Made-it Monday: *actually* not cake WHOA

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

WHOA IT IS ACTUALLY NOT CAKE TODAY WHAT IS GOING ON.

Don’t worry. Cake will be back next week πŸ˜‰ <3

For today, though, a lil sneak peek at the cheery unicorn I drew for my darling Patrons. (Hint: if you sign up to my Patreon for as little as $1/month [and you can cancel whenevs] you get the whole unicorn free for personal use! :3)

He’s such a happy squeaky lil uni.

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MadeItMonday: Cake the Fifth

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

Yes, I’m posting these out of order, because I only just realised that I hadn’t posted Cake 4 from the holidays yet. So why am I not just posting it today? Because I promised you the Star Wars cake this week! πŸ˜€ So, this week Star Wars, next week Cake The Fourth πŸ˜‰

This one’s a gluten-free chocolate cake, filled and covered with raspberry meringue-buttercream, topped with white chocolate ganache, and wrapped with a white chocolate collar that I painted a la Star Wars πŸ™‚ The brief was pretty + light blue + Star Wars, so yeah. This was my eventual interpretation! Wrah.

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MadeItMonday: CAKE THE SECOND

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Okay, another apple-spice cake this week (see last week’s post for reference). I was commissioned to make the one I posted last week, and since making two cakes at once is barely any more work than making one, generally speaking, and since I, y’know, had a book come out around the time I was making these cakes, and since I wasn’t planning to have a formal launch since it’s a book 2 in a series and idk, that just seems weird to have a formal launch for? but since ALSO I knew there were friends who wanted a copy, I decided pretty much on the spur of the moment to have an informal launch party at home.

(10/10 highly recommend, if you have supportive fam+friends. It was SO cool to just hang out with everyone, and not everyone bought a book and that was TOTALLY FINE, but wow, quite a few people did!!)

So, I figured I might as well make that additional cake and have CAKE AT MY OWN PARTY WHAT EVEN IS THIS I MADE A CAKE LIKE ACTUALLY ENTIRELY 100% **FOR MYSELF**. Whoa. Up is down and cows are round.

So, same principle as last week in terms of flavourings, but I went with super simple decorations so it only took about 35 mins to assemble and decorate the whole thing. Woot woo!

You’ll notice the streaks in the caramel topping; I don’t know, I think I must have overcooked the cakeΒ CARAMEL, I MEANT CARAMEL when I’d made it the day before, because overnight it set SOLID. Normally it has a nice, chewy sort of texture, but this time, NOPE. BRICK SOLID. I hadn’t burned it, but obviously I did something differently. IDK. Never mind, still tasty. BUT it meant I had to do some serious melting of it to get it to a pourable consistency, and then it was – shockingly enough – HOT, and wow, did you know that buttercream is made primarily from BUTTER, and butter MELTS when it gets HOT?!

Like, I knew this, and there really wasn’t anything I could do except let it cool as much as I possibly could and then dump the whole cake in the fridge the instant I’d poured it, desperately poking and prodding to stop the caramel melting the edges of the icing and dripping down the sides…. πŸ˜€ THAT succeeded, but because I was chilling the super-firm caramel asap, there were a few little holes in the top of it, and then because it was hot and the buttercream melted, the buttercream seeped up and made those smears. BUT NEVER MIND I actually don’t even care because it was amazingly tasty and it was just for a book party so eh.

Also: YAY MORE CAKE.

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MadeItMonday: Random Cartoon Sketches

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I did these a couple of weeks ago at the lunch table at work. I can’t even remember now what the conversation was about, but something to do… with… sharks?? Genteel sharks, apparently.

And then the conversation turned to all the things that kill more people each year than sharks, including… coconuts. So naturally, I had to sketch a killer coconut palm as well.

#AsYouDo.

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Made-It Monday

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

Well, I haven’t made much lately that’s really ‘arty’ since my ‘spare time’ has mostly been consumed with book edits and formatting and such like. And whatever energy is left over after all of that has to be devoted to food, because I’m on an extremely strict elimination diet and finding ways to eat the same 20 foods for every meal without going mad is pretty much using up any leftover creativity. Ha.

