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Saturday, 22 December 2007
Friday, 21 December 2007
In my wisdom I decided to make from Debbie Brown's 50 EASY Party Cakes, the Fairy Toadstool for my 2 nieces for Xmas. With my classes I felt a bit more confident with my newly learnt skills! I should have realised that EASY is just a word to make you buy the book!!! Afterall, it was my husband who rescued the dinosaur cake, from the same book a few years ago.
Anyway, the cake board went v well. This I was pleased with.
Then I coloured my sugarpaste/ rolled fondant. This too went well. The blue is extra large, as I over coloured my small ball, and had to add more white to tone it down.
Next I made the fairy bodies, still going well
Then I rolled out all the other pieces, still ok.
Buttercreamed the cake. OKish
Covered base in white regalice, okish. Underneath cake, not smooth enough purhaps?
Did top, but Debbie says to hollow out the top, but does not show a photo, so I wasn't sure how much. I think I should have cut more out, to get the top to fit more snugly on, and therefore look better.
Sunday, 16 December 2007
Is it Sugarcraft or Cake Decorating? That is just the start of the problem!!!
I've noticed that there seems to be many names for the same product, which makes things quite confusing for a beginner like me. So I'm going to attempt in this post (and will update as I learn more) to clarify things. If you know of a product to add to this list, please post a comment or if I've made a mistake, which wouldn't be surprising, then let me know. Thanks.
The one thing I would say, is that some products contain gelatin (so if you are veggie watch out and try different makes)
Clearly, as so many of the pastes do simlar jobs, it's going to be down to a matter of personal taste which ones to use. In my class we use Regallice to cover cakes, flower paste for the sugarcraft flowers and mexican paste, when we need something to be stronger and dry rock solid.
1. Rolled Fondant/ Sugar Paste/ Regallice - all the same product. You can make your own or buy ready made - widely available in Supermarkets
2. Flower Paste/ Petal Paste/ Gum Paste - from specialist cake decorator shops
- This rolls out very thinly to help create very realistic flowers, dries hard. Can keep for a very long time.
- Dries rock solid, used for the snowflakes I made, also plaques etc. Quite rufty-tufty! (Doesn't break too easily)
- Dries hard (can be used instead of Mexican Paste)
- Dries extremely hard, not affected my heat and moisture the way other pastes are.
There are recipes for all of the above pastes in various books and on the net. Some may be easier to recreate than others.
Friday, 14 December 2007
Quick knitting update, I've not done quite as much as I would have liked, but I do a few rows every day. This is the back of the jumper btw. Luckily I have 2 years to complete this in.
Thursday, 13 December 2007
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Materials/ Equipment Needed:
1: Smooth rolling board
2. Smooth rolling pin
3. Vegetable oil
4. Mexican Paste
5. Snowflake Cutters (by patchwork cutters)
6. Edible glue (from Sugarcraft shops)
7. Edible Glitter (from Sugarcraft shops - I used Disco WhiteHologram made by Edable Art)
8. Cocktail stick
Cut out snowflake. Press down very firmly and I gently jig it about.
In this picture, I have also made a tree, that wil be decorated at my evening class tonight. I'll post photos of the finished product.
If I have missed anything out or you found this helpful, please post a comment. Thank you.
Saturday, 1 December 2007
My son and I made this winter garland the other day. He chose the things to hang on it, I drew them, he cut them out, I recut them out (unfortunately the boy's foot was severely cut and beyond repair) and then thread them onto ribbon and hung up. (We also added fabric glitter to the snowflakes - the shops were out of the glittered felt in white).
I like this idea, simple yet v pleasing. It hangs next to the Autumn garland we made.
Saturday, 24 November 2007
The other day I was looking at Soule Mama and Glittergoods and they were inspired by each other with making books for their children to draw/ write in. Daria on GG gave a fantastic step-by-step instructions, that I made some up too.If you're British then use normal A4 card and paper (from my child's art and craft stash I have built up - so nothing too fancy) and basically cut the A4 card and paper in half, to give you A5 size, (fold this in half, A6,) and stitch it together using embroidery floss. I just used a large needle to pierce the card and paper, which worked just fine. For a neater finish (as Daria says) trim the inside paper down so it doesn't spill out when folded.
No 1 child was v happy with his new books just for him. He's only just starting to read and write. You can see how I did it below, but check out Glittergoods for the professional way to go about it!
Needle piercing the card and paper to make holes (just 3 on the spine)
Start in the middle hole going down into the book
Come back out at one of the ends, then bring the needle over to the last hole (the one so far untouched, and push back down into the book.
Bring needle back through central hole.
