The iced-over pond was made by melting four glace mints in a tiny cake tin on grease-proof paper (at a low temperature for about 15 mins) then cooling in the fridge. The bubbles made as the mint heats makes the 'ice' you're left with look pretty authentic! The pond sits on top of very stiff royal icing (I add as little water as I can get away with when making my royal icing, I like the peaks!) and I lightly coloured the icing below the pond with the palest blue (food colouring). Finished with a few snow-covered rocks of white fondant and the penguins surrounded by 'snowballs' (sugar decorations) and silver balls.
The rest of my cake is a standard rich fruit Christmas cake and traditional marzipan. My husband makes the cake with the children, I marzipan it...then make decisions about decorating it myself in secret and we all enjoy the big reveal when it's finished!
So, yes, now it's Christmas! We've decorated the tree...I love that my tree is covered with individual decorations, which I add to each year with anything unique I can find. I love homemade decorations too, the children's school efforts...Bekah's robin, Dan's star and angel and Cait's snowflake... Almost nothing is repeated, and this year I made my own Button Snowflake and Button icicle (similar to the snowflake, but buttons on one white lollipop stick, both sides, big buttons at the top and small at the bottom...)
I've had my face painted, cute snowflake on my cheek. Bekah is starting up a Face Painting business http://littlemasterpiecefp.blogspot.com/ and she painted faces at our local church Christmas party...some excited little tigers! See her Facebook Page for some more great pictures: http://www.facebook.com/LittleMasterpieceFacepainting
We've even been carol singing...granted, people find it strange that a large group can go carol singing and not expect payment, but being out in the dark singing carols and wandering down a street of twinkling Christmas lights is magic!
Since Caitlin moved to High School, I've missed the infants/junior school concerts and nativities...what's not to love about little boys with gold cardboard crowns, tea-towel shepherds, grumpy inn-keepers who forget to open the door, reindeer with runny noses and angels with wonky halos..? I miss the innocence and enthusiasm!
So what's left? I must finish the present wrapping (before school's out!), Santa's done all his! We've got our Santa hats, the holly and the ivy...what more?
'And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped himin swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger...' (Luke 2:7)