Monday, March 11, 2013

Super Epic Cake Of Awesomeness!

Hey Everyone!
So, I figured since it is only 2 more days until my sister Brianna celebrates another birthday, I should post the cake that I made for her LAST year. Haha!
Check out this beast!
Oh my goodness was this a fun cake to make!
It was a 6" 2 layer chocolate cake with a caramel filling, frosted with my homemade buttercream, topped with crushed heath bars, caramel syrup, chocolate syrup, and rolos! WHOOOAAA!!!
 And just look at the mess I made
There was so much heath bar on the counters and... well... everywhere that I just took a broom and swept it all instead of trying to get it with a wash rag or something. Haha! 
And Bri had no idea what she was getting!
 We met her and Ben at a restaurant in Waupaca. 
She was super excited when we brought it out (from under the table. Ha!). 
 I'm not sure that I will ever be able to top this cake! But I shall try!
We are going to Marshfield this weekend to celebrate her birthday, so I will be making a cake to bring for the party! I am bouncing around some ideas that I am pretty excited about! :D You will have to wait and see!

Anyways, hope you have a wonderful rest of your Monday!

Taylor Kay

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Random Ramblings Of A Movie Lover - Hunger Games

Hey Everybody!
So today's ramble is about
The Hunger Games!
Wooo! It was bound to happen eventually. Haha!
 I watched it tonight while I was knitting. 
The more times I see it, the more I appreciate it. It is actually a very very good movie in my opinion! And I'm not just saying that because I am a huge fan of the book. This is one book to movie rendition that was pretty much as close as you can get, granted it still had its issues (which I cared more about when I first saw it). Like this:
 "Oh God What Is That?" - Charlie The Unicorn
"It's The Magical Leopluradon! It Will Show Us The Waaay..." 
But seriously... really?... Uuugh. Pretty sure the whole theater laughed when they saw this. I think they could have done better than that. :P
But anyways, I think the music was AAAAAAMAZING! I have the official soundtrack :) I also have that cd called From District 12 And Beyond which is basically a cd of a bunch of artists who did songs for the movie. It's super good, if you haven't listened to it do it now! And there's another cd from the Hunger Games Music Project, which was a group of people who made their own music to go with the book. It is seriously awesome!!! 
So, my favorite character from the first book was probably Rue
 SHE'S SO WONDERFUL! I cried so much when I was reading the book when she **SPOILER** died... :( I guess I should have seen it coming... but it was just so SAAAAAAAAAAAD!!! And oh my goodness, her death scene in the movie.... oh my gosh... I can't... *tears* And the music that goes with it??
But to finish off, the movie was amazing in my opinion. There's just a lot of things that are really neat about it and that are truly accurate to the book. 
I am super excited for the second movie tho!!! Catching Fire was my favorite of the 3 books! AHHH!!! And look at the new poster that was just released!
So beyond excited for this it's crazy.
Me and my friend Liz (who I went to the midnight showing of Hunger Games with) already have it planned to go to the midnight showing of Catching Fire too! YAY!!! November 22nd can't come fast enough!!! :D

Happy Hunger Games
And May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor 

Have a great night! :)

Taylor Kay

Monday, March 4, 2013

What's On YOUR Needles?

So What's On Your Knitting Needles Today?
Well, today I have this lovely little cabled piece that will be part of a project I am knitting for my mom!
 I think I'm going to keep what the project is a secret until I start with the main part of it tho :) You will just have to wait and see! 

Also, mom and I went to JoAnns tonight because there was a Coupon Commotion going on! I had like... 8 50% off coupons!!! SO EXCITING!!!
 There is nothing better to buy (other than maybe yarn) than your favorite brand of super good needles! HOORAY! Can't really beat 1/2 price, unless of course they were free... Ha! So, since my main interest is knitting hats, I figured I would buy the rest of my circular and double point collection so I have (almost) every needle I would need to make a hat! 
Life Achievement Has Been Reached
... Almost... 
There's always more needles! And I love them almost as much as yarn!

