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November 3, 2009

Wow, what an end of the week and weekend!

Much of last week was spent preparing for my first cake order since I my cancer-imposed hiatus.  Luckily I had, um, some help to make things easier.

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Speaking of which, this was from the first time he helped Daddy bake cakes!

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The good part is now he can help with cleaning up (while watching TV!)!

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Of course that still leaves me the job of cleaning HIM up.

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Then on Friday we did a dress rehearsal for Halloween in the new cowboy shirt Daddy made him (and almost didn’t live to tell about!  Faux suede is NOT FUN!).

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Saturday Oliver and I delivered the scary (in more than one sense!) Halloween birthday cake.

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And after a short nap, it was time to walk the horse and prepare for the Trick or Treaters!

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The Cutest Cowpoke

This year Papa spooked-up the fountain by adding some dry ice.  Oooooh…

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And Daddy sported red-eyes to give add to that scary, Halloween look.

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And Oliver did well at distributing treats with the exception of to those wearing masks, which freaked him out too much.

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Sunday was a mellow day which ended with us eating the top tier of our wedding cake to celebrate our first wedding anniversary!

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(This isn’t the top tier, it’s the whole cake!)

Welcome Baby!

February 19, 2008

No, it’s not a welcome for my baby, but it was still pretty special! MonkeyGurl commissioned me to make a cake for a friend’s baby shower (She asked before Oliver came, and, well, it’s expensive having a kid, so I agreed to make it for her even after he arrived.).

The only details I was given was that Dad was a huge Mets fan (who doesn’t love some soccer?!) and Mom loves to read. Oh, and that she wanted the baby to be wearing some Harry Potter glasses.

Seeing as I have not the ability to come up with my own ideas, I used Aine’s wonderful
topper (She sells the tutorials in case you want to make one for yourself or a friend!) as a guide and went from there.

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I was extremely pleased with how the cake turned out and even more happy when MonkeyGurl called to tell me (she sent MonkeyMan to pick it up) how much she loved the cake and that it surpassed her expectations.

Always a great to get that positive feedback.

Maybe the next baby cake I’ll be doing will be for Oliver (although that won’t happen until the adoption is finalized in 5-6 months).

Vintage Valentine

January 4, 2008

Vanesa commissioned me (there I am using that phrase again!) to make a baby shower cake for a friend of hers who is due near Valentine’s Day. The shower’s theme is Vintage Valentine. This is what I came up with.

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The “lace” around the cake is gum paste and is made by rolling out the gum paste very thin and using a cutter to give the different edge designs. The lace at the top is three layers and I used three different cutters and then topped with extruded gum paste rope. The small holes are made using a toothpick and are supposed to make it look more like lace. After it was applied I placed edible pearls onto the cake. The lace at the bottom is only one layer from which I cut the heart shapes and then applied them to the cake above the lace, then again applied the edible pearls.

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The baby is hand-molded using sugar paste and the details are painted on with edible marker. The quilt is also made from sugar paste and embellished with heart motifs. The letters were made using “Tappits” letter cutters.

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Speaking of Vane, she loved her bag (which actually makes me a bit sad because I was getting used to having it hanging around!). Oh well, I know she’ll love it and flaunt use it.

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When The Clock Strikes Twelve

December 10, 2007

I was asked to make a cake for a coworker’s daughter’s birthday. They were having a “Princess” theme and the daughter was going to be dressed as Cinderella (although she apparently wanted to wear her Spiderman costume!).

Initially I thought I would try to do the carriage from Cinderella, but as the deadline approached (and the preparations for our staff holiday party at my house the same day as the cake was due!), I quickly gave up that idea and turned to my cake idol, Debbie Brown.

This is what I came up with:

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I’m happy with how it turned out. I especially liked some of the responses from a few of the guests at the staff party on Saturday, who thought it was a ceramic sculpture! (Although WHY I would have a ceramic sculpture of Cinderella in my home still remains a mystery!)

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2007

I know, I know, I’m late. But I’ve been busy! I spent the early part of the week working on a dessert order and finishing a cake for Maia’s 10th birthday. The inspiration came from my pal Sharon, a cake goddess.

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Last year Maia and I worked together to create her birthday cake.

