Monday, July 18

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

The littlest cherub turned 10 and as we only do a party every 2 years, this time it was a Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

Alice Headbands - fabric from Spotlight - I made a t-shirt too - sorry no pics, but it doesn't have much stretch to it -and whilst super cute, I wouldn't make anything precious with it.

Mr Cherub being put to work smoothing out the black icing for the Blackboard Cookies - this were a huge hit - we used Candy Melts with sparkles.  My tip use a bigger straw - aka like a thick shake straw.  And there were lots of kids with black teeth and tongues.   I used this recipe as the base and no they didn't spread and I didn't need to chill.  I did need to add a touch of water to make the dough come together.  I also added a drop of Fairy Floss Flavouring as I've heard black can make the icing bitter.

Katherine as Alice the Birthday Girl thanks so much to Maz for sending us the black and white striped stockings 

Cake was red velvet from Layered by Tessa Huff - its a delicious moist, good base for decorating cake.  I miffed it a bit by putting it in too big a tin :( so I had to make two batches.

Fondant came already purple from Lollipop Cake Supplies - the girls in the store are happy cheery and helpful and the store is a wonderland of treats.  

The lollypops and such are from CandyTime at Chermside  mostly.

Pin the Grin on the Cheshire Cat - Big Tip make sure the kids can't see UNDER the blindfold.  And move the grins after each guess.  Kids are pretty smart.

Flower cupcakes - minature cupcakes, my stock standard vanilla recipe.  Buttercream frosting and a Russian Tip - thanks to my Gazillion Friends, who have been there for the last few weeks, as things were a bit tough :)  Next time I'll make the frosting a bit firmer, they collapsed a bit.

Edible Garden.  Mushrooms are meringues with marshmallow bottoms glued together with white chocolate.  Green tinted coconut.

Mr Cherub - who loves dressing up - Shirt from Lifeline.  Hat from Spotlight, decorated from Minky Stash - Wig Reject Shop.  Tie from from Stash. 

Alice and the Mad Hatter

We ran out of time for the Muscial Hatters, but it was a blast.

Teapot Cookies - Recipe as above.  Used Lighthouse Biscuit Flour, and it made them delicious.

That way? Or this way?

White Queen with a flamingo croquet mallet.

William with his blackboard cookie.  He couldn't decide what to write, so his chalk started melting.  His most favourite teacher to the rescue and she wrote 'William the Procrastinator' - and that's pretty much spot on :) 

Thursday, May 5

Captain American

I've had a few rough weeks and I needed a pick me up, so Captain America to the rescue, along with some glitter vinyl (on sale at Spotlight $12 pm) and some fabric.  Hardware from Handbag Hardware.

Of course pattern is Pearl from Swoon Patterns.  I've only used one of the Swoon Patterns before the Camille Camerabag.   But as with all her patterns, the instructions/illustrations are great.   Its set out very carefully.

I did make an oops when I was sewing as I wasn't reading/looking right and had some wee unpicking.  You do need to read and I'm more a visual learner, so I've made some notes on the pattern.  

There is a video available here - and its probably not a bad think to watch if you are a visual learner.  

I used 100% cotton that I've had for awhile, pretty sure it came from Spotlight too.   I did interface all the pieces and I used quite stiff peltex which did make it a bit of a bear to turn through, but I think in the end it gave it a nice crisp look, which is what I wanted, I don't like floppy wallets.  I ended up not using the stabiliser all the way for the tab, cause well trying to turn it through was pretty much impossible, but my first experience with glitter vinyl was pretty okay, my machine stitched it well, I did use a teflon foot. 

Its not an onerous sew at all, and at the end I thought I had a lot father to go than I did and it was quick lickedly split to finish it.   So I'm pretty chuffed with the end result.

Monday, March 28

Many year ago

Well actually only 4, but still ….  I wandered into my local quilt store - the Quilter's Corner and they had the most beautiful quilt hanging up.  Bargello in shades of purple, blue, green and my it was just divine.   

My eldest daughter had recently been married and I thought wow that would make a wonderful 1st Anniversary wedding gift.   So Liisa kindly put together a kit for me including the book - Twist and Turn Bargello Quilts by Eileen Wright, together with batik prints to make the Cosmic Quilt.

Fast forward 2 years and well I was going on a retreat for 4 days on the June long weekend, what to take, what to take??  I decided I would take the quilt, which was just as I had bought it packed in a zip lock bag with the book, I'd done nothing on it. 

So I trundled off the wilds of Victoria with a bunch of gorgeous mama's and through the kindness of one - who lives in Victoria and kindly bought her lovely Bernina, I cut and trimmed, unpicked and sewed and sewed some more.  

I thought there was no way in heck I was going to get the top of this quilt finished in 4 days - though really only 2 with arrival times, sharing time, shopping time etc etc.   But anyways on day two, I cut and stacked and measured and stacked and stack and cut and I finished one quarter section.   

And then on day three, the same continued and well I'm like no way and very late at night, I stopped before I made any more mistakes, I was tired and whilst warm and cosy the lighting for this old girl was a bit dim.  I'd finished just half the quilt top.  

But the next morning revived and refreshed and whilst other lovely ladies snoozed in bed, I kept at it an by about 11 on day 3, I had miraculously finished the entire top and oh my gosh did she look just lovely.

Lovingly packing her into my carry on - no way was I trusted checked luggage back to Brisbane.   I arrived home with hubby saying gorgeous and me vowing to finish it up in quick order.

…. Fast forward nearly a year later and guess what I still wasn't finished, I'd bought the backing and the wadding and I'd dithered for ages about adding a border, i wanted it to be queen size for their bed.  But after discussing it with two lovely quilting friends, both of them said don't, just bind it.  So that's what I ended up doing.

Mr Cherub and the small cherubs helped with the basting and I was hoping that it wouldn't take forever to quit it tougher, I had asked the quilt shop for advice on where to quilt and I tried that and then decided that it wasn't working, and unpicked that bit.  I just ended up quilting in the ditch every third row or so and I'm glad I did, the design is fussy and I wanted clean.

So I've quilted and bound it by machine and whilst I did need to use my deck and our mega table to spread out it wasn't as bad as I thought.  And by lunchtime on Easter Monday she's all done and ready for delivery when we see our eldest next weekend.  I wasn't again trusting the quilt to Australia Post … not that I've ever lost anything with them, but well I wasn't chancing it. 

Now to make sure my DD knows its not for her cats but just for her and her Mr Cherub.