Anyways, let me know what you've been knitting lately!
Hope you have a wonderful Monday night! :)

Taylor Kay

Friday, March 1, 2013

My Recent Drawings

Hey Everyone!
So I finished that picture that I started drawing yesterday!

It's Dan! 
Yay! I am actually very happy with how this turned out. I have accepted the fact that I will only ever get 1 of the eyes to look right, the other one will always be a little wrong. It has happened with almost all of my drawings of people. :P But I am super proud of the lips in this one! They are the best lips I have ever done! HOORAY! His llama hat is a little small but it still looks ok. If I made it any bigger it wouldn't have fit on my page. 
So tell me, does it look like him?

I will take this opportunity to show you a couple of the other pictures I have done.

Audrey Hepburn
I was super excited to do this picture. I saw the original in a book that I have and it was all shading! There weren't any hard lines anywhere (as you can tell from the drawing). I was going to ask my cousin Jeshua, who is an amazing artist, to draw it for me but then I decided to try it myself. Generally I like it :)

Robert Downey Jr.
This was my first EVER attempt at drawing a man. I saw this picture in the credits of Sherlock Holmes a Game of Shadows and thought it would be perfect for a drawing! And I am very happy with how it turned out! Granted there are a couple mistakes, and it's not shaded very well (because I didn't have good shading pencils at the time), but I like it :)

 So Yeah!
There's my most recent people drawings!
I have decided that I am better at drawing them big like these where you only really see the face and shoulders. They can be more detailed that way. And when I try drawing a body, it's always the wrong size. Ha! 
I need to practice that.
 Anywho, I hope you are all having a good Friday! 

Taylor Kay

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hooray For... Accomplishing... Things......... Yeah!

So, I am feeling slightly accomplished today!
Seeing as days off usually aren't so productive, 
today is a rarity. Haha!
I had some "me time" this morning. I feel like if you have a day off, you should always take a chunk out an do something for yourself! Me, I watched some YouTube and then watched 3:10 To Yuma. 
(Great movie btw, I might do a ramble about it).
Then after your "you time", you should try and do something productive. For example, I called the dress shop in Marshfield to pay for my bridesmaid dress for my cousin Rebekah's wedding in July! And after freaking out about being the LAST PERSON to pay for their dress, therefore I am the reason why they weren't ordered sooner, I decided not to worry about it now cuz there isn't really anything I can do about it. By the way, I am the Maid of Honor! Bekah was born literally 2 days before me. We call ourselves the "almost-twins". Haha! She is amazing, I love her :)
What else makes today rare? Well, I did TWO productive things! After that call I loaded the dishwasher, washed everything that wouldn't fit, and then started running the dishwasher! AHHH!!! Mom will be so happy :)
Today is so full of rarities it's crazy.
Want to know why?
Cuz I am actually feeling slightly inspired to do some drawing!!! :D So I am going to go dig for my art book and pencils and try and do some artwork! WOO!!! And I have tomorrow off too, so if I start something that I actually like I can prolly work on it tomorrow too! YAY!!! 
Ok, now I am officially excited! :)
Gotta find time somewhere in here to eat tho... Ha! 
Shouldn't be a problem.
 That is me trying to figure out how to take a picture with the webcam thingy... Haha! I am a fail at technology...

Hope you have a wonderfully productive day too! :D

Taylor Kay

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Returning Customer!

Hey Everybody!
Ok, so before we get into the real reason for this post, let's just take a minute to appreciate these ADORABLE bunny marshmallows!

