Hours of Fun with cakes and new tools

The Hours of Fun kitchen has been busy since opening two months ago, baking delicious cakes to order and there have been a few family birthdays where a cake is a must.

New equipment has been added to the cake tool box and new edible cake decorations have been tested out.  The adventure has been a lot of fun and here we can share the new things learnt, new tools purchased and have a look back at some of the creations made.

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Impression mats

Flower impression mat  The latest addition to my impression set is the PME floral design sugarpaste icing impression mat.  Impression mats, rolling pins and crimpers are a fantastic, yet simple way to decorate a cake.  They can be used on icing and marzipan and you could get a collection for your craft kit as they work on fimo, clay, playdough etc.

 Edible fun

A new flavour has been added to the collection  – English Toffee and it is yummy!  Simply add a little flavouring to your cake batter or mix it in with your buttercream.  These flavours are fantastic for jazzing up your cakes and allowing to offer a variety of flavours, there really is any flavour you can think of.  I have also tried edible sparking sugar crystals for the first time as they caught my eye whilst shopping to stock up on silver balls.  They can be used instead of silver balls or glitter and give a more rough and ready look.

  Sparkling sugar crystals metallic silver  English toffee flavouring  Silver edible balls in different sizes

My favourite new experiment has been with Wilton candy melts as I first spotted these some time ago in my local cake shop and didn’t have a reason to use them.  My brother in law’s cake had a swimming themed bottom tier – perfect for some blue candy melts spread across the board.  You can get them in a range of colours and they can be coloured if you can’t find the one you need.  You simply melt the candy, spread where you require and let it set.

Wilton candy melts  close up on blue wilton candy melt

The other main purchase in the first couple of months has been boards and boxes as I am lucky enough to already have a varied and well equipped cake tool box.  I will continue to add to my tools and edible treats as i place new orders and require new bits and bobs, however boxes and boards are a continuous requirement.  All these additions, including a new Number 2 tin and along with the protein bar business have demanded more storage in the kitchen, perfect excuse to go shopping for shelves.

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Last craft fair of 2012 Gosnargh Village Hall

With the Christmas countdown running here on the blog in December, it didn’t leave much time for blogging about other things that were going on.  On Sunday 16th December Hours of Fun appeared at Gosnargh Craft Fair for the last event of the year.  The event was organised by Craft Promotions who do a number of events around the North West click here to visit their Facebook page.  In the run up to the event I had been liaising with Geoff from Craft Promotions and he was super helpful and put up with all my questions!

My friend Kelly has offered to help out for the day and the plan was the night before we would go out for something to eat and a couple of drinks, home not too late then up in the morning for the fair which sadly started at 10am, as you probably are aware by now I much prefer 11am starts!  As is often the case, the night before did not go quite to plan…..we ended up having far too many drinks, dancing to the early hours and getting to bed much later than we should have!

We arrived at the fair and very slowly unpacked and set up.  I am not really a drinker and rarely have a glass never mind a few glasses which meant running a craft fair with a bit of a hangover was a new experience for me, thank goodness Kelly was there as we managed to keep ourselves highly entertained with it all as we took regular breaks and Kelly treated us to a bacon sandwich.

The day went quite quickly but was disappointingly quiet with only a few people through the door.  Feeling a tad rough I think actually helped us through the day, I am not sure how we would have coped with a mad rush of customers!!  Not the most professional and business dynamic approach I realise!

I had fantastic support again with my mum and dad coming to visit, along with my brother, niece and nephew.  Chris called in and Lorraine popped over just in time for packing up and a big thank you to my mum and dad for giving Kelly a lift home.

There were some fantastic stalls there and lovely people.  We did some Christmas shopping and I managed to get some of the last few presents on the list from some of the fantastic stalls that were there.

Not sure I would do the location again but I would definitely consider other events run by craft promotions.

I have really enjoyed the crafts fairs of 2012 and I will be looking to book some for this year, to continue the weekend adventures off to a local village hall or football stadium, set up shop and have a fantastic day.

Thanks again to all those who have supported me at the craft fairs, I look forward to seeing you all at this year’s locations.

Last craft fair of 2012 Goosnargh Village Hall

With the Christmas countdown running here on the blog in December, it didn’t leave much time for blogging about other things that were going on.  On Sunday 16th December Hours of Fun appeared at Goosnargh Craft Fair for the last event of the year.  The event was organised by Craft Promotions who do a number of events around the North West click here to visit their Facebook page.  In the run up to the event I had been liaising with Geoff from Craft Promotions and he was super helpful and put up with all my questions!

