Lush Lilacs gatefold card

Another card using Heartfelt Creations materials: the card base and the paper. There are some circle “window dies”, handmade lilacs and a magnet to hold the card closed – fairly flat, so making the envelope for mailing shouldn’t be too hard.

The base was prepared by the Heartfelt Creations people, which is good because I don’t have access to white card stock that measures 18” long! Your magnets go beneath the background paper on the inside and beneath the white lacy circle (and then you can cover this with another thin white circle of paper sans lace).

Here’s the inside

Purple & White Wedding Cake

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted on this site, and I promise, I’m going to do better. It’s not that I haven’t been crafting, I just haven’t been blogging!

One of my more recent projects was my son’s wedding! It was a sad testament to that old adage: if you don’t use it, you lose it!. But we did our best, and remembered a few things along the way.

The first thing: I don’t like working with marshmallow fondant. Say what you will, taste wise I suppose it is superior to traditional fondant, but it doesn’t stretch easily, and you have to roll it too thick for my taste. I believe I’m going to experiment with “Buttercream Fondant” next – it seems like a logical next step, for those who want the beautiful pristine surface of fondant, but don’t want the thick overlay. However, fondant can’t be beat for preserving moisture in a cake when you have to work on it for a couple of days. Also, it allows any wedding cake that needs to be frozen for a year, to come out of the freezer unscathed!

Generally, I tell people that fondant covered cakes are kind of like Easter Eggs; you really don’t want to eat the shell! So peel the fondant off your frosting, and enjoy your cake (you don’t really need all that sugar now, anyway!).

Our grooms cake was designed to resemble a chess game in progress – if you look carefully, the Queen, has taken the King!

A Renaissance Woman?

I got a lovely compliment the other day, when I was told that I was a Renaissance Woman.  She said, you bake and decorate, you are an artist, a mother, even a scientist!  I laughed it off, but after thinking about it for a minute, I realized that there are a lot of things I can do fairly well.  I’m not sure if being a nurse, even a nurse practitioner qualifies me as a scientist, but I think for today, we’ll role with it.

It’s actually not very funny when you realize that society and family demands require us to be “Renaissance Women”.  Think about it, how many different incarnations of you are there?  As for myself, my very minor list of accomplishments includes making my own wedding dress (ok, so it didn’t have seed pearls, but it did have embroidery and lace) all the way up to making my children’s wedding cakes.  I’ve been a life guard, taught swim lessons, acted as swim coach, played secretary for a few years, full time chief cook & bottle washer, La Leche League Leader, Booster Club president, Cake Decorator supreme, a labor & delivery nurse and now I work as a nurse practitioner. In this day and age, it’s almost a requirement that we do it all. I certainly can’t afford to hire someone to do everything that needs to be done, so I have to do it myself, whether that’s painting the front room, planting strawberries, nursing the baby, or helping dress and bathe my elderly, forgetful older relatives.

Time to pat myself on the back and realize all the things I can do well, and try to focus less on my imperfections.