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11  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Apple hand pies and bites on: February 26, 2014 10:56:53 AM
those look lovely!
12  COOKING / Dessert / Enterprise NX-01 Birthday Cake (picture obese) on: February 26, 2014 10:55:14 AM
My daughter is an Enterprise fan. Actually, the word "Fan" doesn't cover it. She's obsessed!
so, what else could I attempt for her birthday but the NX-01?!
ok.. issues in our dietary lives.... we're lactose intollerant, and I can't eat gluten due to other stomach issues. I was darned if I was going to spend days making and decorating a cake I couldn't partake of, so it's both gluten and dairy free.



ok, so that's in in its finished state.

it began with an unassuming, gluten free chocolate cake. I used an off the shelf gluten free self raising flour blend, and a standard 6663 recipe (6oz sugar, 6oz fat, 6oz flour, 3 eggs; although for chocolate it's 4oz flour and 2o cocoa!). I allowed it to cool completely before beginning to cut and shape the saucer section.



I used dairy free chocolate spread as a crumb layer because I'd run out of margarine, and it was 11pm. I also baked a square cake to use for making the Nacelles etc.



While both had been baking, I had worked on a cardboard stand for the nacelles (engines). believe me, this took a LOT of painstaking working out, math, use of a protractor, sticky tape, swears and a few silent prayers!



I left it over night, under a cloth. This was 6 days before her birthday. I hadn't even considered the fact that it was a gluten free cake and so would go utterly stale after only about 4 days. Yeah. Primo planning there, Mom.

the next day was the day for the sugar paste and proper construction.



I used a glac cherry, cut in half, as the front nacelle... thingummy.

It was now that I started to suspect it might end up looking more cartooney and stylised than I'd first anticipated, but yet again I'd been up REALLY late decorating. One of the joys of having a home-schooled kid is she's always present. one of the downsides of having a home schooled kid is.. .she's always bloody present so I was having to wait until after she'd gone to bed to do anything to the cake.



The next night, I was painting the cake. And realising we may as well have two cakes this year. One (this one) on the saturday before her birthday, and to enjoy it with the grandparents, and another to share with her uncles and aunts on her actual birthday.





so... whadya think?! The child was incredibly impressed. BUT joy of joys, my camera decided to die on me right at candle-blowing-out-time!!!
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: ROOOARReady for School! Dinosaur Backpack (McCall's 4610) on: February 26, 2014 10:37:39 AM
wow this is cool!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Totes Amazing on: February 26, 2014 10:32:14 AM
 Cheesy
These, my dear friends, are Crayon Totes. they're unlined, and made from leftover pieces of quilter's cotton from my stash. I don't quilt, but I do love me some craft cotton lol.
My daughter turned eight this year, she chose four friends to come to a fun afternoon out at the local farm, petting zoo and indoor soft play centre. As it was early February, and mid-week (the joy of having a home-schooled kid who has home-schooled friends), we got an awesome deal on cheap tickets.
Anyways, each of these bags was made with a specific child in mind. LL loves Monopoly, so got monopoly money as her bag. BB's nickname is "Beetle" so hers had ladybugs all over it. JC is a boy who likes dinosaurs, hence the dinosaurs, KC (his sister) is older and so got a more grown up hearts and flowers red on white kinda Scandinavian pattern on hers, and my own kid who always insists on getting favours from her own flipping party had the pink bag.
Each child got a set of crayons, a miniature book about friendship, two word search books, two colouring books, some temporary tattoos (leftover from Squidge's 5th birthday party lol), a mini pack of cards and some sweets. The whole lot cost me 12.75. so that's 2.55 a head.
Each bag took about 40mins to produce, mainly because I used the selvedges as a hem for the band at the top. yay! cutting work out! woo!
I made a slight boo boo mistake on the dinosaurs bag, but the little boy who received it didn't notice.
Each bag is about 6.5" x 4.5" I think, and the seam tape I used instead of making handles oculd have been replaced with proper fabric handles, but I truly couldn't be bothered with the extra effort Cheesy

So, what do we all think?! Please no comments on my laziness lol.

15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Apron on: February 20, 2014 08:42:09 AM
I wil say one thing for this apron, it's an absolute b*t*h to iron lol.
16  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 01/31/14 - Craftster Best of 2013 announced! on: February 15, 2014 06:24:32 AM
Thanks given to all involved, I am utterly astounded to have made it onto the list Cheesy
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Apron on: February 01, 2014 04:51:30 AM
WOW  Shocked I am astounded, thankyou so much Cheesy
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: *UPDATE* Wonder Woman Jumper- *Now with tute* on: October 06, 2013 09:36:20 AM
this. is. epic.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: First ever baby knits on: October 06, 2013 09:29:58 AM
these are lovely, those booties are my favorite.
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Junebug Smock on: October 06, 2013 09:10:26 AM
awww precious!
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