10 (random) things I love…

One of my favourite blogs is Knitsofacto, and Annie has been sharing 10 (rather wonderful) random things. In addition, with my Bath WI hat on (a virtual hat…although I rather like the idea of us all wearing hats!), I have been researching local artists and crafty people to run workshops for us. It has been, and continues to be,¬† lovely and fascinating seeing what people make and how they market themselves and I love reading their blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. It gives me a warm squishy feeling that the world is full of such nice people. One of the creative types I have signed up for a Bath WI workshop is Sami of ‘Made by Sami‘ and I have been enjoying her blog posts about 10 things she loves…do have a look at her Little Red Button blog.

These two ladies have inspired me to think about 10 things I love (in a random sort of a way):

1. Mark. He is mischievous and troublesome but he has sparkly blue eyes, a kind heart and an indefatigable sense of humour – and he puts up with me even when I am, as he describes it, grumpilicious.

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(oh and his work colleagues are going to love this photo!)

2. Cats. Our two cats in particular. They are brothers from the same litter, but Max is long-haired and of a generous stature, while his brother Rio is short-haired and of a more athletic build. They are affectionate and loving…and only dribble a little bit.

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3. Sewing. Everything to do with it – fabric, haberdashery, designing, making…even unpicking, as long as it is not too often.

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4. Baking.

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5. Stately homes and gardens

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6. The City of Bath

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7. The seaside.

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8. Friends and family

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9. Bees

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10.  Afternoon tea (and teapots)
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I would love to know what your favourite things are!!

 

 

 

 

piece of cake!

I have been making and decorating cakes almost as long as I remember, but most particularly since I decorated my sister’s wedding cake (30 years ago this year!). My kitchen is not suitable for a cake-making business – too small and no suitable storage – but I like to make them for friends and family, and well they are craft of a sort.

This weekend is Mark’s mum and dad’s golden wedding anniversary, so I made a cake for the party. A little under-stated number with just a hint of gold lustre spray, edible gold leaf and an icing flower or two…

congratulations on 50 golden years!
congratulations on 50 golden years!
edible gold leaf on icing butterfly
edible gold leaf on icing butterfly
gilded butterfly
gilded butterfly
golden 50
golden 50

As I have cake on my mind (and edible glitter everywhere!) I thought I would pick a few favourites from the hundreds of cakes I have made over the years to share with you.

 

a gallery of cakes

I made this one for my colleague’s dad’s birthday – it’s made of sponge cake covered with fondant icing, with marzipan head and hands.

Stan
Stan
Stan
Stan

 

Nemo for our old receptionist’s grand daughter – nobody wanted to cut this one.

Nemo
Nemo

..and he looked so cute peeping out of the cake box!

Pleeeeease don't eat me!
Pleeeeease don’t eat me!

 

My ‘speciality’ is modelling people from sponge cake – these two are old work colleagues.

Mr V
Mr V
boss's 50th
boss’s 50th

 

Sometimes I paint straight on to fondant icing with food colouring:

leaving to have a baby cake
leaving to have a baby cake
Queen's jubilee
Queen’s jubilee
dog cake
dog cake

 

Sometimes I model in marzipan, which I then paint with food colouring:

Tigger
Tigger
piglet and pooh
piglet and pooh

 

I sometimes make wedding cakes – plenty of icing roses and I model the bride and groom from paper (not edible paper as it dissolves too easily)

rose wedding cake
rose wedding cake
Nicki's top tier
Nicki’s top tier

 

This one was for a fellow quilter.

quilting cake
quilting cake

 

The penguin slide is my most requested Christmas cake design:

penguin slide
penguin slide

 

You can’t go wrong with a few icing flowers.

Anne's 70th
Anne’s 70th

 

Finally I sometimes make cupcakes too – these spaghetti and meatballs (ferrero rocher chocolates in strawberry jam with grated white chocolate) were for comic relief.

spaghetti and meatballs cupcakes
spaghetti and meatballs cupcakes

and these garden cupcakes were for my brother in law’s birthday a few years’ back.

garden cup cakes
garden cup cakes

I think I should stop now; after all too much cake is not good for you!