Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New Home

You know that feeling when you're moving, and the now empty house is all echoey and you realize how awesome your old house is, and how many memories you made there?  That's how I feel about this blog.  This is where I started... where I discovered so many things, wrote silly things, wrote serious things.

I have a new home now that is shiny and new and big with everything linked together like my instagram and my twitter that I ignore and it even has a shop!  Exciting stuff, but I kept putting off writing this post over here.  I know the other place will feel like home.  I will fill it up with all my old furniture, maybe get a new lamp and it will be awesome, but this is where Arty McGoo was born!  Where she took her first steps, painted on cookies for the first time, and where she talks about herself in the third person sometimes...

So, this is me forwarding my address: {this is for the whole she-bang}  {this is for the blog}

I feel like I know which ones are the squeaky stairs and how the drawer in the laundry room falls off it's tracks sometimes, but with the new blog it smells new and I don't know where all the outlets are yet.  I think it would help if you visited me over there though.  Maybe bring a plant or just sit and have cocoa with me some morning.  That would make it all feel like home.
Signing off...

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fun Find

I thought today I'd share something that I have fallen in love with (as a peace offering for my long absence?).  I saw this little beauty on the shelf at Beverly's  and I thought, "There is no way this stuff will work for cookies.  It probably won't dry or look good... but what the hey?"

Edit:  the lovely Sami on Facebook said she found this at the 99c store! and I realized THAT'S where I found mine too.  Until she mentioned it, I really thought I got it at Beverly's!  I'm blaming my old age...

I splurged on this little tube of sparkle gel (about $1.00) and I'm so glad I did!  Before I go any further, I just realized this sounds like a commercial, it is not.  

Because of the little amount of faith I had in this tube of sparkle, I forgot about it; until one fateful day... I was decorating and thought, Ugh, I'm going to have to mix up some "glass" for these windows (which usually consists of melting isomalt or sugar, or some other potentially hand-burning exercise) but I suddenly remembered that little tube.  Hmmmmm, let's experiment!

Not only does it dry fast, it keeps its wet and glassy look forever.  Usually at some point, sugar will cloud and get a milky kind of look, but this stays really clear and shiny.

There is a little glitter in it, and it doesn't get completely smooth (maybe it could if I messed around with it a bit more) but how cool is that?!  And besides, it gives an antique glass look, right?  I totally meant to do that.  

Oooooh!  shiny!  

Sooo, how do you get your hands on that little tube of wonder?  Now for a limited time... Just kidding.  This is not a commercial.  

I found the tube at the 99c Store, but I don't think everyone has those or that they are still there, so I went straight to the source which is the Cake Craft website.  It looks like you must call to place an order (the horror!) as I'm not seeing a marketplace on the site, but the price is super reasonable for a tube of awesome.  

It looks like Cake Craft sparkle gels come in several colors that would be fun to play around with!  
Have fun and get sparkly!

Monday, January 6, 2014

McGoo U January Sessions

Had to get my blog reading, non-facebook friends a head's up!

McGoo U is opening a few sessions this month. The class will be Cookie Decorating 101: Vintage Valentine

The courses will be:
January 24, 11:00 - 3:30
January 25, 10:00 - 2:30 or 4:00 - 8:30
Campus is in Paso Robles, California
Admissions will open at 5:00 pm PST

Contact Chancellor McGoo at for details!
Limited seating available.
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