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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

I Love Stationery - Kikky K. It's ring bound organizers this time.

It's been a couple of weeks now that I had received a package with some lovely Kikki K. goodies (see the post here), but as I mentioned, I was still waiting for another package, which has (oh hoooray, finally) arrived the last week.

I know that I don't need three (more) planners. But I am one of these Filofax/ring bound organizers /cute notepads junkie and that might explain this purchase of mine a little bit better. Looking at them online, in all these lovely colours and then taking advantage of the pre-Christmas sale and free international shipping, I just couldn't stop myself from placing these three planners and a daily "Dreaming" notepad into the shopping cart. Generally, I love everything with the "Dreaming" theme on the Kikki K. website. The colours and pictures look so feel-good and, well, yeah, dreamy, that I just love looking at them. I don't even want to use the notepads I've got so far, because I don't want to run out of their paper :D.

I have moved into the mint planner immediately. I somehow prefer the elastic closure to a snap, because it gives me more space for my over-the-top crammed diary.

I was looking at the website to add links to the pink and fuchsia diaries too, but I just can't find them anymore. So I don't know if they are gone for good or will be restocked. For now, there is no mention whatsoever of their previous existence. Hmm.
 
Just FYI, the mint planners (in sizes large, medium and small) are on sale now, as well as the daily notepad in my pictures.
I have already moved into the mint planner, so it looks chaotic already. I also used some papers from the pink diary and moved them into the mint one, so the insides of these two don't reflect the state that they arrived in :).
fuchsia A5 leather planner - leather mint with dots medium-sized planner - pink "Dreaming" planner
fuchsia A5 leather planner
inside the fuchsia A5 planner
Aaaaah, so pretty.

And what about you? Are you a planner/organizer junkie as well? Have you got a favorite website selling cute stationery? Share with me if you like :)!

Until next time :).

Friday, 24 January 2014

Adam's One Year Birthday Cake

My son Adam turned one on January 16 and we celebrated his birthday the last Saturday. I am not sure when exactly I made the decision to bake his birthday cake on my own (instead of ordering by a professional), but I had this idea of a birthday cake with teddy bears on it in my mind for ages. About a week before the celebration date, I browsed the internet for some ideas and found these two pictures that I wanted to be a kind of an inspiration for what I wanted to do.

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The fact is, that I had no idea what I was about to do. And that was probably a good thing, because it made me fearless when facing the challange of baking a decorated three-tiered cake without any experience or practice whatsoever :D.

I found three recipes for three different cakes (all with a kind of strawberry-mascarpone-whipped cream filling), got the needed stuff from a sugar craft store (white fondant, edible colours, two moulds) and five days before the celebration date I began to create the sugar paste teddies. I googled and found this tutorial on YouTube on how to make fondant teddy bears, which helped me a lot and I have to say, I had all the teddies (except of one) finished on the first evening of my working schedule. Yes, I had a (more or less) vague schedule on how to proceed, so that I have enough time for everything.

And here is the result of five nights with less sleep than I would have appreciated :). 

The cake was not perfect - needless to say, that I am not a professional baker, but I was quite happy with how it came out. There sure were some flaws and I just didn't have the skills to make them disappear, but overall, I think it ended up with a bigger success than I had expected. 

I made a bunch of cake pops using the same fondant as on the cake, as well as some cupcakes with coloured mascarpone cream on top, to match the cake. Everything I made was in pastel colours. I know that in a couple of years I will probably be making some red, blue and black Spider-man stuff, but at least for the first year, as Adam is still a baby, I wanted everything to look a kind of baby-like and dreamy :). 

At the end, I think that Adam was much happier about the smart tricycle he got, than the birthday cake I made for him :D, but I don't mind - the main thing is that he was happy and had a great day :)!


That's it for today.

See you soon :)!