Tie off ends, and cut.
The inside of the book.
job done, v happy and impressed child.
Plus nice to do something in minutes for once!!!
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
I don't think I have mentioned this, but in October I started a cake decorating evening class. I felt it was time to improve my efforts for my children's birthday cakes. Anyway, our first project is decorating an Xmas Cake (I used the Delia Smith recipe for an 8" cake - you can't go wrong with Delia, IMO.) We are following our teacher's design, which is quite traditional. A tree, to be decorated with Xmas Roses, Holly, Ivy and Red berries. I had to make some at home, as I'm never going to get it all done in the class, I'm not that fast at doing it. But I am enjoying it very much.
And I am going to aim to turn this:
Yes the wool just arrived, in the end I had to cancel the Navy yarn, and find another shop who actually had it in stock, instead of pretending they did!!! Is it that hard to update your website, or advise customers of stock issues??? Never mind, it's here, and I shall get knitting tomorrow. I'm knitting a few sizes bigger than I need for my son, as I'm going to take my time!!! I've never done anything like this before, you see. Any comments/ advice very much appreciated.
Friday, 16 November 2007
Just incase you thought I was being v lazy, only 2 of the 3 colours of yarn has been sent, so I cannot start (as it's the main colour that I'm waiting for!!) Most annoyed with the shop. I have started cutting out the pieces for the bag I'm going to make from Bend the Rules Sewing book etc!
I have finally finished (well nearly) my fabric doorstop tutorial. And you can find it here. As I started it in October, that is where it has been filed!! So I thought I would write about it, plus if you look to your left, you'll see it in my left hand sidebar. Super Duper!!! I will be addingan extra photo or 2, of the template. I was trying to be clever, to give a v detailed template, and I can't convert it to a PDF (PC probs) so will just take a photo!
Saturday, 10 November 2007
Thursday, 8 November 2007
Monday, 5 November 2007
Sunday, 4 November 2007
The Fifth of November,
The Tradition begins...The following year in 1606 it became an annual custom for the King and Parliament to commission a sermon to commemorate the event. Lancelot Andrewes delivered the first of many Gunpowder Plot Sermons. This practice, together with the nursery rhyme, ensured that this crime would never be forgotten! Hence the words " Remember , remember the 5th of November" The poem is sometimes referred to as 'Please to remember the fifth of November'. It serves as a warning to each new generation that treason will never be forgotten. In England the 5th of November is still commemorated each year with fireworks and bonfires culminating with the burning of effigies of Guy Fawkes (the guy). The 'guys' are made by children by filling old clothes with crumpled newspapers to look like a man. Tradition allows British children to display their 'guys' to passers-by and asking for " A penny for the guy".
I took my eldest son to a Firework display at a local school, last night. It was great fun. There were 2 fire performers on first. Which didn't seem to impress anyone too much, until one managed to set fire to his waistcoat! And then they did do fire blowing, which looked cool.
The fireworks were gorgeous. but v v noisy. It was really good and as always a great time of year, although v warm compared to normal!
Thursday, 1 November 2007
I'm probably not even going to touch on half the things in my title, but I was just thinking what November means to me. My birthday is on the 5th, which is Guy Fawkes Day, so I do love November. Except, for the last few years, it doesn't seem cold enough. (Global Warming - do watch the Al Gore film - An Inconvient Truth if you can).
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Posted by craftyclaire at 03:25
Sunday, 28 October 2007
All I can say in defence of my prices (which I din't think were crazy, was that for the time taken to make each thing, I have to pay myself a wage - which on most products was probably minimum wage or below - what a joke)
The lessons I have learned are to value homemade products accordingly, no one can compete in the UK with a sweatshop in China, Taiwan or wherever big companies get their gear made. Also be sure that the market is more established (this being a new market, that was no 3 on a quarterly basis, is not enough to establish it, although from next year it will be monthly). And I do believe the organiser has to take some heat, as my husband thought that the stalls outside, selling second hand furniture and clothing, made it look like a flea market. When all the stalls inside, were selling beautiful handmade goods (ceramincs, lampshades, cushions, leather bags etc). Plus, more advertising needs to be around for it, posters etc.
So going forward I'm not sure I'd do another market again, or I'd have to think about the time of year etc etc. I did think being quite close to Xmas, it could have been good.
However on the upside, I did meet some great people, notably Sally Elford, who did gorgeous handmade screen prints and was a lovely person to boot!
Anyway, my next project, is another lovely handbag, from Bend the Rules Sewing (Although I did pack my sewng machine away last night!!) and I intend to write up a doorstop tutorial.
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