Friday, December 05, 2008

i'm sure you're dying to know...

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what decision i made on the birthday cake, aren't you!? but wait......those are Santa cupcakes. read on, my friends, read on. it's gonna be a good one.

i should start out by saying that i read every single comment and you had me convinced to just go to the store and place an order for a cake. i mean, really, she's 4, and she wants spiderman. he's a popular guy. sounds like an easy task to handle, right?

heh.

did you know that to get a cake you can't just walk in and place an order and expect to it be ready whenever you wish? i kid, i kid. but really, i head to walmart......oh, say 'bout 7pm last night with the complete intent on ordering a cake for pickup tomorrow. only problem? cake lady is on break. but, "hey, she's here until 10pm". perfect! i have a list of items to shop for, i'll be back.

you know walmart. you go in for 2 things and you come out 2 hours later with 50 things. how does that happen? i don't know about you, but i really, really don't like going to walmart. so when i go, i tend to grab every single thing i can think i might possibly need in the next 2 weeks---or 2 months, heh, and get it all over with. poor suzi (doug's cousin), she'll never go to walmart with me again, after tonight, i'm sure of it!

so, back to the cake lady. i get done gathering my things and make my way back to the counter. this time she's not on break. so, i ask to place an order and she politely asks when i need the cake. "tomorrow." you see where this is going right?

the gist of the conversation went a little something like......."it's 9pm now, i can have it for you by 9pm tomorrow--we need 24-hour notice." but, she says, "what's the latest you can pick it up?" "3:30," i say. she snarled her face like, eh.....that ain't gonna work. a quick glance to suzi that said "help me" without saying a word, and she offered to pick it up on her way at 530. cake lady agreed that 530 would be plenty of time for her to get it together.

i didn't feel so confident in her response though, so my brain immediately went to plan B. i ask cake lady if she can just sell me a white cake, with plain white icing. i could then work my decorating magic on it and all would be right in the world. eh. nope can't do that. something about having to let it thaw, and if she iced it frozen the icing would crack as it thawed and settled.

okay, then. plan C. but, wait you ask.......what was wrong with plan A? ordering the spiderman cake that cake lady said could most certainly be ready at 530 and suzi was even going to pick it up for me. ummmmmmm, i have no idea. it just wasn't cute, i suppose. and i'm stilling coming to grips with the fact that my little princess thinks she's a boy, LOL. and gosh darnit, i really had my heart set on making her cake. i'm a little stubborn that way.

anywho.
then, my eye caught a sheet cake that was iced white, with red piping along the bottom edge and it was airbrushed with pink and all glittery on top. my eyes popped and i immediately thought....a ha! i can make it spiderman, with a pink background to make it somewhat girly. yeah, pretty slick, huh? buuuuuuuuut, i stepped back to run it by suzi----'cause for some reason, i need her approval......hahahaaha. and just as i do, a little girl comes up and walks away with it.

can you believe it!? at this point, i'm so overwhelmed at the decision before me. yeah, i know, it's just a cake for pete's sake, what is wrong with me!????

so, the back and forth and what should i do went on for another 10 minutes. i explain to cake lady my idea and she offers some spiderman rings for sale to help me out. then.........the brain started working.........and the angels starting singing...........not really, but it sounds good right?

i spotted these:
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but there's only 12. we need more than 12. *sigh* at this point i'm getting just a weeeee bit annoyed and i'm ready to just make my own cake and call it good. i'm too darn indecisive.....it's a struggle to be me sometimes----like.when.it's.time.to.buy.a.cake. you wouldn't believe how much i'm laughing at myself right now telling everyone in the world wide web how silly i am over a birthday cake. silly. but, she's talked about it ALL year. it has to be good.

so we find 12 more.........BLUE ones. yep, you guessed it, decorated like Christmas. but we pulled the plastic Christmas plaque off, and we're left with a few snowflakes. i can handle that.
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so, after i removed the santa rings, i doctored them back up with the Spiderman rings. i have to say, i think they look so adorable! like they were meant to go together. cute, yes?
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the creative juices are still flowing, mixing with my crafty gene and i'm ready to turn these blue ones into something amazing. i hope.

my idea worked perfectly and came out EXACTLY how i envision it. i just used a foil covered piece of a priority mail box (good thing i'm doing these giveaways, or i might not have had a box, LOL!), some icing colored with no-taste red coloring (by Wilton), and a tube of black icing and this mama got her wish of making her girl the most adorable spiderman cake she ever did see.
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and i finished it up and put it on top, stuck a spider ring in it and called it good!
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and i am totally, completely 100%, IN LOVE with how it all came together! i can't wait for her to see it when she wakes up.

THE END.
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the countdown continues: 20 days until Christmas!
the winner for yesterday's prize pack is: DonnaBD. please email me at taniamwillis at (yahoo.com).

up for grabs today is another huge collection of Christmas goodies. 16 sheets of 12x12 patterned paper, a sheet of cardstock weight stickers that coordinate, an 2 packs of metal embellishments.
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48 comments:

  1. The things that we do for our wonderful children. The cupcakes came out so cute, you should be very proud of yourself.

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  2. Great story!! I can't wait to read what her reaction was when she saw Spiderman.

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  3. You did AWESOME!! The rings will be a big hit too. WTG and be creative Mom. Be sure to tell us what she thinks about all of it and just how excited she is.

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  4. The best part of the cupcakes is getting to lick the icing out of the center of the ring...

    Cute story and love your blog!

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  5. Absolutely brilliant you are! You are definitely Creative Diva Mom of the week!

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  6. Such a cute idea with the cupcakes!!! Good thinking!!!