So today, for Made It Monday, you get book formatting. These are some of the opening pages of Liana Brooks’ forthcoming novel, Bodies In Motion; you can read the draft chapters on her website for free – they’re releasing two per week and I think at present we are about 2/3rds of the way through the book.

The novel comes out on Sept 19 (20 in Aus) and you can preorder through all the usual suspects – or if you want to preorder a print copy and you live in the US, you can do that here.

Yay! Pages!

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Made It Monday: Party Garland

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Shockingly enough, the only thing I’ve made recently is – yep, you guessed it – more cake. Unfortunately, I finished it late at night and forgot to take a photo of it before leaving for work the next morning, and Husband didn’t know I wanted a pic so didn’t take one before he and his workmates devoured it.

I hear it was tasty.

Anyway.

So instead of cake (again), you get a party garland that, yes, technically I made several weeks ago, but NEVER MIND πŸ˜› πŸ˜€ This party banner was great – so easy to make. I bought 40cm each of green and pink broadcloth (or whatever was the cheapest fabric – it cost me about $5 total for the fabric, maybe less) and a roll of cotton rope from the hardware store (about $5 again, but I only used a third of it). I tore the coloured fabric into strips about an inch wide (yes, tore, not cut, this is all about efficiencies) and then, starting from the middle of the cord, did a simple loop/hitch knot thing to tie the strips on*, alternating colours. I’d been planning to put some cow print fabric in there too, but I couldn’t find any for less than $15/metre, and I wasn’t willing to pay that for a cheap party decoration.

* Fold the strip in half, lay it over the cord, loop the two loose ends under the cord and up through the folded bit of the strip itself, and pull tight.

It took about half an hour from start to finish, and the kids think it’s pretty cool because it also doubles as a wrap-around tie-up grass-style skirt for dress-ups πŸ˜€

Green and pink party banner

But since we pretty much never close that small window above the dining table, they can’t use it for dress-ups at the moment, because it’s still up πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

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MadeItMonday: CAKE.

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

Okay, getting back on track with this whole blogging thing, I promise. I spent the last few weeks dealing with horrendous deadlines and blogging died ded – but hopefully I can resurrect it now and all will be well again πŸ˜€

And what better way to kick this off again than with a (slightly belated) Made It Monday about CAKE!!!

Dude. Of course it was going to be cake. Of course.

Anyway, this is the cow cake I did for the small girl’s birthday a while back. If you’ve been paying attention at all this year you’ll have heard me talk about switching from the narwhals to the cows – and I’m pretty happy I did. It turned out really well. Hopefully I’ll do a post tomorrow or Thursday wrapping up the How To Have A Pinterest Party (Without Going Insane) series, and you can see how it all turned out then πŸ˜€

For today, CAKE!

I only have a picture of it with its ears cut off, but I nabbed one with the birthday girl from my sister’s facebook page, bwa ha ha. So here you have it: plan, cake, and post-cutting. Woo! Cake!

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PS This cake was so easy – it was literally just a circle cake. I cut two ‘leaf shapes’ out of it, one on each side, rounded the snout off a little, trimmed the leaf shapes so they would butt up against the cake flat – and each leaf became one ear + one horn πŸ™‚

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Made It Monday: Cakefest

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

So this week we are, shockingly enough, back to cake. Stop, stop, stop. I know. Not MORE cake, you are saying. Does this woman EVER not eat cake?

