Sunday, 30 December 2012

2013 is coming!!



Yep, it will be here before we know it! Plenty of New Years resolutions being made I bet?

2012 was a little crazy,...crazy busy! I have no idea how I came out of it alive but I'm actually hoping 2013 will be a little less stressful :)

First of all, I managed to make roughly 160 cakes. Doesn't sound like a lot in 12 months....but when your a one woman show who has 2 young kids and day to day life to contend with it feels more like 1600!

Here are my faves over the months:



And one of the last cakes of 2012? the Walking Dead!!




 What else happened in 2012 besides a hell of alot of sugar and butter?! My boy turned 6...and Abbi turned 3 and started nursery!
 I have a six year old?! Man that goes fast.







 Abbi talks WAAAAY more now than she used to. She loves singing and dancing the best but often gets her rhymes mixed up.

Including : Hickory Dickory Dock, the mouse ran up the spout.

Jack fell down, and broke his crown, and couldn't get up in the morning

There's a worm at the bottom of the garden and his name is....Pete.

5 cunner buns in a bacon shop, round and back with a cherry on the top...

And the only song shes sings that isn't a nursery rhyme is Bruno Mars - Marry You. Which is odd as we don't listen to it all that much apart from when its on the radio. Again...words are subject to change ;)




This year I also did my first wedding fair, which was....an experience to say the least!
I then did my second wedding fair in a place where I felt right at home...an Alternative Wedding Fair. It was an amazing day and I met some awesome people which I'm looking forward to working with in 2013 hopefully ;)

2012 also brought one of the most shocking stories of all time...ADAM WATCHING ZOMBIES.
You all know how much he hates horror, I mean REALLY hates it. But he watches the Walking Dead, which is great as we can actually sit down and watch something I enjoy just as much!
In fact the more I think about it, the more amazing it is LOL He has a serious fear of Zombies so to watch this of all things is like a miracle!

I also did my first 'constructed' cake. Which needed lots of power tools to make it happen!


2 and a half foot in height..and an 8" cake 'house' balancing on a tower.

SCARY.

We also made a bucket list with some of the most random things on it....which I'm happy to say a few we've managed to cross off. Including the one 'eat a krispy kreme donut'
In fact what became something I had never done.....actually turned into a regular occurrence XD ha ha Too many donuts and I now have to hit the gym.

Then last but not least, the biggest event for us of 2012 was getting married. It dominated every second of the year which made making those 160 cakes even harder!


Over a year of planning went into that day, and when it was over (and no honeymoon to look forward too) I was so depressed I had nothing to plan! I snapped out of it eventually and I'm now looking forward to a New Year of more cakes, wedding fairs, blogging, collaborations, and maybe....just maybe I can squeeze in more 'me time'.



What do you think? Can I pull that off?




No I don't think so either...lol






Monday, 12 November 2012

Come and look at my dirty motorbike tyres...



Hey guys! I have a day off today WOO HOO so catching up with my blogging :)

On Sunday 4th November I attended a wedding fair. But with a difference!
This was the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza (shortened to EWE.... don't be a wedding sheep...get it?) It was to attract geeks, gamers, rockabillys, goths, punks and everyone inbetween, and you guys know I LOVE people like that. People who didn't want the cookie-cutter weddings of white 'prettyness'. But do you want to know the thing that blew my socks off....there was an INVITE ONLY exhibitor list. Yes! Invite only!....how on earth did I get to be among all this awesomeness?!



Well that's down to the lovely Assassynation Photography who was one third of the organizers along with Jo of The Couture Company and Vikki of Lillia

These guys had created a wedding fair that was so far up my street it was staring through my keyhole. I was mega nervous, we were told to create a stand that didn't look like other wedding fayres - give it a theme. I was abit of a late comer to the show, I already had cake orders to fullfill and I didn't have much time to go out shopping to create a theme (or the money to be honest) But I didn't want to let them down with a white tablecloth!
I needed to think of something quick...a rock and roll/biker theme came naturally due to the amount of skull things I own so set about sourcing stuff for it.

