Monday 21 May 2012


I can't wait to expand on my cake creating skills!
In my world of cake, there has been nothing more inspiring than Cake International at ExCel London, thus far.

I have done quite a bit of baking in the last few years and started my sugarcraft adventure only a couple of years ago. A lot of birthday cakes, a couple of occasion cakes, a number of lazy bakes and sales bakes, an engagement party cake and two wedding cakes later, I'm still learning and ready to make another person smile with a creative feast for the eyes and taste buds!

I'm ready for the big time baking! At Cake International, there was no shortage of beautiful creations that made me stop and say 'wow’ followed by ‘I could do that!' and practice make perfect. All the better.

I was motivated more than ever when I saw some of the stalls that were there and also some of the competition entries. There were some to rival the best there that were made by 12-16 years olds!!! Amazing.

Anyhow, just a little taster of what's to come. I'm keen to keep up to date with current trends such as sugar figurines and cake pops but I'm feeling that the best trend is retro. What happened to brush embroidery?

Another road to explore for moi.

And Baby B's first birthday show piece? Well, I purchased some alphabet cutters for a block letter effect for the lettering and I'm thinking a Zoo theme.

So away I go to clear out the sugarcraft cupboard and baking trolly to get ready!

Happy Baking

Mrs Crafty B

p.s. Watch this space for some VERY exciting news!

Photo by Rebecca Goddard Photograpy

Sunday 6 May 2012

Crochet Heart Key Pendant

I have been going craft crazy!

I haven't had a lot of free time lately, hence my delay in delivering a new post but in the time that I have had, I have been very productive. Obviously there has been a bit of daydreaming in between!

My first achievement since I last posted was a reunion with my mixing bowl and wooden spoon. The result?Some lemon and white chocolate cupcakes for my Crafty B’s Craft Group in Hardwick.
They seemed to go down quite well.

Obviously my love for all things crochet has led to some more hook hook hookin’. I have been crocheting little hearts and flowers, continuing with a couple of other projects and you may have seen the little heart that I crocheted as a birthday gift for a friend. I attached a keying in order to create a key pendant. She loved it! I was so pleased. That was definitely a highlight of my craftiness over the last couple of weeks. I love to see someone else enjoying the results of my crafting enthusiasm.
If you would like to own one of these lovely little hearts or would like to send a bit of love to someone special let me know! I have a choice of colours :). Contact me via e-mail or join me on Facebook and Twitter.

Along the same theme, I started to create my first ‘Mrs Crafty B's Guide To...' I cannot tell you how excited I am! It was a step by step guide to crochet stitches and I used it for my first theme night at my Crafty B’s Craft Group. It is currently incomplete as I need to add a few pics but as soon as I do, I will share it with you.

Perhaps you can offer me an idea of what crochet related subjects you find difficult to find. I would love to put together a really comprehensive guide with some easy to follow patterns. Join me on Facebook and Twitter to offer a few ideas and some inspiration.

In other crafty related news, last Saturday I headed to Cake International at ExCel in London. What a day! I have also started a very special cross stitch. I have lots to say on both of those fronts so I will share that with you next time.

Ta Ta for now

Mrs Crafty B