Submitted by: (via Jim Wright)
Unless you've been living in a Kimmy Schmidt-style bunker the past month, you've probably heard of Pokémon Go. Or you've noticed a lot more people wandering the streets at night, except in a less murder-y, more giggly kind of way.
I'm still resisting the siren call of capturing invisible battle monsters with my phone, but I must admit, my will is weakening. Soon I, too, shall succumb, and we can welcome our invisible (but adorable) battling overlords with these faaaabulous cakes:
(By Bea's Cakes)
I freely admit I know nothing here, but Google as my witness, I'm gonna try to get these names right:
(By Lovin Oven Cakery)
Not sure which I like more: this cake (the giant rose! The sprinkles edging!) or that catty death stare. Let's call it a tie. And then back away slowly.
(By Reddit user Bilubul)
I believe this little guy has a flaming tail in the game, so how clever is this?? Plus he's my favorite color. And adorable.
(By Bake-a-Boo Cakes)
Hang on, there's a Pokémon who sits around napping and eating cake? I THINK I FOUND MY SPIRIT POKÉMON.
According to the Bloggess this is actually called Dead Fish, and I think she's bang on. But I kind of want to hug him? Or dunk him in water? Or gnaw on his face? Feeling a little conflicted here.
Even we non-Pokémon peeps know Pikachu:
I also spy a little Jiggly Puff, which - FUN FACT! - is also a term you should maybe not be Googling at work. Or around kids. Or without your Safe Search turned on. (Bet that leads to some fun parent/teen conversations.)
Here's an extra squee-worthy Pikachu, plus an Eevee:
(By Miki Suzuki)
Players are called Pokémon trainers, btw, and throw Pokéballs (those red and white things) to catch all their invisible creature overlords:
(By My Lil Cakery)
Love the silhouette and forced perspective.
There's also some kind of evolution thing that happens, so that cute little flaming Charmander up there can eventually turn into the vastly more intimidating Charizard:
(By Gina Rouchy)
...in my favorite color combo! Yes!
Here's another cool Bulbasaur, whose rose hasn't opened up yet:
(By Andrea's Cakes)
I guess it's a late bloomer. (Eh? EH??)
(By Baking Obsession)
Hope you guys enjoyed the PokéSweets! Happy Sunday!
Note from john (the hubby of Jen)- I corrected the second name to Ivysaur. However, I also left the Epcot in the comments because every single one of you was polite in correcting me. This is the way the internet should be and I'm consistently proud of you readers for being awesome.
Handmade in Sweden, the Hasselblad X1D is the world's first mirrorless digital medium format camera. It manages to cram a 50-megapixel, 1.7 x 1.3-inch CMOS sensor into a compact body that weighs less than half that of a normal medium format camera. Featuring a 3" 920K-dot display, 2.4-megapixel electronic viewfinder, HD video recording, Wi-Fi connectivity, and integrated GPS. Photographers will also get to experience new AF lenses designed specifically to work with both the closer sensor and smaller body, while keeping flash sync up to 1/2000th of a second. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.
Is there any time of the year more suited to Tim Burton cakes?
I THINK NOT.
So here are my new favorites inspired by some of Burton's spookier films.
We're starting off with a bang and a scream, because LOOK AT THIS CAKE. The sandworms! The waiting room! And the top with the model set's grave scene? Perfection.
It took me a good 15 seconds to find Beetlejuice, btw. See him? NO HINTS!
(By Cake Central user lamiatorte)
1) I can't believe this is cake.
2) Emily looks dead sexy.
See what I did there?
Alice in Wonderland:
All the other Alice cakes can just pack up, you guys. WE'RE DONE HERE.
(Sooo many stunning details, but look at the stack of floating teacups! That and the painted roses are my favorite bits. Plus Cheshire's eyes.)
(By Sara Giustizieri)
Excellent hand painting and figure sculpts so spot-on they could be collectible figures.
And everyone's favorite:
The Nightmare Before Christmas:
(By Dina Cimarusti Cakes)
This one has it all: the swirls, the bathtub, Oogie Boogie - I even see Zero!
(By Pucky Cakes)
Love that Sally gets her own cake here - and what IS that adorable bat/cat creature she's holding?
'Cuz I want one.
There are tons of Jack & Sally wedding cakes out there, but these two in particular caught my eye:
(By That Baking Girl)
The chalkboard tier has the famous "meant to be" quote from the movie. I love the swirly roses, and those colors! Plus the window frame topper is a genius design.
(By Splendor Cakes)
I really fell for the contrast on this one: that vivid pink and orange and lace topper with the dark sepia tones on the bottom is just... WORKING. You know? And I love the hand painted art of Jack and Sally in Dia de los Muertos face paint - a fun twist which helps explain the brighter colors.
And now, a few Sweets that bring all kinds of Burton characters together:
(Also by Sara Giustizieri)
Edward! Yay! Plus those vivid jewel tones look amazing behind all the figure sculpts.
(By Queen City Bake Shop)
How cool is this?! The TV sets alone would make this a masterpiece, but then there are scenes from Nightmare, Frankenweenie, and Alice inside them!
