Monday, June 29, 2009

Strawberry Cupcakes and Rent

I decorated the strawberry cupcakes the other day. Sorry I have had a delay on posting. They turned out pretty cute. I frosted them with my favorite dark chocolate frosting and then added cute little strawberries and flowers from marshmallow fondant.

On another note, I went to see RENT in Portland yesterday with my sister. It was so much fun! I had only seen the movie before so I was pretty excited to see the stage show. Plus, as an added bonus Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, two of the original cast members, were in it! We were towards the back of the auditorium, but we could still see the stage pretty well. I am just so happy that I finally got to see it! If you have not seen it, you really should. It is an amazing show with a great story.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Strawberries galore!

I recently got a lot of strawberries from Joe's grandma. They have a garden plot and had a lot of strawberries. The other day I made strawberry muffins...they didn't turn out the greatest, but they are still tasty! I also, took some of the berries and made strawberry sauce and stuck it in the freezer for later.

Today I was in the mood to bake, so I made my favorite cupcake recipe. Strawberry cupcakes. They are always delicious! I didn't take any pictures yet and I am going to decorate them tomorrow because I wasn't feeling well earlier. I have some left over fondant from the radio cake, so I am going to use it up on these cupcakes. Can't wait to see what I come up with!

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Short post today. I did do some sewing today...just a small pillow case for Joe's grandma. Something she asked me to do for her. I feel really motivated to do some sewing and creating...but I realize I am lacking the creativity. When I just want to make things for the sake of making them I just sit there looking at my fabric and my supplies. But when I go to make something for someone else or for myself, that is when I get creative. I'm not sure what that is all about...but it is frustrating. I need to work on that and hopefully I can get some stuff going so I have something to write about.

Thats all for today...just needed to vent about that. :-)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Radio Cake

This has got to be my favorite cake I have made so far. It turned out very cute (not what I visualized) even after some headaches (and tears).

I made it to look like an old fashioned radio for my fiance's grandfather. He used to be a radio personality so I thought it would be something neat for his 80th birthday. I even painted the number of the station he worked for (AM 580) so the radio could be tuned in to that station.

The cake is white sponge cake with dark chocolate frosting between the layers. I covered the cake in strawberry preserves and then marshmallow fondant. I painted on the wood grain with food coloring. All the decorations and hand cut letters are marshmallow fondant. It got a little sloppy in places...I need to work on being a bit neater to keep the cake board looking nicer. But all in all I am happy on how it turned out and so was everyone else.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A little bit about me

My first post was just what I want to try to accomplish with this blog. Now I will let you know a little bit about me and more what I want to do.

My name is Rachel. I live with my amazing fiance Joe in beautiful Washington state. I was hoping to get my own creative business started when I moved out here...a year ago. Obviously I did not accomplish that yet. I currently work in retail...more specifically, in a mall. I am not a mall person...large, chain store, corporate sort of person either. My preferred place to shop is the amazing downtown where we live. I like the unique shops that sell more one of a kind and unique items you can't find at the malls. I also like to shop online for handmade and vintage items. I like the idea of making things from vintage and new items, to make one of a kind items. My goal is to have an online shop so that I can work from home so eventually when I have children I can stay home with them, but still do what I love and provide some income.

Like I mentioned in the first post, I like to do it all! I can't decide on just one type of thing I want to make or just one type of medium. I like to make kids and baby things like softies, blankets, clothes, etc. Also, I enjoy making purses (like the one in my first post). But I also enjoy baking and cake decorating.

So unlike most of the creative blogs out there that are focused either on crafting or baking/cake decorating. Mine will have to be both.

I hope this helps me and I hope I can meet some amazing people on here. I need some more people who share my love of creativity...and who can hopefully help motivate me and help my focus so I can get my creative career up and going.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

First Post

I love reading the crafty and cakey now it is my turn!

I don't know how well I will keep this up...but I shall try. I need to get my craftiness going and I feel that if I keep a blog it may motivate me to do so. I want to get my Etsy shop up and going, but first I need to make things. Hopefully this will help!

(I tried once before...and failed.)

I going to start with pictures of things I have created in the past for myself and I can get others opinions on what they like and suggestions on what I should focus my shop on...I am kind of a creative scatterbrain...I love so many different forms of creating: sewing, need felting, up-cycling, baking and cake decorating...and etc.....soooo, some input may be some help or my shop would be a cluttered mess of randomness!

Here are a few to start you off!