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Handbags and Shoes, a cake for a 60th afternoon tea birthday party

May 25, 2016

I was asked to make a cake for a handbag and shoe lover - in fact the birthday girl just loves shopping for all things!  I haven't made a shoe for a few years so it was good to revisit the skill.  I first learnt how to make a flowerpaste shoe in the cake decorating course I completed at college.  You need flowerpaste and a template which you can draw yourself or pop it into the google search and find one to print off, and time to allow the shoe to set. I used edible glitter to give the shoe...

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Aqua aerobics class celebrating a 70th birthday

May 20, 2016

This cake was so much fun to make and it allowed me to use Candy melts again which I love using and they create a fab water effect - perfect for a swimming pool cake. The cake was a vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream filling.  Made from an 8" square cake, shaped into a rectangle.  The brief was Aqua Aerobics and it seems there have not been many Aqua Aerobic themed cakes made and put on the internet so far.   The board was covered in white icing, then using a square plunger cutter I marked it to look like...

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Punisher cake for a special Marvel fan turning 40

May 19, 2016

One of our friends has recently turned 40 (I have officially reached that stage in my live where 40 is the next big birthday for everyone!!). He is a massive fan of The Punisher and this was to be the theme of the cake. The main cake was chocolate sponge with chocolate buttercream, baked as a 10" square cake and cut into a rectangle.  I covered it in black icing and put it to one side whilst I did the cake topper. The Punisher skull was made from homemade rice crispie marshmellows, covered in 2 layers of white icing with...

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5 tier wedding cake with personalised handmade fimo cake toppers

May 11, 2016

  This has to be, to date, my favourite cake I have made :)  I really enjoyed making it and it turned out to be the tallest cake I have created. This wedding cake was 5 tiers of different flavours.  The bottom tier was Limoncello sponge cake, next tier up was Chocolate Orange with chunks of Chocolate Orange in the sponge, next was vanilla sponge with salted caramel buttercream, then a traditional victoria sponge with raspberry filling, with the top tier being fruit cake with marzipan. Each tier was over 10cm tall.   The cake toppers were made from Fimo...

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Decorating mission – new curtains

April 15, 2016

Decorating part 4 Our new colour scheme meant that most of the walls were painted with white, with teal on one wall in each room. As we had reduced the colour on the walls I was keen to get some lovely curtains to make a feature of them and to bring more colour to the rooms. As I mentioned in the last post we have unusually sized windows, so ready-made curtains always need altering to fit. I headed to the local material shops and priced up some fabric I liked, I made a note of the name of it too...

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Decorating mission – transforming blinds

April 6, 2016

So after an amazing Holiday and being away for a whole month, its time to pick up where we left off with - Decorating part 3 When we moved into our house, all the front windows had matching wooden slat blinds. We need them as our house opens up straight onto the pavement, and without the blinds people would be able to see straight into our lounge and dining room. We have the same blinds upstairs and downstairs, so across all of the seven front windows the blinds give a neat and matching finish. One of the reasons for decorating...

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Decorating mission – sprucing up a dining table and chairs

February 11, 2016

Decorating part 2 When we moved into our house we needed a dining room table and chairs. We headed to Ikea and picked up wooden table with black metals legs and four chairs to match. Our dining table is used much more for crafting on than eating on, and over the years it was been scratched, marked and faded in places. The chairs also showed signs of wear and tear. The chair seat design was made up of four pieces of wood, placed to form the seat, with gaps in between each piece. This design had often puzzled me as...

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Decorating our house – jazzing up a fireplace

February 3, 2016

Towards the back end of last year we finished decorating our lounge, dining room, stairs and landing and it had been a chore!! It is such a big space with a lot of woodwork that there was no quick way of painting it.   I was keen to do the project on a budget, making and upcycling as much as we could to accessorise. This month I am going to take you through some of the things we made for the lounge and dining room, showing you hints and tips and some fab upcycling techniques you can use to spruce things...

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Bing Bunny birthday cake for a special 2 year old’s birthday

January 25, 2016

I was asked to make a Bing Bunny cake which meant it was time to tune in the telly and watch an episode or two - with us not having children I'm not always up to date with the current favourite programmes and love it when a cake theme comes along which I need to research! This cake was made from a 10" square vanilla sponge cake with a jam and buttercream filling.  The cake was carved into a shape of bunny, with pieces of icing rolled out and cut to size to create Bing.  I used a piece of...

