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Post by CreateFaces on Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:15 pm

So, since my father passed away a month ago, many sad things have happened and I won't go into detail. Suffice it to say my older sister has not been emotionally equipped to handle the planning of birthday parties for her 3 kids. My kids' birthdays are in late October and early November so I suggested to my sister that I would host one huge Halloween birthday bash for all 5 kids.

I baked 5 cakes on Thursday night, up til 2am, got them all crumb-coated. My plan was to cover all of them in fondant and decorate. Got home from my regular 9to5 on Friday and got to work decorating. Made homemade fondant and modeling chocolate for the first time (do not suggest it for the faint of heart.)

My daughter wanted a Michael Jackson Thriller cake, my son a Sugar Skull, Nephew #1 a Sponge Bob, #2 a Justin Bieber and Niece a Princess cake. With time running out, only the first Sugar Skull cake got fondant covering the rest only got the crumb coat.

Worked til 4am went to sleep, woke up at 9 on Saturday and finished the last cake 15 minutes before the guests arrived.

Even though the cakes ended up messy, I'm was so proud to get them all finished and each kid didn't notice the messy frosting and awful piping work they were thrilled to each get their own cake Very Happy









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Post by Pilareta on Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:39 pm

It was very kind and nice from you for helping your sister with the party, and you did a GREAT work! I love them all but my fav is the sugar skull, looks very professional and detailed. And the Michael Jackson one is sooo cool,too! (Btw how did you do the Justin B. pic? Did you paint it?). I bet they were all very happy with their cakes! I love you
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Post by CreateFaces on Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:48 pm

Yes, the Sugar Skull was the first cake decorated. I wanted to make more decoration, but I soon realized I was running out of time Shocked so I left out extra detail and rushed to work on the others.

I painted the Justin Bieber on rice paper (spring roll sheets) with black food coloring.

The Sugar skull was white chocolate and I used my face paints to paint it because the food coloring was not bright enough Razz I told my son do not eat it.
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Post by ruths fab faces on Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:44 pm

You rock ! I couldn't even begin to get all that done in such a short time . The sugar skull cake is fantastic . Smile Smile
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Post by CreateFaces on Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:23 pm

Thanks! I'm thinking I want to take a course to learn some technique since I make all the cakes for the kids every year..... BUT, I know I'll NEVER commit to 5 all at once EVER again because this is what I felt like at the last minute -----> affraid
I kept thinking that if Shannon didn't live in the Great White North, I would have begged her help (maybe even offered me soul Twisted Evil )
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Post by Kristal on Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:23 pm

Cheryl, so sorry to hear about your dad Sad

You did an AWESOME job on the cakes! Love the sugar skull.
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Post by CreateFaces on Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:39 pm

Kristal thanks.
The face John has in my avatar was the face I was doing a SBS for for the forum contest. Right when I got done taking the SBS pics I got a call from my step mother that I needed to be at the hospital. Then, everything fell apart. I've been immersing myself in art as a coping mechanism. I haven't drawn or sculpted as much as I have been lately since high school.
It has saved my sanity and I've started to feel "normal" finally this past week.
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Post by ChangingFaceDesigns on Tue Nov 01, 2011 1:07 pm

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheryl

Firstly I am sorry to hear about the passing of your father but.................

Girl YOU ROCKED those cakes. I was not even going to log in today until I saw this. I just want you to know you created a wonderful memory for the kids to share in years to come. Remember the time when we had our birthdays together and we each had our own cake........

Well done Cheryl...........well done
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Post by l!zzie on Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:17 pm

It's very sad loosing your dad, and the way you yumped into this adventure is worth a huge applaus!
My oh my, you did a wonderwoman's job!!
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Post by CreateFaces on Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:53 pm

Tamara, thank you. I thought I would be seeing you soon at Fabbulas Crying or Very sad I was really looking forward to it this year because I decided last minute after my father passed to bring my son for his birthday, then I found out that it wasn't happening. I'm trying to find and plan the next one that fits our schedule.

L!zzie, thank you for the kind words.
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Post by MonsterKat on Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:01 pm


Wow, you are amazing! I don't know how you managed it in that time but those are great cakes:)
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Post by Kristal on Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:33 pm

CreateFaces wrote:Kristal thanks.
The face John has in my avatar was the face I was doing a SBS for for the forum contest. Right when I got done taking the SBS pics I got a call from my step mother that I needed to be at the hospital. Then, everything fell apart. I've been immersing myself in art as a coping mechanism. I haven't drawn or sculpted as much as I have been lately since high school.
It has saved my sanity and I've started to feel "normal" finally this past week.

