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11  lots and lots of pillows in Quilting: Completed Projects by kmb007 on: January 27, 2011 11:39:14 AM
I just moved from Canada to the USA and from being a working mother to a stay at home mother.  Things are different but after several months without any of my stuff,  my sewing kit/fabric arrived as well as a brand new sewing machine for my 40th bday.  So what do I make?  Pillows for both my girls, my nephew and a few friends.  I used Kellie (from Don't Look Now) inspiration and used some of her free tutorials to create these pillow tops.  Then I used Elizabeth Hartman's (from Oh Fransson!) tutorial on how to put a pillow together without a zipper and voila new sewing projects.  Now sadly it didn't take as much time as I'd had originally thought so I'll need a bigger project to keep my mind happy but for now it will have to do.

for my girls - the fronts


and the backs


for my nephew


for my dear friend's little girl


I'm not sure which one I like the best, they were all fun to make.

comments always welcome!
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12  Lady Bugs everywhere!!! in Dessert by kmb007 on: November 12, 2010 09:06:11 AM
A friend of mine asked if I would make her daughter's first birthday cake and that she was in love with ladybugs.  So I looked into making a whole lady bug but I find the red food colouring always gets a little bitter.  So I saw one on http://www.make-fabulous-cakes.com/ladybug-birthday-cake.html and stole her idea Smiley.  With a few changes I made this cake and a smush cake for the bday girl.

My five year old daughter helped by putting on all the flowers, occasionally eating a few too!

the whole cake


a close up of the lady bug


and the smush cake


comments always welcome
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13  Happy Halloween! in Dessert by kmb007 on: October 30, 2010 12:02:35 PM
We are throwing a goodbye party tonight on Devil's Night as we are moving to the states and I decided to make a cake that would work with the halloween theme.

The entire cake is edible, the spider is rice krispie treats covered in fondant.  The ghosts are marshmallows covered in fondant and the jack-o-lantern is also fondant.  The cake is marble sponge with chocolate mousse filling.

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14  John Deere cake in Dessert by kmb007 on: August 29, 2010 12:19:18 PM
My father-in-laws 65th bday party was this weekend.  My husband suggested a John Deere tractor on his cake and we looked to buy him a little toy one.  I couldn't find one anywhere so at the last minute made one instead.  The cake is chocolate sponge with chocolate ganache filling.  Covered with fondant and buttercream accents and the tractor is gum paste.  It was a big hit.

the side


view from above


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15  Gum paste flowers and a wedding - gum paste recipe included in Dessert by kmb007 on: July 23, 2010 05:15:41 AM
Our neighbours got married this past Weds and asked if I would make them their cake. I've been making quite a few lately and still have another this week.  But I thought I'd share as this is the first time I used, made by me, gum paste roses.  I made the gum paste myself.  I had bought the pre-made just add water stuff and it was aweful to work with.  I had taken a class at the local college last winter so I tried that recipe and it worked so much better.

Gum Paste recipe - no gum trag is used which is great b/c it's hard to find.
6g gelatin
70g cold water
1 tbsp glycerin
500g icing sugar
63g corn starch
.5g cream of tartar

mix gelatin and cold water together and let set up.  Put over double boiler and wait until the liquid is clear (absolutely no grainules).  Remove from heat at glycerin.

In mixing bowl place icing sugar, corn starch and tartar.  Add liquid and mix.    Allow mixer to thoroughly mix, about 3 minutes.

Remove from bowl, grease hands with shortening so it doesn't stick and knead as you would bread.  If too sticky add more sugar, if too dry add tiny amounts of shortening until a nice pliable consistancy.  Because there is corn starch, it will dry out really fast.  So place in plastic wrap and take off small pieces at a time.  This will make a good size ball of dough.  Will keep double wrapped and in air tight container in the fridge for up to 6months.

Anyway, here is the final product.  The bride gave me a hug yesterday when they got home.  So I am pretty proud of this one.



The cake is chocolate sponge with dark chocolate framboise ganache with rolled buttercream and royal icing scroll work.

C&C welcome!
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16  another belly cake in Dessert by kmb007 on: July 12, 2010 10:36:52 AM
I hosted a non-shower baby shower for my dear friend on Friday night.  Instead of sad little games we had the Spa Angels come in and give pedicures.  Then we ate and drank and laughed!  I made the cake and was inspired by a previous post.  The cake was chocolate with cream cheese icing.  First time with the cream cheese.  I wasn't sure how well it would work with the fondant.  But it looked great and I got another order because of it!  Everything is edible.  These pics are before I attached the flowers with royal icing.





When it came time to have cake, the mother-to-be did the c-section.
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17  Happy Canada Day!!! in Dessert by kmb007 on: June 29, 2010 03:14:24 PM
I was asked by our social committee at work to make a cake for Canada Day.  I'd love to take credit for the design, but it was all my husband's idea.  I made a Canada Flag and on the maple leaf is a camp fire with moose and beaver (very canadian) having marshmallows!  The cake is white spone with white butter cream.  The sides have red and white fondant maple leaves and the moose and beaver are also fondant.

The flag:




The campfire:


and I made some cookies for my kids daycares too!


I hope you enjoy, I had a blast making this!
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18  a couple of cakes - updated with pic of cake at wedding in Dessert by kmb007 on: June 13, 2010 07:14:46 AM
I finally got a pic with the topper on it.


I made a friend's wedding cake this weekend plus a bday cake for my mother in law.

Hope you like them!  the cakes are lemon sponge, strawberries and cream filling, fondant and buttercream icings








I'm still practicing with the decorating with fondant.  Rolling it on the cake is the easy part now, it's making it look like a cake boss cake that's a bit harder LOL

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19  Square dance and a black cat! in Quilting: Completed Projects by kmb007 on: June 01, 2010 01:27:49 PM
I saw another post of a square dance quilt and loved it.  So after surfing the how to's, I came up with this.  This is all scrap materials from my stash and then I added a border or two and used the excess to make the nine patch corners.  Then I needed a receiver and ask and ye shall receive.  My sister in law's bday came up.  Her nickname is cat, so I applicade a black cat onto it.

The front


The cat prior to quilting


and a bit of the back.  She lives in California so I wanted her to remember where she's from.

yup, those are canadian flags!!!

C&C always welcome!
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20  Playing with fondant in Dessert by kmb007 on: May 16, 2010 04:27:12 PM
I'm making a friend's wedding cake in a couple weeks and I thought I'd play with fondant. The little cake is white cake with buttercream filling and fondant icing. The piping is coloured chocolate buttercream. The larger cake is a fake 8 inch with fondant and the top is a white cake with buttercream filling and fondant icing. I had ribbon around and used white buttercream piping. To pipe the buttercream I used freezer bags and cut a tip from the corner.  When I make the wedding cake I'll use a proper piping back.  Practice makes perfect, so the actual cake should look fab!

the side


the top


the little version, wanted to see if I could get a true black, even with starting with chocolate buttercream to pipe, it still looks metallic


c&c always welcome
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