Cupcake decorating at Oakmere Community College

I first met Rachel from Oakmere Community College back in August at the Liverpool Loves Business network event and we got talking about the college and we agreed I would get in touch to see if there were any workshops I could offer the college as part of their enrichment studies.

I headed down to the college and met with Rachel and Andy and had a little tour around.  The college feels really welcoming and everyone I met was lovely, it gave me a fantastic feeling about the place and the work they do for their students and I was keen to get involved.

The first workshop was cupcake decorating and we set up in the canteen which was perfectally placed next to the kitchen.  The room and facilities were fantastic.

The course ran for the catering and hair and beauty groups, so this was something a little different to compliment and widen their studying experience.

The theme was Halloween and each student was shown how to make 4 different designs.

ghost cupcake witches hat cupcake Pumpkin cupcake Spiders web cupcake

They all got stuck in and created some fantastic cupcakes, helping each other out, asking questions and resisting eating any of them for as long as they possibly could!

Sadly I didnt get chance to take any photos, but head over to the college website and check out the pictures they took Oakmere Community College News

 

Halloween crafting fun

Starting the New Year with some Halloween fun – bit late I know!!

We headed to Walton Sports Centre on Mischief Night to run a craft stall as part of the Merseyside Police event, working hard to keep children off the streets and out of Mischief.  This was a jam packed night with so much on offer (and all for free) I didn’t even get chance to see it all!  The sports hall was full of inflatables, a buck-a-roo and lots more, football on the all-weather pitch and the workshop room had cupcake decorating, scar painting, scarecrow making by My Outdoor Classroom and the craft stall where we were making plant pot Halloween characters and lantern bags.

 

Mischief night crafting fun

Mischief night fun

 

Hours of Fun also headed to Newsham Park that week for a family fun day run by ‘Leap Into’ and ‘Targeted Service for Young People’ based at Walton Adventure Playground.  We set the gazebo up and spread out all the crafting fun, face painting, orienteering, badge making and lots more.  Sadly the weather was a little miserable, but this made us a lovely surprise for anyone in the park with their children and wishing for some shelter and rest bite!

 

Family fun day in Newsham Park

Halloween – spooky crafting fun

We have been having lots of fun carving pumpkins this year.  As part of my husbands Birthday celebrations we had a pumpkin carving table set up with tools, idea sheets and pumpkins ready for people to get creative.

We had some amazing pumpkins made and we had them all lit up with candles set around the Kitchen.

 

 

I also gave out make your halloween foam goodie bags to Charlie and Seb who were with us, they loved making the bags and then ran round the house showing them off to everyone.  When it was time to go they were quick on the mark getting their goodies bags filled with treats!  Included in their treats was a foam Halloween bookmark kit to take home and make .

Halloween is a fantastic time of year to get crafting.

Check out last year’s post for a gallery of pictures giving you lots of ideas for Halloween crafting and baking.

 

 

 

Happy Halloween – perfect excuse to have some fun making things

Happy Halloween!

Warning – the photo gallery contains a picture of a mask.

Halloween is a fun time of the year to get crafting either in the craft room or in the kitchen.  Kids love getting involved and adults too, and there are so many fab ideas you can spend hours having Halloween fun.

Below is a gallery of ideas for things to do.  Some by Hours of Fun, some by others who are happy for me to share their creations.

You can purchase pre-cut shapes for decorating or make your own shapes by cutting them out of white card and getting out the glitter, pompoms, glue, sequins and anything else you have lying around.  Spooky garlands are super easy to make and are very effective.  Carving pumpkins is one of the most popular Halloween activities and you can design your own.  You can even buy carving kits at most supermarkets.

You can make decorations for the house by cutting out shapes from coloured card, cotton wool for cobwebs, drape sheets over shapes to make ghost like shapes,

Baking and decorating for Halloween can be a lot of fun.  Using any colours you have and raid the cupboards for any edible decorations then get making a mess creating scary edible delights – cupcakes, cake pops, jelly, biscuits, pizza, for example.

Links to websites with some fantastic Halloween ideas (please note Hours of Fun are not responsbile for content found on these links)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/halloween-ideas/

http://spoonful.com/halloween

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/halloween

http://www.parents.com/holiday/halloween/

http://spiritofhalloween.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/halloween-crafts

(please note Hours of Fun are not responsible for content found on these links)

Some of the photos are from Victoria Rose Vintage Crockery, click here to visit her facebook page.

