May 23, 2014

Bedroom Renovation Update.

Why is it that everytime I start a "Quick" project
it ends up taking 6 times longer?
Alright - so maybe it wasn't actually SIX times longer
- but it sure has felt like it!

A month ago we emptied DS#2s bedroom into the passage and lounge room and everywhere else his stuff would fit and started renovate it into something - as he put it - "That I won't be embarrassed to show my friends into."

I don't know why he has tired of Lego Spaceships and photos of his Pirate Themed 6th Birthday party - but he has and it was time the room was painted anyway.


(This 'before' Photo is actually after his brother had moved out - most- of his stuff, and you can't see the pile of nerf guns and soft toys in the corner behind the camera!)

We have finally moved him back and What a Transformation!

DS#2 chose the colour scheme of an elegant Mid Olive for the walls to compliment his Steampunk Brass collection. (It is in the glass showcase.)

The new Cornice is now painted off white with a Dark Cream accent stripe a huge improvement on the old Dark Blue Cove that was there.

He has some new furniture & curtains on order and is still to hang the paintings over his bed, as well as dealing with the inevitable 'stuff' that has been displaced. But all are delighted .... including the Cat!


May 6, 2014

Black and White with a touch of Bling

This weekend has seen me enjoying the company of fellow Cake Decorators at the CDAV bi-annual Seminar.
I have never been to a seminar before but seeing this year it was held in my own suburb - I thought I had better attend!

So many wonderful creations were on display - all elegantly decorated in very formal
Black & White with Sparkle.
This is the Associations Show Piece that met us in the foyer of the venue.

After 2 1/2 days of demonstrations, hints tips and ideas I was pretty much suffering from "Information overload".


We learnt everything from the finer details of airbrushing and flexible lace icing to creating Sassy Little Girls to adorn a birthday Cake.



We watched as incredible Cake Toppers were made with modeling chocolate.
And were entertained with stories from the humorous side of travelling Cake Decorators, while being instructed in the more delicate and traditional Flower construction of Orchids.
(Who would have thought a kilo pack of Fondant icing would concern airline security?)


Having been asked to make another Wedding Cake for the end of the year I was certainly taking as many notes as I could!
I am looking forward to having a play with all the new techniques I have learnt.

Did I have fun? - Oh yes!
Am I tired?? - You bet!!!