Sunday 28 February 2010

The best iMag in cyberspace!

Check out CDHM's The Miniature won't be disappointed, I seriously think it's the best miniature iMag around at the minute...& IF you aren't a member it..join's the easiest to navigate most friendly group I've come across. Always helpful, never critical & so, so supportive!

2 awards!!

Thank you to Jody at for this award!
Here we go with the rules for this one!

1. Thank the person that has given it to you.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that nobody knows.
5. Nominate 7 kreativ bloggers.
6. Post link to the 7 blogs that you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs nominated.

This one takes even more thought than the other awards...not only do I have to try & think of 7 blogs to pass it on to, but name 7 things about me that nobody knows...oh dear!

1) I smoke like a chimney & keep saying I'm going to give up..I even got an electronic ciggie to try & now I use both that & real ciggies!
2) I am incapable of saying "no" to people & always end up doing things that I'd really rather not as I can't use that word...I really must practise it!
3) I'm 57 but still think of myself as a twenty of these days I'm going to have to stop wearing my jeans.
4) I have very eclectic tastes in music, sadly none of it classical or opera. The Doors, Cream, Led Zepellin, Moody Blues, Frank Zappa through to Fairport Convention, Joan Baez, Dylan, Matthew's Southern Comfort.
5) I'm still a hippy at heart...those were great times!
6) I prefer dogs to humans..they are far more reliable & loving.
7) I love my own company! There's nothing better than being in my workshop with my music playing & some clay in my hands!

There you go....I'm not a very exciting person!
Now then...who can I pass this on to who hasn't already been given it? If you've already received it, I'm sorry!

1. To Ana for her wonderful foods
2. To Linda for her fascinating Petite Maison
3. To Cindy for her wonderful blog..she always has something interesting on there!
4. To Debbie who is the most fantastic blogger (along with loads of get well wishes)
5. To Hanna for the most realisic mini food you can see!
6. To Oiseau for her lovely work!
7. To Sumaiya for showing some fabulous little houses!

Is anybody else having trouble with blogger changing the text at will? As far as I can see there are several different fonts in here!
Now to leave a note on these blogs...assuming I can remember who I sent it to!

Thank you too to Ana at for another sunshine award! Take a look at her lovely foods. I'm not going to pass this one on as I think just about everyone has had it at least once!!

Thursday 25 February 2010

A little Easter gift!

What could be nicer (apart from a huge box of luxury handmade chocolates, of course!)than receiving a yummy chocolate egg, porcelain mug to fill with coffee to eat with your choccie egg & a lovely bunch of fresh daffodils!

Can you tell that I'm wishing spring would hurry up & arrive!
BTW...I rather think I've forgotten to resize the when you click on them they'll probably be huge! Oh well!!

Sunday 21 February 2010

Sunshine Award

Thank you Karin for this lovely sunny award! Visit Karin's lovely blog at

The rules say that I need to

1) Display the image and publish the rules.
2) Post the link of who won the prize.
3) Pass the award to six blogs dream.
4) Send notice to the blogs listed.

This is always the hard part! Here goes!

1)To Sumaiya for her wonderful blog!
2) To Kim who always makes the most wonderful cakes!
3) To Jeannette whose flowers & vignettes are simply fab!
4) To Marcella at Minicaretti whose pizzas are to die for!
5) To Teresa who makes the most realistic miniature foods!
6) To Oiseau for her lovely foods!
Now I just have to remember who I've sent the award too so that I can let them know!!

Wednesday 17 February 2010

Moth orchid wedding cake!

Perhaps it's because my youngest daughter became engaged on Christmas day this year & the wedding is planned for August...not too much time to get organised, I think she thinks her mum is Supermum!!....but I seem to be enjoying myself in the mini sweatshop making wedding cakes of all descriptions! This one started life as a simple 2 tier & then decided to grow into a 4 tier cake with a separator between the 2 sets of tiers!

Each pale purple tier is decorated with fondant moth orchids, although I've taken a little "artistic licence" here & made the middle sepals purple to match the cake & they should really be an orange/red!

Then it decided to "sprout" silver fronds from the round top cake!

For some bizarre reason when I tried to take pics of it the purple of the orchids darkened by several shades no matter what I did...oh well!

I wonder how many miniature wedding cakes will appear from my workshop before the end of August!

Monday 15 February 2010

Shrove Tuesday.....Pancakes!

I just LOVE pancakes, however they come! Sweet or savoury, they have to be one of my favourite foods. If only I could get someone else to make them for me though I'd enjoy them so much more! It seems to take soooo long & I make such a mess when I'm making them that it would be great if, for once I could sit down to enjoy them without having had the trouble of making them!
Making these miniature versions was nowhere near as messy as making the real thing, but I have to say that they took a whole lot longer...I could've made enough pancakes to feed an army in the time they took me! These are one of my weaknesses.....eaten with toffee sauce or simple golden syrup & lemon.....I'm making myself hungry!

Then these are a little more luxurious being filled with piped, whipped cream & fresh strawberries with a fresh strawberry sauce ( or should I say "coulis" in this day of pretension in food!!)drizzled over them...I can feel the inches going on as I think about them! :-))

It's taken me many years to work out just how simple it is to make life easier when I fancy some pancakes but don't want to stand for ages over a hot cooker...spend the hours making way too many pancakes than we can eat in one meal & separating each with a sheet of greaseproof paper...freeze them!! Simple! Once I'd worked this out, I now have pancakes in the freezer for whenever the fancy takes me....until they run out of course & then I have to stand for ages re-making my stock!

Sunday 7 February 2010

Easter is on the way!

It has been so nice the last couple of days not to have to be thinking of making offerings for Valentines day & even though it's miserable, cold, dark & wet here...for the last 2 days it has hardly been light all day :-((, I've decided that Spring is on the might be taking it's time, but it IS coming!!
This little, miniature version of an Easter cake by the extremely talented & imaginative Real Size cake designer, Karen Goble, took me days to make, but I really, really enjoyed doing was certainly a challenge!

This little cake represents the renewal of Spring! An egg, Mallard families, butterflies & flowers all measuring 32mm at the base x 22mm to the top of the egg & is definitely OOAK as I don't think I'd have the patience (or the time!) to create it again!

Thursday 4 February 2010

A change from romantic roses!

I can quite honestly say that I have well & truly sickened myself of making red roses & valentine more.....& we haven't even got to the 14th yet!
As a little bit of light relief I decided I fancied putting together some little icing scenes &, do you know, for the 1st time in ages, I actually enjoyed doing them. It must have been because there wasn't a hint of a red rose or a heart anywhere to be seen!

I enjoyed making this little board so much that I set to on another icing scene..this time chocolate cupcakes!

Now I fancy making a real jam sandwich cake & having a big slice with a cup of tea!