Domestic arts

We had a very creative day today.  One of Pearl’s friends came over for a playdate, and they had a great time together.  They pottered around outside while I did tedious things like hang out the washing in the glorious sunshine, and then we went to the supermarket and raided the pick-and-mix bins.

It was a raid with a purpose – not just to load up on sugar, but to keep the girls busy for a good hour or so as well.  When we got home with all the goodies, I set the girls to work mixing up a batch of chocolate cupcakes.  They had great fun measuring and sifting and stirring and licking the spoons, then while the cakes were baking and cooling we had our lunch.

Icing and decorating was a major after-lunch undertaking, and the girls decided to mark each cake with the initial of an intended recipient.  The aim seemed to be to crowd as many lollies and decorations on each cake as possible:

Yummy... and look at my new stone benchtop, too!

Of course, we didn’t use up all the lollies decorating the cakes, so we had to clean up a few afterwards…

Then Pearl suggested that they do some sewing.  Her friend has a wiggly tooth, so they made “tooth fairy purses”, little bags to hold teeth under one’s pillow awaiting collection by the Tooth Fairy.  They’re very sweet little things, blanket-stitched all around and held shut by ribbon threaded through a bead.  We had some flower motifs in Pearl’s craft box, so each bag got one of those sewn on the back as well.  (I was going to put a photo here, but I can’t find Pearl’s bag… perhaps it’s under her pillow!)

The friend’s mum was very impressed when she came to collect her, they really had been industrious.  Of course, she was presented with a cupcake on arrival too, and they took a box home with cakes intended for various cousins and friends.

All in all, quite a successful playdate.

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5 Responses to “Domestic arts”

  1. kloppenmum Says:

    My goodness, that’s impressive – the boys were keen to eat one or two. I tend to be the ignore them kind of playdate Mum. Love the stone bench top – very stylish.

    • Kate @ upsidebackwards Says:

      They were delicious! I love ignore-them playdates, too – but they’re not really great blog material, so I don’t write about those ones 😀 To be fair, this one was about half-and-half, they pottered about by themselves quite a lot of the time. I love it when they entertain each other!

  2. kloppenmum Says:

    I always think it’s half the work having an extra child, not twice the work. Now the Owl wants to make cupcakes too…guess what we’re doing later!

    • Kate @ upsidebackwards Says:

      Sorry! (she said unrepentantly) Have lots of fun, get really messy, and end with a sugar-high. What’s not to love? I’ve just made an allergy-free cake for daycare, all the cupcakes are gone (and contained dairy), and it’s Fainjin’s extra-late birthday party today.

  3. katepickle Says:

    they look fab!
    Cake decorating always keeps our play dates busy too!

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