Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Christmas and New Year plans...


Hey all and welcome to my blog once again! Unfortunately I have no sweets deco to show you. I haven't even completed my ear phone deco since I've been busy with X-mas and friends. And now I have my room to clean out to fit my new brand new computer that I got a few weeks ago. I actually got the parts on X-mas eve installed them, (on my own for the first time ever) and started working on putting all the programs I needed on my new computer. I got pictures of everything I got in fact... 

My new computer! I only got the tower up and running right now
So pretty!
My new web cam, it works great and I even tested for live stream!
The new monitor that came with my computer I'll install it once I have it in my room!
Some really cute hello kitty slippers that my sister got me. I love them they really keep my feet warm!

Since I started working on my new computer (I call her gate, yes I name my stuff) everything has been a breeze to do! Its so fast and quiet I've been doing so much that I wasn't able to do before. I'm so in love with my baby! I have so much art I want to work on and so many programs I want to learn.

As far as my new year plans I have a ton! The first one is getting my new blog design completed. I've been working on it and its coming along and with my html knowledge I've been able over come some obstacles and even add a few things! My second and most significant plan is the start of my business and start selling my stuff. I've started my business plan for the new year and I'm excited for the journey ahead! I have so much in store for this coming year I hope you guys will still be following and new comers will be drawn here as well!

Thanks for reading, I'll see you all soon!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sweet pastel Biscuit cookie hair pin

Sweets Deco Hair Pin

Hey all! I’m back again with more old work sorry! But you’ll love this one; it’s a cookie hair pin with strawberry syrup and swarovski crystal.

I used window paint for the syrup; the nozzle was perfect to get that “drippy” look just right. I tried to pick more up from the last Michaels trip I had but they didn’t have the brand I wanted (boo). So I guess I will have to make another trip to my Michaels that is two hours away. A long trip indeed but I always come out with a bunch of new things to experiment with! 


I have yet to wear it, my hair is messy and I wouldn’t want my hair to get caught up in the pin. As soon as I get my hair done, I’m going to try it out.

Among other things I just got done my favorite picture of the year! I love the style I have it in and I will make my Candy Sanctuary waitress in this style. It just exudes cuteness and girlyness, perfect for my new layout. I will also order the computer parts that I will need for my new computer. My tech savvy friend didn’t get back to me but I’m confident that I found the pieces I needed.

Oh and before I forget if you have Twitter or Face book you can add me! I don’t really use either except for updates from my blog.

I hope you all enjoy this sugary sweet post. Have a good day!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sweets deco Cookies


Hey all!

It’s been a while since I last posted. Nothing much has been happening in my sweets deco adventures but I have made some new cookies.




I made some of them from molds and I also tried to make my own custom shaped cookies. You can tell which one it is, the shooting start one. I’ll make some icing and decorate it like a real cookie. I want to practice it more too since it was a lot of fun. 


I just got done a really huge picture for an awesome calendar project here. It was really fun and the picture will be apart of a calendar that will be sold all around the world! As soon as it’s released I’ll send you all link!

Now that I finally got that picture done I want to continue my ear phones sweet deco. I have to make more cookies because I want it to be pastel colored. I’ll probably do that some time soon like tomorrow morning. I also just got some new icing tips and acrylic paint! I can’t wait to try them all out.

Besides that nothing new has happened deco wise. I got a new computer and waiting to buy the parts to add for it. Once that done I can do all the multimedia things that I love to do and not worry about the computer lagging! :D

I hope everyone is having a great month. I’ll be sure to post again soon about my sweets deco projects!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Sweets Deco Macaroons Tutorial


How to make sweets deco macaroons

I love macaroons hands down. They are by far my favorite things to make in sweets deco so far. They just have this cuteness like no other pastry or sweet. Short, tiny, colorful and ever so sweet the macaroon! 
 
Another reason why I love making macaroons so much because they are super easy to make and decorate! Great for any decoden project from sweet frames to sweet hair clips. Whatever sweets deco adventure you’re on count on macaroon to get the job done! Top them with syrup, whip cream, crystals, cookies just to name a few things you can do the macaroon! 

