Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NNC 4th Anniversary : A Great Time With Friends!

I began baking the cheesecake a day before. I've loaded it with strawberries and cream cheese. The hostess favourite!
We celebrated our crafting group's 4th anniversary recently and it's one of the biggest highlights of the Group every year as we make it a point to gather and have some crafting fun together. Here are some of the photos I took from my friends' blogs and postings.

Special request by Paul, Double Fudge Chocolate Cupcakes. This is why they call it double fudge....the fudgy pecan brownie is topped with a stream of melted dark chocolate before the icing!!!

Cream cheese frosting and fondant buttons.

Don't they look so cute! Made the buttons a couple of days before. Fondant takes a really long time to dry in our humid country.

The cupcakes at the hostess house. We had a fun and bumpy ride there, thanks Jackie for graciously driving us there every year!

Me, behind a  table of goodies. We have an annual exchange between all the members at NNC.
Everyone enjoying the food. That's Rose (the hostess) on the left and Radha (our in-house Doc!).

We love food!!!

We love the company!

We ate and laughed together.

We celebrate together too. Happy Birthday Usha!!!

Nik gave us a special hardanger demo. It was so well-prepared, we thought we were in one of Nik's crafting talkshows.

Anna received my gift!
Part of this year's must do project is to include a heart shaped gingham in your exchange. Look at all the gingham hearts! We are one creative group.
That's my gingham heart that coordinated with the craft caddy I made. It's filled with all sorts of buttons!!!
The big box of goodies is made by Nik. Check out the embellishment & The embroidery! That's lots of work there.

More gifts were given out by Nik.

Happy As Can Be!

We had Sally set up shop too. I bought a few straps and charms.

We also have some really generous members who gave extras throughout the day.

THANKS NNC for a wonderful day. Can't wait for the next one already! Hugs!!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

It's Great To Be Eight! : NIGEL'S PARTY REPORT

We celebrated Nigel's 8th birthday 2 weeks ago and here are the pictures of that BUZZY DAY!
Building the centrepiece. Nigel wanted a Phineas & Ferb theme birthday party. Now in Malaysia, that's almost impossible to look for any merchandise or party stuff on that comic theme. Looks like everything have to be handmade. I wrapped a styrofoam core with waves cut out of corrugated cardboard. You can buy these by the rolls from Popular Bookshop.
I used crepe paper for the base before double sided taping the waves onto the stryofoam core.
Made coloured buntings by sewing rows and rows of triangles. I bought a box of memo pad that came in a myriad of colours and have them cut into triangles.
The centrepiece taking shape.
A little banner with the theme ' It's Great To Be Eight!' Printed on my Epson and assembled together. I used 3D dots stickers for a layered effect. Can't see much here, but makes a lot of difference.

Had to anchor a stream of ribbon with a curtain rod around the air-cond. Stapled the buntings across. See the buntings growing in size? LOL! I LOVE IT!!!!
A little platform for my Marshmallow pops! Yep, there were marshmallow pops!
Made these a few days in advance. Same method as the rabbit ones I did last Chinese New Year. Just coloured candy melts, piped into dolphin shapes.
Broke some while placing them on the cupcakes! Yikes.
Look how they swim!
Caramel cream cheese frosted cupcakes! Totally YUMMY! I stayed away from putting any nuts. Kids just hate them. I don't know why???
The banner all up.
So cute!
My table with all the goodies. We had bubbles, marshmallow pops, harmonicas, chips, drinks, ham sandwiches, pasta & pizza. Lot's of candy and goodies everywhere.
Played some games.
This is a cool game. Kids are to build the tallest toothpick tower. We used peas and toothpicks. The peas harden when air dried! That's so cool!
Some were struggling.
Some decided to eat some peas!
Some had strategies.
Some just waited for the elder brother to do the whole job! LOL!
Worried look, checking on the time.
Some went crazy! Tallest tower, my dears, not the weirdest!
Oooooh! So structural.
So cathedral like.
The winners of course!
I'm so proud of my eight year old. He's a natural when it comes to performing for so many people.
Thanks to Unca Meow! He did some ballooning.
My mother inlaw joined in the fun. We must have scared her with the noise level and mess!
Pretty girls in a row.
Unca organised some games outside. They all had so much fun!
The gang having pizzas and pasta. Mind you, all were home made!
I want! I want!
Gentle girls seat on the dining table to eat. Some of the kids were just well mannered and good behaving little souls!
Immanuel munching down pasta!
Ooooh! Bought this at the big apple doughnut store. They're called donashis! Doughnuts that look like sushi!
Who better then dad to serve these!
Marshmallow pops!
Cupcakes on the centrepiece.
Unca Meow Loosing his VOICE.
Boys playing tops.
Girls learning the piano.
Awwwww! So cute!
Love this photo!
Mom giving out the marshmallow pop. I was crossing my fingers and praying...spare my couch & walls!!
I know Ruun Ann had a few.
Rachel's little sis too.