The Flamingo Cake

My adorable niece is turning 4 today!! She sat me down, very seriously, and described her cake. She asked for a "giant flamingo on a plain green background," It was very important to her that the inside of the cake be pink as well. Of course! What else would it be?

I set out using 2 rectangle 13X9 baking pans. Using my handy favorite steak knife, I cut away the parts that would become my snack cake pile (top of the photo) and left a basic flamingo shape.

With it all lined up on the board, I thought a little of the neck should be cut down. In hindsight, I should have left it longer. Eh, she's gonna love it anyway! She's four. haha

All that was left is to toss some (of course, pink) icing on it and cover it in fondant. The fondant was tricky around the neck but it worked out nice and smooth. In my opinion, with our limited cake tools we did a pretty good job.

It was a fun cake to work on with my girls. We had a good laugh at how much pink cake batter looks like pepto! Haha We are off to the party.

I hope you have a sweet day! ;)


More Nightpain and all she has learned

It's been a week and Nightpain has been a fun learning tool.

After just a day my teenager was tired of lugging around a 5lb sack of flour, even this cute one!

Being the oldest cousin, dressing and even the idea of changing a diaper was nothing new or difficult for my kiddo. For her, the lesson was really  having to keep up with this heavy doll 24/7. In and out of the car, up and down the stairs and while carrying other items in her hands was enough for this teenager!

Everywhere Nightpain went she was complimented. Aurora did such a good job on her little doll. The local Game Stop clerk joked that she better not set Nightpain down or someone might try to buy her! Hahaha

It was a great lesson and a good time was had by all. If you must carry a 5lb sack of flour for an educational project, give it a fun personality.! ;)

Happy crafting!


Flour Sack Baby Adventure Continues...

Our little Nightpain is settling in nicely.
Already she has been to the park and the court house on a field trip.

She sleeps in this basket. She gets to snuggle up with Black Butler's Sebastian and a chocobo.

The kiddo did debate making Nightpain her own mini coffin bed out of cardboard. After much thought, she decided that it would be too dark and scary, even for a baby vampire.

Let's talk about Nightpain's hair. We didn't go all out and make it perfect but we did follow this tutorial loosely. http://easypeasycraft.blogspot.com/2011/09/yarn-wig-tutorial.html

I helped a little with this part of the project. It required an extra set of hands.

Making a yarn wig was new for us but this may have started something! Hello Halloween projects!!

See you next time.
Happy crafting!


The making of Nightpain

Our kiddo is the oldest of all her cousins so you can imagine my surprise when she wanted to do the flour sack baby assignment. Of course, I should have known it would be a fun adventure!

May I present Nightpain
Yes, that is her flour sack baby's name. It's a goth vampire baby... nothing out the ordinary there! 

To make your very own Flour Sack Baby you will need:
5lb bag of flour (or rice, ect)
2 pairs of knee high pantyhose
Markers (to draw face stuff)
Fabric glue and a scrap of fabric (optional. You could go bald and draw the eyes right on the pantyhose)
Yarn for hair (optional)

This video on how to put it together is very helpful and fun to watch:

As a part of this lesson there will be research on the cost of raising a baby. There will be reports written about childhood injury for things like dropping Nightpain or leaving her in the car. She will be required to get a babysitter if she does not want to take Nightpain somewhere. I do not plan on babysitting! Ha! ;) 


5 fun things I enjoy about having an only child

Like everyone else in the world, from time to time I get annoyed with all the unsolicited “advice” and opinion that people bestow upon me. I have an only child. The horror!! Gasp!! By CHOICE?! Yep.

It’s not for any real reason, so to speak, except that is what I was blessed with. One would think that would be a good enough answer to the big family pushers out there. Now, don’t get me wrong here I think you should have as many kids as you want to raise! I’m all for you doing what is right for you and me doing what it right for me. I’m absolutely positive there are some great things about having lots of kids that I won’t experience. However, I’m having a blast here with my only child and I wanted to share this positive mini-list for those of us who might be just a tad tired of hearing how you simply need to have more children.

5    fun things I enjoy about having an only:

1.      Quiet time is easy to come by and keep peaceful. We can all grab a book and chill out on the couch reading. Maybe this is because I’m extra lucky to have a peaceful child but maybe it’s because there aren’t any other kids to run after. Either way, we are loving it.

2.  Short order cooking. We can all have what we want for the most part just about any time. While dinner is planned, we really don’t have a plan for breakfast and lunch. It’s easy to make a ‘special order’ meal when I only have to do it for one person.

3.  Every day is special “mommy and me” time. There is no competition for my time or attention so anytime she wants it, it’s hers. At any free moment we could be painting each other’s nails, playing a game together or just hanging out. There are the typical distractions like chores and school work of course but the rest of the time is fair game fun time!

4.  Equality is easy. Since there are only 3 of us total, we find that splitting things equally is easy and taking turns really doesn’t take long at all. We can play split screen on most video games too! 

5.  Have a favorite. This is my favorite part!! In my phone and even on some of my photo albums I nicknamed my daughter “Favorite Child.” It’s pretty cool to have a favorite. She gets to be my favorite person in the whole wide world. 

So, next time you think you should tell a mom how sad it is to only have one child, think again!
They might be loving it. What matters is that we all love our children, do our best and try not to mess them up. When it’s all said and done, none of us have all the answers and one size never fits all. Love and be loved ya’ll!