If you want to be super adventurous with the macaroon try a macaroon tower! Who can deny such sweet awesomeness? Each one laid out one by one to create something beautiful, you can’t beat that.

I got all kind of tutorials some for air clay, polymer clay and even a video tutorial on macaroons.







And a Japanese tutorial I found on Google while on my search!



Happy crafting!

Thanks for visiting my sweets deco macaroon tutorial post!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sweets deco cream puff necklace

My new sweets deco cream puff necklace

Here is one of my favorite recent pieces that I made about 2 weeks ago, my beloved cream puff necklace!


It was the first time I made a cream puff so making it was really exciting! I think my favorite part about making it was adding the “whip cream” and the spoon sticking out of it. It looked pretty good till my damn glove touched the cream and messed up the perfect look of it. When I added the top part of the cream puff, the cream started to squeeze out a bit, among other unwanted things that happened. None the less I love it and it looks absolutely delicious!


Once the cream cured I added the toppings and polymer clay sparkles on top. That’s when I started falling in love with my necklace.


I got some gold chain and hooked the cream puff to it but it looked like it could use a tune up, so I added the whip cream and Eiffel tower to the chain. Thus completing this cream puff necklace journey. I showed my family and they love it. I myself want to make smaller cream puff necklaces in the future.


Other then that, I’ve been working on my new blog design. Just looking through tutorials on how to make it better and adding personal touches to it. It’s so much fun going through the html and altering it to your liking. I want to study up on html more so I can know more about it and hopefully make my own full design one day. I have a really good book on it from college but I might just look online for tutorials so I can have that “hands on” experience. Well that’s all for today, I’ll make sure to update soon!

Thanks for reading about my sweets deco cream puff!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Fairy Kei Sweets Deco Macaroon DS Charm

Do you like sweets deco with your gaming, I sure do! This next piece is my newest DS charm. The colors where inspired by the fairy kei fashion. I love love LOVE the pastel colors of the fashion and just the old vintage feel of it all. A lot of fashion reminds me of my childhood the fashion is drawn from the 80’s and 90’s after all.

Anyway, since my “Chunky Macaroon Charm” was way too big to loop in the small charm strap I had to make a smaller one, thus my fairy Kei macaroon charm was born!



My favorite part of making the macaroons was adding the very glamorous sparkles to the clay! I had brought a few different colors of sparkles earlier this year. I was going to use them for my resin, but since that never happened I thought I should experiment with them in my clay crafts. Before I made the shapes of the macaroons I just added some sparkles in the clay and kneaded it in the clay. If I didn’t see enough sparkles then I just add more. The end result was really nice though you can’t see the sparkles very well. Here’s a picture where you can see a sparkle haha.



Really exciting, but next time I’ll add more sparkles in the clay so it will show more. I want the charm to blind me!

Another reason I love this project so much because it was my first time adding swarovski crystals to my charms. Well actually the second, but it wasn’t messy and a total pain. The crystals look great in the light and just add to that girly cuteness to my macaroon charm!





I have to admit out of all the sweets I can make in sweets deco, macaroons are probably a close number one.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

NEW SWEETS DECO OMG

Welcome to my sweets deco blog!

After a much needed hiatus and break I’m back with plenty of sweets deco for everyone to devour!

After a break from my sweets deco I decided to give it another go and fell in love with it all over again. I was so stressed out doing them that I just didn’t want to bother with it. But I got my “groove” back and ready to start over… again.

My break out piece is my chunky macaroon bag charm. I finished it weeks ago and was my first bag charm ever so I’m really proud of it.

This is my favorite picture of it which I posted on TheO.



All my family and friends loved the piece, so much that my mom requested one!









I have more finished pieces but I don’t want to show them all in one day.

Besides that I’m still somewhat stressing over this blog design. The one I was working on before the break I don’t like anymore, so I’m pretty much back at square one. I do have one idea that I’m going to go with just to get it out the way, a sweets menu theme! It should be fun vectoring the sweets and naming them.

