Friday, September 19, 2014

using all the cookiemaking tools

i've gotten to do some pretty fun cookies lately.  this set was actually from awhile ago, but i don't think i ever got around to sharing them here:

i wasn't at all sure about how they'd turn out, but i think they ended up working out pretty well.  you can tell who they're supposed to be, right?  right?  heh.

and then i was given this to use as inspiration for a set of party favors:

super cute, right?  i love the color combo almost as much as i love dots, hearts and stripes.  so i busted out a few of my favorite cutters and got to work.  when i was done, though, i thought it was missing a little something.

i broke out the gold sparkle dust, mixed it with a little clear alcohol (aka vodka, toasted marshmallow flavored to be exact), took out a brush and did a little touch-up.

my lighting is really bad, so i don't know if you can see a difference, but it looks really good in person.

also, i really really need to work on my airbrushing.  i don't know what i'm doing wrong, but the spray is definitely getting underneath the stencil.  bah.

although that kind of worked in my favor for the other set i airbrushed...sorta.  look:

i was pretty excited that i got to use my silhouette die-cutter to create my own eiffel tower stencil, and in this case the uneven spray made it look a little...vintage-y.  or at least that's what i managed to convince myself.

practice!  i need more practice.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

really, really, really, REALLY bad birthday poetry

you know, i'm always excited to say
"hey yo, guess what?  today's my birthday!"
it's totally my most favorite time of year,
and i'm super stoked that it's finally here.
getting old ain't as bad as you might think
and hey, i get to have a free starbucks drink!

it may be hotter than the ninth circle of hell,
but it is what it is.  i mean...oh, well.
what else can i do? it's a day all for me,
i'm gonna make the most of it, you'll see.
so off to the happiest place on earth i'll go
and i know you're sitting there in shock.  like, whoa!
yeah, i'll be sweating my ass off like mad
but it'll still be disneyland, and that's totally rad.
i'm so excited, i think i might pee
'cuz it ain't all that bad to be turning 43!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

free bacon WHAT

in a shocking turn of events, not only did the hub come to disneyland with us, but the fair too.  oh yes.  during opening weekend, too!  it's always crazy crowded (and insanely hot) that first weekend, but because he knew i was so anxious to see how my cookies had fared in the competition, he took pity on me and said "come on, let's go and grab something fun for dinner at the fair."

didn't have to ask me twice.

it was late afternoon, and so we managed to score a pretty sweet parking spot close to the front, most likely occupied by an exhausted fairgoer who'd been there when the gates opened and was completely spent from the day.

the hub walked right past the photographers at the entrance, but the bean and i posed happily.

ah, the sights, sounds and smells of the fair.

i don't know if it was because he hadn't been to the fair in years or if he was trying to put me through some sort of special torture, but instead of heading right to the grandstand to check out the cookies, he steered us towards "the farm" to check out the animals.

hey, kid, you're totally getting photobombed.

 it was pretty fun to goof around here, though.

 the hub is deathly allergic to bees, and so we skipped this part.

who can resist the allure of the pig races?  not us.

 i mean...FREE BACON.  does it get any better?

dinner was from here.  somehow, whenever the opportunity presents itself, the hub always chooses pink's.

and one last time, just because i can:


happy birthday, little sister.  love you and miss you.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

just a walk in the park

on labor day, the bean and i were treated to a rare trip to disneyland WITH the hub for a change.  he's not a huge fan of amusement parks in general, but since he's also got an annual pass we're able to talk him into joining us every now and then.

usually, when i take the bean to the land it's like this:

but this time, it was like this:

and we did something else we don't usually do - we caught a ride on one of the horse-drawn carriages that took us up main street towards sleeping beauty's castle.

group selfie in front of the castle (although you can't really see it back there)!

the bean wanted to see the recently refurbished alice in wonderland ride, so we got in line.  as we waited, she seized the opportunity for another photo op.

one of the hub's friends was at the parks with his family that day too, so we met up with them and hung out a little.  they wanted to see the alice ride too, and the bean had enjoyed it so much that she went with them.

in the time it took for them to get through the line and ride the ride, the hub, his friend and i were able to hop into the single-rider line for matterhorn and take a turn around the mountain.  and then after that, they decided to go for a whirl at the mad tea party ride.  i'm not a big fan of spinning in circles, so i sat that one out too.  the bean looks pretty happy, though, huh?

since they had fastpasses for other rides, we decided to part ways for a bit and head over to the california adventure side to grab some lunch.

i'd told the hub about the fabulous lobster nachos i'd had at the cove bar, so that's where we went.  as we waited in line, an old friend showed up to say hello to the bean.

our long wait in line paid off with a table that offered a pretty fantastic view.

the hub was pretty happy with his nachos:

and the bean opted for the trio of sliders with everything on the side.

our friends met up with us as we were finishing lunch, and so we offered to take their older son with us to the toy story ride.

the cars in that ride seat two people, and the kids really wanted to ride together.  except that we'd already learned that most of the attractions require both kids to be at least 7.  the bean - well, since her birthday is in a couple of weeks, she already has it in her head that she's 7.  as for her little companion, he's just five.  but he's a crafty little kid.  the hub and i had to stifle our guffaws when the cast member asked him how old he was and he looked right at her and said "i'm seven."  she shot us an amused look as she asked him again, and she just shrugged and said "hey, if he says he's seven, i can't argue with him."  and that's how the hub and i managed to sneak a ride together (albeit with the kids in the very next car).

it was stupid hot that day (as it has been ever since), and so they decided to stop at the ice cream stand at the top of the pier.  i wasn't in the mood for ice cream (i know, i know) and decided to go and cool off inside the souvenir shop just next door.  i'd never really paid attention to the little details in there, but there are some really cool vintage boardwalk-y decorations in there:

when i came back out, the bean was happily tucking into her cup of soft serve.

we even caught a glimpse of duffy the bear, who was making his final appearance at the parks before being shipped off to disneyland tokyo.  i think he's got a much bigger fan base in japan than he does here.

i think the hub's ice cream cone was about as tall as he is.

and then we were outta there.  it was a short and sweet visit, but we managed to get onto some fun rides, enjoy a lovely lunch, and even walked it off.  not too bad, not bad at all.
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