Pinterest Fail – cake from a circus fun house

First off, doesn’t this look awesome from the top?

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Yeah…but it was a fail of epic proportions. What was supposed to be a surprise cake for my hubby…well it was still a surprise, but one that involved him asking, “Is…uummm…is that part falling off?”

Here’s the inspiration…and the homemade outcome.

Desktop6Bahahaa. I can only laugh at myself for thinking I could make it look like the pictures. After all, I have never iced a cake in my life. Well I take that back. I used to decorate cakes a bit when I worked for Baskin Robbins back in my teen years. But that was all pre-made icing and was a totally different consistency since you were working with frozen products.

One of my first mistakes was when I added 3/4 teaspoons of almond extract when it should have been 1/8 teaspoon. Novice mistake. Then I added too much water to the icing. Stupid. It started sagging terribly between the layers of cake. I tried to let it dry and then re-spread it…but no.

IMG_8825IMG_8828Yeah looks like a topsy-turvy cake mistake. So instead I tried adding a little bit of texture to the sides. IMG_8830

WHATEVER! I give up. I quickly added the white borders and called it good. No wait…I called it terrible but I was done. I also made an entire batch of butter cream frosting that turned out like cottage cheese. I had NO idea you had to use real butter. Ugh. Wasted a pound of “butter” there. But you know what dammit…it tasted freakishly good.

IMG_8852Maybe next time I can achieve this…cause it’s just so beautiful.

SprinkleBakes cherry vanilla cake 6For those who are interested, I used a chocolate chiffon cake recipe that’s my fav. You can find it here. The original recipe is here, and the actual frosting recipe I ended up using is here.

Zig Zag Forever.

I almost can’t wait for 20 years from now when I look at this quilt (or pictures of it) and think, “Oh my goodness…I was totally into that whole zig-zag craze.” But you know…I’m a sucker for it. Bring on the freaking zig-zag chevron goodness. Lately, quilts have been the specific object of my chevron obsession. The ones that are all bright and cozy and perfect. Gathering up a barrel of scrap fabric, I decided to undertake one for myself. IMG_5967 IMG_6528 IMG_6527 IMG_6539 IMG_6537IMG_6190 IMG_6517 IMG_6451 IMG_6444Beside the obvious fact that it was time consuming, the pattern is relatively simple. Rectangles 3 1/4″ X 6″, sewn together into blocks with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Alternate blocks to make your zig-zag pattern and sew rows together on the diagonal. Then sew the rows together and trim it all down to square. Bam.

Zig Zag Quilt

I used up my scraps for the patterned sections, with a higher quality white cotton for the rows between. I found an old king-sized sheet with a nice, subtle, blue pattern at a thrift store that has that perfect sheet feel. Ya know, crisp and soft at the same time? I used that for the backing and binding. It’s 17 blocks across and 24 blocks down (12 rows of pattern, 12 rows of white). I honestly can’t remember what the final measurements are and I’m too comfortable on my couch to get up and measure it right now. It would qualify as a slightly small full. I lay it out on my queen-sized bed regardless of it’s smaller size, and it’s perfect.

Go zig-zag.

Color Removal Magic.

Last year, I went with my friend Lisby to a “clothing swap”. It’s the best concept on the planet. You gather all the clothes you don’t want/wear/need/like anymore and swap them for other people’s clothes which they don’t want/wear/need/like anymore. It’s brilliant.

I got a dress (which I don’t have a “before” picture of) at the swap. At the time I tried it on, I loved the fit. Light weight and summery. I didn’t so much like the bright yellow-ombre effect, but I couldn’t pass on the free dress. I figured I’d like it eventually.

This picture I found online, while a different dress, has the exact same coloring as my dress:

Yellow Dress

The summer came and went and the dress never left my closet. What I really wanted was this dress without the yellow. So I looked up my options. Welcome, RIT color removal. I totally assumed this stuff wouldn’t work. I figured I would end up with a urine colored dress or one that was just off-white enough to look dirty.

RIT color removal

I went for it anyway. Since I was treating just one small dress, I decided to try the stove top option. You basically heat the water, add the RIT powder and then throw your clothing in there. You stir and stir and stir until you reach the desired effect.

RIT color removal

After only a few moments, two things became astonishingly clear. Firstly, I had underestimated the absolutely intense odor that would be wafting through my house. Since it’s freezing outside I hesitate to open doors, but after the perm-smelling solution began to give me a headache, I decided to play it safe. So shivering and smelly, I stirred the dress for about 25 minutes. Secondly, I noticed that it was working. Within moments the yellow was fading quickly.

After an intensely smelly clean up, (you MUST wear gloves and carefully clean out your pot and everything the magic water touched) this is what resulted:

RIT color removal RIT color removalA perfectly perfect white dress. Well, if you look closely, the thread never did fade. Which I thought was very strange.
RIT color removal

So why should you care about this? Not only will RIT take out unwanted color, but you know those white sheets that have yellowed slightly? Those dish towels or bath towels that have lost their fresh white look? When bleach doesn’t do the job anymore, you can use the RIT wash machine application to make whites look new again! Technically this prepares items to be dyed with color, but I like white…a lot. Maybe someday I’ll try to color things up.

Any other RIT experiences out there?

Mobile Magnificence.

It’s a funny thing, thanking people for letting me make them stuff.

But really, it’s flattering just to be asked. I not only feel awesome because people love something I’ve made, but gift-giving is a love language of mine, so it gives me an opportunity to express it. Usually I get to challenge myself a bit and make something I’ve never made before.

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Ask and you shall receive.

I found an awesome spool holder tutorial online yesterday. A. It’s huge and B. It’s got a place to put your matching bobbins. Right now my thread is in a big bin, all tangled and angry at me. Here is the one from the tutorial:

I love this thing! So I showed my hubby and posted the link to his Facebook wall. I thought maybe someday he’d be persuaded to make it. When I got home from work, this was awaiting my arrival:

 Eeekk! I was so excited and felt so loved! He had enough wood to make it and he even used some scrap crown molding to cap it off (such a Matt thing to do).

Today he’s going to wood fill and paint it white for me. Then add the bobbin nails. And just so you know, he suggested this blog title. Love him :)