I had some fun these past few days making these horse cookies/bikkies for Sebastian’s 2nd birthday party. Pretty straight forward, horses in two shapes in a bunch of different colors. The coolest discovery I made while making these was how effective a paintbrush is at making the manes very “hair-like”. Dragging a toothpick through the thick piping-consistency icing also worked pretty well. These were actually quite big in size. I’d say between 11-12 cm or 4&1/2-5 inches wide, which is fairly substantial for a cookie. And the cutters were not easy to come by. Sebastian’s mom scoured the internet (as did I), and she ended up having to order them from the US through eBay. We simply could not locate a horse-shaped cookie cutter ANYWHERE here. ??? These did end up being pretty great in the end.These guys were a bit smaller, but it was cool to mx it up and made my job more fun.Happy days.
So I have a new fav project! I received an order for two dozen bikkies/cookies for a horse birthday party for a cutie patootey soon-to-be 2 year old boy named Sebastian (stay tuned for those). They also requested whether I could do bunting flags in a horse theme. I think I’ve mentioned before how much I LOVE a project, so I got right on it, and discovered how greatly fun this is for me. It was time-consuming, to say the least, and I had a pretty steep learning curve in that I have never used a sewing machine (besides in home economics in Jr. High school) or iron-on adhesive or worked with cloth hardly at all. I’ve made paper bunting before. Like this one for Téa’s first birthday, so how hard could it be?
Anyway, even in the face of having to scout out a sewing machine I could make use of and taking multiple trips to Spotlight for supplies (I kept adding to the project, like wanting to make my own lettering to iron on and to use quilt binding instead of ribbon in the end) I actually did had a lot of fun figuring this all out, and I am totally sold on homemade custom-designed bunting. Here is the finished product for Sebastian.And despite how cool and professional it ends up looking, it is actually pretty simple to do. I watched this great YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXRE9QlSEFo. I copied her instructions verbatim. And then I printed out the font that I wanted, used the printout as a “stencil” of sorts to cut around, twice. And then ironed them on. I ended up ironing the flags to the binding as well, but then decided to reinforce it with a hand stitch. I seem to always complicate the simple, but this process was done simply because I didn’t trust my sewing skills enough to believe I could stitch a straight line all the way across this thing. (The wonky sewing I did do was all hidden inside the flags when you turn them inside out, which is pretty awesome.)
So, of course, I have started looking around my house for old baby blankets and scraps of fabric to start another one. And yes, I will start on Téa’s next birthday bunting in the next few days…and her birthday isn’t until July! And yes, I know I have a problem… Hi, my name is Kelly and I am a craftaholic…
I adore these photos. It may sound strange to love when my son is covered in a mess, but it is actually a big win in my heart. He has a tendency to shy away from mess and dirt and sticky and such things. Every once and a while he throws caution to the wind and gets good a dirty. Here is Finn after our chalk paint session in the backyard.
So I am happy to report that I got my first gig from a market contact. I was hoping that by doing the local Friday market here in town it would get the word out that I AM FOR HIRE and I.make.cakes! I hope this is the first of many to come. This one was a sweet surprise from a mother to a daughter. I love being a part of these kinds of special celebratory events.
I was sent a picture to copy, and I did my best to stick to it. I will say that fondant letters are not my friends. I redid that 6 like four or five times because as I would try to jam that skewer in to give it stability (and a way to stand on the cake) the whole number would get so jacked that it was beyond repair. I will have to read up on these and get some more practice to get them more crisp and clean looking. Other than that this is by far a better effort on achieving that topsy turvy look than I have done in the past, so I was pretty happy overall, and so were the customers, so HAPPY DAYS! Onto the next…
Finn has been excited for Easter since Christmas. No joke, he wanted to know when the next holiday was and started counting down from then. He really really likes Easter. I mean, what’s not to like about Easter. But, he REALLY likes it, anticipates it, talks about it, counts down to it. I think it is all about the egg hunt. He loves to play Blue’s Clues, Hide and Seek, and Safari (which is just when I hide animals all over the house and he gets to go and find them). So he enjoys the pursuit of something. So here is how our Easter morning went.
He tried to act super casual about it as he went looking.
Now Téa’s morning went a bit differently. We tried and tried to show her how this egg hunting thing worked. In the end we handed her a few eggs and she spent the rest of the time chowing down on sugar.
One very happy boy.
Then in the afternoon we invited over Finn’s bestie and his sister to dye Easter eggs, decorate Easter cookies, and have yet another egg hunt. Rather than give a play-by-play. Here is a pictorial story of Easter afternoon.
