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11  Appliqued Birthday Shirt in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by soakbonus on: May 18, 2009 08:41:51 PM
I appliqued a number 2 onto a t-shirt for my son's second birthday.  The fabric I used to make the 2 has letters of the alphabet on it since he loves the ABCs. 

This is the best picture I got of the shirt.  Two-year-olds just don't sit still.  Smiley
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12  Sesame Street Sugar Cookie Extravaganza! (lots of pics) in Dessert by soakbonus on: May 17, 2009 10:26:18 PM
For my son's second birthday party this weekend, he had a Sesame Street theme.  I made him an Elmo cake using a Wilton shaped pan, but I also made sugar cookies!  I had seen a website where someone had made cupcakes using Sesame Street character faces, but I wanted to do sugar cookies since I didn't want to have too much cake left over.   Anyway, on to pictures. 

Bert, Grover, and Cookie Monster.

Oscar, Big Bird, Ernie, and Zoe.

Abby and Elmo.

On to the close-ups.

Elmo was decorated using a star tip with red icing, then given two eyes using one jumbo marshmallow, his nose was a pumpkin flavored candy that I bought at the candy place in the mall because it was big.  His mouth is half of an Oreo.

I'm most proud of Abby.  Her fur was made using a star tip with pink icing.  Her eyes are white M&Ms bought at a candy store.  Her nose and mouth are made using a cherry Starburst.  Her pigtails are made using one jumbo marshmallow cut in half and purple icing with a hair tip.  Freckles are purple icing with a round tip.

Oscar was green icing using the hair tip.  His mouth is half an Oreo.  His eyes are white M&Ms and his eyebrows are black icing.

Zoe 's fur is orange icing with a star tip.  Her eyes are white M&Ms .  Her nose is part of a strawberry Starburst.  Her mouth is half an Oreo with red icing on top.  I did her hair with the hair tip and the bows with a round tip.

Grover is decorated with blue icing using a star tip.  His eyes are white M&Ms and his nose is a pink gumball.  His mouth is half an Oreo placed at an angle with red icing piped on the outside. 

Big Bird was made using yellow icing and one of the tips used for flowers normally.  His eyes are white M&Ms and his beak was made using a lemon Starburst with red icing piped in the mouth.

Cookie Monster was decorated with blue icing and a hair tip.  His eyes are one jumbo marshmallow and his mouth is half an Oreo.

Ernie was frosted orange.  His eyes are white M&Ms and his nose is a red peanut M&M.  His mouth is half an Oreo and his hair is black icing.

Bert was frosted yellow.  His eyes are white M&Ms and his nose is a pumpkin malt ball.  His mouth, hair, and eyebrows are black frosting.

Elmo cake.  It was Funfetti cake mix and buttercream frosting.

Letter sugar cookies I made since my son is also obsessed with the alphabet.  The plates and stuff I found had Sesame Street characters in the middle and the alphabet going around the outside.  I just decorated these with the leftover frosting from the other cookies using a star tip.

The whole sweet spread.  We made Mexican food to eat before the cake and cookies.
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13  Conversation Heart Cupcakes in Dessert by soakbonus on: February 14, 2009 08:48:11 PM
I made 48 cupcakes for Valentine's Day.  Half were strawberry and half were red velvet cake.  I frosted them with pink and white buttercream.  The hearts were made out of royal icing in the six colors of actual Sweethearts, pink, white, yellow, green, purple, and orange.  I wrote the messages with a red food writer. 

All the cupcakes together with Sweethearts candy for size reference.

Sweethearts candy.

Close-up of cupcakes.

More cupcakes.

Another pic to see colors and messages.

One more.

The eight messages I used were I'm Yours, Yours Forever, I Love You, Kiss Me, Yes Dear, Be Mine, Hot Stuff, and Honey Bun.
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14  Halloween Cupcakes in Dessert by soakbonus on: November 03, 2008 12:26:08 PM
I made 48 cupcakes, 8 of each design.  Half of them were cherry chip and half were red velvet cake.

All of the cupcakes together.

Frankenstein's monster heads.  They are frosted with chocolate frosting.  The heads are made from jumbo marshmallows covered with green buttercream.  The hair is more chocolate frosting and the face is made from two M&Ms and black frosting.  The bolts on the sides of their heads are little candy-covered licorice.

Tentacled aliens.  They are frosted with green buttercream.  The tentacles are sour apple Laffy Taffy and the eye is a Dot gumdrop. 

Werewolves.  They are frosted with chocolate using a star tip.  The eyes are candy covered chocolate I found in the bulk candy and used because they were white.  The nose is a black jellybean.  The mouth/teeth are candy corn.  The ears are Tootsie Rolls.

