Monday, September 19, 2011

New ribbon rack!!!!!!

Yup! I have a new ribbon rack! ?This really beats using dowel sticks - which I found to be very inefficient. I wish I could remember the person's blog where I got the idea for my new ribbon rack. Her's was on a much smaller scale; and she shared on her blog the instructions her husband used to make the rack. Anyway, I'm still organizing, and obviously I barely have enough space for all my ribbon, lol, but I will have it (eventually) how I want it. Right now it's organized according to holidays/seasons, themes, and color. BUT, I have duplicate rolls so I have to find and remove those and put them on the top shelf. So with no further adieu:

ok, that was my nutty DH. I was trying to get a pic of the sections before he brought them upstairs but he jumped in front of the camera just as I was taking it. There were four parts to the rack, left, right, bottom, top. That's because there is a chair rail and we had to work around that. The four parts is so the entire unit was not too heavy. So here it is, for real this time!:

All that's left is adhering the 3 inch rhinestones all the way around the black border!

Oh, on the front of the shelves on the ribbon rack is molding strip. That is what creates a gutter so the ribbon rolls stay in place. :-). that was part of the original instructions on that crafter's blog (who's name I can't remember).


Sunday, September 18, 2011

My Princess Castle Cake

Ok, I know I've been incognito lately. It has been busy BUSY BUSY around the house ever since we returned from vacation. Anyway, it's starting to calm down a bit and I think I may actually get back to "work" now on scrapping (yay!).

However, today DH's son and family came over for a little birthday celebration for one of the grandkids. DH, knowing how resourceful I am (and that I worked in a bakery for 8 years with training in cake decoration) asked me to make a princess castle cake. He didn't know I had a saved video of one; I think he was expecting me to use my Cricut Cake Machine (nope!).

Anyway, I think it was someone from the frugal group who posted a link to a video on how to make a princess castel cake. I saved that link and made the cake. I wanted to show you all how easy it was to make. Here is the original video: The photo of the cake I made is below.

I also had time to make a few pennants for the towers. Those are S's on the pennants, not 5's. The birthday girl's name begins with an S. Unfortunately, the alphabet die I used, the s looks a little like a 5. BTW, the birthday girl ate the "tower" (the cake, not the ice cream cone).

Also, here is a little tip: If you are icing a cake it's better to freeze the layers before you frost them. If you need to level the layers you can still do that even if it's frozen. If you ice a frozen cake you will not get cake crumbs all over your icing. Therefore, I didn't have to take some of the steps shown in the video since I was armed with a little bit of cake decorating knowledge and I worked quickly so my layers remained frozen while I was icing the cake :-). So, yes, bake, cool a little, remove from pan, cool some more, wrap in saran wrap, and freeze.

Ok, tomorrow I *PROMISE* you another GREAT surprise!