Kiddle Family - November 2012

Friday, 23 May 2014

New Website

So, I've kind of disappeared from this blog.  I've been busy with my kids and volunteering and doing different things.  

But, I've also started to work a bit more on the little business that my sister, Fern and I started a while ago.  Our company is Artistic Foto Creations.  We're selling picture tiles and canvases that we make ourselves.   Business is slow.   It's hard to get our names out there.   But, we're slowly working on it and finding ways to branch out.

Our newest endeavour, is to create a website/blog.
If you haven't checked it out yet, have a look here.....

Along with working on the website, we've also been working on some new product.    We're coming up with some new tiles/canvases that feature the Edmonton Temple.   Here's a sneak peak at a couple of them...

There are surprisingly few pictures out there of the Edmonton Temple.   We are even in the process of getting these canvases in the Edmonton Generations Bookstore.

Anyways, if you like what we do, take a look at our website or find us online and let us know if you'd like to order anything from us!

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Emily's puzzle

Emily loves these new math puzzles.   She learned them at school.
She created this one.   Can you solve the weight of each bug?

We are thinking of making it into a geocache puzzle too.
I think it will be a fun geocache.   We'll probably have a bug themed container to go along with it.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Roses and babys breath cake

This is one of my favorite cakes.   I've made something similar to it in the past, but it's always fun to do a cake with roses and babys breath.   (FYI, I have a tutorial on here on how to make babys breath like this, if you wanted to learn how).

Congratulations to Alaina and Jason on their recent wedding!

Oh the Places You'll Go Cake

A friend asked me to make a cake for her son's birthday.   She wanted the theme to be from Dr. Seuss's "Oh the Places You'll Go" book.   What a fun book and idea for a cake.

So, of course I looked online to get some inspiration.   I found a few cakes that I liked and decided to take different aspects from a couple of them and combine them into one cake.

When making cakes, sometimes it's nice to try some new techniques too.   This was the first time I did a topsy turvy cake (top layer only though) and using some of the Duff cake wires.

I think the cake turned out great.   Happy Birthday Shane!!

Finished cake.   I loved it!

Outlining elements of the cake with black, allowed me to make it look like the drawings in the book.

Tree Stump Cake

My sister-in-law asked me to make a birthday cake for my niece's 11th birthday.   She asked that it would have animals on it.   Other than that, I could do whatever I'd like.

I knew exactly what I wanted to make.   A cake that I've always wanted to make.   A long time ago, I bought a Debbie Brown book that had a tree stump cake in it and I fell in love with it.   It's so adorable.   So, I decided to make it for Lucy for her birthday.

The cake was vanilla with buttercream icing and fondant.
The entire cake is edible except the few skewers that are used for structural support.

Here's some pictures.

The face in the tree trunk was a challenge to get it to blend all together nicely

Lucy loves birds.  A must-have on the cake.

Love the details like the little stairs and door opening on the side

Back side.  There were some small blossoms on the vine, but I added them after this pic
Happy Birthday Lucy!

Minecraft cake

I was asked by a friend to do a birthday cake.   The theme that she wanted was Minecraft.
My kids love that game, but I on the other hand, have never really played it.   So, I took a while to get on and explore the game and find out what it was all about.

I had a lot of fun brainstorming ideas for this cake.
I was quite happy with the way it turned out.

The pigs are one of Shelby's favorites.   I knew the cake needed at least one.

Happy Birthday Shelby!!

100th Birthday Cake

I am so slow on any of my postings.

So, a few months ago, my Grandma celebrated her 100th birthday.   100 years, it's quite the accomplishment.  Especially since Grandma still continues to live independently in her own home by herself and keeps very active.

So, as her birthday was coming closer, my sister Fern and I decided that we'd like to make a cake for her birthday party.   We wanted something fairly big with a unique design that tells the story of her life.   We brain-stormed and came up with a few ideas.   In the end, we decided to do a 4-tiered cake with edible images and hand-painted accents.

Fern and I split the work between the two of us.   I was very thankful that I have a sister that makes cakes like I do and I didn't have to do a project like this on my own.   It would have taken forever!   The cake consisted of three different flavours.   One tier was chocolate, one tier was berry and two tiers were vanilla.

Anyways, I am so happy with the way it turned out!  Hope you enjoy the pictures.

The finished cake

Fondant figure that I made.   I must admit that I found it tricky to make someone so old.

Edible images printed on rice paper, fondant frames, hand-painted wheat

The cake at the birthday party

Fern and I.   We make a good team.

Grandma with her birthday cake

Fern, Grandma and I

All 4 of my kids with Grandma.   What a great day to celebrate!

One of my favorite pictures.   Matthew giving his Great Grandma a kiss on the cheek.
What was fun too, was the fact that the Sun newspaper and Global news were both at Grandma's party.   How excited I was to see a big picture of Grandma and my cake in the newspaper the next day.   I had a friend who noticed the cake and thought of me, not realizing it was mine and texted me to go check it out.   Too funny.

Happy Birthday Grandma!   Looking forward to your 101th birthday!!