September 30, 2013

We are back again today with this weeks Monday Favourite that is courtesy of Lydia from Cake It in Gladstone, Queensland.

Lydia tells me she found her passion for creating cakes in 2010 when she began making cakes for friends and people at work.  Slowly things began to build from there and Cake It has now been busy for 2 years.

The chocolate mud cake is the one cake that is being requested all the time, but lately clients seem to be venturing out and trying new things.  Vanilla buttermilk with white chocolate ganache is a new favourite and also Lydia’s personal favourite.

To see some more beautiful cakes by Cake it please visit Lydia’s website here or her facebook page here.


September 27, 2013

Yay for Friday!  Hope you week has been good.  We are enjoying stunning summer like days here in Sydney which is perfect for our spring school holidays!

I thought I would share with you today a few fantastic links from the web that have caught my eye this week!  All relate to my two favourite things – parites and photography!

First up a few cool ideas for your next party

1. DIY Donut Balloons by Studio DIY
2.  Party Supply Invitation DIY by Oh Happy Day
3. Gorgeous Water Colour Inspiration by Green Wedding Shoes 

And look what my favourite food photography bloggers have been up to lately.

1. Mini Strawberry Gallettes by Call Me Cupcake
2.  Eclairs by Griottes
3. Rhubarb Tart by Food & Cook 

Have a great weekend and I will see you next week.

September 25, 2013

A weekend away,
magical spring weather,
a new camera lens to play with and
a beautiful blossom tree …

At the beginning of September we spent a fantastic 3 days down the south coast of New South Wales with Mr A’s family.  10 adults, 10 kids, one big house and loads of fun!

I had a new 100mm macro lens to play with so headed into the garden to snap the beautiful blossom tree that was in full bloom.  Here are a few of my favourite photo’s.  Will show some more of the weekend away soon.

September 23, 2013

We have started school holidays here and the weather has turned on some holiday charm – a warm week ahead for Sydney which is so welcome when the kids are home and we can enjoy pool time!

Today in my Monday favourite we are meeting Anastasia from the House of Royal Velvet in Western Australia.  I love Anastasia’s clean and beautiful lines – her cakes really are stunning.

Anastasia started cake decorating as a hobby in 2008 but found it very time consuming so only had time to make cakes on and off for some time.

In August 2009 she did decide however to turn her hobby into a business and four years later she still loves it.

Anastasia tells me that the most popular flavour is vanilla & chocolate cake – sounds fantastic.

To visit Anastasia and see more of her work you can find her website here or her facebook page here.


September 18, 2013

I have a really lovely tutorial for you today courtesy of Nicole from Penny Lane Studio.
Nicole really does produce some amazing designs with paper and today she is here to show us how to create these very pretty paper bows which are the perfect way to dress up a simple favour box.  They are so effective and nice and simple to make.  Have fun creating!

Rockabilly Cherry Paper Bows.

These pretty cherry bows were perfect for the Rockabilly Caravan party which Gillian Brown of Crumbs of Comfort styled for her daughters birthday. I borrowed the template from fabulous crafty blogger Jessica Jones at How About Orange and using our very own Penny Lane Studio printable cherry paper, made a range for the guest favour bags.

You will need.
Glue gun (or craft glue and pegs)
Bow Template download here  (used with permission)
Pretty Cherry Print paper – Click here to download Cherry Paper
Clean pegs

Step 1.
Cut the pieces from the bow template from the How About Orange gift bow template.

Step 2.
Layer each piece on your cherry paper and cut the pieces from the cherry paper. A clean peg will come in handy to hold the pieces in place as you cut.

Step 3.
Taking the longer piece, lay flat on the table so that you are looking at the blank side. Curl back the two ends to the centre and affix with glue. A small peg will help hold the pieces until the glue cures.

Step 4.
Layer your ‘curled’ bow over the medium sized piece so that the two centres are aligned. Take the smallest piece and fold over the centre, using some glue to hold it all together at the back. Again, you might like to use a peg to hold the pieces until the glue cures.

You can use glue or double sided tape to make pretty your favour bags, boxes, gifts or use as embellishments for your dessert table.


The photo of the bags is by Mel of Musie J Photography
The party was the Rockabilly Caravan party by Crumbs of Comfort Cake Design 
More photos can be found here

Nicole Bull is the talented lady behind Penny Lane Studio, an eclectic mix of Vintage inspired Event Paperie and Decor for all celebrations. Please visit Nicole via her website or Facebook to find more of her stunning work.