First, a birthday cake for my roommate M.
Nigella’s Honey Bee Cake, to be exact.
With Marzipan Bees and Roses.
Closeup of the bees.
(They’re staring at you).
I did not have a springform so I baked it in two tins and layered it with raspberry jam. Would’ve tasted better if I hadn’t let it dry out and burn a little (I baked it for the suggested time, and with foil for part of it, too!). Oh, well. People said it was good, anyway.
Second, a birthday gift. A detachable bracelet set. (Also for M).
Crystal, pearlescent beads, metal filigree, toggle clasp.
Metallic ball beads, filigree bead caps, purple and clear iridescent glass, pearlescent beads.
Both bracelets are strung on clear elastic thread to make them stretchy and easy to put on and take off (the toggle on the one provides another option for closure, but is more for show).
Modeled after the general idea of this Forever 21 bracelet set. I may not like all of their clothes, but Forever 21 does have some lovely vintage-inspired jewelry this season (I don’t trust the quality or make of it, though; I generally don’t buy costume jewelry anyway, because I usually end up wondering whether I can make it myself . . ..) I was thinking about texture for this set. The mixture of smooth, milky pearl colors with the sharp sparkle of crystal and the slightly more liquid gleam of intricate metallic filigree, the hardness of beads and metal juxtaposed against the soft white of the satin tie. Texture is a lovely thing. I’m glad it’s “in” at the moment.