with green and pink, lucky for me the girl likes pink too!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Macarons for a Birthday

So a friend's birthday recently went by and I promised them that I would make Green Tea Macarons for them.

I'm happier with the outcome - except for the first batch which I overbaked a bit. However, I think I am gettting used to the different oven temperatures and knowing when to rescue a potential overcooking! Oh and I almost forgot to mention that I left the green tea powder at home so the filling is less green tea like than I would have wanted. 

And apologies for not updating my blog, the last thing I made was a card but I forgot to take a photo of it.

I'll be happy when all this planning stuff is over and I actually get some time back to do crafty things again!

Monday, 8 August 2011

Macarons Take Two

Been a while since I have blogged!

My latest baking adventure has been a return to making macarons. I went a bit crazy buying almond meal a few months back and now that they will expire in a few months I thought I'd better get cracking on using it up.

So this time round its Chocolate biscuit and raspberry filling for the macarons.

I modified the vanilla recipe by adding cocoa powder, but did not realise untill later that there was a specific modification to the other quantities. Whoops!

Anyhow, here are the batches:
Batch 1 and 2 = Fail, cos overcooked/burnt/cracked
Batch 3 = Perfect after I worked out how to avoid the cracking
Batch 4 = Cracked but still good

The crappy 1st and 2nd and 4th batches - uneven sizes and cracked, burnt

Ah sweet success - I have finally worked out how to pipe properly! Check out the smooth tops!

Next time round - Raspberry Biscuit and Vanilla filling. I have also said to my friend I'll make Green Tea Macarons for them for their birthday.

Sunday, 27 March 2011


Stuck at home with a groggy head.

In order to feel like I have achieved something this weekend, I pulled out my stash of jewellery making bits.

Here's what I produced.

Trickiest bit is tying the ends tight enough so that it doesn't break!

Lessons learned: using elastic for bracelets.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Too Young to Care!

Was my nieces birthday a few weeks back and I was told to come dressed as a pink butterfly.

Well I did do that but I cheated and bought butterfly wings. The part that I did decide to create was a birthday card, something I thought my niece would appreciate....

Making the card was quite a lot of fun, deciding upon the colours was tough!
Here's what it looked like.

Upon giving it to my niece, she glanced at it for 10 seconds and was then consumed by the butterfly wings, gettting me to put them on for her and then heading off to galavant around the house and show off.

Sigh next time I must remember...don't make cards for young kids!

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Stool gone Vintage

After procrastination to finish this stool revamp, it has finally been completed!

The most complicated part of this project was the thought behind the construction and the sourcing of the padding used for the chair. Other than that it was actually quite easy to do, although I think some of us would cringe at the amount of hand sewing I did. My initial staple gun idea didnt work so I had to revert to the sturdier sewing.

And now that I have a sander (thanks to a lovely xmas present) I am set to reduce the pain I went through to sand the chair!

Stool Before Image (Note: the stool had been sanded and varnished already as I forgot to take a before photo!)
 Stool After: Fabric chosen to match current vintage obsession of mine