Monday, 16 December 2013

Angels and Cakes

On Saturday, I enjoyed a Christmas Tea at the North Herts & Beds branch of the Embroiderers' Guild. The event was very well attended and we enjoyed a very entertaining, inspiring and informative talk by Lynda Monk and if that wasn't enough we were treated to a lovely tea prepared by the committee members.
After the talk, Lynda very generously let us try out her technique of printing with Xpandaprint through a thermofax screen. Being in the Christmas mood, I chose an angel design and printed it onto lutradur before blasting it with a heat gun to make her dress look a little more Lacy.
I used the excess paste on the screen to print onto paper and then painted over it and rubbed the raised bits with Treasure Gold.
This technique could be used to make some lovely Christmas cards but it's all a bit late for this year. I had plans for some stitched felt cards this year it just didn't happen.  
At the tea I also collected this lovely miniature Christmas cake, which I had ordered from Gina.
More than 20 years ago I went on a cake decorating course and this is the first year since then that I have not made my own Christmas cake. Partly due to lack of time but also because my Dad always tucked into it and would take a good chunk of it home. Without his help eating it, was it worth making it? So having decided not to make one, I have now succumbed and bought one, albeit smaller than I would normally make.

Gina always presents her work so beautifully too and as we ate it over the weekend (Tut tut, before Christmas) I can tell you it tasted very good too.  

 I'll be interested to see how the bought cake compares to home made ones. It's difficult to know what to wish for, how will I feel if after all these years of slaving over my cakes, the bought ones are better? I suspect I will go back to making one next year, perhaps just smaller than I used to make.


  1. The bought one won't taste as good as your homemade ones Marian... definitely! Glad you liked the mini cake though. I loved my card from you... so clever. Thank you!

  2. I always think I will make next years in January when there is more time. I either go off the idea, make them and forget I did or am just so over Christmas by then I can't be bothered anyway! Funny world isn't it. I love the angels though, a great effect.

    And daughter now makes the cakes and a fab job she does to, good teacher. ;-) Mind you John is the only one that eats them and boy will he eat them!! I made 11 one year. He had to keep testing them to make sure I was doing it right!


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