Saturday, October 27, 2012

It's a Boy! Sam's Baby Shower

Last weekend I travelled to Brisbane to help shower my neice Sam with happiness! Her and husband Mark are expecting a son in January. Sam's lovely mum Julie was host and her good friend Lauren organised some fun baby shower games.
I made a cute cupcake {or patty cake} display with some icing ribbon roses, hand modelled chocolate fondant teddy bears and some 'baby' blocks. This could also make a great christening display don't you think?..with the babies name on the blocks. 
I also used this {no bake} blueberry cheesecake recipe  but instead of making a full sized cheescake I made them in small individual serves...I'm not the greatest cheesecake maker but these really were easy so give them a try ;)
We used one of my ruffle tablecloths and I whipped up a bunting in boy colours...
Lauren did a great job organising some fun games and everyone painted a message on a babysuit {onsie} or's 'Nanny-to-be' getting her craft on!
'Party at my crib...BYO bottle!' took out first prize, so funny! and on the back she wrote 'no nappy, no entry!' Loved it ;)
There was baby shower gifts galore.....
and they were all really thoughtful and useful things!
The beautiful Mum-to-be!
You are looking so radiant and happy Sam, I know you will enjoy every minute of being a Mummy...we are so excited for you and cannot wait meet this newest member of the family xx
Have a sweet weekend everyone!



Monday, October 15, 2012

Crochet ~ for beginners!

Each year when the cooler weather rolls around I get an urge to knit something...and each year I am left with another useless unfinished project, sound familiar?! For the last few winters I have turned my hand to crochet, and I love it.  I started off with this basic five petal flower tutorial I found on YouTube. These are great to use as embellishments on your sewing projects or for little girls hairclips maybe? I'm sure you could find something to use them for!

If you don't know the four basic stitches used in crochet you will find this tutorial most helpful..

The US and UK use different names for the same stitches, I was not aware of this until some of my projects were not working out as they should have. So take note when starting a new pattern which terms they are wrtitten in :)
If you search the internet you will find many crochet patterns, most of them free, for almost anything you can think of! 

I am 'hooked' on making these flowers, I usually make a couple everyday in the car while I'm waiting for the kids to come out of school...not sure what I will do with them all yet!! any suggestions?

Monday, August 20, 2012

'Star Wars' Cupcakes ~ William's 6th Birthday

During the school holidays our little man 'William' turned six years old!  He chose 'star wars' for the party theme this year! I pretty much had no idea what to do until I saw the awesome cupcake toppers 'Royal Bakery' had made, I knew I just had to make some too! They are very easy to make using the 'star wars' cookie cutter and plunger set, cut the shapes out of fondant or chocolate then it's just a matter of painting on the details...

William thought they were just great, and what a beautiful sunny day it was too! All the family travelled out to celebrate and have lunch with us, the birthday boy was extremely excited with all the star wars lego he was gifted! {not to mention all the other pressies...very spoilt!}

He was sooo stoked with this Darth Vader mask he was given, complete with breathing sounds!
We decorated the party table with some of his star wars lego and mini figures and of course loads of his favourite chocolate! The Darth Vader in the background was made with a plastic mask from spotlight and my cutting cape {used for hairdressing} we just pinned them onto the blind.   
Hope you all had a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Good-bye June...Hello July!

So I'm finally getting around to updating you all on some of the cakes I created in June...I know,  it's almost the end of July!! Where does the time go? Last month life was busy, throw in the school holidays, my sons 6th birthday, end of financial year, lot's of paper party designs and some custom printables...I'm sure you have all been there, done that! and probably get alot more done than me :) {My biggest problem is organization, or should I say 'lack' of it}  Anyway, if you don't follow me on facebook you were probably wondering what's going on? so in order to catch you up I will just post some pictures of my favourite cakes for last month...if you have any questions or would like to know 'how to' for any of them, please ask :)

 'Giant Bloom' with lace trim ~for Roz' 60th Birthday Cake

Another 'Fish' Cake {hand carved and hand painted details} fins are also made of icing! 
This cake was for Ross' 21st Birthday, the fish was made to look like the photo that was on his invitations and I really love how it turned out.

This cute little 'beagle puppy dog in a carry bag' cake was made for Lydia's 18th Birthday. The puppy {inspired by a Sharon Wee design} was made of fondant which I then hand painted with food colouring, my kids loooved him!

