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detail of same

 

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allow for overlap... it's a tourist guide!

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Actually, I did a Supernatural drawing recently that I don't hate. It's kind of a cartoon. Someone had done a black and white sketch that I likes some elements of online and i wanted to print it off and colour it in, but I didn't like some elements of their pic. I was going to change some bits out collage style, but eventually ended up redrawing from scratch. The crow was already on the paper so I just drew around it. I made the mistake of drawing a lot of it in ink so the bits I don't like I couldn't change. Dean's a bit hammerhead shark and I wish I'd lined the graveyard and the freeway up instead of being so freeform with the composition. But I'm a horrible drawer so all in all pleased with how it turned out.

 

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carrot cake creativity:

 

 

 

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a few things from pumpkinning:

 

the dragon

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the carousel

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the wild hunt

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igor

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the state of Tats dining room....

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just hoping Num has better pics somewhere!

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mad's painting needs to go here, too :yes:

 

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Most of you will have seen this already, but here goes anyway - Tolkien inspired anniversary cake.

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It started off as a much grander idea - a tiered cake with the hobbit house built into the side of one tier, and Aragorn and Arwen on the bridge at Rivendell on the top tier. Unfortunately the sponge cake I baked was too light to be weight-bearing. One of the sponge tiers was trimmed to act as the hobbit hole and set on a denser chocolate mud cake as the main body of the cake. I did still intend to have the figures on a bridge but that made them too high and they looked odd peeking over the top of the hobbit house so I ended up with the ivy bower instead.

As I made the hobbit door and window from polymer clay instead of sugar paste they can be attached to a skirting board in our house once the cake is eaten.

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Another photo I found on photobucket of a craft project that I don't think I have shared yet. We did a Secret Santa at work last year and I made little felt ornaments of a colleague's cats from a photo she had on her desk. Here they are with the real thing -

 

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did i tell about the milking stools i was "improving"?

 

actually they are just three legged stools, but they are called milking stools (which are one legged, actually … :p ). I found them a while ago in a carpenter's shop window, and a few weeks ago i went and got three of them.

 

gave them a light grey glaze, varnish, white "socks", and printed a "lace doily" on. (first i thought i'd cut a stencil, but that would have been too accurate, i wanted it to be a little more like the ghost of a doily.)

 

this is how they came out:

 

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until someone posts a real pic of the Supernatural b'day cake, here is one i stole from twitter.... :goodbad:

 

Rain's cake:

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(the tombstones are white chocolate..)

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So, the birthday cake - based on the Supernatural episode Changing Channels, which ends with the Trickster being revealed as an archangel while surrounded by a circle of holy fire....

 

The episode has the characters imprisoned in other TV shows, including CSI, which is why I used POLICE LINE DO NOT CROSS tape for the ribbon. This has a clear view of the fondant icing flames -

 

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But as birthday cakes have candles, we decided to get some pics with Gabriel surrounded by real flame -

 

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a couple of collaborative pieces - ie i did the design, Tats and sundry allies did the work!!

 

pebble mosaic panels - fish and plants - a garden in Nottingham

 

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and a 'well-dressing' design, made up by the folks at Tats' community allotment

 

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my friend Janet, retired head teacher, has spent the time since she retired writing a book about our local long-distance footpath, once the railway line. i did an illustrated map to go inside the book, which has just been published and is selling really well. we're both doing a signing in August (she's doing lots! but i said i'd go along as moral support and it seemes like a good idea...)

Anyway, this is the map, if the Pinterest link works...

 

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a few of the details..

 

Strichen stone circle

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Lychgate at local kirk

 

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linesman's hut

 

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steam drifter

 

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smallest platform on the line...

 

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and while we're here, a couple of the paintings i've done for some interpretation at work.. (there are 4 more, but no photos yet)

 

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blue tit

 

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did i ever post this chap? he'll be back soon....be vey afraid.....

 

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