Monday, September 29, 2014

Sparkler Photography Fun and Another Crochet Rug



Happy Monday Everyone!!!!

Thought I'd share a few sparkler photographs I've taken with the assistance of Thomas doing the sparkling ;)




I'm pretty pleased with these shots and they were fun to do as well





On a totally different subject  this is the blanket I am currently (randomly i  should say) making
This was the yarn that was given to me, so definately not "MY" colours but thought i would make it up anyway so as not to waste the yarn. Doesn't go with any decor here so giving it to Thomas as a snuggle rug in his bedroom…. he wants it huge …. don't think thats going to happen lol



I was originally going to make it up all in granny squares but i didn't like the way the variegated yarn crocheted up by itself so i changed it to a simple one big granny square style rug


There is no pattern really, just doing whatever colour i feel like at the time.
I ended up buying some navy blue to add in which has made a big difference.
Its all just inexpensive acrylic yarn (which doesn't split like the pure wool which is a little nice to work with but not very soft I imagine it will need a couple of washes to really soften up nicely)

I am just crocheting this up randomly when the mood takes me…. finding it hard to crochet something i don't really like the colours of :/
Just planning to have it finished by Autumn lol!


I am less than two weeks away from my two wedding cake day… all the bits and pieces have arrived and i just need to seal the timber slab for the rustic cake and start making the white gum paste bow for the sparkly/bling wedding cake. And i will be making spare parts for the bow incase of any breakage drama !!

I will take some pics today of some of the cake elements for a little sneak peak post :)


I think its coffee time :)

Oh yes before I go I  have been trying to use my Facebook page more regularly
and I now have
Instagram!!
which I am loving and will be using a lot

My kids are shaking their heads at my love of instagram, finally.

Yep 2 years behind everyone else with technology as usual…. :)

Have a great day 

Thank you for stopping by

Clarissa xo





Monday, September 22, 2014

Spring Blossoms and Rustic Garden Moments

Helloooo :) well spring is definately in the air here!






We are back from our trip to Canberra (well 40 mins outside of Canberra on the way to Cooma to be exact…. why does this matter ? cause its closer to the snow and nestled amongst the hills and freezing !!) so i thought i would share some pics from our stay ….. I could post pages and pages of blossom photographs my brothers property is covered in these trees in three different colours and the surrounding properties and hills are scattered with them as well… love the effect in black and white also.





Love this old rusty Holden bonnet my brother has in one of his gardens




Found a co operative model in this rotten pumpkin ;)

Thomas & Cooper finally got to the pumpkin … it's no longer with us Lol



My brothers blue cattle dog Bruce


and his Husky Nanook
she's a much more obliging model than Bruce 
and a little prettier :)


A few surprising glam bits here and there… my brothers place comes into its own of a night when he has a party/bbq the Australian country side with thousands of fairy lights !!
During the day you don't even notice they are there, which is nice













The blossoms covered the ground like a delicate layer of snow...




Someone picking something they shouldn't :/




a little dig in the vege garden



 



Well we had a lovely time and i managed to capture quite a few lovely moments of Thomas and Cooper as well as scenic shots from the property and surrounding areas, hopefully will get around to doing a bit of editing soon.

We have a wedding to attend on Friday by the beach which will be a lovely occasion not to mention an excuse to go somewhere without any children (weddings are about the only time we don't take Cooper with us… quality time with big sis :)
Then two weeks from that wedding is the two wedding cake delivery day !!  Excited/nervous can't wait to share them with you all.

I've also started a crochet blanket for Thomas with some wool that was given to me, so not really colours i would have chosen but its starting to crochet up nicely but thats another post for another day …

Thank you for stopping by

Clarissa xo




Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Smash Cake, Cupcakes and a Little Spring Garden Love



Hello :) …….. what's inspiring me today?…….. Spring !!

A little snippet of the garden today :)
Last week I had to make a Smash Cake for a gorgeous little boy. I really overdid the frosting but i think with smash cake photography the more squishy frosting ( 2 kilos of it !)  the better

I nearly forgot to take some pics of the cake hence the rush job pics before i walked out the door!









