his blog!We managed to cover 6 of the shops; going from Oceanside to Ocean Beach to Julian and everywhere in between. We got to Julian just in time to have their famous pie & ice cream (Steve and I had Dutch Apple and Apple Peach respectively and Michelle had Boysenberry-YUM!) under the peaceful calm under the trees with a nearby bubbling fountain. If you want the links to which shops we visited and read Steve prospective on the whole day, check out
(PS. Become a follower of his because he keeps track of great travel saving tips and ideas!)
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Recently, I decided to try making gum paste flowers for cakes. In my excitement over it, I thought, "Hey, I make clay flowers, how much different can it be?" Boy, was I surprised. I bumbled around at first using the same techniques I use for my clay flowers...but gumpaste has decidedly different characterisitics than the clay I'm used to. I watched videos on YouTube and got some idea on the technique but my biggest issue was making the silly petals stick where they're supposed to. The gumpaste makes for heavy flowers and as it turns out, is way more fragile than the clay ones. I have a new admiration for gumpaste artists. Of which I'm not. So I turned my attention back to my favorite medium and made a spray of flowers which can be used on a cake...and/or used as a decoration on a shelf, etc. The great thing is these are very lightweight and much less fragile that gumpaste. This one has sweet peas, roses, hydrangeas and stephanotis which I've highlighted and shadowed for realism. It's now listed in my Etsy shop however may soon be going up for sale in a cake shop (a new venture for me).