Friday, August 07, 2015

What's the Buzz?

 I baked a cake. No point owning a beehive shaped pan if you don't use it once in a while. We've been studying bees this summer, so it seemed the ideal time to bake a honey of a cake (sorry).
The cake is a sort of lemon pound cake, but it is filled with buttercream, and glazed with a honey-lemon mixture before being coated in royal icing and buttercream bees. As I had candied flowers, I added them since bees adore violets and borage.

So that's this year's beehive cake sorted.

 In other news, I thought you might like to see my bedroom wallpaper from the early 70's. The fabric on this dress is the exact same print. I remember coming home from school and the shock of my bedroom being completely made-over in shades of pink and apricot. This was the wallpaper, except it had a funny shine to it, almost like it was intended to be wiped clean. Hell, I never wiped it. Gotta draw the line somewhere, and washing wallpaper is as good a place as any.
 I miss my apricot coloured quilted bedspread, and matching curtains. There was a canopy bed without a canopy as well because my parents couldn't be bothered to finish the decorating. You know how it is, you think about doing something and then life gets in the way. Just as well really, I had terrible allergies as a child and I can't think a dusty piece of fabric over the bed would help.

Bag and shoes time! Shoes first. I found these brand-new, never worn vintage Larks at Goodwill. These are not my style-at all. I bought them anyway figuring if I live into my 80's they might be just the sort of thing I'll be looking for, and unable to find. Some people plan for their retirement buying stocks and bonds-I go for shoes. If they don't scream, "Miami Beach" I don't know what does. Now, the handbag is a funny little number look closely at the floral design...
Whoa! How'd she do that?! Reversible purse, kids! Two-fer.

Outfit Particulars:
1960's crepe dress that I believe was originally a shift dress that was re-fashioned. There's a snap at the back waist to fold the top of the dress in place. Clever!-Fairytale Costumes, Omaha
1960's reversible beaded handbag-Ruby Begonia's, Lincoln
1960's floral hat-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage Larks embellished flats-Goodwill
Necklace-Salvation Army
Enamel flower pin-Hand-Me-Ups (I think)
60's clip earrings-Hand-Me-Ups
Neon lucite bangles-both Goodwill
Fragrance-CB I Hate Perfume Mr. Hulot's Holiday

 I'm posing in the parking lot because the bees were finding me irresistible. I probably smelled of honey after baking the cake.

Strike a 60's pose now...

"It has a good beat, and I can dance to it, I'll give it a 5."
Have a great weekend.


Connie said...

That beautiful cake is filled with buttercream? Oh my. I Loooooove buttercream. I live for buttercream. Cake is just a vessel for buttercream. OK. I've recovered just enough to tell you how much I love your Nana shoes. I actually think my Nana had those exact same shoes. And....I just had to go check out CB I Hate Perfume. What???? This guy sounds like a genius. Wherever did you discover it? I'm on the hunt for a store that carries it. Gosh I wish we had smelloblog so I could get a whiff of your M. Hulot. Goodie, you are always so full of such wonderful information and inspiration to fire my imagination. XXOO

Goody said...


Thank you-the cake was work, but worth it. The pan is interesting-two parts on the same pan. After baking you stand the halves on edge, trim the inward-facing part, then affix them together with the buttercream. The icing covers the seam, and gives something to stick the bees on.

You can get most of those oddball perfumes in decants at Hulot is an aquatic with a sort of vague fruit note. It is pleasant, but nothing I'd want a large, expensive bottle of. They had one called, "Old Fur Coat" that I'm told really did smell of old fur, stale tobacco and mothballs. I'm sorry I missed that one!

Bibi said...

I have to ask, did you have pink shag carpeting to go with that wallpaper or chartreuse?
Love the bag & shoes.
I think those shoes are more Ft Lauderdale or Boca Raton. The Miami Beach ladies are all trying to look like Kim Kardashian these days (surprisingly regardless of age).

Goody said...

Pink, of course!

I haven't been to Miami since the late 70's, so I admit to being a touch out of the times. Kim K, huh? That's sad.

Propagatrix said...

Now I'm craving those green apple hard candies filled with honey, which we used to get at the Wauconda apple orchard.

Also, those shoes are divine.

Goody said...

I hate to break it to you, but the orchard is now a subdivision. We never had the candy, but that does sound good. Sometimes we bought apple butter that my mother rationed by the teaspoon.

Mim said...

That cake looks delicious - how big is a slice?!

Excellent dress. It looks very natty with the hat. Was it another one of your bargain buys?

Goody said...

I cut the slices in small wedges, but if you were to cut cross-ways, you could probably get 8-10 1 inch thick slices. We still have more than half the cake. Being rich, a little goes a long way.

I've had the hat for a few years-I think it was inexpensive (around 5 USD).

Sue said...

OMG your cake is AMAZING!! You win, you make the best ever looking cakes.

ThriftyParka said...

Oh no, that delicious looking cake has me salivating on the keyboard. I must go find cake!!!

LOVE the outfit! The shoes, the dress, the hat the handbag! I am definitely going to talk to my financial advisor guy about flipping my portfolio into SHOES!! That is a brilliant idea! After all, the price of gold and oil may rise and fall, but my little hooves will always shoes!

happy thrifting ;)