Saturday, 8 March 2008

Double birthday fun

This is the birthday cake that Ian made me this year. Last year was the most beautiful handbag cake, but this year's sewing machine I think I love even more and the yummy frosted rose petals that surround it were very tasty too!

In the morning we went and painted these little olive bowls at a ceramics studio. Once they're glazed they will be bright red and pink...but for now they are subtle and pastelly. Ian chose to do his in pink and red too as he knew those are the colours that I would most like in a kitchen accessory, but halfway through painting, he stopped and asked: Do you think my pot is a bit girly?....Mmmm, well yes! But I love it and I love that he created such a fabulously camp pot in my birthday honour. Surprisingly his is the one on the right...see, it really is very delicate and pretty! He had to bite the heads of some chickens afterwards to re-centre himself (not really...obviously).

My parents came over in the evening (and my mother brought these beautifully wrapped gifts) and we had a party tea with the children. My lovely Mama went to the huge effort of cooking me all my very favourite foods.

Last night Mr Teacakes & I went to Milk & Honey, where my sister was having her birthday party...it was lots of fun...but this morning my head hurts and, despite the fact that our small ones are residing elsewhere, I woke shockingly early feeling rather like I was on a boat. I never normally eat breakfast...but I think I may have some birthday cake in bed to try and make myself feel human...or just sugary. So much of post late-night recovery is psychological though and I have just looked in the mirror and I realise that I must have slept perfectly on my back, for my makeup has magically stayed in place, and I look weirdly healthy and like I'm all ready to go to another party....this has made me feel almost instantly better - horay!

25 comments:

  1. That cake is fabulous - sculpture in sugar! Best wishes for yesterday from Dorset.

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  2. I love the birthday cake, the best sewing machine in the world with a walking foot that "walks" straight to your plate!! Perfect. Can't wait to see what was in those parcels.
    Much love
    Hazel
    xxxx

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  3. What a fantastic cake! I shall show it to Isaac immediately and demand similar efforts. Although not as far as biting the heads off chickens, which is a fantastic image I intend to keep, because it's so unlikely...

    I love the admission that you were so trollied you obviously fell into bed without taking your make-up off and then slept like a corpse. Sounds like an excellent party.

    Happy Birthday. And yes, have cake in bed.

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  4. what a lovely day, love the painted pots, can't wait to see them when they're fired.
    so glad it's not just me who falls asleep with make up on, although my excuse is that I wear it so rarely that I forget you're supposed to take it off!

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  5. Great cake Florence and I love the bowls. make sure we see the finished articles xx

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  6. Happy Birthday! That is the best birthday cake ever!

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  7. I love that birthday cake. How creative. Do you have pictures of last year's cake too?

    Make sure to post pictures of the fired bowls. They are so lovely as is though, I can't imagine how they could get any better.

    Sounds like you had a fabulous birthday! What was in the packages?

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  8. Happy Birthday! What a fabulous day and a fantastic cake too.

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  9. I love your cake and can't wait to see the contents of the pressies. Bowls are gorgeous too
    xx

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  10. Happy Birthday! What an amazing cake - you have one good man there - I shudder to think what a cake John made me would look like (Some sort of power tool I suspect!) It sounds like you've had a wonderful birthday - and there's nothing wrong with a girly pot anyway! Jo x

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  11. Now, are you sure he really made it. There isn't some helpful woman at his office who makes cakes in her spare time? It really is lovely. I adore birthdays. It all just looked really nice. If you apply a thin layer of powder each day to your make-up you might make it to next Thursday. Just a tip!

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  12. Happy (belated) birthday!! That cake is fantastic. I am always the themed cake maker in our extended family. I always live in hope that one year someone might make me a cool themed caked (or even a daggy uncool one :P) but so far it has not happened...ah well. Mum usually does always make me something that is ridiculously yummy, so I shouldn't be complaining!!
    Those bowls are gorgeous too. I'm glad you had such a nice day. Hope your head gets better soon. Cheers!!!

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  13. i love that your hubby makes your birthday cakes + paints bowls with you. so romantic! glad you had fun + frolics. hope the hangover didn't kick in : )

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  14. What a talented family the teacakes are! Your cake is so adorable, he's definitely a keeper! Happy birthday!

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  15. What a fabulous husband you have!! That cake is completely brilliant and the bowl, simply gorgeous. So when do we get to find out what was in all those lovely parcels??? Glad you had a great night out at that very cool looking venue and I love the morning after description - sadly I don't EVER look like that first thing!

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  16. Very Clever Mr Teacakes. Love the bowls - I did a ceramic class once and really enjoyed it!
    Enjoy your day
    Clare xx

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  17. How talented is Mr Teacakes?!!! That cake is just amazing. Hope you had a wonderful birthday.

    The chap behind Milk and Honey has recently opened another bar near us, just need to get a babysitter lined up as I'd love to try it.

    By the way, are you and your sister twins?

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  18. Happy Birthday Florence! Hope you had a fab day :) I'm sooooo jealous of that cake!

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  19. Wow, thats an amazing cake, talented hubby and the bowls too, very impressive. Glad you had a good day.
    Lisa x

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  20. What a smashing birthday you had. Very surrounded by lots of love. Ian is super talented (where is his crafty blog?)

    Was Milk & Honey a great place to go?

    XX

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  21. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you've had a lovely couple of days celebrating. I'm most impressed by your husband's cake-making skills! A pink sewing machine cake - what more could a birthday girl ask for?

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  22. Florence, I don't know what your hubbby does for a living but he is wasted!, what a gorgeous cake and an even more gorgeous olive bowl! - I'm glad you had such a lovely day - My birthday (1st Jan) is always a bit of an anticlimax after new years celebrations, everyone is hungover and everywhere is shut - Im thinking of copying the queen and having an 'official' birthday in summer! - Seriously though, I really envy your day! - Natalie x

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  23. Happy belated birthday!
    So, where do you find husbands like that these days? Lucky, lucky you to be spoilt on your special day. I can't wait to see the finished bowls - they're fab!

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  24. fantastic cake! You are really fun! I so love your blog!

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  25. Happy belated birthday honey, gorgeous cake and gifts.

    Just lovely.
    Hugs.

    Catherine x

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