Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Happy Daffodils

I was looking up flowers and their meanings and I found out that daffodils symbolize "deceitful hopes." Who comes up with these meanings? I found that there's a story attached to all of this posted on the same site. All the pretty daffodils that have bloomed in my garden have stirred up memories of women fixing "Daffodil Cakes" in the spring. Of course, no one does this anymore. I'm sure Brini Maxwell would though :)

http://www.stylenetwork.com/Shows/BriniMaxwell/

Daffodil Cake: http://cake.allrecipes.com/az/DaffodilCake.asp
I was actually thinking of having a kitschy little dinner party for some friends, and naturally I thought of the Domestic Diva of Drag. We were at the beach last year and had the opportunity to watch 'rich folks' cable and we ran across her show on the Style network while waiting for the "Venture Brothers" to come on. Brini demonstrated how to create a Finger Sandwich Cake. I'll have to find the recipe and post it.

The official Brini Maxwell Site didn't have any recipies posted, but I dug around and found a few that I might try out.

DEEP RAZZY
This cocktail recipe can be pre-measured in a pitcher and then shaken over ice in a cocktail shaker to add drama to the Cake and Cocktails soiree.6 ounces BACARDI RAZZ1 ounce sweet & sour1 ounce triple sec1 ounce Chambord1/2 ounce fresh lime juiceShake and strain all ingredients into a chilled 10 ounce MARTINI glass.Garnish with 3 skewered raspberries and a fresh sprig of mint.
This cocktail recipe can be pre-measured in a pitcher and then shaken over ice in a cocktail shaker to add drama to the Cake and Cocktails soiree.
6 ounces BACARDI RAZZ1 ounce sweet & sour1 ounce triple sec1 ounce Chambord1/2 ounce fresh lime juiceShake and strain all ingredients into a chilled 10 ounce MARTINI glass.Garnish with 3 skewered raspberries and a fresh sprig of mint.



Also, She did have an interesting little project for creating a mirror decorated with pills. Hmmm... don't invite anyone with substance abuse issues (past or present) to use your powder room.

How to Make Art with Pills

Materials:1 12-by-12-inch Plexiglass mirror6 1-by-12-inch clear Plexiglass strips about ΒΌ-inch thickCollection of small, round, colorful objects, such as pills and buttonsWhite glueMethylene chloride (a solvent that bonds to Plexiglass; available at most hobby stores)
Tools:Clamps


Instructions:Clamp a shelf in place on the Plexiglass mirror, and bond it to the face of the surface using the methylene chloride. To do so, place a corner of the mirror on the table so the clamped shelf is on a slight incline, and put the needle applicator of the agent at the top of the shelf, at the very crux of the two pieces of acrylic. (The needle directs the flow of the bonding agent more precisely than the tip of the bottle could.) The bonding agent will run down the crack to the bottom, bonding the shelf instantly. Now remove the clamps, and the piece should be bonded firmly in place. (The bond is immediate, so be sure the shelf is exactly where you want it before you apply the solvent.) Repeat this process with all six shelves.
Now it's time to affix your decorative elements. (We used pills, but you can use any other colorful objects.) Apply a small drop of glue to the shelf where you will place the item, then set the item into the glue. If using pills, make sure any printing is upright.
Now your piece is ready to hang; you can do that by attaching tab hangers on the back. Try experimenting with other objects that pique your interest--beauty supplies, sewing notions, etc. Let your imagination go wild!


Safety Tip:Sure, pills make for a very retro Valley of the Dolls art project. But our legal folks still want us to remind you: This is for amusement purposes only. E! strongly opposes the inappropriate consumption of illegal drugs. Gluing them to shelves? Good. Abusing them? Bad. These projects are strictly for adults. Got that?

http://www.stylenetwork.com/Shows/BriniMaxwell/Tips/index4.html

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