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Entries in artwork (27)

Monday
Jan212013

Sweet Art: Faceoffs 

Pie vs cake

Happy Holiday Monday, everyone! I hope you have the day off from work, and suggest you buy yourself a cupcake to celebrate. Or if you do have to work, I suggest you buy yourself two cupcakes, to comfort yourself.

I was recently going through some of my intense pastry faceoff artwork and thought I would post some of my favorite images--guaranteed to make you smile as you decide, in your heart of hearts, who you think would win each battle.

Here, an epic battle between Pop-Tart and Toaster Strudel: Pop-tart Faceoff!

And here, the age-old conflict between bunnies and cake over who deserves carrots more: Faceoff: Bunnies v. Carrot Cake

And over here, a total freeze-out: War of the Summer Treats

A homemade versus store-bought battle in Seattle: Battle in Seattle

a cupcake feeling threatened by the seasonal treat of the moment: Cupcake Vs. Girl Scout Cookies

One that is not sweet, but savory--battle of the buns! Battle of the Buns

and proof that sometimes faceoffs are more intellectual: Age-old battle

and finally, perhaps the most epic battle... Battle Royale

Of course, I should also mention that my artwork, prints, and a bunch more products can be purchased here.

Wednesday
Jan022013

Sweet Art: Cupcakes at Rivendell

Lord of the Rings Cupcakes

I would like to take a few moments to tell you about a holiday miracle in which I played a part.

A few months ago I was contacted by Santa, who told me he was building a new reading nook for a couple of little girls. One of them was really into the elves from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and could I do a cupcake illustration loosely based on this, so as to decorate aforementioned reading nook?

"Well, Santa", I said, "Okay".

And so I got a reference picture of Rivendell...

...and set to work. I took some liberties. For instance, the elves in the stories ride ponies. But I prefer unicorns, and I reflected this preference in my artwork. The finished product is pictured above. What a lucky girl to have received such a sweet present from Santa!

For custom commissions, contact jessieoleson@gmail.com.

Wednesday
Dec192012

Sweet Art: I'm Like, So Vegan

So Vegan

Just to make you smile: artwork which lovingly declares bacon as the gateway drug. With love from CakeSpy.

Sunday
Dec092012

Sweet Birthday Wishes to Margaret

Bead Bedlam

One of my favorite things about running CakeSpy is meeting all sorts of wonderful people who I might not have met otherwise.

Take for instance Margaret, a class act and Very Cool Lady (you  can view her in cupcake form, at the top of this post) who I met, oh, probably about 5 years ago, shortly after I started the website. Margaret was, at the time, a college student in New York, who contacted me to do some custom artwork for her.

Custom order, Milk DJ at a Cupcake Dance Party

And after I did one custom piece, I did another. And another. 

Throughout the years, we got a nice banter going on, and when her family came to Seattle for a visit, I finally got to meet her in person when I had a store!

Custom order - CakeSpy Shop!

And when her family came back the next year, we visited again.

I don't know exactly when it happened, but somewhere along the way, we became more than website writer and reader, artist and consumer--we became, well, real-life friends!

Custom order, Jam-making

It's amazing to see what kinds of relationships can start and grow through a sweet little corner of the internet such as CakeSpy. 

I've got to be honest, though, there is another purpose in my writing this: yesterday was Margaret's birthday and it slipped my mind to say Happy Birthday! I promise, though, I thought it.

Custom order - Alice in CakeLand

So, I'm just taking a few moments to share some of the artwork I've created at Margaret's request over the years...and to say thank you Margaret for making my life sweeter, and very importantly--a happy belated birthday to you!

custom painting

Thank you also to every reader / customer who has made my life sweeter!

Tuesday
Oct232012

Sweet Art: SpyMom and CakeSpy say Happy Halloween

Art by me and SpyMom

To make you smile, both me and my mom (you know her as SpyMom, but professionally she's Margie Moore, children's book illustrator) made some Halloween art.

Interestingly, although our styles are quite different, we use pretty much the same media: micron pens and watercolor. I use vellum bristol board; she uses watercolor paper. I think that's the biggest difference! It just goes to show how much possibility there can be, even with the same materials. 

