Friday, July 29, 2011

Your Thoughts Would Be Appreciated




What do you think?

I made this today, and am thinking about having it be my "logo" for my cake business.

I printed it out and mod-podged it to a cake box for the mother of a former student. She ordered two dozen cupcakes, and the box manufacturer had their logo (and the price of the box! Tacky.) on the box, so I originally printed a small one to cover that on the bottom. But then I thought, "Why not go all the way with this?" and printed out a large one and mod-podged it to the top of the box. It looks very professional and clean, and I'm quite happy with this method.

I just need opinions on the colors/fonts/shapes.

So... WHAT DO YOU THINK??? ;)

P.S. I do not live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Nor is that my phone number. So instead of calling me with your opinions, you can just leave a comment!


I Could Stand a Few More Days Like This

Don'tcha just love days when you give the kids a bath before leaving the house, and then go only one place where they sit the whole time, so they're not at all dirty when it's bedtime?

And don'tcha just love when the dentist cleans their teeth, and paints fluoride on them, and tells you not to brush their teeth before bedtime?

And don'tcha just love when, on the way home you're trying to come up with what you're going to cook for dinner, you remember you made stuffed shells last week and froze a fully cooked, from-scratch meal, all ready to go into the oven without the least effort at all from you?

Yeah.

Me, too.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Jakob's Cake


My little cousin Jakob's fourth birthday party was rolled in with the big Independence Day celebration our family had over the weekend.


His mom asked if I would make a purple guitar-shaped cake.


The cake was too big to keep cold (super firm and solid) so I had some shifting/sagging issues with the fondant.

I wanted to try airbrushing some silver flames to break up all the purple.


I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAKOB! I HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR CAKE!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sunday's Festivities... Part 2 of Our Busy Weekend

After Saturday's big family party, we had to head home so I could finish the next cake on my radar.


It was for these adorable twin girls...


That this kid says he's going to marry someday. Side note: ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHH! He's my four year-old Baby Love! He CAN. NOT. be talking about who he wants to marry already!


Grumplestiltskin didn't want me to take his picture... but then, he never does.


Rick and Emily are adorable! Well. Emily is, anyway. ;)


That's their oldest son, Zach. He was trying to be obnoxious behind their sweet moment.


4/7 of our combined children played on the trampoline, with the sprinkler going,


While these two goobers tried to hotwire the Gator and find a real party. One that didn't include their lame parents. Because parents are like, soooooooo for babies.


Two words: Raspberry. Margarita.

Two more words: My. BFF.


These twerps had to make do with juice boxes. They were okay with that. Not that it would have changed things if they weren't okay with that.


He's the strong, silent type. Except when he's giving me grief.


And he wasn't exactly silent when Rick took an exaggerated sip of Emily's margarita. I belive the name, "Sally," was mentioned a time or twelve.


Oh. My. Good. NESS. My heart cannot take so much squishy, adorable baby cuteness in one place. I do believe this picture will be finding its way into a frame. But then I say that about most pictures of this sweet little face. And I have yet to frame any of them. BAD MOMMY!


Ummmm... Will? Sweetie?


With these three on the loose, you might want to get up.


Yeah. Before THAT happens. Sorry. I tried to warn you.

Oh! That's right! I'm writing this two days later.

So you probably didn't hear me, huh?




My boys investigated the playhouse...


While the girls jumped on the slip'n'slide.


She's. So. CUTE.
 

Wow, Christian! You got some air!


All the kids dried off, got dressed, and came inside for cake.


The candles just HAD to be placed in the exact right spot.


Zach got such a kick out of lighting the candles with the flexible lighter.


With each candle he lit, he had to twist the lighter into a new position.


Will and Christian, patiently waiting for all the candles to be lit, so they could sing "Happy Birthday," and get some CAKE!


The girls were patiently waiting for the same thing.


And now it's time: "Happy Birthday Maddie & Jessie!!!"


They got 'em!


And cake for us all.


They look fairly happy with it.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Such a Busy, Busy Weekend

And it all started with a little boy's birthday party/family reunion/4th of July celebration.

I made the cake... which was supposed to be a purple guitar. I decided to add some silver airbrushed flames. I really like how it turned out.

