Thursday, October 23, 2008

Imagination to Reality

October's theme in Cub Scouts was Adventures in Books. We had a really fun pack meeting, with our Cubmaster coming up with a fantastic mystery over missing awards. I volunteered to do the cake, since I had a book pan. I had no idea at the start of the month what I was going to do, but that's what Perry's for.

I finally had an idea of scenes from books, but I had no clue what to use. Perry gave me some ideas of what captured boys' interests and I went to work. I asked Mischa what page number to put on the book, and she suggested our pack number. Perry then came home, saw the cake, and said it would be cool to have put a smooth brown border around the bottom of the cake (instead of the white shells here) to make it look like a book cover. I scraped off the stars and followed his suggestion. It turned out really cute.

My favourite part of this cake was the rough sketch. I haven't ever drawn a rough idea for my cakes before, and I don't think I've picked up a pencil to draw in 10 years (and I used to love to draw in high school). I changed some things around, mainly not liking the title look, moving the pirate flag/map down so I didn't have 2 black scenes next to each other, and I decided to ditch the Gryffindor crest for the golden snitch (I figured boys would like the sports in Harry Potter, and it was also a good reason to buy the gold dusting powder I've been wanting). I used silver dusting powder on the spaceship and the wings of the snitch and dragon.

(the black squiggle next to the space scene is what happens when you leave a pen and paper within reach of a certain 3 year old girl in our family)


Mischa lost her first top tooth on Friday. By Saturday (when this picture was taken), you could see the new one poking through. When Caleb lost this same tooth, his tooth didn't start poking through for 6 months! She has always (okay, for the only 3 teeth she has lost) been very fast to get her new ones. I think her first adult tooth was almost in a week after she lost the baby tooth.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Poor Blog

Poor poor ignored blog. It's been a bit of a whirlwind around here. It started at the end of September, when my grandmother passed away. She was 94 and it was her birthday. My other grandmother was 95 1/5 when she passed, so my kids will never be rid of me, bwahaha! I've also been in charge of Cub Scouts this month and had a quick bout of sickness. I haven't had time to run at all, which I'm wanting to get back to mainly because I'm almost at 100 miles. We also got a new puppy, so it's been crazy but fun here. Maybe once I get back on top of the laundry I'll find the time to blog.