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Photography Styling Challenge- Personal

This is it. The last installment of this edition of the Photography Styling Challenge and it got a-personal! I remember the first challenge I was a part of. The concept was Morning and I was this super-sad photographer who was oblivious to the wonders my DSLR was capable of. All that changed on that Sunday in October as I messed around with my camera, trying to get decent pictures of the breakfast I made.
personalNeedless to say, I have come a long way since then. Unfortunately, last month was a complete failure. My camera kind of had some problems and I lost the images I had shot for the challenge. The topic was Living Room and I spent quite a lot of the precious time I had set aside for studying, styling my ever cluttered living room. Although I got my camera and the memory card set right, the due date was long gone and I had zero inclination to style the room again. Oh well, I guess it is better to look ahead. So this month, we draw this challenge to a close by styling and shooting something personal.

I had to really rack my brain for a suitable subject. What could be personal to me in a 1050 sq. ft. house that we share with a baby who likes to clutter all the time? I mean, I don’t have a special place to sit and read/study, I don’t exactly have a book shelf and the only place we hardly use, there by has the potential to become my personal space, is the guest bedroom which is now full of furniture we don’t use any more. As I was working myself into depression over the lack of personal space, I spotted something that I knew would be the perfect subject for this month’s theme.
personal2This foam A is something I have been working on for the past couple of weeks. It is going to serve as the centerpiece for Aarabhi’s first birthday decoration. My idea is to make it eclectic, hence I am on the hunt for colorful scraps that could fill the letter up without making it look shabby. Initially, I was not ready to share it yet. It was intended to be a big reveal for the birthday. But then while dealing with a sensitive topic like Personal, it is always good to step slightly out of the comfort zone and this certainly fits the bill.
personal3Since I have not finished the project yet, I am really not giving everything away in one post. Notice the ragged edges and the empty yellow spaces? They will change soon.

So here is to the wonderful experience this challenge was and the awesome bloggers I met on it. You can check out their version of this month’s challenge on their blogs:

Redesigned By M
At The Corner Of Happy And Harried
My Food Tapestry
Inge Kathleen Photography
A Woven Life
City Girl Searching
A Tree Grows in the Bayou
I Live Under A Rock
Hooked On Homes
MeraKitchen
Miss Wang Photography
Simply Vegetarian
Coconut Craze

I hope we do this again really soon!

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Birthday Cake!!

Four days ago, the Mister gifted me the KitchenAid stand mixer for my birthday and our Anniversary. I know right!! So after three full days of admiring the beauty from every angle my kitchen counter would let me, I decided to break into it. And I found the perfect reason too: His birthday cake.

Now, I bake a lot and all that but I haven’t had much experience with icing and decorating a cake. I got a cake decoration set a couple of months ago and have tried to decorate my kitchen counter with loose dough a bunch of times. And that’s as far as my talent goes. I did want to sign up for Michael’s cake decoration course but that has been just a plan for nearly two years now. And I have a Michael’s right opposite to my house!

1. Buttercream Frosting ready to be slathered                                2. Chocolate cake fresh from the oven

So until I do that, I decided not to keep myself from playing cake artist and dive into it. This is a variation of the Extreme Chocolate Cake I made last year for his birthday (he loves chocolate cakes the best and I don’t dispute) but instead of the ganache icing, I gave it a coat of buttercream frosting with whipped cream decoration. Also, I cut last year’s proportions into half because it is just the two of us this year. Hence, this became a single-tier cake but I assure you that it was filled with as much love 🙂