I love cake. I love baking it, I love eating it and I LOVE decorating it. Of course this can be very challenging when you have small children “helping” and imposing time limits based on their ability to entertain themselves. However I have managed to decorate 3 birthday cakes so far this year; one for each of my children and one for my lovely husband whose birthday is, in fact, today….
Today’s “pigs in mud” chocolate fudge cake;
A Spiderman/ Hulk/ Bob the Blob themed cake for my little boy…
And Merida for my daughter. (this one was made while looking after a very poorly little boy and the marzipan sank somewhat making Merida look rather porky!!)
Do you enjoy cake decorating or would you rather buy one decorated? My sister and her fiance have asked me to make and decorate their wedding cake when they marry next year, which will be the biggest baking challenge I have encountered by a great deal!
How about you?
All of the preparation is pretty much done, tomorrow we have Christmas with my family and so from here on in it is time to relax and enjoy the celebrations!
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas full of presents and fun and family and cake! And speaking of cake here is the Christmas cake that I decorated yesterday;
Christmas cake – stocking candy canes present and coal!
Tucked to the side of the cake is a lump of marzipan “coal” that seems to have fallen out of the stocking…. I wonder who was naughty!
The last week has been a flurry of festive making, Christmas Fayre preparation and my birthday. I am starting to feel significantly more prepared for the main event; all of the children’s presents are wrapped and safely tucked away in the attic and I only have a couple more gifts to buy or make for other people. I’ve even done the big Christmas shop, cleaned the fridge and defrosted the freezer!!
Our Christmas routine since having children had been as follows; Christmas Eve spent with my family, full Christmas dinner made by my dad and Christmas cake made by me (its been steeping several weeks!). Christmas Day is just us at home, though people are welcome to pop by we don’t travel to anyone. We have party food (All ready & waiting in the freezer already, go me!) so I don’t have to do much cooking and the children open a mountain of presents. Boxing Day we visit my hubby’s family for more presents and more good food… 3 whole days of presents and feasting and family is a wonderful thing to enjoy and especially good since I’m not working Christmas this year.
What do you do around Christmas time?
Just a quick one tonight; this little cat is destined to be attached to a brooch back as a gift for my mother in law. Of course I have just had to order more brooch backs but we will get there in the end!
Not too horrendous quality picture for once on my phone!
Next Friday my little lady’s school are holding their Christmas fair, which is fab. Somehow I have ended up on the Christmas fair committee though so the fab is more stress right now. It’s amazing how much organisation goes into this sort of thing. I am primarily responsible for the (new and introduced by me) craft area, however there are signs to organise, activities and prizes to arrange, volunteers to recruit and co-ordinate etc etc.
Not that I’m using this as an excuse o avoid crafting things myself; I have attempted double knitting for the first time, made half a dozen crochet snowflakes and a couple of crochet stars, though the lack of suitable merino wool meant I was unable to make felt gingerbread constructions… It’s my birthday on Monday though so I am hoping that ill be able to fit in some much wanted creative time, which poorly children and varied commitments have prevented lately… Here’s hoping!
Until I next get a moment here are the snowflakes (in appalling quality as the light is so bad and my camera phone is not the best)
I got the pattern from attic24, Lucy is very inspirational to me so do pop by and check her out
Christmas is 3 weeks today! Alongside the usual preparations that everybody else is also undertaking I have a school Christmas Fayre that I am organising and preschool Christmas events that I am very much involved in. I am also making a reasonable number of Christmas presents (that’s right; I’m not just doing decorations!) and thought it was about time to share some of these.
Firstly I’m very sorry that these aren’t the best of quality photos; they were taken on my phone and the light simply is not good enough at the moment to produce much better even on my nice camera. The gifts I’m sharing today have all been made for children who are very unlikely to stumble upon this page so are safe to share.
First up is a little needle felted Merida doll for my little lady (who has asked Father Christmas for a Brave archery set!);
Second, and also for my daughter, is my first ever Fairy Door. I loved making this and am very pleased with the result. The little heart window is made from glow in the dark Fimo so will magically glow at nighttime! This little bear is made from fleece, with stitched on features and a tulle skirt. It’s for the 9-month-old daughter of some very good friends;This crocheted octopus was made with no pattern (like most of my crochet work!) and is for her big brother. His favourite colour is yellow and since he is over 3 I used proper toy safety eyes;What do you think? I’m very pleased with these presents and hope their recipients will like them as much as I do! I know my daughter is an excellent person to make gifts for as she LOVES anything I make for her and holds them very precious to her. Since these are tailored to her likes hers are both sure to meet with a warm reception. Have you made any gifts this year? It’s a wonderful thing to do if you get the chance