And now for something completely different... well, almost.

I was asked to do the Gingerbread House for the Michaels store on Truxel in Sacramento, so if you stop by sometime before Christmas, you can take a peek at my handiwork.

I learned a lot while working on this house (I have never made a house from a kit before and that was one of the requirements). I will be doing some things different on my next house (Stephen and I are going to work on it together), but I thought that some things worked out well and were worth repeating.

Photo Challenge

Recently I put out a plea for help with some graphic design stuff and a friend of mine valiantly came to my rescue. As a way of saying thanks, I offered to make a cake for her (of course!). She took me up on my offer and asked me to make a "simple cake, maybe something based on a photo." I don't think anything based on a photo is simple, but I was willing to give it a try. Well, her photography group was having an event and the speaker was Lewis Kemper (Check out his wonderful photography), so the cake was to be based on one of his photos.

I happily went to his sight and started exploring the photos he had posted there. Wow. Nothing simple about these photos! Landscape art is difficult to translate into cake (at least for me with only a week to come up with a design and execute it). So I pondered and pondered. I finally found three photos that I thought I could do something with. After learning that they were also hoping for a fall theme, this is the one I chose (photo used with permission):

I just love the lines and the texture in this photo. The challenge of this photo is that it is rather stark, but the leaves gave me an idea.

The Photography club was decorating with a fall theme, so I thought this photo would be perfect, I could take the leaves and run with a fall theme. After all, there is so much that could be going on around this one photo, I just needed to expound on that and voila! I would have a cake =o)

So I set out to create a cake that was inspired by that photo... not a perfect duplication, but here is my representation of that in cake:

Of course, after I took all but the last photo, I realized that my leaf colors were off because they appeared different on my computer screen than on the actual print, so in the last photo below you can see that I swapped out the yellow leaf for a more orangy-red one which was a much better match for the photo!

Here are the photos of the entire cake:

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