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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Las Vegas cake - it was a big job! on: September 13, 2012 01:07:51 PM
Thanks guys!  It turned out way better than I had imagined it would. I really can't wait to do another big cake project, I just need someone to have a big party Cheesy
2  COOKING / Dessert / Las Vegas cake - it was a big job! 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.

3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: The Tutus of DOOM!! 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
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: I've taken up wood turning! on: January 10, 2012 08:01:28 AM
Thanks Smiley

They are surprisingly smooth, I used 1200 grit sandpaper on them then beeswax to make them shiny.  It worked really well!

Hopefully I'll get a few more pieces done in the coming weeks.  Does anyone know if there's anyone else on Craftster that does wood turning?  I haven't seen anyone Sad
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I've taken up wood turning! 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!!)

6  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Puppy birthday cake on: December 12, 2011 04:07:43 PM
Oh she got lots of things!  I made up a full grooming kit for her (as a long haired dog her coat takes a lot of care), plus she got lots of squeaky toys, and treat bones.  We got a 'puzzle' ball as well, that dispenses treats when she rolls it correctly.

There was also a doggy cake made with peanut butter and honey, which Bella and her little friends demolished in no time flat!
7  COOKING / Dessert / Puppy birthday cake 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)
8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Fairytale castle cake :) on: July 20, 2011 06:55:32 AM
Thanks Smiley

For the door I used a small sharp knife and drew out a "wood" pattern.  I was going to buy a set of texture mats, but I didn't know when I would ever use them again!
9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Fairytale castle cake :) on: June 06, 2011 09:38:57 AM
Thanks!  It wasn't sad seeing it get eaten, I just wanted everyone to enjoy it!  It took some persuading to get Lindsey to cut it up tho - she didn't want to destroy it - but I would have been sad if no-one got to taste it.  I was so worried that the cake might not taste good, as I mostly bake cupcakes rather than big cakes, but it was just right inside.
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: The Tutus of DOOM!! on: June 05, 2011 04:15:04 PM
Thanks Cheesy

They looked great on stage - but I reiterated to the dancing teacher that I don't want to do them again next year!!
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