Friday, December 28, 2012

What to do? What to do??

December 28th and I'm sitting at my messy dining room table - covered with the flotsom and jetsom of Christmas morn.  To my right, lays a lazy Saint Bernard - merrily drooling and snoozing on the my left...well...there's a china cabinet to my left but that's neither here nor there (it's left - hehe).  I've managed to get the decks and walkways cleared and the dishes are nearly done with kitchen mostly clean...unfortunately - that's where everythign kinda went pear shaped.  I reeely wanna accomplish something over my break.  My mind is painting pictures of me finishing my many crochet projects or completing my impressive list of to-do's for the house...but then my un-motivated beehind sez; "pass me another piece of that toblerone wouldja??"  :)

At this point in the day - I'll be happy if I make it to Walmart to pick up pics for kiddo's giant picture frame and manage to put her room back together before her sleepover tomorrow.  Until then...I'm off to find the rest of that toblerone! lol

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A very merry Christmas!!!

Another year and another Christmas under my belt. 

I know it's not new years yet - but...I'm already ready for a few resolutions...1st is that I will NOT be up till 2am wrapping next Christmas!!  Next year, I'll have my shopping done WAY before the last pay before the big day - pinky swear!  In fact - it wouldn't disappoint me to have it done by September! lol  Last night, I didn't get to bed until 1am because I was up wrapping!  I thought I was all done until I found another bag!  UGH!  then - at 3:35am, youngest kiddo woke us up with a sore belly.  It didn't take long for it to pass but she was postive that being allowed to open the presents under her tree would make her feel better.  By 5:30am, Both punks decided it was time to open presents.  Groan!  By 6am hubby and I were upstairs watching the punks open away (Me - grouchy - slugging back coffee and eating an english muffin with peanut butter in hopes of waking up just a little so that I felt way less like a grizzly - on what was supposed to be a magical morning! lol)  By 8:30, hubby and i were back in bed napping merrily...till 9am when the phone rang.  Mom was calling from next door to say breakfast was ready!  Groan!  So - up and attem - off to Mom and Dads for a corn fritter and grease breakfast!  (Double yum!!!  It's tradition!!  Ham, sausage, bacon adn corn fritters!!!)  We wrapped up breakfast and headed home again (next door) and once again it was nap time (not sure why I'm sooooooo tired today??)  Closed my eyes and next thing I knew it was 4:40pm!!!  Did I mention that Dinner was at 5:00??  UGH!  (starting to see a pattern here).  So - up and attem again and tossed the girls in the shower (cuz they were stinkin from all the dancing they'd been doing) and off to Mom and Dads for Christmas Dinner...which brings me till now. :) I'm sitting on my couch, while the girls dance away to their newest addition of Wii just dance. what a hoot! They're laughing and carrying on like sisters should (and don't even realize that they're exercising.) shhhh! Meanwhile - Ninja cat is staring at me from the newly exposed under-belly of the Christmas tree. he thinks I can't see him but he'll be sprayed any moment. :) Too late - had to hiss. :) 

So now we're off to feed my boss's kitties (which I'm pretty sure are part of the family now) lol  And then...well...I'll be amazed if I am able to stay up late...cant believe how tired I am! lol

So - wishing anyone who's reading this the merriest of merry Christmas's.  I hope you had an amazing day full of Love and surprises and family and fun!!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Monogram pillow case tutorial

I should have taken a picture of the supplies needed before I started but...I didn't think of making a tutorial until after I started soooo...this is as good as it gets. :)

Here's what you need;

  • A white pillow case
  • Fun fabric
  • Cardstock (to make your letter template)
  • Iron on fusing
  • sewing machine

I started my project with a quick stop at the dollar store, where i picked up twin packs of white pillow cases for $2.  (I got 3).  I brought them home and ran them through the washer and dryer.  Next time, I'll open the packages first, though, because a few of them were this thin weird non-nice fabric, while the other 3 were a nicer thicker cotton. 

Once they were washed and dried, I ironed them to get them ready for the monogram. 

