A week away from the blogging scene really feels like forever. I hope everyone is doing well and please forgive me if I have not replied to comments or emails as promptly as I should. I wish time permits me to blog more but the hectic weeks have set in and I am seeing busier weeks than usual. My plate is full with planning for this years fairs, completing craft orders and new projects I'm excited to be involved in. I think I'm juggling quite a bit under Vintage Delights umbrella but I couldn't be more contented that Vintage Delights has my brain ticking and my feet jiggling. Enough about work, did I say work haha yes I did. We all know that Vintage Delights began as a passionate outlet for me to source for vintage treasures and creating my so called crafts but truth be said, it is now a full time job for me as there are datelines to meet and bills to account for, etc, etc...My passion has succumbed to the challenges of the workforce! I just hope this is a good thing and that I don't overdrive myself. Hoping for the best and keeping the faith strong always. Now I think it's time to move on with some real blogging.
The Encyclopedia of Me has been left hanging. I must be one of the slowest participants ever. It's time to continue with Chapter C. I hope you are all still as enthusiastic to read as I am to share.
As a little girl, my summer holidays were spent in a cooking academy for little children. Complete with chef attire and a tall toque, we were all made to believe that we were little chefs in the making. The academy truly opened my eyes to the kitchen. Ever since then, the whisk and the oven has made it's mark to be my favourite kitchen appliance. Growing up, I was what you'd consider a boring little girl, who practically had play dates in the kitchen whisking and baking away.
Today I'm far from what you'd call a chef, I'd say I cook, not on a professional level but the hubby says as far as homemade is concerned, I pass with flying colours. I truly dedicate time in the kitchen and have a liking for cooking fusion food. What's fusion food? Well it's a combination of foods from different cultures that I coordinate to create a meal. Like for example having Indian buttered rice with a Chinese inspired salad. It's a small world after all so going multicultural is key!By the way talking about cooking, every cook needs an apron and the lovely Cece Marie sewed a pretty little one for me recently with little ruffles and a heart shaped pocket. Check out her weblog and store for all her other lovely apron collections.
Collecting with a capital C. Well we all know I love to collect china for Vintage Delights but on a personal note, I've started my own collection too not of China but of ornamental Chickens . Yup I'm clucking away, It's all got to do with a barn theme I have drawn in my mind for my future kitchen. So I have a box labelled the chicken box. This ones a one off, a project that starts off early which has no dateline :)
Don't we all love our cupcakes? I think the last few years has seen a cupcake craze like no other. My first few recollections of baking cupcakes were with my aunt. She use to bake this really scrumptious moist layered cake called "Lapis". She'd bake them in a special oven called the belling. I always thought an oven is an oven but to the real professionals it's not. So the story goes, we'd scoop the left over mixture from the lapis cake and make miniature cupcakes topped with raisins. Mmm yumm. Over the years I've experimented a few variations of cupcakes, not to sure if they should be called cupcakes now that I've altered them but a few of my favourites are Strawberry and Cream cheese, Orange and Butter cream and my Chocolate Coffee Tiramisu. I usually bring a box of cupcakes whenever I'm invited somewhere. It's no longer a surprise, my friends know I'll end up bringing cupcakes, they look forward to seeing the different toppings though so that's where I get creative. I've recently discovered the many wonders of fondant. It's really like moulding playdough so the possibilities are endless. The Australian Women Weekly has a book out called Cupcakes. It has some interesting cupcake recipes and I recommend it if you have a liking for cupcakes.
Mum said at as a little tot I use to scramble pictures from albums and rearrange them and make my very own scrap books. No one was amuse with the mess I created. It is not much surprise that old habits die hard , the messy clutter is evident till date. Anyone relate? Mum decided early on that the creative streak in me needed a bit of guidance so she enrolled me in Suzies Art Class. Auntie Suzie if you are out there, Helloooo! The Art classes really directed my 'creativity' artistically speaking. I started drawing and painting and a whole lot of crafting. Nothing over the top just doable art and have been on a roll ever since. Creating helps me relax. I envisage things in my head to look a certain way and they turn out lets say with an extra arm or by accidental experiment , none the less it is my creation. My siblings are my worst critics, you both know you are so shhhh! Fortunately enough for me on the academic front, I aced my art classes, so thats how I ended teaching Art classes to little children. I've had my fair share of students, those whose talents are genetically in place (meaning their parents are architects or somewhat in the artistic industry) and I have those who I have greater pleasure teaching coz neither them nor their parents know the story of the magic paintbrush and when they pick up on the secret, it makes me smile. I see myself in years to come still fascinated by creating whatever it be and am glad that I've been given the opportunity to impart the knowledge of artistic creations to the children I teach. Cheers to Creativity always.