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11  birthday cupcakes in Dessert by bobbingblondie on: December 04, 2009 04:17:17 PM
I usually make death by chocolate in various shapes for my friends birthdays, but for the latest one I decided to make a change and baked some birthday cupcakes instead.  They're just vanilla, chocolate ganache topping with white chocolate stars on top.



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12  Fairy cakes, fairy cakes in Dessert by bobbingblondie on: June 22, 2009 08:47:37 AM
I'm a self-admitted fairy (aka cup) cake fiend.  They're my favourite thing to bake, and have been since my gran taught me how to make them when I was little.  Recently I've been experimenting with various things to improve them, mostly different icing and fillings, and I thought I would put up my 2 favourites so far (aside from some chocolate ones, which I never got to photograph before they were devoured!)

First, raspberry and lemon:  these each have a fresh raspberry indside as well as one perched on top of the lemon butter icing:



I couldn't help taking a bite!



These ones are plain vanilla, with strawberry butter icing and sugar sprinkles.  I made 150 of them for a Girl Guide coffee morning back in March, this is the first batch I iced.  At this point i didn't have a proper piping set, so I improvised by cellotaping a nozzle from a tube of supercook icing onto a freezer bag.  The bag sprung a few leaks along the way, but additional bits of cellotape helped, and they didn't turn out too badly Smiley





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13  white and purple strapless top (or very mini dress!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bobbingblondie on: June 13, 2009 12:19:28 PM
hi,

i just finished this top that i'd been imagining for a while as summer might actually put in an appearance in Scotland this year and i've been wanting to add to my sunny weather wardrobe.  this is the first time i've ever made something from a pattern that i made myself (usually i use a proper pattern or wing it) and i'm mostly happy with how it turned out.  only problem with it is it's a little loose around the top, so it might not stay strapless for long!

ps. please ignore the fact that i'm still wearing my pj bottoms under it, and that i haven't hemmed it!  i'm still trying to decide how long to make it.

front:


back:


and one of me posing!  you can see rather well just how loose it is arounf the top of my boobs Sad


comments and (gentle) criticism welcome Smiley
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14  spotty dotty dresses in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bobbingblondie on: March 27, 2009 04:14:49 PM
both of these were made based on a new look pattern, but the first time i made this pattern it just didn't fit me right so i redrafted some of the pieces, which was tougher than i thought it would be.  i made the first one of these for my birthday last year out of some spotty fabric i fell in love with at ikea, of all places!  it has the matching bolero which is in purple with the spotty stuff as a lining.



the other one i made for valentines day this year in a stretch satin print that was on sale - i have a bit of a thing for anything with dots on it!  i shortened the skirt quite a lot compared to the other one, and it did end up a bit shorter than i was aiming for.



thanks for looking Smiley
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15  Re: 2 beaded bracelets - first post on this board :) in Beads: Completed Projects by bobbingblondie on: March 19, 2009 05:24:42 PM
thanks Smiley  i really like the spiral one too, so i decided to make a matching set of earrings tonight:

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16  2 beaded bracelets - first post on this board :) in Beads: Completed Projects by bobbingblondie on: March 18, 2009 06:00:03 PM
hi guys

i normally hang out over on the clothing boards, but i saw a beautiful beaded necklace on the front page last night and my love of beadwork resurfaced.  so instead of studying tonight i made a couple of bracelets.  my box of beads and jewellery supplies has been sadly neglected since i got a sewing machine, but i think i might be getting back into it in a big way!

stitched spiral bracelet:





something i came up with:





thanks for looking Cheesy
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17  reversible fleece scoodie in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bobbingblondie on: December 19, 2008 07:00:15 PM
I haven't put anything up here for a while, but I just finished making this for my wee nephew's christmas and I'm really happy with the way it turned out Smiley  Basically it's a smallish reversible scoodie made from fleece, with a little dog cut-out stiched to the green side (there was a duck for the other side, but he had an accident Sad)

Here it is stylishly modelled by my lamp:

Green side:


Grey side:


Just for the shape of it:
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18  pretty summer dress (img heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bobbingblondie on: June 29, 2008 05:28:48 AM
i decided i wanted to make a pretty summer dress, so out i went and bought some plain white cotton, a reel of shirring elastic and a tin of dylon cold dye.  having never shirred or dip dyed anything before, this was a complete experiment so i took dozens of photos of the entire process.

i first washed and dryed the fabric to shrink it and in preparation for the dyeing, then cut a piece that was big enough to go around me 1.5 times.  i then wound the elastic onto the bobbin, and began!  it was a lot easier than i expected and i didn't really have any problems.  the only worry i had was keeping the lines parallel once i couldn't use the edge of the fabric as a guide.  turns out my mum's sewing machine has a nifty little guide thing to help with that Smiley



fifteen lines of shirring later, i had a nice stretchy piece of fabric.



after stiching a seam up the back, shortening it and hemming it, i had made a simple dress with a shirred bodice.



so the next step was to dye the dress.  i planned to make 3 stripes of varying darkness from the hemline up towards the bust, and so with the help of my dad i set up my dip dyeing system, mixed up the dye and set to work!



halfway stage

 
all done!


rinsing the excess dye out in the bath


after rinsing it i put it in for a normal wash in the machine and hung it up to dry overnight.  the end result wasn't quite as i had planned, the stripes are not defined and its more of a graduated effect, but i still really like it.  i think i might try it again, but not leave the lighter bits in for as long as i did.



and then the final action shot.  pardon the face, i'd only just woken up!  hope you like it Smiley

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19  Re: another summery t-shirt -> halter recon (now with added stripes!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bobbingblondie on: May 28, 2008 04:07:51 AM
awwwww so cute!! i love primark Cheesy i think i might have got that top actually :S anyway, what is casing?? i dont know anything about sewingy stuff... i see what it is from the pics but how do u do it?

ANYWAY, cute top, love it Smiley good stuff!


a casing is just a channel to thread stuff through.  a lot of patterns use a casing with elastic through to make gathers, its a lot easier than other methods because the elastic pulls the fabric up (as it's cut shorter than the casing) and allows extra stretch in the garment.

here i cut a strip of fabric about 3cm wide from the discarded bit and then stitched it on in the middle of the inside front of the top with a line up the middle, and then one on each side.  this created 2 channels (casings) which i fed the ribbon through and pulled up.  from the inside the front of the top looks like this:



hope that answers your question! Smiley
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20  another summery t-shirt -> halter recon (now with added stripes!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bobbingblondie on: May 25, 2008 06:49:41 PM
after my last attempt at this which can be found here i decided i could do better and so i went off to primark and bought myself a 1.50 stripey cotton t-shirt and cut it up Cheesy  this time i used a casing (i think thats the right name) and some ribbon to do the centre gather, and ribbon rather than fabric for the straps (which stretched with wear).

front:


front detail (the bow doesn't sit quite right i'm trying to figure out how to fix it...):


back (please ignore the crazy mirrors that make me look oddly wide!):
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