Tuesday, August 30, 2011

WIP: Granny Square Super Mario

Well, look where we are! It's nearly the end of August and this neverending blanket is yet to be finished. I ran into some issues. The peachy skin color is not available in the worsted weight Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn that I've been using for all the other colors. Even turning to Vanna's Choice (or whatever that other brand is) proved to be fruitless. I had to get the peach color from Red Heart, which is the crappy yarn. I hope my brother doesn't spill anything on this blanket because washing it may prove to be a problem.

I'm still down two skeins of chocolate brown yarn. It had been out of stock during the colder months, so I had turned my attention to the denim blue, which is in lieu of the sky blue color Super Mario Bros is so well known for. Oh, well. I have to make due with what's available to me!

Here is my progress so far. It looks like I'm more than halfway through!! Woohoo!!!!

             Need      Done     Left
Blue:        108          80         28
Brown:       54         30         24
Red:           45         45           0
Yellow:         2           2           0
Flesh:         43           0          43

Wow, look at all those X'd out boxes!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Old School Mario Bros DS Cake

I made this cake a couple of years ago for a customer who wanted a Nintendo DS shaped cake but with an Old School Mario scene from the very first game on the original NES. This is what I came up with. Granted, it's not the BEST DS shaped cake ever made. He didn't want much cake. He was more interested in the scene on the screen.

Most definitely one of the most fun cakes I have EVER made. It took me about 5 hours from start to finish.

My shaped cakes have come a looooong way since then! Still, you never forget your learning projects. I learned a lot from this one. I can't draw very well. So, I used shapes instead to get the picture just right! Cute, no?


Two 11" x 7" butter cakes
Strawberry filling
Vanilla Buttercream
Wilton Fondant
Food Coloring