My next step was to cut out letter templates for each of the girls.  S for Sophia, B for Bronwyn etc...I drew them out on cardstock and traced them onto the fusing.  (*Note - remember to flip it over so that you're tracing the mirror image onto the fusing - like the Z.  The fusing goes onto the wrong side of the fabric so that when you iron on to the pillow case it's not backwards.) 

Now that you have your fusing letter traced and cut out (sorry - missed the pic on this one too)  You can move on to the next step.

Remember that we flipped over our letter so that we cut it out of the fusing backwards.  Lay your backwards fusing letter on to the wrong side of your fabric and iron as per the instructions. (Leave the paper backing in place for now). Once it is ironed in place, you will cut it out.

When you cut the letter out, though, be sure to cut it slightly larger than the fusing.   The reason is that you don't want the fusing going clear to the edge of your letter because a) it will gum up your iron...and b) you want a small edge to fray (it looks cuter)

This is what the S looks like once it's flipped over

Continue this process for as many pillow cases as you want to make.  Once you have them all cut out - they'll look like this. :)  (See - they're not backwards anymore...well...except for the Z cuz I'm a total bone head and didn't realize it was backwards until after it was sewn on to the pillow case...and we were at the hotel...and was passing them out - DOH!  Sorry Zaide - I'll make you a new one. :(

So - remember that paper backing that's leftover from the fusing??  Well...once it has cooled, that paper will peel right off.  You'll know it's perfect cuz it will have a bit of a sheen on it.  You'll need to peel the paper off before you iron it on to the pillow case.  (Not talking down to ya - just outing myself for forgetting a few times myself. ) 
See the sheen??  Aint it purdy?! :) 
So the next step is to place your fusable letter on to the pillow case wherever you want it to be and iron it in place as per the instructions on your fusing. 

And there you have it - a letter - stuck to a pillow case!! :)  The final steps are to head to your sewing machine and stitch it down leaving a small seam allowance all around.  After that - toss it in the washer and dryer. 

Note that by the time I got this far - it was late and I was fighting with outlets and old sewign machines so I didn't get any more pictures...but will psot more later.

Parties are exhausting!!

Today, we wrapped up youngest kiddo's 10th birthday party.  She chose a sleepover birthday party at a hotel (cuz they have a pool and room service).  I have to say that it went very very well (crazy kids aside and all! :) )  We've been planning her party for ages but life always got in the way. 

Yesterday, 4 of her friends arrived at the hotel.  I had a schedule of events for their entire stay and (for the most part) we were able to stick to it. The first thing we did was pass out pillow cases to each of the girls with their initial on it (to keep them from fighting over pillows).  I made them from dollar store pillow cases and scraps of fabric that I had on hand.  (I'll post a tutorial later). They swam for about an hour, then we went back to the room for pogo's and room service french fries (which were awesome btw) followed by birthday cake and presents.  Before heading to the pool again, we all made fleece blankets (the kind that you tie knots around the edges of).  It was fun for all and they were all super quiet for the first time in hours! lol  Before bed, they made duct tape purses (another tutorial to post later) and watched a movie until well after 1am.  (side note - air mattress = not awesome!)  This morning, everyone was up and away by 11am, but not before taking in another swim.

 Today, the Birthday girl is smiling from ear to ear from having all of her friends call this "the best sleepover ever" and Mommy is totally beat! :)  Here are some pics of the big day - including one of her cake which I'm completely in LOVE with!!!  It's my first owl cake...but was almost a pigeon. lol   

Friday, November 16, 2012

A LalaLoopsy cake will be born today

I'm really excited about my most recent cake.  It's  LalaLoopsy cake...more to the point, it's a CHOCOLATE LalaLoopsy cake!!!  Have I mentioned how much I love chocolate cake?? :) 

I had a super nutty week this week - lots going on at home and work, so I decided to remove all stress from my life and take today off - so - I get to spend the entire day working on it. :)  My fondant has been done for a while now.  I made it last week when I made the Cheburashka cake.  My frosting has also been sitting at the ready - so basically, all that's left is the cake (which is half cooling and half in the oven) :)  I'm not entirely sure what it will look like when it's done - all I know is that she likes pink and purple - and the blue LalaLoopsy (Mittens) is her fave. :)  I know it will be a 2 tier cake and be very colorful.  I've been working on fondant buttons and sculpting Mittens...and the rest will sort itself out as i go. :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A 3 cake week!

