Note: You can find raw, unrefined, food grade cocoa butter, HERE!
And you can find edible markers (for chocolate too!), HERE!
(I see they have some negative reviews, but I have this set and they’ve worked fine for me.)
Alright, I’m going to be completely honest here (and I run the risk of seeming totally oddballish… as if that’s something new… but I digress)… I DON’T like spooky. Or scary. Or creepy. Or gross. (I don’t even like Halloween! GASP!! shhhhh….)
(painting video tutorial at the bottom of this post)
I know. I’m a weirdo. But here’s the thing…
You know how you grow up (well, some do anyway 😉 ) and in the process you develop certain… ISSUES? Yeah. Well, one (of the thousands) I was riddled with was a severe “fear” issue.
No, really… I mean a large and IN charge, FEAR issue.
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As a tween, I started reading Stephen King novels. Now, my parents were pretty strict… I couldn’t just watch anything on TV, and there were some pretty set regulations in our house concerning… well, ALL things, but my dad did have a love for “the scary”, you see.
He loved Stephen King and Peter Straub stories… and he LOVED scary movies. But HE wasn’t a scaredy cat. It was fun for him.
So, naturally, he was completely fine with me reading such novels. In fact, he would tell me which ones to read first, next, and so on.
But I am of a different breed, apparently. It was thrilling in a sense to be scared, yes, but I simply was not of the countenance to “just have fun” with it and let it roll off of me. I took it all in. With EACH book, and EACH scary movie.
And eventually, I just became chock full of fear… sceered out of my GOURD of the things that go “bump” in the night.
It was bad. Let me just say this… I couldn’t walk up the stairs alone at night. EVEN when I was in college. (See… I told you it was bad.)
But then I met Thomas.
I still don’t know what I did to catch this guy… but I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that he has “saved” me in so many ways.
And he was NOT into scary. And he saw what scary had done to me. And he WASN’T havin’ it.
The man cut me off from all things scary. No more scary movies… no more scary books, NOTHING that was going to feed my fear. And really, he’s not the type of guy who forces his will upon me or anyone else for that matter. But he saw how bad it was for me, and he knew something had to be done.
So I stopped. I no longer indulged in anything of the sort. In fact, I haven’t watched a scary movie in almost 15 years… and have ZERO desire to do so.
‘Cause, the truth is, he broke the hold fear had over me. (Well, with the help of God, he did anyway.) It worked. And I’m just not afraid like I used to be.
Now don’t get me wrong… I still have the normal “parent” fears and all. But those are more of the “worry” sort… you know, worrying about my kiddos and my family and such. But the FEAR of the creatures that lurk the alleys and cellars is gone. With the wind. And I like it. A LOT. And I have a lingering distaste for all things scary, now, because of it. (But please, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not judging anyone who loves “scary”…heck, my father and brother still love their scary movies now and then. I’m just not counted within their ranks, is all… and that’s the way I need to keep it, ya know?)
(Ohmygersh, I talk too much.) Ok, WHAT IS MY POINT?! My point is this… how could I participate in a “scary” cake collaboration with all of THAT baggage?
I found a way. First off, Avalon made it clear that our project did NOT have to be scary. So for last year’s project, I made a She-pirate… which was a bit more “stern” than scary. For this year’s theme, though, it did have to be “twisted”. So I got the wheels turning. And THEN I saw the new movie, “Maleficent” in the theaters.
You know… Maleficent, the Mistress of all Evil (*whoooooowaahhhhhhhaaaahhhaaahhhh* <—evil, scary laugh)? Well, GUESS WHAT?? Disney went right on ahead and TWISTED the whole story all around… and ol’ Maley AIN’T evil anyomore!! Turns out (according to the new, IMPROVED version of the story) she never was!!! (Just a bit upset, is all.) 😉 I LUUUUUUUURVED the new story… I LUUUUURVED how they twisted it!!
And Avalon DID say “twisted” was this year’s theme, right?
So I did what any self-respecting, ex-fear-fighter would. I got out my paints and went to town.
And I created my second Sugar Spooks Cake Collaboration piece…
Maleficent… the Mistress of All GOOD. (Yes, she had her moments… but don’t we all?) Xx