Friday, 7 October 2011

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Cake Competition Winners

We recently ran a competition on our More Than Mummies Facebook page for mums who make children's cakes. Although we had many entries, no two cakes were at all alike. The winners were decided by votes and there was a prize for both the winner and the runner up. In the end it was a really close finish!
As well as some lovely goodies, part of the prize was a feature about the winner and the runner up here on the blog. The winner will also appear in the August edition of our newsletter, and the runner up will get mentioned in the editorial.
The winner was Michelle from Michelle's Cakes with this fantastic R2D2 cake!







Here’s a little bit more about Michelle's Cakes...





I started making and decorating cakes about 18 months ago and I’m completely self taught. We had lots of eggs from our new pet chickens and after I stopped smoking, I found myself getting peace from this new found hobby! I started doing cakes for everybody and whenever there was an occasion or celebration, I made a cake!







Then in August last year I shared some photos with my friends on Facebook and they encouraged me to set up my own page. I did this with no great confidence really but before I knew it people were asking if I could make a cake for them too. I wasn’t really sure I was up to the challenge but I thought I would have a go! Consequently I have spent the last 12 months building a portfolio of pictures up and covering my cost etc.


Since hearing about the More Than Mummies cake competition, entering and winning (!) things have just gone from busy to overwhelming and I now have the confidence to go out there and make anything for anyone!



I have even now made steps towards setting Michelle's Cakes up as an official business and we should hopefully be up and running within the next month!



I really love what I do and I feel so blessed I have discovered my hidden talent. I’m very grateful to everyone who has supported me and given me the chance to make them a cake! I am very much so looking forward to what the future holds for Michelle’s Cakes!



“Homemade cakes made with good quality ingredients including fresh free range eggs from our own pet hens, giving a beautiful rich flavour & a fantastic deep yellow coloured sponge. Each cake is personally made & unique to your requests!”






 
 



The runner up in our children's cake competition was The Grove Coach Kitchen, facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/The-Grove-Coach-Kitchen/127909383923740 with this fantastic Super Mario Cake!




Here’s a little bit more about The Grove Coach Kitchen...







The Grove Coach Kitchen was first "born" when I decided that I needed something more in my life other than the daily ritual of school runs and housework! I have always enjoyed cooking (especially sweet things!) so I thought that I would try my hand at making some cakes. After extensive recipe experiments (and lots of cake eating!) I have built a nice selection of recipes to use.



One of the things which always disappointed me about cakes, were that they would look great, but then taste disappointing and dry. I decided that I wanted a cake that would look good, but taste better! With this in mind, we use the eggs from our own chickens, the best butter and flour available and we always bake our cakes at the last possible moment to ensure high quality, home-made freshness.




Our first event was on Saturday 19th June 2010 and it was at my eldest son's school, Summer Fair. The day and night before the event, the kitchen looked like a bomb had hit it! However, we persevered and when we set-up at the school fair, crowds descended and we sold everything in under 45 minutes! People were so complementary about everything, they commented that they had never seen anything like it before.









From there, the business has grown and grown steadily, we are making and baking on a daily basis for orders being collected and the future looks very bright! As I work it around my 2 young boys, it means I get very little sleep and can be often found working until 2/3am, but it means I am always around for my boys and they enjoy looking at new cakes and meeting customers!

I would urge anyone who is thinking about doing something similar to just go for it and see where it takes you!





A very big thank you to all who took part in our competition they were all wonderful entries and there really are some very talented and creative mums out there. It was very close all the way to the finish and there was some fantastic support and the competition was really good spirited. Once again I look forward to running more competitions in the future.

Jill. x

Card Competition Winners

We recently ran a competition on our More Than Mummies Facebook page for mums who make greetings cards. Although we had many entries, each card was unique and no two were at all alike. The winners were decided by votes and there was a prize for both the winner and the runner up. In the end there were only 5 votes in it!

As well as some lovely goodies, part of the prize was a feature about the winner and the runner up here on the blog. The winner will also appear in the August edition of our newsletter, and the runner up will get mentioned in the editorial.



The winner was Karen from Silver Fairy Dust Creations with this beautiful card for a new baby girl.






Find Silver Fairy Dust Creations on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/silverfairydustcreations

They make cards for lots of different occasions and here are a few more examples of their lovely cards:

Slideshow of cards by: Silver Fairy Dust Creations




The runner up in our card competition was Relatively Pink, facebook page www.facebook.com/relativelypink1 with this beautiful card.
Here’s a little bit more about them...

My name is Celaine and I live in Rugby with my husband Pete, his daughter Stacie, our 2 moggies Beanz & Tippy and our Snake Conkers! I work full time as an accounts manager but in my spare time I just love to craft. I have alway been a crafty person and have always done cross stitch, knitting, crochet and now card making. It all started a few years ago when we made all of our own wedding stationary and it just grew from there really. I work full time as an accounts manager but in my spare time I just love to craft. Me and my brother Seb always used to get together and craft and we started making cards for fun together and we were getting a fair few orders that we decided to take it to the next level so we started Relatively Pink......

It is run by myself and my brother Seb. We are just starting up so trying to grow our customer base at the moment and get ourselves out there. We do it part time around our families and full time jobs. We make cards for all sorts of occasions including wedding invitations and stationary. We also make paper wedding bouquets and bunting. There are a few samples on our facebook page which we can recreate or we can design something totally new and personal to a customers requirements. We are thrilled to have come second in the card competition and thank every one that voted for my entry. Pop on over to our facebook page and have a look - we look forward to seeing you! x




A very big thank you to all who took part in our card competition they were all wonderful entries and there really are some very talented and creative mums out there. It was very close all the way to the finish and there was some fantastic support, encouragement and also banter. I look forward to running more competitions in the future.
Jill. x

Monday, 3 October 2011

More Than Mummies Update - September

September 1st saw the launch of our website and since its launch we’ve had 5000 visitors and we now have just over 300 businesses in our More Than Mummies High Street Directory!

We have also added some fabulous new features to our website. A popular theme last month was children’s parties with articles from Precious Moments Stationery and Best Kids Party, and also some insightful articles on deciding to become a franchisee. Below is a list of all the articles adding during September (click on the titles to read the full articles).

How Not to go Stark Staring Mental!

Win a One Year’s Subscription to Reading Eggs

This month’s showcase is Halloween themed and we have a lovely variety of items made or sold by mums perfect for Halloween parties or trick or treat with the kids! We still have a few spaces left for items in our showcase, if you would like to add your item free of charge please see the Showcase page for more details. (Photos must be submitted by 10th October.)

We have a new competition running throughout October Win a One Year’s Subscription to Reading Eggs and there’s still time to enter our competition to Win a £50 voucher from Babatude! (Which closes on the 15th October.)  We will also be running a little giveaway each week on our Twitter page in October! And will be announcing another photo voting style competition very soon!
We would also like to give a big mention to our October Newsletter Sponsor Canvas All Stars!


September has been so busy that I haven't been able to write any new blog posts but the blog will be continuing!

Jill. x

Sunday, 2 October 2011

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