I think I'm getting better at planning my cakes because I just delivered my 3rd cake of the week and I'm remarkably sane! :)  That said - It was delivered to one of my fave cake customers EVER so that's probably why. :)

Cake 1 - Cheburashka

Huh??  lol that's what I said when I got the request for this one. :)  It was from a friend and collegue who's husband is from Russia.  I learned that Cheburashka is a character from a Russian Childrens book/story.  If you click on the name above, you can read all about it. :) 

The next fun part is that this cake was CHOCOLATE!!!!! :)  I hardly ever get to make chocolate cake - but it's one of my favorites!! :)  anyway - the request was for a Cheburashka cake witha pink background, a red present and Happy Birthday Klara.  I think I did ok. :)  Oh - and the birthday girl is out of this world A-DOR-A-BLE!!! :)

Cake 2 - Happy Birthday Boss :)

This week is my Boss's birthday and every year I have made him a Canadiens cake.  This year, however, I didn't plan very well and realize far too late that...I didn't have red coloring.  Contrary to Sophia's suggestion, I knew that a pink logo was not an option so instead...he got a boring blue frosted cake.  It was so boring, in fact, that I didn't even bother with a picture. lol

Cake 3 - Happy Birthday Sophie!!!

Remember the Octonauts cake from a few weeks back??  Well - this one is for his little sister!!!  This cake has perplexed me for weeks!  Cake customer gave me creative freedom - which was a bad idea cuz my creative cake brain was on over drive!!!  I finally settled on an idea with some help and guidance from her and this is what I came up with...I wish I could have cut into the cake to show the inside, but that would have been inappropriate. lol  She did promise to send me a picture, though, of the 6 layers of pink to mauve ombre inside. :)

I also made a little smash cake for the birthday girl, so that she coudl rip through it at her hearts content. :)  I used my Nanna's recipe for basic white cake, which is a little more dense and less "flingable". :)  Still - lots and lots of super pink frosting to provide a suitable sugar rush. :)  The picture is deceiving, though, it's not as big as it looks.  It's actually the same size as a can of crushed tomatoes. ;)  hehe  - I love cans. :)  And that's the end of my cake week.  Next weekend, though, I have a LalaLoopsy cake due for Friday followed by a shower cake for work the next week.  After that ...I'm done with cakes until 2013 so that I can spend the holidays focussing on Family. :)  YAY! 

p.s.  Dontcha just LOVE the pink?? :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Ginny's quilt

The first time I met my Mother in law, she commented on my "birthing hips" and how easily I could have more children since I had already done so once....You know that little puff of smoke that follows the road runner when he takes off??  Well...that's what I was doing in my head! lol  At the time, I was recently divorced and had a 3 year old little girl (who had just charmed the pants off of my soon to be Mother in law).  The last thing on my mind was having more children! In her defence, she really did mean well.  She simply wanted desperately to see her youngets boy have children.  To this day, I'm sure that's why she held on as long as she did.

On November 1st, 2002, Ginny got her wish when Sophia was born.  She was so excited and couldn't wait to meet her.  From what I can remember, though, she only got to hold her once. :(  At that same time, her heath took a serious turn for the worse and continued that way until May when she was admitted to the hospital for the last time.  This is where the quilt story begins...

It was a Tuesday afternoon when I decided to make her a picture quilt.  She was always cold and was surrounding herself with family pictures so I thought it was something that she could enjoy.  By Thursday morning, I had everything cut and sewn together with the back pinned to the front.  I had all the pics together and took a quick trip to staples to have the pictures color copied on to iron on transfer paper.  The next 2 days were a blurr because staples used the wrong paper and I had to find a local printing shop that would hire out their heat press to transfer the pics to the fabric (side note - if you're looking for a heat press on a Friday afternoon...only the hand of God is likely to get you out of that jam.)  Oy!  So the quilt only made it to this point.  I took it into the hospital to show her though - so she did get to see it mostly finished but she passed away before I had the chance to finish it and it sat in a bag in my closet for the next 9 years.

