Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Project(s) of the last couple of weeks! Graphics, Cakes and more!

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But anyways, back to the real purpose of this blog!! I have been a busy girl lately! I have worked on several projects that I have to share with you.  I mentioned a couple of them in a previous blog, but at the time they weren't complete.

One was my dining room. It was a boring white color. I went to my brother's new house and saw the beautiful green color of their living room wall, and I HAD to have it! I knew it would be perfect in my dining room! So after hours of painting, repainting, running out of paint and borrowing paint (Thank you, Katherine!), I finally finished the room! And I was right... the color was PERFECT!

Will, Jack and Kitti helping!
Before picture...
Not our furniture. This is how it looked when
we were first looking at the house.



I love the view of the pond!

The other project I mentioned before was a graphic for my friend Andrea's blog. She told me she wanted a picture of a frying pan with the handle morphing into a ball of yarn! And that's what I gave her!

Check her blog out at creativecakesandcrochet.blogspot.com! She has posted some really cool projects up there! Especially her wreath! I think we are going to get together soon for a craft night to make Fall wreaths! :)

Last week I decided after much debate to enter a t-shirt contest. The market across the road from my building was hosting the contest. The theme was Eat Fresh, Eat Local so the t-shirt needed to represent Louisiana fruits and/or veggies and/or seafood, etc. I first visioned a fleur de lis.... okay... Let me stop here to say that I don't like the fleur de lis... they are EVERYWHERE. Everything has a fleur de lis on it... I'm kind of sick of it. But I understand that a lot of people like it so I don't mind using it in my designs. Anyways, I first envisioned a fleur de lis made up of lot of fruits and veggies. But I never did it because I knew I would want to draw out all the fruits and veggies and that would take more effort than I was willing to do at the time. So I decided to take the idea to another level....

I used the fleur de lis to represent a fruit or veggie on a fork. On the inside of the fleur de lis, I listed many types of Louisiana fruits and veggies. I have no idea when the winner of the contest will be announcced. I won't be too sad if I don't win. I came up with the design a day before it was due! I felt like I needed to enter something since I go to the market all the time! And the award is $50 to spend at the market... mmmmm... $50 worth of pumpkin muffins and chicken salad!! :) I will let y'all know the results!

This past Thursday was my last cake design class. We learned how to write with icing and how to make roses with icing.  Then we got to decorate our final cakes however we liked! Since I was bringing the cake to work the next day, I picked a themed that tends to work for everyone.... LSU!

I am proud of the way my cake turned out, and I really feel that I learned a lot in class... but I still have a lot to go! I have two more cake classes to take, the Flowers and Cake Design class and the Gum Paste and Fondant class! I start the Gum Paste and Fondant Class next week!

I have also been cooking a bunch of yummy things the past couple of days that I would like to share with you! My mom gave us a frozen turkey she had so on Sunday I decided to cook it for the week! I cooked it in an oven bag. It came out delicious! You can find the recipe here.

It was very pretty!

The next night I decided to take some of the leftover turkey and make a gumbo. OMG it came out so GOOD! I owe my mom for that one. She taught me!

Nothing makes me happier than the smell of a fresh roux!
My favorite smell on Earth!!

I also made some fresh bread this weekend. It is a recipe my friend Jane gave to me. They bread went so well with the gumbo... Good dippin' bread! YUM! I will need to get that recipe up here soon!

Lastly I just wanted to share some art I bought for my kitchen at an Arts and Crafts Festival this past weekend! 

Those are all my projects the last couple of weeks! I hope to work on my crawfish painting this week if I get the time! Leave comments, and don't forget to sign up for my ornament giveaway!



I totally wanted to get that pumpkin that is on your table...I am hoping to get it when it goes on sale!

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