Cake Class

For the last four weeks, I’ve been taking Wilton’s Basic Cake decorating classes at Michaels. so.much.fun.

I’ve always always loved baking – I’m the first to offer to bring the cake/dessert to any gathering or party. Not to toot my own horm, but I think I’m pretty good at it! I love experimenting with new flavors and recipes, and taking recipes and making them my own! I’ve dabbled a bit in amature decorating – but it was always just kind of a trial be error process for me and I attempted to figure out which icing tips did what – and the right ratios for my frosting.

The cake class presented itself at the perfect time – it was heavily discounted, and started the weekend after I was looking into it! So – setting my anxiety aside, I signed up to take the class solo.

Our first week – we learned a lot about baking and icing recipies. Then we took our premade purchased Wilton Frosting and practiced using a star tip on cookies. The next week was dimensional cake frosting! I walked away with this cute little cake:

In week 3 we brought cupcakes – we practiced filling them and learned shaggy mums and a few other flowers. We also learned how to do the pretty cupcake swirl top. I forgot to take pictures last week 😦

This last weekend was our FINAL class! We had to come to class with our cake ready to decorate, so fully stacked and frosted. We learned how to do writing and basic roses. After lots of {frustrating} practicing of roses – we were ready to create our cakes! It was pretty much open to whatever you wanted to decorate. I wanted to incorporate as many methods that we learned as possible, so I did writing, roses, leaves, and a border with dot work above it!

I was really happy with how it tunred out! My writing was all the same size and on the same plane- with no spelling erros! … my roses transfered from their wax paper prep sheet to the cake without breaking or dropping…. pretty good for a first timer!

I’m sad this was the last class of the session – butter cream is a lot of fun for me, and I like sharing the results of my class 🙂  The next sessions on the block include flowers, fondant, and gumpaste {oh my!}. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until later in the summer to take them since our schedule is getting pretty full with upcoming wedding activities (8 weeks!! eek!!)

I’m excited to keep practicing all my new techniques on my own – I just have to find more excuses for cake!!

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…and now I can find them all in one place without having to remember which computer I saved the image on, or which computer I marked it as a favorite on, or what blog I was reading about it on. I simply catalog my image under one of my categories. Then while browsing the loveliness I saved, click an image to go back to the website I found it on. Not only that, I can browse everyone else’s favorite images and find where they found them!! I know it sounds like HEAVEN….but now…Heaven really is a place on earth and that place is called…



Pinterest!! You Pin your Interest 🙂  So CUTE, So CLEVER!!

Here’s a shot of what I see when I log in…

 

This is a few of my pins and then some pins of other peoples boards that I’m following. I LOVE it!! I swoooon every time I log in – there are so many gorgeous images to browse and save – and you can always link back to wherever the image came from! So it’s a great way to discover new blogs or stores!!

Right now you have to request to join and you get put on a waiting list. I signed up a few weeks ago, and my wait for an invitation was only a week. I’m a huge fan, have I said that? If you do join – you should find me a follow me 🙂

Here’s the link directly to my boards: http://pinterest.com/marinren/ Don’t judge- they’re still a bit empty…but I’m finding new lovlies daily! If you join – comment back with your user name so I can follow you too!! Happy Pinning!!

My Week~

Sorry for a lack of posts – it’s been busy…and getting busier!! 90 days to the BIG day!!

 

eating: too much cheese, too many peanut m&ms
drinking: smoothies! I think the sun coming out made me jump into summer mode – love me some smoothies!
watching: some bones – some nip/tuck
listening to: radio mostly
reading: nothing at the moment – waiting for my new books to come in the mail!
exercising: yesss! Just got home from turbo kickboxing – great sweat
doing: Lots and lots of wedding crafts!!!

Words to live by today:You Can

Lessons learned: If you’re going back and forth on something – just do it, you’ll be happy you did 🙂

 

My Week

My dear friend, and soon to officially be family, Marcelina has a blog of her own that I follow. On her blog, Country Cosmo, she writes about everything from her garden, to her singing life, to work, to recipes. One thing she’s done is a little weekly break down. So, taking a cue from her…here’s my week:

eating: extras! extra fruit, extra veggies
drinking: NO coffee, lots of fun new tea flavors
watching: Oprah, for some reason – it’s been an Oprah week
listening to: Shuffle – the ipod is so outdated, I can’t even describe to you what “random” means right now.
reading: JUST finished The Art of Racing in the Rain – looking for a new book to start!
exercising: Yes! Two “runs” this week!
doing: sleeping. Been going to bed early to try and catch up.

Words to live by today: just breathe

Lessons learned: You cannot control everything all the time. Take a deep breath and move on to something else.

 

Challenge: GO TEAM!

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired. I keep coming to my blog dashboard and staring and that blinking cursor with nothing to say. I’ve picked up and started about 14 projects in the last month that are all sitting together unfinished and lonely.

Anyone feeling the same?! Maybe it’s these lingering grey skies. Maybe it’s that the “holiday rush” is over and I’m now left to my own knitting devices. Either way, I’m thinking I need a little spice this week…So, I’m posing a challenge!

My Challenge to you and your creativity this week is GO TEAM! I’m going to leave this loose and open to however you want to interpret this. AND open to any craft! (knitting, drawing, photography, glass, jewelry, WHATEVER!)

So…send me a picture of your project this week matching the theme “GO TEAM!” Send them to my by Friday at: Marin@MarinMade.com . I will post them to my blog this weekend, along with my project!!

HAPPY CRAFTING!

Coffee Cozie Pattern!! Now for sale!

I’m so excited about pattern writing lately!!

I’ve just finished and listed my second Marin Made pattern….the Crochet Coffee Cozie!

Pick up yours today!  Click HERE for the listing!

Crocheting your own coffee cozie, or picking up a pre-made one in my Etsy Shop, is a GREAT way to do your part daily in a fight to reduce unnecessary waste!! Replace that cardboard sleeve on your morning coffee with one of these. They’re WAY cuter than the plain cardboard and you’re doing your part to save a tree!

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