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Two little pin cushion mice … so cute… so innocent … so …..

Greedy!!

Well .. that’s not entirely true – there was certainly a lot of greediness surrounding Carolyn’s birthday cake, but it was all of us and our friends, not the Pin Cushion Mice.  Our  Pin Cushion Mouse cake was a really fun thing to do – so if like me you enjoy sewing, but don’t enjoy spending a lot of time decorating a cake then why try this idea instead?

  • You’ll need:  Two little Pin Cushion Mice (Carolyn loved hers and is taking them all the way home to Dubai with her).  If you don’t have the pattern already you’ll find it on my free patterns page here.
  • One silver covered cardboard cake board
  • Two bamboo skewers
  • Washi tape
  • Fabric scraps
  • Bakers twine or string
  • Glue stick
  • Birthday cake

Wrap washi tape around your bamboo skewers to within 1/4″ of the pointy end.  Push the points into the cardboard cake board making sure you leave enough room for your cake to fit between them.

Cut small diamond shapes approx 3″ long and 1″ wide – I needed six for my bunting string and my cake was 10″ wide.  Fold in half widthways and press.  Fold the diamonds over the string and secure the two sides together with a dab of glue.  Knot the ends of the string around the bamboo skewers.  Position cake and add mice at the sides.  Candles are a nice touch, but be sure to position them so you don’t set fire to your bunting!  Perfect!

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Today is a very special day

by Helen on April 23, 2014

450 years ago today, in 1564,  William Shakespeare was born …..

April 23rd is also St George’s Day, the patron saint of England ….

 And, seven years ago today, a little black wriggly creature arrived in the world, who quickly grew a fluffy coat and turned into ……

Ben! Seen here at 10 weeks old.  But he wasn’t little for very long.  Anxiously watched over by my first Newfie, Amy, he grew and grew and grew …..

Seen here at a year old – he still loved his teddy bears ….

And seen here aged 2, he adored Amy, his “mum” – he wasn’t at all embarrassed to kiss her in public!

He’s always had star quality!

A real surf dude!

Sadly he lost his “mum” (that’s Amy above)  in 2010, and was an only dog for a while…

Until in January 2013 ….

He became a big brother when Daisy arrived!

Supervising your naughty little sister can be very tiring ….

Though he loves her very much and is a most excellent big brother!  

Happy seventh birthday Ben!!

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Happy Birthday to Me!

by Helen on December 16, 2013

Today is my birthday – a date I share with Jane Austen who (contrary to Rosie’s belief) is CONSIDERABLY older than me!!  This year I have been super-lucky as I’ve received what must be one of the cutest cards of all time ….. 

My Birthday Card

 Ahhhhh.  And here at Coombe Leigh we’re great believers in tradition, so no birthday tea is complete without jelly and blancmange – made in rabbit shape of course, with the very same mould my mum used when I was only little!  Here it is ready to be turned out …

Birthday Tea

The fire is lit, and we’re waiting for our guests to arrive…. 

Fire's Lit!Growing older might mean creaky knees and grey hairs – but birthdays are still lots of fun!

PS If you’d like to commission your own Flapdoodledesigns birthday – or any other occasion – card then you can contact Jacqui over on her Facebook page.

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Daisy’s Birthday Pawty

by Helen on November 10, 2013

Yesterday was a very special day – it was Miss Daisy’s first birthday, and Rosie, her number one fan, decided that we should mark the occasion with a canine birthday pawty!  They spent the morning baking …

Daisy's Birthday Pawty

….a  whole pile of crunchy peanut butter treats, as well as a doggy birthday cake …

Daisy's BirthdayBefore long it was time for the birthday girl to put on her pawty hat ….

Daisy's Birthday

As her special guest was about to arrive – the extremely handsome Lionel ..

Daisy's Birthday Pawty

Whilst the youngsters played and the humans chatted  (Daisy was sure Lionel was laughing at her hat!), Ben just wanted to sample the cake …Daisy's Birthday Pawty

 Not long to wait Ben!  Light the candle and join in the singing .. Happy Birthday Miss Daisy, Happy Birthday to you.

pawty3

 But all too soon the pawty came to an end and it was time for Lionel to go home. Everyone, especially Daisy, had a wonderful time.

Daisy's Birthday PawtyHappy first birthday, Daisy.  We hope you had a pawfect day!!

 

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