Here are the events of my weekend.
RJ's Birthday party was on Saturday. I was in charge of making the cake. His party started out as a Spongebob theme but then RJ changed his mind and wanted a Cars birthday. Even though I'd been planning to make this cake for about 2 months now, of course I lagged on getting what I needed to create my masterpiece. After a 2hr drive home Friday night, I picked up D and A (didn't even step in the house for 5 minutes before I was off) and headed off to Michaels Arts and crafts at at around 7pm. Hey, I had 3 50% off coupons and I needed A and D to redeem at the register. Only one coupon per customer. Lame. So a quick trip to Michaels turned out to last a little longer then I was anticipating. Hello, I should have know this, I'm a shop-o-holic and A and D don't help any when they bring me to the clearance section of Michaels. Oh you should see all the ribbon I bought for just $1. Well you'll see one of them when you view the Quirky bags in this post. So anyway, Thankfully D offered to help me make the cake, and of course I accepted. I started at 8pm and D came over about 9pm. We finished what we could finish that night, of the cake, and I went to bed around 1:30am.
Here is a picture of the cake. I frosted the cake and D made the cute sign in the back of the cake. It was a huge hit, everyone loved it. The fresh strawberries in the middle were delicious. Thanks to D's wonderful strawberry cutting skills! I've also included some pictures of other cakes I have made for different occasions throughout the past year, for you to enjoy.
I made this cake last December for my nephews birthday. Everything you see here is edible except for the CD. The Wii remote turned out so good, as It actually looked REAL!! Thank you to whomever invented edible markers. You ROCK!! The actual Wii cake was almost a disaster to make. Cake is not meant to stand up on it's side like that, as you can tell it's leaning. I don't know how I got that to work out as well as it did. My little version of Christopher turned out amazing too. Who would have thunk that I could sculpt fondant. It looks just like him believe it or not. Especially the spiky hair. See how he is holding a mini Wii remote. I loved making this cake!
Hurry, Hurry step right up!! The evil clown cake. Yes I remember this one. One of my first cakes. I had to make it for my Wilton Cake class. The theme was learning how to make those ugly rainbow clowns. I didn't want to just put the clowns on a boring sheet cake, so I made this circus tent. You can't see it but I actually made a lake on the top of this cake. I used blue food coloring and piping gel. It looked just like water, wet and everything. I also used brown sugar around the water to make it look like a beach. This is right behind the clown on the right side of the cake. I searched high and low for a small train set, as I was going to make train tracks around the bottom of the cake, and it just didn't happen. What horrible piping I did on this cake. You can tell it's one of my first cakes.
I made this for a friend of mines coworker. One of the first cakes I actually sold. I totally free handed Spongebob. I couldn't believe how great this cake came out and I just slapped it together. You can tell I free handed Spongebob, just look at his hands, he has no fingers. I love what the confetti blower things did for the cake. I think they actually made the cake. You can't really tell but there are Jelly fish all along the borders of this cake. They were one happy customer. I think my Carebear cake, that I made, not shown here, came out a lot better.
This cake was my 1st experience using fondant. I think I made the fondant too think, but it turned out okay. Fondant tastes nasty, so I don't recommend anyone making a fondant cake that they are actually going to eat. They look pretty, but this is a cake, it's supposed to taste as good as it looks.
Finally, I made this cake for the fun of it. The BF loves fish and we had a salt water tank at the time so this was fitting. It was so easy to star pipe this cake. How cute is this? Do you like how I have the background of the cake looking like real water. Oh I love this cake.
So those are a few of my cakes. I have so many I could show you, but not enough time to keep this post going. I must move on to the rest of my weekend.
So in between the cake cooking and cooling, I also showed D how to sew. I gave her the sewing machine that was posted in a previous post of mine as I had just broken down and bought a new one. These are the creations I made that night, I was up till 1:30 am sewing that purse. How cute did the little bag D made come out?
How cute is this? It's a little bright and crazy, but the ribbon was only $1 for an entire roll and the fabric was $1.50 for an entire yard. I have cuter bags coming, these are just my practice bags.
