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11  COOKING / Dessert / Fairy cakes, fairy cakes on: June 22, 2009 08:47:37 AM
I'm a self-admitted fairy (aka cup) cake fiend.  They're my favourite thing to bake, and have been since my gran taught me how to make them when I was little.  Recently I've been experimenting with various things to improve them, mostly different icing and fillings, and I thought I would put up my 2 favourites so far (aside from some chocolate ones, which I never got to photograph before they were devoured!)

First, raspberry and lemon:  these each have a fresh raspberry indside as well as one perched on top of the lemon butter icing:

I couldn't help taking a bite!

These ones are plain vanilla, with strawberry butter icing and sugar sprinkles.  I made 150 of them for a Girl Guide coffee morning back in March, this is the first batch I iced.  At this point i didn't have a proper piping set, so I improvised by cellotaping a nozzle from a tube of supercook icing onto a freezer bag.  The bag sprung a few leaks along the way, but additional bits of cellotape helped, and they didn't turn out too badly Smiley

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / white and purple strapless top (or very mini dress!) on: June 13, 2009 12:19:28 PM

i just finished this top that i'd been imagining for a while as summer might actually put in an appearance in Scotland this year and i've been wanting to add to my sunny weather wardrobe.  this is the first time i've ever made something from a pattern that i made myself (usually i use a proper pattern or wing it) and i'm mostly happy with how it turned out.  only problem with it is it's a little loose around the top, so it might not stay strapless for long!

ps. please ignore the fact that i'm still wearing my pj bottoms under it, and that i haven't hemmed it!  i'm still trying to decide how long to make it.



and one of me posing!  you can see rather well just how loose it is arounf the top of my boobs Sad

comments and (gentle) criticism welcome Smiley
13  U.K. AND IRELAND / SCOTLAND / shops in Glasgow selling cross stich supplies on: June 08, 2009 03:55:53 PM

my sister in law was asking me the other day if i knew any good places in glasgow she can go to get cross stich patterns and supplies.  she used to go to a place on the south side which has now closed down, and would prefer not to order online (she likes to looks at things "in the flesh").  cross stich isn't an interest of mine so i wasn't able to help, but i was hoping that someone on here would be able to make some suggestions.

thanks in advance Smiley
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / spotty dotty dresses on: March 27, 2009 04:14:49 PM
both of these were made based on a new look pattern, but the first time i made this pattern it just didn't fit me right so i redrafted some of the pieces, which was tougher than i thought it would be.  i made the first one of these for my birthday last year out of some spotty fabric i fell in love with at ikea, of all places!  it has the matching bolero which is in purple with the spotty stuff as a lining.

the other one i made for valentines day this year in a stretch satin print that was on sale - i have a bit of a thing for anything with dots on it!  i shortened the skirt quite a lot compared to the other one, and it did end up a bit shorter than i was aiming for.

thanks for looking Smiley
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / 2 beaded bracelets - first post on this board :) on: March 18, 2009 06:00:03 PM
hi guys

i normally hang out over on the clothing boards, but i saw a beautiful beaded necklace on the front page last night and my love of beadwork resurfaced.  so instead of studying tonight i made a couple of bracelets.  my box of beads and jewellery supplies has been sadly neglected since i got a sewing machine, but i think i might be getting back into it in a big way!

stitched spiral bracelet:

something i came up with:

thanks for looking Cheesy
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / reversible fleece scoodie on: December 19, 2008 07:00:15 PM
I haven't put anything up here for a while, but I just finished making this for my wee nephew's christmas and I'm really happy with the way it turned out Smiley  Basically it's a smallish reversible scoodie made from fleece, with a little dog cut-out stiched to the green side (there was a duck for the other side, but he had an accident Sad)

Here it is stylishly modelled by my lamp:

Green side:

Grey side:

Just for the shape of it:
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pretty summer dress (img heavy) on: June 29, 2008 05:28:48 AM
i decided i wanted to make a pretty summer dress, so out i went and bought some plain white cotton, a reel of shirring elastic and a tin of dylon cold dye.  having never shirred or dip dyed anything before, this was a complete experiment so i took dozens of photos of the entire process.

i first washed and dryed the fabric to shrink it and in preparation for the dyeing, then cut a piece that was big enough to go around me 1.5 times.  i then wound the elastic onto the bobbin, and began!  it was a lot easier than i expected and i didn't really have any problems.  the only worry i had was keeping the lines parallel once i couldn't use the edge of the fabric as a guide.  turns out my mum's sewing machine has a nifty little guide thing to help with that Smiley

fifteen lines of shirring later, i had a nice stretchy piece of fabric.

after stiching a seam up the back, shortening it and hemming it, i had made a simple dress with a shirred bodice.

so the next step was to dye the dress.  i planned to make 3 stripes of varying darkness from the hemline up towards the bust, and so with the help of my dad i set up my dip dyeing system, mixed up the dye and set to work!

halfway stage

all done!

rinsing the excess dye out in the bath

after rinsing it i put it in for a normal wash in the machine and hung it up to dry overnight.  the end result wasn't quite as i had planned, the stripes are not defined and its more of a graduated effect, but i still really like it.  i think i might try it again, but not leave the lighter bits in for as long as i did.

and then the final action shot.  pardon the face, i'd only just woken up!  hope you like it Smiley

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / another summery t-shirt -> halter recon (now with added stripes!) on: May 25, 2008 06:49:41 PM
after my last attempt at this which can be found here i decided i could do better and so i went off to primark and bought myself a 1.50 stripey cotton t-shirt and cut it up Cheesy  this time i used a casing (i think thats the right name) and some ribbon to do the centre gather, and ribbon rather than fabric for the straps (which stretched with wear).


front detail (the bow doesn't sit quite right i'm trying to figure out how to fix it...):

back (please ignore the crazy mirrors that make me look oddly wide!):
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / top simplicity 3956 - girly pink-fest! on: May 15, 2008 03:42:40 PM
hey everyone

here is a top i made (with the aid of my mum) a few weeks ago that i thought i would put up.  its simplicity 3956 view A with a couple of small mods.  the shoulders had to be cut further in (apparently mine are narrow compared to the rest of me!) and i put in a dart at the bust because there was an awful lot of fabric around there.  i also used a ribbon under the bust instead of a fabric band just cos i thought it would look nicer, altho the hundreds of tiny invisible stitches i used to put it on nearly killed me!  this was the first time i did a zipper (thanks to my mum for showing me the secret to putting it in straight Smiley) and i'm pretty proud of it, especially since it went in right first time around.  the fabric had a lot more pink embroidery on it than i thought when i looked at it on the roll, but what the heck i'm a girl so i reckon i can pull it off! Wink

(apologies for the blurry pic)

from the side you can maybe just see the little dart on the bust if you know where to look

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / old t-shirt into summery halter top on: May 14, 2008 01:01:34 PM
since the weather has been so sunny lately i decided more summery clothes were required, so it was bye-bye t-shirt, hello halter top!  basically i just took a cotton t-shirt, cut it off under the arms, took it in at the sides, and then made a couple of straps out of the bit i removed.  once i'd made it i thought "bit plain!" so i made a wee gather in the centre.  had my sewing machine not been having a spazzy day of thread chewing, it would have taken me about half an hour, but instead ate up about 3 Sad


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