Since I’m talking about art, I started working in illustrator and making vector images. It’s really fun and different from what I usually do. My art have been getting better and I have a lot more confidence in it. So much that I joined the Manga Bullet Calendar project. So you will be able to buy a calendar with my art in it!

Going back to my sweet deco adventures, I decided to deco my Sony earphones! They are small so the work space is perfect for me. It’s going to be the first time I did this kind of deco but I know it will go well. I will also make one or two x-mas macaroon towers! I brought some foam cones for the project and everything. I’m really excited to start those soon but I will need some more caulk before I start. I’m down to my last one right now.

Thanks for reading about my sweets deco and a happy thanksgiving to you all! See you next time!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Blogger Design Secrets

So we all want to know so of those blogger design secrets, you know how to make your blog look neat and unique!

I actually found this very useful website in the Esty forums its called The Cutest Blog on the Block, Its has tutorials on how to make a custom background to how to make your blog a three column blog. I went through some of the tutorials myself and they are easy to understand. I’ll be using them to change up my own blog. I just have to create my own little character that well be hanging out in my blogger background.

They also have great free backgrounds and resources that you can use in your own blog!

Happy designing and make good use of your new Blogger design secrets!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Where did The Candy Sanctuary go?

Wow, how late am I? I haven’t updated this place in months, haha sorry about that.

None the less I was working hard on The Candy Sanctuary. I’ve updated my accounts, made new friends, made a fan page, and gotten more followers on twitter. So things have been going well with me.

On the crafting side things have been great also. I’ve made more charms and cakes that gotten a lot of positive feedback where ever I posted them so I’m excited about that.

The first cake is my favorite: My chocolate mousse cake



My second cake the “rave cake” has gotten a lot of attention. I think it has something with the angle I took the picture in.



Then lastly my Nintendo DS donut charm, I want to make more of those..



If you want to see more pictures and charms take a look at my new fan page for The Candy Sanctuary. I update there and I post pictures on my fan page first before any where else so you can view new creations before anyone. Don’t forget to become a fan too!

Also, I’m relearning HTML so I can edit and custom design my blogger page. I want the design to be very sweet with plenty of pastel colors. I also want to make a random girl for it too to complete the look.

So that’s about it. I’m going to try to post everyday about different things so this place won’t collect dust again.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I'm back!

Long time no see!

A lot has happened since my last post! One all my packages have arrived.



Second my birthday was on the 14th, and lastly I entered the New York Anime Fest mascot contest! It was the whole reason I wasn’t here or focus on my business. My entry too almost 2 weeks to do and I’m proud of the result. You can check out my entry here.

I put everything else on hold for the contest so I’m back on track with my business again. To start I’m going to finally add my blog and links to the websites I’ve joined so everyone can see what I’m up to. After that I’m going to continue to design my mascot and other logo designs.

I haven’t made anything either for a while. So I’m going to make some donuts and cakes and finally turn them into cell phone charms and goodies. You should see all the crystals and charms that I have at my disposal now. I’m so excited I’m over loading with ideas!

I am going to go to my huge list of things to do so I’ll see you later!

Friday, April 30, 2010

New packages and ideas!

Happy Friday!

I’m happy to say that a lot of my packages have been coming in this week. Including my glow in the dark paints, resin mold, glitter, and respirator! I have about 4 or 5 more things ready to come in. One of them is containing all my jewelry making supplies. Once I get that package I can truly make my cell phone charms and trinkets, I can’t wait! I have been also making sketches of the things I want to make. A lot of them are sweets but I also have been designing pictures for my resin pendants.

Lately I’ve been checking my list of things to do and seeing that since all my materials are coming in I should focus on designing my logo and brand. I had the very rough sketch in my note book so I finally gave the time to refine it this morning. I really like the way it came out!



I like to read about design especially for a company and branding so I decided to look in one of my graphic design books. A lot of it really expressed that the design should be able to translate what the product is about with out too much design clutter. Not to mention it still have to look nice. I was absorbing everything and looked at my own logo to see how mines stand against what I was reading. I think my logo might be busy and cluttered haha. Before I had my current logo idea I had no clue on what I wanted to look like at all. I wanted to express so many things to like candies, cafĂ©, rave, and the Lolita fashion that it was hard just to narrow it down to a certain genre. Then one day at work I just saw the perfect logo! It just flashed before my eyes. I sketched it down so I could remember what it looked like. Only till now I decided to draw out the logo completely. I’m planning to finish it in Photoshop too. Even though I really like the logo I’m going to play around with other ideas I have.

