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1  Re: Throw that cake around! Playable Angry Bird Cake!!!! :) Photo Intensive! in Dessert by sewhighonlife on: September 25, 2012 06:32:55 AM
Aww thank you Smiley But she set the bar high. This is what she gave me.

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2  Throw that cake around! Playable Angry Bird Cake!!!! :) Photo Intensive! in Dessert by sewhighonlife on: September 25, 2012 03:56:48 AM
On my birthday, my little sister made me the most awesome plane crash of a birthday cake! I am a pilot and love planes and it was literally a plane wreck in a jungle with monkeys and palm trees and vines. I was so amazed and I said to myself that I would have to try and do something just as cool for her for her birthday.

We both went through a bit of an Angry Bird stage and so I present to you, my version of a playable Angry Birds cake, complete with hungry pigs and very Angry birds!

The night before, I stayed up till 2am making these guys...

The next day after building a lawn base and making some fondant covered Mars bars for logs, covered Kitkats for thin planks, covered honeycomb cubes for glass (or ice) and big clumps of covered chocolate mud cake for rocks. The Assembly began.

The one with the mo <3


Now to destroy the fortress! My sister takes aim!

Then I want some action...

A direct hit!


Poor birdie Sad after about 10 throws!
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3  Finally made my first wearable dress! (for my sister) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sewhighonlife on: September 19, 2012 02:31:55 AM
Two posts in one day, this is a big crafting week for me Smiley

I have started and almost finished about 5 dresses for myself... Its either unfinished zippers, unfinished hems, slightly wonky seams or the sleeve I just can't seem to make work... So they are all still in my box of things to do.


I thought, hey if I make something for somebody else... not only will I have more pressure to finish, I will also have a living dress form, because fitting my own clothes was becoming a nightmare!

My sister Jane, who is in the photos, decided on the pattern and the cute bird fabric. I have never fully lined a dress, had one with pockets or used boning... but oh well, I was going to give it a try!

I decided it was an experiment, and if I had another unfinished dress, it wasn't going to kill me, but least I could see if making things for others would keep me interested... It seems to work. It may have taken a few weeks, but here is my first completed (except for one little hook and eye needed above the zipper) dress!!!!

C and C welcome Smiley Haha and what are the chances of me ever putting that hook and eye on Wink
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4  My Second Quilt... in only 2 days! in Quilting: Completed Projects by sewhighonlife on: September 18, 2012 04:34:19 PM
After taking almost 6 months to finish my first pacman quilt for my nephew, I have obviously become a master of shortcuts, because this one only took two days Smiley But I cheated, its just applique.... but anyway, I am proud of it Smiley

I wanted to make a baby quilt for my good friend who was having a baby. We are both airplane pilots, and her Husband is in the Army and works as a Chinook Pilot. This is a Chinook.

At first I wanted to do a aeroplane  quilt, but couldn't find any plane motifs of quilt blocks I liked and I was struggling to design one, then as a final attempt I looked up helicopters... and found this quilt online..http://projectmehappy.com/index.php/2012/02/09/quilted-ch-47-chinook-helicopter-baby-blanket/. I instantly thought it was cute! But my family just couldn't see how they looked like helicopters at all.... But I knew my friends would know.

My friend was due on the 10th, and it was already the 8th... but I didn't know the sex of the baby. Sad So when the 10th came around, I was down to Spotlight in a flash. She had a girl Smiley I decided on pink and green. I embroidered a message on the back which looked better in my brain then when I sewed it. My friend always called me Amentie as a nickname, so I became Aunty Amentie. I was careful to embroider it in a place I knew I wouldn't be sewing through later when I was quilting... and this is how it came to be... progress shots, after the wash, and after the iron!

So what do you think? Does it look like a Chinook quilt?

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5  I have a vision, but I need your help! Plus a bonus photo of Phar Laps Heart <3 in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by sewhighonlife on: July 14, 2012 04:03:50 AM
Hi everbody. I have what I feel is quite exciting inspiration for some embroidery, but having mainly stuck to cross stitch and only well planned out freehand, I feel I am at  a loss as to where to start on this project, but I am very excited by it and can't wait to begin!

About two weeks ago I was walking through the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, and other than Phar Laps heart, not a great deal had caught my attention.

But I couldn't walk past this display I found about Captain Cook.

