It has recently come to my attention that I have a very talented group of friends, and today I’d like to tell you about them. We all come into this world with a God given set of skills, and while some people take their gifts for granted, others take their talents and run with them.
Speaking of running . . .
Need some new running shoes? How about this one? Nice color, nice tread, and check out those cool silver laces. I think everyone should have a pair of running shoes just like this. The only problem is – they won’t wear very well . . . since they’re made out of cake and fondant! Can you believe it? (click on the image to appreciate the minute details) My friend Michelle is a cake decorator. She made this fun cake for her running group anniversary celebration and I thought it was fantastic. Michelle does cakes for weddings, parties and just about any occasion. (Would taking a bite be a case of sticking your foot in your mouth?)
Celeste is an amazing quilter. Unfortunately since I’m not an amazing photographer these pictures don’t begin to do her work justice.
The red and white snowman quilt is full-sized, and is covered with minute and perfectly executed embroidery stitching. It took almost a year to make and was clearly a labor of love. The cute bunny quilt hangs in her bunny – themed play room, brightening the walls for the many grandchildren who frequent her home. Last but hardly least is the beautiful diamond pattern, jewel toned quilt that lies on her bed. This is not just a quilt, it’s a work of art.
One thing that I love about Celeste and her hobby, is that she doesn’t box these treasures up and stash them safely in a closet, she uses them and has them out for everyone to see and enjoy.
Ludy is a candy chef extraordinaire. As you can see she’s into chocolate and caramel, and has actually made a business of her hobby. It’s called Chocolate Divine, and let me tell you that name perfectly describes her creations. Ludy caters parties, makes goody baskets, and sells her wares in several grocery store chains. My favorites are the chocolate/caramel/almond turtles. Note to self: Don’t leave me alone with a box of these. The great thing about Ludy, is that as good as she is, she’s always taking classes to improve her skills. Oh, I almost forgot, she also does a mean Chocolate covered strawberry. Don’t you wish you had one right now? Well guess what. You can. http://chocolate-divine.com/news/
Melinda has been sewing for years, and thinks nothing of sitting down at the machine and whipping up a project that would boggle my sewing challenged mind. These jackets were all the rage a few years ago, and never go out of style. They’re made from a pullover sweatshirt that’s been cut down the front. After the embellishments are added you’d never guess it’s humble origin. Besides making them for herself, she’s taught many others the ins and outs of the craft. Alas, it’s not as easy as she makes it look, and I have yet to finish mine..
These cute bags are also a sewing masterpiece. Both bags, one a generic tote bag and the other crafted to hold sewing supplies, are filled with secret pockets, inside compartments and, the bane of my sewing life, zippers. She makes them as gifts, since thanks to the hours that go into each one, the price to sell would be astronomical. These bags are bright and festive and fun, just like my friend.
Boots are her bag. My sister-in-law Sue, scours garage sales and second-hand stores for used cowboy boots, then brings them back to life as a beautiful purse or tote bag. Who knew that cowboy boots were this pretty? Sue has also turned her hobby into a thriving business. She sells her handcrafted designs on-line and has several celebrity buyers. The best thing about her business, Sue says, is when someone comes to her with a pair of boots that have fond memories attached. She takes extra care with these projects, and loves turning something old into something new and making it a cherished keepsake to boot. .http://www.pinterest.com/sueroake/