Thursday, 28 June 2012

Just a quick note ...

to let you know I'm still alive, lol!

This last month (and, really, the one before it) I haven't really been able to get any sewing done as, not only have I been struggling to focus on my uni (three assignments I need to work on due around this weekend ... one 1500wd by Friday, one 2000wd and one 2500wd by Monday!!) ... I have also been not very well.

Just briefly, as it either takes me a while to type, or is painful ... I started the month off with a bout of tonsillitis ... then I've been dealing with a hyperextension/overuse injury on my left wrist/hand (which means I have to be careful as to how I use it, and have to get up and away from the computer more often than I usually do, especially when doing my uni work!) ... then since this past weekend my wonderful immune system decided to not only pick up my daughter's cold - but then develop into a chest infection!!!  NOT HAPPY!!!  Basically, I have spent half this month so far on pain meds that make me really drowsy, and the rest of the month unable to focus for whatever reason!!!  ** If you are waiting on receiving a swap item from me, please know IT IS COMING ... it is just taking me a lot longer than I had anticipated to getting to it ... Hoping to get some sewing in as soon as I have these assignments finished and sent through!!**

I did, however, have the pleasure of celebrating my daughter's 4th birthday last weekend though ... thankfully before my cold started!!!  As I have made her cake every year so far, I couldn't not do one this year.  I did originally plan on making a castle cake ... but instead decided to use the Littlest Pet Shop figurines I had already bought to give to her (plus a few extra LPS accessories she already had that I raided), to decorate the cake ...


I used three White Wings cake mixes (1 x Angelic Vanilla, 2 x Strawberries and Cream), adding some extra pink colouring to a couple of the batters in an effort to get that graduating hues effect I've seen in those gorgeous rainbow cakes ... my daughter's favourite colour is pink, thus the LOADS of pink!!



For the icing, I did a version of buttercream, with roughly equal quantities of margarine and cream cheese, icing sugar to taste and achieve required thickness, vanilla essence for flavouring, and food colouring.  The 'flowers' and 'leaves' were piped on using the same icing.

So at least I have achieved SOMETHING this month!!





5 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

What a perfect pink birthday cake! I hope you are feeling better soon and less stressed when those assignments are submitted! Take care, S

Fiona said...

sorry to hear you are having such a run of health issues... I do hope you feel much better soon and I'm sure once your assignments are done you will be less stressed.... love the cake... just too sweet...
Hugz

Cheryll said...

You have to take care of YOU! Sewing comes after YOU and FAMILY! So don't worry. As long as you keep your partner up to date.. all is well in the world I'm sure!
Good luck with uni assignments too! :)

Talin's Corner said...

Beautiful cake. Hope you are all well and back to your usual self.

Susan said...

Sending healing prayers your way. You poor thing! Hope you start feeling better soon! Your cake turned out wonderful! I'm sure your daughter loved it! Feel better!

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