It all started a few months ago when Cake Boss became Lauren's favorite show. We got rid of cable and now rely solely on Netflix streaming for all tv show viewing. Cake Boss is available streaming, all 73 episodes of Buddy and his gang of bakers exclaiming, "this is how you do it Hoboken-style, baby!" But I digress. I have enjoyed watching it with them and I love the creativity factor that is upped in each episode. Lauren informed us that when she is old enough, she plans to move to New Jersey and work for Buddy as one of his cake decorators, specifically as one to sculpt with cereal treats (aka Rice Krispies) and modeling chocolate.
That's great, but how do I encourage my 9 year-old daughter in her sculpting aspirations? (Cuz I'm just not willing to do so with Rice Krispies and modeling chocolate - at least not yet). I decided that Sculpey (polymer clay) was the answer. I put together a little gift for her for Christmas, with a set of colored clay and a little project book. She then spent some Christmas money on tools and we sat down for our first sculpting session a few days ago.
From there we gained momentum, and I have to say that it's been Grace to really go like gangbusters! Upon seeing Lauren's first little figures, she decided to spend some of her own money on a set of clay for herself (because really, why would Lauren ever want to share with her sister?) and a bigger (and better) project book. It's quite cute, especially for tween girls. Grace and I did a little freehand work our first evening and had so much fun making miniature foods. So cute and fun! Burgers, hot dogs, cupcakes, lollipops, etc.
And now, those cute little foods are being turned into jewelry. If you're a mom of a tween girl, I'm sure you've seen similar pieces in Justice and Claires. We are making our own instead! In all of my crafting years this is my first time doing earrings. Even better that my girls are totally into it, and want to be spending their time making stuff rather than watching TV.
Buddy, are you listening? I have two up-and-coming cake decorators for you...I'll send them to you in New Jersey in about ten or twelve years!