Monday, May 30, 2011

There's a first time for everything!

I hope everyone had a safe Memorial Day holiday.  Our weekend was pretty packed, seeing that my little princess turned "2" on Saturday!!  She is turning into such a sweet, bubbly, sociable little girl!  Her favorite thing to do is wave--at everybody!!  And if she really likes you, she will blow you kisses!  And I am talking about blowing kisses to complete strangers.  Personally I like to think she spreads her cheerfulness wherever she goes, and the Lord knows this world needs more cheerfulness!

So I spent most of Friday hunting down Dora the Explorer items so that she could have a great day because my daughter LOVES Dora!!  We decided to have a small celebration of just family, and forego a party this year, but I still wanted to go that extra mile and do something I have never done before.  I headed to Hobby Lobby and perused their cake decorating aisle.  There were so many wonderful cake tins, icings, decorating tips, etc., but I chose a Dora cake tin, that when decorated, is supposed to look like this:

I started out trying to decorate the cake in the way it is shown with all of the tiny starbursts close together, but my icing was not cooperating with me.  It would not keep the starburst form, and was melting.  So after trying, but failing, to cool the icing, I decided (for time's sake) to outline all the main details and "flood" the icing colors.  This is how it turned out:

I'd like to introduce you to my first ever decorated cake!!  I was pleased that the end result actually looked like Dora, and so was my son.  With every new color I added he cheered me on, but when I added the white for the eyes, my son started to jump around and exclaim "Mommy look!  It's really Dora!"  Yes, son, it really is.  She emerged from all of my hard work, and I tried to keep the cake intact as long as possible, but alas, we really did have to sing happy birthday and get on with the day!

And what a Happy Birthday it was too!

Sewing Update:  Earlier today I headed to Joann's in search of knit fabric for my baby shower gift, but left in utter disappointment.  I checked out two other stores with no prospects in site.  Do I really want to order online, have it get here, then rush to get an outfit sewn up, all while making sure everything else shower-related gets done?  That is the question...

I'll let you know what I come up with!

Stay sew-filled!!


  1. Oh Vanessa! How sweet is your little princess! I loved the cake...I am trying to get into a little cake decorating myself..I ordered one dvd now to put into practice is something differnet...Great job

  2. Love your Dora cake - what a lovely Mum you are!

  3. Great job on your cake Vanessa. I too celebrated the birthday of my middle DS. Sounds like their birthdays are just one day apart. What a little cutie you have there!


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