Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Birthday cake attempt - Year 1!

As promised, today I will be sharing my newest craft experience - decorating a cake! As my little pud was having a pirate-themed party, of course I needed the cake to fit the theme... it's a skull and crossbones cake, by the way. Just in case you were wondering! The red velvet sponge itself was a cheat (shhh! Betty Crocker all the way) but the most important thing for me was that I decorated it myself. This involved carefully cutting a round sponge, layered with cream cheese icing and raspberry jam, into a skull shape and spreading it with buttercream. The crossbones were baked in loaf tins and cut into shape. It wasn't easy! The chocolate finders and giant buttons finished off his face (at first I forgot the nose holes - it looked terrible). The hardest part had to be my freehand 'Stanley' using chocolate writing icing. The buzz once I'd finished was amazing! The guests all liked it, although there's always the chance that they're just being polite, but do you know what? It tasted GREAT! Next time I think I'm going to keep it simple, but my mother always made and decorated our birthday cakes over the years so it's always been something I wanted to do for my children too. Hmm better get practising over the next year...  Watch this space for a few more baking adventures as my little pud gets bigger and wants to try his hand at baking...

Thursday, 12 December 2013

A first with a 1st

So, my first 'proper' blog post begins with another first! My little boy turned a year old last month, and what better way to mark it than with an 'arrgh-some' pirate-themed party. I was SO excited, and immediately began planning costumes, decorations, party invitations and my biggest challenge - a homemade cake! My first stop for invitations was Nitwit Collections - I love these guys! The designs are gorgeous and you can always guarantee a lovely finish when using the collections (plus Jeff and Mary Fran are super friendly!) As predicted, the Land Ho collection was perfect for what I wanted so I downloaded Serif PagePlus and set about making my invitations.
As you can see, I was so excited about my design that I gave all the invitations out without actually taking any photos - something I will need to get better at for this blog. Duh. BUT, here at least is my design. I printed it onto lightweight cardstock which I then glued to an A6 kraft postcard. I also designed a map-themed reverse featuring the party venue details (which was actually my mum's house!). It set the tone perfectly!

My party bags featured the same Nitwits design, but I actually managed a photo this time - unfortunately AFTER the event, so the bag is all wrinkled and not in its former pristine glory, plus the photo is a bit rubbish too. I taped it shut with some funky craft tape, and inside it lurked some chocolate coins, a pirate flag (perfect for waving about, as babies like to do!), a mini hard-backed book and a brightly coloured bath boat. Perfect. Next time? The cake!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

What's in a name?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Hello and welcome to my little blog - a place for all my craft projects, messy play ideas and general mummy musings. Before the fun starts, a little bit about the name of this blog. Why Baby Squiggles?
In September and October 2013 I ran eight weeks of messy play sessions in my local community for all my mummy friends and their babies, which I called Baby Squiggles. I SO enjoyed the sessions, but found them difficult to run alongside freelance designing commissions and looking after my little boy as a full-time mummy. But what better way to continue my creative adventures than on a blog? So here it is. I hope you enjoy it!
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