Sunday, August 29, 2010

MJ's B-Day Bedazzled Craft Blast from the Past

Today is Michael Jackson's birthday! Which means, it's a good reason to share this project from the past with ya! Yay!

A year ago today, I attended a wedding that happened to share the auspicious 8-29 date -- a perfect excuse to to create my own little nod to MJ. Two celebratory occasions in one! Hows-about adding a touch of King of Pop in his prime to my evening ensemble with a tiger cubbed and rhinestoned purse?!?!

Hows-about yeah!!!

I've already mentioned in my previous post how Michael Jackson's music, dancing, and videos were such a large part of my childhood. So I admit, I was pretty bummed when he died. Little projects like this were a good pick-me-up last summer.

Much like the tiger-inclusive video itself!

And before anyone mocks me, yes, I admit it. I am one of those people everyone makes fun of for getting all sad when a celebrity (who was personally inspiring to me, but nonetheless, a perfect stranger) dies. I weeped when Jim Henson died (seriously, who didn't?), and was heavy hearted when George Harrison passed away.

And even though he died 33 years ago before I was even born, I unexpectedly found myself shedding some tears when I visited Elvis' grave at Graceland a few weeks ago (oh yeah, I haven't told you about that yet, have I?).

I reckon that makes me lame to some folks. What can I say? I'm a very sensitive soul!

Anyway, it was the least I could do to pay tribute via fashion on Michael's birthday, and so I did.

And I did it with the help of a few glue on rhinestones (some of which, as you can see in this *lovely* iPhone hotel lit photo, popped off), dark fabric iron-on transfer paper, and a clearance clutch. Viola! A perfect accessory for the night.

And lo and behold, the MJ mojo must've been working because a large impromptu Thriller inspired dance jam popped up at the reception. There's magic in them thar rhinestones!

Next up -- Gum paste mystery project - revealed!
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Gum Paste Rainbow (All The Way!)

A quick check-in to share a tidbit of my top secret project of the weekend involves this single complete rainbow ring (alas, not a double complete rainbow)* of a LOT of thoroughly mixed gum paste. My forearms are so buff! So intense!**

Hmmm.... What could such a project be? Methinks you'll see sooner than later... : )

* Yeah, I know this is ancient in internet years, but I still love it!
** Ditto.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Orange You Gonna Eat That Cake Failure?

Failure! It haunts my days of late. Wretched failure flustered frustration! Bah!

See this orange juice cake up here? Maybe you think it looks good. And sure, the cake tastes incredible...but the glaze. The glaze!

It's like having rock solid lemon drops poured all over your beautiful perfect family recipe cake. And when you try to cut into it, this happens...

...Yep, the glaze candy shell had to be ripped through, as it was too resilient to cutting. So sad!

The past few weeks have been a lot of trial and error and failure and trying again and starting over round here. Frustrating projects, details that aren't just right. Huff!

And so when it's visiting family members season and I feel like making some of Gammon's Orange Juice Cake (a family favorite) in celebration, it should be Relaxation (and NOT Frustration) Central. I've done it so many times before, right? Easy peas-y.

But never have I made it before with a new cast aluminum bundt cake pan, which turns the original recipe's baking time temperature into a burny inferno. I thought I was in the clear because my oven and previous pan combo turned out a stunning cake with the exact same time and temp. Stupid Alicia! *weep*

Ok, second try! Cake turned out beautifully perfect this time, let's add a glaze! I've never made it with a glaze, but how can I go wrong? I mean, I can DO cakes! Besides, Gammon didn't do the glaze thing often, and when she did, it was just about different every time. Big deal!

It was a chain of impatient stupidity, as I tried substituing powdered sugar with my own 'powdered' granulated sugar, followed by not having enough milk, and then cooking it far too long at far too high a temperature. Why do I always do that?

Sigh. I'm a fool.

Even the cat was laughing at me.

Well, at least this last time I figured out the perfect temperature and time for my new pan, right? Right...

What's that they say, third times a charm? Pobody's nerfect? Either will do, I reckon.

And at least some of my favorite pre-Disney Florida friends were around to cheer up my photos of the Floridian family favorite food gone failure.

Okay, now I'm smiling again. They're just so cute!

Here's to trying, yet again.
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sweetie Cakes

So! Sweet! This painting gives me a cavity.

It's even sweeter if I tell you that I painted it yesterday for my mama's birthday. And that those are four little cuppin' cakes kiddos there. So super sweet, it hurts. Owie!

Of course, maybe you look at this and think of it as being four cuppy cake suitors and their crush of a cake. I admit, it has that Valentine vibe... Still sweet, but could be! Everything is open to interpretation...

(and now time for an unlikely segue)

...Including this incredible song by Dave Rawlings (and Gillian Welch) that I couldn' t resist listening to whilst working on this painting.

Whatever you think it's about, the song is probably most likely NOT about mothers and their birthdays. Or an actual sweet tooth. Or 'sweet' things.

But I love it. In fact, I think I'm going to go crank it now.

Have I told you how I love being in a house where I can crank those speakers after soooooo many years of apartment dwelling? No? Well, I do!

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