~ The Inspiration ~
|Please ignore the lightbulb in the background. That wooden bowl is my husband's domain and I just don't ask.|
Have you heard of Red Knit Cap Girl and Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue? If you have little ones in your life you must check them out. The art work is so pretty, I want to frame every page. These books have delighted Miss Cupcake and captured her imagination since we were first introduced to them. We decided to bring these lovely little stories to life for her birthday since Cupcake is a huge Naoko Stoop fan. There is a third book, Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree, coming out that we can't wait to arrive (thank you, Auntie Jessica and Uncle Sean!), and these two board books, All Creatures Great and Small and Noah's Ark, also illustrated by Naoko Stoop are must-have items in Cupcake's Mass bag every Sunday.
~ The Cake ~
I started with the cake. One of the cakes I considered for BigBoy's Narnia themed birthday was this beautiful representation of Reepicheep paddling his coracle to Aslan's Country. I wanted to recreate the scene with Red Knit Cap Girl, White Bunny and Polar Bear Cub sailing north so I found some paper that looked similar to the paper used in the books. I even sent Naoko Stoop an email asking if the paper folded boat was a real one or her own imaginative design. She wrote back! Squeeeee!!! I love it when authors do that. She said the design was her creation but sent me a helpful little drawing and message for Cucpake. I used this website's instructions for a paper boat (scroll down to the pink one) with some of my own modifications and used a skewer for the sail anchoring it into a chunk of Sculpey.
I wanted to try using some marshmallow fondant to make the ice chunks and unfortunately, used up more of my powdered sugar than I thought so I ended up not having enough to make buttercream frosting to cover the whole cake. Instead. I tinted some of the fondant blue and wrapped it around the sides so I could use the buttercream just for the waves on top. I have never cared much for fondant and now I know why… it was only because it wasn't homemade! Everyone liked it.
I think she liked it.
~ The Decorations ~
We found an old red cap that I crocheted for Rain (it kind of looks knitted) to use for a decoration. She wore it for 2.1 seconds.
Schleich animals we could find to match the characters in the book. Polar Bear Cub, Squirrel, Bear, Hedgehog, Polar Bear Mama but when it came to White Bunny, we needed something tiny and cute. We chose one of the Playmobil bunnies from this set. I also used some more printed paper to make a telescope (from Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue) and some paper lanterns like the ones they made for the moon's party in the first book. We strung them up with little lights so that they really glowed.
Kinda hard to see but you get the idea.
~ The Banner ~
~ The Birthday Girl ~
|One of her gifts… her own polar bear cub with a pink knitted scarf, boots and glasses. Why? I don't know but she loves her and named her Snowflake.|