A few months ago I was chatting with a friend who commented that she was going to have to learn how to crochet so that she could make an afghan that she had already bought the yarn for.  Knowing that she quilts, I offered a trade.  I sent her my work in progress quilt and she sent me a box of yarn.  Monday, she showed up at a meeting (we work together) and she had the quilt!  All I can say is...I bawled! :)  This what she brought back to me...

She completely scrapped the plain white backing that I sent her, in favor of a beautifully quilted picture filled back.  It's amazing and beautiful and so much more than anything I could have ever done on my own. 

Not only did she completely redo the back, but she added little extra's all around it in the form of stitched words like...


laughter...(tilt your head to the'll see it! :)

and several others.  It wasn't hard to tell that my friend had put every bit as much love and caring into this quilt as I would have.  Sophia would never know her Grammy, but thanks to Louanne - she would finally have her quilt. 

Thursday was Sophia's Birthday, so we gave her the quilt.  She was absolutely thrilled with it.

When bed time came, her Dad tucked her in and told her the story of the quilt - how it started and who it was for.  She's my softie kid and it immediately became even more important to her...So much so that she didn't want to spread it out on her bed because she was worried that Ninja cat would claw it.  That night she rolled it up and stuck it next to her  pillow so that she could keep it safe and look at it all night.  lol 

she really does Love this quilt and I will never be able to say thank you enough to my dear friend Louanne, who was able to make something so beautiful out of my unfinished project. :)  Thank you VERY much my friend. :)  Your beautiful work has made 1 little girl extremely happy.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

My baby is 10!

Before I get into my post about Sophia's 10th birthday, I would like to note that typeing on a laptop...witha  cat pressing into your left side - his head directly under your left wrist - is not nearly as easy as one would think.  I'm guessing he's perched there because of the heat. 

So - on to bigger things...This is what my baby looks like the minute she turns 10.  :)  It's tradition that we take a picture every birthday morning. Here she is this year! :)

This year, she wanted a Sheep cake to take into her class.  Because I was crazy enough to have my baby the day after Halloween, I wasn't able to start it until after trick or treating.  (what was I thinking?)  Anyhoo - here she is.  Her feet are marshmallow wrapped in fondant. 
I wanted to add a little surprise to the cake.  Her school mascott is a frog and soo...I had to add one. :)  The best part was a total accident.  When I pressed him into the frosting, his little tongue looks like he's eating the frosting fleece. :)
Another fun detail were the little hearts I put here and there (specifically, the one on his butt)
One of the highlights of her birthday was her Birthday Quilt. :)  The quilt needs it's own post, though, the story is too important to not tell. :)

Happy Birthday Kiddo! :)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Another crazy cake week. (belated post)

hehe  I clearly need more sleep because I forgot that I had already started a post for these cakes!  :)

A couple weeks ago, I kept myself pretty busy with 3 different cakes...

1st was a Wedding Cake for the best bride EVER!!!  She wanted a cake like the one I did a couple years ago for another wedding and I LOVE how it turned out! :)  I only wish I could have better lighting for the pic. :) I had so much fun delivering this one too!  I took youngest kiddo with me and she got to see the bride in person. :)  she was sooo cute too - when we were there, she whispered..." she a real live bride?" :)  Too cute. :)

The next cake was a smash cake for October Afternoon Photography.  I had so much fun with this one too! :)  How often do you get to put spikes and faux leather cuffs on a cake for a baby??! lol  You can see her AMAZING work and what happenned to the cake here!

The 3rd cake I had the pleasure of putting together was another bumble bee cake. :)  I think the stinger is my favorite part.

And they that! :)
p.s.  Having a laptop is wicked...and being able to pull my pics from the camera - well...I'm doin a happy dance right now! :D  

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It's about time!!

