G’day world!

Welcome to our Crafting, Thrifting, Wedding-planning world – full of hand-
made wonderment, crafty tips, links and tutorials to make your very own
unique wedding.

The countdown to my November 2013 wedding to my darling beau has begun
– so in-between mothering our brood of 4, pushing out another (eek!) and
the wedding, i have signed myself up to a handmade wedding. I envisage a
handmade dress, page boy and flower girls outfits, bridesmaids dresses, and
some groomy ties; cool native floral arrangements, a do-it-myself cake, home-
made reception decor….actually the list is never ending! Who knows where
this road to wedded-ness will take me but I am really excited to begin the
journey, and i couldn’t do it without my partner in craft and mummy-hood,
Brooke. Not only is she a kick-arse cake maker and crafter, she is also a kick-
arse friend..THE BEST…one of those gems that you can always rely on. I know
she will happily don her hard hat and gloves to rescue me from my washing
mountain and set me on a path of craft enlightenment if i ever stray too far
from wedding dreams!

So to this blog – well we thought we might as well have a red hot go –
someone might be interested in what we have to stay…perhaps. If not, well it’s
a good excuse to craft up a storm, thrift some pre-loved goodies and make me
a fun wedding.

Thanks for stopping by…feel free to keep reading…follow-us…and all that
jazz…

Jen xx

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Fresh Fruit Cake!

I love cake – in fact I have never met a piece of cake I haven’t loved (or happily eaten) except for Fruitcake! Yes, I know, I am in a minority but seriously it is gross! Looks like a compacted compost heap… smells like a rubbish bin….. tastes like …………. well I don’t know because I have never managed to get past the look and the smell! Continue reading

Ice-Cream Cake

I borrowed the most amazing book from the library the other day: Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones (-12-2see pic on right).
It is full of homemade ice cream recipes and great inspiration for desserts and sweet treats. I was particularly inspired by the instructions for creating layered ice-cream cakes and given it was my Dads birthday last weekend it seemed the perfect time to experiment.

So after reading and re-reading this book several times my mind was made up – Dad would be celebrating his birthday with a midnight chocolate cake as the base, then a huge layer of malted vanilla ice-cream, with chocolate chunks and homemade peanut brittle mixed through, topped with whipped cream and finished off with grated milk chocolate

It was incredibly rich and indulgent so we only needed very small slices but it was delicious. I personally wasn’t a big fan of the midnight chocolate cake so in future will use my favourite mud cake recipe instead. However the peanut brittle was easy to make and tasted better than any I have ever bought (or made) before. Peanut brittle and chocolate chunks, mixed through homemade malted vanilla ice-cream, is seriously the best flavoured ice-cream I have ever tasted. I would never have come up with the combination (or the recipe) on my own – thank goodness for this book!

I have had to return the book to the library but thankfully managed to track down a copy on http://www.bookdepository.co.uk which should be arriving soon! Stay tuned for more ice-cream posts in the future!

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I’d love to hear other ideas for homemade ice-cream – any tips and tricks? Fantastic flavour combos?

Brooke

 

In January…..

In January……..

I celebrated my sons 3rd birthday. The cake was not what I hoped, but it was just too hot for fondant. The whole thing flopped and I ended up pulling it off and icing with buttercream instead. Zac loved it all the same. Anyone else had trouble with fondant when the weather is extreme?-13

I hung some beautiful artwork from http://www.etsy.com/shop/gorjuss# -85

We went on a road trip and I visited an amazing bottle house/yurt on one of the hottest days ever (http://www.dubbonsw.com/Aladdins_Cave_Bottlehouse.html)-118

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Cuddles the Elephant

Cuddles the Elephant

How was your January???

