Thursday, December 26, 2013

Making (more) Rocky Road

It's Christmas time, so it must be time to make Rocky Road. 

Normally I put some silicone paper at the bottom of a pyrex dish. However its sometimes a little awkward to remove. So this time I decided to use my silicone bakeware. I also chopped up some Bounty Bars. Honestly I don't think you can tell -fun though. 

And this is how I did it...

1pkt unsealed peanuts
1/3 cup unsalted cashews*
1pkt mashmellows
1pkt raspberries
6 mini Bounty bars **
2/3 cup desiccated coconut
250g 70% dark chocolate

*or replace peanuts and cashews with 1pkt unsalted mixed nuts
** optional

I found that using a silicone cake mould, made removal much easier. Otherwise use a dish lined with silicone baking paper.








Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Let it sew...

Christmas sewing has started. I've made cute bunting and H's dress. Bit of a snag with Mr B's outfit: the pattern was incomplete. Off to exchange that tomorrow.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The power of the net

It is simply fantastic, that when you are in the middle of a project, and unsure of what to do, you have access to a huge collection of resourses; they are simply a click away.

Today I was making a tote for Miss H's lunch box, and could not quite remember how to do boxed corners. I did not want to spend (more) hours with Mz QuickUnpick, so instead I did a quick search using Google (or "googled" it - an age where even a search engine becomes a verb).

My search rendered this very nice explanation, complete with photos Craft apple

Within 5 minutes my problem was solved. Viva l'internet.

ready for school

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Back into it...Part 2

I wanted the journaling for this piece to be juxtaposed. I wanted vibrancy and whimsy. I decided to try my new Derwent Inktense pencils (I was inspired by a recent article by Tam). All that remained was the layout. I was considering several, when I received a message from Kelly regarding a Tangle post I had done.

WHAM! the idea hit me. I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

So I sketched out the design with a 3H pencil, then erased all but a trace with my kneadable. Then I added colour (note the cunning placement of a heart over a bleed through)

I then went over the pencil with my paintbrush.

I added more pencil. The Windsor and Newton paper had burred from the application of water. The paper could not handle anymore, so I blended the new pecil layer with a Dove blender pen

I then added some shadows and the text.

Back into it

Today is a beautiful sunny day. The family are out. A perfect reason to pull out my journal.

I didn't feel like doing anything pretty today. I decided to do a graphite drawing based on what I'm learning from the 5 Pencil Method.

I am going to journal on the opposite page...but for now taking a break...

Pencil on Windsor & Newton Paper

Friday, August 12, 2011