Cake decorating day

24 07 2009

A few months ago, I had some friends over for ‘Cake Decorating Day’.  The three friends that came are also fairly crafty people, but none of them had tried cake decorating before.  The idea was to get them over for a day during our holidays and teach them the basics of cake decorating. I wanted them to be able to walk away from the day with a couple of flowers and a finished cake.

We made cakes, but we also made a mess!

We made cakes, but we also made a mess!

The day was really enjoyable. We ate lots, gossiped, made a mess and had a great time.  The agenda for the day was to make a rose, a lilly and to cover a cake. We did the flowers first so they could dry a little before we coloured them.

My students' roses

My students' roses

My friends didn’t like frilling the petals of the roses much, they found it quite difficult! However you can see from the picture that the least-frilled petals just create a different look for the flower; they don’t necessarily look ‘bad’.

My lilly

My lilly

The flowers were great to make – a few fairly simply shapes and some wire, but when they are coloured and put together they look quite impressive!

One of my friends' lilly

One of my friends' lilly

I’d had a few things ready for everyone on the day too. I had made some rose cones, so we could attach our petals to it when it was dried, and I had the cakes all made so that all we had to do was cover them. I’d bough the cake boards and icing and equipment too.

Another friends' lilly

Another friends' lilly

The cakes I’d made just in a small tuna tin (washed out, of course), which was a perfect size for to learn to cover. Not too big, so it wasn’t too difficult and didn’t use lots of icing, but not too small that it was too fiddly either.

My friends cakes... I was so proud of them!

My friends cakes... I was so proud of them!

The finished cakes my friends produced were really impressive! There were a few tears in the icing and a few lumps and bumps but for a days crash course they managed to pull off some great looking cakes!

I was really touched the following week too when my friends gave me a gift voucher for a beauty treatment as a thank you too! I got all my payment though by seeing them have a great day and accomplish something new!





Beaded Rose

16 07 2009

The first post of my blog. I feel I should be writing something profound, about my dreams, intentions and aspirations for this blog, but I can’t think of what I should be saying!

So instead, I will just begin by posting about my first craft project on here, a beaded rose I made, following the instructions from Martha Stewart’s site.


Aside from needed quite a few beads and quite a bit of wire, there’s not much in the way of materials needed for this project. I used 4mm seed beads and 28 gauge wire. I would probably use 26 gauge wire if I did it again. You’ll see why in a few photos time.


The petals for the rose are rather big and whilst nothing in the project is hard, it took me maybe two and a half hours to do the beading and put the flower together.


On the way to a beaded rose!


Here she is! Looks pretty good in this shot! The instructions call for 4 more large petals but I think that would be too many. Plus I got sick of making the petals!


This is why I would use slightly thicker wire next time. When I don’t hold the base of the rose, the petals flop out quite a bit and it doesn’t look all that nice. The difficulty is in finding the right gauge of wire – it needs to be thin enough that it can pass through the beads twice with ease, and strong enough to support the weight of each petal.

Have you made a beaded flower? Give it a go… it’s easy!