I also made some big scones 
( are there any other sort :)


Cooper is right into making cumpcakes
 ( yes cupcakes to the rest of the world)
he loves all the measuring and mixing etc just refuses to eat any




 so obviously I have to eat one…. or two :)




I purchased this magazine whilst at the cake supply store, loads of amazing pictures and all step by step 
tutorials



These sugar peonies are flawless by Peggy Porschen and how adorable is her store front ??!!

Check out Peggy's Facebook page, it has some gorgeous pics and photos of a couple who flew from
 Hong Kong to have their engagement photos taken there …. so cute and romantic 


More adorable step by step sugar toppers :)





I am off to Canberra for a week then back to get into making those two wedding cakes…
 very exciting :)


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Clarissa xo


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Queen of Hearts Cake, Photography Course Field Trip and a Little Life Pondering…..

Hi all …. well I am feeling a little rejuvenated at the moment, its been a long lack lustre year around here…. its been just over a year since the passing away of our baby, James.
I have to admit the house and gardens here have suffered in what could only be described as the worst year of our lives. Not that a pretty garden or clean house will change anything but I think a pretty garden and clean house is just what is needed around here to get our lives back in order and get us motivated to enjoy life again rather than just going through the motions….



" an angel in the book of life,
wrote down your baby's birth.
and
whispered as she closed the book
too beautiful for this earth "

                                                      author unknown

                                             


So after spending the last week having a big household and garage clean out I am feeling a lot better ( i think) and looking forward to a better year than the last one and what better time to have a big clean out then now… spring is just around the corner here even if it doesn't feel or like it in the least, its still coming …. I know it is I bought some daisies  :)

I thought i would share a few pics or should i say photographs now ;) from my field trip with the photography course gang. We had a brief of what was required on the day such as an example of a slow shutter speed, fast shutter speed, depth of field etc we were not allowed to edit the photos in any way (tho a few people did … yep you know who you are lol). We had a great day taking photos, talking, laughing (lots of laughing) and a nice seaside lunch as well. So even though I didn't want to do the course and I thought I wasn't in the right frame of mind and I felt like I didn't want to meet new people, I think it could have been the best thing my husband has ever pushed me into doing so thank you Joe for pushing me out of my comfort zone …. waaaay out :)




I did edit this photo and changed it into black and white  but didn't hand it in with the my other selections
even though i really liked the way it turned out 



Just a small selection of the days efforts but you get the idea :)

Now for Graces 21st Birthday Cake ….

Queen of Hearts

well after my last post I should have kept my fingers crossed cause we had a huge design disaster when the crown I had made for the top of the cake fell apart mid flight when I went to place it on top of the finished cake!!!
Yes …a disaster :(
so of course I had to rethink and salvage what I could at the last minute, not quite as fabulous as I had
envisioned but the birthday girl was very happy with the finished product


The cake was a vanilla cake with pale pink rosewater buttercream
(all delicious of course)
covered in red fondant 
with
gumpaste roses, pocket watch, hearts, topper and heart sceptre 


also with feathers and black ribbon accents



and here are a few photographs of our beautiful Miagi for no reason whatsoever :)
I did get a new lens so that was excuse to play around out the back in a little rare afternoon sunshine.



Miagi is proving to be quite the cooperative model when having little test runs 
doesn't hurt that he is a bit on the good looking side either ;)




More cakes to come, on the 10th October I have two to deliver and they couldn't be more different!
One is a two tier white and silver cake with big bow topper and the other a two tier rustic ( no fondant !!) buttercream covered cake with bunting cake topper to be presented on a wooden slab and did i mention I am going to one of these weddings ??!!! A very big day for me…. its all about me of course ;)

Before the wedding cake extravaganza I am heading to Canberra to house/pet sit for my mum for 10 days, a whole lot longer than I like to be away from my home ( oohhh and husband of course) but I thought I should be nice to my mother. Not a brutal place to stay, she lives next door to my brother on his property (she can't trust my brother to feed the animals lol) so Cooper, Thomas and I will be relaxing in the middle of nowhere so I plan to take some of the handmade bits I need to do for the wedding cake orders and of course some crochet to do of a night seeming its still freezing there ( they live an hour away from the snowfields).

