Thursday, 1 November 2018

Being Creative

I still feel I'm on that merry go round, juggling the work life balance but trying to fit in as much life as possible around the work.

Last weekend our drama group put on a Jazz evening with live music. We decided to provide canapes and cocktails, which might have been my idea so I volunteered to make the canapes... I'm full of good ideas me! Just for the record... canapes take a ridiculously long time to make. Remind me of that next time I come up with a good idea!


I also volunteered to cut out some silhouettes to decorate the walls.



We dressed up in glitzy 1920s outfits, danced to the live jazz and generally had a brilliant evening.


After a full day at work on Sunday, I then had a yearning to bake so made this blueberry, lemon and almond loaf cake... an Ottolenghi recipe that was featured in Delicious magazine. It really was deliciously simple!


Tuesday I managed a nine hour shift at the cafe. It was ridiculously busy for a Tuesday and I ended up only having a five minute break all day. I was so tired I don't really remember driving home, which I guess is not ideal. It was tempting to do nothing all day yesterday, but it was Halloween and I couldn't resist a bit of pumpkin carving...


Not too scary for all our little visitors last night. And as a bonus, we've lots of chocolates to finish off tonight!


And then today it was my turn to provide a cake for our village over 60's club. One of my earliest blog posts was about providing a cake for the over 60s club... something I've done on the first Thursday in November ever since. I'm ignoring the fact that I'm now actually eligible to attend the club myself! I made a cherry and coconut cake, not for the first time, as you will see if you followed that link.


And tomorrow I'm back in work again, back on that merry go round. But something I have realised this week is that I'm happiest when being creative, whether that means making canapes, cutting out decorations, baking cakes, carving pumpkins...  sewing, knitting or painting. That is what I really love doing. Now if only someone would pay me for doing that every day!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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  1. I don't think you're a do nothing person Gina, I think you like that old merry-go-round. :)

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    1. I definitely like to be busy but this merry go round is spinning a little too fast for me at the moment!

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  2. That evening sounds fun and you looked the part. Brilliant cut outs for the walls. I have to say your cakes always look fabulous, I too would like to create all day but like you say it's generating a decent income that's the problem I tried the Etsy and Folksy route but only ever made a few pounds. How are your seasonal pieces going?

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    1. Not much luck at all with the Etsy sales lately, but I'm sure I'll think of something else soon!

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  3. That sounds like a fabulous week even if it does make me tired just thinking about it! The canapes must have been delicious and I loved the silhouettes - such a clever idea. That cake looks delicious too and I am hoping you got to sit down for a while as you carved your pumpkin!

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    1. I did sit down while I carved the pumpkin!

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  4. Is there no end to your talents, Gina?
    Kim

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    1. Definitely... you wouldn't want to see me sing or dance! 😉

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  5. Glad to hear you're not likely to be resorting to daytime TV any time soon! I saw you in the cafe as I drove past one day this week but sadly was far to rushed to call in. Let me know if you have regular shifts and I'll try to get there soon. Your jazz evening sounds terrific.

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    1. I think the last time I watched daytime tv was when I was feeding babies! I'm quite often in on Sunday although not today.... bit of a family crisis to deal with, as you do!

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  6. That sounds like a fab evening and those silhouettes are magnificent!

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  7. Just keep on doing whatever makes you happy. But maybe stop for a breather every now and again!

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    1. A breather in the form of a holiday would be very welcome right now!

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  8. Lovely diverse post, you deserve to be earning squillions Gina! x

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