I first started baking when I was a freshman in college and I want to say the first big thing I ever made was a Cooking Light White Russian Tiramisu.
My kitchen is an open kitchen with white cabinets and stainless/black appliances. It's not my dream kitchen, but it definitely allows me to work my magic! As for keeping organized while cooking, I like to clean as I go. That way, you don't get overwhelmed at the end with a million dishes in the sink and tons of ingredients on the counter. I put everything back as I use it.
Keep trying because practice helps improve your skills. Also, watching cooking shows was a huge part in my cooking education. You learn great methods from the chefs on television!
I would totally invite the Duchess of Cambridge and talk princess and mommy. I'd cook the classic tea party fixings like petit fours, cucumber sandwiches and, of course, tea.
I love decorating cookies and playing my flute/piccolo!
In addition to my food blog, I also have a baby blog (crackers & carrots - http://chocolateandcarrots.com/crackersandcarrots) specifically dedicated to all things pregnancy and baby!