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Gifts for babies, kids (and mums!)

I love making baby & kids toys and quilts and have made several as gifts or for friends wanting gifts. I make balls with squeakers and rattles in them, cube block toys, tag blankets, and quilts. As you can see below you can also get these toys or quilts personalised with anything you want. I like to reuse brown paper to wrap my gifts in, and attach a up-cycled label ‘Made by Becky’ that I make from reused paper.

I have just brought some new fabrics to make more toys and quilts and am hoping to be at one of the markets this christmas. I will also be making some animal toys inspired by Whistler.

Contact me if you would like a gift for a baby you know or for your own baby.

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Squirrel’s Chocolate Birthday Cake

I made my friend a birthday cake and I wanted to try a new chocolate cake recipe. I found this delicious chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. It is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted! If fact the whole thing went very quickly because it was so delicious! This is definitely my new go to chocolate cake recipe.

Delicious chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing.

Delicious chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing.

Delicious chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing.

Delicious chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing.

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Mini Wedding Cake Sample

I made a wedding cake with three different layers and I wanted to see how they all looked and tasted, so with each layer I baked a mini square cake. The bottom layer was vanilla with rainbow hundreds and thousands, the middle pink lemon sponge and the top yellow coconut sponge. I made it into a mini tower and covered it in lemon buttercream icing and I put blueberries on top. The colours looked great together!

Mini wedding cake of Lucy & Ian's Wedding cake. Hundreds and thousand vanilla sponge, pink lemon sponge and yellow coconut sponge with lemon buttercream icing and blueberries.

Mini wedding cake of Lucy & Ian’s Wedding cake. Hundreds and thousand vanilla sponge, pink lemon sponge and yellow coconut sponge with lemon buttercream icing and blueberries.

Mini wedding cake of Lucy & Ian's Wedding cake. Hundreds and thousand vanilla sponge, pink lemon sponge and yellow coconut sponge with lemon buttercream icing and blueberries.

Mini wedding cake of Lucy & Ian’s Wedding cake. Hundreds and thousand vanilla sponge, pink lemon sponge and yellow coconut sponge with lemon buttercream icing and blueberries.

The inside. Mini wedding cake of Lucy & Ian's Wedding cake. Hundreds and thousand vanilla sponge, pink lemon sponge and yellow coconut sponge with lemon buttercream icing and blueberries.

The inside. Mini wedding cake of Lucy & Ian’s Wedding cake. Hundreds and thousand vanilla sponge, pink lemon sponge and yellow coconut sponge with lemon buttercream icing and blueberries.

The inside. Mini wedding cake of Lucy & Ian's Wedding cake. Hundreds and thousand vanilla sponge, pink lemon sponge and yellow coconut sponge with lemon buttercream icing and blueberries.

The inside. Mini wedding cake of Lucy & Ian’s Wedding cake. Hundreds and thousand vanilla sponge, pink lemon sponge and yellow coconut sponge with lemon buttercream icing and blueberries.

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Maz & Tim’s Wedding Cake

Maz wanted a very simple cake. Her wedding colour was green so she asked me to make a green sponge and not tell anyone so that when she cut it open with her giant green knife everyone would be surprised. The cake was two tiered with vanilla green sponge lemon buttercream icing.

Maz and Tim cutting their green wedding cake with their green knife. Green vanilla sponge with lemon buttercream icing.

Maz and Tim cutting their green wedding cake with their green knife. Green vanilla sponge with lemon buttercream icing.

Two tiered green vanilla sponge cake with lemon buttercream icing and napkins.

Two tiered green vanilla sponge cake with lemon buttercream icing and napkins.

Two tiered green vanilla sponge cake with lemon buttercream icing and napkins.

Two tiered green vanilla sponge cake with lemon buttercream icing and napkins.

Two tiered green vanilla sponge cake with lemon buttercream icing.

Two tiered green vanilla sponge cake with lemon buttercream icing.

Inside Maz and Tim's green wedding cake with their green knife. Green vanilla sponge with lemon buttercream icing.

Inside Maz and Tim’s green wedding cake with their green knife. Green vanilla sponge with lemon buttercream icing.

Green vanilla sponge.

Green vanilla sponge.

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Leather bag

I needed a bag to keep all my many wires tidy and together, so I made a small bag/pouch to keep them in. The leather was from a friend that had cutoffs from a leather furniture company. The zip goes down the side of the bag half way making it more accessible inside. I am going to make some of these bags out of other materials to see what works well. Although I use this for my computer wires, it could be used for anything; makeup, pencils, crafts etc. Leather zip bag.