And, you guys, they even light up:
Happy Sunday, everyone! Now, who wants to go watch some movies?
And from my other blog, Epbot:
Artist Ben Young takes layers of glass and transforms them into bodies of water. No high-tech machinery is used in the making of these stunning tables, each one of these pieces are 100% handcrafted. First, he sketches everything out to make sure things look right. Next, he constructs models, hand-cuts sheets of glass, and then laminates layer upon layer to create the amazing organic forms. The hue is either a lighter or darker shade depending on the thickness of the glass. Continue reading for more pictures.
Selecting from Banksy favorites and classics, this series of brick-based fan art both replicates and expands on familiar two-dimensional works.
Professional photographer Jeff Friesen is known for staging LEGO creations around Canadian provinces and American states, the latter having since been compiled into a book: 50 States of LEGO.
The Bricksy series includes some degree of whimsical interpretation, often putting existing Banksy art into an expanded physical context. The photographer is selling prints of these pieces for $20 each.
A bit more about the artist: “Jeff Friesen’s photography has gathered worldwide recognition for an uniquely diverse collection of work. His awards include the most prestigious in the photography world, including an Award Of Excellence from Communication Arts and a winning image in the PDN Photo Annual. In 2009 Jeff’s work was among the most repeatedly honored by the International Photography Awards”
Hey, Hoopy Froods! Don't look now, but it's Towel Day!!
(By CakeCentral member JenLGAJ)
But Don't Panic!
Even if you forgot your towel, we've got you covered:
(By I Dream in Icing)
So you'll be safe from any Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts of Traal.
Now, let's fire up our electronic thumb and take a spin among Douglas Adams' stars!
We'll look for land masses with lovely, crinkly edges, and we'll never, ever use the word "Belgium."
(At least not gratuitously.)
I promise, we'll have a whale of a time!
(By Gelly's Cakes)
Um, maybe I should rephrase that...
We'll flollop, willomy and glurry on Sqornshellous Zeta with Zem,
...and his friends Zem, Zem, Zem, Zem, Zem, and of course, Zem.
And maybe we can figure out where all the dolphins went.
(By Crunchies & Munchies)
It's been So Long...
Let's ask the mice, or Marvin the Paranoid Android!
(By Annica's Cakes)
Heck, he has a brain the size of a planet, so he ought to be able to figure it out.
And I'm sure we'll run into Agrajag again!
(By CakeCentral Member Ladybug Lady 13)
Really sorry about that, Dude. We didn't see you.
(You remember Agrajag, right? That poor creature who is continually reincarnated and then unknowingly killed -- every time -- by Arthur Dent? Of course you do...)
We'll stop at Milliways and dish with the Dish of the Day, before sitting down to a nice meal of...
(By Debbie Does Cakes)
(By The Sugar Syndicate)
You don't mind traveling by Chesterfield sofa, do you?
(By CakesDecor member Coocakecachoo)
Any other mode of transportation is most definitely not Krikkit.
(Extra geek cred if you get the sofa reference -- I even managed to stump Jen!)
(Shhhhhh... Don't tell her I ratted her out...)
I promise we'll get you home in time for tea.
(By Cakes by Lorinda)
Or something almost, but not quite, entirely unlike it.
And maybe some cookies.
(By Cookie Cowgirl)
Because even though the mice have assured us 42 is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, a couple of Sweets couldn't hurt.
Be sure to check out our Sunday Sweets Directory if you want to see which bakers in your area have been featured here on Sweets!
Time for the second half of our Sweets Alphabet!
N is for Nursery Rhymes:
(By Sugar Creations)
...read from a book.
O is for Owl:
(By Cake Whisperer)
Such a piercing look!
P is for Pinwheel:
So fun when it whirls.
Q is for Quilling:
(By Bella Cupcakes)
They do it with curls.
(By Richard's Cakes)
He cooks with renown.
S is for Steampunk:
(By Andrea's Sweet Cakes)
See, it's not all brown.
T is for Turtle:
(By Art2Eat Cakes)
Discworld on his back.
U's Ursa Minor:
(By Viva La Cake)
Countdown: Cute Attack!
V is for Violet:
(Submitted by Caroline H. and made by Cake Woman)
These cake builds are tough!
W's Wibbly wobbly...
(By Artisan Cake Company)
X marks the spot.
(By Man Bakes Cake)
What? You thought xylophone?
Y is for Yoda:
(By Cakes by Beth)
He fought with a Clone.
Z is for zebra:
He knows that he's cool.
Don't you wish they taught Sweets Alphabet in your school?
Be sure to check out our Sunday Sweets Directory if you want to see which bakers in your area have been featured here on Sweets!
London-based Lix Pen has just unveiled an all-new 3D printing pen that's touted as the world's smallest. Similar to the 3Doodler, you doodle in the air via melted plastic, which quickly cools so that 3-dimensional structures can be built up from the bottom. After some practice, you could use Lix for prototyping, making custom jewelry, freestanding decorative sculptures, or eye-catching art pieces. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Reclining in the space between the extremes of sped-up, movie-style GIF files and traditional, immobile paintings, this artist brings lazy scenes of everyday reality to life.
