KB Cakes & Creations

Saying Goodbye to my Grandma… May 30, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristin Barrios @ 5:54 PM

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Many of you may know that I recently lost my Grandma. It was both bittersweet and fitting that she would decide to go on May 11, 2013; the day before Mother’s Day. Bittersweet, because as my family and I celebrated our Mothers, Aunts, and Grandmothers, we did so with a heavy heart, knowing that my Grandma (or as the Great Grandkids knew her, Grandma GG(GG for Great Grandma), wouldn’t be here on earth to celebrate with. Fitting, because if you knew my Grandma, she did everything in her own time, and when she felt like it. Fitting, only because she decided to go when she was surrounded by family and there was laughter in her house again. And even though it was hard and I miss my Grandma….there was nowhere else I wanted to be.

I got a phone call that Saturday morning from my Aunt. She said that Grandma only had maybe 24 hours. I’m not going to tell details of what lead to that 24 hour timeframe, but know that my Grandma wasn’t sick with cancer or another form of disease, but at 86 years old, she had lived a full life and she was being called home. Needless to say, my family and I were aware that the time we would have with my Grandma would be short. When I got that phone call, I was finishing up a cake order for a birthday party. Something that wouldn’t have surprised my Grandma, since she always asked if I was “still making cakes.” She was always, in her own quiet way, very supportive of KB Cakes & Creations. I always tell people my art and “craftiness” comes from my grandparents and my parents. My Grandpa was a painter and woodworker, which were passed down to my Dad, who used to do a lot of woodworking. My Grandma enjoyed latch hooking and I can remember her always making pie, which was passed down to my Mom, who taught me to crochet and bake. It’s amazing the legacies that are created when things are shared with the next generation, something I hope to pass on to my kids and nieces and nephews. My Grandma knew the importance of family, tradition, and leaning on the Lord for everything.

After delivering the cake order, I traveled down to my Grandma’s house once again, finding my parents and other family there. Slowly over the next few hours, several more family members arrived. Everyone handles the death of a loved one in a different way, and for me, I just needed to be there to say goodbye one more time, be there for my parents. During the last few minutes I spent with my Grandma, I was thankful for a really good visit several weeks before, and for the brief time I spent with her earlier in the week when she could still communicate. But during this time with her, I told her that I loved her and that it was ok. She could go when she was ready. Mostly, with tears, I just was with her, quietly, praying. When she did finally go, it was with my Mother standing by her side, my cousin nearby, and the rest of us telling stories and memories and laughing, with tears of sadness and joy at the same time.

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At her funeral, her flower arrangements had one of her favorite flowers in it, a daisy. Regular and gerber. As is sometimes done, each of us, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, took a flower from her arrangement at the gravesite. Some of mine will be turned into memory beads, something that I do thru KB Cakes and Creations, but never had to do for my own loved one. And I have other reminders of my Grandma, and cherished memories.

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This post is dedicated to my Grandma: for being a true spitfire of a woman, for passing on the “Huffman stubbornness”, and loving all of her crazy family. Having been there with her when she passed, I will be forever grateful that I got to say Goodbye one more time. And it has shown me that family is so important, and I have an amazing family. She was a country and gospel fan, but this song just seemed to fit for me…..Rest now, Grandma. We love you!

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Fishy Fishy….Birthday Cake and Cookies April 11, 2013

Filed under: Cakes — Kristin Barrios @ 8:03 AM

I recently made a birthday cake for a repeat customer 🙂 And the theme for this birthday party was goldfish! This was such a fun cake to make…..aside from the fact that my kids kept singing the McDonald’s Fish McBites commercial every time they came to check on the progress. You know the one….you probably just sang it!! Lol. “Fishy Fishy”

So this order was for the cake and cookies to match. I found and bought this really cute fish cookie cutter and I was able to frost them like goldfish…(insert another round of “Fishy Fishy” from my kids)…..

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For the cake, the client had some ideas and I went with them and created this cake with matching goldfish!
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“Fishy Fishy!”

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This was a fun cake and cookies to make…even if I knew the McDonald’s Fish McBites jingle by heart afterwards, lol!

 

Baby Boike Gender Reveal Cake March 22, 2013

Filed under: Cakes — Kristin Barrios @ 4:03 PM

This was a very fun cake to make! The idea behind the cake is that the couple doesn’t know what they are having, and neither do their friends and family…..thus why a party and a cake!! For the Boike’s cake, they gave their gender ultrasound info. to a trusted friend, and she told me what color to make the cake. Pink for a girl, blue for a boy. So when the couple goes to cut into the cake, they reveal what the sex of the baby will be! How fun is that?! The Boike’s are having a baby boy and below is the cake I made for them. The buttons, bibs, onesies, and other items on the cake are made out of some fondant I made and cut and shaped into those pieces. This is one of my favorite cakes I’ve made! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your special reveal!

