Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I put green food coloring in the dough when I was mixing up the rolls, and I wish I had gotten a better picture, but underneath the browned top it is green bread. I hope it is as apetizing tomorrow as it was tonight. :) Other than that we didn't do much today but wear green and play with green shamrock stickers. The boys thought the stickers were so much fun and I stuck one on my husband as he walked out the door this morning. I don't want anyone but me pinching him. :)
P.S. We found out today that my hubby did pass his test so now he just has to graduate in May and he will be licensed and ready to practice physical therapy. yay! I think it was that Irish luck... :)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I was inspired by Fabric Paper Thread's lovebird mobile so I thought I would make a St. Paddy's Day mobile.
First I found a silhouette of a clover (google) that I liked and traced it right of the screen. I found a little toy with a circular end and traced a few coins on some coin-looking paper. Then I grabbed some double-sided tape and some thread.
Sorry I don't have any pictures from this point until completion because my camera decided not to work.
I taped some thread to one side of each coin and placed the other coin on top to tape them together. Then I taped the thread to the spots I wanted on the clover and put the other one on top!
I found a clipart Irish looking hat, cut 2 out and put on a green band, buckle and taped it to a spot on the clover.
I stuck a pin through the top and put some thread through it. Then I hung it from the light in my kitchen. I really like it!
It would look really cool with some glitter and other embelishments, too.
Seriously, why don't I do more things with paper? It's inexpensive and fun! (and I have loads of scrapbook paper that is just sitting in my basement.)
Here is the pattern I used.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Now, why I thought I could do this I don't know, because I have never been good at sculpting anything, so as a result I lost interest in the project before it started and had no expectations for a great cake.
But, I went ahead and did it anyway. First, I baked 2 square cakes, cooled slightly, floured a cookie sheet, dumped them out on it and chilled them in the fridge overnight.
Then I stacked them, cut the front of McQueen 5 and 1/2 inches and added some cake to the tail to make the length about 10 inches.
I looked at a picture of Lightning and tried to cut his shape out. As you can see, he was a little lopsided.
Then it was about midnight so the race car went back to the refrigerator.
In the morning I started adding some more details.
Then the finishing touches and cleaned up the plate.
We put lightning bolts on the cupcakes too. My sister came and helped cut them out. It's a little time consuming. I'm not sure exactly what happened, but my fondant started to dry out a little so some of the edges are a little rough on the cake and cupcakes.
like I said, my favorite detail. It wasn't my idea. I looked at some cakes online and saw a lady do this. My cake looks like a 2 year old did it next to hers... Basically I tried somewhat unsuccessfully to copy her.
But really all in all, I was very pleased with the way it turned out. I always want everything to be absolutely perfect so maybe next time I will lower my expectations and enjoy less stress and just the results.