Archive for June, 2010

How I spend my time…

So, I know I’ve been a little absent lately. But it’s not entirely my fault!

I’ve been taking a Photoshop course so people can teach me to do this! (Note the above).  Yes, it may seem a bit odd that I am spending my time grooming a tarsier to look like Lady Gaga, but I’m totally having a blast doing it. I am sure there are TONS of craft applications to be done with the tools Photoshop offers. When I am all super-skilled in this software as I hope to be, I will totally share craft-related ideas for all of you other .psd afficionados.

If you love Photoshop, shout it loud and declare it here! Hope y’all are having a great summer!

P.S.  All of these individual images are not my own. They were obtained through a Google image search. And no, tarsiers do not really look like that, and lollipops don’t grow on trees. Total bummer on both counts….

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There was really no hint she’d be a vegetarian…

God bless my parents. Really.

Without their encouragement of my interests from a young age, who knows where I’d be now. They really took an active role in helping me explore things like crafts and music, and all of those other things that kids get into. And I get so much joy out of those things even now.

In fact, I stumbled across these polymer clay vegetables the other day, which I made from a craft book when I was a kid. My parents have held onto them all of these years, and even put them in a place of honor in the house.

On this Father’s Day, I just wanted to say thank you to all of those encouraging parents out there, who help their children to explore and grow. I only hope you know how much that support means to the next generation.

Happy Father’s Day :-)

The Shirt off My Back

I kind of love fleur-de-lis.

I think I can trace it back to reading The Once and Future King back in grade school. I just remember reading about Guinevere, pining away for Sir Lancelot and embroidering fleur-de-lis in the lining of the helmet he left behind… <sigh> I loved that story. Still do.

But anyway, my lingering love for this motif led me to want to make the above t-shirt. I used just a few simple tools, not a fancy screen-printing kit or special materials, to make it.

If you’d like to find out  how to make a shirt like this (and/or see the back), please continue reading. Hope you’re all having a nice summer!

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Cake, anyone?

I must admit I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic lately for my Wilton cake decorating classes.

After I graduated college,  I went through pretty much the entire run of Wilton courses at my local Michael’s craft store. I really enjoyed learning all of the techniques and recipes, and my teacher was wonderful. She has had her own cake decorating/wedding planning business for decades, and she was a fantastic teacher. I highly recommend seeking out Wilton classes in your area if you are interested in adding some pizzazz to your celebrations – and I promise that no one paid me to say that. I’ve made tons of special cakes for parties for family and friends since ending the courses, and I have a frighteningly large collection of specially-shaped cake pans now. If you need a 3D octopus or a rubber duck, I’m your girl….

In terms of the cost of the classes, Michael’s craft store had a number of special offers that made the classes cheaper for me (sign up with a friend, get your class for free when you buy the course materials, half-price tuition for the month, etc etc).  I think JoAnn’s craft store has special offers similar to that as well. And even if you can just use a 40 or 50% off coupon to purchase your course materials, the classes and/or the course books are pretty affordable. You’ll learn a lot, and you’ll probably never be satisfied with a store-bought cake again…

And another plus is, the courses are usually once a week for a month or so, and it’s kind of a nice social event where you can meet other like-minded craft-enthusiasts without too much pressure around work or school. But be prepared for weeks of eating practice cakes. I know, it’s tough, but someone’s gotta do it. ;-)

Above is a picture of one of my practice cakes from Wilton course 3, the fondant course. (I tried to crop out most of the kitchen debris that found their way into the background.) If anyone is interested or has any questions about my experiences with the Wilton classes, please leave a comment on this post, and I’ll be happy to talk about it with you.

Happy Summer everyone!


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