May 30th, 2009
It is a long weekend for us here in New Zealand and despite having a long list of things I was going to get done this weekend, I have achieved very little today just hanging out at home. Ella and I had fun baking some rather rustic looking afgan biscuits which are topped with heart sprinkles intead of walnuts which taste pretty darn good if I might say so myself! I have done absolutely no crafting today but I did come across the fairy doll I made for Ella for her birthday (which she named “Star Belly”) & realised I had never put a photo up, so here she is.
She is rather different to what I had planned in my mind & I just could not get the head the way I wanted it but I decided to forgive myself as it was the first time I had attempted anything like this. I am really fond of the body shape which is very satisfying to hold & I love the little feet sticking out the bottom. I may attempt another some day and see if I can get that head right.
I am working on a couple of little broches for etsy tomorrow and am planning a giveaway in the next couple of weeks to thank all of you who have taken the time to read my ramblings and have left some really lovely comments. I am having trouble choosing what to give so it may end up being a series of giveaways if Istill can’t make my mind up. I hope everyone else is enjoying their weekend!
March 30th, 2009
It has actually happened, my little baby I am sure I brought home from the hospital just yesterday has turned five! She tells me she is a proper big girl now and suddenly I keep getting the response “I can do that myself Mummy, I am five you know!”
Ella desperately wanted her party at the fairy shop so that left me with only the loot bags & cake to occupy myself with. The loot bags were little drawstring bags with the first letter of each childs name appliqued on it & filled with a selection of glitter glue pens, fruit scented mini markers, stickers, fairy colouring sheets, pencils, erasers & fairy balloon.
The cake seemed a good idea in my head but turned out to be much more work than I anticipated. I have only done one small cake using fondant before & it was fairly simple so this three layered one was a bit of a leap. I used the Marshmallow fondant recipe which came out great & was really fun to make – there is nothing like sticking your hands into a huge pile of warm gooey melted marshmellow & icing sugar! My decorating skills certainly didn’t reach perfection but I think it turned out suitably girly & certainly got a great response at the party.
Just to make things more complicated, I decided to make the inside rainbow coloured as a surprise. The kids loved it but seemed disappointed that it didn’t taste like a rainbow – if I had thought about it before hand I could have flavoured each colour with different flavours to make it more exciting.
All and all though, we have had a wonderful couple of days celebrating with Ella & hope she will remember it as fondly as we will.