I have awesome friends! My mate Keiran brought me 2 huge amps to use and a guitar stand (for the rock and roll part) and my brother sourced lots of bike tyres for me (for the biker part!)
I bought some black bed sheets and silver drawing pins...why? To create a black tablecloth with bad ass 'studs' ha ha ha. A black leather table cloth with REAL studs would have looked much more awesome but ya know, gotta improvise!

I was winging this entire thing just hoping I didn't look too much like a tit among all the other amazing stands.
With all the references to the 'EWE' and not being a sheep, I took an old toy sheep of the kids *ahem...mine* gave him some studded leg gear and bandana *black ribbon with drawing pins...*cough*) and printed out a skull for his wooly jumper!


After getting all the bits and pieces ready we played a mean game of tetris in the car with 5 boxed cakes, skulls, 2 large amps, 4 bike tyres, tester cakes, a sign, props, table cloths and of course the baaaad ass mother flocker sheep ;)

We set off in the early hours to Birmingham which is roughly a 2 hour trip. Arrived at an amazing venue - Fazeley Studios to unpack. Sarah aka Sassy from Assassynation showed me to my table and we began the task of sticking drawing pins into bed sheets like total amateurs ha ha. As I left Adam doing that I went to the car and started hauling in the tyres. It was a surreal experience turning into the studios - black boots on, my leather jacket, two dirty big motorbike tyres under my arms...wait...dirty?! Holy crap we didn't have time to clean them! I'll just have to say the mud gives my table more character! ha ha I watched people hanging the most gorgeous things up, and here I was barging through with great big black (muddy) monstrosities!

The more and more items I brought in though the more I thought...wow this could actually work! Placing the cakes on the table was nerve wracking, what would the other exhibitors thing? Are they TOO geeky/crazy? Would people like them? I took a step back to make sure everything fit and took a picture :)



My second wedding fair! But this time in the RIGHT place :)

I already owned the Outatime number plate, you know I'm a geek like that :) And thought it would go perfect with the Back to the Future Wedding cake!

Here are the 5 cakes up close...


The Till Death us Do Part:




Cherry Love:




Back to the Future:




Hakuna Matata (which of course was my own wedding cake!)




and the Rockabilly Romance:



I met some AMAZING people throughout the day all of which I've managed to track down through Facebook or Twitter and I get to see their amazingness on a daily basis. I highly recommend you check them out!

I first came across Shelly of Toast of Leeds and Jay of Jay Mountford Photography who stopped by my stand with some lovely compliments and were a breath of fresh air after a 2 hour drive. Genuinely gorgeous people who were a pleasure to giggle with. Not only that but they are T.A.L.E.N.T.E.D to boot!

I didn't have time to speak to the organizers much (Sassy, Jo and Vikki), but when I did they were all lovely too :) Jo had lovely warm hands (in a none creepy kind of way...I was freezing! lol) There were expect-idly busy with running the show which I have to say was just amazing for their very first one! It was so busy, friendly and in one word 'EPIC'.

Setting up next to me with some of the most random (but awesome!) stuff was Cabinets of Curiosity. They had so many things to look at!

Photo by Jay Mountfield Photography

We both disappeared off for a while checking out the other stuff on offer, loads of amazing vendors!
Jamball make gorgeous alternative bouquets, one had so many brooches and sparkles on it weighed a ton! It was so pretty!

by Louise Holgate Photography
There were dresses, headwear, stylists, stationary, shoes (amazing shoes!) Entertainers and everything inbetween.

As I was cutting up the sample cakes the floodgates opened and Mr & Mrs-to-be's were filling rooms quickly! Each cake pretty much got equal amounts of attention which was good! Grooms loved the Back to the Future cake, and the Till Death Us Do Part was still a popular choice too. I cannot...and STILL cannot believe how many business cards went, I haven't seen anything like it in my life! Some one asked me for a business card - I said 'yeah they are just on the.....'
The front of the table was empty,
'O just grab one from the guitar...' Oh, that was empty too!
I was just throwing business cards all over the table all day as they were going so fast!

