Down days are okay

Down days are okay

I really want you to know something. Down days are actually okay.

There's nothing wrong with being human. There's nothing wrong if today, you just don't feel like yourself. Life can sometimes weigh a little more on some days than it does on others. And that is okay.

I've been a little quiet recently, both on the blog front, and the social media front. Part of that has been because I'm working behind the scenes to launch the Living Creatively Members' Club, but part of it has also been because I've been human. And oddly enough, both of those things go hand in hand.

Fruity Fun - DIY paper strawberry

I love a good berry. And strawberries are the bees knees when it comes to being a good berry. So why not make a forever fruit? Perfect as little treat boxes, or as decoration around the home (or, strip back all the bits that make it a strawberry and just use it as a diamond- but I think strawberries are much more fun!). 

Download the template from the DOWNLOADS page, and watch the tutorial here, or over on my YouTube channel! Enjoy!

Engagement shoots- yay or nay?

Engagement shoots- yay or nay?

When husband and I got engaged, and began the search for our wedding photographer, I knew I was looking for someone who would also offer the opportunity for an engagement shoot. For me, it was not only an opportunity to celebrate our engagement, but I (finally) got some truly good shots of the two of us (selfies don’t cut it sometimes).

But I realised that it wasn’t something that everybody does when they get engaged, and that many people probably question as to whether or not they need to do it, so here is a little pro and con list to help you decide if an engagement shoot is something you should add to your marriage journey.

Perfecting your cake designs - DOWNLOAD

This one goes out to my fellow cakies!

Let's face it, not all of us are the best artists when it comes to drawing. We may be able to make magic happen with our hands with everything else cake-related, but sometimes getting those ideas out of our heads and onto paper can be a bit of a struggle. 

And especially if you're trying to portray a design idea to a client, it's important to get that look right, so they know what you're talking about, and say yes! 

Now, not all of us are graphic design whizzes either- the thought of having to purchase or download some elaborate design program and then learn it, just to get out some design ideas (not to mention working out how to get that intricate pattern via a computer program toolbox, yikes). So I decided I'd create something a little easier for you (and easier for me too, come to think of it).

I've been meaning to do it for ages and ages, and finally got around to it- I've sketched up some blank cake configurations for you to use. They're quite simple, and they can be drawn on, or traced, added to, or altered as needed. But the base work is there for you- so you can whip out your pencils and markers and have a bit of fun. 

There are four basic configurations for you- one tier, two tiers, three tiers, and four tiers. There's a 2-dimensional and a 3-dimensional aspect for each of them, and they're set on a cake stand for you as well (or you can simply omit the stand leg if you don't need it!).

You can download the templates via the DOWNLOADS page, and enjoy being creative on them! I hope they make your cake designs a whole lot more fun.

10 tips for ensuring a smooth wedding

10 tips for ensuring a smooth wedding

Congratulations, you’re getting married! It is one of the most exciting and overwhelming times in your life, and for the majority of people, it’s usually the first time you’ve ever experienced something of this magnitude. Now, I can assure you that you will create the day of your dreams, but there will be a lot of information, advice, questions, and potentially even a few mishaps along the way. From working with hundreds of brides, and having been one myself, here are my top 10 tips for ensuring your big day runs as smoothly as it can.

5-minute tutorial: Swiss meringue buttercream

I know, I can hear what you're thinking- Felicity swears time and time again she doesn't work with buttercream! And when it comes to decorated cakes, this is true! I am a fondant-only girl. 

But when it comes to naked cakes, or cupcakes, I always need to have a fail-proof buttercream recipe ready to go, because when there's nothing else on that cake, the frosting makes or breaks!

I have been using Swiss meringue buttercream for a few years now, and it is always my go-to for naked cakes. It is silky, smooth, holds well, and isn't TOO sweet. And I'm sharing it with you!

Busting 5 common cake decorating myths

Cake decorating is all the rage right now- every day, more people are discovering the joys of decorating birthday cakes, wedding cakes, baby cakes and any other cake you can imagine. There is a wealth of knowledge out there to help you learn how to create sugary masterpieces, but there’s also a lot of misinformation, so it’s important to know what’s what, so that your experience with cake decorating (and the results!) are the best they can be. Whether it’s an at-home hobby, you’re planning to build a business out of it, or you’re in the market for ordering a decorated cake, here are 5 common myths about cake decorating explained.

Paper peony for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is coming up this weekend, and celebrating our Mums is what it is all about. Those strong, determined, funny, crazy women gave us life, and put up with us for a long time!

Just in time for Mother's Day, I've created a template and a short tutorial on how to create a super quick and easy paper flower, which you can fix onto those fabulous gifts you're giving to Mum (or, for the Dads out there, that you can help the kidlings make for their Mum!).

Download the template via the Store (it is a free download!) and watch the video to see how it's done. Surprise Mum with a forever flower and really make her day.

5 tips for better brand styling

To successfully run a business in this world, you need to create a brand that people remember, trust, and want to be a part of. Think of some of your favourite brands- do you notice they all have something in common? There’s a solidity to their brand styling, and it makes it work.
You can create the same for your business, and it doesn’t mean bringing in a whole team to create a new look! Here are my five tips for tweaking that brand and turning it into something that makes people want more.

10 questions to ask your wedding cake decorator

I’ve created a lot of wedding cakes over my time in this industry, and there are certain things you need to check on before you book in your wedding cake (as well as most other vendors!). Every cake decorator is different- each will work a different way, follow a different process, request a different set of info from you, create a different finished product. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong way to select your wedding cake maker, because what works for you may not work for someone else, but no matter who you go to, it’s important to understand certain elements of how your potential cake decorator works. Here are ten questions to ask your shortlist of cake decorators, to help you make a final decision.