Friday, February 19, 2010

The Striking Viking Story Pirates... Best Benefit Ever

We absolutely LOVE The Striking Viking Story Pirates and their commitment to inspire kids to love creative writing, reading and to tell their stories. Its time for the Second Annual After School Special, (and for the second annual homage-to-the-stupendous-Striking Viking Story Pirates CAKE)

Last year's cake: Puppets & Vikings...what will this year's be??? Tickle Monsters? Cats Flying??
John Oliver! will host the After School Special on March 21st, featuring Jon Stewart in a new story! YES, that's right...Jon Stewart will appear live in a story by a young author in the audience-- Whoo-hoo!

2010 After School Special

Sunday, March 21, 2010
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002

Story Pirates is a nationally respected arts and creative writing organization founded in 2003 to celebrate the words and ideas of young people. Our goal is to promote literacy as a vital part of education and to preserve the spark of youthful creativity often lost in the transition to adulthood.

The cornerstone of the company is the Play/Write Program, a series of creative writing and drama workshops that lead to a musical sketch comedy show acted by adults and comprised entirely of stories written by kids.

The Story Pirates work with children at over 100 schools and community organizations from all neighborhoods, races, and socio-economic backgrounds. The majority of our programs serve children from low-income, culturally diverse populations.

Proceeds from the After School Special, chaired by Tracey and Jon Stewart, will be used to bring more high quality arts education to children who need it the most.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cake Painting

A white fondant covered cake makes for a perfect kid-friendly blank canvas!Food Coloring: A. Powders Powdered colors, or dusts, are so dense, they’re like using pigments. I like using them mixed with lemon extract, to paint on the surface of the cake. There’s an amazing range of custom-colored powders, available in petal, pearl, sparkle and luster finishes. A less expensive option is using primary-color powders, and mixing your own shades. B. Pastes The most concentrated of the liquid food colors. You mix these directly into your icings and sugar pastes, and a little goes a long way. “Liquid paste” coloring is similar, but less intense. C. Paint Brushes I like to get a package of craft brushes that includes flat and round soft brushes of different sizes. You can also get sable paintbrushes at an art supply shop: a more expensive option, but the bristles stay on longer.
D. Sponges I Like to use sea sponges--- sold in art supply stores--- but any new sponge will work to create texture.

E. Food color markers These are really fun. And when you’re drawing in details like little eyes onto molded characters, they give you more control than a paint brush, and they do the job faster.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Happy Valentine's day from some sweet little monsters!
(Only words of love can ever pass over their heart-shaped tongues past Rice Krispie lips.)