Saturday, November 27, 2010
Iced in vanilla buttercream. All the decorations were made out of fondant. Water is made with piping gel and a bit of royal blue paste colour. The rocks you see are chocolate and available at the Bulk Barn here in Canada. I used edible food colouring markers to make the designs on the surf boards and the boomerang. Everything you see is edible.
Got a question about how I did something on a cake…. just ask! I would be happy to spread the love.
Friday, November 26, 2010
As I type this my two nephews are on there way here and I’m prepared… with battling lightsabers. One blue, one yellow. I posted about this cake a short time ago. I LOVE how easy it is to make.
My friend Kim had me make a skate park cake for her son’s birthday, and a boxing cake for her dad’s!
The cupcakes were all DC and Element… his favourite teams.
Next up… a surfing kangaroo and something pretty for a good friend!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I decided to make a light-sabre. The reason I’m sharing this with you is that is was so easy it was scary, it looked pretty cool, and you can adapt the idea. Here’s a picture:
I simply made a 9x14 sized cake, cut it into long strips, pieced it together on a big tray and iced it. What made the kids love it is the addition of glow sticks along the sides. I already have an order for another one in November. (I’m not sure why it looks so crooked in the picture?!?!)
If a light-sabre is not something your birthday person would be into, you could transfer the same idea to a princess wand, fairy wand, change the shape of the cake and you could do a lava lamp, a glowing retro diner clock, any neon sign you want to reproduce in sugar….. you get the idea!
Any other suggestions I’ve missed?
Monday, October 11, 2010
I could type out the instructions, but why reinvent the wheel? I found this marvel of ingenuity at the PickYourOwn.org website. There is even a PDF version you can print off with pictures and everything!
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
|Fire pit and Stringer Pond|
|Wendy's Apple Orchard|
The icing is butter cream with meringue powder, all the decorations are made of fondant with gum-tex, except the pretzel logs in the fire pit and the chocolate rocks for the pathway. The pond is piping gel tinted blue.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Overall I would rate these as a pretty easy project. I had to run out a few times to make sure they fit and pin them for adjustments. My old seat covers only covered the back and not the butt, so these go that extra mile by adding a flap of material to cover the seat as well. The great thing about using jean is I just cut around objects like the seat belt hardware and didn’t bother to finish the seams. I didn’t attach the two seat covers together but I might do this at a later date to make sure they don’t shift around. I did a bit of a his & hers theme by appliquéing some elements on each one. I got some flowers, hearts and patches. HE got a big sun, waves, and a barefoot print.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Large Coffee Double-Double = Sling me a jorum of java, me hearty. Twice the tooth rot and double the butter broth!
Coffee with sugar and no cream = Make a java sweet as love and dark as the night!
Black Coffee = Brew mine pure n’ shimerin like obsidian.
Finally, not to overlook our tea drinkers out there… you know who you are:
I would like a large cup of tea = I’ll be needin’ to get meself around a mutchkin o’ scandal broth!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
So you don’t sound like a dimwit, here are a few greeting to use depending on the circumstances:
Hello Friends = Ahoy, mateys!
The weather this morning is excellent, my good colleagues! = ‘Tis a proud mornin’ me hearties!
I beg your pardon? = Anan?
Whose step is that I hear behind me? = Was that yer, beetle-crushing tread, dimsel wit?
If you are meeting up with someone who has a wooden leg, here are a few terms of endearment:
Plank Shank, Spruce Boot, Lumber Limb, Pine Foot, Splinter Toe.
Friday, September 10, 2010
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.
It's amazing to see all the girls from the same family go in such different directions. Makes me want to visit the former Congo. Also makes me so mad that people on the other side of the ocean can have such a huge part of destroying a culture so far away. Read it. You'll love it. Here is the summary, because they do it better than I ever could: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Poisonwood_Bible
Thanks so much to Deb for lending it to me!
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Pick a work from the first list. Insert your name. Add a phrase from the second list. Eg. Barnacle Steph the Forgetful
BLACK, GUNPOWDER, NAUGHTY, SCURVY, BIG, CANNONBALL, GASSY, BARNACLE, DIAMOND, SWORDFISH, PINK, RUSTY, ANCHORHEAD, SPLINTER, MATEY, MISSY, SWASHBUCKLER, SMART, SHAKEY, MAIDEN, JOLLY…..
the Weak, the Filthy, the Smelly, the Bloodthirsty, the Fancy, the Forgetful, the Angry, the Naughty, the Beautiful, the Ugly, the Strong, the One-Eyed, the Flatulent, the Haggard, the Jolly, the Fetching, the Salty….
Come up with your own ideas… be creative, a Pirate name is no joking matter!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I know what you’re thinking… where has she been? We had a bit of a laptop meltdown in July, something about not being able to find the operating system. Apparently this is a bad thing. Enter new laptop finally. So I’m hoping you will be hearing from me more often now! Yeah for you. As a peace offering here is my favourite summer camping salad. Also good in the fall, winter and oh yeah, spring!
1 cup couscous
1 1/4 cup boiling water
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1 Tbsp. curry powder
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 orange, juiced
3 Tbsp. olive oil
4 scallions chopped
2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
1/2 lemon, juiced
3/4 cup walnuts OR almonds, toasted.
Stir couscous, cranberries, curry, salt, and sugar in a heat safe bowl (glass). Add boiling water and orange juice. Stir to combine, cover, and let stand for 5 min.
Fluff the couscous with a fork. Add the olive oil, scallions, parsley, lemon juice, and nuts. Add salt and pepper to taste. Great warm or cold.
I take this camping every year because it packs up to the beach really well!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
She has allergies. She's ticked. (When she's not drugged up on Benadryl) And she's trying to chew off her own butt. Thus the protective headgear.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
If you've never painted something large... you need to try it. Even if it's just a huge piece of plywood you find at the back of the garage. There is something about doing art on a BIG scale that just makes you stand back and say wow. I can't say it enough... art is not about doing something that fits into a certain box. It's ALL about putting yourself out there, through paint, pottery, beads, yarn, words, crayons, etc. It's about having fun and expressing your soul.