Warning! Warning! Alien approaching!

Since moving back to Perth (almost 5 years ago now!), after living in Kalgoorlie for 5 years, I really wanted a hobby to explore my creative side. Now I was closer to my niece and nephew and also had other friends/family with young kids I thought I would start cake decorating.

My youngest sister remembers a troll cake Michelle's LabyrinthI made for her when we were younger (a lot younger!) and encouraged me to make some more. I even loved creating back then; loved mixing colours and shaping the cake/icing until a sugary, buttery, chocolatey masterpiece was constructed! The cake was based on one of those 1980s fads – troll dolls! The cake was the troll’s face with rainbow coloured hair! I cannot find a photo of it though :( I just may have to make another one :)

When I told everyone at work I had resigned there was quite a bit of surprise, but a lot of support. They knew how hard I worked and it was not a decision that was made lightly. They liked the idea of me taking some time off and making more cakes! One of my ex-colleagues (I am still not used to saying ‘ex’, like ex-employer!) asked if I would make a birthday cake for her son to get the cake decorating ball rolling. She sent me some images from Google for inspiration and set me my first cake challenge! I loved the challenge!

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As you can see it was space themed! I really enjoyed being able to decorate the two tiers as it gives the cake depth. I also loved being able to play with lots of colours (yeah, yeah, I’m a kid!)! I also liked blending colours to make patterns (marbling?) on the planets, and also giving some of the planets rings. While I was making the marbling effects on some of the planets, I thought it would be awesome to make the actual cake look Earth-like, with water marbling through it. I didn’t even consider trying to make it look like Earth! These cakes usually take me 4-6 hours as it is! I was quite please with the end product, and when I walked in my friend’s door her son squealed when he saw the cake! That was awesome!

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Since the cakes take me a while to do (and usually my feet start killing me) I watch a movie or three :) I have been trying to choose movies along the same theme as the cakes I am making. While I made this cake I watched Ella Enchanted and Flight of the Navigator.

I chose Ella Enchanted because it is just so much fun and it always uplifts my spirits! When I made this cake I was supposed to have the day as an RDO, but it was the only day some external parties could all make it to the office. So I was in the office around 4am to finish off the presentation for them (we owed them money so I wanted to ensure I was right!) and then zoomed home just after 11am, well via Red Rooster! So I needed a movie that would definitely Michelle's Labyrinthbrighten my mood! Plus there are many interesting characters (not specifically aliens thought) that would inspire me. I cannot remember hearing about this movie when it came out at the cinemas. I found it at a DVD store and it would have been under $20 so just bought it. So I am guessing Ella Enchanted was very much underrated. So if you have kids around 10 or ones that love fairy tales, I totally recommend it!

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Ella-Enchanted/dp/B006RXPR5M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348578048&sr=8-1&keywords=ella+enchanted

The next movie was a 1980s favourite – Michelle's LabyrinthFlight of the Navigator. When it got to the stage when the boy David is exploring the creatures (“specimens”) on the spaceship and sees a cute one an idea formed. “That is a Puckmarin from Binpuka Minor. He’s not dangerous”. (Pic to the side)

I very much wanted to make an alien like him, but dream on! I am no way near that good. But he inspired the little green slug-like alien. But it did give me the idea to think of other alien movies and what easy-ish aliens I could do – hence I made a Jawa from Star Wars (all from memory)!

Michelle's LabyrinthI was supposed to cover 3 cakes during this post. But you got a bit of history of my cake decorating and also some insight into my movie obsession. Just another warning (no aliens this time), but a lot of my travel blog posts will reference movies too! I promise a travel post will be coming shortly! I have downloaded all our photos, just just need to troll through them!

