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1  COOKING / Dessert / Help with Dad's birthday cake please :) on: September 29, 2008 12:50:59 PM
Hiya, my darling Papa is coming to visit at weekend, it's his birthday on Sunday and I have a urge to make him a trout cake.

So far in my head it's looking good but things don't always end up looking like I plan.

I think I will make a chocolate sponge, then carve it into the shape of a fish, so far so good... The decorating is where I need help. I plan to make some light grey icing and roll it out and then fit it onto the cake.

Q1, Do I need to stick it to the cake with something, jam? Or chocolate goo maybe?

I just got some nice powder stuff and a can of colour you spray onto the icing. So I thought a light stripe of red across the middle, then I'll paint on some of the silver powder stuff to make it shimmer and look scaly.

Q2. Can anyone think of an easy way to make a scale pattern on it? I tried on a bit of icing with a pen lid and it worked well, but it'll take hours to do the whole fish!

Then I have a black pen you can write on cakes with, to make the black dots.

Q3. How far in advance can I ice and colour it? My Dad will be here all day Saturday so if can do it on Friday for Sunday or will the colours run or bleed? If not I'll just have to try to do it late Sat night, unless that's still too early?

Any help is greatly appreciated, I've worked with fondant before but only on cupcakes. I'm worried I won't be able to get a smooth finish on the fish.

Thanks darlings x
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Dinosaur quilt all finished! (pic heavy - but we all like pics right?) on: September 13, 2008 01:42:28 PM
My youngest son is dino crazy! I have been making this for about 2 months on and off, it's definitely the hardest quilt I've ever made. I did wish I'd never started it at times but here it is!

A close-up of a mosasaurus, I love how the teeth worked out Cheesy

This is the back, dino skeletons, you can see the dino paw print design I used to quilt the damn thing

Finally here's my son with his new quilt, do you think he likes it?

I'm so pleased, he loves it so much Cheesy He brings it downstairs every morning and then it's up again for bedtime.

P.S. Please don't judge me on the mismatched, un-ironed pyjamas  Wink
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / The saggy fire cozy on: September 05, 2008 12:43:42 PM
Fire hasn't been on since March despite rubbish summer, so fire was very very chilly.

So I ran it up a saggy cottage cozy, the saggy bit was so totally planned Tongue Here it is in all its gaudy leftover red fabric.

My favourite bit, the wee chimney.

Now I didn't spend much time on this and I think it shows! I was distracted by the best present I have ever had...

Johnny, Jimi and Joey, all boys and all gorgeous Cheesy We originally just had Johnny and Jimi but we felt so bad that we had rejected the little one, so we went back and got him too, yey!

Sorry for showing them off here, couldn't help my self   Grin
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Domokun! on: August 29, 2008 01:34:19 PM
Ah my son is obsessed with Domokun Cheesy I made this a couple of months but now I'm here I want to show it off lol

He's made from felt and his teeth are adhesive fab foam. I'm really happy with how he turned out, his teeth are still sharp yey. I was worried he wouldn't stand up but he does. I put pipecleaners in his arms so he is a bit poseable.

I'd love to know what you think Smiley Does he look like the original?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Denim Mushroom Bag on: August 29, 2008 01:28:09 PM
I couldn't wait to use this bag so it is shown with all my clutter in it lol

Close up of the felt applique

I am sooo loving that blanket type stitch, it uses a ton of thread though!

Constructive criticism most welcome Smiley

P.S. Do you like my new squishy white office chair? Cheesy
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Hello and help with dino quilt please :) on: August 25, 2008 02:34:23 PM
Hi everyone, I have been lurking here for a while, my bad Cheesy I really do like looking at everyones work, it is sooo inspiring!

Well I finally joined, because I really need some help with my latest quilt.

It's a dino quilt for my youngest son (dino crazy!) I have almost finished the top....

I am using this fabric for the backing....

What I am struggling with is how to quilt this? I have only ever made quilts from blocks before, never a huge applique quilt. I thought I would use black thread for the back. Should I just use one thread on the front or use a different colour for each section? And what pattern to use? Or freehand? I am not anywhere close to deciding lol any advice would be very greatfully received!

Ty x

P.S. sorry about the bad pics, its dark here, will take some better ones outside tomorrow. Smiley

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