My sweet sister-in-law brought my precious niece down for her first visit... and then left as soon as we got there! The. Nerve. ;) It was suuuuuuuuuuper hot out there, and the baby really needed to cool off. They came back later, though, so you'll have a little more eye candy at the end of this EPIC post.
My parents came... and were so happy to see Chubby Dubby.
 He was quite happy to see them, too! He's been asking about them a lot, and he got his fix on Saturday.
Poor Chubs has a black eye, and a small cut on his cheekbone. Apparently he had a run-in with some furniture at my in-laws' house.
But it didn't stop him from getting in the lake! Nothing did, actually. That kid swam all. day. long. Six hours, to be exact!
 This kid did, too. They had a blast! Played. And played. And played.
Here is the birthday boy's momma, Misty, and baby brother, Austin. Misty even did her toes red, white and blue! They were adorable!
 And Hubs, annoyed that I interrupted his conversation with Granny, to get a picture.

 Cullen thought he needed to hijack this kayak... but he wasn't brave enough to actually get in!
 So he just dragged it around my aunt's cove.
LOVE this picture. This is Hubs, with Chubs, and Granny. Maybe we should call her Grubs. So it rhymes. But that's not really flattering, or accurate, so maybe we'll just stick with Granny.
My dad got Cullen a little canned drink from the cooler, which he then carried around the whole day, unopened, and sucked the condensation from. Approximately 28 people asked him if he needed his drink opened, but he was adamant that it remain sealed. He was content with ice chips and water droplets, I guess. And an apple. He carried that around, too.

Weirdo.

THERE'S THAT BIRTHDAY BOY! Aunt Laura cut up a watermelon, and kids came from all over to get a piece.  Or three. It was my first watermelon of the summer, and it was goooooooooood.
Cullen temporarily exchanged his (unopened) drink for a slice of watermelon. He even swam around with his drink/apple combo, and his watermelon/apple combo.

Weirdo.
Hubs thought he would spit seeds at us... and one hit its mark. Actually, two. There's another one stuck to his chubby little back.
Aunt Laura had the cutest koozies made up for the party! Chubby wasn't very far from one of these all day.
 Hubs, visiting with Aunt Roxie and Uncle Wade.
 Aunt Laura, giving her hot grandbaby something coooooooold to drink. I. LOVE. his. hair.
 Cullen and Jakob trying to hijack another kayak, but unwilling to put their drinks/snacks down to do so.
 Chubs almost got away with this one!
 But he got kicked out before Cullen could push him out in the middle of the lake and abandon him.
My dad thought a cow (on the other side of the lake) was in the water... so I put on my big lens to find out. Sure enough, it was! It. was. HOT.
 Whatcha getting a picture of, Misty?
 Ah. I see. I'd say that's pretty camera-worthy.

 Cara and Cavan were sooooooo cute!
 They were working together to get that chair into the water.
 Which they did.
 Momma Corri and Grandpa Wade are watching the little cuties.

 My goodness, but they had fun on this.
 Once Cavan went down the first time, he was HOOKED.
 Uncle Wade was so sweet and helped him up again each time.
 My turn!
 On the belly this time!
 Ummmm... Uncle Wade? MY BABY IS HEAD-FIRST IN THE WATER!
But he came up laughing, and Uncle Wade grabbed him up quick! I think Cavvie slid down another 1,583 times.
 Beach baby.
 Christian is showing her Daddy the prize she won in the Candyland game.
I don't want to watch him!
 And then protesting chasing her baby brother back out to the water trampoline/slide thingy.
 Once she got up there with him, she had fun.

 She is such an amazing big stister.

 He slid down...
 And she started jumping...
 As he ran for the ladder. Again.
 Grandma watched it all, and relaxed under the trees.
 So did Grandpa.
Aunt Laura didn't get to relax much. She spent most of the day running around, making sure everybody had what they needed. And taking, are you ready for this? Over 1,100 pictures. She did a phenomenal job, too! I took 170, and I thought that was alot!
 Drink up, Dad! It's hoooooooot out here!
This is my adorable niece, Harper. She's two months old, but she came waaaaaaaaay too early. Since Dad LOVES tiny babies, he held her for a while.
I don't think she even knew we were there! She was quite content, sitting in the papasan chair my dad's lap made!
I just love this picture of Uncle Deano. He belongs to Aunt Laura, and spent most of his day at the barbecue pit.
I know I keep bragging on my photography skillz... but here I go again! I love this picture of my father-in-law. It's how I picture him (without the new mustache, though!) in my mind when I think of him.
Once Uncle Rick and Aunt Kelsey got back to the party, Christian wouldn't quit jumping on his back! She told me she really wanted him to get wet!
 Sweet baby Austin's first birthday is coming up next!
 Kelsey and Rick cooled off... a little... in the lake...
 While my nephew, Harrison, played close by.
I (only!) uploaded about a third of the pictures I took. You're welcome. Blogger's being a jerk right now, and won't let me upload a picture of Jakob's cake. Maybe I'll get around to that tomorrow. Or next week. Whatever.

Since I'm here,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!!!