Wednesday, 18 April 2012

a busy birthday for a sweet bee


Well...I kid you not, it has been busy round these parts
Last weekend my lovely daughter
Sweet B
turned 20...20! I really can NOT get my head around that!
neither can Mr Sweet
We had a wonderful weekend with meals out and a fabulous trip to London
we visited Covent garden first
had a lovely look around
some of the shops are so gorgeous

Paella for lunch

I gave up on my 'healthy eating plan'
in fact, I followed the 'unhealthy eating plan' for the WHOLE weekend
love it.
We also had the best ice-cream that we have ever tasted
from the icecreamists
(unfortunately I am now back on the was good while it lasted)

Then we headed off to the Garrick theatre in Charing cross
to watch Chicago
all I can say is WOW!

We had such a great day

Sunday was another busy one
we even managed to have a little tea party
before taking Sweet B back to uni

These little bees are so CUTE, aren't they?
I didn't make them
but Oh, I wish I could
I bought them from a wonderful shop on Esty
and turned them into a little birthday banner

 Sweet B's birthday cake of choice ~
Passion fruit meringue cupcakes
from this book
Now I like baking, but these tested my patience to the max.
First I had to make passion fruit curd
then the cupcakes
and then the meringue
I got my lovely G to blow torch the meringue
I was not in control of my actions by this stage!
they did taste divine though
but I will NOT be making them EVER again!

Some more bumble bee love now

sorry this photo is not my best!

if she would be able to whip up some buzzy blocks for me
and look what she made
that lady is a genius
I know my photo is pants but Fee took some amazing ones

(If you are reading this Fee....many many super apologies for the
rubbish photo, when Sweet B brings them back home from uni
 I will do them justice)

And Do you remember this post
where I showed you this sneaky peek?

Well here it is.....

 The pink "I love you" flower at the side was lovely G's idea

You can now see why I had to keep it "top secret"
Sweet B LOVES it.....thank goodness.

Blogger has not played nice today and this post has taken me FOREVER
It is a relief to actually get to the end

Before I go though, I just wanted to thank you all
for your kind birthday wishes
for Sweet B
she read them all and loved them
you really are the best

I have had a sad heart the last few days
I miss her when she is away
that lovely girl of mine
Love you Sweet B

I hope you are all having a good week
lots of lovely rain here

more soon
j x


  1. Jooles what a fantastic weekend you've had.

    Your birthday celebration for Sweet B looks beautiful, not only because it is so pretty to look at but it is filled with so much love.

    The secret present is stunning are very talented. Gosh you must be 'buzzing' after such a wonderful time!

    Hope you have a lovely week.
    Fleur xx

  2. Such a lovely post. You have a very lucky daughter, the canvas is very beautiful and creative - something she'll treasure for years to come. x

  3. how lovely - the cakes look de-flamin-licious and the secret present is a thing of absolute beauty.
    You are of course right - those blocks look bobbins on that photo!!!! Too funny.
    SOooo glad you had such a special weekend. I used to think my boys being 20 was very far away...but now I know it will be here before I know it.
    Love fee x

  4. What a wonderful post! I'm so glad your sweet B had a gorgeous birthday, it sounds like such a great time! There are so many lovely makes here...your beautiful buttony sweet bee embroidery is so perfect, I love it, and so are Fee's fabulous bee inspired blocks! And the cake bunting is delightful too. You did well to make those amazing meringue topped cupcakes, very professional:-)
    I hope you have a happy week, Jooles.
    Helen x

  5. Jooles, you really are the most thoughtful and generous Mother! Your Sweet B is very lucky. Glad to hear you all had such a good time.

  6. Ooh Jooles it sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. The secret present is absolutely beautiful - you are very talented! And the cupcakes look scrummy, that looks like another book for feed my obsession - its Little Miss' name :)
    Enjoy the rest of your week
    Victoria xx

  7. Wow I am sure she will have loved everything, I do!!

  8. Aaaaah! What a lovely, lovely post! And what a lovely, lovely (and extremely talented) mum you are!!!

  9. What a lovely birthday Sweet Bee had - I am sure she will always remember it. I love the picture; it is so pretty and so full of love. You must really miss her when she is away. Lily. xxx

  10. Sounds like you well and truly celebrated Sweet B's birthday!!
    Your embroidery is really stunning Jooles. :)
    Lots of gorgeous little bees everywhere and Fee's blocks as always, brilliant!
    Vivienne x

  11. What a lovely post Jooles, sounds like you've had a fab time. Those cupcakes indeed look yummy, I'm sure they were worth it in the end ;0) And what a clever mummy you are making that canvas? It's beautiful and I'm sure it will be treasured xx

  12. Oh my goodness- where do I start? Such a wonderful post! It looks like your daughter had a fabulous Birthday with her lovely family. The bees are so cute and the embroidery is just gorgeous. I'm quite jealous as I would love to see Chicago- it was on a few weeks ago at the Palace theatre in Manchester, but I found out too late:(

    I love popping by here to feast my eyes on all the gorgeousness you have created x

  13. Hi Jooles, what a wonderful post, it makes you smile as you read it. You all must have had such a fabulous day. The special canvas is definitely something she will treasure forever. Lucky girl!
    Karen -x-

  14. Hi Jooles, what a wonderful birthday post, such beautiful ideas and thoughtful presents - made me a bit teary! Those passion fruit meringue cakes looked fab - I LOVE passion fruit!

