This blog is a record of my life as the Lord shepherds me through His will. It is a testament to the lessons I learn, or attempt to learn.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bella's Birthday Cake

Let me start this off by saying that this was the very first time I have ever used fondant.  Needless to say, I was more than a little nervous.  I mean, I have heard horror stories about this stuff and how hard it is to work with.  

However, I must say that it wasn't bad at all.  As a matter of fact, I would even go as far as saying that I preferred this over having to use icing to decorate with.  Now, of course I did dirty ice it in order for the fondant to stick . . . oh, and icing is better tasting, so we just peeled the fondant off when we finally consumed the cake.

This Barbie Princess cake was made from Devil's food and strawberry cake mixes.  
I layered it with two layers of Devil's food and strawberry in between.  
I iced it with chocolate in between and strawberry slices, and then I dirty iced the whole cake with white frosting.  
Then, all I had to do was roll out the fondant, which was pre-made and purchased from Wal-Mart in the cake decorating aisle of the art section, and lay it on the three layers of cake.  
The cakes were baked in two bowls and a pan.  
Each bowl was a different size in order to give it the cascading dress effect.  
After I placed the fondant on on the cake, I cut a slit in the cake and gently stuffed Barbie in, then I simply formed the dress the way I wanted, and then cut the excess fondant with a pizza cutter.  
Then came the hard part.  
I had to now paint the icing.  
The colors I purchased were not at all what I had wanted, but I worked with it none the less.  
It would probably be better just to make your own concoction with food coloring, plus this icing paint tasted like poo . . . it is a good thing that we put it on the fondant and not in the actual icing.  

And, that is it!  It wasn't a difficult task, just time consuming.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

To Do List

Things I would like to accomplish around the house . . . sometime . . .

1) Recover the dining room chairs.

2) Add a proper backsplash and paint the kitchen.

3) Clean out, and correctly use my craft room.

4) Make a duvet cover for the bed in our master suite.

5) Create a cover for the electrical box in our living room.

6) Put in, or re-do our front door with a new door knob.

7) Change the flooring in our living room.

8) Create some pretty ways to de-clutter our home.

9) Paint & decorate the guest bathroom.

10) Paint the kids room.

11) Add crown molding to the top of our kitchen cabinets.

12) Add some framing above the windows in our living room.

13) Paint our downstairs bathroom.

14) Storage. Storage. Storage!

15) Basically, I want a Pottery Barn Home on a dime : )

There is such a thing!

So this is a Snipe . . . in case you were wondering, cause I was.

From the movie Up