These are so easy and tasty: an excellent vegan chocolate alternative!200g melted chocolate
2x mashed avocados
1tsp vanilla essence/ flavoured liquor
Cocoa powder.Mix the mashed avocado and melted chocolate and leave to cool for 20 mins in the fridge.Roll the mix into tea spoon size balls and then in the cocoa powder. This gets really sticky! You'll want cool hands.Leave them to set in the fridge again and then package them.
I just used vanilla essence but next time I'm going to try cuantro and amaretto and roll them in edible glitter to make them really fancy!
This is such a pretty dress, though I say it myself, and was very easy to make. I didn't make any changes from the pattern instructions except to make the lace a little longer than the blue underlining. Perfect for a beginner project.
3m blue cotton (Fabric Land Southampton)
3m lace (Fabric Land Southampton)
1x white 20" invisible zip (eBay)
1 reel white cotton
1x hook and eye claspI used a size 14 (usually size 12 top and size 16 bottom) and it's a little loose fitting but still flattering so I didn't take anything in.
This is a lovely smart day dress that works well with bright colors beneath the lace. It could be easily smartened up to evening or brides maid using cotton sateen, or silk under the lace and a flouncy petite coat.
A while ago in a pattern sale I found this and so, why not?
This is a vogue pattern V8942 and is mostly made from scraps from a suit I made a few years ago and some pink PVC, some shaggy pink fake fur,a pair of teddy bear eyes and some key ring parts.
The pattern was pretty easy to follow but the sewing machine struggled with the leather despite using a leather needle. At some seams it gets very thick and the feeder couldn't handle it so the leather trimmings aren't quite straight.
But it's got loads of pockets and a very handy back pocket with key ring.
It also matches my passport case so I'm going to look unbelievably stylish when I go on holiday tomorrow!
If you're going to try the pattern yourself take care with the tiny seam allowance: you want to avoid material that's going to fray.
The good news is there's a frog back pattern too so watch this space!
There's been a lot of spam going on about the wonders of avocado and I came across several blogs and websites full of vegan women smiling slyly at me like Bree Vandekamp proclaiming this to be a delicious treat and presumed that since they didn't allow themselves treats often, this must be good.
"Eureka!" I thought, "another gluten-free lacto-free pudding for my poor friends whom life has dealt a cruel hand. There's a light at the end of the desert devoid tunnel!"
I can only conclude that these vegans had been munching on grated carrot for so long they had forgotten what ice cream actually tastes like.The odd thing was that despite being blended none of the favours mixed together: there was a hint of mint, an aftertaste of coconut and a general air of vegetabliness one looks for in gazpacho but not in ice cream. I thought that it made four healthy (small) portions but the only thing that kept me going through the weird half consumed was the chocolate.
The supportive comment from my taster when asked what it needed was, "not to be made from avocado". He then left the ice cream to melt, put it through a sieve and salvaged the chocolate, panning for gold.
If you know a vegan you don't particularly like, blend together the following ingredients:
2 ripe avocados
2tbl spoons coconut oil
3 tbl spoons raw (or otherwise) honey
1/2 glass lacto-free (eg almond) milk
2 caps mint essence
Then add a packet of chocolate (fake) chips and freeze for at least two hours.
Last summer I made a suit with a long skirt and floaty bustle back but have been finding the stairs at work too much for it as lifting the skirt up over steps is all very well for princesses with footmen but not so good when carrying lots of books. So I cut the bottom off the skirt to make it on the knee and decided to jazz it up with ribbons and bows. The jacket's bustle has never fallen quite right and needs to be unpicked, trimmed and a heavier interfacing installed which is far too much like hard work so I always wear a belt with it and decided to used the off cut from the skirt to make a matching belt.The suiting is black with a light blue tweeding so I used turqoize ribbon as a contrast. It took 4m of 10mm ribbon from eBay.
You rip what you sew!