  15. Happy birthday again to Sweet B, what wonderful bee presents and cakes she received! I LOVE Fee's blocks (so gotta get myself some!) and the canvas you made is GORGEOUS - absolutely stunning in fact!! Beautiful embroidery, I do love the button flowers. Hope you have a lovely rest of the week, try not to be too sad :( Hugs xxx

  16. You are a clever one aren't you! The cakes look amazing, the banner is a great idea and the picture is just fab!

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day out, I consider myself a connoisseur of ice-cream so am now beginning to wonder how scrummy it was....when I was pregnant with my littlest boy I actually burnt out an ice cream machine from making so much (mind the little pickle weighed 9lbs 8.5oz and I reckon at least 2lbs of that was ice-cream!)

    Your Sweet Bee is a lucky girly to have such a great mum!

  17. Awww what amazing presents! I think you're daughter and I should become friends, she clearly loves Bees as much as I do, infact by the looks of it about 100 times more! That canvas is the most beautiful thing I have seen - what I wouldn't give to own one :o Lucky B!

  18. ....everything so so sweet!!!
    xxx Alessandra

  19. What beautiful gifts for your girl. The wall hanging is gorgeous - how special she must feel, and how blessed to have such a caring, thoughtful, creative mother.
    Alex x

  20. Oh my goodness Jooles, so much loveliness here! I just love everything, your picture, the bee bunting, Fee's blocks....ooooh so much to swoon over! I always so look forward to your posts as I know they will be visual feasts and inspiring :) I hope your heart is less sad today and that you are now looking forward to your Sweet B coming back home again x


    Jo x x x

  21. What fab pictures and happy 20th to your young lady. April is a great month to have a birthday.

    Nina x

  22. Jooles, that "Sweet Bee" canvas is so beautiful, what a wonderful gift. Lucky girl! Sounds like a wonderful weekend.

    I've got a recipe for cupcakes like the ones you made and although they look amazing I always suspected they would be a faff to make. Yours do look great though, good piping!

    I hope you're having a good week and not missing your girl so much.

    Gillian x

  23. What wonderful gifts Sweet B got!!! I know what you mean about the sad heart Jooles, my girls both now have digs of their own, the elder is even buying a house, and it's just not the same without them here. At least my boys are still keeping me company, although officially we now only have one of the four children at home. This little nest that used to be so chock full really does feel ever so empty of late ... thank goodness for all the dogs, all seven of them!

  24. Such a wonderful birthday weekend for your Sweet B Jooles..everything is wonderful and your canvas is really special..a real treasure!
    I felt a bit tearful reading your last words...My 2 girls went back to university last weekend...I should have spaced them out a little more I tell would have been so much easier to adapt!
    Susan x
    P.S Love Fee's blocks too!

  25. Dear, dear Jooles,

    This has got to be my favourite post so far; yes it even beat the cute robin parade! :-)

    I loved every single beautiful detail of your B's birthday. I have a thing about themes and symbols so your choice of decorations really pulled at my heart strings. I also had a chuckle at the passion fruit curd, meringue cupcakes testing your patience. I would have reacted exactly the same.

    You are an inspiration and your daughter must feel so very, very loved.


  26. Too many lovely things to comment on them all but she is one lucky sweet B! And you are one clever Mummy! Thanks for sharing, tried out your muffin recipe too - delicious!

  27. Oh what a wonderful birthday weekend. Lucky girl Sweet B. Beautiful canvas. I hope she took it back with her to school to remind her everyday of her wonderful MOM.

  28. Oooh, Jooles...It`s so sweet and all and your party. Best wishes to Sweet Bee for her Birthday! Love your canvas and cupcakes and all this post :o)

  29. Ooooh Jooles I don’t no where to start with my comment! What a fab Birthday weekend & as for your makes...... WOW, you are one very talented lady. X

  30. What a beautiful birthday celebration made with so much love & gorgeous details - xo Karen

  31. Wow, that canvas is gorgeous. Lovely birthday treats for your daughter; she is so lucky to have a mum like you. Hope you both had a wonderful day. Best wishes, Pj x


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