Image by Jay Mountford Photography



The guests at the venue had the most awesome wedding ideas! One particular couple who were ever so sweet were just starting their planning and was thinking of having a Disney's UP theme. Seriously....how cute?! I loved those guys. I soon became to realize this is JUST were I was supposed to be, their ideas and weddings got me SO excited, and that's what its all about.

There was also a fashion show - some AMAZING dresses on show... including this one, which couldn't have matched my Rockabilly Romance cake more if it tried!

Image by A Very Curious Wedding
You can read their lovely account of the day in two parts: Here & Here

Also the model above (as were the others) were an absolute pleasure to talk to! They made me feel right at home and seemed to all love my cakes!
I got an 'OMG' when they approached the stand, and then after finding out my skulls were solid chocolate it turned into a 'HOLY SHITBALLS!' ha ha XD

The blogger who took the above picture (from A Very Curious Wedding) was lovely...and had also been on the wine ;) ha ha Such a fab and upbeat couple :)



After the fashion show and lots more talking to brides I decided to leave my table in the *capable* hands of Adam whilst I went for a nosey at the tables I had missed the exhibitors on the first time.

As I walked into the room I was greeted by a pristine red lipped 1940's styled lady wielding a tray of chocolate cake, I had eaten LOTS of cake only 2 minutes before hand from my own stall but felt rude to decline! ha ha It was Restoration Cake who had kitted out her stall as a bombed out cake shop!

Munching on yet more cake I found Love Illustrated who's first piece I spotted was inspired by Marceline from Adventure Time, I recognized it straight away!

image by Love Illustrated
Isn't it great!!

The stall next to these was a fab cake topper stall Little Ruby Red. As soon as she mentioned she knew about Adventure Time I knew we were on the same wavelength...not to mention she has the COOLEST electric blue hair!

Image by Louise Holgate Photography

Can you believe her stand traveled all the way to Birmingham on public transport?!
Her toppers were seriously up my street...the zombie one was my all time fav!

Image by Louise Holgate Photography


She was one of my fav exhibitors of the day and I now stalk her on Twitter XD genuinely gorgeous witty person :)

Another fav stall of mine was Revive Me Boutique again, same wave length, skulls, cherries and batman on shoes, necklaces and clutch bags....SERIOUSLY!

Image by Jay Mountford Photography

The above image is one of my faves from Jay Mountford Photography

Whilst eyeing up this stand I was joined by Kat from Rock n Roll Bride Blog she had taken a picture of my Back to the Future Wedding cake and Tweeted it as 'Best.Cake. Ever!' Squeeeeeee!

Whilst standing around chatting to all these lovely girls...pink hair, blue hair, green hair, dip died, I realized just how short I actually was, they towered over me and I seemed to stand there like a little geeky shrimp wearing boots!

I headed back to my stand as the day came to a close and I was still buzzing from the amount of lovely comments, interest and just damn nice people I had met! It started a world of 'networking' which I had never done before. I wasn't even doing it for it to be helpful to my business...I was just doing it because they were all so nice I wanted to stay in touch ha ha.

Just before pack-up I saw this gorgeous little blonde haired boy approach, I had to look twice when I saw his arms full of tattoos and realized it was attached to his t-shirt! His parents MUST be awesome!
As I looked up from there I spotted the cutest little family of 3 boys with their mummy and daddy......which turned out to be Steve Gerrard Photography! Hes in the middle of re-branding so keep an eye out for more amazing stuff from them :)

Image by Toast of Leeds


The eventful day had come to an end, I feel blessed to have been apart of all that! And so thankful to Sassy for believing I was good enough to fit in with them all. There are rumours of another one next year...If they ever wanted me back I'd be there in a heartbeat! (aslong as it wasn't too far away ;)) ha ha. I don't think I have used as many 'good' words in one post before 'awesome, amazing, gorgeous, lovely,' I was running out, but I mean each and every one.

I also have to give special mention to all the fab photographers on the day who have given me permission to use their photos. I asked most of you, but if any of you want me to take them down just let me know!

