Monday, September 28, 2009
This is a cool way to carry a theme in a party and help people remember what cup is theirs.
I just used those paper key tags and you can decorate anyway you want. I just stuck a flower on it and put a little bling in the middle. The cup I just got at the dollar store and the top comes off so it's really easy to put the tags on. Even though we don't drink doesn't mean we can't be fancy too right?
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I am really excited about this discovery... because... well come on it's glitter that I get to wear!
So Sorry you have to look to look at my feet but isn't the polish great!
Get started by painting your nails the color you wish but don't let it dry...
Martha stewart has a great collection of very fine glitter that is the best but any fine glitter works. Sprinkle the matching or complimentary colored glitter.
You don't have to wait to put a top coat right over the glitter and I was surprised that the glitter didn't come off onto the brush... lucky huh?
When you are done you have glittery nails. How girly!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Obviously I need a lot of work, but in my defense I didn't have a rolling pin, so it's a little thick.
Um... word of advice. When adding color to the fondant do it in small batches, it will keep you from getting arthritis. Also the color stains your fingers so my hands are green.
The words spell Nathan if you were wondering. of course I am not talented enough to make all the decorations out of fondant so the letters and stars I just freehand cut and I used fettuccine noodles to hold everything up. ( necessity is the mother of invention). so if you feel like taking a stab at playing with fondant here is the recipe...
16 ounces white mini-marshmallows (use a good quality brand)
2 to 5 tablespoons water
2 pounds icing sugar (please use C&H Cane Powdered Sugar for the best results)
1/2 cup Crisco shortening (you will be digging into it so place in a very easily accessed bowl)
Melt marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave or double boiler: Put the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds, open microwave and stir, back in microwave for 30 seconds more, open microwave and stir again, and continue doing this until melted. It usually takes about 2 1/2 minutes total. Place 3/4 of the powdered sugar on the top of the melted marshmallow mix.
Now grease your hands GENEROUSLY (palms, backs, and in between fingers), then heavily grease the counter you will be using and dump the bowl of marshmallow/sugar mixture in the middle. (By the way, this recipe is also good for your hands. When I’m done, they are baby soft.)
Start kneading like you would bread dough. You will immediately see why you have greased your hands. If you have children in the room they will either laugh at you or look at you with a questioning expression. You might even hear a muttered, “What are you doing?”
Keep kneading, this stuff is sticky at this stage! Add the rest of the powdered sugar and knead some more. Re-grease your hands and counter when the fondant starts sticking. If the mix is tearing easily, it is to dry, so add water (about 1/2 tablespoon at a time and then knead it in). It usually takes me about 8 minutes to get a firm smooth elastic ball so that it will stretch without tearing when you apply it to the cake.
It is best if you can let it sit, double wrapped, overnight (but you can use it right away if there are no tiny bits of dry powdered sugar). If you do see them, you will need to knead and maybe add a few more drops of water.
Prepare the fondant for storing by coating it with a good layer of Crisco shortening, wrap in a plastic-type wrap product and then put it in a re-sealable or Ziploc bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible.MM Fondant will hold very well in the refrigerator for weeks. If I know that I have a cake to decorate, I usually make two (2) batches on a free night during the week so it is ready when I need it. Take advantage of the fact that this fondant can be prepared well in advance.