Sending you so much love <3<3<3
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Post by helena on Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:48 am

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss and the turmoil in your family, I'm sure you're an amazing comfort to everyone, showing such strength in keeping things together like you are.

FANtastic job on the cakes! You're very talented.
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Post by Rae on Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:48 am

Cheryl!! YOU ARE THE BEST BEST BEST aunt, sister and whatever other hat you wear!!! Seriously awesome achievement. Such a selfless undertaking that really would have rocked their worlds, specially as such a tumultuous time in a families life! Those cakes are superb girl. Well done.

My deepest condolences on your Dads passing ((hugs))
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Post by Psalmbook on Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:14 am

Cheryl, so sorry about your dad. When mine passed I almost quit face painting I felt so overwhelmed.
Those cakes are awesome & such a gift! I know they'll always remember what you did for them in a rough season. Family is awesome!
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Post by anniel on Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:28 am

Wow! I am impressed! Beautiful memories for all when hearts are tender. Bless you!
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Post by CreateFaces on Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:42 pm

It's funny what we're capable of when circumstances call for it.

I'm not usually the organizer of the family, my older sister has always held that role and my younger brother, younger sister and I always look to HER to take charge, organize all the details and get family stuff accomplished.

It really affected me not only to see her in such a lost state, but that she allowed me to "take over" without any argument. That made me snap right into action.

From the wake and funeral details to the planning of party stuff. It's like God put me into "auto-pilot" and allowed me to get everything done without becoming overwhelmed or trying to overthink anything.

Though my heart is still breaking for my sister, I am grateful for the experience because it helped me to heal (Even while planning wake details, I kept chuckling at certain times imagining what my father would have been saying if he were watching me.) It also helped me realize that I should help my big sis out more and not allow her to do everything all the time.

Thanks for the kind support ladies, this is why I love THIS forum SOOOO much. I can really feel the positive energy coming at me and it helps. You all rock so hard!
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Post by anniel on Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:49 pm

He was watching you, and was pretty proud...Make sure you take some down time. We can "snap to" when needed--I laughed so much at my son's funeral...but also take the down time that heals the wound.

If you can find it, there is a very old book called "Intra Muros" by Rebecca Springer that is a beautiful read for times like these. I always end up giving my copy away, but I may have an e-file of if if you pm me.
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Post by FacialExpressionist on Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:27 pm

I'm sure your dad is proud of you for taking on this huge responsibility for your family. You did wonderful work- esp with the little bit of time to do it in. I'm sure the children will never forget this party! Keep up the good work, but take care of yourself too! I know us "giving souls' have a tendency to run ourselves into the ground while doing for others. maybe you should treat yourself to a nice spa day!
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Post by Manabanana on Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:47 pm

so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Sending thoughts and prayers your way.

You are an incredible sister, aunt, and mother. You really outdid yourself on those cakes and every single child looks ecstatic! You really brought some light into a not so bright time in your families life.
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Post by elantaura on Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:10 pm

Sorry to here about you dad. and I am sure he would be very happy with your efforts for the family.
here is a tip, for next year Look into somthing called gumpaste, flowerpaste, modelling paste has many names. you can make figures up to 12 months in advance with this. just store them in a plastic container with the food type silica gel (i get them out of taco, burrito packets)
if you find that the gumpaste is too hard to work with mix it 50/50 with the fondant you can store them for about 2 to 3 months
that way you can basically slap them on - I always have some spare figures and flowers. around the house.

Good effort!!! looks like the kids are happy.I suspect you will be eating cake for sometime!
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Post by nancy! on Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:27 am

You did such a great thing. ((Hugs)). Really spreading your love.
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Post by Stacia on Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:19 pm

Cheryl, sorry to hear about your dad, and everyone is right about how much your family will remember all of your hard work forEVER. I remember when my brother died my siblings and I all jumped into action to make a memory board for the wall at his memorial service, and a DVD with pictures and music to be played at the funeral...it was such a great bonding experience and I had never felt so close to my family. Isn't it funny how we can just kind of kick into gear and get things done when they need to be done!? You did a wonderful job on those cakes cheers!
Oh, and I have a book to recommend too, it's called Tear Soup and it's good for everyone including children. I was given a copy after my brother died, and I recommend it to anyone who's endured a recent loss.
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Post by makin faces by synni on Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:00 pm

what a wonderful bunch of people on here. tears rolling down my face with all the kindness and support that has been offered.
i also am sooo sorry to hear about your loss. But you are such a wonderful person to take on the task of making sure the children in your family didn't get lost in the sorrow. and those cakes ROCK! i love the sugar skull, but am in love with the Michael Jackson thriller cake you are really clever!!!
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Post by DiamondDrea on Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:04 am

Wow your cakes look awesome!
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