Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sorry for the radio silence

There's not much exciting going on, but we're dealing with some family stuff that's not so nice.  I lost one of my great uncles two days ago, someone who was very very dear to me.  He would've been 91 in September, and left behind his wife of nearly 67 years.  My heart is broken, but I have no time to recover, because another family member has been losing his battle with heart disease by inches, and my mother flew across the country to be with him for a few days.  Her choice to go now rather than later is one I'm not sure I could make, but it was the right one.  What kills me is that I can't go to be with either side of the family right now, so I'm going to ground.

I don't like to be too much of a downer blogger, so I will continue to prepare for the amazingness that is my brother's wedding, and all the handmade/homemade things that I'll be contributing, document it as best I can, and pop in every once in a while. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

FO Friday

Here it is... with all it's flaws, the first non-fondant buttercream four tiered wedding cake... and it's after the break because J & J want to be surprised when theirs comes :-)  J: If you're reading and you don't want to know, DON'T CLICK.  Everyone else: if you click, keep it to yourself, or I will cut you. ;-) (but seriously, don't give anything away)
This way for cake ---->

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Thunderstormy Tuesday

Gosh, that was a crazy couple of days... After posting on Friday, I finished the cake tiers, cleaned out my fridge and put them in, and set to preparing all my things to put the cake together on Saturday morning.  I was out of bed at 5:45, and at the church hall by 7:20 to get things started.

I learned several things with this first cake adventure:

  1. Making extra gumpaste flowers is important.  Making tenfold extra is unnecessary.
  2. If it looks straight and even at home, check it again.  I had a tier that was shorter than the others.
  3. It only took 45 minutes to assemble and decorate on site.  Even if the cake for Little Bro is more elaborate, it shouldn't take more than two hours, not the three that I had budgeted for.  Efficiency for the win!
  4. Extra buttercream is welcome by everyone:

The day was beautiful, and it was one of the most touching ceremonies I've been to.  I'm waiting to get pics from other attendees, since my camera battery died (FAIL!).  The buttercream pic above is from one of K's friends' facebook pages (thx A!).  Hopefully we'll have a cake summary post soon, although I'm still pretty set on waiting until after my brother's wedding - the cakes will share some elements, and he wants it to be a surprise, and since I don't know who's actively reading at the moment, the cake is under embargo.

And with that, I'm signing off... now that I'm done baking, have cleaned and packed away the pans and supplies, I'm going to do a little bit of sewing and get back to picking up N. from preschool, instead of leaving kid-duty totally to Hubby.  And no more baking.  At least for the next three weeks ;-)

Friday, May 18, 2012

FO Friday!

I need to get back to my buttercream, because this cake is nearly finished, but I have to post about my FO this week:

Pattern: Madli's shawl, from Knitted Lace of Estonia
Needle: US4 knitpicks interchangeable circular
Date Started: July 13, 2011
Date Finished: May 11, 2012
Active knitting time: 40 hours
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silk Thread 2, colorway Rook-y
Mods: two extra reps in width, completed the chart an extra three times to use up all my yarn.

I'm thrilled with the result.  Notes if you're going to attempt this in this/similar yarn:

  1. cast on double with a LARGE needle
  2. give yourself a couple of HOURS to get the grafting row tension right ;-)
  3. blocking wires are your friend

And now I have to get back to that wedding cake (and photograph it when it's done!)

As always, check out Tami's Amis for more amazing FOs :-)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

WiP Wednesday

No knitting... wedding cake baking instead... up to my eyeballs in gumpaste and flour... :-)

As always, check out Tami's Amis for more awesome WiPs :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

FO Friday under the wire

Finished these little guys last night - as a test crocheter for Stacey at FreshStitches, it's always fun to see what she'll come up with.  I've done lots of her patterns, including dinosaurs, a whale, a goat, a monster... This time, it's a little garden set:

A slug...

... and a bug!

There's a third in the set, a little snail complete with shell.  The patterns are scheduled to be released on May 15, so check out if you're interested in super cute stuff...

(I know I sound like a spokesperson, but I'm not - I honestly love doing these little creatures!)

As always, check out Tami's Amis for more FOs!