Leather zip bag.

Open top of leather bag with wires inside.

Open top of leather bag with wires inside.

Side view of leather bag.

Side view of leather bag.

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Lemon Sunshine Cupcakes

I’ve never really made cupcakes, when I was younger we used to call them fairy cakes and they were a lot smaller than these massive cupcakes you can get now, which I feel are too big a portion for a treat. I wasn’t very excited when someone asked me to make some cupcakes , but I have to say I really enjoyed making and icing them. These are vanilla cupcakes with lemon sunshine yellow icing and I was really please how they turned out.

Vanilla cupcakes with lemon sunshine yellow icing.

Vanilla cupcakes with lemon sunshine yellow icing.

Vanilla cupcakes with lemon sunshine yellow icing.

Vanilla cupcakes with lemon sunshine yellow icing.

Vanilla cupcakes with lemon sunshine yellow icing.

Vanilla cupcakes with lemon sunshine yellow icing.

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Maz & Tim’s Wedding Napkins

Friends Maz and Tim got married a couple weeks ago and I made their wedding cake. I also made them some personalised wedding napkins as a gift, with their names and the date they got married embroidered on them. I also stitched a grey heart on the pair of them. This makes a great memory, personalised gift. Not just for weddings, you could give for valentines, birthdays, etc.Maz & Tim Wedding Napkins_005 Maz & Tim Wedding Napkins_001

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Annabel’s Baek-il

I went to North Carolina to meet my new niece Annabel recently and while we were there she had her Korean Baek-il (100th day birthday). So my sister and brother-in-law who had lived in Korea for a year, made a delicious Korean feast and I made a cake! A classic Korean Matcha green tea sponge with sweet Adzuki bean filling. She also made some Hhodoek pancakes (think Game of Thrones!) which were delicious and sweet. We all enjoyed the dessert and Annabel enjoyed her milk!

Annabel and Abi cutting her 100 Day Birthday Cake. Green tea and red bean Cake. Matcha green tea sponge with sweet Adzuki bean filling.

Annabel and Abi cutting her 100 Day Birthday Cake. Green tea and red bean Cake. Matcha green tea sponge with sweet Adzuki bean filling.

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Yellow Elephant Baby Quilt

My friend Orladh had a new niece or nephew coming and want to send something special home. she really liked the elephant quilt but she decided to keep it neutral with yellow, grey and white and wanted to personalise it with the babies name, weight and date of birth. I decided to go with a plain white back to keep things simple. She were all very happy with the finished quilt which was sent back to the UK.

Many of the products we buy have negative environmental impacts and I want to be a part of changing that. So I always look out for better options when making my products. In this quilt I used up-cycled fabrics and eco-friendly batting (the squiggly bit inside). I will be trying to use this as much as possible in my products.

The finished quilt. Yellow, white and grey elephant quilt with white and grey stitching. Made from up-cycled fabric.

The finished quilt. Yellow, white and grey elephant quilt with white and grey stitching. Made from up-cycled fabric.

The back of the elephant quilt. White fabric with grey stitching. Made from up-cycled fabric.

The back of the elephant quilt. White fabric with grey stitching. Made from up-cycled fabric.

Close up of the 2 kinds of elephant details on the quilt. Yellow, white and grey elephant quilt. Made from up-cycled fabric.

Close up of the 2 kinds of elephant details on the quilt. Yellow, white and grey elephant quilt. Made from up-cycled fabric.

Acelli McGuinness' quilt, personalised with her name and birth detail. Grey stitching on yellow fabric. Made from up-cycled fabric.

Acelli McGuinness’ quilt, personalised with her name and birth detail. Grey stitching on yellow fabric. Made from up-cycled fabric.

The front of the quilt. Yellow, white and grey elephant quilt with white stitching. Made from up-cycled fabric.

The front of the quilt. Yellow, white and grey elephant quilt with white stitching. Made from up-cycled fabric.

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Coconut Lemon Vodka Cake

I have made this delicious cake two years running at the Coast Mountain Photography year end party as it is such a hit. Coconut flavoured sponge with a lemon-vodka curd filling and lemon buttercream icing, covered in shredded coconut. The recipe is from the BC Liquor Taste Magazine.

Coconut flavoured sponge with lemon-vodka curd filling and lemon buttercream icing, covered in shredded coconut.

Coconut flavoured sponge with lemon-vodka curd filling and lemon buttercream icing, covered in shredded coconut.