Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sugar Bunnies Of All Kinds! An Easter Feature

Where ever you are I wish you all a wonderful and chocolaty Easter! Even if you are not celebrating, I hope you get to have a chance to rest, relax and catch up with the family. 

A couple of days ago I made a call out on my blog for some bunny related pictures to share with you all. If you don't know me or have never been to my house, let me explain. I have an obsession with all things bunny. My friends would often joke and count how many bunnies I have hidden around the house. I seem to have pictures and little figurines everywhere. If you follow me in instagram, you will also know that I have a real live bunny named Bear. Yes, it was very confusing trying to explain that to my friend's kids.

So of course I had to have a bunny theme for an Easter blog post.

These cuties are from Sweet Euphoria. They even have a tutorial on those eggs on their Facebook page!

One of my favourites! Look at the patterns inside the ears! By Helena of Sweet Tiers.

This one is from another tutorial as well - Sue's Sugar Creations

Look at that sweet face! By Sue's Handmade Lovelies

Easter Cookies! By Anne Kaz.

And another one by Helena of Sweet Tiers!

Rainbows and bunnies? You really can't go wrong! By Deborah Stauch.

Finally... These cute little guys were made using my Craftsy class by Deb Marbus.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Peter Rabbit Styled Party - The Inspiration Board

I believe the key to a successful and stress free party (or cake) is to plan and allocate yourself tasks and a timeline to complete them. While this may sound boring and like way too much work, I guarantee you that it will make the whole experience a fun one as opposed to a stress induced one where you break down in tears because things are not going the right way or end up paying extra for express shipping or last minute bookings.

My cousin is having a first birthday party for her little boy Lucas in a couple of weeks and as part of helping her out with all the festivities, I thought I'd document it all as I worked through the whole process. My cousin has planned for a Peter Rabbit styled party since her little boy was 6 months old. She's been shopping online, in stores and collecting things here and there for a long time. Yes she may have been a little bit obsessed :)

Below I have put together a style board with some colour swatches and some of the images I have collected on Pintrest to get creative juices and party ideas flowing. Next week I'll feature more of the party type details and ideas we plan to have. Enjoy for now :)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

London Classes and More - April 2014

Hello from sometimes sunny England :) The weather has been quite kind to us while we have been here the last two weeks. I'd say we've had a 50% success rate of sunshine. When I was here for the first time last May it was freezing and rainy, so I know this time we’re pretty lucky.

Nick managed to tag along this time around which made it much more fun :) I finally got to show him all the sights and places I would not stop talking about.

First stop in London was Choccywoccydoodah on Carnaby Street where we were supposed to be looking for a place to have lunch but ended up gorging on two very rich and chocolaty drinks instead. Needless to say, we skipped lunch that day!

Praline milkshake and milk chocolate hot chocolate from Choccywoccydoodah

Then off to classes with Fair Cake where I somehow managed to score a new assistant :D

Love the mess we made? :D

Thank you to the quiet, fun, friendly, chocolate bringing and wonderful students who came from near and far to attend the classes. It was almost a year ago when I kicked off the international teaching at Fair Cake and it seems fitting that I am back here again a year later. A special thank you to Jess and Nat for all your help, baking and organising, Arianna for assisting and Shikhita for having me! For those of you who were talking about coming to Australia to visit one day, make sure you stop by in Sydney and say hi :)

Next stop Cake International where I was beyond amazed at all the sugar flowers on display. Seriously amazing. Even Nick who is kind of immune to all things cake was very, very impressed. Oh! And look who I bumped into. It was so wonderful to catch up with Zoe (The Cake Parlour) even though I only saw her a couple of weeks ago in Sydney.

And now here we are... in the Lake Districts where we have seen a TON of sheep and many, many little lambs like these guys at the top of the hill. I never realised how playful and child-like they are because I have only really seen them at petting zoos where they all just seem to walk around in a daze :)

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