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Winner of the Gender Reveal Cake Contest

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristin Barrios @ 12:54 PM

Congratulations Lisa Stutzman!!!! You are the drawing winner!! I will be getting a hold of you to see what hat and for which munchkin head I’ll be making it to fit 🙂

Thank you to those of you who took the time to vote. Baby Boike will be a baby boy :)…..story to follow about the cake!

 

Gender Reveal Cake Contest!!! March 14, 2013

Filed under: Cakes — Kristin Barrios @ 7:40 AM

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What’s been happening @ KB Cakes & Creations?? February 20, 2013

Filed under: Cakes,Crochet — Kristin Barrios @ 8:59 AM

Well, what’s been happening is that I went on an unofficial holiday break! But I was still busy baking and making! So, today’s post is to just share project and cake pictures since my last post. Then you can look forward to seeing new projects and cakes, starting with a “Gender Reveal” cake and contest! But first, here’s the rundown!

I don’t think I’ve shared them on the blog yet, but these were the super cute cupcakes I made for our Thanksgiving dinner with Rey’s Grandma and family. I especially love the chocolate turkeys:

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(Cupcakes – $1/cupcake)

Associated Charities of Lenawee County had a celebration as they reached 100 years of caring. I was asked to make their cake for their open house:

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(Full Size Sheet Cake, Double Layer – $60)

Still making Bearded Beanies! These have been super popular. I had two helpful models…doesn’t the youngest look like Zac Brown from the Zac Brown Band?? Lol:

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(Bearded Beanies – Newborn- Child 4T $15, Child 5T-Adult $20)

Here’s a camouflaged smash cake sized birthday cake:

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(Smash Cake – $15)

The next birthday cake was lots of fun. It was a first birthday and had a wintery snowflake theme for the cake, smash cake, and matching cookies:

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(Cookies – $12/dozen. 3 dozen or more – $10/dozen)

Also made my niece’s birthday cake. Zebra themed of course. I made her a zebra hat with pink trim and flower, but I forgot to take a picture! I’ll have to remember to take one! But here’s the cake:

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(Half Sheet Cake, Double Layer – $45)

And a Baptism Cake for the newest member of the Garcia extended family:

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Also made a bunch of hats!!! Yay for hats!! In no particular order, here they are:

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(Child – $15, can make other sizes)

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Boy Sock Monkey

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(Newborn – $12, can make larger sizes)

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(Newborn – $12, can make larger sizes.)

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(Newborn – $10, can make larger sizes)

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(Hello Kitty – Newborn-1 yr: $12, 2yr-Adult: $15)

Alrighty!! That catches us up into February!! I have two new original hats to debut in the blog, plus a “Gender Reveal” cake and contest. Can’t wait to share!!!

 

Celebrating “Twilight” November 16, 2012

Filed under: Crochet,Jewelry — Kristin Barrios @ 5:03 PM

Yep…..I’m a fan of Twilight.

Not only did I enjoy the books, but I’ve enjoyed the movies, too. And as excited as I am that the final film has been released today, it’s also kind of a downer knowing there won’t be any more to wait for with anticipation. However, I’ll still enjoy it! 🙂

Ok, so I’m a fan of Twilight. Don’t judge me. At least I’m not a “crazy” fan of Twilight like some people I know…you know who you are….I won’t call you out on my blog…LOL 🙂 However, I may be considered a Twilight nerd after this post…because, not only do I enjoy the books and movies, but I also enjoy some of the clothing they wear in the movies…particularly the handmade items.

Like Alice’s fingerless gloves in New Moon:

Yeah, totally gonna rock a pair of these soon…

Bella’s gloves…these are knit, but I still like them:

One of Bella’s hats (again, knit, but I could do this in crochet!):

So, in honor of the last movie coming out today, I made some Twilight inspired pieces.

Who among my Twi-hards remembers this:

First Twilight movie, at La Push. Cool hat, huh? I thought so. So, I made one…

Pretty darn close, yeah?

(Eek…I dislike pictures of me! But somebody had to model it…)

And just because it was fun…I made a bracelet. Notice the apple, wolf, and crystal heart…. 🙂

Happy Twilight Movie Premiere Day my Twilight friends!!!!