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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Food That Looks Good Enough to Eat

Hello again,
As I mentioned in my first post, I began experimenting with sculpt and bake clay.  The first items I made were the Halloween treats in photos from the last post.  I was in a homey mood so I made a homestyle gingerbread cake with drizzled icing and sprinkles.  Sometimes one thing does lead to another.  I had remodeled a barbie size country kitchen and thought it would be nice to incorporate some food.   It was fun and zero calories!
My daughter loved the cake so much, I had to make a second one for her.  I guess the food was the magic touch for the kitchen.  I sold it a few days later.
I was feeling so good after my first attempts at food.  I decided to check out the web for inspiration from other creative folks.  I remembered a tutorial I had seen about a year ago on miniature food making from The Garden of Imagination.  I spent the next hour watching more of her videos on YouTube.  I would recommend you check her out.   She is so patient and it is cute that her daughter is in the background talking during the videos.  I also came across an artist out of New York.  I believe her name is Ann Marie.  I'll have to check my bookmarks.  She makes some of the most beautiful creations I have ever seen.  I believe she has a store on Etsy as well.  My creative soul was definitely fed by these ladies.  Thank you all for sharing.  With that I began a new set of pastry making.  Again, what was supposed to be about an hour of messing around with clay turned into a quick clean up of the kitchen in a rush to get to school carpool on time.  That same day I received an adorable set of kitchen items I had ordered.  I decided to use a few of the pieces to setup a bakery.  I took some crude photos without the best backdrops.  So I will not be sharing those right now.  However, I wanted to share some pics of the pastries and cakes.  I hope they bring you some inspiration.  I'd love to hear from anyone who has an interest.  Best to you!!!  Have fun and be open to inspiration.  Something small might lead to something never know.
Homestyle iced cakes and pastries

More delicious looking pastries. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Hello to anyone who may have stumbled onto my blog.  They say life is a journey and over the past few months I've been wondering where I was headed.  I stepped off the corporate ladder 10 years ago to become a stay at home mom to my one and only child.  As she has gotten older I have found myself a bit restless wondering what is to come next.  I'm sure many of you can relate, or maybe you cannot.  Anyway, I have always loved textiles, design, repurposing furniture and rearranging my home.  I could spend hours immersed in a textile store or devouring a decor magazine.  Yes, I do love mixing patterns, Tobi Farley is one of my favorite designers.  Her combinations are genius.  To think I used to live in the same town as she does.  Too bad I did not stumble upon her until I no longer lived there.  In addition to these grown up creative pursuits, I have always enjoyed miniatures. My daughter and I had a great time decking out a Playmobil Victorian Mansion with vintage Petite Princess furniture.  I scoured EBay for weeks finding everything miniature that I would love to shrink myself down to size to enjoy.  I can't forget Barbie.  She is another thing I played for hours when I was growing up.  So...this is how we get to where we are now.  One evening I stayed up way past my bedtime surfing the internet.  I discovered many sites devoted to miniatures and Barbie.  I decided to try my hand at making more grown up, fashionable re-do's of Barbie sized furniture and accessories.  I started experimenting with sculpt and bake clay to make edible treats for the dolls and got out my sewing machine to make stylish textiles.  This was so fun.  I found I could not stop once I started.  I would plan to spend about an hour working on something and before I knew it the day was over.  I found myself staying up late and working again early the next morning.  As silly as it sounds, all this playing and creating was exhausting.  I thought it would be a great thing to market on EBay or other internet sales sites like Etsy.  It turns out there are about 5 others who seem to be listing the Barbie size items on EBay.  I have a few listings out there now.  But there are no bidders.  What am I doing wrong?
My vision expanded another step with this blog.  I'm not sure what I will write on each new post.  But, I have to start somewhere.  Hopefully, some other people who like this little hobby will send some comments my way.  I will be sharing photos of my favorite creations.  I'm sure I'll also share some flops too.
Have a great day! Happy creating.
Here are a few photos to start...
Skipper's Retro Tween Room

This Halloween goody table used to be tan with stickers affixed to the top.  I think the new finish works well with the Fall colors.

Halloween treats