Vampires.  These are frosted with buttercream.  The hair is made using a star tip again.  The teeth are candy corn.

Mummies.  The eyes are M&Ms and the mouth is a candy-covered licorice.  The bandages were done using a ribbon tip and buttercream.

Pumpkins.  These were originally the only design of cupcake I was going to make.  Then I couldn't find the small licorice lace things for the vines so I looked for other designs to make.  Then thanks to someone else who made these cupcakes from the Hello Cupcake book on Craftster, I found out where I might find some.  The pumpkins are frosted with orange buttercream and covered with orange sugar.  Then I piped on lines and added the licorice stem and vine.

I got the pumpkin design from Hello Cupcake as I said before.  The mummy and alien were from Martha Stewart's website.  The vampire and werewolf were from Wilton's website.  I found the Frankenstein's monster heads through Google.

If I did these again, I would probably not do the aliens since nobody knew that they were supposed to be aliens.  (They thought they were spiders, seven-legged, one-eyed green spiders.)  I would also not want to use the taffy or Tootsie Rolls unless those cupcakes were going to be eaten right away because they got gross and sticky.
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15  Buh-dup Buh-dup: Tivo!! in Halloween Costumes by soakbonus on: November 01, 2008 10:08:00 PM

I made this Tivo costume from a big cardboard box, a pool noodle with a hole in it, black spray paint, poster paint, and two highlighters that fit into the pool noodle.

I won the costume contest at my office.
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16  Peach Rose Tiered Cake in Dessert by soakbonus on: October 09, 2008 09:39:12 PM
This was my finale cake for my Wilton Course 3 Class.  The roses are made from half fondant and half gumpaste.  I made 40 of them (20 large, 10 medium, and 10 rosebuds) and about 35 are on the cake.  I spent several nights making them.  The cake is made from 3 cake mixes.  There are two 10 inch cakes (one chocolate cake, and one cinnamon) on the bottom tier and two 6 inch cakes (strawberry) on the top.  It is iced with buttercream.  I sent it to my husband's office for his co-workers to eat. 

The whole cake.

Close-up of bottom tier.

Close-up of top tier.

I'm sad that there aren't any more cake classes offered.  They were so much fun.
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17  Gemstone Necklace and Earrings in Beads: Completed Projects by soakbonus on: September 30, 2008 03:13:30 PM
I made this necklace and earrings set for my friend who was recently diagnosed with MS.  She is a yoga instructor and kind of a hippie, so I thought she might appreciate jewelry using gemstones and healing properties.  I don't really believe in it, and I don't know if she does either, but either way she gets some jewelry.  Smiley  The light orangey beads are aventurine, which according to my super reliable source, AKA the internet, help with energy.  The reddish orange beads are red jasper, which is supposed to help MS.  The pendant is made of agate which is supposed to help strength and healing. 

Picture of whole set.

Close-up of earrings.

Close-up of pendant.

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18  Baby Bug Cake in Dessert by soakbonus on: September 30, 2008 01:09:35 PM
This is a 1/2 sheet cake I made for a baby shower.  The baby is a girl and the parents called her "Bug" before they knew the sex.  It's a chocolate cake totally frosted with buttercream.  I found the bug picture on the internet and used a piping gel transfer to put it on the cake.

Looking down at cake.

Close-up of baby bug.

Close-up of side and grass.

Close-up of sun.

Close-up of flowers.

Close-up of other side of flowers.

The biggest problem I had with this cake was the size.  Anyone have suggestions for flipping the cake out of the pan without breaking?  This one broke in half, but you can't tell because I filled it in with buttercream.
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19  Flip-Flop Cake in Dessert by soakbonus on: September 30, 2008 01:03:35 PM
I made this flip-flop cake for a going away party.  The woman was moving to California, so the party had a beach theme.

Looking down at the cake.  The cake was chocolate.  I made the flip-flops out of cake and frosted everything with buttercream.  I had a hard time making the buttercream look smooth on the flip-flops.  I would have put fondant around them, but they didn't want fondant.  I used a yellow Rainbow Twizzler for the straps.  The two orange pansies are made of royal icing.  I used green fondant for the towel.  The towel would be easy to take off if they wanted.  The shells are made out of candy melts.  I made the sand using crushed graham crackers and brown sugar.

Close-up of flip-flop, towel, seashells, and sand.

Another picture after I smoothed the flip-flops a little more.
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20  Gift Box Cake in Dessert by soakbonus on: September 30, 2008 12:56:17 PM
This is a gift box cake I made for my Wilton Course 3 class.  It was a funfetti cake frosted with buttercream, and then covered in fondant.  All the decorations are fondant, except for the bead border.

Side view of cake.

Top view.

Close-up of spiral ribbon and flower.

Close-up of side ribbon and bead border.
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