Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sad News

I have sad news. My lovely and talented sister, the Anne of Lizzie Anne Designs and her business partner, Tricia, have decided to close the doors on Lizzie Anne Designs.

The two of them are hugely talented designers and have created a fantastic product, but the current economy just won't support them continuing in their business. You can read all about their decision here.

You can still purchase merchandise at their website--in fact they are giving a 40-50% discount on their products.

I'll still post the pictures of cards I made with her products--and I'm going to make more (as soon as I uncover my inks from my in-construction basement)--I'm just really sad I won't be able to send you their website to buy anymore. In the meantime, check them out while you can.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! Admittedly I'm a bit early, but I love getting into the holiday spirit. The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. Who can resist hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken, potato salad, fireworks and watermelon?

Not me.

I thought I'd post two twists on a similar glass block. Glass blocks are so much more readily available these days (Hobby Lobby anyone? Love the predrilled blocks). I love decorating for all of the holidays and the easier for me the better.

So do any of you have big plans for the Fourth of July? We're going to go to one of the National Battlefields and check out the fireworks.

Stay safe and have a good time.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Topsy-turvy Cake

Wow--I had no idea trying to make a topsy-turvy cake out of clay would be so difficult.

First of all, the amount of clay needed to create a full cake was more than I wanted to use. Secondly, to keep my edges clean proved more difficult than I anticipated. Thirdly, I had no idea just how many teeny-tiny balls of white would be needed, or how easily they'd be knocked off the cake if you picked it up the wrong way (even after baking!)

It's done--more or less--and it looks pretty cute, if a little imperfect. My daughter loves it, and that's what counts.

By the way, I built up the bottom by fashioning a support around a wooden dresser knob with white clay. This allowed me to use less clay for the green body of the cake.

If you look carefully in the picture, you can see Jenny's superior cake just behind and to the right of the cake.