Ugghh!!! The Rain! The rain. I remember this. I was just thinking about how bearable winter has been this year and that maybe I am actually enjoying it, and then someone threw this thick blanket over the sun. I'm like one of those birds who falls asleep as soon as the cage is covered. But I've already made garden plans!
Yesterday was a pile of nothingness, but today I'm hyyyypppppeeedd about making a birthday cake. I mean, look at that Pusheen up there. Look at those pastel rainbow fondant stars. I'm hyped just looking at it.
I also painted a thing last night, in a single sitting. It happens. Come to think of it, this is pretty productive of me for such a dark "weekend". There's something about January that gets me buzzing every year. From the listing page: Embrace gratitude for all the shiny things in your life. And if you don't have a shiny thing, maybe it's time you treated yourself?
This watercolour painting "Bounty" is available here. Our dollar is dropping ever lower, so get it while it's good and low!
Today's adventure was a new flower made of marshmallow fondant, which is a bit too soft for flowers, but look how crazy this thing is! So many petals for just one flower that kind of looks like a cabbage!
All work and no play etc, etc. My place is full of plants, patio furniture and pots of dirt just in case the mysteriously absent building washers want to spray my balcony down... *bats eyes* So there hasn't been a lot of play going on around here. But I did buy this "antique gold" lustre dust over the rainy weekend and really wanted to try it out! Unfortunately, that meant making a (faux) cake, which isn't as much fun as it sounds.
Yeah, I'm not terribly confident in my fondant skills but look at that gold colour! It's so shiny, too. Maybe it's a little TOO gold... It's practically glowing from the kitchen! It's too bad that it's inedible because how fun does that look?
I've not been doing much creative work or journaling this week because I've been all excited and impatient over this wedding cake for a friend! So maybe you can help me make a decision about flower placement! The left image is what I originally envisioned (except without the flowers on the very bottom - there's not much room there), and the right image shows another "swag" kind of style. I don't know, I still kind of like the first one because it looks more "open". What do you think? Left or Right?
Today I am making pretty roses out of marshmallow fondant for a wedding cake that's due in a few weeks.
I've also ripped up all of the dead nasturtiums out of their planter boxes and hope to grow some friendly grass there for the cats to lay on, using bird seed. Weirdly, not only has the bird seed developed grasses in only three days but I've seen about zero birds come around for it. Huh.
So I learned a new lesson.
If you've been following a while, you'd know that on occasion, I might make a cake. You might even know all about rolled fondant and how I abandoned it for the new-fangled marshmallow fondant.
Silly me, I put my marshmallows in the bowl to melt and just left them there on the stove until they were crunchy little dried up things which was no good at all (do not multitask in the kitchen, btw).
Because I am making lots of roses for a wedding cake that will not be eaten (and I was out of marshmallows), I decided to just throw together regular rolled fondant instead. I remember holding the bottle of vanilla in my hand, thinking if I add this, it won't be white and then it won't match the marshmallow ones I've already made, so I will use the clear almond instead.
Well guess what. Marshmallow fondant isn't as white as I thought.
Also, the texture is totally different. I'd much rather use the marshmallow kind because it's the only one that tastes decent. But it's ever so slightly off-white.
Remember that when you're mixing the two and you want them to match. Because they won't. And you'll feel silly and wish you'd just gone to the store to buy more marshmallows.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?