10.25.2015

Halloween themed birthday party success!

I know we've all seen that hilarious Pinterest fails meme (the one with the hedgehog cake wearing dentures cracks me up EVERY SINGLE TIME), but I found two foolproof dessert pins for your Halloween party.

My younger son requested a Halloween themed birthday party this year, which if you can convince your kid to do this, DO IT.  Seriously.  It was the easiest party ever to find cute and easy (and cheap!) snacks/ plates/ etc.  Every year, when I make birthday cakes for the guys, I try to make something that will make their face light up when I see it.  It gets me super excited.  So this year, when my little one said he wanted his cake to have a ghost and Frankenstein, I was a little stumped on how to combine these two things on one cake in an interesting way.

First I thought maybe I'll make a little Halloween gingerbread house and stick that on top of the cake and a lollipop ghost.  But Frank?  Kinda threw a wrench into things.  I'm no Cake Boss, so I wasn't exactly going to pull out my industrial cake tools and carve up an edible Frankenstein.  Instead I did the obvious thing.  I turned to Pinterest.

I found this cake idea from Betty Crocker and liked the look of it.  I needed a big sheet cake, so I ordered just a plain solid green cake from Costco.  PS, wow, do they try to talk you out of ordering a cake like this, presumably because if you don't decorate it, it looks really silly and they don't want you to tell everyone it's a Costco cake.  The Betty Crocker cake uses licorice to add the black detailing, but I'm not a licorice fan at all, so I used two squeeze tubes of Wilton black icing (which was half the price at Target, btw).  The star tip was perfect for the hair, and the line tip was ok but not ideal for the rest of the face.   There were a LOT of adjustments using toothpicks to get clean lines. I also picked up a tube of the black gel, but it was way too runny for me to draw the face on, so I didn't use it.

cobberson halloween frankenstein cake





Since I also needed some kind of ghost dessert, I found this super cute graveyard pudding cup idea from Party Pinching that was a big hit.  There's zero work needed - you just buy Peeps in ghost or tombstone shapes, crumble up some chocolate cookies, stick both in the cup with a candy corn pumpkin, and you're done.

cobberson halloween theme party treats




Super cute, fast, and the kids loved them.  Most importantly, my son thought both were awesome and he had a great time at his party.  Pinterest win!

What kind of party ideas have you found on Pinterest?  How did they turn out?

10.23.2015

As seasons roll on by...

Photo credit: Brett Danielsen


So I haven't been posting much at all lately, just the occasional Facebook stuff about mostly interesting knitting stories I come across.  I hadn't meant to take what has turned into a blogging sabbatical, and yet here I am.  It's been at least a month since I picked up a knitting needle, or an embroidery project, or even a real book.  All I've felt like doing lately is writing, but I haven't put a single word on paper.  

I'm not sure what the deal is with my creative block this time (it happens periodically), but I do know that it makes me feel anxious and jittery and restless.  Bursts of creative thinking tend to hit me in the middle of the day when I'm at work or in the car, which is not exactly convenient for following through and making stuff.  I try to always write down at least the basic ideas on a post it, with the intent of working them out later when I get home.  Usually this works out, but recently I've just been totally stuck at night.  Nothing is flowing.  

I suspect that the real reason for the lack of motivation is that I'm probably trying to only write what I think you want to read, rather than just writing what I want to say about whatever I feel like.  

There are some things that I will be changing with this site that have been bothering me for a while, and I think it will not only be helpful to me creatively, but also make the content more interesting.

#1.  I won't be doing any more sponsored posts.  I only did one, on Kathleen Hanna style, but it just felt completely icky.  I LOVE Kathleen, and I would rather just write about HER, rather than try to sell you stuff.  The idea of her somehow coming across that post and thinking I'm a total douchebag for it totally weighs on me, so I'm going to delete it and just do a new article on her style evolution. Oh and I will also be taking the affiliate links out of my posts, because they too just feel weird.  From now on, if I like something and want to show it to you, I will.  No strings attached.

#2. There will be lots more posts on stuff besides knitting and DIY.  Hey, I have other interests, and I'm sure you do too.  When I'm not knitting, I'm doing other stuff and I would love to tell you about it.  Thanks to the new, super organized layout (thanks Jenny Highsmith!), all the DIY tutorials and such will be easy to find.

#3. I will no longer be requiring subscriptions to my email list to get the free printable handmade with love gift tags, starting later this week.  Instead, there will be two options to get the tags - a link to the file on Google Drive (free) OR a link to the tags in my Etsy shop (which actually has stuff that needs to be photographed and listed, I swear), where 100% of the profits will go to charity.   This will all be explained in greater detail in an upcoming post on my new project idea, The Revolution Craft Style Project.

#4. I'm going to be experimenting with some new features, including some interviews of friends who I think have really fascinating/ creative/ amazing jobs I want to tell you about.

I hope these changes will revive the creativity that's been missing and also I hope it will bring more readers.  I'm looking for a sense of community here, you know what I mean?  I love talking to new people with common interests.   Come join me, won't you?



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