Friday, February 27, 2009
This sketch comes from Sketches . Enjoy
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The bride and groom did not really want a line, but their parents talked them into having a central place for them to hang out during the reception so that guests would be able to find them and give them their congradulations. Of course they really did not have a lot of time to sit down, but the chairs were fun to have there for them anyway.
For a very simple centerpiece the bride chose to use a flat round fishbowl, with clear and royal blue rocks and carnations. Blue carnations are difficult to find so the flourist sprayed the tips blue. I think that they turned out really great. Simple yet beautiful!
Friday, February 20, 2009
The really colorful korker is for my dd. I found a korker similar to this with a lot of crazy colors and could not resist. I only made enough korker for 1 bow, but I am definately going to make enough for one more for the pigtails. I normally do not go for crazy stuff, but I stepped outside my comfort zone yesterday with that one.
And the last one that I worked on is more inside my box. It is the same "spider" shape, but it is just purple. There are two different prints on the ribbon, one is stripe and the other is dots. My dd just loves them.
- Use about 2/3 - 3/4 of the bag of powdered sugar. It will make your fondant stickier, but alot easier to work with in the end.
- If the fondant is really hard to roll out, put it in the microwave for a 15 seconds at a time until it is easier to work with again. Sadly I figured this out after doing 2 of the layers.
- Patience, Patience, Patience!
- Invest in a good roller that is long and skinny and has no handles. You will not get the lines that come from the rollers ends as badly.
- Get a fondant smoother. It is like a plastic trowel (you know those things that concrete people use to smooth out the concrete), but it is made for fondant. I found mine at walmart for 5 dollars or so.
For the actual icing (the dots and the shells) I used royal icing and tips 18 (for the shells) and 4 (for the dots). The last wedding cake we did dots all the around the bottoms of the cakes, but this time I decided on the shells because I had some pretty big flaws at the bottom to cover up. It definately helped. The dots are for something a little different and to try and hide more flaws.
The royal icing recipe that I used is
mix 1/2 c crisco (the white kind), 1 drop of butter flavoring, 1 tsp vanilla (I used clear)
Then add 1 lb powdered sugar and 1/4 c water until it is the consistency is like whipping cream
I also found this great website with lots of great tips for decorating any cakes, find it here. She also has a different recipe for the marshmallow fondant.
I love doing the marshmallow fondant, it is cheap, tastes really great, and it is easy to work with. We are setting up for the wedding tonight so I will get pictures of the cake with the flowers on it for you later. I am just so excited that it turned out better than the last ones! Wahoo!
Monday, February 16, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I have seen many bows that have a ton of color, the only problem with them is that you have to have a specific outfit to match. So if you are just starting out in making the bows or buying them then stick with ones that only have one color on them, and that you know will match many outfits. As you figure out how you like to use them then get more at your desire!
The white one is so versatile. It works with fancy and casual clothing.
This bow I just could not resist making. I loved the color combo, the only problem, my dd does not have anything that matches it. Oh well. It sure is cute!
Monday, February 9, 2009
2. Place the newspaper pattern over the fabric. Pin in place and cut.
3. Place the right side of the cutout apron on the right side of the other fabric that you will be using. The wrong side (that would be the side that you don't want to see when you have a finished product). Pin them in place and cut.
4. Cut out of the blue (or accent fabric) two 4 inch x the short length of your fabric (it will either be 45, 54, 60)
5. Fold in half and sew together.
6. Turn the tubes inside out (this is time consuming because the tubes are pretty skinny) .
7. Next cut the desired length for the neck piece (my fabric was 45 inches and I cut it in half so 22.5), and the lengths for the ties (mine were the same length as the neck piece).
8. To make the ends of the ties and neck piece look better fold inside of the tube about a 1/4-1/2 inch of fabric and sew in place (see the pic).
9. Cut out desired size of pockets (mine are 6 inch by 5 inch). Turn about 1/4 inch of fabric over to finish the sides and sew.
10. Sew the pockets onto the first apron cutout onto the desired spot on the right spot.
11. Sew the two apron pieces together, inside out, or the right sides facing each other. Make sure to leave a hole about 2 inches long so that you could turn the apron right side out. Sew the hole together when it is turned.
12. Attatch the apron strings (neck piece and side ties). On mine I place the neck piece as close to the edge of the top as possible, and the side pieces I placed them at the top of the widest part of the apron.
If you are wanting to purchase my newspaper cutout of the apron, then feel free to visit my etsy site.
I also would love to see your variations of the apron (or any other apron that you have made). Leave me a comment with your blog address so I can check it out!
This tutorial is to be used for personal purposes only. Thanks
Finally I made 2 different cards this week. One that I forgot to take a picture of (argh) for a bridal shower and the other is this one. We just got back from a cruise with my family that my generous dad paid for half of it. So this is a thank you card for him. I made it big enough to put the cd of our pictures in it so that they could have some of our pics too.