Sorry everyone ~ I feel like I’ve sort of fallen off the entire internet this month but I wanted to say I’m still around! 😀 I’ve just been in a bit of a winter time SLUMP and haven’t had any energy to do all that much.
I hope to be back to my sunny, fun, rainbow happy self once March rolls around and share what I’ve been up to. Hope you are well and can’t wait to catch up! xoxoxo
A few years ago I was surfing the net and saw pictures of plastic phone cases coated with realistic looking whipped cream with sweets on top and my sweet tooth went wild! A way to have your cake without the guilt?! Turns out the creation of yummy treat-covered objects (usually phone cases, jars, and the like) is a craft called “decoden“, which is a term that originated in Japan for decorating anything with other cute things! Now I’m by NO MEANS an expert in decoden, but I enjoy buying the creme and cabochens (they are little clay decorations used to make the treats even more fun!) and whipping up something tasty!
Whipple is a brand from Japan which allows you to create adorable decorative desserts from a boxed kit. I purchased my Whipple Starter Kit last year (I got the English kit for around $26 CAD on Amazon), but only got around to using it this weekend. The English kit is definitely aimed more for kids, as you can see by the packaging. The original Japanese kits are a bit more generic age-wise in my opinion so I don’t think that it’s strictly a “kids” craft toy.
The kit comes with the necessary plastic pieces, Whipple creme (clay cream) and pastry bag, and decorations to create four cakes, a cupcake, a wearable ring, a ice cream keychain, and a macaron keychain – exactly as shown above. If you count them, that’s definitely EIGHT not nine as the box says (unless they’re counting the big wedding cake as two separate creations…)
There is a little paper guide that is filled with picture-filled instructions and honestly it seemed a bit overwhelming at first (hence why it took a YEAR for me to get around to using it!) But once I read through a few times, it was as easy as pie! But I do still think the instructions are a bit unclear and took me a bunch of experimenting to figure out what worked. While it gives pictograph on how to hold the bag, but I feel this would be tricky for younger kids. There is a little practice guide which teaches you how to hold the bag and squeeze it out to create a star, swirl, sideways star, and spiral.
The Whipple creme comes almost ready to use (just needs some… kneading) and once you’ve setup an area that can get a bit messy you’re good to go! I do think you have to create everything at once because once the creme dries (it dries pretty quick, although it remains “squishy” for a longer time), it would be a pain to wipe off the dried nozzle. I was rather worried that I’d run out of creme, but there was almost half a bag left so I ended up using the rest on some other decoden crafts. Whipple does sell replacement creme (but it’s rather pricey at $16 for a bag!)
The whole kit took me about an hour from start to finish (I went SLOW – just as the instructions urge) and I have a ton of cute new decorations! However, as cute as the keychains and ring are, they are FAR too flimsy to actually be practical.
There are a few other kits (which range from $20-$40). But I think now that I have a hang of the process, I would probably order a Japanese Whipple kit (from ebay) as there are plenty more options for crafts (in addition to being less pricey overall).
Here is Whipple in action from their official Youtube channel!
Today is Sugar the Cat’s FIRST birthday! When I adopted her last April, the shelter told me that she was the only girl born on February 11th, 2018. 😀 I celebrated her birthday this past Saturday by having a great big bash with all her friends.
I decorated (guess how long that sweets garland lasted for? SIGH!), baked cupcakes, blew up balloons, and had a loong conversation with a cashier at the party store about my daughters first birthday plans (she IS my daughter – just a bit furrier than usual!)
Presents were found (much more fun wrapped!)
In case you’re curious too, she ended up getting an Ikea cat tube from my brother. Yes, it fit in that tiny little package!
Cake was SMASHED!
A great time was had by all! 🙂
It’s always a great time to throw a party! Whether it’s for your human friends or your pet friends.
Another awful part of winter is the horrible chapped lips! But fortunately everyone’s favourite flavoured lip saving company is still around to save us all! Remember LIPSMACKER?!
Every 90s girl had an entire Caboodles container filled with these yummy little sticks and you’d have to run out and grab every single new flavour (and then STILL only use your favourites!)
I didn’t even know they were still around until my mom (of all people!) surprised me with a pack of Lip Smackers for Christmas – in all the best classic flavours! I literally did one of these SANTA ACTUALLY REMEMBERED screams! 😀 Not sure how she remember that I asked for these back in 1999, but I’m still ecstatic. They smell like happy nostalgia and still moisturize well.
Everyone had their absolute favourite… mine were Cotton Candy and Nilla Mint Frost! What about you?!
If you want to be thrown back to your happy childhood days (or just want a great lipchap!) you can grab your own on Amazon!
I started this post as one of my Sunday Snaps type posts! But then the day (and week) got away from me! I’ve been working on planning my cat Sugar’s first birthday party (let’s just say it’s going to be SWEET!), then I had to pop to the dentist yesterday to have a cavity filled – all that candy finally caught up with me!! Naturally it was one of the most difficult cavities they’ve seen in a while so I was there most of the afternoon… SIGH! 😀
So with all that, I forgot to update this blog and my other social media (I’m still alive friends)! Anyways, I spent most of the weekend stuck inside during yet ANOTHER snow storm finishing this guy:
He’s cute, colourful, and ready to drive winter FAR FAR AWAY! It’s been a while since I’ve worked on an actual knitting project, and I zipped right through it in about a day and then managed to screw up the BIND OFF of all things (usually my favourite part!) Yarn it all! So I had to frog it back a few rows.
I used Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn, which I loved working with. This was a VERY simple garter stitch pattern (knit stitch all the way through), done horizontally:
CO 80 (or more, depending on how long you want your scarf)
K in your first colour for the entire row, and repeat for 4 rows.
Switch up your colour and repeat rows until done, and bind off. Total is 24 rows across (4×6)
I didn’t have any white yarn to do the clouds, so I sewed up cloud plushies instead and hot glued the cute little eyes, checks, and mouth!