Tuesday, July 13, 2010

LOST birthday party

This past weekend was my lil sisters birthday. We debated a lot the theme for her party. Originally, we decided on Alice in Wonderland. She is a huge Johnny Depp fan and loved the new movie. I had planned on a tea party, with tea pots for center pieces and mixed-matched tea cups. But we felt that the party might be a little to childish for her; after all it was her 17th birthday. So finally we decided on a LOST theme. She is big into the show and it has enough distinct characteristics you can plan a theme around.

Sis requested a two tier cake (which I had never done before), but it turned out great. We used red velvet cake, and buttercream icing. The "sand" was light brown sugar, and the wreckage we used cereal treats and fondant. I had never used fondant before, it was pretty easy to work with...but tasted gross. I'm sure professional bakers fondant isn't as gross because no one would want a cake to taste like this fondant did. Okay, enough of my fondant rant.

The waves in the bottom tier we made by ruffing up the buttercream base, then spreading tinted piping gel over top. When sis said she want the water clear like the ocean, I didn't think I could do it. But, the waves turned out better than I could dream.

To continue the LOST theme, we made Dharma wraps for the drinks and Dharma cupcake picks. The party was a success and sis's friends had a good time.


Monday, April 19, 2010

Spring Flowers

Spring is definitely my favorite time of year. I love all the spring blooms. Watching the flowers bloom is amazing. You can look at a flower early in the morning and it will be just a bud. Then you come back in the afternoon and it is in full bloom. My parents garden is overflowing with flowers.
I took a look around the yard found some pretty purple flowers growing in the yard. I love the light purple color. But when I went to cut them for a bouquet I found something odd.

Flower Pens!
These are a fun spring project. I thought I would share how they are made.


What you Need:
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Floral Tape
Ink Pens
Fake Flowers

Step 1:
Remove flowers from stem. NOTE: Mine pulled right off the stems. I'm not sure if all fake flowers are like that...if not you can cut them off.

Step 2:
With pliers of scissors cut off the tip on the bottom of the flower. NOTE: This will help the flower lay flatter on the top of the pen.

Step 3:
Lay the flower upside down on your surface and place a bead of glue in the center of the flower. Next, put the end of the ink pen on the bead of glue and hold in place until the glue dries.

Step 4:
Begin wrapping the floral tape around the base of the flower and around the ink pen. NOTE: if you have trouble getting the flower tape to stay in place as you begin wrapping, use a bead of glue to hold the beginning of the tape in place.

Step 5:
Tear or cut the tape when you finish wrapping. The tape will stick to its self, no need to glue it. Your Done! NOTE: The caps did not fit on the pens very well after the pens were taped. But I normally loose the caps to my pens anyway.

Let me know if you have questions or comments!


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Blogging and Bruce the Moose

A year and a day...that's how long its been since I last posted. Its crazy how life sometimes takes you down certain paths. I started this blog to develop my writing skills, as a creative outlet for my crafts and to meet new people. But somewhere along the way I got into a rut and stopped blogging.

I want to share my creativity with others. I want to connect with people who are interested in the same things as me. Sometimes I just want to know I'm not alone in the world. Hopefully, I can again use this blog to express myself and boost my creativity. Anyway...onto the creative stuff!!

Meet Bruce the Moose!
He's from Vancouver, Canada and loves all things Canadian. I made him for my sisters band director's birthday (my band director too, back in the day). Bruce is a bit of an inside joke for the marching band. He's made of fleece and the flag is felt.

Bruce loves road trips. Recently, he mad went on a trip with the winter-guard to championships. The winter-guard won first place in their division. Bruce likes being part of a winning team.