Monday, October 15, 2012

One Weekend Wonder: 197 Daisies



Over the weekend, I have been slowly making fondant daisies for Sophie's birthday cake  (the photo above shows only a quarter of those I have created).  Back when I first posted about my vision for her party and the picnic theme I was picturing , I was still unsure on the cake, until Catherine left a comment suggesting tying in the flowers on my inspiration board in some way.  A bit of Googling had me deciding on a simple round cake with buttercream frosting, covered in a sprinkling of edible daisies.  However, with pre-made sugar decorations costing around fifty cents each, I instead bought myself two cutters and a pack of fondant icing and added the task of making a whole bunch of these to my party preparations.

I must admit, this activity lost its novelty factor about halfway through and became a tad tiring (although making these flowers is actually very easy).  I now understand why prettily decorated wedding cakes are so expensive.  However, one positive that came from this repetitive task was that it gave me time to sit and think and reminisce...

As I worked away, I thought back to where I was at this time last year... three days away from my due date.. Sophie was head down after having been 'turned' a few weeks earlier when we discovered she was breech.  My labour bag had been packed, complete with presents for my big girl for each day she would visit me in hospital.  Grace's patchwork quilt had been finally sewn (my one 'must-do' on my list of 'nesting tasks'.)  My round belly (whilst small and compact) was becoming increasingly uncomfortable.  I was feeling a mixture of emotions... excitement at being able to finally meet our precious bub and also apprehension about how I would adjust to being a Mama to two little ones.

And yesterday, as I continued on with my mundane task and made daisy after daisy and became lost in my thoughts, I looked over to Grace and Sophie playing in the living room beside me and realised  how lucky I am to be at this point, one year on, with my precious little family and this life I am so blessed to have...


Pop over to Claire's One Weekend Wonder Link-Up to see what others have been up to this weekend...

24 comments:

  1. Yes, you are blessed Amanda, you have such a beautiful family. The diasies look amazing and so wil the cake. I'm very impressed! I look forward to seeing the finished result :)
    x

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  2. Phew! 197 daisies. Is that how many you've created so far or the total you need for the cake? They look pretty special, I'll tell you that much! And at 50c a pop I would be going with the make them myself option too! You need to get a procession line happening with Grace and Paul helping you one evening. One punching petals, one punching middle bits and one putting them together!

    Your girls are a credit to you Amanda, you are doing a fantastic job of raising them right! Hope the lead up to the party continues smoothly and that you have some lovely weather, I see that next weekend is looking to be alright...

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    1. 197 is the total...and yes, I counted them for the purpose of this post :) I've probably got a few too many now, but I am going to have to bake two round cakes as one won't be enough so I don't think they'll go to waste.

      Thanks for your king words.... the weather forecast is saying 31 for Sunday, yay!

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  3. Those daisies are absolutely beautiful Amanda...and all the more special because you made them...now don't let anyone eat them hehe!!
    I loved reading your last paragraph...just lovely Mummy x

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  4. Oh my! This cake is going to be stunning. I just cannot wait to see the party photos. Oh little Sophie, you are so loved, you chose a beautiful mama x

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    1. You are so kind Claire, thank you x

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  5. ps. It's such a reflective time, isn't it? I'm so glad I have the blog as a reminder of that time x

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  6. So pretty, I thought they were lace when I first looked at them!

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  7. Amanda! You are a divine gorgeous thoughtful loving mama and your girls are so lucky to have you. I can't believe your baby is almost 1. Gosh, that time has flown by. Lots of love to you, Jenx

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  8. OMG...the flowers look FAB! You clever Mumma. Fondant & I don't go well together :)
    I can't wait to see the prettiness of Sophie's party!
    Not long now!!!!
    Such a special time....amazing how much happens, and how much changes over a year hey!?
    xx

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  9. Wow, what a project filled with love!

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  10. Amanda these daisies are so sweet and look so perfect, you've done such a wonderful job, worth the hours it has taken you. It sounds like it was therapeutic, I love reminiscing too. Have a wonderful week lovely. xx

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    1. It wouldn't have taken half as long if I'd started earlier and got my act together... especially as sugar decorations can be made WAY ahead of time... never mind, I'll remember that for next time :)

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  11. So lovely Amanda, love those moments when you just look at over at them & it hits you! Those flowers are just gorgeous, I can't wait to see the cake & the lovely party I know you will create for Sophie!

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  12. Hi Amanda,
    Those flowers looks lovely, I'm sure the time you are taking will be worth it. I remember when I candied tons of violets (her favorite) for my daughter's birthday cake. Also, wanted to say hi, you're on my good mail list from Sarah. Looking forward to getting to know you better and reading your blog. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Veronica! Will look forward to getting to know you more through your blog too x

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  13. Looking forward to seeing the cake, the daisies are gorgeous!

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  14. This cake is going to be lovely. I love all those daisies :) You're very clever Amanda. xx

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  15. I can't wait to see the finished product!

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  16. Gosh Amanda, I can't believe you are making all of these. I can't wait to see the cake, it's going to be gorgeous. Loving the look of your new blog look too. xx

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  17. They look totally awesome! Can't wait to see the cake!

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  18. Oh, a lovely post Amanda. The flowers are so pretty and so effective en masse. The cake will be so pretty.

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  19. Love this post Amanda. And how gorgeous are those daisies! Cannot wait to see photos of the cake you make for beautiful Sophie xx

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