Sunday, 25 March 2012

Simple Stationary

I haven't had much time for crafting recently but I've today I spent a little time turning some blank stationary into something a little prettier. Sometimes simple really is best (and quickest :)

homemade embossed wedding stationary

homemade embossed wedding stationary
Homemade embossed wedding stationary

homemade embossed wedding stationary

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Classic Iced Cupcakes

I've always enjoyed making cupcakes, I love that they are so easy to make and already come in individual portions. For me, the best part isn't the baking, it's the icing. That's where you can really be creative. These days you see the most amazing variety of cupcakes - they are works of art. It's not difficult to make impressive looking cupcakes with the right tools.

homemade iced cupcakes how to decorate cakes piped

You will need:
Basic cupcake & butter icing recipe (click here)
Cupcake cases, colouring, edible cake decorating decorations, glitter
Piping bags
Piping tip (I have used this)

Leave your cupcakes to cool completely before you ice them. Mix up the buttercream icing - margarine is a lot easier to work with than butter. Colour the icing using food colouring, supermarket stuff is fine but concentrated colour won't affect the consistency. Beware if you use this though as you only need a tiny bit (the tip of a cocktail stick) and if you get any on your hands it does stain.

Put your icing tip into the corner of the piping bag and chop off the end so that the piping tip fits snugly, but making sure that the actual piping hole is completely exposed. Open out the piping bag by folding out the edges and use a knife or spatula to put the icing into the bag. It doesn't matter if you can't get the icing in the furthest end and there is a gap at the bottom - you can squeeze this out before you start. However, you want to avoid any air bubbles in the icing itself, so try to put the icing in in big lumps and release any air you can see, otherwise you will get gaps when you are in the middle of piping.

Hold the bag vertical above the cupcake. Squeeze slowly, beginning at the edge of the cake and circle into the centre. At the centre, stop squeezing and push the tip into the icing to finish. For a different look, try starting in the middle and working outwards - this looks more like a flower. Decorate with silver balls, glitter and anything else you fancy. Admire, then eat!

homemade iced cupcakes how to decorate cakes piped

homemade iced cupcakes how to decorate cakes piped
Iced cupakes tutorial

Friday, 2 March 2012

Gift Wrapping - Wine Bottles

This is such a cute idea, thanks to Taryn for sharing it. A wine bottle is really difficult to wrap, and you can never find one of those wine gift wrap bags when you need one. If however, you happen to have any knee high socks handy then this is perfect.

gift wrap wine bottles dinner party ideas

Taryn has done her wrapping with two socks - helpful if you like to give the socks as a bonus gift. I've done mine with just one sock and wrapped the top of the sock around the bottle neck and tied it with ribbon. I love this as it makes a normal gift a little bit different.

gift wrap wine bottles dinner party ideas

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