On another note I realise my posts have been few and far between so I am trying to get back to posting more regularly. I sort of feel if I can't get into doing a regular post I may as well stop all together ?? but hey maybe I can get back into the swing of things and get motivated to share a bit of my life, moments and what I have been creating again. 
Funnily enough when I started this blog it was because my friend encouraged me to do it cause I was making over all the rooms in the house ( i had never even heard of blogs before this and then i only thought there were home decor blogs it was ages after starting the blog i realised there were craft ones as well as any other topic you can think of!) It didn't take long for me to veer off from posting about my home decor changes to family outings, crafts, crochet and of course cakes and cooking but never fear I hadn't forgotten about my house I just don't post about those as much (if ever anymore). Sometimes I don't even know what theme my blog is when asked, but I have finally settled on ….

"its about me and what I am inspired to do that week " :)



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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Photography Course and Shades of Pink Poncho and Pom Pom Beanie Reveal!

Hi all, I was planning on posting some pics of a recent trip to the Anitque Centre but after loading photos from the camera and going thru them like crazy and giving up on that post i realised i took the pictures with my phone :/ ohhhh well thats another day or did we really not go there because i am not posting pics ??!! seems a lot of people think you don't do anything if you don't post pics every five seconds on Facebook (yes friends you know who i am talking about) … i was recently accused of being boring (from people who have little children and Facebook) and my reply was 'just because i don't put pics on Facebook saying what my children do every five seconds does not mean we are not doing anything' obviously my 20 and 17 year old didn't do anything as children cause there was no Facebook to prove it lol ahhhhh times have changed and that little statement makes me OLD …. LOL indeed :)

Anyway enough of my humorous whinging ;) My husband gave me the gift of a photography course for my birthday last month and whilst completely out of my comfort zone to attend a class with strangers i must admit it has been the best thing i have ever done (for myself) i have met some great people and I am really enjoying the learning and adding to my knowledge about a hobbie/interest i have had since a very young age and now finally getting the opportunity to pick someones brains about elements i was having trouble with (mainly indoor pics!!) and getting tips on how to improve on what i already do well with and all in a fun/casual atmosphere so much so that i intend to enrol in their landscape course next !

I thought i would share some pics i took whilst wondering around the waterfront with Cooper last week. Nothing out of the ordinary but Cooper won't let you take his photo so the seagulls were my next best option and they are not scared of humans so great for photography practice.







For some reason i like this one just wish i hadn't chopped off the seagulls legs, would have been much better, luckily theres always a next time :)

I made Tuscan Hot Chocolates the other night and with my new indoor/night photography tips managed to get some pics that didn't come up horrendously yellowish… more importantly the hot chocolates were sickeningly delicious !!




I also finished my poncho and matching beanie on Thursday so this is also a taaaaahhhhh daaaaahh post….

Really pleased with the finished result
I used Moda Vera Wool from Spotlight 
The colours came up fabulous together sorry i didn't keep the labels so i don't know what they are.


I found the pattern for the beanie at Delia Creates and the poncho pattern at here

the poncho i added in 10 extra chains at the beginning and few extra rows 
I made this for a one year old.

The hat i added in one extra increase row and two extra rows and two extra band rows.




This is Cooper letting me know he is sick of waiting for me to finish taking pictures of the poncho
and he must be really over it cause he hates getting his photo taken and here he is actually trying to get me to take his picture …. a little bit of progress even if it means having King Pig in the shot :)



I felt Cooper may be ready to try (again) to pose for me so i talked him into putting down the angry bird toys and actually managed to direct him a little to get a few cute pictures … only a few !!




On the cake front I am starting the cake for a 21st Birthday in 2 weeks, the theme is the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Starting the gum paste decorations tomorrow and I am quite excited about this cake, well I will be if it turns out how I imagine …. fingers crossed ;)



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Have a great day

Clarissa xo