Rebecca Mockam is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and comic artist whose cinemagraphs move only as much as needed, a different kind of visual artist’s takes on medium most often associated with photography.
Note that these reduced-sized examples don’t do justice to the detail and seamlessness of her originals, so it is worth looking more closely at her portfolio for these and more.
Her work is peaceful and contemplative, lending itself to a lot of potential comparisons, including Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell. At the same time, much of the subject matters is definitively contemporary, including all-too-familiar ringing phones and tablet swipes. Still-life Americana revisited, this approach (in the age of portable computers, tablets and phones) uses a medium that makes sense with its era.
Mockam has worked on everything from art exhibits and comic covers and is currently drawing a graphic novel titled Four Points, set to be released in 2015. She uses a Wacom tablet for most of her illustration work, sketches with a pencil and ink with various brush pens, and a nib & ink when it comes to drawing comics.
No smoke-and-mirrors or post-production here, just fleeting vignettes swiftly staged on steamed windows and set against natural outdoor backgrounds.
Jim Osborne is a self-taught landscape artist who typically works in watercolor, acrylic and oils. He describes himself as being inspired by his surroundings, light and the weather. Recently, however, he has begun working in a new direction with water condensation on glass window surfaces.
His Steamy Windows Collection represents a bit of a departure for him in terms of tools and approach – the work is necessarily fast, drawing on organic backdrops, lighting conditions and perceptual cues. Each piece is shot quickly as well, and prints can be found for sale on his website.
With the need for speed, every little gesture counts – the results are simultaneously planned but ultimately uncontrolled, a mixture of simple figures and hasty grounds that somehow manages to look like more than the sum of its parts. The approach seems like a a great way to train oneself to think in an agile fashion and be nimble in execution.
Charlotte, may only be 7-years-old, but when there's something that angers her, she always expresses how she feels, and this letter to LEGO voices her most recent concern. Let's just say that she wants more gender-balanced Minifigs thrown into the mix. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an amazing mid-air skydiving rescue.
When I was younger, I read somewhere that having peacock feathers in the house was bad luck. Something about the "eyes" on the feathers being evil.
Now, I don't know about you, but if I could gaze into these eyes all day, I'd consider myself downright lucky.
Especially if I had a fork.
In fact, I'd feel pretty fortunate if I had any of these cakes around.
(By Sweet On Cake, sub'd by Paul M.)
Who could dread such a perfect fall of feathers?
And this little birdie would be welcome in any season:
(By Tasha's Tasty Treats)
Especially with all that intricate Mehndi-inspired piping! Wow.
Here's another pipe(ing)-dream:
Look closely. See the peacock?
(And wouldn't those piped feathers make a lovely tattoo?)
Check out how this next one manages to convey "peacock" without a single beak or feather:
(By Fleur De Lisa Cake)
And another modern take:
(By The Royal Bakery)
That crest on top is too perfect.
Not that I'm dissing feathers, mind you!
(By McGreevy Cakes)
I want these as earrings.
You can even have a gorgeous peacock cake without a hint of their iconic blue:
(By Sweet Little Morsels)
So soft and sweet! I like the blush of pink in the flower buds.
Or for a real statement, how about white-on-white?
Fingers crossed the bird was the ring-bearer.
Think we can eat the cake out of the middle of this and turn it into a lamp?
(By Vinism Sugar Art)
Eat your heart out, Tiffany.
And finally, if you've got it, flaunt it!:
Well, it seems we've run out of peacock Sweets.
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Most people with single-family homes are used to pulling up into their driveways and then ascending flights of stairs to get to the living spaces. But in this case, a ground-level driveway leads directly to an open-air rooftop terrace, and to enter the home, you go down.
‘Car Park House’ by Anonymous Architects takes advantage of the hilly Los Angeles landscape. Built on a steep plot of land just off a winding road, the home makes the most of a challenging site, maximizing views from every level. Local building code requires the home to have two parking spots.
A steel frame and a series of concrete pillars support the modern house as it projects out from the hillside, with two separate terraces looking out onto the San Gabriel mountains from the kitchen and master bedroom.
Calling it a ‘car park house’ puts the emphasis on the least attractive part of the home, but perhaps it’s appropriate considering Los Angeles car culture. But it’s a lot more than just a driveway with a view.
Inspired by the belief that amber jewelry tends to be “strictly defined and conditioned by tradition,” Emilia Kohut created Superfine Jewelry to break that trend. The collection highlights and emphasizes the individual characteristics of amber.
To create this collection, Kohut used an unusual combination of materials and re-imagined uses of more well-known objects. Contrasts are created with indeterminate shapes and are visible through the used plastic. By combining wood, amber, synthetic and resin, Kohut provides a modern and unprecedented effect.
Here's an amazing look at paramagnetic paint, which allows you to change your vehicle color using your smart-phone or built in controls. Simply put, prism-shaped metallic pigments are rotated based on the voltage frequency dispersed throughout the vehicle body, giving you the ability to change your cars color. Continue reading for the video.