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Monday, January 30, 2012

Cake Class: Course 3

Tonight was the final night of course 3: Fondant and Gum paste. It was a fun class and I learned a lot. I hadn't worked with fondant or gum paste yet as I was kind of a chicken to attempt anything. I know am much more confident to work with either. I can now make some neat flowers and do more designs on cakes. I can't wait to put some of my new skills to use.

 Above and below are views of the bow I made during the first week of the course.
 Below is a gum paste rose.
 Shot of the carnation, rose, rose bud, and calla lilly
 Rose bud
 Calla Lilly
 Final Project. Travis chose the design. The cake came out pretty good for my first attempt with fondant. I have a few things to work on, but overall I am very happy with how this cake turned out. Hopefully everyone Travis works with will enjoy it. He will be taking it in tomorrow.

I have one last course I will be taking. It is course 4: advanced gum paste flowers, which is all through February. I can't wait to also get started on the next baby shower cake for my mom's club. It is going to be an awesome cake! Pictures will be posted after the shower. I can't spoil it after all! :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cake Class: Course 2

I decided to start taking the Wilton Cake Courses. I started off in December taking course 1: Decorating Basics. This month, Travis was a wonderful husband to let me out 2 times a week for 2 classes! Tonight was my final for course 2: Flowers & Design. First, I'll take you back a few weeks.

 The first week we used gum paste and made button flowers (top) and pansies (bottom). These were pretty straight forward and were meant to start easing into using certain tools.

The second week of class we got into royal icing. I have no photo from that week as my icing flopped by the time I got to class. Royal icing is very temperamental. It was perfect at home, but by the time I got up to Michael's, the difference in temperature and/or humidity caused it to flop.

 Week three we worked with royal icing again. I tired to fix my icing, but it still wasn't the best. I was able to get my flowers to come out a little better. Above is a lilly. It came out the best of my flowers for the night. Below is supposed to be a daffodil. The icing wasn't perfect so I couldn't get the flower perfect.

 And now we come to week 4. The final project. Tonight was learning a reverse shell and the basketweave. It was also our chance to show off what we learned and decorate a cake! Below is my final project. Travis chose the flowers for the cake. I decided to stay away from the royal icing for now until I can practice more with it.

For my final project I made more button flowers and some leaves from gum paste. I did a basketweave around the outside of the cake with a reverse shell around the top and a shell border at the bottom. Overall I think the cake came out pretty good.

Tomorrow night we will be eating the cake! Travis has invited folks over from work to come enjoy my master piece and coffee! I sure hope they like it!

Next Monday is my final for course 3: gum paste and fondant. I'll be sure to post all the pictures from that course. Next month is course 4: advanced gum paste and fondant.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Awesome Cloth Diaper Prize Pack!

Check out the awesome cloth diaper giveaway being offered by Abby's Lane through So Easy Being Green and The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a Second Time Mom. I love cloth diapering. It is easy to do, save money, and helps the environment! Plus they are super cute...

10 Months!

Today you are 10 months old! You are strong willed, independent, but still need mommy time! You love the nights you get to have "Guy Night" with Daddy. You are into everything now. You have found your knees to crawl, though you prefer your first method of a military style crawl. It's fast for you. I can just see your brain working when you are on your knees crawling that you just aren't getting there fast enough and you drop to your stomach and literally fly across the room!

You try your hardest to walk, but don't have the balance quite yet for it. You do walk while holding on to the couch, the fireplace hearth, etc. It won't be long before you are up walking, probably more like running around!

The last few days your favorite toy has been the soccer ball Grammy bought you when we were back in Missouri for a visit in October. You also love your stuffed Clifford and Llama Llama as well as your Laugh and Learn Puppy you got for Christmas.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

First Post

Okay so apparently some of my family members think I need a blog. So here it is! Hopefully you enjoy it!