Sunday, 6 April 2014

Birthday, Bug, Books


Happy birthday Cameron


This week we celebrated Cameron's 14th birthday - where do the years go? In many ways Cameron is so mature and grown up and yet in other ways nothing has changed at all...

some things never change

The birthday cake request this year was a Malteaser cake. I made a sponge flavoured with Malteaser hot chocolate (adding in the same quantities you would for cocoa powder if you were making chocolate sponge) and vanilla marscapone icing (marscapone cream cheese whipped up with a couple of tablespoons of icing sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract) and then decorated, of course, with Malteasers.  It wasn't the prettiest cake I've ever made but it tasted divine!

Birthday 1


Birthday celebrations were swiftly followed with that sickness bug that has been doing the rounds (for me, anyway, Cameron has the strongest immune system of anyone I know and rarely gets ill). I'm doing ok now but it means I don't have much to show for my week. I did, however, get some interesting things from the library so I thought I'd share those with you.

I'm itching to get started with a quilt and so I borrowed Jane Brocket's Quilt Me! from the library.  This is a follow up to The Gentle Art of Quilt-making and has some less conventional ideas for fabrics. 
I'm really loving this simple idea from the Kitchen Sink quilt and I'm hoping to give it a try with some jelly roll strips.

quiltspiration

Nicki Trench's Geek Chick Crochet has so many lovely ideas in it.
I fancied making this cowl for Cameron for next autumn but he's not feeling the cowl idea - even when I called it an infinity scarf. I thought the colours were quite Doctor Who-esque but no. Never mind - it's better to know these things before you've spent yarn money and a week making them, isn't it?

Geek Chic Cowl


This dress with contrasting features also caught my eye but disappointingly the sizes only go up to a UK 14 and I'm not clever enough with crochet yet to adapt it.

Geek Chic dress

I also borrowed The Thrifty Gardener and The Thrifty Forager by Alys Fowler - looking forward to diving into those as I own a copy of The Edible Garden and really love it. 

Hook, Yarn and Crochet was also in my stack and has some pretty ideas but nothing really jumped off the page at me.


We're looking forward to a nice quiet week ahead after a very busy period and before a new one begins. I'm definitely ready to establish a new routine and rhythm to my days now that there is the extra light and a few tasks that had been consuming time are out of the way.

Wishing you a wonderful week!


35 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Cameron!
    That cake Looks amazing Hannah :-)

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  2. Oh he has grown up so much! Such a handsome boy....
    I love the contrasting dress, if only I was so talented!!

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    1. I think he's pretty handsome, Annette, but I may be a bit biased!

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  3. Happy Birthday to your son! And that cakes looks delicious!

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  4. Happy Birthday! That cake looks amazing.

    Enjoy your quiet week wherever it takes you.......

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  5. Some great books to spend time over. The cake looks great it is certainly making my mouth water.

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  6. Happy Birthday to Cameron, what an amazing cake. Your books all sound wonderful and I have to say the cowl does look amazing. Have a lovely break.
    Ali xx

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  7. Sorry to hear you succumbed to the sickness bug but glad you're getting over it and Cameron managed to escape it. Sounds like you're planning plenty activity from the books you've borrowed. Liz x

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    1. Thanks, Liz - there's always plenty of activity planned, getting around to it is another matter!

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  8. What a cool looking cake! Happy B-Day Cameron. What a pretty cowl! Hope you are feeling better soon.

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  9. Happy be-lated birthday Cameron! And what do you mean not the nicest looking cake, it was covered in malteasers, it looked like heaven! :D Hope your feeling better soon! Love Alys Fowlers book too, love the tv series wish that was back on!

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  10. happy birthday to your sweet son! yes, where does the time go???

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  11. happy birthday young man hope you had a good time on your birthday

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  12. Looks like a lovely birthday cake. The time does fly fast my 2nd will be 17 this month crazy!! Enjoy your week!

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  13. Happy b-day Cameron! The cake sounds delicious and looks good, too, Hannah. :) You amaze me with your creativity and abundance of talent. Hope you are feeling better and have a lovely week. I'm enjoying the extra hours of daylight, too! :)

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  14. Hey Hannah, re: the dress. You could always use a thicker yarn & a bigger hook, that would push the size up. What yarn/hook does it state?

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    1. That's a good idea, Sooz - thanks :o)

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  16. My daughter once made the malteser cake out of one of Nigella's cookbooks. It was very rich if I remember but delicious. I love the dress. I wish there was a more straight on view of it.

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    1. Sorry, Elizabeth - my shot wasn't that straight, was it?

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  17. Happy Birthday to Cameron!

    I have the Thrifty Forager - it's a great book!

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