February 23, 2013
Decorating cakes and cookies is NOT my favorite thing to do. So don't laugh at my unenthusiastic attempts at it. I really need you guys to send photos in of your projects because I know for sure you can do this stuff with much more finesse. It might help matters if I had not been doing the decorating at my local coffee house, that caffeine added extra squiggles to what should been straight lines. I had to switch my order to decaf espesso this week but one must make sacrifices for ones art. Not that my squiggles actually qualify as art as I am no longer 6 years old.
I will to stick to basics by using a white gel pen to draw in the icing details. A bit of glitter will get sprinkled on later today. Despite my lack of graphic skills they are still turning out very cute and charming.
This last few weeks has been devoted to cutting hundreds of little building kits and packaging them up getting ready to sell them at the Seattle Dollhouse show on March 2 and 3rd.
One person at the coffee shop said it must be so much fun making them. It is fun to assemble and decorate them. But removing thousands of chads to clear out those tiny window openings is not going to be anyone's idea of fun. I put my adjustable bed at a comfortable angle, turn on the TV and proceed to cover myself in tiny bits of paper. Watcing old movie reruns is best for this kind of work as removing chads is done with a #11 knife. It is driving the cats crazy to have the vacuum cleaner making frequent visits into their territory.
One of these days when I get in the mood to mess around with it I will train my cutting machine to draw the icing lines onto the paper before I cut out the houses. I will have to order a special pen holder for it and then do a lot of calibrating and make some shims for consistently setting the pen height above the paper surface. Of course I will also have to create the graphics for the line work that the pen will draw and learn how to turn layers off and on in the cutter's software. Right now though my list of projects to be accomplished has dozens of higher priority things at the top of it.