Sort of Writing 101 Day 12 – What is this?

So, task-wise, I am a day behind. Busy with work, taking Maxi Mister to his first Beaver Scout meeting, and I’m very tired. Already!

What is this, in a snapshot of the work I have done this evening on Mini Mister’s Christening cake? It is all you are getting…

Sugar paste, flower paste, Christening cake, cake topper, train

(49 words – the task was ‘Have you tried experimenting with word count? Try restricting it to 50’)


Writing 101 – Day 11: Writing and not writing

Write every day, but don’t put your life on hold . . .

— Vincent Mars, “Writing as a Way of Life

What do you do when you’re not writing? How do you reset and return to this dashboard, refreshed? What do you need in your day-to-day life to maintain balance: Running? Yoga? Gardening? Painting? Cooking? – From Writing 101, Day 11 Task

So, what do I do when I am not writing?

If you take a look at my pages or posts, they will give you a good idea. I *think* I am quite a creative person. I certainly aspire to be.

My current occupations other than writing obviously include being a Mama and doing my job as a teacher, being a wife and trying to be a good friend.

But other things I am doing at the moment? Well quite a few in a short space of time. I started a Lightning Quick Make last week, only it turned out to not be lightning quick as I haven’t had time to finish it (although total time spent doing it will be not much):

Cotton, rotary cutter, template, self-healing mat, quilting ruler

Ready to cut. I even have a template ready.

Tote bag, quilting ruler, rotary cutter

3 bags ready to sew












I am also planning and organising Mini Mister’s Christening and 1st birthday party. This includes making his cakes. I am doing a Christmas cake for his Christening cake, as I decided that it would keep better if we didn’t get round to eating it immediately. And I am doing a carved Madeira for his birthday cake. I will post pictures as I do the decorations for that one during the week but you will have to wait until Sunday to see it completely.

I wrote a list last night of all the things I need to do for the 2 cakes. There is quite a lot, but I have already started by baking and marzipanning the Christening cake. Tonight’s job is to colour up the sugarpaste and flower paste I need for both cakes. If I have the time and inclination, I may even begin the models for the Christening cake…

Rich fruit cake


Rich fruit cake


marzipan, rich fruit cake

Marzipanned cake



















Other than the cakes, most of the other stuff for the party is sorted or under way. I have a couple of deliveries to arrive, and a few bits for party bags to buy, but we are actually organised for once! I hope it stays like that.


Actually, this post gives me the opportunity to complete an extra Writing 101 task. Last week we were asked to produce a poll or create a contact form to gather ideas. I have decided to go with a poll, so here it is! What creative thing or skill would you like to see me tackle next? I will pop this in the sidebar tomorrow as well.

Daily Post Photo Challenge – Grid

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”

Sewing grids: 2 quilting rulers, self-healing cutting mat

Sewing grids: 2 quilting rulers, self-healing cutting mat


Baking grid: silicon mat, basket weave rolling pin, cooling rack

Writing 101 – Day 9: Reinvent the letter format – An open letter to the love of my life

Source: Power_of_Words_by_Antonio_Litterio.jpg on Wikimedia Commons

Source: Power_of_Words_by_Antonio_Litterio.jpg on Wikimedia Commons

To the one I have loved for almost all of my life,

Firstly, I need to apologise for my dreadful abandonment of you in the last year or so. You haven’t been cast aside in favour of another, although the arrival of a second small, screamy person nearly a year ago has taken me away from you at least a little. At times there hasn’t been space for both of you and his elder brother, and since you are the oldest and by far most fragile of all my loves, you have to be kept safe. So I have hidden you away from potential harm.

But I need to bring you back into the fold again. For a start, I need to make you whole again. Mum used to do that for me, but she is no longer here to help. I have tried in the past, but not hard enough, certainly not enough when you consider the cuddles I love to give you. And now I have left you incomplete for probably 2 years or more. It started even before I hid you away.

