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I think Karl called lists “the mainstay of lazy blogging”, or somesuch. They are, I love them. Here’s another, this time of random sites that I have in my bookmarks folder and may be of interest.

Make and Do

bird cage bag

  • http://www.thing-a-day.com/ — This is where I stole the idea for this blog from. I never remember to sign up for it whenever they do the whole sign up deal, but it’s bookmarked just in case.
  • http://www.instructables.com/ — DIY extravaganza, including section on manly crafts, phwaor huhh and other manly noises.
  • http://etsy.com — Sort of like ebay but with homemade crafts. And possibly not an auction, I don’t know cos I’ve never bought anything. I just like looking at what people make. The picture above is of a handmade hand printed birdcage bag, from tabidesigns on etsy.
  • http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/ — More craft tutorials, pretty layout.

Sites I found when procrastinating writing college essays

My computer is slowly disintergrating, and as my mouse has decided to stop working I shall leave it there. Happy surfing…

    Thing a Day for the summer starts with a bang. Not a whimper. Definitely not a whimper.

    On the recommendation of Dave, I’ve decided to treat y’all to a daily blog. Bear with me while I figure out pleasing layout styles/learn how to be witty, erudite and entertaining.

    As it currently stands, the present plan is: 1/ Do something everyday, and 2/ write it down, à la thing-a-day.com, diylife.com etc.

    This may prove too much though, time will tell.

    Today’s exciting task

    As this brainwave only hit me late in the day, I decided to start with something not too arduous. Don’t wanna burn bright and burn out on the very first one. Baby steps.

    Fairycakes seemed like the perfect option as they are infinitely easy. They are not, however, infinitely edible. I can attest to this as I have now eaten about six, and also approx half a stick of butter in the form of buttercream icing. Feeling rather odd.

    Fairytale fairycake.

    For those who simply cannot wait to make their own, here’s what needs to be done.

    First, get your filthy paws on

    • 125g sugar, flour, softish butter (unsalted for choice, but whatever’s clever)
    • 2 eggs (protein!)
    • 2-3 tbsp milk (calcium!)
    • You can also add 1-2 drops vanilla essence if you want to ruin your cakes with it.
    • an oven, set to 200°c
    • electric whisk, bun tray, bowl, spoon, wire tray
    • deadly bun cases, sprinkles, icing sugar and other frivolities

    Assemble troops on workboard. Then:

    1/ Get a bowl. Put the first four things in it. Blitz the shit out of it with electric whisk.

    2/Add milk. Blitz again.

    3/ Spoon mix into bun cases on bun tray. Put in oven for 15ish minutes. Take out, put on wire tray.

    4/ Decorate in suitably childish manner.

    I made buttercream, or butter icing, and experimented with a homemade piping bag for mine. For those who don’t know, butter icing is basically half soft butter and half normal icing sugar mashed together. So when you see those cutsie cupcakes in magazines, the three inch swirl on top is nothing but nothing but sugar and fat. Yummers.

    I won’t bother explaining the piping bag as I constructed it using only grease-proof paper and the power of my imagination. Needless to say, it quickly exploded.

    Anyways, I soon grew tired of that careful decorating lark, as illustrated below.

    More abstract versions.

    More abstract versions.

    Who knows what wonders tomorrow will bring?

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