The Merry Month of May….

Everything seems to be happening in the merry month of May 2012!   In the spirit of chasing along so as not to get left behind…

…and before I run out of time…

I know…sorry!

I’m squeezing in an extra post so I don’t get completely overwhelmed with things to say, photos to show and no time.

So, May….first of all, there are three birthdays.  Poor Tim drew the short straw having to go back to work on his birthday.  The Carrot Cake recipe must come out in time for his return home I feel!   Then of course there was the wedding… I do have some more photos to share, don’t worry, but they won’t be of the Mother-of-the-Groom.  A line must be drawn!   And, my own big news, Planet Penny is now officially a business.  Not perfect timing but things were running away from me, and I needed it all to be official.

The Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios event is fast approaching, in fact it’s the weekend after next.  There is still loads to do, but we’ll get there, and if anyone is in the Norfolk area it would be SO lovely to see you.  You can find out all about it here.

The next big exciting thing though is next week, and it’s the launch of my son Thomas’ debut novel in Heffer’s bookshop in Cambridge.  Obviously I’m a proud mum, but I’m not alone in thinking he’s pretty special and you can read a bit about the launch here.   And of course if you are in the Cambridge area you could join in too, and come and say hello, I’ll be the one with a proud grin from ear to ear!

Thomas is going to write the very first Guest Post for Planet Penny in the next few days, too, so do look out for that.

But back to the wedding, and the decorations.  We had Wedding Trees!  It had started in the back of my mind as painted branches on which to hang little pretties, but with the help of St Serendipity again, we found two beautifully shaped Japanese Maples in pots.  At the time they were completely bare, but just in time they put out the most beautiful red leaves which were still small enough for an overall lacy effect, and I draped them with little white lights, tiny white calico hearts and paper doves…

But the thing which occupied most of my time in the run up to the wedding was the cake topper.  I’d had a particular idea in mind from the moment  I heard it was going to be a cheese cake.  and I don’t mean a cheesecake, I mean a cake made of CHEESE!  Wallace and Gromit would be proud!

It had to be mice, didn’t it?  And I didn’t let the fact that there weren’t actually any bridesmaids, or even a pageboy put me off…

And the chef made an amazing job of putting the whole construction together…

Mouse Wedding Cake Toppers

I have to say it was delicious too, and very much appreciated by all the family, complete cheese fanatics every one!

Finally, a Planet Penny Cotton Club update.  I have just moved the yarn packs, Rainbow Mouse Kits and patterns on to the Folksy shop.  I’ve been a little overwhelmed by the administration involved selling them directly, I need time to be creative or I just don’t function!  It all seems to be working well but let me know if you have a problem.

See you soon…x

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16 thoughts on “The Merry Month of May….

  1. Trish

    Loving the “cheese” cake, might have to do a mini version for Christmas, instead of the usual, boring cheese board. Quick question…(or maybe not so quick) what do you have to do to make Planet Penny an official business?

  2. MarieAnge

    That is one rocking cheese cake and I agree that Wallace and Gromit would have loved it!.. .especially if it was Wensleydale! 🙂

    I love the mice! I’m going to assume you made those 🙂 I will be making a note of this since regular cake would not agree with a lot of family and friends and one day my husband and I do hope to make our wedding an official event. This cake would be perfect!

    Congratulations on your son being published! I hope he sells lots and lots of books and is asked to write a second book. 🙂

  3. Toffeeapple

    What a wonderful wedding that must have been, all that creativity and love!

    I knew about the business from Linked In, good luck again Penny.

  4. alison

    What an amazing ‘cheese’ cake! And the little mice are just adorable 🙂
    Good luck to your son with his debut novel.

  5. Mrs. Micawber

    I can just see Wallace shaking his hands back and forth with delight. “Cheese, Gromit!”

    The cake is fabulous, and the topper is out of this world. And I love how those Japanese maples pick up the dark red of the walls.

    Congrats to your son! What an accomplishment to be proud of. (Why don’t they mention his illustrious mum in that article?)

    Good luck with the business. I assume Higgins will have a seat on the board of directors. 🙂

  6. Faith

    A cheese cake is a fabulous idea, we are all cheese lovers in our family too.

    Love the cake toppers, you are a clever one!

    Sounds like you’ve had a very full month on all fronts, well done to Thomas, what an achievement….and your business too, fantastic!

  7. Penelope

    Squuuuueeeekkk, I love your Mr. and Mrs. Mouse Penny and asfor the idea of having a cheese cake, gosh why didn’t I think of that one! After reading this post last night I had to go downstairs and make myself a cheese platter…yum. So clever…but then you are a family of clever people…I’m ever so pleased for Thomas and wish him all the very best with his book launch. I must send him message on his blog.

    Congratulations on Planet Penny becoming a business, so very exciting, it will go from strength to strength I am very sure. It truly has been a merry month for you indeedy xox love and hugs P x

  8. Teje & Nero

    Hi Penny! This wedding looks the best for me! Wonderful place and so lovely dacoration! But the cake – it just couldn’t be any better – wow cheese cake with mice!!! You are fantastic!
    I love your mice magnets, too and the garden look so green and full!
    Hugs to sweet Higgins!
    x Teje

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  10. Jane

    Hi I saw a link to you from Teje’s blog and I just popped over. That cheese cake is just awesome!! My daughter is getting married in July and they are having cheesecake as in the “norm”. I think yours is fab!
    Jane x

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