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11  Re: Help! Ideas Needed for 50th B'day book! in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by robynsteiner on: May 01, 2008 11:08:14 AM
sactownsue:   Awww. You're the sweetest!

Actually, today is my birthday! The big 3-8. It's been good so far. I slept really, really late - sleep is awesome! (I recently discovered the magic of earplugs...highly recommended!)

My hubby bought me a new purse that I had been lusting after and we are going to my *free on your birthday* (we are such losers!) dinner at my favorite italian restaurant. 

Ooooh, and the bestest present ever - we're going to see Duran Duran on May 17! Yay! My husband surprised me with tickets waaaay back in 2004.  Shortly after he got the tickets, I became the primary caregiver for my mom who had lung cancer. So I couldn't go. Had to give the tickets away - at least I got a t-shirt! If it weren't for Duran Duran, I wouldn't have made it to 38.

I have some mystery gift waiting for me from my sister. I have no idea what it could possibly be. 

Here we are at her party: I'm the brownie, she's the blondie. (We don't really look alike - same oven, different bakers.)

We are planning the Segway trip for Memorial Day weekend.  It should be fun.  There will be incriminating photos - I'm sure of it.

Thanks for thinking of me! It made my day!

Robyn Smiley
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12  Re: Vanilla Magnolia Cake with Strawberries and Cream in Dessert by robynsteiner on: May 01, 2008 08:37:12 AM
mum2five:    Here's my version - totally inspired by your lovely cakes!

Today's my birthday, so I bought some new bitsy cake pans and a cake decorating kit yesterday with the b'day cash from my MIL. I've vowed that I will make myself try something new at least once a week! I may have finally found my "thing". 

It turned out better than I anticipated, although it's totally not perfect and can't really hold a candle to your cake, mum2five! My strawberries weren't the same size, hence the lopsided dollop on top. And, it is bitsy - only about 4.5 inches tall. It's sitting on a small salad plate.

We enjoyed eating it and I enjoyed making it! Be gentle, remember - this is my first time!

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13  Re: Help! Ideas Needed for 50th B'day book! in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by robynsteiner on: April 17, 2008 09:56:08 PM
That is so funny!
How about making them fainter? Or just one?

I just scrapped 'em.  What do you think about these? I need to fatten up the first gal a bit!

I'd make them faint like the pin-up girl.  Cute invitation, by the way.

Thanks! Should I put the tikis back?
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14  Re: Help! Ideas Needed for 50th B'day book! in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by robynsteiner on: April 17, 2008 09:29:45 PM
I added a pinup girl at the bottom. What do you think? Should I axe the tiki heads at the top?
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15  Re: Help! Ideas Needed for 50th B'day book! in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by robynsteiner on: April 17, 2008 07:39:23 PM
OK - What I decided to do was to print cards that party guests could fill out while milling about. The completed cards go in a very cute wicker/rattan box that I found for cheap.  After the party, I plan on assembling the cards plus pictures from the party into a memory book for my sister.  It will fit inside the box, so she can display it and it won't scream "BIRTHDAY PARTY".  Here's what the cards look like - they're approx. 8 x 5. 

The cards....

I did them in Photoshop - and I'm still working all that business out! I'm not really satisfied with the top section.

Suggestions on what I can do to make them not quite so vanilla would be great!

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16  Help! Ideas Needed for 50th B'day book! in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by robynsteiner on: April 12, 2008 09:59:22 AM
OK, my trusty Craftster pals....I need your collective brains and crafty powers to help me! 

I bought a little address book at the Dollar Store to modify and use at my sister's 50th birthday party as a guest / memory book. 

It has a hard cover and a multiple ring binder (like a traditional 3 ring binder) so I can remove the pages.
The inside....(with the pages that came with it)

The outside....(soon to be recovered, but it's still pretty cute so I had to show it!)

I plan on recovering the book with paper that matches the theme of the party (Tiki Hut/Luau - lame, I know), but I'm at loss as to what to include on the new pages to make for the book! 

Here's what I would like to do: Have a place for each guest to sign their names and then a place for them to write something (hopefully nice) about my sister.  But what do I call that section? Favorite memory of the birthday girl? Something funny?

Help! We're trying to keep this party on the light side and forego the traditional black balloons over the hill route.  She's had a pretty difficult time lately and we just want her to have fun!

Any ideas or suggestions will be soooooooo greatly appreciated!!! Thanks bunches!!!
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17  Re: 3 year old birthday cake in Dessert by robynsteiner on: April 05, 2008 07:08:11 PM
My SIL's BFF got her a hamburger cake for her birthday. It was adorable.  If your kiddo likes McDonald's Happy Meals or hamburgers in general, here's one I found on the Woman's Day mag site. Looks cute! You could make fries with yellow cake cut into strips! (I think I would make the actual hamburger layer a tad thinner, but I'm hardly 3 years old!)

Here's the pic and a link to follow to get the directions....

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18  Re: 3 year old birthday cake in Dessert by robynsteiner on: April 03, 2008 12:59:02 PM
You should get a GIANT cupcake cake pan! I have one and it's awesome! That would be an easy peasy one and very showy. He would love it!


good luck!
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19  Re: Bread Machine Jiffy Rolls in Recipes and Cooking Tips by robynsteiner on: March 26, 2008 08:49:19 PM
Diesels_Mom - I finally made them tonight! Yippee! They are every bit as delicious as they look and OMG - they are soooo easy!

Finner - Jiffy mixes abound everywhere I live - but that's in Georgia, and I think it's a Southern thing. It comes in a teeny, tiny box that's easily overlooked - even I have a tough time bird-dogging it and I buy it all the time! They are usually 2 boxes for $1.  I used the yellow mix cause that's what they had.

My husband raved about these, and he's no raver.

Here's a before baking (and before the 2nd rise) teaser....

and hot out of the oven - before we scarfed them up like the rabid dogs we are! Our real well-mannered doggies loved them, too!  Look how fat they got! Yummy!!

Thank you soooooooooooo much for the recipe - Diesels_Mom is the best!

BTW: Couple things....I did these by hand, no bread machine.  I didn't brush the tops with butter before taking the pic - 'cuz I was so stinking proud of myself I couldn't wait to take a picture. And, I believe my oven came Factory Direct from Crap City Appliances - ergo the uneven browning and general wonky-ness on the tops.

Aside from all those things, they are stupendous and I highly, highly, highly recommend making them!!
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20  My First Wee Clay Food! Yay! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by robynsteiner on: July 07, 2007 07:09:57 PM
OK.  This is only my 2nd post, so be gentle! I finally got off the booty and crafted a little today.  And I do mean "a little"...

After many, many months of being inspired by all of you crafty geniuses, I decided to make some itsy bitsy food!  I know this has been done a gazillion times before and a gazillion times better, but they are still my first babies, so I love them!  Here we go...

First, my teeny eclair and chocolate icing w/ cream filling donut! (My favorites in the real size!) Yippee!

Next, the microscopic vanilla and chocolate iced donut duo - complete with bitsy sprinkles!

And lastly, everything in a pile with the obilgatory quarter to show the bitsy-ness of it all!

I can't stand it - they are soooo cute!  Again, it's my first try so they are destined to get better, right?

Thanks again for all the inspriation!

Craftster's where it's at, baby! Yeah!
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