Thursday, October 30, 2008

Here are the official changes

Vicki suggested a few improvements so here are my changes.
I didn't do the red one, because I am too lazy to do it tonight.


I need some help deciding which way this pic looks best:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Whole bunch of Tamsyn

A little of her personality

Just practicing my depth of field... It is not very often that Tamsyn is a willing model... so I enjoyed it while it lasted.

Friday, October 24, 2008


The originals of these pictures, needed a little cropping...I think they look better now that they don't have half-missing hands. No?

Mr. Ethan

I like how innocent he looks in this pic, but I don't know if I like the colored version or the B&W one better.

One thing I took away from this was that 2 year olds don't like to hold still for pictures...Who'd have guessed? ;)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Website Front Page

Here is a black version?

Ok... here is one more... all these in random order now.. 
I think I like this one the best.  I think you can click on it to see it larger too.

Hey Teri and Ash, and whoever else happens to see this...
I am trying to get my website updated and come up with a nice front page.  Following are the logo I decided on (it is similar to how I sign my work) and an idea for the first page of my website.
Please let me know your opinions!  If some of the stuff sticks out, or seems out of place, too much, not enough etc.  I wanted to have some, photos, illustrations, pastel, and pencil.  I have a painting that I did for a friend that I don't have pics of, if she gets around to sending it to me, I would put it where the one of Justin with the three girls is.

(ok, later I added 2 other options)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Fondant Cakes

These are my first attempts at using fondant to decorate cakes. Kyle wanted a dragon for his 8th birthday and he wanted it to have wings and lots of scale. He also wanted to pick the colors. The scales are hard to see in these pictures.
I had never made or used fondant before this cake. Please remember I am completely self taught and just have fun experimenting. I used food coloring and a paintbrush to color this one.
This is my 2nd try. I used a different recipe for the fondant and found it was a little easier to work with.
Allie found a picture of this pig and decided she wanted it for her 5th birthday.

Almost a year later, I got the chance to work with fondant again.
Azurdey wanted a cake with toys. (Yes, she is a little spoiled.)
This is the cake she got for her 3rd birthday.

My 4th attempt.
Allie wanted a mermaid for her 6th birthday. I tweaked the "Barbie Cake" and came up with this. I still had the half-doll from Jada's Barbie cake from when she turned 5.
I colored large sugar crystals to make the 'sand' on the top layer. It was fun to make all the shells and coral. It is hard to see those details in the pictures.
These cakes are far from perfect and I am the first to admit I am no professional, but I do enjoy it, especially when I see the kids' faces light up to see their idea turned into a birthday cake. Also, it always sparks my creativity to see what other people have done with their cakes, so I hope these examples might help get your creative juices flowing.