Brooke

Storage cabinet make-over

A few months ago I was at a garage sale and saw a great little wooden buffet and hutch. I managed to pick it up for $20 and thought it would be perfect for stMy $20 bargainoring my cake decorating/craft/sewing supplies. My only problem was that it was a bit old and tired looking. I had never attempted anything like this before but I thought I might as well have a go at turning it into something I’d love – the worst that could happen was I’d ruin a $20 piece of furniture!-193

 

So I gave it a really light sand (I hate sanding and avoid it as much as I can), then I painted it with a primer/sealer/undercoat (Dulux) followed by two coats of the most fabulous colour I could find (Mighty Max by Taubmans!). I carefully attacked it with some sandpaper in the areas that are likely to wear naturally (e.g. door handles, corner edges etc) then using a watered down dark brown paint and a sponge, I wiped the whole thing down. Finally I covered it with two coats of clear polyurethane spray paint.

This is the end result – not bad for a first timer!

The finished cabinet

The finished cabinet

Lemonade scones

Freshly baked lemonade scones

High Tea is an all time favourite of mine and many couples are now incorporating this into their wedding day with a casual buffet style high tea served immediately after the ceremony. I love this idea, it is fun, classy and most of all involves yummy food 🙂

Scones with jam and cream are (in my humble opinion) absolutely essential to the success of any tea party. I recently tried a new recipe for lemonade scones and was so incredibly happy with the results! The scones rise beautifully, are perfectly sweet and moist and are incredibly simple to bake. Continue reading

DIY bench seat

My new and improved front hall!

Shoe storage has long been a messy pain in the butt at my place. The garage floor is covered in shoes and trying to locate a matching pair amidst the old paint tins, suitcases and baby paraphenalia in there has been the cause of quite a few melt downs. Another pet peev of mine is the boring and bland area at my front door. In my pre-children life I always had beautiful potted plants inside my front door but with 3 dirt eating boys this is no longer an option. Anyway, I am pleased to say all these problems have been solved with a trip to IKEA, an electric breadknife and an old mattress (amongst other things). Continue reading

Angry Birds Birthday Party

My eldest son turned four a couple of weeks ago and was desperately keen to have a birthday party. He was so incredibly excited and requested to have an ‘Angry Birds’ party. At first I was in shock, an angry birds party?? You’re turning 4 not 14….. and how the hell am I going to organise an angry birds party?? It only took about 5 minutes of the two of us googling for the excitement to rub off on me, here is what we came up with!

We made an amazing Angry Birds cake
(chocolate mudcake covered in fondant with hand made birds/pigs etc).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He had the most wonderful time, for days afterwards he kept telling me how great his party was and thanking me for making everything. He is so incredibly sweet….. Continue reading

Mad Hatter’s Tea party

Layers of chocolate, lemon and purple coconut cake covered in buttercream and coloured sugar

Handmade cupcake toppers

My darling baby boy turned one a couple of months ago. I planned a Alice in Wonderland style ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ to celebrate. The kids and I worked hard all week; painting signs to decorate our hallway (“This way, that way” etc), creating beautiful “take me” lolly bags and “eat me” cupcake toppers. I wrote “We are all mad here” in chalk on the feature wall in our kitchen/dining area and set up a long kids tea party table. I also made a glorious four layeredmad hatter cake to serve at least 50. Continue reading

Diary of a wedding cake

I was overjoyed when my brother and his girlfriend announced their engagement, not only because I think they are absolutely perfect for each other but also because it was the perfect motivator for me to finally do a cake decorating course! As luck would have it the course got cancelled but this was easily overcome – I learnt everything I know about cake decorating from a handful of library books and a whole heap of googling. I have had so much fun making this cake and it turned out pretty fantastic if I do say so myself!

The finished product

The cake

The plan: A three-tier wedding cake – 12, 10 and 8 inch cakes, enough to serve up to 100 coffee sized portions. The bottom two tiers were chocolate mudcake, filled with milk chocolate ganache. The top-tier was a lemon cake filled with lemon buttercream. All tiers were to be covered in ivory fondant, the middle tier to be quilted, and all decorated with navy blue ribbon. The cake was to be topped with wire hearts and fresh flowers. Continue reading