Thursday, 31 March 2016

Crafting through celebrations

March has been a busy month for us.  Perky (with a little help from Pinky and me) decorated this cake to celebrate St David's Day.  Mr Camberwell Crafts is Welsh and we made this as a surprise for him.  We used a printout of the Welsh dragon as a template for the red fondant.

Pinky and Perky coloured some Welsh flags which I then stuck on metal skewers to give the cake a bit more height.

The daffodils were a real labour of love by Perky and took many attempts.

Daffodils are great value in March - normally £1 or less per bunch and they often last for 3 weeks.  Here are some sitting in an old mayonnaise jar with some recycled ribbon.

March also heralded the baptism of a lovely friend.  I made her this cross stitch bookmark from a pattern I first used possibly 20 years ago and had kept all this time.

Giving the bookmark some structure through a felt backing was trickier than I hoped.  

I am still working my way through my inherited stash - it's a jumble of different crafting items and I think this was part of it - a packet of resources to make a Christmas garland.  I didn't have the templates though, so just used the materials to make my own version.

At the end of each term Pinky and Perky give small gifts to their various 'teachers' - tennis coaches, Guides and Brownie leaders, Sunday school leaders etc.  This year I hit upon a gloriously easy Easter themed decorated fairy cake.  The ears are made from marshmallows and we were rather lazy and used Betty Crocker Icing for the topping.  

For Easter Sunday I made a cave cake which looked like this initially:

and then on Easter Sunday looked like this

and then this.