I also made these two Friday night along with the purse and the cake. I told you I was a busy girl. Come to think of it, I don't have a picture of the one D made. I remember because the ribbon she used was different then what you see here. Dang. Sorry about that!! She did a great job though!!
Saturday morning I was up at 6am and drove 2hrs to pick up my son from his Dad's. I was exhausted from Friday nights cake making and sewing adventure. My back and knees where hurting and not to mention it was going to be about 100 degrees with not 1 but 2 birthday parties to attend. Thankfully the birthday parties were both across the street from house. They were both water parties too. It made it really easy to walk back and forth between the two parties. This morning all the guys were over at 9:30am for their fantasy football draft. Me, I had to hurry up and finish the cake (needed to add the grass, frost some cupcakes and put on D's sign). I also had to go with D to buy not 1 but 2 birthday presents all before 1pm. D and I went in on an indoor trampoline for RJ. Yeah that was a fun gift to wrap. It was a crazy day, running around and 100 degree does not sit well with me. I felt tired and bloated and sweaty all day long. My relief came when my sister requested that my son slumber party with her two boys that night. I ended up at D's house while the BF was at a comedy show (Cheech and Chong) and her husband A was at a card room. A nice little Girl time was a great ending to two long days. I didn't get to bed till after 11am and was up at 9:15 Sunday morning. I guess that counts as sleeping in?
Sunday morning I felt like crap and was still overly tired from all the running around I had been doing the past 2 days. Emotionally and physically burnt out. I had to get some work done for my second job. I had been putting it off but needed to complete it all before Monday morning. I spent 3hrs working all while hearing my son complain that I wasn't giving him enough attention. Sorry I have to work 2 jobs just to pay the bills and sometimes that's not even enough, plus my other obligations. The topper to my weekend was taking my son to his Dad's house at 9:15pm and not getting home till after 11pm (yes the drive is 2hrs round trip and he meets me in the middle). Then I had to get up this morning at 5am to drive to work. Lucky me!
Right now I'm here in body, but certainly not in mind.
Have I lost you all yet? Are you my readers falling asleep and yawning saying, well Lisa this is the real world, you should live a day in my shoes? I say to each his own man.
I have so many blogs to catch up on and comments to reply to, that my brain hurts a bit just thinking about it. I'm looking forward to getting a good laugh or creative spark though. So here are the 3 awards I've won since the weekend.
Thank you to Vicki over at Frugal Mom knows best for giving me this award. Wow I just noticed she's given me two awards. Thank You!! That makes 4 awards this weekend. I feel blessed and saddened that I didn't get a chance to comment on anyone's blog since Thursday. I'm sorry. Anyway she has an awesome blog. You really should visit her, if you haven't already.
Last but certainly not least, my 4th and final award is from Yonca over at Yonca is cooking. Thank you for this award. I really try hard to make sure I visit all of my favorite sites everyday, while still working 2 jobs and visiting new sites each and everyday. I'm a busy girl, I know!!
So some good news before I end this long and drawn out post. Damn it Lisa, end this already will you? The good thing is, my Blackberry hasn't been vibrating in over a month. It sucks royally because I never know if someone has sent me a text message unless I check my phone.Well how is that good, you ask? Well, Since I'm not even a year into my contract and I didn't buy the insurance I totally thought I was going to have to buy a new phone. So I went into the T-mobile store on Sunday ready to spend $250 on a phone I didn't even like, but it was the cheapest they had only to find out my phones still under the manufactures warranty. Yay me!! So Blackberry is sending me a new phone! Well a refurbished phone, but who cares, I just saved $250. I should receive it in 7 to 10 days. So that was refreshing, even though I was at the T-mobile store for 2hrs on Sunday.
So that was my crazy weekend to which I still have not recovered from. Those are just the major events, of course, if it doesn't seem hectic to you then well I don't care. It was for me. =)
Longing for some real sleep and the heat to just go away! Bring on the rain!