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11.10.15

5 Things I Loved This Week - 11th October 2015

5 Things I Loved This Week - 11th October 2015
11.10.15
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Hey guy's! so another week has finished so its time to share with you 5 things I loved this week if you recommend anything on my list that you think I would enjoy then please comment blow and tell me.
 
Enjoy!
 
 
5 Thing's I've enjoyed on TV this week
 
1. Doctor Foster (Final Episode)
 
2. Great British Bake Off Final
 
3. Once Apon A Time
 
4. Hunted
 
5. Celebrity Juice
 
 
5 Thing's that's put a smile on my face this week.
 
1. Having a shopping spree in L U S H
 
2. Having job interview's and being accepted to one of them so far! But then getting offered more hours where I am working at the moment.
 
3. Coming home to a surprise bottle of my favourite wine.
 
4. Starting my Christmas shopping.
 
5. Spending some time with my mum &  Millie Moo (My mum's dog).
 
 
5 Film's & Music I've enjoyed this week.
 
1. Raise Your Voice (DVD)
 
2. Ghost (DVD
 
3. Around The World - Natalie La Rose (Music)
 
4. Dumb - The 411 (Music)
 
5. Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth & Meghan Trainor (Music)
 
If you recommend any film's or music then please let me know below
 
Much Love
 
Amy 
7.10.15

Interview with Sarah's Sugar Craft - 07th October 2015

Interview with Sarah's Sugar Craft - 07th October 2015
7.10.15
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Sarah's Sugarcraft Interview

Hey guy's so today I had the opportunity to interview Sarah who has had her own business for 13 year's. she started baking wedding cakes and celebration cakes as a hobby for her friends then finally decided to start her very own business 3 years ago. She is a fully trained sugar crafter and also help run her local sugar craft club's to help others learn her art of sugar craft. Her business is based in South Gloucestershire.

Interview with Sarah's Sugarcraft

 Enjoy!

1. What got you into baking?
When I was organising my son's christening i asked my friend for recommendations she said "oh you can do your own here borrow my books" so I had a look through and liked a design , bought a ready iced cake (because I didn't feel confident to make my own) then made the decorations using the book.
 
2. How long have you had your company for?
5 years but started as a hobby 15 years ago
 
3. What inspired you to start your own business?
What started out as cakes for family & friends soon grew to friends of friends so I felt that was the time to start doing things properly like registering with HMRC, local council, getting insurance etc really once money started to change hands.
 
4. What is your favourite cake to eat and why?
Anything with chocolate , you don't get a body like mine without liking chocolate
 
5. What is your favourite flavour of cake to make and why?
Fruit cake because you can make it well in advance it's not last minute and the smell in the kitchen is divine.
 
6. Do you have any other hobbies apart from baking?
I like making jewellery and have dabbled in vinyl decorations.
 
7. What do you think are the positives and negatives of baking/your own business? Positives are I can work hours that suit my family and I. Negatives are working late sometimes to get designs finished.
 
8. What is your favourite occasion cake to make and why?
Wedding cakes as it is an honour to design, bake and produce something for someone's special day that will be remembered for many years.
 
9. Did you enjoy baking when you were younger?
Yes I loved baking with my Mum and Step Nan. I am of the age when Mum's stayed at home and regularly baked, Friday was usually Mum's baking day making goodies for the weekend and the following week.
 
10. Do you have any favourite bakers at the moment?
Mary Berry (as she lives near me) Sugar Artist would have to be Jacqui Kelly of Totally Sugar, her attention to detail blows me away.
 
11. Do you find baking relaxes you?
Yes I can quite happily spend hours in my workshop working on cake decorations. I sadly lost my Son 6 years ago and Sugar Artistry was something that I could do to loose myself in.
 
12. If you were trapped on island and could only take three things what would they be and why?
My Hubby, My Daughter because I couldn't be without them and a sharp knife for chopping food caught/gathered by my hubby.
 
13. What do you find most challenging about being a baker?
Dividing time between my business and my family.
 
14. How do you keep organized while baking? How do you keep a schedule for what needs done?
When making sponge celebration cakes I work to a three day schedule, bake day 1, tort, fill & cover day 2 & decorate day 3 ready for collection/delivery day after. Days that I am not baking I make the decorations required for cake.
 
15. What is your most popular design of cake you sell?
 Birthday cakes as I design them to each recipient whether its their hobbies/job/work or just their likes.
 
Sarah's Sugarcraft's favourite cake

Go head and check out Sarah's Facebook page and don't forget to like and order!
5 star reviews  A M A Z I N G
 
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 Make sure you comment below guy's and tell me what you think even if your already a fan on Sarah's cakes let me know what you think below I would love to here for you all.
 
