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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Our Nightmare Before Christmas (NBC) Wedding Cake

So you may not know this, but my husband and I had a Nightmare Before Christmas themed Wedding.  Yep, that's right, Jack, Sally, the whole shebang!

When we were planning our wedding I found it quite difficult to find Nightmare Before Christmas Wedding items that weren't super OTT or tacky.  This is probably why we kept ours subtle, with just a few placements of the actual characters (Invitations, Stationary and Wedding Cake) and why I made or designed it all myself and not because I'm a control freak!

Originally I was going to make my cake myself, (I do like to make things as stressful as possible) but luckily I finally listened to reason and we found a wonderful local hobbyist to make it instead :) She had never heard of the film, and when I showed her the toppers I could see her struggling to hold onto her smile lol.
I showed her my design and she diplomatically told me that it was definitely possible.  I was prepared for the fact that my cake may not look as great as I had imagined, but boy was I wrong - it was even better!






We thought our wedding was pretty normal - we did have Richard Cheese playing during the sit down meal, and we picked our entire evening reception playlist (with requests from guests every third song) so we could have Slipknot, Mudvayne, Foo Fighters etc, but we also played my favourite cheesy hits like Saturday night, YMCA and even Lil Chris!  However we later heard through the grape vine, that staff and the DJs had nicknamed it the goth wedding!  I'd love to see their faces if they catered or worked at an actual goth wedding ;)

Rockabilly Giant Cupcake Baby Shower Cake

So two of my closest friends are about to pop!  Seriously, they are both due within a week of each other and there is now less than a month to go!  So when I was asked if I could make the cake for one of my friends surprise baby shower, how could I refuse?

This friend and I have very similar tastes.  I am in awe of her amazing clothes, cats eye glasses and ever present trade-mark red lips.  So I knew if I liked the cake, she would too ;)  This friend had the most rocking wedding cake ever!  I was seriously up against some stiff competition in the awesome factor.  Take a peek if you don't believe me;


A few of you may remember I made a giant cupcake for my mother in law a few years ago, (you can find the original post here) well in keeping with my friends wedding cake, I thought it would be awesome to do another giant one :)

I really wanted to make this cake personal to my friend, and knew that a plain giant cupcake just wouldn't fit the bill.  In my head I knew I needed polka dots, swallows, tattoos and of course leopard print!  I wanted to do the cake base in a really dark blue and polka dot fondant, with the cake iced in blood red 'roses'.  In my head it looked awesome, but I knew that pulling it off may be a bit trickier.


Yep, I'm sure you've noticed the flowers are pink :( I wanted blood red and even bought coloured food GEL to achieve this, but for whatever reason the icing would just not budge from pink!


Man was this cake heavy!  I ended up having to use our black Wedding Cake board just to easily transport the thing.  It seriously weighed more than both our dogs put together!


I did toy with the idea of a rolled fondant leopard print board, but when I found this fab ribbon in my ever expanding craft stash, I knew it would be perfect :)


We know they are having a boy, but the name is being kept top secret until the birth, so I anointed him Crouch Junior ;)


My last cupcake also featured a chocolate shell casing, but I had severe melting issues when applying the ribbon :( I learnt from my past mistakes and increased the chocolate quantity and switched to all plain - It held up fantastically.


I did consider making this out of painted fondant, but I wisely chose to print it instead (using the print and cut function on my silhouette cameo of course!).  I figured this way it could be removed and scrap booked as a memento should my friend want.

The cake and frosting are orange flavored, and coupled with the thick plain chocolate shell, it was divine!

I love giant cupcakes, as they are fairly easy to decorate and look fantastic!

If you would like to make your own, please check out the links to all the different components :)

To make this super orangey, I substituted the vanilla essence for 4 teaspoons of orange essence, and decreased the milk to only 2 table spoons.
You can also add the zest of an orange too!
I had enough batter left over to make two small Victoria sponge cakes from too :D


I doubled the quantity of this as I wanted enough to assemble, crumb coat and pipe the roses
Again, substitute the vanilla extract for 4 teaspoons of orange essence - you may need to add a bit more icing sugar to get it to the right consistency


My friend love the cake, and went so far as to say it was far better than one they had recently had professionally made for £90 - Happy face!

Us Vs Life

Hi guys, I'm afraid that I've been awol for a few weeks as my poor husband is really ill again :(

We've had lots of hospital visits (in the next county over) to deal with, and have learned he has heart failure, and je will need a major operation.

To say that the house is feeling a bit low is quite the understatement.

We are trying to remain positive, and I will post when I can.

Spare a thought for us

xox

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Wizard of Oz DIY Wine Glass - Dishwasher Safe

So a few weeks ago I stumbled across glitter wine glasses and mugs (read my diy here) I have been wanting to transform a wine glass since I spotted the original pinterest posts, but didn't want to do the stereotypical covered wine glass.

The Wizard of Oz is one of my favourite films, and after posting about it on my shop page I realized that I wasn't alone.  When I posted our latest papercut, things went a bit crazy!