This little fisherman I modelled out of fondant to sit on the edge of this muddy dam {cake} that I made for my cousin's birthday, he was cute although I probably shouldn't have made his boots so clean and shiny looking should I?!
The water is coloured piping gel and the rocks are chocolates, incase your wondering:) and the not so good photo's are courtesy of the overcast rainy day we had!

This cake was for Oliver's birthday, another little lego fan.  Everything is edible on this one, I used an icing tip to cut the small circles for the little icing bricks around the cake {yes, very fiddly lol!} the lego man figurines I made using the silicone lego ice tray which you can also make chocolates in.

 I also squeezed in a three tiered black and white wedding cake for Sarah with these cute hand modelled toppers, the bride had a little netting veil at the back but you can't really see it in this photo.

This garden themed cake that I iced and created lot's of little decorations for was definately the most popular over on my facebook page last month.  The actual cake inside this one was made by Clint's friend, Sharon Shields, something special for his 30th birthday.
I also did a couple of others {pheewww!} including a lego starwars cake and cupcakes for my son's 6th Birthday but I will do a sepeate post for that one :-)
Cake decorating is definately an addictive hobby, you should give it a go if you haven't already!
Don't forget to join me on facebook for more regular updates, have a great day.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

'Vintage Garden' Themed Event {Top That! Paperie}

This beautiful 'vintage garden' themed event was recently styled by the 
talented ladies of  {Sydney based}3's a Party Events and Party Supplies.
  I was asked to design some custom paper goods for them, 
which included the sign pictured above for the candy buffet,
 it reads "Please help yourself to something sweet". 
The gorgeous cake pops were created 
by "Cakes by Joanne Charmand".   

{Images via 3's a Party and Photography by Sandra}

I also designed these 'garden themed' chocolate bar wrappers, 
these can be customised to read or include whatever 
you like...names, dates, monograms,
 your existing logo for business/promotional events!

{Images via 3's a Party and Photography by Sandra}

The cake was made by {Sydney based} 'Couture Cakes and Supplies'...It is stunning, 
I love everything about it. The celebration was for for two boys and a girl, 
the bottom three tiers has their names on them and how beautiful are the sugar flowers? 

{Images via 3's a Party and Photography by Sandra}

If you would like to see more beautiful images of this event and 
links to the vendors used then please head over to 
3's a Party Events and Supplies facebook page!

{Images via 3's a Party and Photography by Sandra}

If your in need of some custom designed paper goods I would love to hear from you!
It's the little details that make you take a second look :)
I will be updating my albums on my facebook page over the 
next couple of days so be sure to check in!

Monday, May 28, 2012

'Breakfast at Tiffany's' Paper Designs {Top That! Paperie}

{Images via 3's a Party and  photography by Sandra}

Last month I was enlisted to design some custom chocolate
bar wrappers, dessert table signs and an 8"x10" welcome sign
for the event stylists at 3's a Party in Sydney.
  This was a 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' inspired theme that I am sure
 was well received!

{Images via 3's a Party and Photography by Sandra}

The beautiful baked goods for this display are by Sweet Bloom Cakes
also in Sydney...gorgeous!
If you have an upcoming event, big or small, why not
Top That! dessert table with some  of my
custom designed paper goodies. 
 To save you even more time I now also supply
 the chocolate bars! {minimum order of 6}.
My designs can come to you as DIY printables
 or printed and
assembled ready to be posted to your door
... locals can arrange for free pick up.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

'Old' Treasure Chest Cake! {40th Birthday}

Over the weekend my family and I attended a 'pirate themed' party to celebrate my Aunties 40th birthday.  I was asked to make a treasure chest cake and this is what I came up with!  The weather was just miserable, drizzling rain on and off the whole weekend, lucky for us the party was indoors and I managed get a few good shots of the cake during a very overcast day. 

The latches and hinges are made of icing which I painted using gold lustre dust, moss green and brown to give it that 'old' look. Cake flavour for both tiers was Vanilla Bean, each layer filled with vanilla buttercream.

This is the back view, not very exciting I know! but interesting for those who may be going to make their own treasure chest cake, if you have any questions please ask me :)

Don't forget to visit my Facebook page for more cake and paper party updates!

'Happy 40th Birthday Jenny'!!

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