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Happy Retirement cake

January 21, 2016

I was asked to make a retirement cake for a very special person retiring from a working life of helping others, completing her final day at Marie Curie Hospice.  It was an honour to make the cake, and knowing Ana as I do I know she loves cake so would appreicate it on all levels! I have made a few cakes on a doctor/nurse theme and always enjoy making them.  The cake was shaped as a scrubs top in the colours Ana had to wear at work.  All nursing tops need a nurses watch too, with a pen in the...

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1 cake for 4 people – family 4 birthday whammy!

January 18, 2016

We have 1 month of the year that is a super busy birthday time in our family with 4 birthdays in the space of 3 days.  We always try and get together for the birthdays and I always like to bring cake! Doing 4 cakes can be a little much and I also don't think we need that much cake between us, so I decided to do a cake with 4 sides, each one decorated for each of the birthday girls. The first side was for Eleanor turning 18.  The theme we went for was a labrador as she has...

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Cupcake decorating at Oakmere Community College

January 15, 2016

I first met Rachel from Oakmere Community College back in August at the Liverpool Loves Business network event and we got talking about the college and we agreed I would get in touch to see if there were any workshops I could offer the college as part of their enrichment studies. I headed down to the college and met with Rachel and Andy and had a little tour around.  The college feels really welcoming and everyone I met was lovely, it gave me a fantastic feeling about the place and the work they do for their students and I was...

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Halloween crafting fun

January 11, 2016

Starting the New Year with some Halloween fun - bit late I know!! We headed to Walton Sports Centre on Mischief Night to run a craft stall as part of the Merseyside Police event, working hard to keep children off the streets and out of Mischief.  This was a jam packed night with so much on offer (and all for free) I didn't even get chance to see it all!  The sports hall was full of inflatables, a buck-a-roo and lots more, football on the all-weather pitch and the workshop room had cupcake decorating, scar painting, scarecrow making by My...

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Catching up on 2015 cakes – next up scooters and record players

January 8, 2016

I was asked to make 2 cakes for a special person turning 60.  They were having a weekend away with family and a party - of which both occasions needed a cake! The theme we went for was the birthday boy's scooter, his pride and joy he had bought a couple of years ago. Cake number 1 was a round 8" chocolate sponge cake covered in white icing.   It had a scarf draped around it in the Everton colours and a model of the scooter and the birthday boy on top.  The scooter was made from ready roll icing mixed...

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12 Crafts of Christmas – Pine Cone Christmas fun

December 10, 2015

Yesterday Hours of Fun published the 3rd craft of Christmas, this time it was crafting fun with pine cones. The download shows you how to make a glitter Christmas tree from a large pine cone, you can get the free download here. At Hours of Fun we have been having more fun with pine cones, although not as much fun as I would like as I am still patiently waiting for some of the pine cones I collected a few weeks ago to dry out.   You could try making a pine cone reindeer. For this you will need  -...

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12 crafts of Christmas – Santa cardboard Tube

December 7, 2015

12 Craft of Christmas download number 2 went out on Friday, this time you can download,for free, a quick and easy children's craft to make a santa from a cardboard tube - super easy and cheap craft using a cardboard tube and some basic craft supplies. Again I wanted to share some more ideas around this craft for those of you who may want to get creative and make some other cardboard characters. Visit the Pinterst Board I create with more ideas for those of you wanting to try something else or challange yourself a little more! Pinterest board -...

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12 Crafts of Christmas – Tea Light Snowmen

December 3, 2015

Hours of Fun's first craft of Christmas went out on the 1st, a quick and easy download to make tea light snowmen. Hope some of you have already got crafting and made some super cute snowmen to light up your tree - don't forget to share your pictures as I would love to see your creations. I wanted to share some more inspiration around tea light charactors for those of you who may wish to get more creative making different characters such as reindeer or Santa. For the Santa I used wide red ribbon and created a hat shape with...

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Cheap, cheerful and a lot of fun – homemade gifts

November 20, 2015

Birthday presents don't have to cost a lot, you can do something handmade and personalised for little or no cost. For my brothers birthday we made him a CD.  We had a blank CD already in the cupboard - winner!   Some of you will know us for singing happy birthday on audio messages, sometimes normal and sometimes themed.  My brother has been our biggest fan and kept saying we should make an album so here it is!!   We spent 2 hours of a Sunday night making this, crying with laughter with our neighbours probably thinking we had lost...

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Crown Green Bowling cake means time for a new cake tin!

November 18, 2015

My dad loves to play bowls and for his birthday this year we took this theme and ran with it (although I'm not sure if running is allowed on the green!!). I had been thinking it must be time to buy a new cake tin as I hadn't bought one for a while!  For this cake we needed a ball cake tin and surely this tin would get used lots so I was excited about the purchase. The 2 tins come with a stand each which you can see underneath the ball on the above picture.   I believe the next...

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