Inspired by the obvious interest, I went back to pinterest and found this


I was smitten!  I had found a wine glass design that would do my new craft justice!

So following the same steps as the mug tutorial, I covered stem and base in ruby red glitter, and used my silhouette cameo to add a Dorothy vinyl decal and an adorable gingham bow.  I am so in love with the results! <3



Depending on how well my facebook fans receive the pics, I am hoping to do a glass for each of the main characters!  I can't help but think that they would be the most adorable thing ever!



Glitter Wine Glasses and Mugs DIY - Dishwasher safe too! UK

So I made a vow this year to do more crafts that were for me, rather than geared towards selling in the shop.  When I cam across this picture on pinterest, my heart literally swooned <3

courtesy of whitehouseblackshutters blog

It is pointless, something only a gal would understand, but I needed one!

The blog mentions that in order to make the glitter mug dishwasher safe, you need to use Martha Stewart Decoupage glue - what followed was an epic weekend long search to find a supplier in the UK

I was frustrated beyond belief, and about to bite the bullet and import it from the US (to hell with the import tax, I NEEDED it!) when I stumbled across a site called emerald crafts and they had one bottle left in stock.  It was mine!

So once it arrived, I gathered up all my supplies and set to work!


  • Rubbing Alcohol / Surgical Spirit
  • Mug
  • Masking Tape
  • Brush
  • Glitter
Rub down your mug with the surgical spirit and make sure it is dry before applying the masking tape.

I initially used a glue dabber to get the decoupage glue onto the mug, but the first coat turned out super streaky :(


After switching to a brush I found the results were much better :D



The decoupage glue is really thick, so it is better to build up thinner layers, than great big thick layers or else it will run!  Once the glue is just slightly tacky, carefully remove the masking tape.

Once the glue is completely dry, touch up any areas that need it and once fully dry, apply a final coat of the glue.

Your mug is hand wash ready a week after the final layer has been applied.  Once your final coat has been set for 4 weeks, it is then dishwasher safe (top rack only).  How awesome is that?!

Now you may have noticed I don't have a final picture of the finished mug, that's because in true butterfly style I got distracted by the thought of upcycling wine glasses.

To see my awesome (cause of distraction) Wizard of Oz glasses, click through to here

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Creative Colours Nail Polish / Varnish Review

So I was bought this awesome Christmas present by my little sister

I was genuinely touched, not only did she put a lot of thought into it, but the actual nail polish colours are beautiful!

I've never heard of the brand creative colour before, and was quite intrigued to try it out.


I am impressed!  The pigment colour was fantastic and it was really easy to apply.  The picture above is metallic blue layered with black and silver glitter.  Unlike most metallic colours, the blue only needed one coat!  Admittedly if I wasn't layering with the glitter I may have done two coats as when I held my nails up to the light it was a little patchy in places.

The brush was standard, no frills, but easy to use.  My only complaints were that the glitter varnish got quite gloopy towards the end of my second hand (the bottle was open for less than 8 minutes), and the thin layers took forever to dry!  Seriously I was having to wait between 10-15 minutes until they were ready for the next coat.  However seeing as I like to take time on my nails and watch Dexter on Netflix this isn't such a huge issue.

This brand also works out cheaper than MUA when bought in bulk - you can get their 'party pack' of 8 colours for under £5 on Amazon, and the great gift pack I was given is only £10 on ebay :)

Sadly there doesn't seem to be much of a colour selection, and they don't seem to sell the colours individually.  But the selection of shades they do have seem to cover all the basics, and have some pretty awesome glitter ones too.

I am a definite fan!


Saturday, 11 January 2014

Superdrug Colour Rewind - Hair Dye Remover Review - Part Two

If you haven't read it yet, I would recommend that you seek out part one of the review, that can be found here.

Firstly the more observant of you will notice that this post is almost 7 months late!  In fact I thought my hopes of a follow up were dashed when I accidentally manged to delete all the photographs I had taken for part two.  If it wasn't for a reader asking about the follow up, it may have never made it into print!

 Now waffling aside, I must make an apology.  As the original photographs are lost forever, I have had to scour my facebook page for photographs that were taken around about the time I did the second application and some more recent photographs for you to compare with.  These photographs are not the best, but they should help highlight the subtle changes in shade.

I should start by saying that I was thoroughly unimpressed with the second application.  My hair was only slightly lighter and despite rinsing for almost an hour, it darkened with time again!  I have read varying reviews of colour correctors as a whole, and there are a few that have said that 3 are needed to shift the toughest of colours.  I remain skeptical that this is the case, I have considered going for number 3, but I've also considered going back to dyed hair too.  Decisions, decisions, decisions.


This is my original dyed hair colour - it's kind of a dark brown with hints of red


This is my colour the day after the first application


This is my hair colour the day after the second application


This is my messy hair a week or so after the second application



This is my hair four and a half months after the second application.


This is a much, much younger version of me (crafting) and is one of the only photographs in existence my natural hair colour

Although my hair is most definitely lighter, it is still quite far from my natural shade.