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(In case you’re missing the theme, Maia loves bright colors!)

I forget exactly when, but at some point I also finished the first Christmas present of the year: a nightgown for Makende.

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Thursday was spent finishing these Thanksgiving potholders and trivets. The designs were done using my embroidery machine and then I finished the sewing on my machine. They were a hostess gift for our neighbors who had us over for Thanksgiving dinner.

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It was actually kinda funny because when I gave them to her, she was like, “Oh thanks.” And then later during dinner we were talking about the things I’ve made and I said something about the potholders. She didn’t believe that I had made them. My Partner had to confirm that I had indeed spent a good portion of the day finishing them up for her. She then held them to her chest and proclaimed that she would cherish them forever.

A little of Thursday (before dinner) and the morning of Friday was spent finishing a birthday gift for Andrew, the son of a neighbor. Andrew LOVES baseball and has an amazing batting arm for a 4 year old. So I embroidered a shirt for him and made him a personalized pillow for his bed.

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After Andrew’s party I began working Maia’s birthday presents (it’s difficult to tell in the photo, but it’s two pillow cases). Unfortunately that took WAY longer than I thought it would and much of Saturday was spent completing it. Because our calendars didn’t match up, I’m going to have to mail her gift. I hope she likes them!

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They were actually meant to match the birthday gifts (two pillows) I made for her last year.

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What was left of Saturday and Sunday were spent playing the role of Domestic God. I cleaned The Office (Well, it’s really my Sewing Room, but I call it The Office to help him feel like I haven’t taken over the room. Which I have.), doing laundry, lunch with friends, and the dreaded ironing! UGH!

We just finished watching Mr. Brooks. DISTURBING movie! Egads. Last night we watched Perfect Stranger, which SUCKED.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I had a wonderful weekend and although I have a bit of The Dreads, they’re not as bad as I would have imagined.

Where In The World?

November 4, 2007

Is Dorothy today?

When last we left her, she was in Kansas. I do believe she is still there if this update from BW is accurate:

Dorothy and her friend Willie decided not to go trick-or-treating today instead they spent the day in a maple tree deer hunting they are still out there in the dark waiting. And yes before you freak out because the girls have a gun they both passed hunters safety class sucessfully. Frank I’m going to need Dorothy’s social security number for my taxes.

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Today BW writes:

Dorothy rode shotgun the other day on a little delivery……. But first we had to get gas…… Now she’s trying to be a dashboard driver (like she knows where we’re going) Here’s what we delivered despite all her help we made in one piece.

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I don’t believe Dorothy made that cake. Although, given that she is purportedly my offspring, she would clearly be talented enough to do so! ;)

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2007

This was a cake I made for Abel’s birthday on Saturday. I figured I’d be in a mid-week rush, so I saved it for today to show all y’all. The house was about 12″ tall by about 10″ wide. The names on the gravestones are his guests/friends. Everything is edible with the exception of the Walloping Willow which is made from vine-covered wire and then covered in chocolate fondant.

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I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween!

Not In Kansas Anymore!

October 30, 2007

A bit ago I was fortunate enough to go to Podunk, Kansas (no, really, it was podunk. I didn’t have, gasp, cell coverage!) for a cake class.

It was great fun and I got to hang out with my cake friends whom I only get to see once a year. Although they’re all crazy, one of them, BW, is certifiable. No, really, I have proof! Actually, what’s the plural of proof? Proofs? Yes, I have more than one proof that she’s certifiably nuts.

Proof #1: she ADORES purple. Not because it’s a fashion statement. Not because she’s old and is wearing purple and red. Nope, she wears purple because her beloved Kansas Wildcats are purple.

Proof #2: she landscaped her backyard in PURPLE! I have it from a reliable source that she used purple flowers AND has a Wildcats waterfall.

Proof #3 (which is really about a dozen proofs as you’ll soon see!): She is taking my class cake (which I had to leave behind due to my fear of not being able to fit her on the plane) on a tour of Kansas!:

It all started rather innocuously with my classmates taking a photo of my class cake at the lake outside. (Well, so maybe taking a picture of a cake in front of a lake isn’t that innocuous, but still…)

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It quickly turned south when someone had the great idea to show my cake being eaten by an Ass hat-wearing stuffed trout. (Sorry!  I stand corrected!  It’s a Bass in an Ass-hat!)

