Good morning. It's a milder start to the day here compared with the last few days but the sky looks a bit uncommitted right now. Fingers crossed that it stays dry at last,
Yesterday was another good day. Slimming World was good and it's always nice to see everyone. Doing the weighing, I always get to speak to everyone, whether they stay or not, which I really enjoy.
Then, after SW and breakfast, I set off to enjoy a few more shops. I didn't get all that much but I did find a twelve-pack of J2O Glitterberry which Alex always loves and asks for at Christmas so they are now tucked away. I found four little trees (see below) and have a good nosey round the yarn and fabric with no intention of buying (and I didn't - the halo is shining brightly).
I enjoyed myself very much.
I've realised there are two more shops that have Christmas stuff - B&Q and what used to be Wyvale, so that's another nosey round for another day.
Personal Training with Lindsey was good fun, as usual. We always have a lot of laughs.
I've decided how I'm going to decorate the Christmas cake. I've had three little Christmas figures that I think I bought at a craft fair, made from Fimo, for absolutely ages, maybe a couple of decades even, and never used them on a cake. When I was in Hobbycraft yesterday, I found four little Christmas trees and had an idea.
So this is what I will do (after marzipanning and icing the cake).
It'll be sort of like this. Then around the front edge, from tree to tree, I will use coloured icing for holly leaves and berries in a sort of wreath and in the space in front of the figures I will put a cake topper that says 'Merry Christmas' or something similar. A good, old-fashioned decoration, just like my mum used to make when we were very little and definitely NOT arty.
Now I wonder if I can work out how to make the sort of icing that you can shape into spikes like snow - not that snow ever settles in spikes, but you know what I mean. I know it's not the roll out icing. Must look at Google.
I want to sit and do some general and specific planning for the weeks ahead.
In the evening, there's Strictly and knitting.
So quiet but nice.
Morning Joy, you need to make royal icing. My mum used to cover our Christmas cakes in it and formed the snowy spikes by rapidly pulling it up using the back of a knife. A bit like artexing! Used to set rock hard tooReplyDelete
Ah - royal icing! Of course. Thanks, Rachel. I don't mind it setting hard as it will only be on part of the top anyway.Delete
I'll have a ponder about whether I want to do that or not.
We had plans to go to the local fireworks gathering but they’ve been cancelled due to the dangerously windy weather forecast we have. Miss 27 was due to come but now isn’t. Am off shopping first thing, maybe a trip to the tip and a visit to the dog food treat shop! I’ve got a sewing thing on the go so mat spend an hour at the needle!ReplyDelete
It's a bit breezy here but nothing too much. Maybe it will pick up or maybe your way will get it all!Delete
Had to smile at the typo in there or predictive text turning snow into snot!ReplyDelete
My Mum always made royal icing and roughed it to make snow and usually a lump of marzipan somewhere under the icing to make a hill for a little figure on a sledge to be sliding down
Oh, no!! ooops! I've corrected it now, thanks.Delete
I bet your mum's cakes looked lovely.
Don't you just love predictive and why do you never spot the problem until after sending it of into the ether?ReplyDelete
I don't think I can blame predictive text this time, seeing as I used my PC. < blush >Delete
Afternoon tea out, a belated birthday treat from family.ReplyDelete
Oh, how lovely for you. Have a fantastic time.Delete
Love the little Christmas trees and figures, they will look great on a cake and then can move to the mantlepiece once the cake is gone.ReplyDelete
It really is grey and horrible today isn't it, local firework displays are being cancelled left right and centre due to the winds and a bad forecast for tonight. There were a few last night but I got Mavis used to all the bangs and fizzles by playing the Alexa app until she settled. Suky was not bothered at all she loves fireworks.
They've been part of the Christmas decor for ages, just not on the cake. They have been promoted this year. :-)Delete
It's not so bad here - yet. I'm just in from my walk and it was very pleasant. Maybe we will get lucky.
Those little figurines are so cute and festive... and you know how much I love Christmas. It's a cold and miserable day here so indoors it is for Tony and I today.ReplyDelete
It's been very dull today mostly, but dry and not too windy. No complaints.
I like your idea for decorating the Christmas cake, should look good.ReplyDelete
I've spent the day indoors. It's dry but cold so I have amused myself indoors in the warm xx
Thanks, Eileen, I think it should too and shouldn't rely on any artistic ability! :-)Delete
Your Christmas figures are so cute. I hope you share a photo of the cake afterwards. I would love to see it. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Belinda. I'm sure I will. xxDelete
Aren't they sweet? I've had them for so long so it's nice to be using them for their original purpose at last!Delete
Those look lovely! Sounds like a great idea. Today was actually sunny so we made the most of it!ReplyDelete
I'm glad you were able to enjoy some fine, sunny weather.