Friday, June 28, 2013

A Cake Fit for a Chief

I love making cakes for my friend, Rose.  She gives me a few just a few details to go on and then lets me have free artistic rein.

This time she asked me to make a birthday cake for her husband.  Naval chief, patriotic guy, July birthday.  Those were the specs she gave to get my creative juices flowing. 


It's even patriotic on the inside!  I found a handy tutorial for making the flag layers at Celebrations at Home.

By the way, Rose has her own photography business (RAW Graphics).  You probably noticed the difference in quality and awesomeness between her pictures and mine, which is another reason I love making cakes for her - I get some pretty sweet photos of my creations!




Some close ups of the royal icing details.  This was also my first time using lustre dust, which gave the anchor and rope a nice golden glow.



Happy 4th of July, Everyone!

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Father's Day-Worthy Man Cakes

For the mechanic man.  Specifically, Volkswagen mechanic man:



[Side story:  I used to drive a VW.  A '79 Rabbit.  I'd like to think I'd still have that car if my sister hadn't totalled it.  The accident wasn't her fault but she was driving it without my permission.  In anticipation of being gone for ten months, I was keeping it parked at my Mom's house.  I should have taken the keys with me to South Cackalacky to ensure that it stayed put in my absence.  Alas, my little sister commandeered my beloved vehicle (for a trip to WalMart of all places!) and that was her last voyage - the car, not my sister.  My sister was fine - which made it really easy to be mad at her.]


For the man who is more than meets the eye:
(Alternate title:  For the man who has transformed your life...in a good way.)




This was actually a birthday cake for a little boy, hence the cupcake toppers, but it would work for any Transformers fan - young or old.  Nothing says "manly" like fondant flames and Decepticons, am I right?

[Credits: free Transformer font from Fontspace.]


For the sophisticated Scrabble man:





This was actually made for my husband's birthday so I put his first initial and his age on the tile.

[Credits: I got the idea for this cake from Flickr.]

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Friday, May 31, 2013

An Outdoor Pedal Party!



All seven of Susannah's birthday parties have been held outdoors at local parks.  We like to invite family, extended family and friends of all ages to her birthdays and our house really can't accommodate that many guests.  Plus, in the midst of party planning and preparation, who has time to clean the house?  Not this girl! 

September in Washington is kind of an Indian summer affair, so rain hasn't been a problem.  Just in case, though, we rent some type of covered shelter.  Usually, wind is the only concern - and that's fairly minor. 

Parks offer plenty of room to play games, too, and for this party we utilized all the wide open space with bike riding!  This was the summer that Susannah got really confident riding a bike with no training wheels.  She was outgrowing her little kid bike and we knew we'd be getting her a new one for her birthday - so we incorporated that into the theme!  The colors have significance, too.  Her first bike was a yellowish-gold color and her new bike was blue. 

 
All the kids brought their bikes and we supplied the decorations: balloons, streamers, ribbon, pipe cleaners, fake flowers, etc.  (We used blue painter's tape to prevent any damage to their paint jobs.)


I think the food tags are too small to read in this photo, so I'll decipher them for you because I would hate for the creativity to go unnoticed.  In the first column (top to bottom) we have "wheelie pasta salad" and "traffic lights."  In the second column we have "mud puddles" and "helmets and spokes."  (I know I got the traffic light fruit kabob idea from some party blog, but when I followed my pin to find out where so I could give them credit, the page is no longer available.)




I was thrilled to find a set of bicycle-themed stamps at the craft store and you can see that I relied pretty heavily on them.  The invitations, the streamers/banners, the food tags and the cupcake toppers all feature those cute stamps...it's so much cheaper to go that route instead of purchasing decorations!

In closing, I'll leave you with one of Susannah's favorite jokes. 

Why couldn't the bicycle stand up?
Because it was two-tired!

(Get it?)

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Perfect Swarm

Bee-lieve me, you guys, this is the cutest bumble bee cake you'll ever see!  Hive gotta tell ya, I truly earned my stripes on this one.  Shaping those tiny little stingers and getting the delicate wings to stay in position is no joke, folks.   The end result was pure cuteness, though! 




 
Is it in poor taste to recycle bumblebee puns?  My gut says nope.  Besides, it has been almost three years since I posted about the Bumblebee Girl costume.  That's enough time for the corny puns to be funny again, right?

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Pencils and Puns for Teachers

It's Teacher Appreciation Week!

Show the teachers and staff at your school that you think they have the write stuff when it comes to teaching your children!  



I'd like to point out that teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world!  The marks they leave on the minds of their students can never be erased.




It is at the hands of a teacher that our students can be lead in the write direction, sharpening their minds along the way.




So, say it loud and proud!  "Our teachers are No. 1!" 

I pretty much copied Sweet Sugar Belle's teacher appreciation cookies when making these pencil cookies.  Her whole blog is definitely worth a looksie if you're into decorated sugar cookies!


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