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Friday, August 1, 2014

Busy as a bee! New Project List

Hello all you beautiful people!

I've been busy as ever, especially since it's the summer. The farmer's market is over and I have yet to put my leftovers online. In addition to that I have a few other projects on the horizon so I thought I would take a minute to list them out so you know what to expect in the future.

1. Photograph crafts for Etsy Shop
2. Custom Order for Todd
3. Stage Decor for Down City Armory
4. Events for Healthy Living Downtown

Pretty sure these few things will keep me busy. I'm also heading to Mexico after my birthday and am super excited about it!

A personal project which I want to do is to do a daily video diary of my 29th year of life. A lot has changed in my world, I've always wanted to do something like this but haven't so now I'm going to do it. I will most likely post it on YouTube and link it here for anyone who is curious. 365 videos...woah!

Stay Crafty!

Jax

Monday, July 21, 2014

Farmer's Market Done.

Farmer's Market Done. Check that box off please! On Saturday I went to the Attleboro Farmer's Market as myself, promoting myself, and selling things I made myself! This was a goal I had set for myself and I couldn't be happier that I did it. 7am I got up, got ready, packed and headed over to Fienberg Field. I was set and ready for 9am when people started to roll through. By 9:15am I made my first sale of a sand and seashell necklace. I had actually made the necklace the day before. The day went until 1pm and I had a few wonderful people I know come and visit me! (They even brought me coffee.) I met other vendors and lots of the neighbors of the Attleboro areas. All in all I would say it was very successful and we will see if anyone reaches out to me for future consultation of custom orders.

Photo by Jim Schultz
Photo by Geoff of AFM (via their facebook)

I promised everyone that I would be putting up what hasn't sold on Etsy so I will start working on that. I also received about 40 more Squinkies on Saturday so there are more earrings in my future.

I have a new goal now! I was planning on making a Gwen Stefani costume for Halloween, I might do it sooner then then and go to karaoke bars impersonating her. Not sure why I haven't done it sooner.

Crafting will continue and I will post it all here. Maybe some more summertime fun as well!

Please let me know if you have any questions for me or ideas for other goals!

Thanks and Stay Crafty,
Jax

jaxadele@gmail.com

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monkeying around with cake!

It has been awhile since I've made a custom cake and I didn't realize it until my best friend Fallon asked me that question. Since Liam's (Fallon's fiance) birthday was today we spent a few hours yesterday working on a chimp cake for him. Fallon told me what she wanted to accomplish and I worked with her to attain that goal. She also served as a wonderful sue chef and without her constant critique it would not have come out as awesome. :-)

I prefer not to work in cake very often for 2 reasons, the art doesn't last forever since you eat it and it's not a perfect medium. Often times there are situations which call for compromise which I hate when I want it to be a certain way. It can get tense and I'd rather be stress freer...

But with that said, I think I'd still like to get the occasional cake challenge. If you have a reason for me to make a cake, please let me know it and I can let you know if it's possible. My cakes are more likely cheaper than fancy cake shops since I charge only for cost of materials and then $50 for my skills.

This cake cost approximately $75. It took approximately 2 cakes, 4 cans of frosting (although we made some homemade peanut butter frosting but cans seemed like the way to measure this.), 3 piping bags, 6 eggs, butter, sugar, peanut butter, milk.


It was made by creating a normal 9" round cake, 1 muffins, and a whole lot of imagination. The two rounds were stacked with frosting in between. I iced the outside first and added the mouth of the monkey which was a muffin top. The ears where the bottom of a muffin cut in half. I added the peanut butter frosting for the interior of the ear first and then stuck them in place. The face was covered with peanut butter frosting as well and then I began to pipe the rest of the frosting. This was where all my previous experience really came out. It didn't take me long to cover his head and ears with chocolate using a large piping bit. I used a regular ziplock to pipe the white since it was so minor. Had I had to do it again, I would have used more frosting with a larger piping hole so it would have come out bore like a ball than flat. The peanut butter frosting piping I did with but a bit of the tip of the bag cut off so no actual tip. I wanted to add more dimension to the lips and brow, Fallon was skeptical. I think I convinced her when I quickly banged it out in front of her. I even outlined the nose we had agreed upon in chocolate. My rational was that the chocolate represented holes so they couldn't stick out farther than the other frosting. Then a quick Happy Birthday Liam in cursive and we were done. Fallon gets all the credit for the candles in the nose, since where else would a monkey put candles. I'm pretty proud of this cake because I think it was one of the most quickly executed cakes I have done, with little issue. Any issues we did encounter were easily resolved by scraping off the icing and doing it again.

I wonder if they make clay which works like frosting...

















If you are interested in a cake, local people only, please let me know and we can dream it up together!
Stay crafty!
Jax

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Audrey Hepburn transfer with glitter!

I'm in creation station and the glitter is flying! I just finished the Audrey Hepburn photo with glitter for my coworkers new apartment. Hopefully she likes it. I might make a few more for the Farmer's Market, thoughts?