With my designing frenzy I wanted to sketch out my original idea of having different types of Lolita for each kind of product I had. Like for my sweets a sweet Lolita, the more tea time goodies would be represented by a gothic Lolita and so forth. For some reason I couldn’t really get a design down that I really like. Or even enjoy the process barely. It just seem like I was trying to get a blood out of a daisy. So then I decided to sketch a different mascot idea I had at while I was working. It was just a more generic girl in a “sweet punk” attire.



To my surprise I really like it. I don’t like her face or hair but the overall I enjoy the idea. Just a regular girl in really cool clothes wanting to stand out. I feel like I can identity with the character so that really tells me I should pursue this mascot design more.

Besides that I made a few ad designs, played Final Fantasy 13, and leveling up my pokemon in soul silver. XD

I hope you enjoyed my ramblings see you guys next time!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday morning thoughts

Good morning my loves!

It’s a Saturday morning and I’m feeling pretty good (and tired).

Yesterday I continued shopping for my supplies for my business. I got tons of pearls, a resin book and mold set, last but not least a cameo resin mold. I always wanted to work with resin; I see so many amazing pieces being made form it. You can be as creative as you want and boy do I have some ideas! Since I put in the order, my mind been formulating with plans. I’m thinking of putting my own pictures in the cameo piece, or some clay sweets. All the possibilities are endless!

While I was shopping on etsy, I was checking the price on 100 pack crystals instead of 75. I contacted the seller but she has yet to get back to me. I was thinking about getting acrylic rhinestones but I like crystals better. It really sparkles and adds a nice touch to everything it’s on. I really like them on macaroon charms and such. It adds such a cute factor to it.

The last things I need to get now are glow in the dark paint, pigments, a respirator, and sparkles. Then I might have enough to buy a subscription in the sites I’m in. So far so good though. That reminds me, I have to edit my latest craft photos and post them on my websites. I know people have been asking me about them so I want to make sure I give the people what they want!

On a more artistic note I’m finally starting the line art of my latest picture. I did most of the body and clothes. I’m on the shoes now and changed them a bit from the original sketch. I pretty much added an extra long sole of the shoe. I really like the change and it adds the more punk-ish style to the outfit. I should have that done today as well. I really have my work cut out for me today.

Thanks for reading! See you soon!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Huge craft shopping!

I’m finally on my way to getting much needed materials for my decoden and crafts. I was shopping at Mybeadjoy and got tons of supplies. Since my order was over $100 dollars it had free insurance. I asked if they do combined shipping and they took $15 dollars off my whole purchase! Then paypal started acting weird so I was up all night trying to get the payment through! Luckily, around 12-1AM it worked and went through so I could rest easy. I should be expecting that package around next month.

I also went over at Jo-ann’s website and they had a sale on Hearty clay. This will be perfect for my deco den molds! The molds I have will work much better with the hearty clay then the creative paper clay. I think because the hearty clay is more marshmallow like. In any case I just hope it works! I made sure I got a lot of the colors I needed. Which they only had pink, blue, black, and white but its fine. I also got a pasta machine for polymer clay that will be very useful for my clay cakes. The icing can be even and less of a hassle to put on and roll out by hand.

The last things on my list is to get some resin molds, flat pearls, rhinestones, crystals, and a respirator. After that I might look into getting a deco den book but I’m not sure.

Now the fun part begins… Thinking up all kinds of stuff to make! I know I want to make all kinds of cakes and pasties but I’ve been thinking about making Tokyo mew mew weapons. I wanted to make them before but I wasn’t as skill with the clay as I am now. I really want to make the strawberry bell; I have an idea to actually add a real bell that tinkles. X3

I might look into that more. Thanks for reading!
 
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