 
Thank you very much Sarah for taking the time to answer these questions for me
 
Much Love
 
Amy
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4.10.15

Interview with Caking and Baking - 04th October 2015

Interview with Caking and Baking - 04th October 2015
4.10.15
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Caking and Baking Interview
Interview with the amazing Caking and Baking
Enjoy!
 
1. What go you into to baking?
I got into baking really because I don't sleep! I'm usually up most of the night and baking gave me something productive to do with my time
 
2. How long have you had your company for?
I've been baking professionally (i.e. taking money) for 3 years
 
3. What inspired you to start your own business?
I registered and started my business because lots of people were asking for my cakes and I couldn't afford to keep doing them for free!
 
4. What if you favourite cake to eat and why?
My favourite cake to eat is more of a bun, something fruity & a little mixed spice like a Belgium bun or Chelsea bun
 
5. What is your favourite flavour of cake to make and why?
My favourite flavour to make is my sweet sticky caramel cupcakes
 
6. Do you have any other hobbies apart from baking?
When I'm not baking I like to spend time with my family or at the gym
 
7. What do you think are the positives and negatives of baking/your own business?
The positives are I can pick and choose my work and my hours, I like not having anyone to answer to ... The negatives it's quite lonely at times and there is a lot of pressure as no one can share the workload
 
8. What is your favourite occasion cake to make and why?
I love modelling so novelty cakes are my favourite
 
9. Did you enjoy baking when you was younger?
 I've always liked creating in the kitchen
 
10. Do you have any favourite baker's at the moment?
Peggy Porschen is my favourite baker 11. I find baking relaxing if it's for fun (not an order)
 
11. Do you find baking relaxes you?
I find baking relaxing if it's for fun (not an order)
 
12. If you was trap on island and could only take three thing what would they be and why?
 My 3 island things .... Hmmmm my iPad (so I can Pinterest!) a huge supply of Prosecco and my family 
 
13. What do you find most challenging about being a baker?
The most challenging thing is the mess, someone has to do the washing up, clean up the icing sugar storm and sweep the fondant & crumbs and when you finish at 4.30am it's an even tougher job to do! 
 
14. How do you keep organized while baking? How do you keep a schedule for what needs done?
To keep organised I have a large wall planner every cake gets 3 days as standard blocked out .. Day 1 bake cake & let rest, any models or flowers done. Day 2 ice cake leave to crust & finish models. Day 3 complete cake and deliver. More detailed cakes or designs take longer simpler designs shorter 
 
15. What is you most popular design of cake you sell?
Erm not sure I have a most popular design as such but people come to me when they want a detailed personalised model cake
 
Caking and Baking favourite cake.


If you wish to visit Saffron Facebook page then here is her URL
5 star reviews and amazing cakes.
 
*Make sure you like and support her as well.
 
If your into baking yourself or have your very on company then come and join Cake Decorating - Friendly Shares, Hints & Tips this page was made by Saffron herself and now nearly has 19,000 members across the world and it is known as bring the friendliest cake group on Facebook so far!
 
Make sure you comment below guys on what you think.
 
Thank you very much Saffron for taking the time to answer these questions for
 
Much Love
 
Amy
 
 
 
3.10.15

How to draw a rose - 03rd October 2015

How to draw a rose - 03rd October 2015
3.10.15
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How to draw a rose
 Hey guy's I thought it was time to do another step by step guild for you all, I know many people love drawing roses and I want to share with you my quick and easy way of drawing your very own rose.
 
Enjoy!

 
 Step One

Draw a curving line like a backwards 'S' this is the baseline of the image. Take your time getting it right until you are happy with it. Below it add a wavy line to give the petal impression and to enhance the flow of the curve.
*Should look like image above.
 
Step Two
 
Add a spiral above the backwards 'S' joining it mid-point to the backwards 'S' to form the flowers central cluster of petals. Add a flick upwards to the left to add another outwardly turned petal.
*Should look like image above.
 
Step Three
 
From the flowers core, add a curved line going up and to the left meeting one third up along the backwards 'S' this is the second petal completed. From the base of the backwards 'S' add two curves to give shape to your flower. Then your rose is coming to life.
*Should look like image above.
 
Step Four
 
Add a series of small curved lines from the base of the flower to make your leaves, I wouldn't add any more then four, Make sure you take your time to make them how you want them to be. On your two front leaves add to lines in the centre.
*Should look like image above.
 
Step Five
 
Add two small spiked leaves, to do this simply draw an upside down Christmas tree cut off at the base. Finally add a long gently curved set of vertical lines, this will be the stem, Once you have it to your liking then add 3 tiny triangles on your stem, At the bottom point of your stem add a leaves of you choice.
*Should look like image above.
 

Completed!
*Should look like image above.
 
Once your happy with your rose you can colour to your liking.
 
Let me know how you got on with this step by step guy's show me your drawings below in the comments I would love to see how you got on with your rose or roses.
 
Hope you enjoyed reading and drawing
 
Much Love
 
Amy

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