Yay!  It's official!  I no longer have a single thing keeping me from being able to update my crazy and sadly neglected blog!!  My dearest hubby was kind enough to present me with a laptop for our 10th anniversary and I have to say that it's the best gift EVER!!!  Now that I have USB connections and a real live keyboard...nothing can stop me now!!! MWAH-HAH-HAH-HAAAAA!  :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Careful what you ask for!

The trouble with asking a 9 year old to decide what kind of cake she wants is that eventually, she will decide. It’s always a bit of a Russian Roulette type of request because she watches me all year – making fun filled cakes for perfect strangers and occasionally comments that I don’t ever do super fun cakes for the family. What she has overlooked is that there are only 3 birthdays per year in our home (since I don’t feel like making my own birthday cake – EVER!) and until this year, hubby led me to believe that his preference was an ice cream cake!! The additional tid-bit of info is that each of the girls also gets a cake for their class – as well as a cake for the house…and if there happens to be a party for the grand event – they also have a cake for THAT!! So – even though I do see her point (if I squint a little and turn my head to the right) her argument is a little weak. In any case – the kiddo is typically my easy going and easy to please kiddo who asks usually for super simple cakes. Last year was chocolate cake with boiled icing and fudge sauce – really??!! Heck yeah!! :) Not much for decorative value but dang it was yummy!!!

Anyway – where was I?? Oh right! I asked kiddo to pick a super cool cake this year. I asked her to pick something that I could work on for a bit and really “sink my teeth into”. I probably put too much emphasis on picking something that would be a challenge and fun for me cuz boy did she ever come up with a good one!! LOL She chose her cake yesterday and my head is still spinning over what to do about it cuz I may have met my match!! What did she pick you ask?? Well…none other than a Corpse Bride cake!!! (insert vintage horror-movie sound track *wah-wah-wah* noice here!)

I’ll let ya know how it goes…

Friday, September 21, 2012

Weddings and Smash cakes and Bees - OH MY!

This weekend I have another cake-athon to complete and for whatever reason, I’m not even a little be stressed out over it!  My to-do list consists of a wedding cake for the BEST BRIDE EVER!!! The cutest skull and crossbones smash cake for my friend Pam from October Afternoon Photography and a Bumble Bee cake for my dentist. :D WOOT!

First – the wedding cake. The cake she chose was one like the cake fall cake I did back in 2009. To this day, it’s still one of my faves. Anyway – it’s only for about 65 people but she has been a blast to work with!  My only concern is the weather. :S I just checked the forcast and tomorrow they’re calling for rain-rain-rain!  The fondant gods do not smile upon me when there is humidity.  I’ll make it tonight, though, so that I can be sure that I’m ready.  For the original one, the bride provided the flowers and the florist made the topper. For this one, though, I get to try my hand at it.  I did the arrangements on the last one but making the topper should be lots of fun.  I’ll be sure to take lots of pics along the way.

The 2nd cake is a smash cake. I am soooo stinking excited about this little cake – you have no idea!! My Plan is to have a skull and crossbones on the top, crossbones with little hearts all around the sides and at the base (you’ll love this) a black band of frosting (to look like a leather collar) with little spikes going all around!!! I KNOW!!! I can’t even stand it I’m so excited!!  The challenge with this one is that it’s for a little person so fondant is not an option. I’m going to have to dig out my creative frosting brain and find a fun way to make the sticky-outy’s and the fiddly bits out of butter-cream. (Insert huge squeal of delight here.) The inside of this little gem is lime green and the frosting will be light pink, bright pink and very dark purple (cuz black frosting will look all muddy when kiddo smashes it.) Again – I’ll absolutely post pics as I go. 

Cake #3 is a Bumblebee cake. God love her – she only called me Tuesday (I think) to ask if I could have a cake for Sunday. Normally, this would be short notice but since she’s the same person that helps my dentist drill into my head – I didn’t want to disappoint her.  Plus – I haven’t done a bee cake in ages so I’m looking forward to trying something a little different this time around.  The last one had paper wings…I plan to use fondant this time. Also – there was frosting grass at the base…I want to make big fondant petals so that it looks like she’s on a flower. I also want to use my grass tip so that she looks furry and find a fun way to make the eyes.  Just like last time, though, I’m most excited about the little stinger. ;) This one is for Sunday.