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Willard continued in this theme after everyone left Kansas and returned to their respective homes. On the way home, BW mocked my complaints of Podunk not having a Starbucks by snapping a shot of “Dorothy” (Proof 4: she named my cake!) and provided this description:

“And on the way home Frank’s cake wanted to stop at Starbucks………….

so we stopped here for a drink instead Cattle Starbucks !!!!! thats the cattle water Frank’s cake is sitting on. I wonder where his cake will go next???????”

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Of course it was inevitable what happened next:

“Frank’s cake has gone K-STATE you guys knew this was coming didn’t you!!”

Notice the purple flowers (Please refer to Proof 2):

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She put a Wildcats helmet on my cake!

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And the Wildcats waterfall!

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After a couple of days, the fun continues as BW writes:

“Well little Dorothy had quite a big day………..
Dorothy decided she wanted to go to the water park to play but it’s closed for the season…..she’s so sad she’s crying and won’t leave the gate.
Dammit Frank come get your kid!!!!”

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“The nice but not hot firemen wanted to know why Dorothy is so sad.
Sorry not the shift of the hot fireman I swear we have a couple I did ask if they could take off their shirts,the guy holding the cake was up for it but the captain ask what kind of web site did you say this was for?”

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“Well great the cops have Dorothy and I think they are going to arrest Frank for child abandonment.”

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I wonder where in the World is Dorothy now?

Fame and Fortune

October 24, 2007

Surely they’re are not far behind this! (Click on the center tile on the right)

I’m signing autographs after dinner… ;)

Stretched Thin!

September 27, 2007

Woo, has it been a whirlwind. At first I didn’t realize what was going on but then I read on someone blog something about someone’s head being in Uranus, I mean, pisces. And on top of that, it’s a freaking full moon! (OK, I have NO idea what any of that means, but I have to blame this roller coaster on something!)

For the last two weeks I’ve worked 6 days each week and then proceeded to run on my day off. Not to mention all the domestic responsibilities. (Yes, I know I could have just bought more underwear, but I just did that! I don’t think one person should own that many pairs of underwear.)

The best part of last weekend was that I got to take one of my former students to school. He moved up north to go to college. :sniffle: Although it was a lot of driving and took up a good part of my day, it was great to spend time with him and to help him get situated. I know he appreciated it as well. He said, “If my family would have brought me, they would have unloaded me and then just left.”

After helping him unload we walked to the bookstore to find out how much his books would be. Then we took a trip to CostCo to get him a fridge and stock him up on snacks for a while.

Sounds really mundane, but it was a very enjoyable day. Actually, it felt like I was dropping off one of my own kids.

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Here’s a crappy photo from my phone.

I’m so proud of him. It was a tremendous struggle for him to overcome all the obstacles he has faced. But he persevered. I know he’s going to do great and be successful. (If he can get used to being out of his element. As we were walking across campus he said, “Wow, everyone is white”!!!!)

This week has been a combination of working and getting ready for the Oklahoma State Sugar Arts Show competition in Tulsa. No, I’m not doing a RuPaul wedding cake (maybe next year). I had planned to do some sort of smaller cake, but instead downsized to a sugar orchid arrangement.

By Tuesday I had succeeded in creating this much:

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And then Wednesday night I had finished these:

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and these:

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And as of right now, I’ve dusted those so they now look like this:

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and

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(No, they’re not really Hunter Orange. I guess my camera thinks so though!).

Both sets still need spots and stripes. These are the inspiration photos from orchids I saw at an orchid farm while in Thailand.

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So tonight I need to finish the pot they’ll go in, paint the spots and stripes, finish the tongues (the center pokey thing), steam every piece with a steam iron (to even out the color and give them a bit of sheen), let them dry, and then pack each individual piece with quilt batting to prevent them from breaking.

Of course I still need to do laundry and pack!

Then when I get to Tulsa tomorrow around 2pm, I need to put them together and get them to the fairgrounds where they’ll be judged on Saturday.

There will be copious amounts of red wine between dropping them off and judging!


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