Just a short note today to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving! May you have many blessing for which to be thankful. And lots and lots of pie 🙂
This post goes out to my Pop-pop, who turned 88 this week! He’s an amazing man, a World War II vet and a wonderful husband to my Grammy (of vegan chocolate cake fame). I knew I had to make an equally awesome cake. His favorite is carrot cake, with cream cheese frosting, so that’s what I made.
And here it is!
I wanted to keep it subtle and classy, so I stuck with the natural color of the frosting and swirled rosettes all over the sides. I continued that aesthetic on top, with an 88 made up of the same swirls.
To achieve this look, I filled a piping bag with the frosting and put a 22 star tip on. (I think. The markings are kind of worn off my second-hand tips.) And then I made three rows of swirls, about the diameter of a quarter. This was my first time doing this style decorating, and in all honesty, I used it because I was having trouble with crumbs when spreading the sides. Also, in the future, I’d do the bottom row of swirls first.
As you can see, they sort of get squished down there, and that’s largely because I squeezed them under after I did the middle row.
Regardless of little imperfections, the overall effect was scrumptious and the cake was admired and scarfed down!
I’m sure many of you have seen this tutorial on making floppy disks into planters. Or you may have seen any of the other numerous ones out there, using different kinds of glue and string, and even zip ties. Well, in the same closet where I found a stash of marbles, I found a case of old floppy discs!
So of course I tried out the project; it combines recycling and plants! I used the hot glue method, and made three fairly standard planters, experimenting with which side of the disk shows and working with the colored labels already on the disks.
Once they were made, I looked at my cluttered workspace and decided that instead of three planters, I would have two planters and a handy desk organizer for my paint brushes!
Once my brushes were all nice and on display, though, some more inspiration hit. Why not paint the disks to make a pretty, mod planter? And so I did!
It took several coats of the base gold and then quite a few coats and touch-ups of the turquoise zig-zag. I used acryllic paints, and they worked pretty well. I did notice they scratch off pretty easily, so it’s not the most hard wearing paint job, but I’m happy with it. Once everything was dry, I glued the disks together and then painted over the hot glue. And finally, I potted some lovely philodendron cuttings I’ve been rooting.
Because I put the soil directly into the planter, rather than in a pot in the planter, it leaks and I keep a plate under it. Even still, it’s a lovely touch in any room, and especially in a sunny corner of my kitchen where the gold paint gleams under the shade of the greenery!
And at the end of the day, here’s a stack of 20 floppy disks that are not headed for the landfill!
So this is a tutorial on making caps for marbles.
But not just any marbles! Special marbles! The process of making them special caused several people to question whether I’d lost my marbles… But *tbpppt* to them!
Anyway, a few weeks ago, I found this excellent post about cracking marbles. The end result was so pretty!
However, I did not have any marbles, and didn’t feel like rushing out to buy any. So I pinned the post and went about my life. Then, the other day as I was cleaning out a closet, I found a little box, labeled marbles! And sure enough, it was full of old marbles from my childhood! Score! I had the oven pre-heating before you could knuckle down and aim a shooter!
But what to do with them? The author over at dream-it-make-it glued bead caps to hers. But I didn’t have any bead caps. So I decided to make some. And lucky for all of you, I remembered to take pictures so you can make some too!
Once the glue dries, you can string them up to make a lovely necklace pendent!
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