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1  COOKING / Dessert / Carousel Wedding Cake! on: October 29, 2009 04:58:50 AM
A bit of backstory here: My brother got married this summer, and instead of a traditional wedding, they did it their own way and ran off to get married by themselves. We didn't know where and we didn't even know exactly when. When my brother phoned me to tell me, I was in the cinema watching Harry Potter Cheesy. We had a big party a month later to celebrate with all the family and friends here, and my brother asked me to make a fun cake for it.

They got married in Brighton, and wanted some reminders of that particular day at the party. There are some brilliant photos of the two of them running around Brigton pier dressed up to the nines, but one of the best had to be my beautiful now sister in law on the carousel in her wedding dress- so the idea of a carousel cake was born.

It took about 3 days altogether, I spent a whole day just making the actual cakes, which was Madeira. I didn't realise how much cake mix a 14" tin holds! Then they had to be shaped, covered in fondant, and painted on with paste icing colours, which I loved doing but was very labour intensive.. The horses are cookies, my very talented brother made these amazing cookie cutters:

These were all iced with royal icing then painted. We then had to get the cake to the site of the party, and I decided to assemble it there as I wasn't sure how sturdy the whole thing would be... so we drove there with these huge cakes on our laps... man those things were heavy!

My brother also made the base and platform thingy you see in this picture. The base had a handle so you could turn the cake and the whole cake turned around. We had a plan to make the horses move up and down as well, but there just wasn't enough time!

Phew! Anyway, here are one or two more photos... enjoy!

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Water- improving taste without adding sugar? on: January 21, 2008 07:14:13 AM
Can it be done? I'm trying so hard to drink my 8 glasses a day, and I find it so boring!

I've been reading about people freezing grapes and things to use as ice cubes, which I'll try, but does anyone have any other ideas?

*Sorry if there's already a thread on this, I searched but did not find!*
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / goodbye present for sisters 21st on: January 13, 2008 03:44:36 AM
My sister's 21st birthday is coming up, and a few weeks after that she's leaving for Madrid for 4 months with ERASMUS to do part of her course there. For her birthday I'm throwing her a Spanish fiesta, and I really want a gift that fits the theme!

I'm stuck! I was thinking Madrid-in-a-box but I'm not sure what to put in it!
Any ideas for that or any other gifts?
4  COOKING / Dessert / Dragon Cake for the boyfriend on: December 22, 2007 12:03:05 PM

My first try using homemade fondant- I love it! Tastes much better than store bought, and is cheaper too.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Origami Lilies on: December 22, 2007 12:00:04 PM
Made for my cousin's christening- her name is Lilyana.

My first real attempt at origami, but I already love it.

(ignore the brown banana!)

What do you think?
6  COOKING / Dessert / Pirate Ship Cake! on: September 03, 2007 11:26:31 PM
I made my brother a pirate ship cake for his birthday... took forever but he loved it! Sorry the pics are quite big...

Made up completely in my head, didnt follow a tutorial or anything, and the whole thing is edible, except for the lego pirates (the same ones he used to play with when he was little!)

With the birthday message in a bottle!

Ice-cream wafer plank.

Luckily it survived the 2 hour car trip, except the jelly sea melted a bit!

What do you think?
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Driving Test on: April 18, 2007 09:14:29 AM
My boyfriends taking his driving test next month, and I want to make him a congratulations present. If he doesnt pass (which he will!) I'll just save it til he does.

Anyway, I'm making him a sock monkey for his car, coz he seems to like them, as well as some mixed CDs and things to listen to. I was thinking of inking a Tshirt with a stupid phrase, something like 'now I can drive myself crazy!' but something a bit cooler than that.

I've also got an old sweets tin and decorated it so the tops a race track, with a little plastic car stuck on, and I want to fill it with little useful things he can keep in his car, but I have no idea what that would be!

Anyone got any ideas for anything else or what to put in the tin?
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Shop Mannequin? on: April 15, 2007 09:43:37 AM
Okay so my sisters boyfriend used to work in Calvin Klein and when they changed over all the mannequins they were throwing the old ones away, and long story short, I now own one. It looks like this..

Sorry about all the mess in my room!

Anyway, i want to do something with it, ill probably just end up painting it all over, ivy leaves etc!! but I was wondering if any crafters had any other ideas? Thanks!
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Conkers? on: February 28, 2007 01:15:06 AM
I have a bunch of old conkers I've collected, any idea what to do with them? I was thinking of painting them all and just putting them in a bowl as decoration, but anyone got any better ideas?
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Mini egg fillers? on: February 25, 2007 07:12:34 AM
My local pound shop sells packs of 100 mini plastic egg capsules. I thought this would be perfect for an easter egg hunt, but can't think of anything to fill them with! Any ideas?
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