My Etsy Shop

I have added a bunch of items I have made to my Etsy shop. I have some great coupons just for my blog readers:

10% off purchases $10 or more CRAFT10
20% off purchases $25 or more CRAFT20
30% off purchases $50 or more CRAFT30

They all expire at the end of the year (December 31, 2015)

Cake Mix Issues

I never posted about my daughter’s Frozen birthday cake. That is because it was a disaster! My daughter saw the Duff cake mixes at the store and want the pink camo and the zebra cake mixes for her cake. She likes things wild!










So I backed both cakes,separately, in a 10″ square pan. They were fully cooked 10 minutes before the suggested time, which is when I removed them from the oven. After they cooled I removed them from the pan and there was some minor crumbling. Nothing to worry about. I leveled them and started filling the bottom layer which was the zebra cake. The cake crumbled more with the pudding filling being spread over it. I stacked the camo cake on top and before I could start frosting the camo started crumbling! I lost one whole corner! I thought I might be able to save it with lots of frosting and using fondant (which I hadn’t plan to use originally) but it just became a mound of crumbs. I have never had that happen before. I then dumped the “cake” into a container to save since my husband loves cake crumbs and frosting.

I then went to my local grocery store and bought a sheet cake! Something I have never done my entire life. I picked one that was simply decorated and removed the flowers. I then decorated it with sugar shards I had made the day before, sprinkled the cake with sugar crystals and added Frozen figures. My daughter loved it so I guess it worked out in the end.


I will not be buying Duff cake mix again. It was very dry tasting and I cooked it for 10 minutes less time. With my oven I usually have to cook things longer than the suggested time!

Recently I have used Cake Boss cake mixes. I was not sure about them after the disaster of the Duff cake mixes but I had some coupons and bought two cake mixes and two frosting cans. The first one, the Chocolate Trifecta a, I made earlier this summer to make a trifle. The cake was really good tasting and wasn’t dry it all, but it baked very unevenly. I thought maybe I didn’t mix it well enough, it had never happened with any other cake mixes I have made.

chocolate-trifecta    primo-yellow








Just today I decided to cook the other one I bought, Primo Yellow. It cooked the same, uneven. This time I used my new stand mixer and followed the instructions exactly. It still tastes good and it doesn’t fall apart, but I end up cutting off more cake to even it out.

I think I might just stick to Pillsbury and Betty Crocker, I have never had these problems with those cake mixes.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nunchuks

I made some nunchuks using foam noodles, TMNT Duck tape and gimp.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Favor Bags

Favor Bags Include:

  • Coloring Pages
  • Crayons
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Slime
  • TMNT Stickers
  • TMNT Temporary Tatoos
  • TMNT Party Blowouts
  • Bubbles
  • Glow Stick
  • Ninja Mask
  • Fruit Rollups

Glow-in-the-Dark Slime Recipe:

  • 1 – 4oz bottle of clear Elmer’s glue
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • glow-in-the-dark paint
  • 2 teaspoons of Borax
  • 1/3 cup of warm water

Mix together glue and water. Stir in paint, I used most of the bottle but you can use less or more. Mix the borax and 1/3 cup water together in a separate bowl until Borax is completely dissolved. Add 2 tablespoons of the Borax solution (the dissolved Borax in water) to the glue solution. Stir continuously. You may add more of the Borax solution if you want the slime to be stiffer. I ended up adding too much of the Borax solution but it came out okay, not as runny as I wanted it. It was still fun to play with.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cake

Fine Art Classes

Have you every wanted to learn to draw or paint? Even if you don’t want to be an artist, learning to draw or paint can be helpful. Just think what you could do to a wall or a piece of furniture if you could paint an idyllic scene on it. Or how you convey an idea with an accurate drawing (never mind always winning Pictonary!). I have taken many drawing and painting classes which I was required to take for my graphic design degree. Those skills have always been very helpful. I am glad I took those classes. I even thinking of expanding on my current skills to become better at drawing and painting. Which is why I am so glad that Craftsy has just added fine art classes to their catalog!

Craftsy Fine ArtPerspective in Landscape Drawing
Acrylic Landscape Painting
Portraits in Watercolor
Narrative Portraiture: Painting in Acrylic
Drawn to Painting
Master Palettes: Exploring Color Mixing

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Love handbags? Try making one with one of these sewing or cake making classes.
Online Sewing Class Online Cake Decorating Class

I swear that cake looks like a real handbag!

How to Make a Princess Castle Cake – Part 3

Pulling it all Together

Before you start you will want the cake to be at room temperature, so if you refrigerated it, make sure you take it out before you start so it can warm up.

What you may need:

You will first need to stack and frost the cake. I didn’t take any photos of how to do this but here are two great tutorials on how to frost a cake smooth. You will want to color your frosting the same shade as the fondant on the towers.

How to Make a Princess Castle Cake – Part 2

Baking the Cakes

You will need:

Prepare cake mixture as directed. Don’t forget to preheat the oven. Cover your pan(s) with shortening, making sure you don’t miss a spot. Cover the pan(s) with flour, shaking out excess flour. This will guarantee your cake will come out of the pan smoothly. Fill the pan with 6 cups of batter and cook for 35-45 mins. Let the cake cool and then level the cake to a 1″ height for each layer. Do this for all 4 layers.

If you are not going to fill and frost the cake the same day then you will need to store the cake. Wrap the cake tightly with wax paper and plastic wrap and place in an airtight container. Refrigerate cake if you will not be using it withing 24 hours. That is it for part 2.

How to Make a Princess Castle Cake – Part 1

Decorating the Towers

We start with decorating the towers. This can be done days in advance, I started a week before the party.

What you may need:


Get all your supplies together now (the frosting you will want to wait to make until later since it stiffens fast). From the Wilton Romantic Castle Cake Set I only used the 4 big towers, 4 big cones, the peak, 3 windows and a door. The windows and door will not be used until part 4. NOTE: In the pictures you may note I also decorated a medium tower and cone but I didn’t end up using it on the cake. It was used as a centerpiece. Continue reading…

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