That's all. Smile! Enjoy.

Tuesday
Jul102012

Sweet Art: Battle Royale

Battle Royale

Here's some art, for no reason other than to make you smile. Oh, and to let you know it's available for purchase here. Who do you think will win this epic battle? 

Sunday
Jun032012

Sweet Art: Custom Wedding Invites

Custom wedding invite

Love, sweet love. It's in the air this late spring-into-summer, and I know this because I've been working on a bunch of custom wedding orders. In addition to creating custom art for a wedding which featured CakeSpy-inspired Cake Pops, I also did custom invitations for another wedding. I've edited out the details to protect the customer's privacy (the actual invite had the actual date and details, not xx's and general locations) but I think you still get an idea of the cuteness!

Of course, how would the couple know how many would be in attendance if there were no response cards? And so, I also did a matching response card-postcard; here's the front of it. Sweet!

Response card

Thanks for taking a look, sweeties, and remember me if love is in the air--contact me re: custom orders! Custom invites start at $300 for a custom-designed piece.  

Tuesday
May082012

Sweet Art: CakeSpy and Rampage Toys Show at CakeSpy Shop

Unicorn with Shooting Star

Are you ready for some totally sweet and awesome art, friends?

Punk Horse

Well, get ready. Because CakeSpy and Rampage Toys are collaborating again, with the best art show ever at CakeSpy Shop! Here's the shop release on it:

Robots

Last year, we hosted a show featuring paintings and toys from Seattle based character designer Jon Malmstedt - RAMPAGE TOYS! Jon is known for his cupcake monsters running through towns destroying all that they find, flying to space, and traveling undersea. You may have heard, but our founder, Ms. CakeSpy, is pretty well-known for her OWN cupcake-themed artwork, so obviously, a collaboration was bound to happen! Come and see all of their AWESOME collaborative works for yourself Thursday, May 10th from 5-8pm--you can expect tattooed unicorns, dinosaurs chasing treats, and more!

Meh Like, Woah Cupcake Plants

Here are the details:

Opening reception: Thursday, May 10th, 5-8 p.m. Facebook event page here.

Location: CakeSpy Shop, 415 East Pine Street, Seattle WA 98122

Don't panic if you can't make the opening; the art will be up all month, and very soon the art and prints will be available at CakeSpyShop.com. 

 

Tuesday
Apr102012

Sweet Art: CakeSpy's Mural at High 5 Pie

DSC04980

Oh, hi guys. You know how I love to (totally normal) do murals in bakery and sweet-shop bathrooms? I did a mural in the bakery bathroom at Cake Eater bakery in Minneapolis (now a doughnut shop) and another at Bluebird Ice Cream in Seattle.

Well, I just realized that I never told you that I did a third one, at High 5 Pie in Seattle.

If you've been to High 5 Pie recently and used the restroom, this is probably not news to you.

But if you haven't been, or if you happened to use the "not as awesome" bathroom (they have two), you might not have seen my mural. So I'm going to tell you a bit about it. Before I started, the bathroom looked like this:

DSC04945

But then I took out my pencil and started making marks on the wall. I made sure to make a sign so that I wouldn't be...ummm...interrupted.

DSC04948

And I broke out my paint and got to work.

The owner, Dani, had been concerned about my precious mural being graffitied--I didn't mind if it was, but it gave me an idea: what if I made it graffiti-themed? Sweet little pie taggers!

Here are some shots of the finished work. My apologies as bathrooms never have amazing light for photographs!

Of course, I fit in some little references to artists I love, like Keith Haring...

Keith haring pie

...and Banksy...

DSC04991

...and of course a taco in love with a hand pie, a love story that is not gonna work out, I don't think.

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You can see me taking a picture in the mirror here. I painted all that!DSC04984

So, if you find yourself in Seattle, go to High 5 Pie. Eat something delicious. And use the bathroom! But don't forget...

DSC04986

Thanks to High 5 Pie for letting me hang out in their bathroom for a long time!

Thursday
Feb232012

Sweet Art: Pop-Tarts Vs. Toaster Strudel Death Match

poptarts

Who do YOU think will win this battle?

The original is available for purchase here!

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