My skills have improved now. I am better at healing. Maybe it is because I am now an older and hopefully wiser Mama. Maybe I did really learn and retain some useful skills from Mum, and am now learning that I can improve and use them.

I also need you. The one constant (other than Dad). I have loved you since I was a baby like Mini Mister. You are the one who has always been there, no matter what. Despite all the childhood and teenage moods with my sisters and parents. Throughout the most difficult times in my life, when I barely knew what to do to move on. In the happiest times, especially those in the last few years (although I am afraid you weren’t allowed to come on honeymoon with us). You are always there. I promise I haven’t abandoned you. I will heal you. I will give you the cuddles and love you deserve.

My love forever…

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Writing 101 – Day 8

Picture from Liberty's website

Picture from Liberty’s website

Being challenged to think about comments we have written on other blogs, and to expand on one of them, has prompted me to look back over all of the other blogs or pages I have visited over the last couple of months. I find that it hooks me in further to those other world’s and I can quite easily get lost and use up a whole evening – hence this post being a day late.

I ended up getting pulled in to not only this blog, but also her linked Pinterest page. VeryBerryHandmade had posted some gorgeous fabric. That was it. A picture. It cauht my attention.

PicklePie MamaSep 6, 2015

I love the first Michelle and the Felicite, as well as the teapots (its pink, so need I say more?!!!). I haven’t really looked at Liberty for fabric before (too enamoured with certain American designers and Makower), but these are prompting a possible new fabric love affair! The question is, what can I make with them…

OK, to be fair, it doesn’t take much to get me lusting after new fabrics, and there are some really pretty ones in her post. But then she replied this:

veryberryhandmadeSep 8, 2015

Hi – I have a Liberty Inspiration board here on Pinterest if you need some ideas!

Oh dear! As you already know, I am addicted to Pinterest. That’ll be a few more things to add to my project list. It expands again!

I think I will see what you think of my project list, if I should add anything, and what I should try next. Look out for it…

Writing 101 – Days 6 and 7: ‘The Space to Write’ and ‘Hook ’em with a Quote’

“Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources” 
― C.E.M. Joad

This is an interesting page regarding the source and development of this ‘quote’.

I realise that putting 2 days’ worth of tasks together is kind of defeating the object of a course to get you into the habit of writing every day, but there you go!

I like this quote. I haven’t seen it before, but it is perfect for creative people in today’s internet-centric world. Not that I am saying that people didn’t find alternate sources for ideas, inspiration and ‘how to’ before we all got so addicted to our computers and smart phones, but I do think in the worlds I tend to inhabit it has taken off in a huge way (to steal a cliché).

Does every creative person hide their sources? Do they all admit all of them? Probably not. After all, could you write down a list of absolutely everything that could have inspired you to create something? Sometimes you can, but many, many more times, you can’t. You do have to be very careful not to infringe copyright, or perhaps more importantly, not massively annoy the originator of the idea. Especially if you want to develop your own business selling the results of your creativity.

I try to attribute credit where I can. It means I can give you lots of lovely links. I apologise profusely if I have ever missed anyone out though. I didn’t mean to be rude!

But I still like the quote. It is tongue-in-cheek, and therefore suits me.

As for yesterday’s task, I write wherever. Usually on my Nexus, sometimes on the laptop. Almost always sitting on the sofa, occasionally in bed or sitting at the table. Definitely somewhere comfortable.

If I could have anywhere, it would a big, squashy sofa, with loads of lovely homemade cushions, in my own craft room. There would be somewhere for my sewing machine and all the bits I use, the drawers of fabric and the planning books for both my sewing and my caking.

In fact, I think I am off to Pinterest to look up ideas and inspirations and more ‘how to’s. 😊

Writing 101 – Day 2: Write a list

I mentioned last week that I was going to do this assignment from last Tuesday in a different format. It is one I can add to over time, but it also fulfils my plans for pictures on most if not all posts. Here is my list. What do you think?

Things I like