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While perusing through Ravelry Groups, I stumbled upon a group for the Sydney Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef.  I had seen images from  some of the other shows of coral reefs being shown around the world.  Further research about the project led me to Christine Wertheim, Margaret Wertheim, and  The Institute For Figuring.  If you click here it will direct you to their page about the coral reef project.  As they describe it on their site “The Institute For Figuring is crocheting a coral reef: a woolly celebration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world.” I will interject here that men crochet too 🙂

Here are some pictures of my contributions to the Sydney Hyperbolic Crochet Reef on exhibit at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney, Australia from August 21-30, 2009.  “The Sydney Hyperbolic Crochet Reef is a collaborative installation facilitated by In Stitches Collective.”

The purple yarn I used came from my grandmother.  I wanted to make a piece from the yarn I inherited from her as a way for us to travel together.  We are off to Sydney!

The beauty of nature inspires me.  I had been watching a segment regarding coral and how it is being impacted by the rising temperatures in the ocean.  Research was being done on a specific type of coral that didn’t seem to be effected.  Unfortunately I was not able to see the entire segment  but was reminded of this memory when I saw this page on the IFF website that discusses the environmental stress and whitening of  coral.

I also read the page on the link here  regarding the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  Please use the link to read more. I will say that this has an impact on me as someone that walks the beach and picks up plastic that I come across.

Take some time and explore the above links as it is a very interesting website. Hope you enjoy!

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I think birthdays are such a fun time. I love it when I know exactly what I want to do for someone’s birthday.  Sometimes, I don’t know, but when I do it makes me really happy!  My friend Jeanine had put up a message a while back(maybe a few months ago) that she would love a rainbow cake for her birthday.   She had posted a picture and a link regarding this cake that she liked.  So I looked into the link and the way that the cake had been made.  I would put that link here but there seemed to be some scuttlebutt regarding who came up with the idea first so if you want to be involved in that drama feel free to do a google search on rainbow cake and get all into the thick of it.  I choose to stay out of it and say yes I saw a picture and post of a similar rainbow cake.  I did not invent the idea.  I am simply fulfilling a dear friend’s birthday cake wish.  There!  Enough said on that!  So here are some pictures of my cake making extravaganza.

 

Bowls of the rainbow!

Bowls of the rainbow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the bowls of cake batter combined with paste food coloring.

 Next I assembled them roygbiv style into the cake pans.

Rainbow in a pan...minus the violet

Rainbow in a pan...minus the violet

 

I still need to add the purple.  Sorry folks, no indigo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that is one dark purple!

Now that is one dark purple!

 

 

 

 

 

Empty bowls of color…notice my black cat!  Oh, I LOVE my black cats!

 

Empty bowls of color.

Empty bowls of color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we take advantage of the baking time to do a little cleanup in the kitchen.

Cleaning up the dishes.

Cleaning up the dishes.

As I watch the rainbow of color dissipate into the dish suds I still feel this happy excitement.  Why?  Because I know in just a few moments I will be peaking into the oven to catch a glimpse of the rainbow.  All I could think of was Rainbow Bright…or Punky Brewster.   Or even flashes of this doll that I think was called Candi.  She had a bright yellow shirt/dress and rainbow colored tights. Unicorns prancing merrily in the fields…. fairies fluttering about…..a pot o’ gold…..perhaps even Carebears!  lol!  Time to finish up those dishes and take a peak in the oven….

Baking a rainbow.

Baking a rainbow.

After passing the chopstick, err toothpick test for doneness, they needed to cool completely.  A quick check of instant messenging with Jeanine to make sure she was still coming over in the morning…ahh great, she is still coming over!  Time to make the buttercream frosting.  Is it still considered buttercream when it is made with ghee?  Hmmmm….My gheecream frosting 🙂 held up fairly well.  I needed to put the pastry bags into the fridge to re-set as the heat of my hands seemed to soften it up quite a bit while I was decorating with the pastry bag.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

I placed the finished cake into the refrigerator and waited for her arrival. I cleaned off the kitchen table to prepare for our plarning adventures.  You see, she was coming over to make balls of plarn wih me.  If you don’t know about plarn, it is “yarn” made from plastic.  In this case recycled plastic bags.  I will have a future post regarding this as I am working on my first plarn project right now.

Back to the cake!  I guess she had forgotten about the post regarding the rainbow cake because as she cut into the cake, she noticed the rainbow colored pattern on the blade of the knife.  “Ohhh…you have to take a picture of this!  Look at the rainbow!”

Rainbow on the knife

Rainbow on the knife

At this point I thought for sure that she knew it was a rainbow cake but she didn’t!  When she removed the first slice of cake, revealing the inside she looked SO surprised.  Ahh a priceless moment!  I will remember that moment for quite some time.  I have a few more pictures to share.  Here is a picture of the first slice removed.

Inside

Inside

Cake slice.

Cake slice.

 

More color

More color

 

 

 

 

 

So maybe I went a little crazy with the pictures…here are a few more!  

Forkful of color.

Forkful of color.

The smaller images can be viewed larger if you click on them.  I think you get the idea.

 

 

 I am not one for artificial colors or chemicals in my food, but I have to admit that I had to smile every time I saw the colors.  Hard to explain but seeing this cake just made me happy.

 

Half cake shot.

Half cake shot.

The slices had a whale tail pattern.  I can envision many possibilities of patterns with food coloring in cake batter….far beyond the typical marbling.  

So I dedicate this blog post, not only to Jeanine, but to those that have asked me for more baking.  What can I say, I love to make food for people.  Apparently, even those of you that can’t be physically with me to taste my food, still enjoy seeing it.  It is my honor then to have you “over” here for a sweet treat.

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