I was so excited I took a photo, but sadly the iphone doesn't show the detail too much. Basically they are two embroideries; each is a hemisphere of the world as seen through the eyes of a young girl in the 17th century. Apparently the girls would embroider world maps as geography lessons and mark points of interest they had from their lessons. They would also track early explorers tracks around the seas and these hoops are unique in the fact that they only had Captain Cooks travels marked. Captain Cook discovered Australia in1770, so this particular map was even more exciting to me for that reason, plus I might learn more about him myself when making them! I love the fact that it was made before they even discovered that Tasmania is an island and she had it connected to the mainland.

I instantly wanted them! Smiley but the Museum would probably notice me smashing the cabinet to get them. Next best idea, make some myself, in the same style. Thats where the search began for similar work. But all the maps I could find were ultra modern or just down right ugly. I was sad I only had the dodgy photo I had taken, I remembered the amazing detail of the girls work, stiches so so tiny, words so perfect and just downright awesome. I started looking at old maps thinking I could copy them, and in my search I found the EXACT hoops I had seen in the museum online. The museum has an article on them and thankfully a very detailed picture!!!!! Yay.

Here is the link, lots of close ups and other photos!


Soooooo... This is where I need your help. First I have never worked on a hoop, and these ones were obviously made in the 1700s so were probably made differently to todays. Would love some advice on how to stretch and nail etc. The material to use? Reading the article, says that it is a layer of fine silk stretched across cotton. Is this a common thing to do? Do I just get silk and cotton and stretch them together when doing the hoop? What sort of hoops? The article says when you look at the back, you can see the girls used vibrant colours, but I am actually wanting mine to look antique from the start and so I think I will choose lighter colours to begin with. What is the best way to transfer the pattern onto the silk? So many questions, and suggestions would be great! I think it could be an interesting project for anybody living in any country, putting your own explorers and landmarks on them.

So, any suggestions at all would be greatly appreciated!
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6  Pacman returns! in Quilting: Completed Projects by sewhighonlife on: June 04, 2011 07:01:26 PM
My first quilt!! I made this for my nephew Eli, so I wanted something for a boy, something unique and modern, and something personal too.

My first thought, was that because I had never made a quilt before and had nothing to go off other than books, it should be easy. I decided a game of tetris would be easy enough, then the thoughts of cool retro games filled my head, Space Invaders and Pacman came up, and I thought Pacman would be easy enough. hahah *coughcoughchoke*

I first decided on the size. I figured the top of the coffee table looked about right for a cot/baby rug, measured it out and divided it by 3 inch squares. From memory, it only ended up being 13 blocks across and 16 tall. Haha I figured 208 blocks wouldn't take me long! It ended up taking 5 months on and off, but I did enjoy it!

Good learning experience! I wanted it to be completely geometric to begin with, and the actual Pacman block, I sewed so many straight edges of yellow material together to get it to look round and have his mouth open. It was my first block and I felt happy when it was done. Then I started on the maze, lots of combinations of 9 one inch squares sewn together to get the various intersections and end bits. By the time I got to the ghosts I had given up on having straight edges and mastered corners around the top of their heads, I was pretty happy with that! I figured I would do the same with the cherries, but it was wayyy to fiddly, and ended up appliqueing sort of square shaped cherries and leaves. I wanted them to look pixelated. I ended up doing applique with the letters and numbers too, sort of felt like I was cheating by this stage, but I am happy with the way it came out. I love the silver materiel I used for the letters, and I even sewed little black highlights to make the font look better.

 I couldn't figure out what i was supposed to do with the edges or the quilting itself, and asked the ladies at the material store when I was almost done. I pinned up the quilt and started sewing in the ditch of the maze and around the letters, cherries and figures. It wasn't the smoothest after I was done, i must have not pulled it tight enough sometimes and other times been too tight, and the bottom material didn't line up perfectly with the top of the quilt and somehow some of the stuffing was getting squeezed out one side more than the other, hmmmmm, but in the end I didn't mind it, and I was happy with my choice of using coloured cotton in the bottom bobbin and clear thread in the top!

 I was very proud of the edges. I spent most of the day before giving the quilt to Eli and his mum, in the car as a passenger and hand sewed all of it as my deadline was coming at me faster than I expected!

The score at the bottom, as high as it is, also happens to be his birthday Wink

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