These were meant to be cupcakes but turned into muffins as I miscalculated the flour. Adding chillies to the batter mix worked really well: it gave the hint of a warming kick without being overly spicy and was a lovely contrast to the chocolate butter cream. I think this would work really well as a rich chocolate chilli cake with a fudge sauce/icing.
I added a finely chopped (or whizzed) chilli per egg into a normal batter recipe as I creamed the butter and the sugar.
A friend held a Mexican Fiesta the other day so what better outfit to go for than a spicy chilli dress?
The diagonal chilli tail was made by drawing a spiral around a plate on top of the two sides of the other t-shirt. The spiral makes it longer at one end and drawing it around a circle will make it fall in a more crinkly way. I then gathered it and sewed it to the dress.
The dress is made from two red XXL men's T-shirts from Primark. I used the top band from the first T-shirt as the band for a strapless dress and then sewed the side seams to fit to the body. I turned the sleeves into the frilly shoulder sleeve and the strap on the other side.
The hat is made from a cereal box cone, some glue gun, left over t-shirt fabric and some green felt for the stalk. Ascot ready!
And to finish the outfit.... some chilli polymer clay earrings.
I've recently come into some fleece and thought I would look into dying it to see how easy it was: very easy!
First was the wool with hot soapy water and dry it.
Then leave it to soak in hot water and vinegar for an hour. Apparently this helps to bleach the wool so that it takes the dye.
While it's soaking, make up some kilner jars of dye. I used Wilton food colouring: about a teaspoon handle, a splash of vinegar and a mug of hot water for each.
I left them on the window sill for 24 hours and then dried the wool with kitchen towel.
I like the mottled texture but if you wanted a more even colour you could probably get that by carding it first.
I've started to make them into wool beads, jewellery to follow soon!
You rip what you sew!