Anyways, so last week I got a message from a friend on facebook who I had made a cake for back in... September was it? I don't remember. It was late last year sometime. Ha!
She had gotten married and asked me to make the cake for her! :D It was really exciting. It was just a little cake for her and her husband and then cupcakes for all their guests
 The cake was chocolate with a chocolate pudding filling and it was decorated with my homemade buttercream. I personally LOVED how this cake turned out, and so did she :)
The cupcakes were chocolate and vanilla and were decorated with a chocolate 'K' (for their last name)
 So yeah! She was very happy with how it all turned out! So happy in fact that she wanted me to make her another cake! It would be for her daughter's 21st birthday. I was actually good friends with her daughter in school, so that's how she knows me. Haha! Just to clarify. 
 She wanted it to be marble, so my mom came up with this cool idea to try and make the inside look like zebra print! Now, I am a great lover of zebras so ooobviously this idea was pure brilliance!
The cake itself, no kidding, was chocolate and vanilla with a buttercream layer in the middle then frosted and decorated with my homemade buttercream! This was actually something really different for me because I had never free handed the writing on a cake before, and I've never done the ruffles down the side. I'm just happy it turned out! And so was she! And I hear it tasted pretty good too :)
So that was all exciting!
It felt good to make a cake again!
I didn't like baking it tho... I don't like baking... and yet everyone thinks I'm this amazing baker because of my cakes. They ask how I make them and I'm like...
"Uhhh... Duncan Hines has amazing box mixes that are really easy to use... *derp*" Ha!
UGH! Look what happened right before I tried to do this post today...
This is seriously like the WORST screen to pop up on your computer... I died a little inside... :( 
Oh but that's ok, it only took
20 MINUTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
...Taylor is not impressed...
Well, on that happy note, Hope you all have a wonderful night! :) 

 Taylor Kay 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Wasting Life... Like A Pro

So, I have been wanting to do a post for the last couple days, but I couldn't think of what to do a post about.
Sure I could do it about knitting or one of the other things on Taylor's List Of Daily Doings... which just consists of eat, sleep, and work...
But, I haven't been knitting...
What have I been doing you may ask?
Well, let me introduce you to

Dan And Phil!
 They are a couple of British YouTubers who have taken up all of my spare time.
I've been subscribed to them for a while but haven't seen everything. So basically I have been re-watching ALL of their YouTube videos... 
And debating on whether or not to buy this shirt...
 The shirt is pretty much awesomesaucetastic. 
It sums up basically everything. Haha!
Their YouTube names are danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil

 Yup, so there's my life.
And just when you think you've seen all their videos, you find more!!! 
And they are really funny too!
They like to draw cat whiskers on their faces! So that automatically makes them awesome
Basically I would like to meet them.
But the likelihood of that happening is very extra slim to none. Which I guess is ok. Cuz even if I did meet them, I would just be completely awkward as usual and just be like...
... Hi... *walks away*
Plus they are in London (which I will probably never go there), and when they come to the US they are always in places like Florida or California. 
Wisconsin is too far north.
Ah well, such is life.
I will just go on watching their videos.
And listening to their show on BBC Radio 1. 
I might get something done in the next week...
Maybe... ;)  

Ooo! Something exciting!
I am shipping my giveaway hat tomorrow! YAY!

Sorry if you came to my blog today to read something that would be worthwhile... But I just felt like blogging and this was the only thing. Haha! But now you can't say that you've never heard of Dan and Phil! So I guess it was good for something ;)

Have a GREAT night!
Taylor Kay

Saturday, February 23, 2013

And We Have A WINNER!!!

Now, the time has come to choose one lucky woman for the honor of winning this years 100th Post... Giveaway
(a bad paraphrasing of a Hunger Games Movie quote ;D)
Anyways! YES! I have chosen a winner!
You guys are all awesome! :)
Thank you again for entering my giveaway!
Thought it would be fun to choose the winner FROM THE HAT that whoever I pick is going to win! Haha!
Do do do do...
mixing up names...
pushing around paper...
Et Voila!
The paper has been chosen!
Now to see what name is written on this paper...
And It's...
Congratulations Theresa!
You have won an all expense paid trip to
Just kidding ;)
But you won the hat!
I look forward to hearing from you and getting this hat shipped out to it's new home!
This was super fun for me you guys!
I hope it was for you too!
I met a few new people, got some new followers, and caught up with some of my followers from before the giveaway!
So I think I will definitely be having more giveaways in the future! So keep an eye out :)
Have a wonderful rest of your Saturday!
Taylor Kay

Friday, February 22, 2013

Apocalyptic Snow Storm!

