Thursday, June 26

Bag End Cake

Me: What birthday cake do you want this year?

Him: A Hobbit house.

Me: What?  Bag End!

Him: Yes, with a round door.

Well I had to give it a go and, after a look at some beautifully crafted cakes on Google Images, I came up with a poor imitation.
I think I have made a pretty good job of it, even if I do say so myself.  Excuse the fingerprints on the chocolate door, it was melting before I could do anything with it in this heat.

Whilst on the table waiting to be eaten it attracted the attention of a few hungry dwarves.
Froddo seems pretty pleased.  Sorry purists, I've mixed Hobbit dwarves with Froddo from Lord of the Rings, I was just too excited to notice.  Let's face it, I don't remember Beorn, Arwen and bald Gandalf twins on a boat either, but that seems to be what the boys have going on in the background!
Note to self: make more themed cakes so that I can make scenes out of them with Lego, this kept me amused all afternoon!

Oh, and when Himself saw it.  Well, initial disappointment that the people weren't edible (yeash there's no pleasing some!) but very pleased with it after that and assures me it tastes great.

~ Kate ~   

Thursday, June 12

Snake Chain Necklace - Blue Moon Beads

After making a bracelet last week with the new chunky snake chain from Blue Moon Beads I was hooked and decided to make a necklace too.
I've combined the chain with silver wooden discs and a small piece with silver links to make one length that fits over your head.
A wooden pendant completes the look.
All of the chains are available from Jo Ann's stores.

~ Kate ~

Saturday, June 7

GOwalk - Skechers

Loving my discovery of GOwalk from Skechers.
They are really light, like walking on air and just right for this time of year when the weather can't quite be trusted for sandals!  Might have to have a bright, funky coloured pair of slip-ons for the summer.

~ Kate ~    

Thursday, June 5

Snake Chain - Blue Moon Beads

I've been playing with Blue Moon Beads' snake chain to make a bracelet.
It's really easy to use.  Snip to length with pliers then glue on the end caps with jewelry glue.  I used E6000 for mine.
Finished off with a connector bead to make a pretty hanging bauble.

~ Kate ~

Monday, June 2

The KonMari method

I bought and read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying this weekend.  It seemed brutal , but at the same time beautiful.  I can't find any social media links for the author, but red have some folding videos here (Kondo is big on folding!)

Like many others I have tried different ideas to declutter and tidy up my life with various degrees of success, but always ultimately ending in failure, so I'm giving the KonMari method a try.  One of my biggest worries is that it sounds time consuming, particularly if like me you have a house bursting at the seems with clutter accumulated over many years.  I'll not put it off though it has to be done.

Progress reports to follow.

~ Kate ~