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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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Two weeks, two days …. celebrate!!

by Helen on June 11, 2014

And what nicer way to celebrate than by scoffing cake!?!  This project will be in the July issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – and will also be decorating Rosie’s cake table – in two weeks and two days time!

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A birthday trip to a far away beach ….

by Helen on December 20, 2013

Before my birthday I went on a very exciting trip to visit my friend Carolyn and her family. In particular I was delighted to meet her new baby daughter, Lottie, who is just six weeks old, and absolutely adorable!  I took with me the quilt that I had made … 

Lotte

 The “Baby Life” Quilt from a pattern by Vanessa on the Moda Bake Shop.  Carolyn loved it, and it will be great as a play mat for Lottie too as she grows … it’s very hot where they live and ther cool marble floor tiles will be hard on little hands and knees.  It was very strange to leave this behind ….

puppies… and find myself on the beach  …. 

dubaipics 046Rather like going from winter coffee in front of the log burner (pattern for Toadstools & Seedheads cosy in the January 2014 magazine).  

Toadstools & Seedheads CosyBack to teatime in my summer house (pattern in the August 2013 magazine)

English Cottage Tea Cosy

And that’s because Carolyn, Mike, Ky and Lottie live in Dubai – 3,500 miles from Devon, and a very long way south! Last week in fact I was dipping my toes in the Arabian Gulf and admiring all the wonders to be found in Dubai – a completely amazing place …  

Burj al Arab, DubaiHere’s the Burj al Arab, just off Jumeirah Beach where Rosie and I paddled, and enjoyed a special birthday brunch ….

Birthday CakeWith chocolate cake too – what could be nicer?  I’ve never ever eaten a birthday meal outside, or felt the sand between my toes on a birthday outing before – but then I guess as a December baby that’s hardly surprising!  And there was lots of sand – wait till  I tell you about our trip into the desert …..

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