Back in October a little boy named Destiny celebrated his 4th birthday. Like all little boys right now he really likes the Disney Cars movie and characters, especially Lightning McQueen and Mater. Hope it was a great birthday, Destiny!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Maria and Chad's son Bryce recently turned 1. The family (or maybe just the dad??) roots for the Tennessee Volunteers, so naturally, with it being football season, that was the theme!
the main cake
Bryce's little football smash cake
Happy 1st Birthday, Bryce!!
My Friend Courtney's mom celebrated her birthday out on a boat with friends and family all decked out in pirate gear. The cake was supposed to go along with the pirate theme a little, but mostly be a red canoe floating past canyon walls. Sorry about the blur on the left side... my lens was really dirty! Happy Birthday, Donna! Hope Ye had a grrreat pARRRty!
Carol's co-worker, Laurie was moving to a different state ( I don't remember where) where the temperatures are much colder. They decided to throw her a going away party with the changing climate in mind and did a sort of winter wonderland theme.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
My cousin Autumn recently had a birthday and requested a Hokie cake from her mom. She even drew me a picture to show how she wanted it laid out. Personally, I do not understand all of this Hokie Hoopla, but I just do what I'm told. :) I did tease Autumn a little when she came with her mom to get the cake by saying I had her UVA cake all ready for her. The look on her face was priceless! Happy Birthday, little Hokie fan!
My friend Crystal celebrated her 40th birthday back in September. Her husband Jeff wanted the cake to reflect Crystal's godly conduct (I agree, she is one of the most godly women I know), so I suggested this verse from Proverbs 31. It was fitting, and the beauty of the cake is far surpassed by the beauty of this life lived for Jesus!
Matt and Mollie are a new couple to our church and I had the honor of making their wedding shower cake. The shower was inspired by their wedding invitation, which featured two lovebirds on a tree branch. They are a neat couple and and are solidly grounded in the Lord. We look forward to seeing how He uses your marriage His kingdom!
Becky and her family had lots of things to celebrate back in August: birthdays, showers, etc. The family decided to throw one big party, like a Luau. She liked the Hawaiian Luau cake I had done a while back and asked if I would replicate it for this party. The weather was perfect for an outdoor celebration that day. Hope you guys had a blast!!
Lauren's sister, Kendall, also had reason to celebrate this past spring/summer; She graduated from Virginia Tech and Mountain State and has recently started working in her field of study. This young woman is a pillar of strength in her faith in God, and He, of course, has proven faithful. Her celebration of this big accomplishment was postponed a little until after her sister's wedding, but Kendall is gracious and humble and didn't mind. Congratulations, Kendall!!
Another wedding that I had the privilege to attend and to make the groom's cake for was Lauren and Andrew's. They are both godly people and true servants to the Lord. It is an awesome thing to see the power of Christ in people, lived out unashamedly. Andrew was an active athlete in high school and attended Virginia Tech, so those to things and his love for Jesus inspired this groom's cake.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
This summer there were several weddings at our church and we were honored to be able to witness God's covenant of marriage come to fruition in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ. One of those weddings was Mattie and Scott's. Mattie had me make a groom's cake for her husband, who is an amazingly talented musician and singer. When he's not singing on the praise team at our church, he's playing guitar (or drums). So, she requested a guitar-shaped cake all for him (although I heard the groomsmen did their fair share of scarfing it down before the ceremony!). Scottie and Mattie, you are both blessings to the Body of Christ!
Back in July I did a birthday cake for Scott. I've known Scott for several years, and even had the privilege of teaching him some during his third grade year. His two sisters have gotten several birthday cakes from me, but somehow I always seem to be on vacation round Scott's birthday! This year, however, things worked out and I was able to make him a cake. Scott wanted something with construction equipment, but nothing that would look babyish. His father owns a construction business and I think Scott is almost as passionate about it as his dad is! He's definitely got his sights on the business as far as his career path goes. Glad I could finally able to do a cake for you, Scott!
Back in the spring I did a first birthday cake for Ben and Molly's son, Isaac. The theme they picked was mustaches and ties in honor of their "Little Man." I thought it was just precious. They liked the idea of bright blues and greens for the colors. I did argyle around the sides of the main cake and made Isaac's "smash cake" to look like an argyle tie. Unfortunately I can't get that picture to turn around, but you get the idea. Super cute, just like the birthday boy!!
Months and months ago (I'm still very far behind!) I did a cake for my best friend from middle and high school, Jessica. She lives in Colorado now, so we see each other very infrequently, but I was honored that she asked me to do a cake for her. Jessica and her husband and their friends and families were celebrating their daughter's christening. Lately she has become quite the crafter/decorator/DIY-er and had some great, hand-made decorations planned for the party using pinks, cream, and tans, burlap, etc. She just wanted a simple, girlie cake to go with the color scheme. I know everyone enjoyed celebrating your precious little Tori!
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Julia and her family are a special part of our church family and she graduated from Glenvar High School in June of this year. Her mom, Kim got me to do two cakes for her graduation party. One in celebration of the graduation itself and one in celebration of all of the activities Julia was involved in during her high school career. I think they turned out beautifully, just like the special young woman they were made to celebrate!
Back in May I did a graduation cake for the kiddos at the Child Development Center at our church who were graduating from preschool. A year goes by so fast, and I'm sure that these sweet kids are excited to be starting Kindergarten here in just a few short days!!
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Jenny was helping to throw a surprise 60th birthday luau for her father-in-law and asked if I would do a Hawaiian themed cake for the occasion. I loved the way it turned out!! I did the sides to mimic a grass skirt and on the top she wanted a surf board, tiki hut, and tropical flowers. Hope it was a blast!
My friend Courtney's grandfather celebrated his birthday and Father's Day all rolled into one big party. Courtney's mom, Donna, asked me to make a very unique cake for the occasion. Apparently random things just fall off the wall in the middle of the night at his house and they are always teasing him about not even bothering trying to fall asleep because of it. Hope everyone enjoyed the cake and that the odd crashes in the night are over!!
My friend Leslie's niece celebrated her 10th birthday back in MAY... yes, I know it's now August! I did a cool cake for her in a modern flower theme with bold colors, mainly blue and red. Purple icing never photographs right, and I'm unable to use my editing software right now, but the purple was prettier than that! It turned out cute! Happy belated birthday, Jerica!!
One is Fun was the theme for Casey's son's first birthday, and the Cat in the Hat is definitely fun!! Doing this cake was fun, too, as was catching up with the proud mommy... Casey and I first became friends back in elementary school and it had probably been since high school that we had seen each other! I'm so so so very far behind on posting pictures (computer issues and just the normal busy summer schedule), but I hope Henry had a great 1st birthday months and months ago!!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
A while back I did a 16th birthday cake for Danielle, the daughter of one of my husband's coworkers. She was having a big celebration, but didn't really have a theme per se, but wanted a cake that had a blue and white marble effect, with several shades of blue. She was really pleased with the outcome.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
My friend Jill's son Ashton just celebrated his birthday recently. He turned twelve and his "party" was all things manly, I think they went 4-wheeling, hiking, fishing, and I don't know what all else! I did a cake to go with the fishing portion of the guy-fest, as if it'd just been reeled in and laid on the dock. Hope your birthday was awesome, Ashton!
My friend Leslie's son Kolton recently celebrated his first birthday. He is SOOOO cute! (Sorry for the aside. that has nothing to do with his cake, but I love him!!) She had me do a cake to match his party decor... stars, polka dots, cute kid-like writing, and lots of primary colors. Hope it was great! The birthdays will just keep on flying by, unfortunately.
Friday, May 4, 2012
A few weeks back I did a cake for Ava's 6th birthday. The theme was a Justin Bieber-ish (minus Justin Bieber himself), talent show type of thing. Her mom said Ava wanted something with purple, heart-shaped peace signs, zebra stripes, piano keys, and music notes. I thought, "How in the world am I ever going to put all of that onto a cake and make it look like it actually BELONGS together??". I think it came together nicely after all!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Every four-year-old boy I know is crazy about superheros! The same holds true for my friend Bekka's son, Joey. He really likes Spiderman, so that was the theme for his birthday. Bekka asked me to do the cake, and I was really pleased with how it turned out! The the top was Spiderman against a city backdrop and the sides I did to match the red part of Spiderman's suit. Happy Birthday, Joey!!!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Back in March I helped to throw a baby shower for one of my dear friends, Ashely. She's expecting her 3rd any day now--a sweet girl named Presley. Her nursery is grey, pink, and white, so we planned the shower decor to match. The other women hosting and I all went together to purchase a diaper bag for her. Because that was the "big" gift, I did the cake to match. It was a great time and I can't wait to meet little Presley.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
My friend Emily is one of the cheerleading coaches at Salem High School and a former cheerleader there, herself. Back in march they had tryouts for the upcoming season and they wanted refreshments for the judges and the girls trying out. Emily asked me to do a cake. I decided to base it off of their uniforms. The gray has shimmery silver powder on it, but it's difficult to see in the picture. SHS! GO SPARTANS!
Friday, March 30, 2012
Staci, a former co-worker of mine, asked me to do a birthday cake for her daughter, Maddie. Maddie is really into lacrosse right now and has a cute, girlie pink LAX stick. Staci sent me a picture of Maddie's stick so I could draw it on the cake. The sides also had pink, yellow and green polka-dots. When I did this cake it wasn't yet spring, but the colors made me long for that time of year! Hope your birthday was great, Maddie!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
In February, the long-time custodian at our church, Raymond, retired. He's planning to spend his retirement doing a lot of traveling and visiting his brother and sister who live in Florida and Indiana. The office staff had me do a cake to commemorate his years of service and to wish him well in his future years of traveling. The design was a suitcase to symbolize Raymond moving on to something new.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Back in February I did cakes for two baby showers on back to back weekends. That's nothing all that crazy, but I did think it was kind of funny that BOTH were using a monkey theme and that the colors for BOTH were yellow and green. I did similar, but not identical cakes. I thought both turned out really sweet!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
About a month ago I did a baby shower cake for a girl I used to teach with. Our school always did a baby shower for the first baby any of the teachers had, and this time around it was Shelly's turn! She's due any day now and will be bringing home a precious baby girl named Colbie. The nursery is done in pink and brown damask, so the teachers decorated for her shower to coordinate with that and requested that the cake match that theme as well. We're really excited for you, Shelly!!
Friday, March 9, 2012
My friend Kim celebrated her birthday back in January and her husband asked me to do a cake for her. Her favorite color is purple and she likes flowers, but he didn't want just your run-of-the-mill flowers. I decided to give them a vintage feel and do a really deep, dark purple. I think it was beautiful! The whole time her husbamd was teasing her that he had just ordered a cake from Kroger. She was frustrated and said if she couldn't have one of my cakes, then she didn't want one at all! I thought that was a huge compliment! Thanks for being so sweet, Kim, and Happy Birthday!
Friday, March 2, 2012
My friend Molly asked me to do the cake for her son Luke's 2nd birthday. Luke is such a cutie and really enjoys playing with bouncy balls. Molly wanted to go with a color scheme of blues, orange, and yellow and wanted fondant "bouncy balls" all around the cake. It turned out really cute! Happy Birthday, Luke!!