Now there's also someone who wasn't at the show, but needs a special mention as I discovered her only a day after being asked to EWE and she very much fits in with this whole 'alternative' business. I found her RIGHT ON MY DOOR STEP in Lancashire...ClickClickBang Photography
I was originally looking for an 'alternative photographer' to maybe work with, I couldnt find anyone local.....I NEVER expected it to lead to this!! I came back with a whole bunch of new friends and contacts...loads of amazing exhibitors and photographers. I cant wait to see if any of them would like to use and abuse me for projects! ha ha. And if they do, I will be ready XD

So much exciting stuff happening right now :) x




Monday, 5 November 2012

How crap am I?



Sorry guys, I haven't been around for a LONG time. I totally miss my blogging, but at the same time I'm just far too busy. Some days I don't even get chance to fart, nevermind sit and write anything!

I really must try harder. I'm working on taking specific jobs which will hopefully mean working a LITTLE less so I can get other jobs done around the house. You don't even want to SEE how thick the dust is on my xbox!! I miss it so much!

So much has happened that I can't even update you on (even the last part of my wedding story!), but hopefully you've been hanging around on my facebook page.
My new website launched at Halloween made by my amazingly talented friend Pip at Open Door Media.
The sister site to Little Cherry.


I LOVE it so much and it really captures the look of being not your everyday cake maker!

Black Cherry type of cakes really is where my heart lies, I still love cakes with pretty roses, but nothing gets me more excited than a film/gamer or geeky theme.
I also attended my first 'alternative' wedding fair yesterday - it was AMAZING but I will report about that in another post if I can steal images from people who were there! I didn't get many!

Sooo...just thought I'd show my face so you know I'm alive. I have met some amazing people which you will no doubt hear about here on my blog in the next few posts, but for now......I'm going to dust, clean or play on the Xbox as I haven't had chance to for ages.......I think I know which one is going to win! lol


See you guys soon! xx







Sunday, 16 September 2012

Lions, Tigers, Zebras...and lungs.

Hey guys!

I take it quite a few of you liked the first part! I've been asked for the second part already LOL...Here is some of the rest :) (apologies I'm just using photos robbed from guests! The professional ones aren't ready yet. Its gonna take some mighty fine photoshop skills to fix my face!)


So when I left you guys I was on my way down to the lobby. As soon as I exited the lift I was aware of a sudden problem - I was tripping/standing on my underskirt. Ok so those of you who don't know what one is, its like a loopy skirt you wear under your dress, keeping the dress fabric off your legs so you can walk. As far as I know they are pretty much a set size, with me being so short (yes I know!) I had to pull the skirt right up above my waist, almost under my bloomin armpits. But I am obviously a little skinnier there than my hips, so the skirt had slowly made its way down...meaning it was too long and I was tripping on it.
DREAD
All I could think about was me walking in...and tripping flat on my face.Lovely.

As we got outside I was about to sort the skirt out when I noticed loads of people, and the campervan driver holding the door open for us.
Yes we had a campervan! She was gorgeous, cream on the outside and purple on the inside. Her name?...Tiffany XD



I climbed inside and had to pull all my 'fluff' in (from the dress ha ha)
My dad and my girlies all got in and we set off!

Its only about 6 minutes up the road to the zoo so in that time I looked around at my lovely bridesmaids all wearing their purple dresses and holding the colourful flowers and seeing how nervous/excited they were getting for me.
We thought about undoing my dress and fixing my skirt at one point but as we entered the zoo gates there were HUNDREDS of people. They all got ushered upto the sides of the paths as zoo staff walked the car in, and everyone stopped and stared.....Yeah suffice to say I didn't undo my zip and let my back fat flop out for all the general public to see!

I was trying not to look out of the windows, but everytime I glanced there were hundreds of eyes staring back at me....one woman in a wheelchair even waved at me ha ha. So I waved back trying to not look like the queen (not that I have grey hair or a crown...)
The bridesmaids were getting butterflies for me and also couldn't believe all the people staring!

