Saturday, March 31, 2012

Wow I can't Belive it!

I can't believe it but I've received a blog award.  The lovely Rachel from Lerwick in Shetland has chosen me to receive this award.  Here is a run down on the award:

The origins of the Liebster Blog Award are somewhat unclear but the general consensus is that it originated in Germany, Liebster meaning favourite or dearest, to showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. Upon accepting the award the recipient must then pass it on to five more blogs of note

Here's what to do on receiving your Award
1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
3. Copy and paste their blog award on your blog.
4. Present the Liebster Blog award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve recognition
5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.
Here are the well deserved blogs (in no particular order) I have chosen to pass the award to :

Congrats ladies - I hope you are as excited as I was to think that someone thought enough of me to give me this award!

Hope you are all having a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, March 24, 2012

La La-la la la!

WOW it has been SO hot here tonight - it is the summer that we thought we had lost!

Last night and this morning I have been helping Abby make her cake for her School Fairs, cake walk.
When I was making the character for the last cake Abby had a play and made a Smurf (hence the title as she has been singing that ALL morning). So when school needed a cake we decided to use her icing smurf and make a smurf mushroom house:  Here is how it turned out:

I thought we did a good job, and the school ladies were impressed they decided that it looked to good for the "cake walk" so they did it up in cellophane (thanks Tracey) and they are going to put it in the Auction instead!
It is actually 2 chocolate cakes (well with some left over after we carved it!)
Abby did so well learning to pipe and coming up with some great ideas on how to assemble the cake - it was harder than it looked!

Also this is a box I made a few weeks ago that I made for one of my mum's friends. Jennifer has been so kind to me. I brought an expensive duvet cover from Harvey Norman about 3-4 years ago and refused to put it on my bed until our bedroom was done (just over a year ago) now this beautiful bedspread is satin and it keeps on falling apart (and I paid GOOD money just under $300-00) but because i had it in storage for so long meant i could not take it back and complain. So Mrs T as i call her, keeps sewing it up for me - it has been back like about 5 times and that won't be the last! So I made this box and filled it with my home made cards for all occasions and told her when it gets empty just bring the box back and I will fill it again!  Here is the box:
Again I was quite happy how this turned out as it was an Rachel original!

Well that's it from me, hopefully you are all having a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Baking, Baking, Baking

It just seems to be my thing at the moment.  This weekend has been full on. On Friday I made a cake and cupcakes for a friends daughters 30th and iced it on Saturday morning - it was just a re creation of the one with the roses that I have done before but it was a last minute decision that i was able to make it and just easier to go with what you know lol. Saturday afternoon I made the cake for the 60th that I had to ice on Sunday morning ready for a 11am party!

I really want to try a Topsy turvy cake - and lucky for me I have my mum and dad's 50th wedding anniversary coming up in May, Abby's 15th, and mums 70th in August so plenty of time to have a go.

Saturday night we had two functions - for two very unsocial people we hardly ever go out and then we have two in one night - lucky they were both on the bay so we just walked from one to the other!
We have a friend who is dying and he was throwing a party as he didn't think he will be here for his birthday in June - as it was he was very lucky to make it to the party and is to go straight back to hospital once it was over.What a fantastic evening, the drama legue put on a show and there was nibbles, everyone was dressed up in the Irish theme. A fantastic night and a very brave thing for him to do.

Then it was over to the St Patrick day celebrations at the bay hall where they had a Irish Band from Wellington playing. A few dances and loosing my voice for yelling over the music and we got into bed about 1.30am (after picking up the kids one from Nana's and one from a party)

Now the 60th cake for today - my brief was badminton racket, shuttle cock, a character, brandy and gnache!
WOW really?
Now I know the lady that is turning 60 and she is a real character and after a bit of stressing of how I was going to pull it all together, a couple of people suggested using a miniature bottle of brandy - stroke of genius I say.
Anyway this is what i ended up with - all icing so you can eat it all!
I had such a job piping the stars and the side of the cake does not look good from this angle but actually it didn't look that bad in real life.
I was happy enough with what was done, and Bobbi was stoked she thinks her sister will love it!
So all around - everyone was happy!

So it has been a VERY busy weekend for me and after two late nights and two early starts (up at 7am to do the icing)  after I have been for my run today - I think a little "nana nap" might just be called for. The house work can wait!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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