We're lucky to have these great splash pad parks so that's why the swimsuit... Not that she went near the water as there were a lot of bigger kids playing that day.
Now, I am not a cook in any sense of the word. I've been known to joke about the only thing I bake is polymer! But birthday carrot cake is the one exception and it's so worth it. The recipe I know is a photocopy from my mums giant binder of clipped recipes so who knows where it originated from but it has a good bit of apple in it that makes it nice and moist. The cake, while delicious, is also a way for me to add some polymer to the celebrating.
This year, I went for a loose woodland type theme and had some foxes and an owl for the cake. The owl started out as a dollar store find that I stripped these odd cork feathers off of and painted a bright "goji berry" and gave her a ruffled copper wing instead. Here's the before, or more like just in progress:
Here's the after:
I think it turned out pretty well. The two foxes are a little tough to make out here with the party stuff all in the way. They were just a quicky project with some copper skinner blend I had on hand, a cookie cutter from ikea and a glass stir rod so that the polymer sits just above the cake and not touching the icing. The only other shot I grabbed was basically from the back. I've tried to blur out the background a bit. Not ideal shots but you get the idea. People do some awesome things with cakes, but I kinda like the idea of having a little something to hang on to post birthday.
For her first birthday I had a bit more ambitious plan. This was the first time (um and the last actually) that I tried a sculpted figure. He's a heffalump, from Winnie the Pooh fame. He sits on a bed of polymer grass with little paper flowers. This little platform is raised off the cake by a jar lid. I couldn't resist making her pennants either since I had those mini clothes pegs in my stash forever. Those are clay covered baby food jar honey pots in the front. I've cropped out most of it as each has a little banner with our guest's name just above the hand scrawled "hunny". Perfect for little treasures.
I wonder what next year will bring?