celebration

Celebrate - Mum's Birthday

Slap-bang in the middle of the Easter holidays was my Mum's birthday. I love to treat her because she is as wonderful as they come so it's great that we can make the day a bit special. This year, we went for an afternoon tea at home, complimented by homemade cakes & scones and lots of pretty details. I got to try out a few crafty makes that I'd had my eye on for a while too as well as indulging my love of baking so if Mum enjoyed herself, I can tell you I did too!

 A table fit for a birthday tea! Hanging from the shelves,  the honeycomb garlands  were a great buy from  John Lewis  as I cut one pack into three lengths. The pom-pom garlands are just  wool pom-poms made around forks  and threaded onto thin cotton. The daffodils are in tins that I painted blue and the cake centrepiece is the large version of  the gluten-free sponge recipe I blogged a while ago .

A table fit for a birthday tea! Hanging from the shelves, the honeycomb garlands were a great buy from John Lewis as I cut one pack into three lengths. The pom-pom garlands are just wool pom-poms made around forks and threaded onto thin cotton. The daffodils are in tins that I painted blue and the cake centrepiece is the large version of the gluten-free sponge recipe I blogged a while ago.

 I made this cake bunting in under five minutes. I just threaded a  pretty doily (again from John Lewis ) onto some of the green wool leftover from making the pom-poms and cut two slits in the top of each stripy straw, squeezed the wool through and snipped the loose ends. Ta-dah!

I made this cake bunting in under five minutes. I just threaded a pretty doily (again from John Lewis) onto some of the green wool leftover from making the pom-poms and cut two slits in the top of each stripy straw, squeezed the wool through and snipped the loose ends. Ta-dah!

 Gluten-free vanilla cupcakes topped with piped buttercream and sprinkled with sprinkles because you can never have enough cake at a birthday party!

Gluten-free vanilla cupcakes topped with piped buttercream and sprinkled with sprinkles because you can never have enough cake at a birthday party!

 Mum's birthday party was the unveiling of new shelves in the kitchen which are the proud home of the photos we had taken at  an amazing family shoot  with the absolutely wonderful  Eddie Judd  - thoroughly recommend her sessions for families if you want some rather wonderful images of your with your nearest & dearest.

Mum's birthday party was the unveiling of new shelves in the kitchen which are the proud home of the photos we had taken at an amazing family shoot with the absolutely wonderful Eddie Judd - thoroughly recommend her sessions for families if you want some rather wonderful images of your with your nearest & dearest.

 The pattern on the top of Mum's cake was created by just laying one on the heart-shaped doilies on top and sprinkling sieved icing sugar over it before peeling it carefully away. In this pic, you can also see the gluten-free, egg-free scones too!

The pattern on the top of Mum's cake was created by just laying one on the heart-shaped doilies on top and sprinkling sieved icing sugar over it before peeling it carefully away. In this pic, you can also see the gluten-free, egg-free scones too!

 More birthday goodness and birthday best-bits...

More birthday goodness and birthday best-bits...

Celebrate - Easter

Unbelievably, the kids are finally about the return to school after what seems like almost a month off school. It seems like a month because, well, it has been a month. That's quite a long time and at the risk of sounding like a whining old woman, the juggling required to entertain kids, spend time with them and run your own business is not the easiest thing in the world. It feels like juggling vintage china whilst bouncing on a pogo-stick with no hands and joining in with a serious conference call all at the same time.

Anyway, that simile aside, now their attention is being diverted to the imminent arrival of summer term, I've actually got some time to blog again - hurrah. So, here's a little look at our Easter celebrations.

My Mum and Dad came round for Easter lunch and we feasted en famille. Of course, to me, celebrations offer the happy opportunity to craft with undeniable purpose so I got a little stylistically excited...

 As we've got a right mix of food allergies and intolerances among the kids here, it's hard to get things 'off the shelf' that they can all have. So, I packed individual egg boxes with a mix of things to suit the recipient - no-one could complain that their gift didn't look the same as someone else's and no-one looked like their were 'different'. Result.

As we've got a right mix of food allergies and intolerances among the kids here, it's hard to get things 'off the shelf' that they can all have. So, I packed individual egg boxes with a mix of things to suit the recipient - no-one could complain that their gift didn't look the same as someone else's and no-one looked like their were 'different'. Result.

 Stripy straws and bunny cups from  The Hambledon  - easter essentials

Stripy straws and bunny cups from The Hambledon - easter essentials

 And I didn't forget Mum & Dad either - their boxes looked slightly more 'grown up' though!

And I didn't forget Mum & Dad either - their boxes looked slightly more 'grown up' though!

 Mini-egg place settings - pile a handful in a cupcake case and popped on plates for lucky diners.

Mini-egg place settings - pile a handful in a cupcake case and popped on plates for lucky diners.

 A bit of Easter decoration - iconic spring flowers in a painted tin, painted egg-shells in an egg box, pretty pastel buttons scatter around and sparkling elderflower soda, bringing a hint of the summer to come. {the paints are  Farrow & Ball  'Lulworth Blue' and 'Nancy's Blushes'}

A bit of Easter decoration - iconic spring flowers in a painted tin, painted egg-shells in an egg box, pretty pastel buttons scatter around and sparkling elderflower soda, bringing a hint of the summer to come. {the paints are Farrow & Ball 'Lulworth Blue' and 'Nancy's Blushes'}