So after much work and absolutely 110% of my spare time being taken up for the past few weeks the cake is COMPLETE! I’m thrilled with how it turned out.
I won’t ever be doing tall tiers of fruitcake again – I ended up stacking a 3″ fruitcake on a 3″ dummy so each tier was 6″. It was exceptionally challenging to marzipan the cake/dummy so it was smooth. It was very much a learning process and by the time I’d worked my way down the bottom tier was perfect… the top ones not so much but as I realised the cake is seen for such a short period of time by everyone no one will notice the little flaws.
It’s hard to tell in the picture but the cake is ivory fondant (bakels) and the lace white fondant mixed 50/50 with gumpaste. The cake was on a stand and when the bride and groom cut the cake it almost all fell over with the excessive force of the cutting haha! That would have made for a great photo………………….
I’ve been working on some more dresses for Charlotte – my sister in law is getting married next week and I’ve been making the wedding cake and thought I would bust out a late night session and finish up my sewing! What a fail that was. Ive spent hours trying to unpick and reattach the collar on the right side only to still be unhappy with the result and just cut out the entire bodice again!!!
Anyway. . Back to finishing this cake!!
This little wrap cardi is knit from the top down with a scalloped crochet edging. Admittedly it has been lying almost finished for some time – waiting for me to build up the courage to dust off my (very much beginners) crochet skills. Last night I set to work on the border and with the help of youtube and my old friend google it was done in no time. The crochet was actually very enjoyable and I’m feeling an urge to make some little crocheted matching booties!
The pattern is [milk] from ravelry and I made a size 9 months which as you can see is a bit big on miss 5.5 months but that’s what I was aiming for – it’s only really just getting cold here. The yarn is more of the random sock yarn I bought in Berlin and made hats for us all from (here). I think a ball was a euro and this cardi would only have used a third – bargainous!
Those of you who are friends of me on facebook may have noticed already but for everyone else I’ve started a wee business called Squeakle! It’s basically just me trying to be crafty and selling handknits and bits and pieces I’ve sewn for babies/mums.
The website’s still in development but you are welcome to take a look at squeakle.co or join me on facebook where I’ve been listing all my products bit by bit. It’s been way more work than I thought and made me realise just how little time I actually do have in the day but so far I’m loving it and it’s been way more successful than I thought which is pretty cool too!
So the sewing bug has bitten and it has bitten hard! My once pristine dining table has turned into a swamp of sewing machines (yes, somehow there is 2 in my living room right now), fabric, elastic and random other haberdashery items. Since inheriting the beast that is the Brother Super Galaxie, I’ve attempted a dress (in the most hideous fabric that I now can’t bring myself to wear) and now a t-shirt. Neither of these items were made with patterns and that could well be the reason for my mixed success rate, either that or my decidedly average-yet improving sewing skills!
So I had a cotton on t-shirt that I loved except ideally it would have been longer, and upon inspection looked like a project I could handle as it is basically a giant rectangle with no sleeves! Winning. So I traced it out onto my fabric and simply stitched the seams together. Now I should have pinned the bottom hem as something funky happened there but just don’t look too close and it’s ok. I attempted some homemade bias binding for a neat finish around the arm holes and neckline and it looks actually really good! Sure my seam allowances were a bit all over the show but at least they are straight haha.
Next up, a matching dress for Charlotte so I can make some embarrassing family photos oooooooooooh yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!
I’ve been so slack at updating, my blog WAS broken but it’s miraculously fixed itself tonight finally. I’ve also developed a mean sewing addiction which is soaking up any spare time I have !
Apple and feijoa crumble pie and a fabric covered letter for Charlotte’s room. xxx
Well we are off our amazing cruise and in FREEZING Berlin! It’s wonderfully sunny but with temperatures of between 2 and 5 degrees in the middle of the day we’ve all been freezing our butts off!
We arrived in the afternoon and as we were browsing the marzipan and chocolate delights in the supermarket I stumbled upon sock yarn! I used 2 strands to make my hat, and made it in just one day (proud)!
Reubens hat was made on the cruise and is unfortunately not his most loved item nor the best fitting – I forgot to account for my husbands genes (huge melon head).
Off to Miami tomorrow, I can’t believe our Europe adventures are coming to a close already!
We found this gorgeous yarn shop today on our wandering around Barcelona! An absolutely lovely shop with a great selection of yarn.. I was overjoyed when I saw all the drops yarn and then the malabrigo etc.. Unfortunately my suitcase space is rather lacking (understatement of the year) so I only bought the bare essentials, some boring plain white to finish off a gift and some for a beanie for little man’s ever expanding noggin.
I love love love the little needle gauge card I got in my bag and if I ever return to Barcelona I will most definitely be heading straight back. They even have addi tips for interchangeable needles, something I never found in any store in the UK and had I done my research beforehand (bangs head on wall) I would have bought some too.
The owner of the shop was so lovely and helped out entertaining Reuben and the storefront is amazing… hubby and baby were happy staring at the automation haha.
We caught the metro to Jaume I and then walked down Carrer de la Princesa and its to the right down a side street, I think the second one. You can google it and it comes up anyway – or just head for the Picasso Museum it’s right near by.
Hopefully I can update with some finished projects soon! xx
As promised here’s what I’m working on now.. a blanket for the little lady currently growing in me xx
Knitting! After lacking all motivation to pick up the needles for months I’ve made my first thing for the new baby, a wee pink and blue striped cardigan in Egyptian Cotton. A bit peeved that I did what I normally do which is to make a mistake, and instead of fixing it properley try and bodge it and as a result there’s a nice wee pucker on the right hand side by the buttons. Ah well hopefully you won’t be able to tell when it’s on, and it was pretty satisfying for the grand total of £2.50 in materials.
The motivation has been hard to come by even after my huge burst when I did the body in a weekend then dragged the sleeves out over a couple of Thursday night knit groups! I managed to sew in the ends yesterday and pick up a crochet hook to make a little matching headband (still need to finish this one off…). Excuse the shoddy photography it’s getting close to 2am here :/ The first photo is the most accurate colourings. The second photo makes me want to cry, stupid increase in the wrong place
Anyway I’ve already launched into the next project which is a bit of a mammoth undertaking but I’ll post some pics and an explanation when there is a bit more to see…. sneaky peak: