Monday, November 28, 2011

cloudy with a chance of CAKEballs...

This has been on my list of things to experiment with for a while- To be honest.. I really don't know how all the cake pop bakers out there do it.  They are easy to make until you get to the part where you cover them in chocolate.  It just doesn't go on very pretty.  SO... I decided to give mine a different look. Instead of trying to cover the entire thing, I just drizzled the melted chocolate on the tops and then sprinkled on my toppings! It might not look quite as put together as others out there, but they tasted good!

* I used my grandmother's scratch red velvet cake recipe ( most just use a box) and baked it in a 9x13 pan.
* let it cool then using a fork, smash cake into crumbs!( how often can you do that?)

* mix crumbed cake with cream cheese frosting 
1pkg cream cheese
1/2 stick of butter
1tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
2 tsp of flour and approx. 4 cups powdered sugar- or until peaks form.

* form into 1 inch round balls and place on a cookie sheet, refrigerate at least 2 hours
*remove from fridge, melt baker's chocolate and dunk or drizzle (you pick)
*coat with your favorite toppings and let chocolate harden.
* I served them in mini cupcake liners!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

adventures in fondant.

I sort of a had a cake decorating party the day before Thanksgiving.  I had been wanting to experiment with fondant for a long time- and once I started everyone wanted to join! You can make almost ANYTHING with fondant and so we decided to take that to extreme- constructing a cake complete with a replica of our home, a turkey, ice cream, a hot dog and several trees.  Shane, my sister, brother and I spent more time than we would like to admit crafting turkeys' out of fondant.  It made for a super fun time- so I definitely recommend it for a date night, or just a fun time with the family!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

why my job is pretty awesome

This is what I made at work the other day...I had about 40 minutes without students and decided I should make the most of it.  Most grade levels are currently learning about abstract art- So i decided to install a little abstract work of my own outside of my classroom! I ran into the supply closet and started grabbing random things, made a small sketch of my plan and began!  WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS IS that in class I haven't really been announcing the project outside the room, but as we start talking about it- or as the students leave- they are like," Hey! That's abstract art too!"  For now- its just what I did, but I'm thinking about letting my art club students put some extra touches on it next week!

total items used so far: paper and painted papers from the scrap/recycle bin, cups, paper towel rolls, phone book pages, straws, border paper, and bottlecaps!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

wall remodel

I realized I never shared our recent remodel.  For the past year we have loved the open, loft-like feel of our home- but it became a slight problem with Shane and I on such different schedules each week! So our solution...add a wall! During the process we were slightly worried about the end result and if things would feel too closed in- but it's actually perfect! After the wall completion I decided we needed something- I have forever been wanting to create a photo collage straight on the wall, no frames. So I did it. Hot glue and some of my favorite photos. I realized I probably won't always have completely wooden walls that I can do almost anything to, so I went for it. It's still in progress but here it is so far..
wall in progress....

after (living room side)
photo wall progress...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

tiny paintings

 I made these for our friends, Robyn and John. They are having their first baby and we are pretty excited!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

diy longboard.

So occasionally I post about my family, they are crazy creators themselves and are always up to something. My brother especially.  He has recently made 2 longboards by himself- with a little help from my dad, and ME for the artistic design.  I think it looks pretty awesome if I do say so myself.  This board was made out of birch wood, and we drew and cut out his designs for the board on grip tape!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

what my students have been up to...

I just had to share some images of what's been happening in the art room the past month or so.  I am so impressed with the art these kids can make :)  And the best part... they are SO proud of their work!
2nd grade Wayne Thiebaud oil pastel drawings

Art Club crayon art

5th grade 1-point perspective cityscapes

Kindergarten Kandinsky Collage
2nd grade drawing from observation

 Kindergarten Texture Burgers

3rd grade value drawings in oil pastel

4th grade value drawings from observation

5th grade value drawings from observation