Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bottle necklaces

After I made these, I had a discussion with my father and sister about how to incorporate those types of beads into other things.  Dad brought up the idea of bottle necklaces and I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about.

I guess in the late 1800s/early 1900s, people often kept their alcohol in decanters with labels hanging from them to distinguish between the different types.  So something like this:

That conversation started the crazy ideas rolling.  Here's the thing:  I know not one single person who owns decanters and would want a label like that....all of the bottles have paper labels on them.  Sara mentioned seeing bottle necklaces as more of a decorative element, so that was the direction I went.

These are the first few...and very much my sense of humor, so who knows if they will actually appeal to anyone else.  Time will tell!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Party cakes

Last week I made two cakes for for a going away celebration and another for a birthday. 

The first one, a cake for someone moving on to a new job, included a caricature of the guest of honor sitting in a little sailboat with his guitar and a cup of coffee. 

The second cake was one of my favorite flavor combinations--a chocolate cake with peanut butter ganache and peanut butter cup filling and peanut butter frosting.  This was for a birthday and had the guest of honor sitting with his backpack and sketchbook, looking over a map.

Now it's really time for me to turn my attention to prepping for the Bizarre Bazaar--it's less than three weeks away!