My friend Kelly has offered to help out for the day and the plan was the night before we would go out for something to eat and a couple of drinks, home not too late then up in the morning for the fair which sadly started at 10am, as you probably are aware by now I much prefer 11am starts!  As is often the case, the night before did not go quite to plan…..we ended up having far too many drinks, dancing to the early hours and getting to bed much later than we should have!

We arrived at the fair and very slowly unpacked and set up.  I am not really a drinker and rarely have a glass never mind a few glasses which meant running a craft fair with a bit of a hangover was a new experience for me, thank goodness Kelly was there as we managed to keep ourselves highly entertained with it all as we took regular breaks and Kelly treated us to a bacon sandwich.

The day went quite quickly but was disappointingly quiet with only a few people through the door.  Feeling a tad rough I think actually helped us through the day, I am not sure how we would have coped with a mad rush of customers!!  Not the most professional and business dynamic approach I realise!

I had fantastic support again with my mum and dad coming to visit, along with my brother, niece and nephew.  Chris called in and Lorraine popped over just in time for packing up and a big thank you to my mum and dad for giving Kelly a lift home.

There were some fantastic stalls there and lovely people.  We did some Christmas shopping and I managed to get some of the last few presents on the list from some of the fantastic stalls that were there.

Not sure I would do the location again but I would definitely consider other events run by craft promotions.

I have really enjoyed the crafts fairs of 2012 and I will be looking to book some for this year, to continue the weekend adventures off to a local village hall or football stadium, set up shop and have a fantastic day.

Thanks again to all those who have supported me at the craft fairs, I look forward to seeing you all at this year’s locations.

Hours of Fun appearing at the Reeobok Stadium crafts gifts and jewellery fair this Sunday

Hours of Fun are heading off to the biggest craft fair event we have done so far this weekend, The Crafts, Gifts and Jewellery Fair taking place at the Reebok Stadium.  The event is run by Creative Crafts Association, click here to visit their website.  I have not used this company before but I have heard good things about the events they run and the organiser, so fingers crossed!

It takes place on Sunday 2nd December 2012 open from 10am until 5pm.  They promise to have a fantastic jewellery selection and a fantastic range of crafts and gifts and Hours of Fun will be bringing along some fantastic Christmas crafts and gifts.

We have make your own kits – perfect as a gift for that budding young crafter or someone who wants to try something new.  We have make your own Christmas decorations, Christmas card making supplies – perfect if you have some last-minute card making to do.

Click here to go to the Reebok stadium website displaying contact details and how to find them.  For more information on the event itself, click here.

Hours of fun at the Last Drop Village craft and gift fair in Bolton

On Sunday Hours of Fun had a stall at the Last Drop Village in Bolton as part of their craft and gift fair run by Bolton Crafts Association.

It started at 11am which was very respectable for a Sunday craft fair as it means you don’t have to get up quite so early, especially when you have a bit of a drive to get to the location.  On arrival stall holders we were all about setting up their stall, catching up with people and meeting new people.  I knew Angie was going to be there whom I had met at Neston Civic Hall in September, she has a fab Facebook page full of crafting ideas, its well worth a visit.

I was feeling rather rough as if I may be getting a bug, however I was lucky enough to have Kev by my side as we set up shop.  I was super excited about getting my new twirly display stand set up and it looked fab with all the items on it.

Sales were steady throughout the day with a mixture of Hours of Fun goodies being sold.  Double sided sticky tape, stranded cotton, stickers, christmas bells and card packs amongst the sales.   12pm came and went and then the next couple of hours went by in a blur. My mum, dad, Niece Hannah and Nephew Luke arrived at the fair with their lunch boxes and some money to spend, they were staying for a while and keen to help out.  As a complete surprise my brother-in-law Dave and Nephew Oliver turned up too, it was amazing.  I love the support I get at every fair, I have been lucky enough to have at least one visitor at each event alongside those there helping out for the day.  I had some amazing superstar assistants in Hannah, Luke and Oliver.  They went round giving out business cards and leaflets to all the stall holders, Hannah was a superstar taking the lead on sticking all the labels to the bags hanging on the twirly display stand.  They all bought some goodies, both as gifts and for themselves and it was lots of fun having them there

My mum bought a Me to You make your own latch hook rug as a challenge for herself, although I don’t believe it will be a challenge for her as she has done lots of sewing and needle work before.  If she does have any problems we can get Chris on the case with his expertise in rug making.

Next fair is at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday 2nd December, this event is the largest event I have attended so far.  I will blog further details about it over the next couple of days.