Thursday, 21 January 2010

Alpha Mummy attacks/celebrates 4yr old Birthday!!

These last four years have gone past both so slowly and so fast! Four years ago I was busy birthing a 9 pound baby just on gas (yes I am proud of that feat!!). In four years my daughter has grown up to be a very articulate, crafty and loud little girl whom I'm immensely proud of. Oh the crafty things she loves! Just warms the cockles of my heart!! If she didn't like crafty things.... well, that's just not worth thinking about! tee hee...

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Anyhoo, the Alpha Mummy in me came striding to the fore this year. Well, actually I've been planning this birthday since before Xmas but don't tell anyone. Fairy was the theme and fairy it was. We had the fairy castle birthday cake, complete with little sugar fairies found at the last minute after months of searching! The cake design came from the Women's Weekly Kids' Birthday Cakes cookbook (the 2000's version). It was such fun making this cake and I had a ball using my vintage Tala icing set to pipe the windows, gates and vines from melted chocolate.

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I used a new recipe for the frosting on this cake. I haven't been too charmed by other butter-cream recipes I've used, namely those from the kids cake books. So I tested a new type of icing using Copha as I was sure the day was going to be warm and didn't want the butter-based icing sliding off the cake! Here's the link to it... I used the Australian version, which is half the amount of the original recipe, and it still made bucket loads! The result was a beautiful icing which didn't have the overly sickly buttery taste of others I've used but still a lovely rich taste.

To continue the fairy theme I also ordered a super cute fairy wand cookie cutter on Ebay and was blown away by the wonderful customer service I received! I sell a lot of things on Ebay and try to be nice but often the transaction is just buy and sell. But this seller, Riches and Realms, was super helpful, emailing me with lots of ideas and suggestions, listing things specifically for me that she had in her stock. And super speedy postage and emails. Thought I'd pass on the good word if you had the need for cookie cutters or cake decorating supplies! As for the photo, this is shot is pre-baking time and I did ice the cookies but didn't take a photo!

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No fairy party is complete without fairy-fun-filled-party bags! I whipped these up using some cheap cotton the same colour as the fairy birthday girl's dress. Some simple love heart shapes sewn on with a vintage button embellishment. Simply cut the rectangles out with the pinking shears to save on hemming and cut out the embellishments with the shears too. A little zig-zag stitch up each side and you have yourself a fairy bag! Pink ribbon bows finished these off and inside were treats like bags of fairy dust I made up in the organza bags you can get at the $2 shops. Lots of glitter and those shiny sparkle scatter shapes and confetti!

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And to ease my post-party come down I thought I would indulge in some decadent self-sewing, and use a sweet vintage pattern I picked up on the weekend. I nearly fell over when I saw that it was in the vicinity of my size. Well my bust size that is! Seems like in the 40's, 50's and 60's not many lasses had bazookas my size! The fabric pictured with the pattern is one I picked up from ebay some time ago and is a lovely vintage polished cotton. I think I may have just enough fabric to make this dress. I've even impressed myself by making a muslin first two drafts as I don't want to make any mistakes cutting into this fabric! I've had to adjust the bodice BIG time and of course the raglan sleeves aren't making it easy. I'm attempting the full skirted version.

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Now that 'The Party' is out of the way I've been thinking of my upcoming year, with my daughter at kindy and me swinging into bigger-time Silly Gilly mode. I've signed myself up for a WEA course on Pattern Drafting. It's a four week course 'giving you the skills to draft patterns from scratch'. As I've been dressmaking for years and am still not confident in altering store bought patterns, I thought this course would be a good avenue to learn some new drafting skills. I also aim to be clever like Nikki and use my Autocad design talents to draft up some new kids' toy patterns I am currently designing.

So, one week to go till kindy starts, and I find myself alternating between being exasperated with a four year old's litany of questions (which start the moment she wakes me up) and a little teary that my one and only is off to the big wide world. Aw shucks. I've a tear coming again......

11 comments:

Tracy said...

Awww very cute. I love the cake. Did you see the short courses with TAFE? they are advertising a heap of dressmaking and pattern drafting courses based at Marsden and another campus. If you want the details I dig out the booklet.
Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter.

Miss Prudence said...

Bravo on a fabulous birthday party that cake is just par excellence! And I am so jealous of the pattern - why are they alway in such tiny sizes? LOL

Bird Bath said...

firstly, that cake is a spectacular creation, all those fine details like the ivy and windows make it looks so pretty. The biccie wands are too cute. The party must have been fantastic. Birthday wishes to the Kindy girl. Sometimes watching them grow up can be conflicting eh? A mixture of relief and melancholy.

Looking forward to seeing the vintage dress come together. The pattern making course sounds fab. I reckon I might look into that-perhaps when my youngest sets of to kindy next year...

Jodie said...

What a great party - well done alpha mummy !

Keep us posted on that dress - I keep saying that this year will be the year I make clothes, but I find it so hard to get started. I am very impressed that you made a muslin first - I shall miss teenage whingey bags onto hers soon too....

(oh and they sure didn't have bazookers , they had pocket pistols)

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

Great party! She looks so cute in her fairy dress :) And the cake...I have a cake maker, no way I'm that clever.
Best of luck with the dress! xox

Lissa Jane said...

Oh what a lovely party!!!
After 37 hrs labour, I had a 9lb'r on gas only too.. thank god he was early otherwise he would of been a HUGE monster!
take care :O)


Lissa

Linda said...

wow Gillian you have totally been amazing the party looks fabulous!!! what a lucky little girl!!

Corrie said...

gorgeous party and gorgeous party girl! my little miss is 4 this year and I have no idea where the years have gone! oh the question....at the moment her favourite is what is in your toes/head/leg/arm and whatever you say you get 'and what else'! exhausting but cute!!!!

I loved patternmaking and I'm sure you will too! oh the maths took me back to school but it's enjoyable!

Corrie:)

Natalie said...

Happy Birthday to your adorable little girl, my little miss was just looking at the screen and said "oh look cute" when she saw her photo (awwwwww) The cake looks amazing, I will try that icing recipe next time as I haven't really found one that I'm happy with yet. The dress fabric and pattern looked gorgeous too, look forward to seeing it. I saw that pattern course in my guide as well and have been trying to decide to do it or not

Kerrie said...

The cake is AMAZING !! It is so lovely to see gorgeous home made things :)

Tracy said...

I dug out the booklet.. Pattern drafting is offered at tea tree gully over 8 weeks 2.5 hours fridays 12:30 to 3:00 pm 5 feb to 26 mar or 14 may to 2 july or wednesday 7-9:30pm 12 may to 30 june. I have the course codes and phone number here if they interest you. Reading all these courses makes me wish we lived closer to the big smoke!