Thursday, 6 November 2014

Craving.........









Space









These past couple of weeks have been manic. Crazy bonkers......and not really in the nicest way.

Half term went by in a flash. I did enjoy not having to get up and rush about on the school run, but the week was not a relaxing one by any means.

A half term week with half a week of gorgeous weather. Walking in sunshine without a coat and still in flip flops has been a complete joy. The other half of the week being grey and wet, but hey, I'm not complaining. Cosy evenings of soft light and candles sort of make up for chillier, and greyer days.


(Yes, Mr Moon has still not left my kitchen and migrated to Baby Bear's room. Shame. On. Me.)





It was a week of birthdays, mine included......and, as a woman who has entered her forties, I reserve the right to be a complete child if I want to be and not care, hence cake and sparkly crown. 









I had had this cake pinned for like EVER on my pinterest board (from this gorgeous blog). I had always wanted to make one, but perhaps a little put off by the fact that it was clearly a childs' cake and I only have bears who would NOT be impressed if I made it for them. Then seeing it made on this talented lady's blog, I thought, why the heck not make one for myself. My birthday was looming, the obligatory cake I make at every birthday was utterly fitting for this kind of dressing, and I had the animals. So I did, and it was lovely, and I don't care the others were made for a 4 year old and a two year old and I was in my forties. With a cake like that, it was only fitting the sparkly crown was worn too. I seriously think the older I am getting the more I am regressing in mental age. The cake was eaten within minutes, no surprises there with my lot (and Baby Bear did declare that I could make one just like it with transformers in party hats sat around a party table....so you never know), but other birthdays meant more cake was made. Same cake, just more nautical.





It was also a week of coughs and colds, sickness, seeing people and sorting stuff out. Not as relaxing as I had hoped. In truth I had a vision of lazy mornings and relaxing crochet. Puh.....as if.

I did get to visit my most favourite shop. I could be in there for hours at a time. It was without the Bears and it was just the treat I needed to boost my depleted energy levels.




So.......I just wanted to pop by and say hello. My big aim this year was to get a post out once a week. To keep up the blogging momentum and not be as sporadic as I was last year.

Real life has other plans for me.....and real life utterly takes priority.

With so much going on, I am craving space though. All I can think about at the moment is getting rid of clutter to create space......which in turn will give me that nice feeling in my head (you know that feeling you get when you've just blitzed your house?).

I also think there's also an element of being able to have a feeling of control about something. 

In the very brief moments I am having to myself, I am battling with whether I do the million mundane jobs I have to get done to keep my little family unit functioning.......whether I forget all about it and sit for 5 minutes in utter quiet with a favourite drink and a mag......or whether I try and articulate a blog post.

Boringly, mundane wins. I'm craving a good mag full of wonderful inspiration and a decent chai latte (for 'tis the season for chai lattes now).

I also have a little post lined up with a lovely little creative make. I have been desperate to get it finished, but it will have to wait for when I have the time to make the best out of the days lighting, to get it photographed.

Uh, it feels nice to sit and get a post out. Five minutes of quiet and clearing the head (a little space created today then).

Now back to the mundane. I am wincing at the piles of stuff screaming for my attention.

Have a super rest of a week all





xxx


37 comments:

  1. Amazing birthday cake and happy belated birthday. Love the crown, perfect for any age.

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  2. What a cake! Hope you had a happy birthday. Look forward to seeing your 'make'.

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  3. Love the crown!!! A nice quirky touch and a beautiful cake too!!! Happy birthday!!! What is in that favourite shop of yours??? Have a happy weekend!!
    Love
    AMarie
    xxx

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  4. Fantastic looking cake!! Of course you should have made it for yourself AND worn the glittery crown. I'm in my fifties now (eek!!! how could that possibly have happened?) and I'm getting sillier every year.

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  5. and just wait 'til you hit your 60s!!!!! I think that cake is the most perfect thing EVER......and of course, the crown. I just might have to add a magic wand to the mix......and surround myself with my 4 fairies and 3 elves (the grands) for a party in the woods.

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  6. I love birthdays! What a cake!!! Hope you had a great day!

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  7. I love the cake! happy belated birthday.

    If you dont mind me asking, where are your mugs and mug tree from? it looks interesting (I like!)

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  8. Happy belated birthday, Vanessa! Your birthday cake is just wonderful!!!!
    Helen xox

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  9. Sitting and having my own gentle five minutes, and now feeling nostalgic for probably my favourite shop too! Such a delight, hours have been spent within those relaxing walls and always lovely that a small, inexpensive treat can always be purchased. Sadly we have now moved away, but thank you so!

