Jimmy Choo high heel cake for a special 30 + 10 birthday girl

This cake was made for a birthday party to celebrate Trisha tuning 40 (or 30+10!).

The shoe box was made from a 10″ square vanilla sponge cake with vanilla buttercream.  It was covered in white icing and given a lid made out of black icing.  The bright pink went perfectly with the black and white and roses were placed around the cake, along with a bow and ribbon.

For the high heel shoe I used Renshaws modelling paste.  It was the first time I had used this brand of modelling paste as I have always used Squires however they didn’t have any white Squires flower paste left in stock at the shop.  I sought advice from the shop keeper and they recommended Renshaws as they use it for their models all the time and love it.

I coloured it pink using fuchsia pink edible colouring and using a shoe template I cut out the parts needed for the shoe, put it together and left it to dry.  Cake toppers can be tricky at times when trying to ensure stability, especially when it’s warm weather.  I ended up making 3 shoes before I was happy with the final look and confident it would stay stood up.

Pink and black Jimmy Choo shoe box and high heel birthday cake (4)

Hints and tips I learnt

  1. When it’s really warm use a piece of card underneath the sole of the shoe in an appropriate colour to help with the structure.
  2. Put all the pieces together as quickly as possible before letting it stand to completely set, as playing with it once it starts to set only upsets it and can cause cracks.
  3. Provide support for the shoe whilst it is setting to help it keep its shape – I made a stand out of card and tape which I placed under the arch until it was set.

I really enjoyed making this cake even with the shoe troubles in the warm weather.  I hope Trisha had the best birthday ever and enjoyed eating cake to celebrate.

Pink and black Jimmy Choo shoe box and high heel birthday cake (3)
Pink and black Jimmy Choo shoe box and high heel birthday cake (1)

Handmade bunting, pink and girly for a baby girl

Coming soon to the Hours of Fun website – handmade, personalised bunting made to order.  Hours of Fun can make bunting for any occasion – new baby or baby shower, birthday present or decoration, congratulations, party decorations and much more.

The brief for this order was pink and girly which is always fun to do.  I used fleece for each flag, cutting them out using pinking shears to give a zig zag finish on the edges.  (This also stops any fraying of the material).  Each letter for the name was machine sewn onto the flags and a button was added to each of the loops at the end of the bias, once the bias was sewn onto each flag.

Wrapped in pink tissue paper, with a ribbon and tag it was ready for the baby shower.  I hope the mum to be likes it 🙂

 

 

Handmade bunting pink new baby girl (4) Handmade bunting pink new baby girl (5) Handmade bunting pink new baby girl (6)

Packaged and ready to go
Packaged and ready to go

Personalised unique photo frames – upcycling fun

Here at Hours of Fun we love to upcycle things and make new, gorgeous items from old, shabby things. Or transform a plain item into a patterned piece or design to match a rooms décor or a person’s passion.
One of my favourite crafts is decopatch or decoupage depending on what paper and technique you are using. They are both crafts involving paper layers, using glue and varnish. Decopatch is a brand of paper designed especially for ripping, gluing and layering. It is stronger than tissue paper but not as thick as printer paper. It rips well and doesn’t tear when applying glue. You can buy specialist glue with varnish in it, or use PVA glue watered down slightly then craft varnish as the final coat.
Decoupage is the original craft involving layering up any type of paper, adding glue and varnish, sanding down each layer, then building it up in the same way, sometimes up to 30 or 40 layers. The aim is to have a finish that looks like a smooth coating rather than individual pieces of paper. You can also distress it using sandpaper or distressed ink to give it an aged, weathered look.
We have been making a lot of photo frames using both of these techniques recently. The decopatch paper comes in a range of gorgeous patterns and designs and is perfect to use if you want a frame to colour co-ordinate with a room or match a favourite colour. We have also started making personalised photo frames using photographs printed onto paper, then glued onto the frame in a mosaic style pattern.

The photographs have been of families through the years, full of memories and they create a gorgeous keepsake. We use photo frames that have a border around the inside of the frame, in between the frame and the space for the picture. This breaks up the design, allowing the frame and the picture to stand out clearly from each other.
We can produce your own personalised photo frame. All we need from you are the pictures you want us to use and we will create a gorgeous keepsake you can keep or give as a gift.

 

Fleece tie cube, handmade gift for new born baby Samuel

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We have recently welcomed Samuel into the world as our friends have had their second child, a gorgeous and healthy little boy.

It was time to prepare for a visit to meet the new addition and I was excited to try something new with fleece for him as a gift.  I did some research on the Internet for ideas and one of the first places I visited was www.craftbits.com which I found when making the baby blankee with teddy bear.  They have lots of ideas for making toys and gifts out of fleece and when I spotted the instructions for making a fleece tie ball/cube I knew that was the one.  A fab addition to my fleece collection of handmade goodies and the perfect gift for a new born.  Tassels to play with, super soft fleece and we could add numbers on the sides to make it educational too!

I set to work cutting out the squares, i went for squares that were 10″ as per the instructions and had moments when tying it all together when I was concerned it may be a little small – this was unprecedented through as it was rather large once finished!

This project requires no sewing for the fleece part, however I soon realised as I was starting to tie to all together that once stuffed with toy filling, the filling would start to come out of the small gaps left between the tied pieces and it would not be very baby friendly.  I then took my own steps to remedy this problem and made an inner cube.  I cut out pieces of plain cotton and made a slightly smaller cube which I filled with toy stuffing and hand stitched the final side closed.  The inner cube was then placed inside the fleece cube and it felt more sturdy and the toy stuffing would not be able to escape.

If you fancy making your own click the link below to go to the instructions on Craftbits.com website

How to make your own