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Last year we had enormous fun getting ready for our daughter and son in law’s wedding.  It was a privilege for us to do some hand crafted things as a way of showing our love and support of them. There are so many ideas of what you can do, it boils down to what suits the bride and groom and how much do you can and want to do. Fortunately family on both sides combined their talents to do these special things. I have some of Ruth Gilmour photographer  amazing photos to show the efforts that made it to the day.

hydrangeas drying

Great friends who let me raid their gardens

drying hydrangeas

The variety stuns me, these are only a few of the hundreds we dried for the day.

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Using tins and hessian twine for the tables

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Bigger bunches went into galvanised buckets for floor decorations

entrance

Tubs of pampus and hydrangeas went at the entrance

chair hydrangeas

Chair bouquets of hydrangeas wrapped in hessian and twine

chapel inside

outside grain exchange

Pampus at the Grain Exchange entrance.

seating plan

room over view

Inside the Grain Exchange. As night came on the twinkle lights looked better and better.

mr. and mrs. bunting

Mr. and Mrs. stenciled bunting

table setting

Hessian runners, cut rounds of wood and ivy down the middle

twinkle lights on table

Bent wire table number holders

twinkle lights in jar

Twinkle lights make everything look cool!

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Little raspberry jam jar name tags

wedding cake

And the cake on a hessian covered table with an awesome heart carving.

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Spy Cake

It was fun making all of the different elements to go on Eli’s spy cake for his seventh birthday, wish I had half the energy those kids did on the day!

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Being in the middle of packing up and moving house, there isn’t much going on in the way of crafting at the moment. Having said that, it was fun to have a go at turning George’s toy dinosaur, (from Peppa Pig), into a cake topper. To make the rice bubble and marshmallow shape I halved the recipe from here, http://kiwicakesnz.blogspot.co.nz/2012/05/marshmallow-rice-krispies-for-cakes.html , and it worked really well. The trick is definitely to keep squeezing and compacting the mix together when shaping. The cooled shape was then thinly crumb coated with buttercream and covered in green fondant and decorated. It was a bit monstrous for a cake topper but once you’re committed to a certain size there’s no going back!

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I forgot to post Ari’s 2nd birthday cake last month so here it is now, the shark cake! I think it got shared around since there was plenty of cake involved. Thanks for the idea, Elysia, from “gamerswithjobs”.

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It was a cool challenge figuring out how to make spider legs for a tarantula cake and then add a few hairs to give a hairy impression. The body was easy enough, cakes baked in a big and small mixing bowl then covered with black fondant. RJ’s  chocolate filled licorice and pineapple logs ended up being perfect for the legs. Cut into segments and threaded onto fairly thick wire they had black fondant in between the segments to hide the wire. I bent the wire into shape as I went. For the hairs, thread vermicelli shaken in a plastic container with a few drops of black food colouring made stiff hairs. It was time consuming ‘gluing’ them on with gum Arabic so they didn’t make it all over the body!

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I  went a bit crazy at the online lolly shop looking for fish themed lollies, who knew you could buy black currant flavoured penguins? Putting the cake together I had a few bad moments when I thought I’d cut the cake wrong and had a backwards 4. I actually flipped it twice before I clicked that I was getting confused for nothing – see in the bottom two photos what happens when you rotate a number 4.

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I love having grandkids to make cakes for 🙂 Ari has just turned one and had this lion cake to help celebrate. I forgot about the ears until I’d used up all the tan fondant but fortunately gingernuts are the same colour as the icing and saved the day. Found lots of lovely sites online to get ideas from, thanks for all who post your ideas!

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The kiddies helped with the whiskers and did a great job!

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