Touching Base

Hey all. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I know I’ve been MIA for a bit but between the holidays and being sick for almost two weeks straight and prepping for my son’s birthday party, I was hard pressed just to get everything finished on time let alone write. But all that is passed and I am dedicating the next month to finishing Deadened. I’m currently a little over halfway through writing it. Then I have editing and the bookcover to work on. I’m really hopeful that I will be completely finished with it by the end of the month. (Barring anymore killer viruses kicking my booty.) I’m adding some pics of the things I made for my son’s bday party to verify my alibi (haha) and just in case anyone else is doing a Super Mario Bros party anytime soon.

I promise to keep y’all updated on the progress of book 2 and I’ll try to get a teaser out ASAP.

Thanks,

S. L.

100_2765 100_2768 Here’s the Yoshi pinata I made. Yes, I know it’s crazy to spend so much time on something that’s going to be beaten into oblivion but it was fun and my son liked it. I also found really easy directions for making Mario and Luigi hats at http://www.instructables.com/id/Mario-Hat/ the only thing I did different is, I off-centered the small circle to make more room at the front of the hat for the M and L. Otherwise this was the simplest and easiest to follow instructions I found online and the hats turned out excellent.

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I printed out all the decorations from online. There were multiple places that I got stuff from but here are the two that I got the most from. http://www.marabous.com.au/blog/2012/06/mario-party-decorations-free-printables/ and http://partystock.ca/blog/super-mario-themed-birthday-party/.

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I didn’t take a separate pic of the bags I found on ebay but you can see them lying on the fireplace in the pic above. They were a big hit with the kids and it gave them a place to put their hats and mustaches (just black posterboard cut out and hot glued to a skewer with the pointy end cut off. I placed them in a tube I made by wrapping green cardstock around a paper towel roll).

Finally, I made the cake. I am not good with piping icing and therefore I had always bought my cakes until about a year ago when my fifteen year old asked me to make her cake for her birthday. My response was “as long as it’s not fondant”. I could see that she had been hoping for just that so I took to Youtube and started watching tutorials then I came back to her and told her that as long as she realized the cake would have defects since I’ve never worked with fondant before I would make her cake. It took a long time to make the cake but I found out that I actually liked working (playing) with it and the cake turned out way better than I expected. I’ve been making cakes ever since.

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I got the little figurines off of ebay too if anyone’s looking for them. They were a lot cheaper than the other department stores around here. All in all, it took an astronomical time to make everything for the party but it was totally worth it.

Spread the Word!

Sara