If everything goes as planned, tonight I’ll bake the wedding cake. While that’s in the oven, I’ll make my fondant and frosting and get my piping bags ready and finish the 2 smaller cakes and frost the wedding cake. That way – tomorrow morning- all I have to think about is putting the fondant on, stacking and flowers. The road to hell is paved with good intention…let’s see how I do. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Short hair

So...this isn't the greatest pic of me (and it's not recent either - It's from 3 years ago-ish) but it's the last time I had short hair...I'm considering goign back...what do you think?

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Octonauts cake - worth every minute!!!

I have been decorating cakes for a very long time and over the last few years, I have tried to finish every cake with the question - would I be content if this were my very last cake ever.  Most of the time, the answer is no.  Not because I'm unhappy with the cake, just because it didn't "challenge" me.  I learn something from every cake I do.  Some, I despise unitl the minute they leave my kitchen.  Some are just another order.  In the middle are those that turn out exactly as I need them to...and then there are those that just kinda happen.  They are so much fun and are such a blast that I lose myself for hours putting it together.  Those are the cakes that I answer yes to.  Yes - I would be completely content if this was my last cake ever.  The Octonauts cake is one of those. :)

I started the cake a few nights ago - the bottom tier is white cake with a teal swirl.  That didn't seem like enough, though, so I made 2 more tiers with teal, purple, green and blue batter.  The colors were amazing!  I wasn't sure if I would use all 3 tiers though because I had too many ideas in my head.  Last night it was time to decorate.  I made a double batch of fondant and a double batch of buttercream.  From that point on, everything just sortof came together!  I worked on it until midnight last night and knew that I had to stop until morning.  I'm still creative when I'm sleepy...but I make dumb mistakes - to bed I went.  (right after we ate the top tier that I had decided not to use - Yum!!!) 

My alarm went off at 8am and I was back in the kitchen working away. :)  I colored more fonant today than I have in the last year I'm sure! lol  I made anemone's, starfish, coral, sponge, little clams with pearls (my fave) and then I got started on the charachters.  I was cruising along and having a ball!  Afterall, I had until 2:00 to finish.  Life was good...except that I was having so much fun I completly lost track of time and at 2:00. I still had 3 more characters to finish!!!  Thankfully, the Birthday Mom was a dream to work with and was kind enough to give me more time (the party is tomorrow). 

At 5:30pm I had over 10 decorating hours into the cake and was finally finished.  What I didn't know was that the best part was yet to come. :)  I met the Birthday Mom at our meeting place and she thoughtfully brought along the Birthday Boy - What a cutie!!! :)  I pop'd the trunk and he was crouched down to peek inside before I even opened it! lol  When I finally opened the trunk, he was so excited that my heart melted on the spot. :) The Birthday Boy and I checked out his cake together - I pointed out the vegimals and all the other little doo-dads that were piled around. I have to say, I couldn't have asked for a better customer...Little guys like him - seeing him so excited over something I made is the exact reason why I love this so much. :)  Even after 10 hours and aching hands from all the fondant - I'd do it all over again in a heart beat if I knew I could have another reaction like his. :) 

Happy Birthday Samuel :)  I'm really glad you like your cake. :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Time flies

You know the moment when you realize that your "Plan" doesn't match up with the actual time??  Like when you realize that there are only 2 more pays till Christmas and you have 2 months worth of bills.  Or like the morning that you wake up from the best sleep ever, blissfully happy that you still have 2 hours to get to work...then remember that time went ahead an hour!!  I recently had one of those moments when I realized that the girls go back to shool in 14 sleeps!!  Where in the world did the summer go??!!! 

