Friday, September 28, 2012

Rainbow Butterfly Cake

Today's post is one we had a lot of fun doing! A really great friend ours is celebrating her birthday today, so we decided it was about time we made her a cake! She wanted white cake, which I thought would be the perfect time to finally try out the rainbow cakes I've seen floating around the internet! I've also been obsessing over these sugar butterflies, so we decided to kill two birds with one stone. 

I won't go into too many details about how we made the cake because it was pretty straight forward. The cake was white cake tinted with food coloring until it was the shade we wanted. The frosting was cream cheese frosting, which you can find the recipe for here. As for the butterflies, I think we'll make a tutorial sometime in the future. Now on to the cake because we're just so excited with how it turned out! 

The cakes cooling off. I thought they looked like play dough.

The uncovered cakes while I was stacking and trimming them.

We tried to go with a tree bark sort of texture. 

Ai was making the butterflies while I was baking! This is usually how we work, I'm the baker and she's awesome at decorating! 

The butterflies while they were drying. 

More butterflies!

Ai's piping skills are phenomenal! 

We arranged the butterflies so that they spiraled upward in the order of the rainbow. 

Since the cake was round, it was utterly impossible to get all the butterflies in the picture! >_<

Beautiful blue butterflies! 

Transporting the cake was difficult! The poor butterfly on top decided to lay down! lol It was our fault for not giving the butterflies enough time to dry. 

The inside of the cake! 

We were so happy that the cake cut beautifully! 

That's all for this week folks! October is coming, which means we'll be working on Halloween costumes!!!! Happy baking and crafting! ♥  

Saturday, September 22, 2012

T-shirt Scarves and Pinterest Addiction

Sorry there hasn't been a new post in two weeks! I've been too busy with my new Pinterest addiction! I'm just kidding (but actually I'm not! hahahahaha). So I jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon only recently because I knew it would send me down a deep never-ending vortex of craft and recipe ideas and admittedly I was terrified of this! Ai has been on for a couple of months now and I finally caved last week and signed up. And I was right about how terrifyingly addictive it would be, but I have to admit that I am completely in love with it! 

With the blog, we had only begun to scratch the surface of how creative everyone was out there in the world. Since joining Pinterest, I've come to appreciate just how incredibly talented and brilliant people are! There are so many wonderfully amazing ideas out there and I love how Pinterest has broadened everyone's horizons! 

Anyway, I fell completely in love with all those t-shirt scarves that everyone was doing because they seemed easy and super cute! Long story short, I got carried away and rummaged through the whole house looking for everyone's old shirts. Out of all the tutorials, this is hands down the best one out there. Be sure to watch the video it really helps to understand how to do it properly. 

I told you guys I got carried away. I went nuts and tried to look for all sorts of colors.

I really love the way these drape and they actually do keep your neck warm! 

A few tips about making these:
  • I've seen people asking about whether or not shirts with print on them would work. I tested this out and the answer is no, especially if the screen printing is really thick. The pieces just don't seem to curl right if there's a thick layer of writing on it.
  • The bigger the shirt, the more ropes you'll have. 
  • If you want a chunkier scarf combine a few shirts.
I really liked the braided scarves too. There's a few tutorials out there, but I decided to write one up because this I did mine in a completely no sew method. 

You should be able to click on the picture to see the instructions better.

That's all for this week folks! I'm so happy that fall is finally here, it's my favorite time of the year! Happy crafting!♥