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  10. Well it would of been silly to have such a wonderful cake and NOT have a crown!!
    Here's to the marvelously mundane
    Nicky
    x

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  11. Gah! What a beautiful piece of confection perfection! The budgie looks just like my beloved Scooter Pie who has gone on to fly in Heaven's skies. You done good. Absolutely celebrate your day for as long as you like!

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  12. Well I think that cake and crown look like a perfect birthday fit. Pure happiness!

    Many happy returns to you. (And enjoy any open space you may discovery.)

    xo

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  13. Happy Birthday, that cake looks amazing I'm knocking on 40 next year eek and I'd love one just like that. Good luck with the space making
    Clare xx

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  14. Vanessa - that is just about the happiest birthday cake I have ever seen! My next birthday is in January - after the holidays when I am kind of feeling dreary - those cute critters with cheery party hats is exactly what I need - who cares if I will be well into my 50's!!!!
    I'm glad you were able to enjoy it without guilt and spend time at your favorite shop. Have a lovely weekend.

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  15. I'm learning Crochet
    http://vanillejolie.canalblog.com/

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  16. and I love your blog it's so great to com here
    have a nice day
    Sylvie

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  17. Your cake is adorable. I did see it over at Posy gets Cosy too. And your little crown is such a fun idea, not at all ostentatious, with just the right amount of regality.

    Jean
    x

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  18. Happy belated birthday! I love your cake. My birthday is in a little over two weeks and I would enjoy a cake like that one myself.

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  19. Happy Birthday Vanessa - cutest cake EVER !
    Kate xx

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  20. Happy Birthday!! Vanessa! This is a beautiful cake and I love the sparkle crown to go with it. It is so nice to use your imagination and have fun; too many are soooooo serious and that is causes aging!
    Happy birthday again. Blessings dear. Catherine

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  21. Happy birthday!!! The cake is wonderful!

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  22. Ahhh, how lovely to read your post... Ditto on so many levels, family birthdays too in our house

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  23. Brilliant - I'd like a cake like that too - in fact I mostly want the budgie - covered in daisies. What more could you want?! I get about the blogging thing - I can barely make a post a week and you are right that real life should always take priority!! Good luck for the week ahead - and in getting a chai latte - ooh and here's to drinking it while it's still warm! ;0) J9 x

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  24. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment as well. Where to start?! The cake is wonderful, you've made me wish I made one for my birthday a month ago. Next time... I hope the illnesses have passed now. My littlest boy has been off school for a couple of days. Yesterday he was hot and floppy. Today wildly excited, jumping, squeaking, following me everywhere. Tomorrow, school. CJ xx

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  25. happy birthday!!! danke für die schönen bilder und inspirationen!!! einen schönen abend wünscht angie aus deutschland

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  26. Buon compleanno Vanessa !!!!!!
    xxxxxxx Ale

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  27. HAPPY {belated} BIRTHDAY lovely V! your cake is MAGNIFICENT! I am with you, have what you want whenever you can, life is just too short.
    It sounds like you have way too may plates to keep spinning right now, take good care of yourself and let them stop spinning for a while, it won't hurt, take time to soothe your soul my lovely x
    Love Jooles x x x

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  28. fabulous birthday cake- wishing you a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    Poppyx

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  29. Love your cake. Particularly love the budgie in his Hawaiian shirt.
    Love the crown. I have a plastic tiara for special occasions.
    Basically love your blog.
    Happy Birthday x

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  30. Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday! Love your AMAZING cake and your crown! xxx

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  31. Oh my! You're not regressing! You're just becoming less inhibited! Life is just zooming by at such a fast pace. I'm going to be sixty next year! How did that happen? We need to enjoy every minute. So, play some happy music, put on your sparkly crown, and make that mundane clean-up fun!

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  32. Hi Vanessa! Happy (belated) Birthday greetings!!!!
    Looks like you had a nice time - and what a cake!!! I love the little party animals with their hats on, so cute! <3
    Hope you find a bit of time and space for yourself over the coming year!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  33. Happy Birthday!! I think that your cake is beautiful and I love that you made this just for you!!! I hope that you can find the balance that you are seeking. xx

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  34. Happy belated Birthday, dear Vanessa. Love your cake.

    Mia

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  35. All birthdays should involve the wearing of a crown or a tiara! Since I have to make my own birthday cake, I'm entitled to sparkly head gear. Yours is fabulous--cake and crown!

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  36. I love your cake! And you inspired me and one of my daughters, whose birhday is today. We have tried something similar.
    No, she's not a little girl anymore, she is 21, but a wonderful cake has no age...I agree with you. I hope you can see it here:

    http://instagram.com/p/vuljW5Padt/?modal=true

    I love your blog and never miss a post.
    Besos from Argentina,
    Silvina

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  37. Happy very, very belated birthday. That cake is awesome. I really want my daughter to request it for her 8th birthday so I can make it. xx

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