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1  COOKING / Dessert / Fairy Cake on: August 05, 2013 08:02:52 AM
So it was my daughter's 5th Birthday on the weekend and she wanted a Fairy theme this year (see http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426252.0#axzz2b6g1lzRE).  

So off we went to the library, we borrowed a bunch of cake books and combined that with Pinterest research and she finally decided on "the cake" out of one of the Library books (which I can not for the life of me remember the name of). Anyway, the instructions were great but of course my attempt probably looks nothing like it but hey, I was pretty happy with it in the end.

What a massive job it was though. Five separate cakes (two normal sized at the bottom layer and three mini, which I only had one tin for, for the tower) plus crumb coats, icing and decorating = the whole day making a cake! So worth it though to see the look on my girl's face. Smiley



Thanks for reading! Smiley
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Home-made Fairy Party (image heavy) on: August 05, 2013 07:51:12 AM
Soooo... I haven't posted in forever!

It was my daughter's 5th Birthday on the weekend and we had a Fairy Themed party this year. Two parties in one day is a killer though! (one School friends party and the other, Family).

This was the set up for the food table. I made the tulle puffs that you see hanging (lots and lots and lots of tulle puffs!) and the cloud/rainbow(tulle again). The cloud was just a simple wire shape covered in Polyfill - easy peasy! The tablecloth was just those cheapy plastic one's that you get in a packet, taped and pleated (thanks Pinterest!). I also made the giant flowers on the table and we had those scattered around the place.



The Fairy Activities area. We had this Bed Canopy that I bought in Bali years ago that hubby would never let me put up(something about holes in the ceiling, grumble, grumble) so I was excited I finally had a use for it! It made the perfect area to play the games under. I had sequins, glitter glue, pencils, Fairy and Castle cut outs and pre-prepared foam wands for the kids to decorate and take home. This turned out to be the perfect ice-breaker activity and kept them all occupied whilst we waited for everyone to arrive. We also had a game of "Musical Toadstools" - see the toadstools all over the floor? They were just cheap plastic place-mats with round label stickers stuck on for spots! Worked a treat!



Cake #1 for the Kindergarten kids party. All went perfect with this one until the darn icing slid! Sad Oh well, the kids didn't notice and it still tasted great.



Last but not least -  The Fairy Cake. This baby took pretty much all day to bake and decorate! I was pretty pleased how it turned out in the end and the Birthday Girl was thrilled.



If you're still here after all my babbling - thanks for reading! Smiley
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Fireplace Scene on: December 21, 2010 08:46:00 PM
Hi All,

I just wanted to share the latest addition to my Christmas decorations with you all. I'm in Australia so Christmas here is bloody hot and we miss out on the whole fireplace thing and dressing the mantle and all that good stuff that you guys in the Northern Hemisphere get. Soooo, I decided to make a miniature fireplace that wouldn't create heat in this 38C degree heat (100.4F).

It's made from a cut up cardboard box for the backing and base, covered in scrapbook paper for the wall and the floor is a cork board I cut to fit. I made the fireplace from chipboard and also covered in paper. The chair is cardboard and felt which I made from scratch and am most proud of. The tree is cardboard and felt also. I love me some felt! haha Oh, and the "fire" is a battery operated tea-light candle covered in tissue paper flames with chopped up bits of dowel for wood.

I hope you like. Comments are very welcome.

I hope you all have a wonderful festive season. xox


Smiley

edit: forgot to mention in case anyone was wondering, the mini candles on the mantle are just Birthday cake candles cut down to size. Smiley
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Fauxsaw - Evil dead replica (pic heavy-ish) on: October 31, 2010 07:02:29 AM
Hi All,

I thought I would post the awesome "Fauxsaw" my hubby made for his Ash from Evil Dead costume. Given it's not for a Halloween costume, it's for his upcoming B'day party but I thought it fit in to the Halloween category best.

Anyways, it's made completely from scratch which is pretty awesome. I'm super proud of hubby for this one. There's more details on my blog if you want more info.

Anyways, on to the photo's!









