Happy 70th Birthday Mrs Skipp!
This cake was made specially for Mrs Skipp, the ballet teacher who has taught both my girls through the years since they were still so little. Never have I met another teacher who shows such passion and enthusiasm, yet always so understanding.
Friends have asked what’s inside the sewing machine? Is it all edible?
That’s it – rice puffs!
And the little cupcakes ..
I have fond memories of those hair gel and clips. It’s always “party time” during exam week. Girls turn up in full gear, mums helping with the hair, last minute checks with the character skirt and shoes. And yes, she will even provide an iron if there is a need to straighten any creases on the skirt!
This pin cushion. How many times she has pricked her fingers sewing the crochet on the pointe shoes, how much work she has gone through tirelessly altering the skirts, sewing the ribbons on the skirts, fastening and then removing the ribbons on the ballet shoes?
She’s such an inspiration .. I specially liked the phrase she uses close to exams .. “I yell because I care!” The girls not just learn to dance, they learn resilience, which to me is one of the most powerful tools one could have!
The “poor old sausages” have grown so beautifully .. Thank you Mrs Skipp, and happy 70th birthday!