Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sugar art

My dog and me!
Originally uploaded by extra icing - Aine2

How adorable is this ?? And guess who is going to attend a workshop and learn how to make it ?? Me !!! Now, I don't know that this is a design I'd ever use, but taking the class will certainly teach me how to make animals and people. I couldn't be more excited about this ! Lorraine McKay will be in Houston April 5th, 6th and 7th doing workshops. Lorraine McKay is one of the top sugar artists in the world !!! Well, I don't know about the whole world, but she's super popular. You can check out her other work at . From there, you can see her work at her website, her myspace, Flickr, etc, etc.....I'll post pictures once I take the class. I'm WAY excited to get to do this !!!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Jonas Brothers

They are a phenomenon...and this morning I tried signing in over and over as a fan club member to purchase tickets to their August show. No such luck. I kept getting kicked off the site. I tried for 2 hours. It's insane. What's even more insane is that the scalpers have plenty of tickets. the best seats which were about $90, will now be sold by scalpers and tickets companies for a mere $2,500 per ticket !!!! I think this is so wrong.....Are people really paying this ? Especially with the times like they are ???

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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Originally uploaded by amberdawn82777

Emma's practice cake..

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Well, here it is.....and it's FAR from perfect !! I've never tried to cover a cake with fondant and it's not as easy as I thought it would be. I thnk I rolled it out too thin and it ended up tearing ?? Maybe, but I'm not sure. Next time, I'd like to make the stars smaller and the ball bigger. Plus, I need to add a third ball to the top of each white stripe and I need to add a red ball to the bottom trim. I'll add a couple more pictures from flickr so you all can see my first try !!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hello Kitty !

If you know me, you know I love makeup. I'd love to do makeup professionally, mostly so I could play in it all day ! Some of my favorite makeup is MAC, and they always have something cool to purchase. Currently, it's Hello Kitty. How cute is this stuff ?!!

A blinged out powder compact
A plush toy....Emma would love this

A super cute tube of lipstick

Hello Kitty has gotten so popular, but it's easy to see why !

Look what I can do ! (as said by Stuart)

Originally uploaded by amberdawn82777
By no means am I some sugar artist, but I think these little daisies turned out pretty decent for my first time ! They are made out of gumpaste. I've never worked with the stuff, but since I need LOTS of practice, I figured I better get after it. I don't know how I ended up with baby shower looking daisies, but I did. We are having dinner guests this weekend and I think I'll whip something up to put these flowers on !

Monday, March 9, 2009

Circus time !

Well, not quite, but it is right around the corner ! By "it", I mean Emma's birthday and this year it's going to be a circus ! Literally ! No, seriously, you haven't been around some of her friends.....

Actually, she wanted to have a circus themed party this year and I'm SUPER excited !! Entertaining, it's what we love to do and since birthdays only come once a year, it's my favorite party to plan for. I plan ahead. Way ahead. The party isn't until the end of April, but the planning started weeks ago. We've lined up Jewels the clown to do awesome face paint and balloon animals. I hope she'll paint mine too ! Emma decided she wanted to have corn dogs and nachos which is really easy. I'm on the hunt for corn dog wrappers. You know, like the paper ones they have at Sonic ? Mmmmmm, canned cheese for the nachos....I can't wait. Mom hates canned cheese. I'm also on a hunt for some "circus" candy to give as favors. I've found plenty of what I'm looking for, but sadly, they show up on different sites and I'd like to place one order.

Cotton Candy ! The yummy pink fluffy stuff. It's a must have at a circus and I could literally eat my weight in it !
Marshmallow Ice Cream Cones ! Now, this picture does not represent the ones I'm actually looking for, but it's close. When I was a kid, my sister and I used to love going to the store for these. They had a somewhat real ice cream cone bottom and a marshmallow ice cream top, but the best part was the marshmallow. It was so chewy and thick. Not fluffy like most marshmallows, but that was the best part ! Which by the sister and I have a rule on how to eat marshmallow Peeps. First, you cut a slit in the cellophane wrapper. Then, you let them sit out for about a week with a little air exposure. Once you've done that, they are perfect for consuming. Chewy and dried out. Yes, we are weird.

And finally, Circus Peanuts ! I'm looking to get either individually wrapped peanuts, or small serving bags. Do you remember eating these banana flavored things ? This is not the candy I'm most excited about, but it IS a circus party, so it's only fitting !

This year I'm doing a small cake for Emma and cupcakes for everyone else. That's the plan anyways. I'm going to attempt to make the cake and I'll be working on a practice cake soon. That way, if I bomb, I can still order her a small cake from my tried and trust bakery. Maybe I'm a little whacko when it comes to party planning, but like I said, it only comes once a year, and it's what we love to do !!!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Church events

This will be a busy week at First Baptist Church in Crosby!

March 2-4, 2009
Spring Sensation
Jeff Johnson and Drew Worsham
Music and Illusions
It will be a blast !

March 6, 2009
Ladies Skitacular !
The Skitzy Chicks performing "It's Tough Being A Woman"
One night only of dinner, fellowship and comedy.

If you have questions, and are interested in either event, please contact me, or check out


Last night our church started the Fireproof bible study. We watched the movie last night and will begin the lessons next week. I thought the movie was really good. Much better than I expected actually, and despite some of the acting, it was a very emotional movie. I'm looking forward to the bible study and regardless of where you stand in your current relationship, I think everyone should do this study. I think we too often take each other for granted and then we start just "going through the motions" and relationships get stale. That's when the problems can really start. I think that most of the lessons in the movie can be applied to all our relationships, as well. We need to be nicer to people. We need to love people more for who they are and not what we think they should be. It's hard sometimes not to judge people, and I'm guilty of judging as much as the next person, but I don't know of anyone that has any room to point the finger at someone else. If you haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend it, and get a box of Kleenex, because you'll need it !