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Guess who else had a birthday?  This dude! Banjo, a dog who hides under the bed if there is a fly in the house and is scared of life itself, is finally two.  I baked him this cake, which, judging by the quantity of drool on my floor, he loved. Humans can totally eat it too, except its gross.  I just used a cup to cut it into circles and layer it. The frosting is the same one I use when I’m not lazy and bake him dog treats: 1/4 a cup of peanut butter and two tablespoons of bacon grease.  It’s magical.

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Foos finally turned 6 last month.  We never do huge parties; normally its a cake, piñata, pizza, goodie bags at the park.  It’s strategic on my part, I posit that if I go crazy every year, she is going to expect crazy every year and sometimes that is simply not possible.  We are poor, so I like to keep expectations low, haha.  If we exceed them that is great, if not there is no disappointment. This year was an even more low key affair, it was just cake and family. And you know what? She loved it just as much. I baked a version of  this  rainbow layer cake with candy surprise.  I subbed the candy well in the middle with all kinds if different sprinkles (easier to chew) and it was a big hit and very beautiful. If you are going to try it, do follow the instructions and give yourself time to bake everything. I wasn’t happy while baking the cake until 10 pm after work, but the next day I appreciated that effort because it made things a thousand times easier.

This was also the birthday where I realized her family and friends know her so well.  Though she would have loved whatever, and I always say get her what you want when people ask, she didn’t receive any frivolous toys.  Instead she was gifted lots of science kits, books, clothes, a zoo membership, a candy making class, a subscription to kiwi box.  All things that she needs and align with her interests.  It was wonderful, and added to the feeling I already have that she is truly everyone’s child.

Happy birthday, Foos!

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Some months ago I made these hand puppets for my daughter’s best friend, Evelyn, for her birthday.  The puppets represent her, her mother, her two fathers, and their dog, Nickel. Her grandfather made her a beautiful puppet theatre and I thought she would get a kick out of being puppet master of her family.  The puppets were a lot of fun and not too much work to make. They were made using fabric squares, felt, embroidery floss, and my cheap sewing machine. Honestly, you can probably use whatever you have around.  Youtube was my lord and savior when it came to figuring how to make a functional mouth. I found photos of them I wanted to use for reference and added little bits of “them” to each puppet (a Hillary pin, Waylon Jennings shirt, bald spot.)  They are not perfect and don’t have to be; their cartoonish nature is part of the funnies. When she opened up her puppets, the adults loved them probably more than she did, haha.

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Seth’s birthday was this week! it was a nice quiet day spent with the kids and his family for dinner.  It was great to celebrate a wonderful person who means so much to so many (especially me). I baked his favorite cake (chocolate with raspberry frosting, and I finally had the chance to make this cake topper (with adjustments!). This may be my favorite thing ever and the best part was he loved it too.

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  1. After looking over the original tutorial I thought I would personalize it a little. I found a picture of Seth I thought would fit the body of the tightrope walker nicely.
  2. I followed this very easy how to on how to turn a photograph into a drawing using PS6.
  3. Still using PS6 I cut and pasted Seth’s decapitated cartoon head onto the tightrope walker.
  4. I followed the rest of Oh Happy Day’s tutorial, printed, watercolored, and cut out my Seth in bubbly shorts figurine.
  5. Laughed and laughed. I still laugh every time I look at it.

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