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1  Las Vegas cake - it was a big job! in Dessert by bobbingblondie on: September 13, 2012 09:47:51 AM
Hi guys

I don't get to do this sort of thing very often, but here is my latest cake project.  It was for a woman at work who was throwing a surprise 40th birthday party for her husband.  His gift was a trip to Las Vegas, so she wanted the cake to be a hint Smiley

It's definitely the most elaborate cake I've done.  The bottom tier is vanilla sponge filled with jam and vanilla buttercream, the middle layer is chocolate with more chocolate, and the die are plain sponge and buttercream.  All the decorations are made from fondant.

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2  Re: The Tutus of DOOM!! in Costumes: Completed Projects by bobbingblondie on: January 10, 2012 03:38:42 PM
I have to apologise - I saw wendi would like a tutorial and then I got a new job and it totally slipped my mind!  I know 6 months on is a bit late but better late than never!!

- 2.5-3.5m of tulle
- lycra for the hip measurement
- wide elastic for the waist measurement

1. Cut the lycra waistband
    - It should be a rectangle of (hip measurement + 5cm) x 20cm
    - When finished this will be doubled over, so the finished waistband will be half the depth

2. Cut the tulle into strips
    - Use a piece of tulle 3 x the waist measurement
    - I cut 5 strips from the width, each strip approx 30cm wide

3. Roughly pleat the tulle
    - Put pleats into it so that it is about the length of the lycra waistband
    - Stitch them down
    - The tulle can be adjusted when it's being attached, so precision is unimportant

4. Attach the tulle to the waistband
    - Lay the lycra flat
    - Place a strip of tulle so that the pleated edge is along the bottom edge of the lycra (a)
    - Leave a seam allowance at the end,
    - Pin and stitch it on with with a zigzag/stretch stitch, stretching the lycra slightly as you go
    - Adjust it as you go so that you get the same seam allowance at the other end
    - Fold this layer down, and then attach the next strip of tulle as close to the first as possible (b)
    - Continue as above with remaining strips

5. Double the waistband
    - Fold it over so that the lycra hides the stitching on the inside
    - Pin then sew the lycra together along the stitching of bottom strip of tulle
    - Be careful not to catch the tulle into this stitching!!

6. Sew a channel for the waistband elastic
    - Remember to use a stitch with a bit of stretch

7. Stitch the back seam together
    - Leave a gap to insert the elastic at the top
    - The poufiness of the tulle should hide the join fairly effectively.

8. Insert elastic and secure

9. Place onto small child and enjoy!!!

Apologies for the awful diagram!  If any clarification is needed, I promise I won't take another 6 months to get back to you Smiley
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3  I've taken up wood turning! in Completed Projects by bobbingblondie on: January 06, 2012 08:02:57 AM
My Dad recently took up a hobby he'd wanted to do for ages - wood turning.  There is now a lathe in the garage at my parent's house, and after seeing how much my Dad was enjoying it I thought I would have a go.  So here are my first efforts under supervision, a small box made from willow, and a pine spurtle.  (if you don't know what a spurtle is, it's basically a nice stick meant for stirring your porridge.  It's a Scottish thing!!)

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4  Puppy birthday cake in Dessert by bobbingblondie on: December 12, 2011 06:38:21 AM
Our puppy turned 1 last month, and I'm afraid to say we had a birthday party for her!  If you look at her cute wee face you'll see why Smiley

Anyway, I was in charge of the 'people' cake, so with it being Bella's 1st birthday and her being an excellent agility dog, I made a cake which was meant to reflect this!

It's a vanilla sponge filled with raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream.  The puppy was made from sugarpaste and then painted to resemble Bella.  It met with a sad end about a week later when Bella stole it off of the kitchen worktop and ate the whole thing! (The puppy, not the cake)
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5  Fairytale castle cake :) in Dessert by bobbingblondie on: June 05, 2011 04:11:11 PM
I made this for my BF's wee sister's 21st birthday, which was yesterday.  She had originally planned to have a kiddie themed party (face painting, bouncy castle etc) but it ended up as a more grown up evening party with family and friends.  However, I had already planned and started the cake by the time the plans changed, so she got a kiddie style cake anyways!

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6  The Tutus of DOOM!! in Costumes: Completed Projects by bobbingblondie on: May 19, 2011 04:51:18 PM
Every year I make costumes for my friend's dance school show.  So for the last 2 months I have been turning 80 metres of tulle and lycra into 22 tutus for little girls.  The dancing display is a week today, so I finished just in time!  Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of all of them together, as they were picked up in stages to avoid my flat looking like a candy floss factory.

I don't ever want to see another piece of tulle again, but I have promised my wee niece her own tutu so I guess I'll just have to get over it Smiley

An individual pink and white one:

A pink and white pile:

Purple ones en mass.  Sadly I forgot to take an individual photo:

And just for fun... as many as I could fit on my arm!

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7  i finally used my dressform! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bobbingblondie on: May 11, 2010 06:56:20 PM
So I bought a lovely dressform as a Christmas present for myself, but I've been so busy for the last 4 months that I haven't had any time at all to actually use it Sad  On a recent trip to the fabric shop to pick up supplies for the dancing costumes that are giving my sewing machine nightmares (another story!) I saw some satin that I just loved the colour of, and thought it would do nicely for a nightie I'd had in mind for a while.  After drafting the pattern and putting it together I was desperately trying to fit it to myself when i remembered about the dressform, which was unfortunately at my Mum's.  So off I went up the road to fetch Jemima.  It doesn't fit quite right around the boobs - I think I need to stuff Jemima's bra a bit more - and the big bow isn't great when I roll over, but on the whole I'm pretty happy with it and I didn't stick myself with a pin or have to get my BF to help me check the fit Cheesy

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8  housewarming presents for the BF in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by bobbingblondie on: May 11, 2010 06:35:23 PM
I normally stick to making clothes, but my BF got his own flat a few weeks ago and has finally moved out of home.  He has furniture but none of the niceties - and TBH he wouldn't get them on his own!  So I'm making him some cushions and table mats etc.  There isn't really anything special about them but I absolutely love the fabric so I thought I would share Smiley  There will eventually be 3 cushions, 6 tablemats, 6 napkins and a table runner, but I've run out of the fabric so I'm stalled until I can go and get some more.

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9  Mouse pin cushion in Completed Projects by bobbingblondie on: February 09, 2010 04:41:16 PM
Hello everyone!

I couldn't quite figure out where to put this so I hope this is the right place.  I've been needing a pin cushion for a while and so I made this little guy tonight out of fleece scraps and used a Sharpie to make his eyes, nose and whiskers.  He goes on my wrist on a piece of elastic, and I put a piece of plastic inside to prevent accidental pin injuries.

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10  Wire hearts in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bobbingblondie on: February 08, 2010 05:27:39 PM
Bought some wire recently and started playing with it.  With Valentines day looming I decided to make some hearts Smiley


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