Monday, December 5, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
I have this beautiful chartreuse lantern at my store...it's the last one in that color. This lantern is multi-purpose...not just for putting candle inside (battery operated or otherwise). I have one like this in red and I put decorative balls inside, or shells, or even toilet paper, which looks so cool in my black and white bath room.
So, for my display, I thought of using this lantern as a halloween accent. I put black decorative willow balls and taped skeleton cut-outs (thanks to my awesome cricut expression machine!), and voila!
Hope you like it! Tweaks or treat!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Finally, Jordan's birthday is here! Lots of preparations and excitement. Here is the table with lots of candies and toys...party favors and party loot! My cricut cut-outs turned out just perfect for the theme!
Meet Jordan's family: Her daddy and girlfriend Vanessa (what are the odds...she has the same name as my niece Vanessa- Jordan's mom!), and
That's me with my labor of love castle cake with the birthday girl! This was a lot of work but more love was put into it!
3 cakes! Oh my goodness. Her dad ordered one, of course, then Mel's mom brought one, and the one I made...the castle cake! I didn't tell them I was (attempting to make) making one, just in case it didn't turn out right. LOL
They set up a crafting table under the shade which was really clever! Some of the kids made art project with glitters and colored makers and paper and glue.
Special quest appearances by Ariel and Snow White, who were awesome with games and face painting!.
Pretty picture of Jordan with Ariel and Snow White, grandmas and granpas, sister and aunts.
Such an awesome and fun birthday celebration for Jordan! I hope you enjoyed these pictures. Have a beautiful day!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Wow...I can't believe I made it!!! Not bad for a first time attempt to use fondant on 2 layered cake! This shot was taken at the party itself, and if you would notice, the tiny flags on the peaks are complete! (huh...details!) By the way, this is 4-part challenge I gave myself, so I'm hoping you read the first 3 parts of this.
This angle shot shows the back of the castle... the windows were there because I have to cover the big cracks on the fondant! The first fondant I made (for the 6" cake) was a bit thick and it cracked. I just have to hide some imperfections by using the windows and some icing trimmings. The second fondant (for the 10" cake) was alot better.
I put Ariel candle on top of the cake by the columns, added a couple of fondant shells and a store-bought Flounder.
It took me about 6 hours to finish, from baking~ 2- 6" yellow cakes and 2- 10" chocolate cakes, (my mistake: I only have 1 of each size of pan! duh! so I had to bake the cake 1 at a time!), cooling time, crumb coating, rolling the fondant, putting it on the cakes and decorating it. I added the finishing touches at Jordan's house. Of course, most of the preparations for the decorations were done 3-4 days ago. The research on how to make it through google and watching You Tube tutorial is totally a different story! I did that for several hours...felt like most of my waking hours! (Okay, not really.) But give or take 2 weeks. I went shopping for the stuff and tools I needed for this project ( the week before I was going to bake this castle cake) at Michael's which happen to have 50% sale on baking stuff with coupons! yipee!
I used smashed and crushed vanilla wafers and brown sugar for the sand with a little bit of chocolate sprinkles for a little color. I thought of using my beige throw around the bottom of the cake as it's the perfect color to match the sand.
Some of those seashells are made with fondant. I used candy mold, put a little bit of cornstarch so it doesn't stick, press the fondant to shape it, brush off the cornstarch and viola, instant seashells!
This cake was quite heavy, I was just happy I was able to transport it from my house to Jordan's house, which was approximately 12 miles, it took me about 20 minutes! I put a couple of sand bags (I use those at my flower shop when we deliver), and it helped hold the cake. My daughter was watching it making sure it's pretty stable in the back if my van.
Well, thanks for letting me share this challenge with you! It's now, my accomplishment! Woot woot!
Check out photos taken at Jordan's party! It was a blast!
Have a beautiful day!