Sunday, 29 September 2013


little e behind messy hair!
Big E always interested in how things work -  here working out what happens when you put the hose under water.

 Joining up with Jodi again this week for 

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Monday, 23 September 2013

Playing Catch Up and a Cake.

It seems like ages since I wrote anything here, probably because it has been! Life has been busy, little e's transition in to school has been fairly traumatic, like screaming when going in and clinging on to the door frame traumatic, although I think the worst is over now, there have been no tears for over a week now... I tried what seemed like everything with her and a combination of this fantastic book

 and reverse psychology seems to have done the trick. She was fine when she was in school and then would start crying and not letting go of me when the bell rang so I told her if she could cry so could I. When the bell went and she started to whimper I pretended to cry as well, it made her and her class mates laugh and she then went in fine and has been fine since...! I wish I could spend a day in her head!

Anyway, that trauma has passed (for now) and I am trying to find a new kind of normal. Being a stay at home Mum with no kids at home during the day is strange. I have started to exercise more regularly and hopefully, if I stick with it, it will just become part of the routine. I need to get fit and loose 2 stone before next September when I am my Best Friend from School's Bridesmaid!

Enough waffle about me, now on to cake!

My Nephew was Christened yesterday and my Sister set me the task of re-icing a tier of her wedding cake for the day (not sure if it is a tradition everywhere to keep the top tier of fruit cake from your wedding cake for the Christening of your first child, but it is here!).

My Sisters wedding cake was of epic proportions (glass baubles and twinkling lights galore)...

Photo by Lifetime Photography

Photo by Lifetime Photography
and it was the bottom that was the fruit cake so the Christening cake was HUGE!

I quilted round the outside using this technique and make a teddy and blanket for the top.

My Sister made crispy cake and then they were cut in to squares and iced to make the blocks. The balls round the outside were a good alternative to ribbon (that we didn't have enough of because of the hugeness of the cake!).

Surprisingly the cake tasted amazing given that it was made 4 years ago! It was strategically cut by my Mum so  there is a Christmas Cake sized piece left, my Sister will have to decorate that bit herself though :)

Back soon with pictures of a few dresses I've made (one of which may or may not make me look pregnant which I am definitley not!!).

Linking to some of these linky parties!

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Saturday, 14 September 2013


little e making dirty goop to put on the weeds....., if only it magically got rid of them!

Big E playing with some left over rubber from our new flat roof!

Joining up with Jodi again this week for 

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Saturday, 7 September 2013


little e: up a tree!

Big E: Sailing his new remote control boat daddy found at the recycling centre!

Joining up with Jodi again this week for 

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Flower Arrangement in a Tea Cup


Yesterday was our local Horticultural Society show, I am on the committee (how that happened I am not sure but I really have a problem saying no to things...!) so was there all day. There were loads of beautiful flowers, vegetables, handicrafts and baking.

I entered 8 things and got prizes for my 3 handicrafts but nothing for anything else...

One of my un-placed things was a flower arrangement in a tea cup.

I used a tiny hydrangea head, thyme (I think!), mint and lavender. It smells amazing but the judge says it needs more foliage round the rim of the cup!

I might have to make a few more of these, I think I am in love!

Linking to some of these fab linky parties!


Big E (with a little help from little e) presenting the flowers to the guest at our local horticultural show yesterday!
little e with her medal for first prize in the animal made from fruit and veg section!
Joining up with Jodi again this week for 

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."