Ok, I do have to stop and comment on how cute Téa’s black spotted eggs are.
And the boys are off…
And then we went to church in the evening. We have reached a parental milestone. We saw our kid sing in church for the first time! Finn was excited to do it, and we were excited to watch. Here is some of the cuteness.
Here he is enjoying applause.
Ok Ok, I’m done. I am now one of those snap-happy font-row moms.
My hubby is not a big cake guy. He does, however, curse my name when I make sugar cookies, because he can’t resist them. He is a guy who likes to stay fit and eat healthily whenever possible. The one exception he will make is on his birthday, when he can indulge guilt-free. Soooo…here are his birthday goodies.
His party was luau-themed. So coconuts and grass skirts were in order. And before anyone thinks I’m a cookie creative genius, I must tell on myself and give credit where credit is due. If you google luau sugar cookies you will see all manner of people I totally swiped ALL of my ideas from. Thank you especially to SweetSugarBelle & Dessert Menu, Please for basically all that you see here.
Ok, most people would probably scoff at this, but my day was made today at the Salvos (Salvation Army). While I let my kids run rampant in the toy section something caught my eye on one of the kiddy-designated shelves. Here she be…Did you happen to notice the price tag on that baby?!? Yeppers, $3 whole dollars for a cookie cutter goldmine. I feel like a big winner today. Can’t wait to get to work with these!
No, this is not a repeat post. Although it might look a lot the same as the last. Now that St. Patty’s Day has actually arrived (well, this weekend), I thought I might try my hand at a few more designs using the pot of gold idea. This time I piped thick lines of chocolate and used either sprinkles or colored mini chocolate chips to create the rainbow, and this time I also managed to find little disc-shaped sprinkles (which were multicolored, so I had to pick through with tweezers to find the yellow ones, which drove my husband absolutely crazy to watch) which I used to make the piled gold in the pot. I then piped a little white chocolate in the shape of a cloud and affixed it to the rainbow with chocolate as well. I was quite pleased with these variations, and I benefited from a bit of Googling where I saw the idea of drying the cake pops upside down to flatten out the top which created the lip on the pot. So simple, but so genius.
Another project this past week was our church’s one year anniversary cake. Like a doofus I forgot to snap some pics before delivery, so here is a pic of it on the floor of the front seat of my car. Oh well.
Just to tell on myself the letters were royal icing transfers. In other words, I printed the logo out on paper, then laid parchment paper over it, and piped on that, tracing the letters. Once they had dried, I gingerly, and I mean gin-ger-ly, peeled them off and stuck them onto the cake. I am NOT that brave or able to pipe this kind of lettering directly onto a cake. The extra bonus was that I managed to only break one letter, and I had done 3 sets, so I used the extras around the base of the cake which added a lot in the end (and would not have been possible to pipe freehand). And then the candy All Sorts finished it off around the bottom and a top, which I thought fitting as our church is made up of all sorts of people, personalities, ages, etc. It was a fun one.
I had what I thought was an original idea of making pot o’ gold cake pops as St. Patty’s Day is in a few weeks time. I googled and found out, yet again, that there is nothing new under the sun. I did try to do my own spin on the idea. The pot is chocolate mud with candy stars as the legs all dipped in dark chocolate. The pot of gold are hundreds and thousands “glued” on with royal icing and painted with edible gold glitter. The gummy rainbow candy was from the convenient store down the road from us. I liked that the rainbow was sort of suspended, coming down from the sky.
But I tried a couple of other styles as well…
Then I thought I might do some similarly-looking bikkies. I used a circle cutter and a shooting star cutter and mashed them together to get the right shape. I will admit that these cookies, for me, end up being a bit too soft and crumbly to be strong enough to handle the weight of the royal icing on the end, so I had a lot of casualties, which is so demoralizing after you spend so much time decorating them for them to break in half right at the seam when moving or bagging them.
I then consulted Sugarbelle for some more Irish-inspired designs and found a slew of super cute leprechauns. She showed how you can use almost any shaped cutters to make these guys. I paired a snowman head and a flower cutter for his beard. They turned out great. Thanks again Sugarbelle, queen of cookies!
I participated in the Friday Wollongong Market this past week. It really was such a great experience. I will post a pick soon of my booth. Meanwhile, here are some of the sugar biscuits/cookies I sold.
Chinese New Year Lanterns (wholly and directly inspired by Sugarbelle) which most people mistook for hot air balloons. I didn’t mind.
My next market will be next week, Friday, just in time for some St. Patrick’s Day inspired cookies. And I’m thinking about maybe trying out a tutorial post for this next batch. Stay tuned.