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I had a commitment I promised my daughter; a sketch I said I’d do for one of my her friends. Her friend’s fiance’s mom died when he was 18, and she wanted to take some old photos of her and have them done in graphite (pencil). She’d tried to find someone who could do these in time for Christmas, but couldn’t.  

Krysta told her that I could draw. She is going to make the pencil drawings that I do for her the centerpiece of their family’s living room. Her fiance loved his mom so much, that that’s a lot to live up to. I did say I’d do it for her; Molly has been the best friend I could have asked for for my daughter. I told my daughter that I hoped that she didn’t over promise on what her expectations might be, that I might under deliver and disappoint her. I finished one portrait in time for Christmas. Molly loved it matted and framed. I haven’t seen it yet, but she says it’s hanging in their living room.

I CAN draw; normally if I look at something, I can draw it. I might not be a ‘quick sketch‘, but it works. I also like to bake, cook, write, design jewelry... I guess I simply like to create. That ‘something from nothing’ feeling when I’m done and can stand back and look at it. There’s just something about it that brings a sense of fulfillment. Especially if it’s something that someone else can also enjoy.  

The biggest project I’ve done so far, regarding cakes, is the cake for the 50th wedding anniversary of a friend’s in-laws... it was big enough to serve 300 people, and the middle tier alone took 3 dozen eggs in the cake batter. Their anniversary was Dec 22, only a few days before Christmas, and Margo couldn’t find a bakery that could fill her need for a cake. I showed her my idea of what I wanted to do and she liked it! I made the cake, iced it all in ivory using a lacy pattern which killed my hands when squeezing the icing bag! Then I gave the cake color by using fresh green fern and spray roses imported from South America. Man, were they expensive!! I leave it to you to judge. It took me three days to make the cake, ice it and decorate it, since I worked on this by myself in between work and home. I never got to see the cake assembled; I simply left the tiers separated so that they could transport it to where the anniversary party was held. Here’s a pic of what it looked like, at least in part!

Molly and I want to give Krysta a surprise baby shower. She wants me to make the cake; so we had the idea in mind of a ‘Mad Hatter Cake‘, which looks like, from the pics I saw when I researched it, a ‘Who-ville’ kind of cake! It’s a great idea, and I can make baby bottles and other items from fondant to decorate it with... no plastic decorations here! Since Mark Jr. is due on St. Patrick’s Day, and since Mark is 100% Irish while Krysta is a quarter Irish, what better to decorate it with also than symbols of shamrocks? At least, I have time to work on that design, still!

Here’s one of the cakes I’ve made...this one was when it was ‘under construction‘.. for a 50th anniversary party, for 300 people... took me two days to do it.  


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