... According to some news stations...
*cough* Fox News *cough*
Yeah, so apparently this was supposed to be some huge storm that would have given us like... 2 feet of snow... Mmhmm. Not much there. But it didn't stop me from freaking out about it cuz I had to work this morning at 7 before any of the plows came out! Honestly it wasn't bad tho.
It was actually kind of pretty! It was those big fat flakes of snow in the morning, then it went to those kind of shimmery shiny flakes by the end of the day. Yeah, it's been snowing since I woke up this morning. But what can you expect in Wisconsin?
I was telling Emilie, at work, that we need to get a new groundhog. HA! Cuz since his prediction that we would have an early spring, we have had probably 3 big blizzards. LIAR!!! But then I came across an interesting thought. Maybe because we are having an early spring, winter is just trying to cram in all the weather that we would have had spread out over those extra 3 weeks of winter that is now 3 weeks of spring. See what I mean?
What an artistic picture!
I didn't even really mean for it to turn out this cool :)
Today is the LAST DAY to join my 100th Post Giveaway!
Since I probably won't be doing another post tonight, I would just like to thank everyone who joined (so far) and everyone who follows my blog and has done posts about my giveaway on their blogs! :) You guys are all awesome! Can't wait to find a home for my hat!
In case, by chance, you haven't joined my giveaway yet
CLICK --> HERE <--
to be taken to the post where you can read the rules and enter!
I will be picking the winner tomorrow afternoon!
YAY!!! :D
I AM!!!
Hope you have a wonderful Friday night!
Don't get stuck in any snow piles :)
Taylor Kay

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Random Ramblings Of A Movie Lover - Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Hi Everybody!
So I decided I'm going to start a kind of themed post. (We will see how long this lasts)
Anyways, what it's going to be is anytime I feel like rambling about a movie, I'm going to ramble about it... Uh... Yeah. So, I'm going to call it Random Ramblings Of A Movie Lover! Cuz I sure am a great lover of movies!
Today I am going to ramble about Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief!
I guess the reason why I'm going to ramble about this particular movie is because I am currently almost finished reading the book!
So, as you may have guessed, I saw the movie before I read the book... long before I read the book... Like 3 whole years the movie was out before I read the book. Haha! Anyways, I like the movie! I have nothing bad at all to say about the movie. I like the acting and I thought the story was good, had a good pace and kept you interested! But... there's just one thing... it's not really anything like the book. Haha!
As I was reading it, I kept thinking back to the movie and was like "Huh... that didn't happen... oh they are on that team?... oh so that whole scene didn't actually take place... wait... Annabeth has blonde hair?... Percy doesn't have eyes as blue as some Greek sea?... Grover has long shaggy hair?..." etc etc etc. Basically it felt like 2 completely different things but the people in them have the same names. Haha!
I can't imagine what the people who were hardcore fans of the book thought of the movie. It was probably the same way I felt about the Eragon movie. Haha! But they are making the second book, Sea of Monsters, and it's supposed to come out this year! So people must have liked it enough to keep going with the series... unlike Eragon... Ha!
Basically, to end my random rambling,
I very much enjoy the movie (I just watched it a couple days ago), and I am very much enjoying the book! Only 4 chapters left then its on to Book 2! :)
So ends my first Random Ramblings Of A Movie Lover!
We shall see if I can keep it up! ;)
Its Day 4 and there's still bunches of time left!
CLICK --> HERE <--
to be taken to the post where you can read the rules, see the hat, and join in the fun! :D
Have a super wonderful night!
Taylor Kay

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My Giveaway Cabled Knit Slouchy Hat Is DONE!

Hey Everyone!
Oh my goodness I can tell that I really wanted to get this hat done! I was up until 12:30 last night finishing it. Haha! Then took another 30 minutes taking pictures of it! :)

So, here it is, the hat you've all been waiting for!
 Here, you can see the cables a little better maybe. They go all the way up the hat, literally! The last cable was 2 rows before I closed it up!
This is probably one of my FAVORITE hat patterns now!
 I just LOVE how this hat turned out!

