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Thank you for visiting

Shelly X

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Mothers Day

Just stopping by to share the two small batches of Mothers day cards that I have been working on this weekend .....

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Margate gets snow!

Now, not so long ago, when I moved to Margate, I was told that it never got much snow, and had its own special micro- climate.  Well, they were half right!

Margate does have a special micro- climate- we often get lovely sunny weather which is more like France than the UK, and we seldom get days and days of rain.  The couple of summers we've had so far have been bright and clear, and we've spent our time on beaches, walking, and taking the little inflatable dingy out on the  sea pool!

But the snow, they were wrong about!  Last year we had snow, and this year, we've had another ton of it!!  As has the majority of Kent.  The M25 was at a standstill, with motorists stuck in their cars.  Yesterday I waited in patiently for my husband to get back from a conference and beat the snow, after having sent him off in the morning fleecy blanket in tow!  But it started to flurry at half eleven last night, and when I checked the window at four thirty this morning (I don't normally get up at this time, but I was excited about getting snow so got up and looked!!)  there was a blanket of white outside in the street.

This morning, when we got up we peaked outside and found that we have had about four inches, with drifts of up to a foot.   So up I jumped, kettle on, porridge, and a ton of layers, and  I went out for a walk armed with my phone to take a few pictures, so thought I'd share them with you ...

~Sorry about the picture quality, not only were they taken on my phone, but the sky was so grey that it didn't make great photo taking weather! ~

[The view from the cliffs at Palm bay, looking back towards the houses]

[Richmond Avenue, my street, I just liked the snow covered sign!!]

[The snow topped trees by our local Church]

[Erm... this is where I fell in a snow drift up to my thighs!! I got really cold after this because my jeans were so wet, and I was walking along the cliff top with the wind blowing right at me!]

[In the summer, we love going to this little place, called the Jet Ski Cafe. We get our scrambled eggs on toast here in the summer.]

[This was brilliant- the snow had blown over into our doorway, and created a little snowdrift- I've never seen this before!]

[This was so lovely- a berry tree covered in bright red berries- it looked so festive against the snow]

Thats about that- I am sure that tomorrow the roads will be slushy and black, and people will be cursing the snow, hoping it will melt away, but for me, its all about today, and how lovely my morning was.

Happy end of the weekend all, have a good one  X

Saturday, 4 February 2012

cake, cake, cake

Hi all,

I have been toying with the idea again of offering cupcakes for small parties and corporate events though 'Evelyn Mae'.  I feel like in the current climate, the more I can offer the more I can spread the word about my business.

However, this will only work if I offer a consistently good level of service too!!

So this week I have been practising my decorating skills!  Its a slow process, I feel the taste part is sorted, but now I have to begin sorting out the presentation!!

So, I just thought i'd share with you a few things that I have been working on this week .....

[Vanuilla cupcakes with a cherry on top!]

[Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache, and carrot and banana cake]

Well, they are certainly not there yet, but I am getting better, and my hands are getting steadier at piping!  We shall see.

Also this weekend, I have begun to refine my folksy shop and website.  I admit I am getting pretty frustrated with my website at the moment- I have found that it has now outgrown the perimeters of the google site I use, and it just doesn't look as clean and as simple as I would like.

Serious thinking time is needed as to what I need to do next - I have found another host that I like the look of, but don't want to loose my web address.  So moving time perhaps?  Who knows.  If any of you fancy looking at my website and giving feedback, I would be so grateful ....

it is:

Thanks all