Monday, November 24, 2014

Making Name Pictures

Scripture to Live By:
 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life....... Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.    Proverbs 31:10-12;25-31

 My sister's beautiful children gave her a surprise birthday/family reunion party at a very nice restaurant in Lynchburg, Va.  My sister has been the glue to keep our family together.  She is a very precious lady.  She has been such an example of Christ's love to each of us.  She is so giving of herself to the benefit of others.  There are not enough beautiful words to describe her.  All who know her would agree.  

There were 50  family members that were  present.  It was such a blessing to spend this time together.  We all left with some unforgettable memories.  My family is so precious to me, as I can only imagine yours is to you, as well.  The time we spend together is never enough.  I wish more of the family could have been there.  
My husband and I made the plaque below for my sister's 75th Surprise Birthday Party. It was so hard to know what to give her but I know she dearly loves the man whose name she bears, so I knew she would enjoy having their name on a plaque.  She always enjoys things that her family makes for her, so we decide to make her this plaque.  
Every part of the plaque is handcrafted.  

If you would like to make this plaque, follow the steps below.   (Even though the 'A' looks black in the picture you can see in the letters below it is really green.)  

1.  I began by using my Cricket machine and cutting out the letters of their name and laying them out on quilt blocks, that I had made.  Then I took pictures of each letter on the different quilt blocks. Next, I had the pictures developed.   I made the pictures 4" X 6". 

2,  When cutting out the matte for this size, I used an oval matte cutter.  It doesn't matter if you use an oval or a rectangular matte cutter, the center distance from picture to picture will be 4 & 1/4 inch.  

The first and last picture will be 3 & 3/4 inches from each end. Center the cut out vertically. The height of the matte should be around 8 & 3/8 inch. The width will be determined by how many letters you have.

3.  For the picture fame we purchased 8 feet of molding 1 & 1/2 inch wide and 8 feet of 1/4 inch thick by 1 & 1/4 wide strip.  

4.  I then rough cut these pieces to just over my desired length.

The next step is to glue the thin strips to the flat or back side of the molding and flush with the outer edge of your molding. This gives you the space where the glass, picture matting and backing will lay and be flush with the back of the frame.

The next step is to miter the corners 45 degrees to the desired lengths and, also, the end pieces of the frame. Next, I clamped the frame together square and drilled a 3/16 hole across each of the corners. Next, we took the frame apart and cleaned up the ends and the holes and now we glued the ends together. Using a 3/16 dowel rod coated with glue we inserted it into the holes, this will give the frame added strength. After the glue has dried, we can sand off the rough edges on the corners.  Now we are ready to paint the frame to our desired color.

We took the inside measurement of the frame to Lowe's and had a glass cut to fit the inside frame. Then we put the picture together.  We cut a piece of cardboard to fit the inside measurement as our backing.  We inserted clips to hold the backing in place.

My sister really liked her name plaque.  Hope you like it as well.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pretty Woman Ugly Man Cakes

Scripture to Live By: For Christ [the Messiah Himself] died for sins once for all, the Righteous for
the unrighteous (the Just for the unjust, the Innocent for the guilty), that He might bring us to God. In His human body He was put to death, but He was made alive in the spirit,
1 Peter 3:18

Cake Decorating Post:
I was ask to make a Pretty Woman Cake and a Ugly Man cake for a Pie Supper.  If you would like to make these cakes the basic steps for these are here. The instructions to make the  flowers that are on this cake aregiven in that post as well, I just used fall colors.

I didn't understand why they wanted these cakes at a pie supper.  But I was told just to write Ugly Man on one and Pretty Woman on the other one.  I had never been to a Pie Supper, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but my husband and I decided to go.  The building where the supper was held was in the mountains of West Virginia, which reminded me of a school house from Little House on the Prairie.
The proceeds from this Pie Supper was going to purchase a roof for this community center.

The evening started off with the meal.   After the meal was enjoyed, they had a cake walk, which my husband and I enjoyed, even though I had never been on a cake walk before. We learned quickly that you won a cake if you would stop on a certain spot when the music stopped.  This cake walk went on for about thirty minutes.  Needless to say my husband and I did not win a cake but donated many quarters.  One family won at least three cakes.  

I found out what the Ugly Man and Pretty Woman Cakes were all about.  The men present could nominate a pretty woman to bid on.  The pretty girl that brought the highest bid won the Pretty Girl cake. The bid for this Pretty Girl brought in $74.00 for this cake.

Then the women nominated ugly men to bid on to win the Ugly Man cake and this cake brought in $46.00.  The people had a lot of fun with the bidding on people that they wanted to win the title and the cake.   

Next, a real auctioneer  led the auction to auction off things that had been donated for the auction.  I am not sure how much money was raised for the building but I do know that all who attended had a fun filled evening and help provide money to put a new roof on this community center building.  

Blessings to all,  
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Race Track Cake

Scripture to Live By: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1,2

Cake Decorating Post:
I was ask to make a birthday cake for a little boy who had picked out these little cars for his birthday.   So I started working on what I could do with these little cars.  I decided I should make him a race track  for all these little cars.  I took  a sheet of  freezer paper and using a soup bowl I drew the ends of the race track and then I used some duct tape to make the width of the track even.  I just drew the track then cut the track out.  

Next, I decided to make fondant for the track.  (Fondant cost more than I wanted to pay for it, so I decided to make my own.) 

Recipe for fondant:
1 cup of corn syrup 
1 cup of Crisco
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
8 cups of powder sugar
Mix the first 4 ingredients,  then add 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time until all eight cups of powdered sugar have been added or until dough is stiff. I needed black fondant, so I colored my dough with Wilton  black coloring.  (If you would like several colors of fondant, divide dough into that number of parts and color as desired.)

Sprinkle powdered sugar on counter top 

Roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. 
(Mine was a little thicker because I was afraid it would break when I tried to move it.)

I then laid out the pattern I had made and took a knife and cut around the pattern.  
I then removed excess fondant.

I had baked the cake and frosted it ahead of making the fondant.  If you would like to have instructions for making the cake and frosting go here.

Move fondant by rolling it onto a rolling pin and move it to the frosted cake.  My fondant stretched so I had to cut it to remove the excess so it would fit on the cake, as I had planned. I smoothed it out later with a little bit of black frosting. 

Next, I put the borders around the track inside and out and added both top and bottom borders,
then I added the little cars and the road signs.  For the lettering, I used edible decorating lettering.  

Bo really enjoyed his birthday cake. I was pleased the way it turned out.  It is simple to make and you do not need to have much experience to decorate this cake.  It was my first time of making fondant.  

I added M&Ms around the sides.  

I also made a cake for Jackson, who is one year old.  It was his personal cake.  I decorated it the same way I did Bo's  with the frosting and trim.  

I made the number one out of the black fondant.  I added some M&M's around the sides.  I used a little birthday sign, I had on hand. and a little giraffe with a little cake and one candle that I put on the top.    I used the same lettering for his cake as I did for Bo's cake.

Hope you like them.  

Blessings to you, 

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