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1  Not your average diaper cake... Depend Diaper Cake for 60th Birthday in Completed Projects by taniamc on: February 23, 2010 02:27:10 PM
Hey guys,

As many of you know, I make diaper cakes.  But, what I want to share today isn't quite what comes to mind.  Hence the "misc" category.




This was a custom cake request from a friend of mine.  She asked me if I could make a diaper cake for her dad's 60th birthday party!  After I laughed for a while, I accepted the challenge.  She bought a package of adult diapers and some fun "60" gear, and I went to work!

Looking forward to hearing what you think!

PS - I put the ingredient list and additional information on my blog/flickr page:
http://curiouscakeshoppe.blogspot.com/2010/02/i-always-say-i-love-challenge.html

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2  Confusing problem, need some advice in Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions by taniamc on: August 04, 2009 05:28:00 PM
Hi all.

I recently obtained a gently used, older embroidery machine.  It is a White 3300.  I am using it with Embird software to make my own designs.  But I keep running into an issue, and I'm not sure what the cause of it is.

Whenever getting to the part of the embroidery that is the outline or outer region of the design I frequently end up seeing my lower thread coming through to the top fabric.  But it only happens on the outline of the design.  It happened once and I concluded that my fabric was not hooped tightly enough because I had just finished the exact same design and it turned out fine. 

But, I just finished a custom design and despite what I try, it happens over and over again on the outline.  It happens mainly only on the top and bottom portion of the outline.  The outline I created using a column because the outline feature in Embrid did not end up being thick enough (or I didn't know how to make it any bolder).  But I am also noticing the lower thread pulling through in the early outline stitches on some text, which are just simple straight stitches. Usually I only notice it when using darker threads.  The text isn't a big deal though, because it is quickly covered by larger thicker satin stitches.

Anyways, I've tried adjusting the thread tension, the fabric tension... but I'm afraid if I pull the fabric any tighter it is going to pucker awfully.  I do not know if I am just not hooping my material properly or what.
Any help would be much appreciated.  Here is an example of the issue on my latest custom design. 
I used the same technique for inner brown stitch work as I did for the outer brown stitch work, but only see problems on the outer portion. 








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3  Simple purse, my first bag project! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by taniamc on: July 15, 2009 09:28:25 PM
Hey all,

I just shopped, learned, started, and finished this project today.  It was a last minute project that I had to get done pronto for a family member who is soon to be visiting from overseas.  It is her birthday today and I wanted to have a gift for her when she arrived.  She's 13.

Here are the pictures!  It was a super simple bag, but probably the best way for me to start my first bag attempt.  I had the help/instruction of a super nice woman at the Viking Sewing Gallery.  I embroidered my cousin's first initial (with the help of someone's machine as I had left mine at home... one machine was enough to tote around) on the flap and installed magnetic snaps.  





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4  What do you think of my new website? in Get Product and Website Opinions by taniamc on: June 11, 2009 03:03:50 PM
Hey everyone!

You guys were super supportive when I posted my first project on here, and so I thought I would post my new website here too.  I posted the link in the "Places to buy handmade goods" section, but I hope it is alright to post it here for some feedback as well!

Check us out for a variety of super cute handmade baby gifts -- including diaper cakes, onesie cupcakes, washcloth truffles, and hand sewn gift sets!

The Curious Cake Shoppe



Facebook Fan Page:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/The-Curious-Cake-Shoppe/84554936894

The Curious Cake Shoppe Blog, found on our news page, can be subscribed to from this link:

http://curiouscakeshoppe.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much for looking!  I would love to hear what you think!
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5  Giraffes - Newest Diaper Cake from The Curious Cake Shoppe in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by taniamc on: June 11, 2009 01:57:19 PM


Just finished this cake up last week!  I hope you like it.

Visit my Flickr page for more information about the ingredients on this cake.
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6  New to Craftster, New to sewing in Get Product and Website Opinions by taniamc on: January 21, 2009 03:50:32 PM
Hi there,

I just got a sewing machine for Christmas and I've been practicing by making baby gifts.  I love making diaper cakes and it has become kind of a side business for me, and I really wanted to expand on my possibilities by starting to make some of my own goods.  This is the first burp cloth that I have made, it is two layered flannel with Warm and Natural 100% cotton batting in the middle.  Admittedly, I struggled with this project and I just wanted to have someone else look at it and tell me how bad it really is, hehe.  I'm trying to decide if it is an okay quality for a hand made good, or if I need to rip it out and slap myself in the face!

Throw your opinions at me, please! Smiley




I have been struggling with straight lines, but more so with this project than with any other that I have done (as you can see).  The close up is of the side that I think I did the worst job on.  I appreciate any comments, thanks
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