C & C Welcome as always. Thanks for reading!  Grin

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kurt Cobain plushie on: September 25, 2010 10:52:35 PM
So this was my entry to the latest "Plush You!" challenge which was "Battle of the Bands". You could choose anyone dead or alive to make so I chose Kurt because he was awesome. Winners haven't been announced yet and I probably didn't win because the competition was tough and there were some truly impressive entries but it was loads of fun designing and making him. For more info, swing over to my blog.

Anyways, here he is:



I hope you like him as much as I do. Comments very welcome!

Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Coat/Jacket for my girl on: September 25, 2010 10:44:42 PM
This is one of the many things I made for my little one over Winter (I'm in Australia - so Winter has been and gone now). I totally winged it with this one. No pattern (because let me be honest, I just can't do patterns - waaaay too many instructions for my liking). I just used one of her T-shirts as a size guide and figured it out as I went along. It's the first time I've ever done a collar as well and I didn't have any instructions so I kinda winged that too. I think if I had to do it again, I would do it differently (the collar). I love the way the jacket turned out though and I even managed to avoid doing buttonholes - woohoo! lol.



By the way - she is doing the "like a diamond in the sky" while I was singing "Twinkle, Twinkle" to her in the photo. Just so you know what's up with the weird hand signal! haha Smiley

Comments welcome as always! Thanks for reading! Smiley
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Custom doll - "Lollipop" on: September 25, 2010 10:33:32 PM
So this is my first actual paid order! How exciting! She is apparently being named "Lollipop" so I was asked to embroider an "L" on her skirt. The little girl she is going to is 2 so I had to be very careful not to use buttons or anything that could become a safety issue. I made two pairs of shorts to go with her as apparently the little girl is a bit of a tomboy so she would probably prefer shorts over a skirt but at least now she has options and lets face it, girls love to have options! Smiley "Lollipop's" shoes are removable as are her shorts and skirt. Her hair is wool felt and hand sewn on.

On to the photo's (she is almost completed here, I only have the bows on the shoes and in her hair to sew on so for the moment they are pinned). Please excuse the poor quality of the photo's, it was late at night and I was super tired! Smiley







I hope you like her. Thanks for reading. Comments welcome as always. Smiley
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / First order = I need help pricing, pleeeeease? on: August 22, 2010 11:11:37 PM
OK, So I just got my first order via word of mouth and I will be making a doll much like these two below. It is my own pattern and design and I am hoping to sell finished product dolls on etsy in the near future. But for now, I really need to price this doll I am currently working on. What would you guys pay for a doll like this with custom options such as hair colour, glasses, dress fabric and shoes?

Please try to see past the horrible quality of the photo's. My camera has seen better days however I realise that I need great photo's for etsy so it's something I will have to remedy.

I am thinking of pricing these at around AUD$30 (approx USD$26) each. Do you think this is a fair price? Would you pay more/less?

Any comments or criticism is welcome. Thanks for taking the time to help me out with this! Smiley

Happy Crafting.  Grin






9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Little Red Riding Hood on: February 27, 2010 09:54:47 PM
So, I'm kinda in love with the Little Red Riding Hood story and I wanted to make something "Little Red" for my daughter's room so I thought I'd try my hand at embroidering something freehand. It's completely my design and I made it up as I went along. My stitching is messy and imperfect but I'm quite pleased with the outcome. I enjoyed making this so much that I am going to learn some new stitches so I can make something else and hopefully improve my skills.





Comments please!

Happy Crafting. Smiley
10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Hey Perth People, wakey wakey! on: February 13, 2010 05:24:38 AM
Heya,

So the old Perth thread had gone very, very quiet so I thought maybe a brand spankin' new one would wake everyone up... maybe. Anyways, I really want some crafty friends. I'm kinda over the blank stares I get when I'm trying to explain stuff to my friends now because none of them are even remotely crafty-minded and well, it'd be nice to have some friends with the same interests.
So ... I like heaps of crafts, I'm not really that fantastic at anything in particular, I just have fun making stuff and it makes me happy. I'm South of the River (out Canningvale way) so if anyones interested in some crafty meet-ups, please reply!

Hope to hear back! Smiley
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