And you can wear it
farther back
on your head...

Or you can pull
it forward

Just HAVE FUN! :)

I might be a little sad to give this one up.
But I just know it will go to a GREAT home! To one of you lucky people out there! 
The good thing about this hat tho is that because I liked the pattern so much, I will have no problem knitting another one if I want one for myself! :D HOORAY!

Anyways, if you haven't already, please join the giveaway to win this wonderful hat!

CLICK --> HERE <--
to be taken to the post where you can read the rules and enter into the giveaway!

Still plenty of time to join! 
It's only the 3rd day!
Deadline is this Friday (the 22nd)
Winner will be announced on Saturday (the 23rd)

Good Luck!
And tell me what you think of the hat! :)

Taylor Kay

Monday, February 18, 2013

That One Movie

Has it ever happened to you where you only want to watch one movie? Like you have this whole library of movies and you only want to watch the one that you have watched every night for the past week.
That's what I'm feeling right now.
What is my movie of choice?
The Brothers Grimm!
Starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger
Now, this has got to be one of my top movies. It is in no way based on what actually happened to the Grimm brothers (who wrote all the fairytales... obviously ;)), but it kind makes it seem like this is where they got all the ideas for their stories (which they didn't). But it is just a very fun movie and I love the music especially, and the acting. Heath Ledger is one of my FAVORITE actors, I love him and it is so tragic what happened to him... :( Anyways, I would recommend it to you, but its not for the faint of heart.
It's true, I have watched this movie pretty much every night. I fall asleep to it. Now, I shall watch it while I knit the rest of my GIVEAWAY slouchy hat!
Haha! It's only the 2nd day of my giveaway!
CLICK --> HERE <--
to be taken to the post where you can read the rules, see the hat, and enter into the giveaway!
Anyways, hope you have a wonderful night! :)
I know I will because it will be filled with knitting!
Taylor Kay

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Happy 100th Post GIVEAWAY!!! :D

Hooray Everyone!
This is my 100th Post!
That's just crazy! I looked at my homepage and it said 99 posts, and it took a minute to register that it meant the next one was 100! Haha! 
But I am super excited! I asked my mom, who was a blogger long before me, what I should do and she said I should have a GIVEAWAY! 
So that is just what I shall do! :)

***Sorry, but due to shipping costs this drawing is open to U.S. residents Only ***

Here are the simple rules:
 1. Write me a comment in this post and you will get 1 entry
2. Follow my blog and post another separate comment saying you follow and you will get a 2nd entry (even if you were already following me before this, still write a comment saying so)
3. Make a post on your blog about my giveaway then leave me another separate comment saying you did a post, maybe even put a link to it in the comment, and you will get a 3rd entry
Again, all of your comments have to be made on THIS POST otherwise they will not be counted.
That's all pretty easy right! And you could have your name in the drawing up to 3 times! 
Now what, you may ask, will the drawing be for? 
Well, I shall tell you! 

The drawing for my 100th Post Giveaway is going to be this cable knit slouchy hat!
*Picture compliments of Celebrity Slouchy Beanies for the family

And it is going to be knit with this green Caron Simply Soft yarn!
I have not started it yet. I was originally going to do a different hat, but I ended up not liking how it was turning out so I figured that would be a bad one to have for a giveaway. Haha!
Anyways, I am going to start knitting tonight and will probably have it done by tomorrow or Tuesday and I will do a post with a picture of it.
*Picture compliments of Celebrity Slouchy Beanies for the family

So all that being said, you can start leaving comments obviously as soon as you see the post.

The deadline is FRIDAY FEB. 22nd at MIDNIGHT!!!
I will hold the drawing on SATURDAY FEB. 23rd and announce the winner that afternoon/night!

Best of luck to you all!
I had better start knitting! :)

Taylor Kay
The Hat Is DONE!
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To be taken to the post with pictures of the hat!