As we pulled up I could see the photographers snapping away, I just thought to myself now is not the time to fall out of the van head first. I got out and made my way into the entrance hall. I NEEDED to sort my skirt out...still too long! As I walked in the registrar and her assistant came to ask us the usual questions, as soon as I was done the first thing I did was started to heave my dress up and pluck at the waistband. It was not a pretty sight. There were staff all over Oakfield Manor, I noticed a videographer filming me....but I didn't care, it needed to be done. I was wriggling, writhing, plucking and grabbing at my dress (anyone who has gotten married in a large dress will sympathize here with how darn difficult it is to even grab any type of undergarment! lol)
I just hope the videographer forgives me and most of all...edits that part out ha ha

For the ceremony we had left sweet popcorn boxes and flags on the guests seats (to fit in with our film theme), film theme tunes playing (yes we even had ghostbusters!) and some comical reserved signs for a few of the wedding party :)

My Dads was - Inspector Gadget (he loves new gizmos and gadgets!) Go go gadget tissues..
Mums - Inch High Private Eye
Kai - The Foghorn (he likes to make noise lol)
Bridesmaid Christine - The Goblin King (Labyrinth fan! ha ha)
Bestman - The Fisherman
My Auntie - Gollum (she likes Lord of the Rings...it has nothing to do with the fact with how he looks....ha ha)
Adam's sister - The Jockey (she has a horse lol)
and plenty more :)
I was hoping these went down well.

As I looked up, my bridesmaids had already disappeared and had been ushered in. I could just about see my bridesmaid Christine's hubby and children stood at the door and could hear her 2 year old daughter shouting 'mummy! mummy!' it was so cute XD

Our entrance music was abit of Bryan Adams :) Thought the words were really nice, and were also used in the film Spirit (what? we have to stick to our film theme!) ha ha



I can remember in that split second wondering what Adam would be doing. He had said in the run up to the wedding that he would be fine in the morning....like this:



And that when he knew I was arriving he would be quiet and silently pooping his pants...but he wasn't going to cry.


He he.

This was it....when was I going to cry? Would I trip up? How fast should I walk?
We got ushered in, the music was playing and I set off. My Dad held me back and said 'now now...your rushing!!'
I walked a little slower and turned into the door way...I looked up and saw Adam standing at the end in his converse, looking back at me with his cute little belly hanging out of his waistcoat ha ha. I'm sure he won't mind me saying that...I love his cuddly egg :) (and if he does... there's nothing he can do because I've posted it now anyway!)



I looked back at the floor, I didn't want to look at him too long just incase I started to cry already. I looked at my arm, back at the floor, glanced at Adam again, glanced at the floor, then back at my arm...and before I knew it I was standing beside him. I didn't see ANYONE else walking in. I didn't know who was sat where, or who came...I was just trying not to cry or trip up.
Because I hadn't looked at Adam for long, he later told me he almost blubbed when I walked in (which was really weird as he doesn't cry at things like that!) as soon as he saw me walk round the doorway in my dress he had to bite his lip multiple times to stop the tears falling. Awwww.


From then on, it went so fast. She asked for us to turn and face each other.....o dear. The vows were coming. Even when saying those I only glanced up at Adam for a few seconds at a time, then back down to my hands as I concentrated.
'Adam can you please pick up the ring you chose for Tracey'
....he picked his own up. Ha ha.
When it came to mine I just repeated what she said...I wasn't nervous, I wasn't emotional, I was just concentrating. I looked down after one string of words and saw Adam wearing the bracelets I bought him...but one was missing?...
O crap! Slip of concentration..what did the registrar just say?
After trying to repeat what she said in the wrongest way possible like a demented tongue tied Tasmanian devil ...TWICE I just looked and her and said 'No.. you'll have to say it again' ha ha




I almost had no skin left on my hand by the time Adam had finished his vows, he held it throughout and stroked it the entire time with nerves. Ha ha, I was just really enjoying the fact I wasn't full of snot and tears.

I had almost forgotten about the vows we had written for each other, I knew I would have no trouble saying these :)

Adam's were :

I promise to clean your kitchen after you have made a mess (a few titters)
I promise not to argue with you because we already know your always right (a few louder titters)
And I promise not to fart just as you get in bed (quite a few louder belly laughs)

I responded with:

I promise not to raise my eyebrows when you stand at the sink washing up in your yellow Marigolds
I promise not to buy new clothes, hide them in the back of the wardrobe for a few weeks and tell you I've had them for years
And not to physically force you to watch horror films till you scream like a little girl (the guests loved this one!)

