Archive for April, 2010

…and make it!

The idea of DIY weddings can counjour up a wide range of images – but from  full courses to online tutorials there are places out there designed to help you create a stylish and top-quality DIY day, from making your own simple favours & invitations to a full blown wedding dress or 4 tier cake.

A tiered wedding cake can cost form £300 to as much as £1000 – If you are embracing your wedding as a chance to learn some more skills then a course in sugar-craft or cake decorating could be for you.

The tiered wedding cake:

Couture cake company Little Venice Cake Company are offering a weekend masterclass for brides (or potential cake-craftspeople) to learn the craft of decorating a 4 tiered cake. The company have designed cakes for Cheryl Cole, Madonna and the Queen.

The course, on 21st and 22nd August, is highly intimate, with just 4 people, and attendees will learn from the founder of LVCC, Mich Turner, how to decorate the cake from start to finish, including decorating techniques. Only the bottom tier will be made of actual fruit cake (the other three being polystyrene ‘dummy tiers’ but if you want to do the course just a couple of weeks before the big day you can request to do the course directly onto rich fruit cakes.

For £650 attendees will be provided with all equipment, refreshments throughout and a nice glass of champagne at the end of the two days to celebrate their fantastic achievements! As well as taking home the cake…


A big trend in weddings currently is for individual cup-cakes rather than a more traditional fruit cake tier: It can be easier to quantify how many you need, they can double up as dessert for a lower budget affair, and can look modern and striking arranged in a tower.

We all love home-made cake, but creating a delicately crafted topping is another matter! Luckily Fair Cake are on hand to give you all the skills you need. Depending on what you have in mind you can choose from ‘cupcake basics’ (make and decorate cupcakes) or ‘roses and buttercream’ (concentrating on the decorating and techniques).

From just £135 for the day including all equipment and lunch (and a dozen cakes to take home).

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Spring is here and I am itching to get some of my new seasons resolutions going. Spring seems so full of promise and new starts to an ideal time to make new-start resolutions, rather than dreary New Year.

A trip down to UK Aware this weekend will get me going, especially in the area of fashion and eco living. Here are my resolutions and how UK Aware will help:

Clear out my wardrobe and have a fresh season start: The girls at Daisy Green are organising a massive clothes swap event – if there was ever and incentive to get my wardrobe sorted, this is it. So in Gok Wan stylee, clear out your closet, bring the ‘recycle’ pile along to the show to swap for fine new togs for free!!

Customise the pieces I love but don’t quite work: After watching Twiggy’s fashion programme last year I was inspired to make the most of fabrics/clothes that have memories that I can’t bear to part with – but fashions change. Well, TRAID will be on hand at the event to help you breathe new life into old peices, again giving you a fresh new look for minimal effort…

Bonus: The fashion show from Lupe Castro, and the fashion & trend experts from TRAID will have loads of ideas for this seasons looks that you can pick up on…

Be a more economic driver: Apparently the way we drive can affect how much petrol we use and therefore efficiency. The Green Mchines Expo have some handy gadgets that show you how economically you drive, especially the use of the foot on gas and break pedals, and tips for saving ££ now petrol prices are going through the roof.

Get my garden gorgeous: I long to be able to host a ‘pims and cake’ party in my garden, with bunting along the fence and the sun beamong down on the brightly coloured borders…but the reality is the garden is a mess. With interactive workshops from Global Action Plan I’ll be making tracks.

Have an efficient & beautiful home: If I could just win the £2000 solar heating kit from Hatch, get my free room heat loss report from UK Sustainables, win £250 of free renewable energy from Good Energy, get my 20% off paint from Eco Paint Store and claim my £5 voucher from Pure Design, then I’ll be sorted…phew!

After all that I’ll be needing to claim my free* massage from Tamu organic beauty products…

To grab your UK Aware tickets for a bargain price of £6 then click here. Though if you are happy rocking up to Olympia on the day and paying £15 then feel free…

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