Whipple: Super Sweet Crafty Creations!

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!

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What I’m Wearing Wednesday… HANDMADE BROOCHES!

It was-52 degrees (that’s in celsius!) with windchill this morning, so I was kind of dressed up like the Pillsbury Dough Boy in all my layers rather than my usual floofy fancy-free self!

So to add the FUN to my outfits even when it’s dreary, I’ve been making more handmade brooches! I had previously showed off my Pie Day pie, and rainbow, but I’ve been busy creating all sorts since!

I like matching these guys to my outfits or even those silly “internet” holidays that are constantly trending on Twitter (I like using this website as you can always tell what “holidays” you should be celebrating!) just to make myself and other people happy!

Yesterday I made a quick little sunshine friend to hopefully remind people to BE HAPPY!

Tomorrow just happens to be National Hot Chocolate Day, and to celebrate I made this yummy looking brooch to spread awareness!

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Happy Pie Day!!

Today is apparently National Pie Day! Of course it’s a silly holiday but I’m always ready to celebrate, because we all need a bit more FUN in life!

Pie Day calls for a special pie themed outfit for What I’m Wearing Wednesday, of course! Unfortunately I don’t have a pie dress (YET!), or an actual pie (that’s crusty!), but I have the next best thing: a homemade PIE PIN!

It’s a delicious piece of felt cherry pie! Don’t you just want to dig right in?!

I’m usually a pretty simple outfit wearer: just a dress, tights, and cardigan. So I really love a couple of thoughtful accessories – as tiny little details really bring your whole outfit together and allow you to be ANYTHING! So I threw on my pin and my day was a slice! 😀

Hope you’re having a super sweet day!

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I dream of spring…ie!

This was a looong week! Maybe because it was the first full week back at work, or just the seemingly endless winterness, or just a case of the grumpies for some unknown reason, but it REALLY got to me!

My craft a day-ness suffered a bit because of it. There were a couple of days that I wasn’t able to do anything but knit a few stitches or glue a couple of pompoms and then did a proper hibernation and climbed into my cave at like 7 pm! Was just super sleepy!

But as soon as I escaped from work on Friday, I cranked up the heat in my house and threw on my most flowery dress and dreamed of green, flowers, and sunshine and I was BACK! This weekends’ accomplishments: bedazzled some photo frames, am relatively confident in doing a running stitch in sewing, made a LOT of new felt friends, organized my craft room (it was chaos and I kept losing Sugar in the mess!), polished off most of the remaining Christmas cookies (it had to be done :D), and walked a TON (to burn off the cookies and unwind)!

I was craving strawberries during my spring daydreams, so I made these guys out of felt!

Just have to keep remembering, sunnier days to come! 🙂 xoxo

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Sending RAINBOWS to brighten up your Monday!

The sky is FALLING! Not actually I suppose, but my city got 15 centimeters of SNOW overnight AND it’s first thing Monday morning! Sigh…… no wait! That just calls for extra rainbows!

So meet my colourful new buddy who I created to give cuddles and get us through today!

He’s made of felt and is stuffed full of happiness (okay stuffing…. but nothing makes me happier!) I’m sticking him in my purse today and he’s guaranteed to make everything just dandy!

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