Sunday, August 28, 2011

Not such a great Weekend!

Not such a great weekend for me - think i might have just had my very first (and lets hope very last) migraine!
I headed out to Raincliff for the bi annual Embellish It Scrap camp but to be honest was not feeling that well on Friday.  I went to bed on Friday night with a headache and just didn't get rid of it until 9am this morning.
So I have spent today going from the couch to bed, back to the couch - getting some energy to do something and after 5 min back to the couch - so not exactually the weekend I was hoping for (Nigel brought me home on Saturday afternoon) but here is hoping that it is onward and upward!
On the up side Nigel did all the cooking, groceries etc today while I watched from the couch lol.

I have some more crafty stuff to show you though - last week was my mum's birthday so when I saw this image from Mo Manning, I just had to get it as mum LOVES giraffe's:

Then the next day it was Anne's birthday so Bo made the card and I made the box and the cupcake and along with a nice bag of coffee we sent this up to Anne :-)  She Loves Elephants - could you guess?
 Stunning job on the card Bo - sorry the photo is not that great - but we can take it out of the photo below so you will have it on "file"   ;-)

Complete with an icing elephant on the top~!
And while I was making the cupcakes I decided to have a bit of a practise run on a cake, I have to make one for a girls 21st in September and one for the "surprise 70th" for my auntie!  This was just a test run - happy enough with the roses but got to get the cake a bit more down to pat!
I used edible glitter on the roses which looked quite good!  The family enjoyed the cake and loved the practise run - more than happy for me to give it another go - they didn't quite think that I had it right!
It is a yummy chocolate cake with mock cream in the middle just to break up the height of the cake.
The icing was one of Wilton's recipes with Meringue powder, vegetable shortening, vanilla and icing sugar - it was quite nice - when you bite into it is very soft on the inside but still holds it's form on the cake nicely :-)
Jo and I brought some Meringue powder in from overseas as it is $29.00 at Ballentynes.  Have a couple of containers left and selling for $16.50 if anyone wants to try it?

Right that's it from me nearly all caught up now (that's what happens when you spend a creative weekend sleeping instead!).

Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a great week!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Catch up!

Wow the weeks just keep flying by!

Here are a few things that i have been up to lately.

Jayne, Callum and Piper came for tea a couple of weekends ago and so I decided to have a play and made chocolate cups and filled them with chocolate mousse.  The mousse recipe is Cadburys and it is very yummy.  I also piped swirls and put them on the cups. I made a flower for piper she was SO funny didn't want to eat the mousse but after watching Jayne eat some decided to give it a go, and with a nod of her head saying yeap not so bad she dug in!

So cute!  I remember those days with my own like it was yesterday!
Speaking of which - Abby turned 14 a couple of weeks ago too!  That's my baby!
I made her a cake which didn't photograph very well it looked so much better in real life and the girls all loved it so that's all that mattered but here is look at that:

It didn't quite turn out how I was expecting (the roses were a little big but were all made of chocolate) I was hoping to pipe on the swirls but have you tried to make black icing- and I didn't want to put so much colour in that it was not able to be eaten, I even started with Chocolate icing but alas it was not meant to be!
Jo and I have decided to put our hand to making some flowers and butterfly's out of flower paste - well the flowers are not photographed and to be honest look more like cabbages - well mine did lol.  But our butterfly's turned out ok here is a look at them:
ok so the one on the left i broke and you can see it stuck together with icing - but hey they looked pretty good as the paint (all eatable) is glittery and pretty!

And on the crafting front here is a card that I made with Wee Stamps new release she is called wee florist and SO cute:

Also I with the help of Jo I have made some invites for my aunty's surprise 70th coming up - these suckers took quite a lot of time to make - thanks so much Jo for all your help!

Well that's enough from me!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and if you are still with me have a great week.

Catch ya