PS Although I had gotten up at 4am and it was a long day/night making this cake, I thoroughly enjoyed it and won’t forget the squeal it received :)




Scruffy vs Clean Cut – Part 1

As some of you know, hubbie and I were at the Playboy Mansion on Saturday night. There was obviously a lot of eye-candy for the men, but not much for the females. I was checking out who was being filmed as they walked in and recognised Sarah McLeod who was going to DJ later on. And then walked in these cute boys who happened to be Chris and Matt Stafford (the Stafford Brothers) who also DJ (and they happen to be from the Goldcoast, Qld!). Straight Michelle's Labyrinthaway my eyes were drawn to Matt. Hubbie was a little surprised at this; thinking I would like the Chris-type more. So then I mentioned my favourite men – Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford and he seemed to get the drift. But this gave me an idea for a new blog! Scruffy versus Clean Cut – what is your preference?

Photo – Stafford Brothers (Chris left; Matt right). Source: http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2012/02/02/387061_gossip-news.html

Some other favourite “brothers” that came to mind were Sam and Dean Winchester from Supernatural. I liked Sam from the beginning, although over the seasons Dean has grown on me, with his cheeky ways. I loved the quote from a Motel Manager: One leather jacket, one Sasquatch (Episode 5/12: Swap Meat). I also loved episode 4/18: The Monster at the End of this Book where Sam and Michelle's LabyrinthDean realise they have some “sick” fans:

Dean: (reading on the computer) There are ‘Sam girls’ and ‘Dean girls’ and… what’s a slash fan? Sam: As in Sam-slash-Dean… together. Dean: Like together together? Sam: Yeah. Dean: (horrified) They do know we’re brothers, right?

I’m a sick fan! Although I do prefer my sasquatch Sam (Jared Padalecki), who is on the left, as opposed to Dean (Jensen Ackles) on the right.

Michelle's LabyrinthSticking with the sci-fi brother theme, I am brought to consider Damon and Stefan Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is gorgeous. You could get lost in his striking blue eyes. He can be so evil, but his smirk seems to make it all okay!

Stefan (Paul Wesley), who is on the left, just doesn’t do it for me. But I am sure all us girls have our different preferences!


Still on sci-fi, of course I have to discuss my early-on loves: Luke Skywalker Michelle's Labyrinth(Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

Princess  Leia: Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder. Han Solo: Who’s scruffy-looking?

I  love the scruffy-looking nerf-herder 😛 – who is on the bottom of the picture.


Source: http://heckyeahlukeskywalker.tumblr.com/ (check this blog out. It’s most impressive!)

Michelle's LabyrinthI think I may do one more comparison, and then a Part 2 of this blog! I need to get to sleep so I can enjoy my last day in Las Vegas!! As I mentioned above Johnny Depp is a favourite of mine. He has been since 21 Jump Street!

Michelle's LabyrinthSo can you guess which Johnny I like best?

B O T H !!!!! :)






LEGO has a new fan!

Millennium FalconIn my recent post “Lost in Time” I shared a photo of lots of LEGO pieces and challenged you to guess what it would create!

Well, it was the Millennium Falcon™ from Star Wars! It sure looks scary in the 6+ bags of pieces, but I was a good girl and went through the instruction books (yes plural, there were 2!). I did it over 3 sittings and it was fun! And I love the end product!

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I don’t think the photo does it justice. The detail of it is very cool. The guns (top and bottom of the ship), the sensor dish (looks like satellite dish) and of course the different characters. And guess what? It opens up!

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You can see Chewbacca sitting where he was playing chess with C-3PO. I have Obi-Wan Kenobi sitting at the controls. Han Solo is in the cockpit and I put Princess Leia at the back of the ship.

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Of course I have Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader having an altercation. “I sense something, a presence I’ve not felt since…”

Millennium Falcon

I have had a few different mixed reactions that I have been playing with LEGO. But you know what, I can! As I mentioned in my first post, I have neglected many things and I am in dire need of relaxing. I find building LEGO is relaxing, but yet I am still accomplishing something, and remember hubbie said I needed to do one thing a day – I built the Millennium Falcon™ today! How many people can say that? :)




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