Sunday, August 2, 2015

Baby Mickey

I pulled out my Mickey Cookie Cutters from Disney to help a friend out with a Mickey Themed Baby shower....   There were Mickey's everywhere... Even inside the cupcakes!  I used Ann Reardon's How to cook that You Tube Video She is one of my new favorite websites! 

 Cookie Flooding.
 
Finished Mickey cookies...

 

This inside needed to cook a little more, but I was so curios if it worked I checked a little too soon! 

 Chocolate Mickey Cupcake Topper's

Sunday, July 19, 2015

50th Birthday Cake Inferno

Surprised a good friend with a 50th Birthday inferno cake...  It seemed like a good idea at the time- Make a cake that looks like candle wax melting all over, then add  ~50 + real candles lite them all and see what happens :)  The cake inspiration came from Cookie Cake and Cardio's You Tube Channel
we just changed the color's up a little bit... Glad we didn't need to use the fire extinguisher...


 







Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of July

I used Ann Reardon's You Tube Video on  How to cook that Video.  I took a few pictures of the steps below.  It was easier then I thought it would be, which was great! For the icing I put three individual bags of icing inside a larger bag and used the 1M tip to swirl the top with festive 4th of July colors.  Fourth of July Fun!




Sunday, May 31, 2015

Allison's wonderland





To celebrate Allison's 30th birthday their back yard was transformed into Allison's wonderland...    I made two cakes because we needed two flavors of course... Chocolate and Rainbow Vanilla...   And this way I didn't have to stack the cakes I could just worry about one layer of cake traveling up to the Pocono's...

This cake fell apart a little after the car journey...  Her leg broke and the fondant started coming off the side... Bummer...

Here are the pieces

The Hooka smoking Caterpillar...
Alice falling...
The Tree.  I was really trying to not make it look like poop but Fondant colored brown just looks like poop no matter what you do...



I used my CopyKake to trace the image of the ChesterShire Cat.  The first one I made was too small so i tried again...
Had a fun time at the birthday party.... Great Job Party Planner and executionists...




Sunday, May 3, 2015

Kevin's 40th



Happy Birthday to my Little Brother! Had fun with road signs and making a "hill"... The signs were paper but the cake was real...






Sunday, April 19, 2015

Holy 200!!!


My 200th Blog entry is a cake I made for my Niece's First Holy Communion.  She was so proud and excited for this day!  She said she was waiting for this day since she was 5. As she told the story she kept getting younger... Since I was 4, Since I was in Pre-school...  She is a comedian, that kid!  Her mom reminded her I was making a cake earlier this week and her reply " ohhhh that's right, I'm kind of a big deal"  Yes Lindsey, You are definitely a big deal...








Sunday, April 5, 2015

Furniture Makeover- Bar

I'm interrupting my cake blog to show you my first furniture makeover.  I'm so excited and proud that I did it!  I took an old cabinet- I believe I bought it about 10 years ago when I was living in Conshohocken...  It was an "assemble yourself" piece of furniture (I don't think it was Ikea but a similar brand) and surprisingly it has held up OK over the years.  I've been surfing Pinterest for ideas and was inspired by many different ideas but never really found "The One"...    So I just threw together a bunch of ideas and gave it a try.
The original piece of furniture had doors on the top row.  For some unknown reason I didn't take a "before" picture ...  I think I was just excited to get started!


Painting the Furniture

I used the techniques of painting furniture from the Vintage Store House.  I really liked Kelsey's explanations- She is really nice and encouraging!  I pretty much followed everything she said.
Here is the link:
http://www.vintagestorehouse.com/diy-furniture/how-i-paint-furniture/tutorial-how-to-eliminate-brush-strokes-on-furniture/

I used everything she uses in her tutorial Sherwin Williams Paint, Vintage Store House Chalk Powered, Sherwin Williams Brush, Fiddes and Son's wax...

I'm not sure the wax finish did much... I don't really see a difference but I did it anyway. Maybe over time it will be come evident why you need to do that step.

Back Board
The back of the cabinet was my most perplexing challenge.  The two boards in the back were held together with a piece of plastic leaving about a 1/4 gap.  I tried to shimmy a piece of wood in between but it wasn't flat.  So I decided to cut up some black poster board I had and make two panels to fit into each level. I used scrapbooking paper to decorate the boards.  I'm holding them in place by double sided tape so If I want to change the look of the bar I can... I'm sure I won't, but the option is there....

Finishes

I bought the Signs  Drink, Love, Cocktails from a great store in Philly.  I walk by it when I'm roaming the city but can't think of the name or find it on-line as I write this.  If I find it, I'll update the post...  These are my signs of old age coming through, or paint fumes... Not sure which one...

I bought stemware holders and new hardware from Lowes. The glassware holders are screwed into the top shelf, which is solid wood.   There are four mirrors- one on each side and row, which I purchased at walmart.  You can't really see them in the pictures but it does make a difference when you see it in person.

Now, I have a grown up place to make my cocktails...  Come on over and have a drink!



Cost 
So... it wasn't as "cheap" as I thought it would be to repaint furniture. I guess now that I have the supplies the next piece I do will be even more economical.  I'm excited for flea market season to start....  I'm sure there were things I could have done to make this even less expensive, but for my first try- I'm o.k. with it!

Paint $17
Wax $20
Paint Brush- $18
Ceramic Signs $43 (My big splurge- I just feel in love with them...)
Stemware Holders $7
Scrapbook Paper $7
Mirrors $12
Hardware $28

Total $152

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Titanic birthday




My niece loves the movie titanic and asked for a titanic cake. Not the most uplifting cake for an 11th birthday but it forced some creativity... The ship and ice bergs are made out of Rice Krispies and covered in fondant. The rest is buttercream.  





Saturday, March 14, 2015

Drunk Barbie Cake

Happy Birthday to My cousin Lauren. I can't believe you are 21!    
There are a number of drunk barbie cake ideas on Pinterest, I personalized it by adding Lauren's boyfriend as the action hero coming in to help as his girlfriend is puking sprinkles into the fondant toilet....  Fun! 


Light her up!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Maleficent Birthday

Lilly Turns 11 Years Old Today...  She had a Maleficent Inspired Party, which was lots of fun.  Happy Birthday Lilly!!! 



 We got to See Maleficent when we were in Disney in December... She is one scary lady...