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Sunday, November 9, 2014


Don't you just love fall?  Me too!  It's my favorite season.  Beautiful fall colors, crisp air, cooler days.  The leaves that fall are just made for jumping in.  You pile them up, jump in and  immerse yourself in their crunchy texture.  You can feel the excitement of my son. Enjoy!  And maybe even go play in the leaves too.


Friday, November 7, 2014

October Baby Shower


Just a few weekends ago I hosted (with my MIL) a baby shower.  She helped make some of the yummy sandwiches and I had fun making the decorations and cupcake treats.

The theme of the shower was pink and gold, the colors of my BIL and his wife's little baby's nursery.  Quite girly!

So we had pink, gold and white decorations.  Unfortunately, I got so wrapped up in decorating and making it just perfect, that I forgot to photograph great detail pictures of the party.  Oh man, I'm kicking myself over that!  but, I went looking through the few pictures I did manage to snap, and found that hidden in them are a few shots of the decorations.  Phew! :)

We hosted the shower in the cafe of our church.  It's a beautiful and open space, and works well for soirees.

I made a banner with the baby's name on it for the gift table, but no great finished picture here, oops!  I"m hoping my BIL and his wife will use them in the nursery.

My little boy thought it was amusing that mommy was up on the tall ladder hanging tissue pom poms into the ceiling.  So he grabbed my phone and snapped a picture.  I was quite impressed with his photo.

I made some awesome table decorations with pinwheels in mason jars.  Again, no great detail picture, but I did find that I snapped some shots with them hiding in the background... just look hard :)

I love the cupcakes!  I made fondant toppers, used a stamp to impress "it's a girl" and then painted them with pearl dust.  Some toppers were scallops and others weree sweet little feet.

I also made some gifts for my BIL and his wife.  I made a baby quilt, the same pattern I created for this quilt here.  But I changed the colors to all one color of pink square, and used a neat shimmery gold chevron fabric for the centers.  I used the same gold chevrons for the binding as well.  The back was this super soft pink flannel giraffe fabric.  If I had any reason to use pink giraffe for myself, I would.  I'm in love with it!!

I also made a taggie blanket and a set of hooded towels.  You can see these two gifts hiding in the bottom picture and snuck into the gift display table.

We did an open house style baby shower.  Everyone that came said they loved it.  It fit the easy-going style of the showered couple and worked well for the day.  I think it's my new favorite way to host a party.  People could come and go as they needed.  I hate being trapped playing games I don't enjoy.  You too?  Then you'd love an open house party. :)

So sorry for my slacking in picture taking.  I was ├╝ber fixed on making it beautiful for everyone.  Oh well.  I know it turned out perfect. :)


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sponge Bob Cake

Hello again!

I've made another cake at the end of the summer for a friend's son.  His favorite character is Sponge Bob and he Really loves the snail, Gary.  I really wanted to be able to add both of them to the cake.

Here are some pictures from the cake as I had made it.

Here is sponge bob and a a faux-wood sign that is supposed to look like drift wood
Gary the snail

I made a ton of coral, tubers, stars and seaweed pieces, and I forgot to take a picture of the tray as they were drying.

I made a pineapple for the top of the cake.  I made the base from rice krispies and covered it in fondant.  I made lines in the pineapple with a tracing wheel too and then I used food coloring and painted the lines and dots and smudged it a bit.  I then added some pineapple tops.

side of the cake

my friend sent this picture to me when she added Sponge Bob at home. 
I found a super great tutorial for Sponge Bob and the wood sign here.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Frozen Cake

Hello friends!

Just a quick post, with some pictures to show you a Frozen cake I made for a friend's daughter early this summer.  I'm just now getting some time to post about it :)  Now that we've had a few cool days, it's a good time for a cool idea.

Here's a few ways I started the cake:

I started making an Olaf snowman... but keep in mind I've never actually sculpted anything in my life out of fondant.  (although I do have some memories of making play clots in elementary art school...) :)  I positioned Olaf on a toothpick so he could be placed down into the cake later.

The beginning's of an Olaf
I knew that I wanted to make the whole cake covered in snowflakes of varying sizes.  I rolled these out of white fondant.  I used a large snowflake cookie cutter and then used a leaf shape and the tips from some icing tips to cut out the small circles.

large fondant snowflakes

I also printed out some snowflake patterns and used a thick royal icing to pipe out the snowflakes designs and swirls.

 Here is the final cake.  I painted some of the fondant snowflakes with an edible silver dust.  The cake was quite tall at nearly a foot high.  My friend wanted the cake to feed at least 60 people easily.  That is did!  We even had some left. :)  Lots of happy kids and parents.

Here is a front view of the cake.  I just placed the dolls on top of the cake and stuck my little Olaf down in front. 

 Here is a little up close and personal look at Olaf.  In hindsight, his carrot nose was a big extra carrot-y.  Oops :)  He was super cute as a first time sculpting adventure!