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21  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Buh-dup Buh-dup: Tivo!! 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.
22  COOKING / Dessert / Peach Rose Tiered Cake 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.
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Gemstone Necklace and Earrings 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.

24  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Gift Box Cake on: September 30, 2008 01:16:56 PM
The hardest part is covering the cake with fondant.  I thought this square cake was much easier to cover in fondant than others that I've made that were round.  The rest is pretty easy; time consuming, but easy.
25  COOKING / Dessert / Baby Bug Cake 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.
26  COOKING / Dessert / Flip-Flop Cake 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.
27  COOKING / Dessert / Gift Box Cake 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.
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Felt or Fabric? on: September 30, 2008 12:45:44 PM
I want to make a soft ABC book for my son.  I have made him a felt name book that I posted, but I want to do something different for the ABC book.  He loves this Sesame Street book where the characters and other objects come out of pockets.  I want to do something similar with the ABC book.  My question is what material should I use, felt or fabric?  I want it to hold up well while my son takes the objects in and out of the pockets.  I know how to make a book with felt, but I'm not sure how to do it with fabric.  Please help!

Here are some pics of the SS book.

Objects in the pocket.

Objects out of the pocket.

29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crinkles and Jingles? on: September 12, 2008 08:24:10 PM
I made a crinkle block with clear cellophane that I found in a roll for wrapping presents.  I bought it at Target, so it should be readily available.  I also made a jingle block with a bell from a package of six I bought at the dollar store.  They were meant to be ornaments.  The bell sound kind of got muffled by the stuffing though, so something else might be better.
30  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Suitcase Cake on: September 08, 2008 08:57:07 AM
Great job!!  I love cakes that look like something real.
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