Monday, 16 August 2010

cup cake crazy

With the Dotty Red shop closed for the summer I have been trying to snatch some time between flood management and chilling out with my guys to working on the cup cake range. What is it with cup cakes . . . we all love them . . .
doesn't matter if they are knitted, sewn or of course freshly made with real cooking ingredients.
The Dotty Red range is working out just fine and dandy. I find the knitted ones very relaxing to make and with so many patterns out there I thought I would write my own pattern. Its not the first time I have tried to write a pattern but I have to confess its the first one that worked out. I love the pretty sweet like colours I am working with and its one of my favourite yarns.
Last year I made many of these cup cakes for an Internet shop based in London, batches of them in cup cake boxes, I guess they really do look much better if there are a few of them. I was astounded by the retail cost compared to the price I sold them for wholesale. So many cakes made now... I have made some with rattles in for little ones to shake, display cakes for cake shops and fashion shops, I even made some for my own children's play kitchen. I have them down to a fine art now and can whip them up in no time compared to the hours they originally took.
On to the rest of the range, the cushions are coming on well, I have a few made now, these ones just walk out the door on their own, I think its down to the lovely vintage floral fabric I have been using, sadly I only have a couple of meters of this left. I have made a two book bags, two pump bags and two lunch bags for the style conscious school girl...
And of course you cant talk about cup cakes without the real thing that inspired me in the first place. My breakfast raspberry muffins. Just the quickest and yummiest recipe for muffins, no buttermilk or yogurt just basic store cupboard ingredients and of course raspberries, or chocolate chips or even cranberries if that's your preference. If your interested in the recipe and indeed I do make it at breakfast it is that easy, let me know and I will post it up for you.

So on with the holiday, how can we really be half way through the seven weeks and yet so little time has actually been spent with my children, what with the flood management and all the rubbish bits going on in my life at present I am running around like a mad thing and juggling more than the usual balls in the air at once. If you read my old blog Suzie Sews you will know that beach time is a priority for this family, without the camper van its not as much fun for the children to be fair but we have had some fabulous days walking along the beach in the wind and the rain and indeed making up a camp spending all day swimming and chilling with a BBQ ongoing to keep the snacks flowing, my children seem to eat a phenomenal amount of food, I seriously cant keep them filled up!!!

I typed this with a kitchen full of little people, all wanting something different, every time I settled down to type another request would be made... so forgive the lack of flow:) Ah motherhood!!! HAPPY DAYS

19 comments:

periwinkle said...

oh Suzie, I didn't realise you no longer had your camper van :-(( .. glad to hear your little ones are home and well done on all those cakes , knitted , sewn and baked

Florrie said...

Those knitted cupcakes look good enough to eat and that vintage fabric is beautiful.
florrie x

Lazylol said...

Gorgeous cupcakes suzie - i love that you made the kids some to play with too :)

Tracy said...

DELICIOUS, Suzie... the knit cakes & the real ones too! ;o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

Thimbleanna said...

Sounds like you're staying happy and busy. Those little cupcakes are Adorable!!!

Susie said...

As you say, cupcakes always do it and yours in all their forms are just to die for! Lovely.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Love the pretty things you make! I'm visiting from the Cozy little house! ♥

Becca's Dirt said...

Hi Suzie. I hopped over from Cozy Little House. Lovely blog. I love your cupcakes. What a neat idea. I know it's hard juggling everything but we do what we have to don't we. Keep your chin up.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Suzie, I am popping over from Brenda's Cozy Little House to say hello. Your cupcake creations are absolutely precious! I am still on summer vacation at the moment but head back to school next week. I am definitely squeezing out every minute of down time that I can. Pajama days are my most favorite days of all. :) Wishing you and yours all the very best, Tammy

T's Daily Treasures said...

P.S. Please post the muffin recipe. I love easy recipes and these make great school snacks for the kids. :) Tammy

Shelia said...

Hi Suzie! I've just been to Brenda's blog - Cozy Little House and wanted to come for a visit.
My daughter and her husband lived in Otley for two years. We went to visit a couple of times and just fell in love with the Yorkshire area. I don't know if you live close to Otley or not. The Chevon was so beautiful and I loved seeing those precious little sheep all over the hillsides!
Hope you'll pop over for a visit sometimes.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

A Vintage Chic said...

Hi, Suzie! So wonderful to meet you today! (courtesy of Brenda at Cozy Little House)...I love everything I've seen on your posts this morning--you're so wonderfully creative! Love all your sweet cupcakes--you have a fabulous style!

I'll be following along...hope you have a wonderful day!

Julie

The Patchwork Heart said...

just found your lovely blog and wanted to send you a hug, we have much in common, Ive been through similar hard times and come through ... keep smiling
Hugs Heather x

Jenevieve said...

Lovely cupcakes and your cushion looks great too! :) x

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Just popped over from Brenda's to welcome you to the world of blogging.
I am now your newest follower and looking forward to getting to know you.
Love your pillows!
Take care
Maggie

silverpebble said...

Oh your little cakey boxes look just PERFECT - MORE than good enough to eat.

Kitty said...

Hey Suzie - good to catch up with you again. Those knited cakes in the box really do look good enough to eat - or at least good enough to drool over ;)

Hope these summer holidays have been ok with you - I know just how you feel about the kids being away - you have to keep yourself busy, at least that's what I have to do.

Thinking of you :) x

Debby said...

Hi. I am here by the way of Brenda. Very cute blog. Love those cupcakes.

Linda said...

I love your cakes! What a shame about the camper van, never mind, the beach walks are wonderful for letting off steam.