Hours of Fun

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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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Catching up on cakes – first up Doc McStuffins

November 16, 2015

Due to various reasons (I won't bore you with!) I have not blogged much over the last couple of months so it's officially catch up time. Hours of Fun has been busy in the kitchen making some fab cakes, the themes requested have been a real mixture and lots of fun. This Doc McStuffins cake was for a little girl turning 3 who as you may have guessed - loves Doc McStuffin!   The cake was a vanilla sponge with a lemon buttercream filling.   The Doc McStuffin bag was made from homemade marshmellow rice crispies, covered in icing and decorated. ...

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Back to the Future Wedding Cake

November 14, 2015

So the 21st of October 2015 was the date in Back to the Future II that Marty McFly and the Doc travelled to, from 1985.  Scott and Dave took this as their theme for their wedding and had asked for a Back to the Future themed wedding cake - this was going to be super exciting!! The plans started coming together and the cake included a model of the delorean, a hover board with boots, the clock face from the famous clock tower and fimo models of the 2 grooms along with their pet dogs - it was jammed packed...

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Minion party madness

November 10, 2015

Hours of Fun headed to Formby recently for a 7th birthday party for Olivia, with a full on Minion theme. After decorating the venue with lots of yellow and blue balloons and bunting, and some super cute Minion helium balloons, we then started the birthday party off with some badge making, then straight onto cupcake box decorating, where the children made some fantastic Minion boxes all ready for when they decorated their cupcakes. This was the first time I had the pleasure of working alongside Jumping Jacks and they were fantastic.  They kept the kids entertained, lots of games and...

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Little Mermaid and Flounder to celebrate turning 18

September 9, 2015

This has been one of my favourite cakes to make so far this year.  It was bright and colourful with my favourite Disney characters on - what was not to love!! The cake was a made from 3 tiers of lemon sponge with lemon sponge cupcakes to go with it. [caption id="attachment_9641" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Little mermaid[/caption] The Ariel cake topper was bought as a complete piece with Ariel sat on a rock, and Flounder was made from fondant. [caption id="attachment_9639" align="alignnone" width="300"] Ariel and Flounder[/caption] The shells were made using a shell mould and fondant, decorated with edible dust mixed...

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Plant pot painting – crafting fun and a flower growing project

September 7, 2015

One of the most popular workshops Hours of Fun run when out and about is paint a pot.  Anyone visiting the workshop gets to paint a pot in any colour, design and style.  Once painted it get filled up with compost, some seeds are sprinkled on the top and it's then taken home and looked after to help the seeds grow into beautiful wild flowers. Hours of Fun were inspired by the National Wildflower Centre and Grow Wild with their mission to transform spaces by sowing, growing and enjoying UK native wild flowers.  We did it on a smaller, more...

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A sea monster cake for a double birthday celebration

September 5, 2015

  Cake can be a fantastic present to give someone for their birthday, if you are counting your pennies, or unsure of what to get someone, a homemade cake can say it all.  It doesn't have to be anything fancy if that's not your skill base.  Just do some sneaky digging into what their favourite flavour sponge or bake is and try your hand at making it for them. For our friend's two boy's birthdays we we unsure what to get them as we knew they would get lots of amazing toys and we are saving like mad for a...

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Walking in the Lakes – a ramblers cake

September 3, 2015

Every so often I get asked to do a fruit cake instead of a sponge cake, and for this order a fruit cake with marzipan was the request.  I used a light fruit cake recipe that I think is perfect for a celebration cake and a little different to a Christmas fruit cake which is often richer and darker. This cake was for an 80th birthday for someone that loves their walking. The road sign was made from a lolly pop stick painting with edible brown colouring, the signs themselves were made from cardboard.  This cake had to travel from...

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Party time – balloons, bunting and cakes

August 30, 2015

Hours of Fun offer a decorating service for your event or venue. We provide helium filled foil balloons, banners, balloon arches, handmade personalised bunting and of course cakes!     We will provide a no obligation quote for your events and if you are happy with everything we will book you in and come down to your venue and decorate it for you.   We have some package deals available too offering some fab savings.   Celebration package  includes - a foil helium balloon, banners, table confetti, handmade bunting and a pack of latex balloons for you to blow up....

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back to blogging – I’ve actually missed it!

August 28, 2015

It is finally time to catch up on my blogs as apart from a random post last week it has been a while. Some of you may know that this was due to moving my blog over to a new web host and this process did not go smoothly!!   We changed hosting packages with 123-reg who I use for my hosting service, I realised I was paying for more web space than I was using or would ever need - always good to save money! The problem we had was the backup's we made before the move were not suffice. ...

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Graduation cake, cake to say congratulations

August 20, 2015

Graduation is a perfect opportunity for cake and it is a lovely way to say congratulations. This cake was a chocolate sponge with chocolate filling.  The mortar board (graduation cap) was made from a small chocolate sponge cake covered in icing. When the weather is warm fondant can be tricky to work with as the heat makes it soften.  To keep the shape of the scroll I placed a drinking straw inside it and left it there until delivery was due.  This made sure the fondant set in the shape I wanted even with the warm weather.   [caption id="attachment_9625"...

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A cake for a pub lover!

May 6, 2015

The order came in for a cake shaped as a bar with the particulars being Guinness, Carling, Jack Daniels and McGinty’s Bar which is in Liverpool L13.  I had to do a fair bit of edible printing recently so as part of an order I had filled some space on a A4 sheet with mini Guinness, Carling and Jack Daniels signs.  I had also rung up the pub to ask them what colour their sign was outside as it has been green and blue but I couldn’t recall what it was at the present time.  After answering my question and...

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Crafting with my niece and nephew – one of my favourite things to do

May 4, 2015

  When I visit my sister and brother who both had kids, we often end up doing some crafting which I love.  It is one of my favourite things to do.  Both my nieces love making things and have a fantastic craft kit which we can raid and make things from.  I sometimes take over kits and things I need to try out to get them to help me and let me know what they think.  They are also different ages so I get a 10 year old and a 7 year old's opinion.  My nephew's also like joining in...

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A little homemade gift given to friends for their trip to New Zealand

May 1, 2015

Our friends have recently jetted off to New Zealand, they have gone with their two boys for an amazing adventure for a couple of years to live, work and explore the country.  To start their adventure off they obviously had a mammoth journey to complete.  This done with two young boys could have proved to be an interesting challenge! We wanted to make something for them that may help a little with the long journey, even if it only provided an hour or so of entertainment!  I decided to make draw string bags with their names on and fill it...

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Fun with felt, making lavender animals

April 29, 2015

I bought a pack of lavender a while ago and have not used much of it so I decided to make some felt animals and stuff them with some lavender and give them as gifts.  I love working with felt and I have a good selection of colours in 100% wool felt which is super soft, strong and fab to work with.  I got it from Blooming felt which is a fantastic online felt shop - visit their website here I decided to make an owl first and followed a pattern I found on the internet (click here for the...

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Teaching others to make and decorate cakes

April 27, 2015

My friend Lou Lou's birthday was approaching and a conversation was had with her boyfriend as to whether he wanted to make her cake, as in previous years I have made her one.  He had an idea he wanted to do but as he didn't have much experience in baking and decorating cakes I signed up to help him out and guide him through the process. I sent him instructions for baking the cake click here to download the recipe and instructions [purchase_link id="9107" style="button" color="yellow" text="Purchase"] We then got together for an evening and make his idea for the...

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