After that we were announced Man and Wife. What? That's it? I did it!?

BOOYAH....I didn't cry one bit. I was cooler than a cucumber with frickin' laser beams attached to its head!


Now just to sign the register? No problem.



We played these for signing:
Feel free to listen to those whilst reading...they deserved to be played all the way through ha ha

Lion King - Can you feel the love tonight - instrumental

Goonies!! Good enough. This song brings back memories from the Goonies all riding down the hill on their bikes for a new adventure :) (Yeah I'm a soppy geek aren't I?) I even have one of those maps o.O


And the last was Hakuna Matata of course!!








                                                Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours.

DONE...DONE!! Married! Can you believe it. 2 years of planning for those couple of minutes.






We walked out to yet another film song. Power of Love from Back to the Future



Now I thought once walking out you would be placed in the entrance so you could greet each guest as they made their way out, and once everyone was outside you made your arrival as man and wife where the confetti (in our case bubbles!) would be used.
We got ushered around the corner and outside as they said Afternoon Tea would be served. As we walked out, all the guests came piling out behind us onto the terrace and there was just no way from there we could greet everyone. They all made themselves comfy on the terrace in the sun....yes SUN!! so we didn't get to see everyone, or use the bubbles :(
But the kids sure had fun playing with them and I got round to greet everyone EVENTUALLY!










From Left - my brother Darren who helped give out sweets and toy animals to the little ones as they arrived
The Groom...who typically isn't looking at the camera ha ha
My Dad - couldn't get his tie off quick enough :)
and my other brother Chris who gave out the ceremony packs :)


They included a little run through of the day, a zoo map, a tube of bubbles and 2 badges (all varying designs)


At the end of the day the remaining packs were raided by the people who wanted to collect them, ha ha

My bridesmaid Louise enjoying the Afternoon Tea



The guests piling out onto the terrace - you can even see Lisa our photographer here, shes fab! x


Looks like some tigers raided the candy buffet :) ha ha



Sunshine!! Yay! I'm so glad it made an appearance...though I did have a back-up umbrella especially for the occasion!


Not needed all day!

After afternoon tea the guests were free to do what they pleased whilst we were whisked off for photos.

Here are a few pics of what they got upto....


Bit over dressed for the monkey house don't you think? ha ha

As obviously we were elsewhere, the guests were all fabulously dressed and had to walk round the zoo getting odd stares from people....'God...fascinator to come to the zoo is a bit much!' ha ha


Near enough all the guests wore something animal related ...and a few even with skulls! We didn't even ask them to, we just told them to come 'comfy' and look at the effort they all made! We had all types of animal prints, elephant t-shirts, flamingo dresses, bird print, skull shoes, skull t-shirt, a baby dressed as a moose, comic book ties!! It was just amazing and I'm so humbled they all really thought about outfits even when we didn't ask them too! ha ha

If any guests are reading this...you were ALL AMAZING!







Face Painting!








Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles!!









My pregnant bridesmaid! Who is due any day now :)








The Best man (Adam's Dad) getting transformed....




Into a zebra :)


Abbi was halfway through having her face painted like a butterfly..


When we got called together for a huge group photo...so she was snatched from the seat with only the pink and white bit on (she didn't have the black or silver at the time!). I can remember glancing to the side and doing a double take....what animal is THAT? It looks like a pair of lungs on her face...
Which made Adam laugh :)







The lion needs directions.....ha ha









And here is my other lovely bridesmaid...The Goblin King! ha ha


Everyone said they had an absolute blast (I'm hoping they were telling the truth!)
They had about 2 hours to check out the zoo, have their faces painted, raid the candy buffet (and boy did they! I'm surprised you wernt all on sugar over dose! ha ha) explore the bat cave, monorail, water bus, gift shops, pub, or just sit back and relax :)

And that's just what the guests did!

We were off for those 2 hours having pics of our own...




(wow looks like its a 3 parter story...or maybe even 4! ha ha)