Hello and welcome to my Little Willow blog, well welcome to those who might stumble across it anyway as I have yet to give this address to anyone :) I thought I might try and see how I get along with just writing in it first. It's all a lot of random stuff, but hey, hopefully there'll be something interesting for people

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Easter novelties


I started on my mammoth task last night of making a number of Easter novelties requested by my work colleagues for friends and family members as a bit of a different Easter gift. I only made one last night as this one is for a work mate who's last day before Easter is tomorrow - I will hopefully complete the rest over the weekend. I have a total of 11 orders plus an additional one I'll be making for my niece Ella. All of these customers are paying me as well so that's very exciting!
I offered everyone the choice of the decoration being made of icing or marzipan, choice of a duck or a rabbit, choice of sweets to go into the egg (something small like buttons, dolly mixtures, maltesers etc), choice of colours for the 'duvet and pillow' (usually pink for a girl and blue for a boy if they're for children) and whether you want the recipients name put on it. The finished product will then be wrapped in cellophane to make it look more of a present.

I'm not very good at asking people for money for what I make so two of my friends at work decided the pricing for me and they are £4 for 1,
£7 for 2 and £10 for 3. I have a huge task ahead of me this weekend to get 10 done, but I'm sure I will succeed. I'm just really nervous that it will all go wrong or I'll write someone's name incorrectly or mix up sweets and colours and even worse, break bits off it as I try and wrap it up!
:-( Please all have your fingers crossed for me :-)

Here is a picture of the first of many I have completed:

Monday, 4 April 2011

Ella's 3rd Birthday

Hello everybody

Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy
Wow it's been quite a while since my last post - cannot believe how fast time is going - it's just slipping past me! I've been very busy lately and haven't had a chance to update either of my blogs. I will start this post then with a big Happy 3rd Birthday to my niece Ella. Her birthday was just over a week ago now but we only had her party on Saturday just gone.

Upsy Daisy 
It wasn't a big party, it was a nice celebration meal with the family - there was Mike and Kirsten with Ella and Isabelle, my mum and dad and Kirsten's dad, step mum, grandma and sister so there was a good crowd of us at the Carvery in Widnes.

Ella looked very pretty in her red dress with white spots on (I'm sure it belonged to Minnie Mouse lol) and she even had sparkly shoes (I was jealous) and a tiara - no mistaking the birthday girl!

In honour of Ella's birthday and also my newfound skills in cake decorating - skills might be taking it too far, maybe let's say because I have been attending cake decorating classes, I thought I should try and be a little adventurous.

The finished cake
We had learned how to make teddy bears out of marzipan and I had originally decided to make use of this new knowledge and attempt a teddy bear's picnic birthday cake. I'd drawn it out and everything - do 2 teddy bears on a picnic rug with a variety of picnic goodies. The icing would be green - for grass of course and there's be lots of nice flowers etc surrounding them. Then Michael started sending me pictures of really difficult cakes, mostly In the Night Garden, saying how much Ella would like them. At first I was very much against trying - far too advanced for me - but I slowly started to come around to the idea of giving it a go. It wasn't so much Iggle Piggle (apologies for those who don't speak child) that was worrying me, it was Upsy Daisy. Now those of you who have seen the programme (I sympathise) then you will realise just how colourful she is with stripes everywhere and all sorts of interesting clashing colours and stupid things sticking out of her head!
In the Night Garden

I did my best on this cake and I think it came out ok (though I am still of the opinion that In the Night Garden is too advanced for me lol) and Ella recognised who the characters were so I was happy about that and that was all that really mattered anyway. Half the cake was devoured by the time we left the carvery so I'm hoping that means they enjoyed the taste of it! All the characters were made of marzipan and the cake was covered in sparkles so that's not surprising really :p I do feel there are still plenty of things I need a lot of practice at such as symmetrical writing, making characters sit up properly on the cake without looking like they're about to topple off and also I can see some issues with how I covered the cake, but all in all I was happy with the overall look of the cake.

So anyway, I hope you like the look of this cake and take a good long look at Upsy Daisy as I don't intend on making her again!

The finished article!