So, I decided to send surprise Christmas mix CDs to friends and family this year. I made the envelopes out of pretty scrapbooking papers with little brads for the closures. I used permanent marker to decorate the CDs, which each read "Merry Mixmas" and the person's name. Added to the envelope were little sequined "hohoho"s and tiny metallic present confetti. I decorated the envelopes with little winter scenes. Oh, and of course they were shipped from the North Pole. Everyone who received one seemed to really like it so far. I just mailed them the other day.
I made some shiny happy sugar cookies for a friend's store's holiday open house. I love how they turned out - just as I planned, although the swirls on the snowflakes were a lot more difficult than I thought they would be.
Hockamama, the icing is so simple. I love it. Plus it has that glossy effect which is great. Combine four teaspoons milk with one cup powdered sugar, stirring until combined (will be thick). Add one tablespoon corn syrup. Add one tablespoon vanilla (or whatever flavor your prefer - you can do almond, lemon, peppermint, etc.). If you want white icing, either use clear extract or set aside a portion of the icing before you add the extract, as it tints the icing which doesn't matter if you're making colors but will make the white less bright.
I made these pumpkin cupcakes for a bake sale, inspired from the book "Hello, Cupcake!" by Alan Richardson and Karen Tack. (If you like to bake cupcakes, you MUST check this book out. Brilliant, fun ideas!)
The only part I was sad about was I couldn't find the fruit snacks they suggested for the vines - I would have been able to make them a lot longer if I did. As it was, my roommate found green twizzlers pull-aparts in a variety pack of Halloween candy. She's my cupcake savior!
I've been making a lot of polymer things lately, and I'm a bit obsessed with pumpkins so I figured, why not? Here's a couple of shots of the two types I made. The little set in my hand I made to sit on my desk at work.
I've been busy making little polymer charms - pumpkins and cupcakes and bats and pumpkin pie... and lots of others. Here are some photos. I made most of them into earrings, and I'm really pleased with how everything turned out. I have very minimal experience with Sculpey.
I volunteer with the local animal shelter, and for its annual golf tournament they turn the putting green at the golf course into "Putting for Paws" for the kids. I was in charge of making some boards the kids could putt through. I made three - two dogs and one with kittens. I made them out of the poster board/foam board stuff, and put sticks on the back to prop them up with. I didn't factor in the wind, and they kept blowing down so I had to prop them up against the little flags on the putting green. Otherwise, I think they turned out really well.
I was painting some more "BOO" pumpkins and decided to do a larger pumpkin with a design. I think it turned out pretty cute, but it was hard to photograph because it wrapped around the pumpkin so you couldn't really get the full effect straight-on. Anyway, photos...
I saw this set of decorative painted fake pumpkins last year downtown, and I loved them and decided I had to have them. Well, the set was more than $60, and I certainly wasn't go to pay that when I could do it myself. It took me until this year to finally get around to it, however it was worth it. I love them!
The original pumpkins (below) were pretty ugly, but I knew they'd work fine painted. I'm not sure if I'm going to lacquer them up yet to make them shiny. I kind of like how they look matte.
Best part? It cost me less than $8 total, including the paint.
I made an anniversary cake for my favorite friend, Ryan, and her girlfriend, Felicia. What better to make for a lesbian anniversary than a boob cake?! It was my first time using fondant (I made it from scratch, from this recipe here: http://whatscookingamerica.net/PegW/Fondant.htm) and it doesn't taste bad. There are definitely some mistakes and such, but I'm so happy with it for my first fondant cake. I had to bake the cake (dark chocolate) in bowls because I didn't have round cake pans. It has chocolate fudge icing underneath the fondant. The nipples are peanut M&Ms. (I think the left boob's nipple sunk into the cake or something cause it looks smaller.) And in person it doesn't look as bumpy as it does in the photo. I'll add more photos once it's cut into!