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The first thing I want to share is my cake!

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I baked a Sticky Date Cake (thanks Delia) for Hubby's birthday. I've never done one before and I was a little worried it might be awful! But.... it is the BEST cake I have ever made! So rich, so moist, soooooo tasty! My hubby likes it and even son number one had had a couple of helpings. It's MASSIVE though. This photo is only half of the cake. Luckily it'll keep for a while in my air-tight cake tin (although it didn't all fit, even in my biggest tin AFTER we'd had some!) and actually improves with age!

I'm pondering making a gift of some cake (a fresh one, not this one) for my folks. Not my in-laws coz my father-in-law does Christmas cakes and I a) don't want to tred on toes and b) don't want people to get sick of cake! I have just bought a book on cookies though, so maybe (if I get some practice in first - bye bye diet) I'll make cookies for a few people? No promises though. They might be rubbish for a start!

I have been focusing on my jewellery making the last few days though. I'm gutted that when I got back from Preston 2 of the packets of beads I had bought had broken beads in! So they are going back this weekend to be swapped. Turns out our local bead shop has packed up business (BOO!) but the lady in the fabric shop swears by a bead shop in the next town that I may have to get to know.

In the mean time, this is what I have made with what I have got!

1. Red Square 1
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2. Red Square 2
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3. Red Oval 1 (set)
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4. Red Oval 2 (set)
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5. Pink Hearts 2 (set)
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I have been giving some thought to presentation for these too.... and I could have spent ages choosing card, a template, cutting and folding.... But I saw some little handbag boxes on sale and thought "Nah!" and swooped on them! I'll save one to use a template for later I think. But have a look at this and tell me if I could have walked away! I think they give my jewellery a last little professional touch that says "I'm a nice gift" and not "I'm some tat someone threw together"

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I am still sewing and cross stitching here and there too. I'm getting stressed out by a freebie kit that has a dozen colours that all look the same. Frankly I am too tired to spend forever trying to determine if I have marked all the threat out correctly so I've put it aside for now. I am also making some more small bucket bags, using interfacing this time so they are more ridged. I'll post some picks of them when they're finished. One almost is - just needs handles and I am debating putting a lining in to make it more of a useable bag and not just a gift bag. Time will tell!

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