Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I put an envelope in there as a point of reference as to how big they are:
The bottom one is a cucumber...
Monday, July 21, 2008
I want this door handle:
But with this knob:
and these hinges:
I think they'll fit perfect into the craftsman theme.
They have all sorts of awesome stuff. These would be neat to add but not a necessary thing - and THEY'RE EXPENSIVE!
The second class was based on starting to make the rose and decorating our first cake. I learned how to transfer a pattern onto the cake. You take a piece of paper with your design on it, put wax paper over it and pipe some piping gel over the design. Then you flip the wax paper onto the cake where you want the design, rub and take the wax paper off. Then you can go ahead and pipe your frosting onto the cake!
Here are some images of the cake!
Monday, July 14, 2008
It's going to get some taking used to but hopefully it'll save my wrists for the future. I get pains up them every once in a while.
I started a cake decorating class last Wednesday - it's at Michaels and based off of the Wilton courses. So this class follows course 1 and is 4 sessions. The first class focused on the basics of frosting and tools. I actually learned more than I thought I would.
Obviously there are different consistencies of frosting but I never really thought about it that way. You need to make stiff, medium and thin frosting for different projects you are doing. Stiff for flowers and such that need to stand up. Medium for the broadest range of items. Thin for frosting the cake and writing. I learned about Meringue powder which helps to stabilize the frosting and about piping gel which is used for.....piping! This can also be added to buttercream frosting to aid in writing.
I learned that there is an icing tip to help you apply the buttercream to the cake so that you do not get cake crumbs in the frosting.
I learned that to get a cake perfectly smooth with buttercream frosting, you can frost it, let it crust over and then put wax paper on top and smooth the cake on top of the wax paper.
I'm going to be making a rainbow cake this week and learning how to transfer a pattern and start to learn how to make roses.
I'm so excited! :)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
We're doing an electric fireplace but we can build it in like this one and put shelves into the built out part for the tv and components. Then do like the right side of this pic on both sides. I really like the left side built ins but i really want to be able to see out of the front of the house.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
See the white spots at the end of the handles. Yeah, I had to make them longer. Oops.
I made sure to make lots of pockets inside since small things can easily get lost in this big of a bag.
I think my next attempt will be a blanket. Adam wants a lighter blanket with no "stuffing" in it for the summer for our bed. I have a pattern for a "rag" blanket and found some material patterns that look nice together.
I think it'll help with light and air flow and make it feel a little more open???? We'll have 9 foot ceilings so two feet down should be alright. We have 9 ft ceilings in our current house and there is a soffet that runs above one side of our kitchen right now. It still gives a little room above the cabinets for me to set stuff on top of them.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Here is my second attempt with fondant frosting. I made a cake for the 4th of July. I made the fondant from scratch this time instead of using the Wilton kind. It's super easy. Just take a bag of small marshmallows and put a tablespoon of water in them. Then melt them. Grease the counter thoroughly with Crisco. Dump half of a 2 pound bag of powdered sugar on top and then stir until slightly mixed. It will be hot! Careful! Then dump this mixture on the counter and add more powdered sugar. Grease hands as well. Knead. Add more powdered sugar and crisco as needed. If the fondant is tearing, add a little more water. If possible wrap in saran wrap and put in ziplock bag over night so there will be no powdered sugar clumps.
Here is the cake!
Chris said it looked professional and everyone else liked it a lot! I think I should have used fondant for the whole thing instead of the buttercream stripes but I'm still learning! All in all a success!
Here was my first attempt. Only back in April but I've learned a lot since then by reading online and by watching Ace of Cakes on Food Network. I used the Wilton fondant which was harder to work with, didn't knead the coloring into it and didn't know how to fix the hole I made in the side.