Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Not Baaaad for a Sheep Cake (and Cupcakes!)

A friend called and asked if I would make her a sheet cake for her roommate's upcoming birthday party.  It must've been a bad connection, though, because this is what I came up with:

Sheet cake...not sheep cake!  Oh well.  I'm sure that's not the first time such a mix-up has occurred.  It's probably a common mistake - and a happy mistake, because how cute are these fondant sheep?

Of course there's a pun.  A most perfect pun, too, because it was for a belated birthday party.  Get it?  It helps if you say it out loud.  Go ahead, "It's pasture birthday."  Shear genius, right?

And, shorn' nuff, I had to make some cupcakes to go with the sheep theme.

Have you ever herd how difficult it is to photograph sheep.  They just don't cooperate.  Hay, you!  Turn around and smile for the camera! 

Don't they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?  If that's the case, momskitchen should be totally flattered because the sheep cupcakes that she posted on Flickr were my source of inspiration for these little guys.  Also, since I've got to give credit where credit is due, the idea for the sheep peeking out of the side of the cake came directly from Majesto Cakes.  A sheep cake that was shared at Coolest Birthday Cakes was the basis for much inspiration, too.  Rachel even shares how to make the fondant sheep look fluffy and she uses an entirely different clever pun!

I wool definitely be making these again some day.  Wouldn't they be perfect for a barnyard-themed party?  Or for the "in like a lion, out like a lamb" thing that teachers sometimes do for the month of March?  Or just Easter in general. 

(The official pun count for this post is 6)

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Monday, February 14, 2011

I Mustache You a Question...

...Will you be my Valentine?

A felt mustache hot glued onto a pencil.  We made 20 of these to share at preschool today. 

Creative credit for the witty pun goes to The Craft Monkey.  You MUST see what she did with the whole mustaches-for-Valentines theme!  Since I'm not gifted in the mustache-drawing department, I used a template from Finley and Oliver (she actually used her 'stache to applique a onsie - cuteness!).

We also made a handful of these sucker lips - an idea that I found at Cupcakes, Kisses 'n' Crumbs

Since there are just too many cute Valentine ideas out there, we made some flamingos, too!  We saw this idea in a Ranger Rick magazine that we checked out from the library months and months ago. 

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pillows in Red and White

Susannah's preschool teacher has taken a handful of moms under her wing and into her sewing room to help us enhance our sewing skills.  She shared her amazing fabric stash with us, and by the end of the day, we each had a flower pillow case to show for our efforts!  Now, I think she needs to call an exterminator because I've been on a pillow-making spree ever since I got back from her house.  I've definitely been bitten by the sewing bug...or at least the pillow-making bug.

There's the flower pillow that started the whole thing, down there in the grass.  I made the other two coordinating pillows in no time flat and now I have a lovely set of red and white!  The circles and large flower are raw edge applique and the smaller pillow sports my favorite fabric flower made from Wise Craft's fabric flower tutorial.

I'm getting ready to tie them up with some red ribbon and send them off to preschool where they'll take part in our fundraising raffle.  Just five dollars a ticket and you could be the lucky winner of this red and white pillow set! 

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