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  7. Umm, is it me or does it smell like updog in here?

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  8. Love the story.

    You're not crazy, just a really awesome mama.

    :-)

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  9. What a wonderful idea you had to replace the Santa stuff with spider man - bet it saved you a whole lotta time. They look yummy too.

    Have a great day.

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  10. oh my!!! you did that all last night????? it's really fabulous.

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  11. I love your cake story. Sounds so familiar. I have thrown a few kid parties and I tell you it ain't easy. Something always goes crazy. This time it's the cake, next it will be the goody bags or the snacks or the invites, etc, etc. Let it roll off just like you did and things always turn out right. Love the cakes.

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  12. You did a GREAT job!!! Good for you!

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  13. Your cupcakes turned out cute. Yep, I learned this year that Walmart needs a 24 hour notice to decorate a cake. Wish I would have come up with your great idea.

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  14. Okay, I am filing that lifesaver idea away in my brain. Because I know I could very well end up in the same situation. Everything looks great!-good job.

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  15. Now I feel so bad that I suggested you go buy a cake....boy, you really had to go thru the ringer! Anyway, your creation is the bomb! My kids are lurking over my shoulder and they think it is so cool! Glad it worked out...it's wonderful!

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  16. I love the cake u made! Great job:) I bet ur girl will love it too! Have a great day:) Kris #2961

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  17. Awesome job on the cake.
    Lorraine L
    #3700

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  18. The cupcakes turned out perfect! I am sure she will be excited when she sees them!

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  19. Good for you. Your stubbornness pays off. I totally understand that maternal instinct of wanting to do something special personally for your kids. Like baking or making their birthday cake. But I am totally no good when it comes to anything that need cooking or baking. I am better at crafts so I can only make personalize cards, banners etc for them on their special day. Your cake looks awesome. Your princess must have been totally delighted.

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  20. Those cupcakes are fantastic! You never cease to amaze me!

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  21. You will be the mom of the year with that cake -- it turned out great!

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  22. I think you did great. they sure are cute . I'm waiting to hear what her reaction is.

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  23. awesome job, I'm sure she will love it.EVE #5012

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  24. LOL..I loved reading your story ..indecisiveness.. that is totally me..and your cupcakes turn out fabulous.Your one creative MOM!! now don't forget to capture the moment on camera when she sees that cake.

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  25. First of all...HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your daughter!! I think it turned out great!!! I meant to tell you that yesterday...the whole ordering the cake early! Sorry! I am glad it all came out good!! Hope your daughter loved it (I'm sure she did). You'll have to show us pictures of her smiling!

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  26. What a switch up! It looked awesome! I bet your little girl loves it...

    I can totally relate to the thought process...but someone once said, "desperation = inspiration"...some of my best ideas come while I am in crisis mode! lol

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  27. OWM, Tania!!!! That is AWESOME!!!!! I'm so excited how the cake all worked out and how creative you are!! WTG It really looks awesome. Bravo!

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  28. Such an awesome cake and story! I am sure Emma will love it.

    Meghan

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  29. Such an awesome cake and story! I am sure Emma will love it.

    Meghan

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  30. OH my! What an ordeal! You need to prop your feet up & enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate after that one! Those cupcakes look adorable though!

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  31. aww those goodies are so wonderful, you did a great job.
    thanks for another change to win.

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  32. In spite of everything that you went through..the final cake is cute as can be!

    If kids only understood what we go through for them!

    Hope her party is loads of fun!

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  33. love love love your cupcakes ! they are so fabulous !!!!!!

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  34. Wow, I can't believe you though to turn those santa cupcakes into spiderman cupcakes -- they are just perfect, and the other cake too. Way to go -- I can't wait to hear how happy your little girl was at her party! :) - Brenda #3635

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  35. I was at wally world today and thought of you when I was looking at the birthday cake designs and saw the spiderman cakes! was wondering what you had done and then read this, the cupcakes and cupcake cakes look awesome!! I know who got the creative gene in the crist family!! Give my second cousin a big birthday hug and kiss for me!!
    Love, Kelly

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  36. tania you are to funny.. that cake needed a lot of brain work, but it sure turned out great..mariah..#2457

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  37. OMG how creative are you?

    I too have had issues with the cake lady at WM!!

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  38. Oh wow...those turned out perfect!!

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  39. youre a cake genius :)

    hope she loves it...

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  40. The cupcakes turned out fanastic. I would never have thought of that very cool.

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  41. OMGosh - you are a genius!! And crafty is right ON - this is totally so much better than a store-bought out-of-the-catalog cake. I know exactly what you mean about wanting everything to be perfect for your baby's Bday, and looks like a happy ending to your story! :D
    And just for the record, I'm right w/ 'ya on your feelings about Wally world.

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  42. Wow! what a great idea...sooo cool. You will have to do a lay-out of your special cake and story to go with it. It will put a smile on your face for many years to come. Happy Birthday! to your lucky little girl.

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  43. Those came out wonderful. I am sure she will love them.

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  44. I love your cake, made full of love!

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  45. So much thoughts and effort in these cup cakes. Your little princess must be feeling so loved!

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  46. Great job, Tania! Thanks for sharing your creativity and daily story.

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  47. That is SO AWESOME!!! You ROCK my friend!! Can you be my mom too?? That whole story made me tear up..not an easy task either!!

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  48. Oh how wonderful to sleep in. The cupcakes were awesome and I never would have guessed that the spiderman ring cupcakes were Santa cupcakes first. You craft room is great. If you ever need help around the house you know you can call Jeff and I. I will call you when the kids get up. See ya later.
    Tricia

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