Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Mates" for life!

I have been so busy this quarter!  Thanks to all the lovely people that have been placing orders...trusting me with gift-making and cake designing.  I LOVE the process and love you all for letting me be a part of your celebrations.

I recently delivered a very special item.  My son's wonderful speech therapist of the past several years got married last weekend and she asked me to make a topper for her wedding cake!  She only recently learned about CREO, and I think seeing the air craft carrier cake got her wheels turning - just in time to put something special together before the big day!  You see, her husband-to-be is a retired Naval Captain, so she asked if I could create something themed around a ship bearing his name and the happy couple as Captain and First Mate.

The topper was built of fondant and embellished with gold luster dust details.  I think we were all very happy with how it turned out!

Until next time!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pinterest Love

Who out there loves Pinterest??!!  Well, me, for one!  It's a virtual candy store for all the kids (and by kids, I mean me and all others like me) who like to look at pretties and daydream about all the things that one day they will make, cook, wear, see, live in, teach, eat, look like, etc etc etc.  Whew!  But truly, that's what makes it so wonderful.  You can find anything there..and then "pin it"  to one of your virtual bulletin boards for whenever you need inspiration or just a little escape.  Brilliant!!

Well, I have truly been inspired as of late to try some of the beautiful crafties that I have found there.  Other pinners are so generous with their ideas and patterns and make it so easy for others of us to enjoy the process and the results ourselves!  Here are two projects that I made this past month.

First up, a new crochet headband design.  This one modeled by sweet Lucy.  It's a tri-strand of chains, with a lovely flower and secured with a tie on the underside.  She also requested one in turquoise, which will be the perfect complement to spring and summer fashions.  And a great alternative to an Easter bonnet!  Let me  know if you know a sweet girl who might like one of these...I have lots of colors to choose from!

This pattern is courtesy of creativeyarn.blogspot, an Italian blogger with some lovely designs.

Next, a little something for my mantle.  I am definitely following a trend with this one and doing the "birdie" thing that is so popular right now.  I am normally not one to jump on the latest trendy bandwagon so easily, but these were so cute, I couldn't resist.  The pattern came from i-do-it-yourself.com and here are the step by step photos.  I reduced the size of the pattern and used quilters fabric squares that came packaged together so that they are all complementary.

I did 3 in different pattern combos and they are the perfect little dose of tweet.  And a nice reminder that spring is coming soon!

Until next time!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Mom's True Test

When you make cakes for other people, your kids are constantly brainstorming what kind of cake they want you to make for them.  Over the past year, we have been through a plethora of boy-related themes.  Star Wars ships flying around Death Star, Superheroes, various sports, etc.  I knew better than to plan too far in advance because finicky 6 year old brains were still at work.  But once they did decide, there was complete cake tunnel vision.  And boy were they demanding.  They were constantly adding to the complexity of the cake and checking on my progress and what my timeline was for completion by party day.

Well, the big party was last weekend and it sounds like Mom passed the test.  But, I have to say that this cake stressed me out more than any other.  Technically, it incorporated several different techniques and it took 4 separate cakes and 5 days to build it.  I would have liked to have more time to adjust the supports for the structure, but all in all, it was a success.

The final verdict on cake theme was military in nature. One boy loves tanks, the other loves any aircraft, both love ships. I needed to find a way to tie it all together, so the result was an aircraft carrier cake complete with control bridge and painted chocolate vehicles.  And as both Grandpa and Papa are former Naval Officers, I also thought they would especially appreciate the result.

Until next time!