Sunday, 15 November 2015

Pretty Flowers

It's been an age since I updated this blog. I have heaps to put on here but very little time at present. But I have some lovely pics to share of some flowers I've done in the last few months.

The most recent was my friend Emily's wedding flowers. It was a real pleasure to be able to do these and she chose some very pretty flowers. My aunt had some gorgeous Victorian roses in her garden which really set the peonies off. I think my old school friend looks really amazing and it was a really lovely day/ night.

A big thank you for permission to use this photo from Amy Walford.


White Peonies, Ornithogalum, Victorian roses and Queen Anne's Lace with Eucalyptus and Hydrangea leaves.
A bit of bling for the stems
I was also asked to do a headpiece for a friend who was taking part in a photoshoot, for the model to wear. Thanks to Loren O'Connor for use of the photo.

Rununculus, Statice, Limonium and Pieris

Saturday, 8 November 2014

More Baby Knitting

Camilla Babe Sweater (pattern available on Ravelry)
The Emma Tunic (pattern available on Ravelry). I did a basic baby hat and added a tassel and embellished with the sheep.
Baby Booty Boots (pattern on Ravelry)

Leaf baby Booties (available on Ravelry)

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Spring Knitting!

So I've managed to knit some stuff the last month, thought I'd share.
Converse booties and Berry hat (patterns available on Ravelry)

Wellington Mitts - a pressie for a relative. Pattern: HERE

Strawberry booties, pattern available on Ravelry for free.

A Foxie Hat for my cousin for Xmas. Pattern by Ekaterina Blanchard

Squashed Rat bookmarks for my cousins for Xmas. Pattern HERE

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Massey Ferguson Cake

My friend baked this cake in a Nordicware shaped tin for her son's 1st birthday back in March. I offered to decorate and used buttercream. It was trickier than I thought, trying to get a smooth finish, in hindsight fondant would have been quicker! Anyway, everyone loved it and my friend popped the cake on top of a cake slab with green coconut grass and farm animals around it.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

First Knitted "Thing" For The Baby!

This was just done on the Milo Vest. The tree cable pattern is knitted top down, in the round. You can add any embellishments you like, some little bird buttons, hearts, stars or flowers. I'm going to leave it as is, until we find out what we're having! The written instructions have some errors from the software that converts the chart, this is due to be fixed soon.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

3 Birthdays in 1!

I offered to make a cake for my friend when she invited us to a combined birthday party, for her daughter, her sister and dad. I had no idea how I was going to combine 3 themes in one (Amber likes turtles, Preston likes bowling and Sarah (her sis) likes bunnies. I had no time to fully fondant the cake as I had another one to do for my daughter's teacher the following day. So I just used ganache around the outside. I wished I'd time to make some fondant rick rack for around the middle of the cake, but it the mould wasn't behaving and I was quite short on time, so had to leave it.

I made the name bunting flags from a free printable available HERE in a variety of colours.

The turlte is just made from fondant with tylose added for strength.

A great idea for Easter? I made Feijoa and Cream Cheese Muffins in cupcake cases, with a cream cheese icing and 2 little beady eyes from Sun Valley Foods banana choc sprinkles. A pink M&M for a nose. The ears are fondant with pink royal icing piped on to them. I made the fondant part with toothpicks in (for standing up in to cupcake), a few days in advance, so they were dry and sturdy enough to stand up. I made little royal icing "S"s to stick in too.

One little cupcake for a new baby (Astrid), attending the celebrations. I had fun trying my new mould out for the buttons, the other things are royal icing, dried. Mum seemed to enjoy it!

Monday, 10 March 2014

Little Birdy Cake

A good friend was recovering from a virus last week , but her daughter was turning 4. She threw together a small gathering and I offered to do her a cake. Thankfully I had frozen a chocolate cake for my family in advance, as I'd been working full-time hours that week and envisaged not having time to bake. So, I whipped that out the night before and made a '4', the name lettering and the bird (so they could dry over night). This cake took me only 3 hours to decorate, so pretty quick as far as cakes go. And the birthday girl loved it, thankfully!

The birds legs are wooden skewers - you need something to touch the cake board or the bird sinks, which is why there are biggish holes in the feet (from learning that lesson)!! The '4' has a tooth pick to stand it up. The letters are made with a Tappit. The birds tail has a toothpick in each feather to hold it in.