I guess I must have been keeping myself pretty busy cuz I never noticed the time.  We had hoped to get in some fun day trips with the kids this year, but only managed a week of camping and being lazy bums.  We took the girls to Sussex to the Town & Country campground and drive in.  We had a great time there last year.  The girls love the campground and it's close enough to the other things we wanted to do that the location is ideal.  Mother Nature was in a bit of a snit, though, so we had to modify our agenda.  We planned to go to Alma for lobster on one day and Magic Mountain the next.  Thanks to the rain, though, we only made it to Magic Mountain. The girls had a blast though so it was a great week all the same. :)

Time flies, though, and now here we are...less than 2 weeks from back to school and we're the polar opposite of ready! lol  Solution?  I'm taking next week off! lol  Cross your fingers cuz I'm going to need every single ounce of good luck I can get! lol

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Orange you glad there are cake balls??

If anyone that I work with happens to read this post, I’ll totally be busted for blogging from my desk but I just can’t help it…I just finished eating a little piece of heaven in the form of an orange cake ball! To make it worse…there were more – and I want them!!  I've been behaving, though, and not letting myself indulge too much latley...trouble is, I’m supposed to be working right now but my right-brain tendencies are kicking in and all I can think about is the orange cake balls that I’m not currently enjoying!! I really should have known better…

Sweet Life Dessert co is a new dessert shop that just opened around the corner from the office.  It’s to-die-for adorable!! The last time I stopped in, I was forced to kill a death-by-chocolate cupcake…just to watch it die! Lol (ok…”forced” may not be exactly how it happened. ;) Anyway – I’ve heard all kinds of great things about her cake balls – but every time I have stopped in, they were out. Dang!! Today, though, was my lucky day cuz I got TWO!!! And I ate them all by myself!!! Anyhow – I’m not normally one to “plug” local peeps on here…but if you have the chance to check this place out…Please don’t eat all the cake balls – save some for me!!! :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I met the Octonauts today!!!

Ok - not the "real" Octonauts, but I did get a request for an Octonauts birthday cake! :)
Before today (because my girls are older) I had no idea who the Octonauts were.  I made the unfortunate mistake of Googling their cuteness, though, and now my cake brain is spinning out of control with a zillion ideas for this cake! J  To make matters worse, the inspiration for this cake is coming from this DEE-LICIOUS work of art over at Finesse Cakes!!  Not sure how I’ll compete with this one but dang they be cute as heck!! J I’m pretty sure I’ll be starting tonight cuz the suspense is killing me!

I'll keep you posted!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cake update and other stuff

It seems that most of my posts lately have started with apologies for neglecting my blog.  I really do miss having a computer of my very own.  Blogging from my tablet is soooo not an option. :( 

Anyway, along with my apologies, I will add some pics that I recently discovered and was reminded that I never did post them on here.  (Or at least...I hope I didn' - I mean - Yay if I did...I hope this isn't a duplicate. :S  Oy!)  Ok - enough already...

Brads Birthday cake!

I made this one for my Bestest gal-pal's hubby.  It was kindof a whim...or rather, a last minute fun thing.  she gave me creative freedom to do whatever I chose and this is what I came up with.  Originally I was going to have an upright bike...but the black fondant did not cooperate and I was left with limpy black circles - soooo...the fondant Brad wiped out instead and bike parts were flung randomly accross the cake. :)
My fave part...his thumb fell off. ;)  See the little bloody thumb waaaaay in the background??  lol  Nevemind!  It's a thumb I tell ya!!

February Cupcakes

Back in February...err - I think it was February, I made a ton of Sunflower cupcakes for a work meeting in Halifax.  I knew it was one of those meetings where conversations could become challenging and a) had zero funds for anything food related b) I know that nobody can be cranky with a giant cupcake in their hand soooo...I brought these bad boys along.  Worked like a charm!!  I can't take credit for the design though - I got the idea from this  youtube tutorial.  I heart allllll her cupcakes! :)

Crosby cake

This one was for the same Mom that requested the lego cake:)  and I just realized I didn't post the lego cake either - eek! sorry!

Sponge Bob cake

I can't believe I forgot to post this one!!  What a hoot to make! :)  It was for Megan - what a doll!! :)  The coral bits are made out of salt water taffy! :)  Spongebob is a candle though. 

Ok...enough of that.  I have 2 more cakes to post but these 2 need a post of their very own!! :)  Thanks for looking! :)