Thursday, December 23, 2010

Home Made Playdough!

Looking for something that will keep your kids quiet while your entertaining this weekend? What about a last minute stocking stuffer, something special for your kids to give thier best friend maybe? This cheap and easy to make playdough will definately do the trick! 
Another rainy day here yesterday so I got my kids busy mixing up playdough...they love it, we have been making this stuff for years it's much cheaper than the stuff you get at toyworld and in my opinion much better and it will last for a long time if you store it in an airtight container.

Here is ours packaged up ready to go...I used plastic noodle boxes because I had them in my cupboard but I have also used baby food containers or those little plastic containers take away food comes in...we also added a gingerbread man for cuteness sake :)  If you want to make some is the recipe!

Play Dough

2 cups plain flour
4 tbs cream of tartar
2 tbs cooking oil (I used vegetable oil)
1 cup salt
2 cups water
food colouring
(for chocolate playdough leave out the food colouring and add 1/4 cup baking cocoa)

Throw everything into a large saucepan and mix well, place on the stove and continuously stir over medium heat until the mixture congeals (about 3 minutes).  Remove and allow to cool, knead on a floured board until smooth!

We made four batches - one each of chocolate, blue, green and pillar box red.  This gave us enough dough to fill six of the pictured noodle boxes. 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Mr & Mrs Wingett {Highfields Wedding Cake}

Over the weekend I created and delivered this black and ivory wedding cake to Highfields {Toowoomba} for my best friends brother Darren and his beautiful bride Tammy.  Once again we had rain and plenty of it! I was very worried my fondant roses would flop, but everything held together nicely and arrived in one piece.

The top tier of this cake was chocolate mud, second tier white chocolate mud and bottom tier was fruit cake.  All the roses were wrapped in soft ivory tulle, wide satin ribbon was used for trim on the top tier and the bow.

The stripes on the bottom tier are black fondant, which took quite some time to put together...these were very carefully measured out before I placed them on, no room for error black fondant is very unforgiving if you mark the lighter fondant with it there is no getting it off! 

This photo is my favourite photo even though it's not of the entire cake, for a brief moment as I was taking my 30+ photos {crazy I know! I spend so much time on these cakes all I have left is the photos so that's my excuse} the rain stopped and the sun came shining through the window which made for some really nice images.

Here is the top view the flowers went all the way around...

and a close up of the cake topper.

The board was covered in black fondant and trimmed with satin ribbon.
Congratulations Darren and Tammy, I hope you enjoyed your day!

More photos in my albums on facebook, just click on the link at the top right hand side of this page.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

{Free Printables} Jumbo Gift Tags!

My husband is a big fan of brown paper packages so I made these gift tags for his christmas gifts, these ones are printed out on A4 white card, the font is black so you could use red, pink or any coloured card for a different look.

I also printed some out onto the cardboard that you get at the back of an A4 jotter or notepad {yes...I save these, usually for the kids crafty projects} Besides cardboard you will  need scissors, holepunch, ribbon or twine.  We flipped ours over and wrote a message on the back. Click on the links below to get your FREE Top That! Paperie printable gift tags.

Christmas Gingerbread House

Only 14 days until Christmas Day! Looking for some school holiday fun? Why not make some gingerbread houses, your kids will love making or receiving one of these and they are so easy! I downloaded a free template for mine HERE. 

I didn't cut the windows and doors out of the gingerbread as I didn't have time to fiddle around so I just cut up some wafers and stuck them on with royal icing instead, the christmas tree is a mini ice-cream cone turned up-side down and covered with green icing.
It is very busy in our home at the moment,  I am snowed under with orders for cupcake toppers and paper banners I have also done some fabric banners!  I have also been working on sugar decorations for my last two cakes for this year, I am hoping to upload all my cake photos from the past couple of weeks soon...sorry for the lack of posts this month but I really just haven't had time!

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