 

Fun at the Hours of Fun craft table at Brockholes Nature Reserve

After a fantastic week off from work, business and baking it is back to the grindstone this week and time to catch up on my blog.  It has been some time since my last blog so we have a few cakes, a craft fair and some crafting updates to share with you.

Firstly I wanted to tell you about the craft fair Hours of Fun attended over the weekend.  The Hours of Fun stall and craft table headed to Brockholes Nature Reserve again for a craft fair weekend run by Bolton Crafts Association.  It was a very different event to the Vintage fairs I have attended at Brockholes previously.  All the stalls were within the conference centre and the fair was run alongside other events taking place at Brockholes such as the reserve walking group and the Activity Room nature sessions, whereas the Vintage fairs take over the site with stalls, entertainment and food and drink.

The weather prediction was changeable with lots of rain and sunshine forecast along with some thunderstorms.  We were very lucky though as the sunshine did keep popping its head out and it remained quite warm so we still had plenty of visitors to the Reserve who popped in to the craft fair for a wander round.

The make and take stall had some fantastic crafters sit down and get busy making amazing Halloween masks.  The stall had Halloween garlands and bunting to get people in the mood for spooky crafts and some fantastic spooky house trays and a scary table cloth to set the scene.

Below is a gallery of some of the masks and Halloween shapes made by the Hours of Fun crafters.  We had cats, bats, witches, devils and pumpkins made and some just got busy sticking everything on their mask to create a monster or simply a masterpiece!

This was the 5th time the Hours of Fun make and take stall has ventured out to an event and they are getting better and better and I am enjoying them more and more each time.   We are expanding on our equipment and ideas to make the experience of crafting at the table more fun for everyone.  We received some excellent feedback from the children and adults who visited the stall and we even have out first regular customer – Sophie.  She visited Brockholes for the Sea Creatures and made an amazing rainbow fish and visited again this weekend and made a devil’s mask.  We look forward to seeing Sophie again at future events and welcoming back lots of regulars as we attend more events and spread the Hours of Fun word!

Bolton Crafts Association (BCA) are planning to continue the events at Brockholes as this was their first event at this location.  Neil at BCA was explaining he would like to expand the fair to have people set up in the courtyard area, I look forward to signing up to future dates here as this weekend has again confirmed that Brockholes is taking the lead as my favourite craft fair venue. 

Crafting fun the night before the fair.

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Emergency cuff link crisis – all solved from treats out of my Hours of Fun travelling craft box!

Over the last year or so I have taken to carrying around with me a little box of crafts and supplies when we head off on our travels, especially if there is a car journey involved as I have found this is a brill time to do some sewing or cross stitch.    This box generally contains the current project which at present is a cross-stitch bookmark for Nan’s birthday, along with my sewing book, scissors and any other little bits and bobs that have ended up in there along the way.

We arrived at Nicola and Mikey’s wedding believing ourselves to be super organised however it became apparent we had forgotten a few things including cuff links for Kev’s shirt.  He checked with a few other people to see if anyone had a spare pair but to no avail, then as often is the case I suggested we could make some however at this point Kev was still dealing with the disappointment of not bringing any as he has some fab ones at home.

I went to my travelling craft box and explored the contents.  We had some spooky buttons left over from Halloween, some black ribbon and lots of needles and coloured threads.  After a check of the size of the hole on the shirt cuff the pumpkin buttons were perfect.  I used 4 pumpkin buttons and the piece of black ribbon cut in half.  The ribbon was quite wide so I used a large eyed needle to help thread it through 2 buttons and tied it together and cut it to the right length to sit comfortably on the shirt.   I then did the same again with the other 2 buttons and piece of ribbon.

The pumpkins required a little persuasion to get through the holes on the shirts but once in place they held the cuff together perfectly and actually looked quite good.  With it being only 3 days since Halloween we could get away with the theme (just!) and  Kev was happy with them too – yeay!

I have experienced a few situations similar to this where my Hours of Fun shop and love for crafting has saved the day.  Only the night before the wedding we realised I had not got any ribbon in to go round the base board of the cake.  Panic not!  A quick trip upstairs to the Hours of Fun store room allowed me to source some ribbon perfect for the job.