Sunday, July 22, 2012

Swamp People Cake

Warning! It's a picture loaded post!
Little Red is at it again! She baked a Swamp People cake for Big Red's 40th birthday! He was so surprised and very impressed! It was based on their favorite show, Swamp People from the History channel.
LR is only 12 but she designed the whole cake. We sat down and she drew out what she wanted, and I helped her decide what foods we could use to make it work. She came up with most of those ideas too! Then we spent the day before the party making all the decorations to go on the cake. We decided it would be best to put them on the morning of the party instead of the night before. Very smart move!

As for the cake itself, it was a box mix and can frosting. We will work on more homemade confections next time. The decorations were the focus. Click on photos to see them larger.

What we used:
Nutter Butter Cookies: gator and Big Red (you can see how I hinged the gator's mouth in the photo)
M&Ms and Peanut M&Ms: Big Red's hat (I sawed a bit off with a knife so they would fit together better)
Marshmallows: (when you cut them they are sticky so you can add colored sugar!) lilipads, flowers, and gator eyes
Twix bars: logs (ran out of room on the cake for these)
Crunch bar crumbles: various rocks and broken logs pieces (ran out of room on the cake)
Candy sprinkles: Hair, eyes, nose, & mouth for Big Red, gator's teeth
Sugar sprinkles: red- the red in the marshmallow flowers and green- on the marshmallow lilipads
Watermelon (green) candy roll (this is like fruit by the foot with sugar on it): gator tail, snake, grasses
Gummy bears: gophers or swamp critters of some sort
Tootsie Rolls: These can be rolled and shaped just like playdoh or our favorite polymer clay! Rifle stock, scope on rifle, heart shaped rock, flower on rock, and Big Red's glasses!
Gummy Fish: Fish
Crunch Bars: (two- one is the base and the other was sliced carefully to make the sides) boat
Blue Gel icing: waves in water, centers of flowers
Green Cookie icing: green on top of cake, gator, and pants
Red Cookie Icing: shirt, mouth of gator
Pretzel sticks: fishing pole, gator lines, arms, legs of Big Red, rifle
Peanut Cluster: Turtle
Mini Chocolate chips:  Button on Big Red's pants, feet and tail for turtle
Mini Miniature Reese's Cups (the tiny ones): stumps in the water
*The only inedible things were the signs, of course, and the dental floss we used for the gator and fishing lines.

To attach things we used Baker's Chocolate. We bought one of those microwaveable bowls with the bits of chocolate in it. We put one or two of the chocolate pieces in a small glass bowl at the time, then we sat the bowl in a strainer and the strainer sat in the top of a larger bowl of hot water. This kept our "glue" ready the whole time.

The main sign was printed from the website, which is the official website for Troy Landry the "King of the Swamp". Of course, this only makes sense to you if you watch the show. Then we typed his name in Chiller font. It was free somewhere on the net. Just Google it. She made a small tag to go in the boat with 40 on it. This is supposed to be the "gator tags" limit for him. Finally we printed a small banner flag with Happy Birthday on it and cut it into a forked tip (like a snakes tongue). By dragging the flag through my fingers it created a bit of a wave or furl. Nice! We rolled the edges of all signs onto either BBQ skewers or a toothpick to stand it up.

What I would do differently: do not put cookie icing on the things. It ran and changed colors when it got cold and then condensation made it weep.It was Wilton brand, and I still think it would be a great product, if it weren't so runny. I plan to use it to color frosting for cakes in the future. Or at least try it that way.

My favorite part: spending time with my daughter. It's always nice to spend time with my girls, but Little Red was doing something that she loves to do, which made the whole even even more special and memorable!

Thanks for stopping by today! Leslie and Little Red!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dollar Bin Mini Album

Hope you enjoy this mini album!
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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Photos of the Ice Cream Party!

Use a jar with small rocks to hold a skewer with the designed paper tag on top!

Thanks for stopping by today! Leslie

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Charm Dangle-icious-ness!

I made the Charm Dangle to hang from a mini album ring. I added charms that fit the color scheme of white and cream. It was going in with my swap with Olga for the Fairy Bottle Swap (more details on that tomorrow) and so the charms relate to that!
I am also submitting this charm dangle to Drew at for the Live With Prima Jewelry Challenge! Wish me luck!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Click on photos for a better view!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Youtube Give Away by Iowa2308

I am still organizing my craft room... I have been all year! I will finish, hopefully, this week. I will post a video tour and photos when I do.

Stop by and subscribe to Iowa2308 on Youtube. You will NOT be disappointed! Her videos are so informative and thorough! She is VERY creative! I have four favs on YT... (1)CynthiaLooWho, (2)Iowa2308, (3)Followthepapertrail, and (4)Jennings644, who makes me laugh!

Go to this video and subscribe, then you can comment on her video to have a chance to win her giveaway! It is basically an entire mini-album kit! Or a Medium album kit anyway.

Thanks for stopping by today! Leslie

Monday, January 10, 2011

War Eagle!

War Eagle! The Auburn Tigers are 2010 National Champions! It is a great birthday present for me!
Whoo Hoo! I am sooo excited!
My favorite things about this National Championship?
(1)We Shut the Duck Up!
(2)Auburn is 2 Cam Good!

Thanks for stopping by today! Leslie

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Plan for 2011

I haven't been around much in late 2010, after starting the year by posting daily, because of my mother's health. When I added her illness to my MS, the girls, the house, my little business, etc. it just became too much. I had to cut back, and the blog is where it happened. Everything took a hit though. You should see my house! Completely opposite my normal clean, orderly, and neat appearance!

So what is in store for 2011? First, I'm turning 40 on January 18. It's not a time of reflection for me; it feels like an accomplishment or celebration. No, I don't know why.

On the home front, I want a clean home again. I won't be able to hire a housekeeper, so that will mean more teamwork from everyone in the house. Pray for me!

On the business front, I am closing my business, well, part of it. I will still be selling on etsy/ebay and selling in Southern Style on Main Street in Opp, but other than that… no more sales.

On the craft front, I would like to:

  1. complete Marion's 31 days, 31 goals, 31 videos. I plan to start with a video series later next week that will catch me up to day 1. That is goal #1.
  2. make 6 mini albums. With this particular goal, it gives me 60 days per album to get it completed! My hope is that I will get more than that done, but with everything else… Minis are for (1)Stella (2)Mom and Dad's wedding (3)An angel book for mom (4 and 5)Two Christmas books—loving the monster story book AmyV made. See AmyVLovesTV and her video!
  3. Make minimum of 1 video a month.
  4. Make flowers and more flowers. Fabric and paper. For the fabric ones, I want to make headbands, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and clips/pins.
  5. Paint something for my girls. If you craft for money, you may know how difficult it is to take the time to do something for yourself or your kids. The goal is for their birthdays.
  6. Reorganize my craft room! I get busy with painting, then 3 other projects come up. Well, before you know it all of their accompanying mess is everywhere! Certain areas just do not work for me as it is either, and many things are not needed so close to my workplace, while others are.
  7. Sell unused and unwanted craft items on etsy!!
  8. Sell kits and things I make on etsy.
  9. Make a facebook page for creativepzazz. I have one for me, but I want to combine it with CP. I've even heard I can sync updates with twitter, FB, and my blog!

It will be funny to look back in a few months and see what I have and have not accomplished! I've made these lists before here, and not many things get knocked off my list! Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Leslie –Find my on YouTube: Creativepzazz