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My day

Birthday season has begun here at the Tilly household. Myself, Mr Tilly and little H all celebrate our birthdays around this lovely time of year, all within a 4 week window.

Here are a few of my favourite snaps of my special day, some of the cards and flowers and my best pressies.The best thing was spending the day with my fave 3 people. Corny, i know.











Easter almond and chocolate cups




I have made these chocolate cups in the peanut butter version before. I am glad to say they also work with almond butter! Just substitute the peanut butter with equal amounts of almond butter and top with mini eggs. I wrapped them in cellophane bags with pretty ribbon and cannot wait to give them out on Easter Sunday!



Fairy princess castle cake


Tadaaah! Here is my little girls’ fourth birthday cake,  hand baked and decorated by yours truly. I know it’s by no means perfect but it was made with love. 🙂

I also craftily managed to incorporate my first ever sugar craft figurines by popping little crowns on their heads! Don’t they look right at home in their fairy castle?


Learned something new: sugar craft!

I recently went on a sugar craft workshop and learned how to model jungle animals from sugar paste. It was a 3 hours lesson and was actually really relaxing. I’m not normally great with activities that require attention to detail and excellent fine motor control… more of a slap dash sort of girl! However, making these animals was strangely relaxing! Very pleased with the end results… taking into account that it was my first time!


I incorporated two of these little fellas into my little girls’ fourth birthday cake– will post about it in a few days. I can reveal that it was a fairy princess castle cake as requested by madam herself! Can’t quite believe I have now made four birthday cakes for her. Four years! Wow.

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Owl birthday cake


My tiny girl turned one at the weekend! Now I know this following statement is popular with annoying parents the world over but – “Where has that time gone?” Sorry, I couldn’t resist it!

To celebrate I had to stick with tradition and I ended up baking her a chocolatey owl cake. I used Nigella’s spruced up vanilla cake from her Christmas book and simple chocolate fudge icing. Then I went to town with the chocolate buttons, sprinkles and chips.  Job done and one happy birthday girl!

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Owl babies

I have been crafting owls as birthday party invites for my little girl who turns one in a few months. As we have lots on over the coming weeks, I thought I would get ahead of myself and start making a few bits and pieces ready to use nearer the time. I used just a few bits of card and patterned paper.


I made hand drawn templates on thick card and checked if everything looked ok when put together.


I drew around the body template twice, whilst overlapping the two shapes a little. I then folded the two body parts over one another to make a card.


I used patterned  and plain paper for all the other parts to create the patchwork effect I was after.


I love the way each little owl is different and just look how you can create their owly characters by changing the eyes slightly.



And whilst talking about owls… have you come across the book “Owl babies” by Martin Waddell ? One of my all time favourite children’s books. Tugs the heart strings every time and the illustrations are just gorgeous!

Cover of "Owl Babies"

Cover of Owl Babies

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Wedding- Teacher- Easter gift idea … Herb garden with money butterflies


Whilst looking through my photos I came across this lovely herb garden in a basket with butterflies that I photographed at a wedding last year. It made me feel instantly excited for Spring which should (hopefully) be just around the corner!

Apart from being a really sweet wedding present, this idea would also be great as a teacher gift for Easter. You could easily replace the money notes with coloured or patterened papers or get all the parents to chip in and get a collection started. It would definitely make a welcome change from the usual chocolates! Teacher or not, this would be a brilliant gift for anyone for Easter!

All you need is

a pretty basket

several pots of herb plants such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage, parsley, lavender

a few pipe cleaners

money notes or coloured papers

decorations of choice (ribbons, pinwheels, etc)

To make the butterflies you could just simply fold the notes into fans and tie the pipe cleaners around their middle. However, there are also lots of tutorials of how to make a proper origami butterfly from money notes online. I did a quick search and found an instructional video here.

This is definitely at the top of my “must-do” list of craft and gift ideas!