Today, I'm making a little detour from my usual bead/knitting mandate for a shameless plug about cupcakes. (Yum. I can't think of a tastier detour.)
I met Rachel Place, aka Fancy Pants, through the community at Art Bead Scene earlier this year. We have similar tastes in lampworked beads, and we both have young kids, so we got to talking on email, and she's been a great cohort in the strange - but infinitely attractive, of course - beading adventure in which we've both been engaged. She is a talented lampworker in her own right - she owns the Etsy store Fancy Pants Beads - but she also is an extremely talented cake maker and decorator. She's recently launched a new venture called Sugar Toppers. As you can see in the photos above, sugar toppers are decorative little discs made of fondant that are intended to adorn plain frosted cupcakes. By using Rachel's sugar toppers, you can create little works of art for your next party with pretty much no effort at all (on your end, at least). Let me say that again. As someone with years of children's birthday parties and other children's parties ahead of me still, I really like the "no effort at all" part of the sugar toppers. As I'm sure you can tell yourself, Rachel has a great eye for color and design. Her Etsy store has recently gone live - please visit her, here. To learn more about her Sugar Toppers, please visit her blog. Oh, and for anyone inclined to sweets beads the way I am, she makes the most divine cake and cupcake beads. I'm not sure that she has any for sale in her bead store at the moment, but you could always drop her a line - I'm sure she'd be happy to tell you about them!
Thanks for stopping by! The way things are right now, I should have new beads to show you tomorrow.
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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