Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Preparations

We finally got a tree put up last weekend. I kept the branches trimmed from the bottom of the tree, and tied them into a wreath. My daughter decorated it with a beaded garland and added a bow.

I’ve been on a tote bag sewing marathon. Mostly for gifts for the small nieces and nephews. I picked out a different upholstery fabric for each one, so each would be unique. I have a couple more to get done.

Have a great Christmas.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Chocolate Cake with Ganache Topping

I had to make chocolate ganache after thinking about it for several weeks for my Photoshop project. A birthday cake for my husband last weekend was the perfect excuse. The sides are frosted with whipped cream.

Ganache is wonderfully rich, and super simple to make. Equal parts Chocolate and cream (I used semi-sweet chocolate chips). Bring the cream to a boil, pour over the chocolate, and stir until the chocolate is blended in.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A few more Photoshop projects

A tinted black and white photo, and the same photo colored with Pantone color spots.
The product and brand on this Photoshop label are completely made up:

The raspberry photo I used on the label is by Stuart Whitmore. It is a free photo downloaded from

The label I created was turned into a 3d object for use in this advertisement for my final project:

The chocolate cake photo is by: Clara Natoli. It was also a free photo from