Well, to be fair, most of the cakes I make are not for me to eat O:) And hey, what can I say? I just really love cake!! πŸ˜€

So last Sunday (i.e. a week ago, not yesterday, or today I guess if you are on the other side of the world where it is still possibly maybe Sunday? TIME, WHAT IS TIME) I spent the day baking, because I have a few big cake projects coming up. You can see the glorious stack of results below:

 

Item 1: A birthday cake. This one’s a paying gig that I’ll be completing next weekend (the cake is frozen in the meantime – this recipe freezes REALLY WELL, and hey, did you know that professional cake-decorators actually recommend freezing a cake at least for 24 hours before then defrosting and decorating as if you’re using a mud cake (which for decorating you pretty much should be, as they sturdy and dense enough to hold up under the weight of the decorations) it actually improves taste and texture? There ya go ;)) and I’ll OBVIOUSLY take pics and share once it’s done πŸ˜‰

Item 2: The baby’s birthday cake. Her party isn’t for over a month, but again with the freezing, and between now and then I have semester finals for all my classes plus end of semester reports and etc etc etc, so free weekends? Yeah, not so much. So I figured doubling the recipe and making it now would be perfect πŸ˜‰ (PS Still haven’t decided which permutation of a cow cake I’m doing for her party, but rest assured you’ll see that when it happens too!)

Item 3: Weeell. We have a staff lunch and I have to bring food and it’s going to be a Western theme and the baby’s party is cows, right? So I had this genius plan that I’d make cowprint brownies (cheesecake brownies, right?) and I’d just double the recipe and have half for the work thing and half for the cow party and THIS MADE SENSE – RIGHT?!?!Β Except cowprinting them turned out to be totally impossible. Sigh. It was such a good idea, too πŸ™ But hey. They’re still tasty, and Imma still CALL them cowprint brownies – they’re just… reversed. Black with white splodges, right?* Om nom.

* Today in blogging: Amy’s contest to see how many times she can use the word RIGHT.

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Made it Monday: More Baby Stuff For Markets

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So last weekend we had another baby market, and IDK, I think we might have decided to not really do them any more? It’s a big chunk of time, and when you have nothing better to do, that’s fine, but we got home at 3pm and all promptly headed to bed, and most of us slept until 5 or 530pm, and the baby didn’t wake up until 6pm. (Man, I have got to stop calling her the baby.) And then after that we had to deal with making sure the kids’ clothes/uniforms were washed for the week, and the house is TRASHED and we haven’t grocery shopped so there’s pretty much no fresh food in the house (there are the hundreds of freezer meals I cooked in the holidays, which is fab, but they need fresh veggies or salad to accompany, PLUS we *really* need to try to eat these down this week because I actually really need some freezer space this weekend for a whole bunch of baking that I have to do (er, have done? Will have done yesterday when you read this? That. Time travel, yeah.) *sigh*.

Also, I have a cold, and the baby not-baby has a cold, and neither of us can breathe, especially at night, oh what fun what yay.

Blah. I am being humbuggish. Sorry.

Made It things. Right.

Okay, so, BABY THINGS were the creative outlet of the week, because they needed making. My husband did most of the sewing (as ever at the moment), but still. I HELPED, OKAY? And even though the markets left us wasted and on the back foot for the rest of the week, the actual day was pretty good, and the kids were really well behaved, and it was nice to just sit/stand around for several hours with no major brainy commitments and hand stitch a bunch of the mats closed. That was happy.

Also, Mr Boy Child is getting old enough that he thinks he can be the shopkeeper now πŸ˜‰ Super cute.

Aaaand I just realised that I don’t actually have any photos of the NEW items we made *eyeroll*. We’ll have to do that sometime soon so we can list them online for sale. Bah. Also, humbug.

I am only four weeks through this term and already I am counting down until holidays. Oh well. Never mind.

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Made It Monday: Badges!!

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BADGES. Y’ALL, I HAVE BADGES.

Well, have is a strong word. ‘Have ordered’ is probably a more accurate phrase.* But anyway. LOOOOOOOOOK, I DESIGNED PRETTY BADGES FOR THE LAUNCH OF WHERE SHADOWS RIIIIIIISE!!!!! I’m super happy with how these turned out and I really can’t wait to see them in person. I’ll post a picture when I get them. In the meantime, enjoy the pics and plot which one you’d prefer** πŸ˜‰

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* Where ‘probably’ = ‘definitely’. Naturally.

** Totally open to posting some of these internationally if people want them. Let me know and I’ll look into postage costs <3

 

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