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Grande Peacock Cake You might remember me talking about my friend Nathan a few years ago. He’s the insanely talented guy who whips up amazing snow creatures every time there’s a substantial snowfall in his area. In fact, since I last mentioned him, he’s made a snow griffin, a snow queen based on The Chronicles of Narnia, a howling wolf, a lion, and even the head of Queen Elizabeth II!

For the longest time, Nathan has been making cakes. He’s made them ever since I’ve known him in college. I would find him preparing plans for the next cake for a family member’s birthday or a friend’s wedding, or sometimes I would ask if he wanted to hang out, and he would say, “Sorry, IggyNapster! I’ve got to take someone’s cake to their wedding!” or “I need to make the top tier of this one cake I’m working on!” And that’s okay, especially because he wound up making my wedding cake almost five years ago (and it was beautiful AND delicious!). 🙂

Peacock cake face 1I knew Nathan was talented – anyone with eyes could see that – but every time I see a work of his, his talent just keeps getting more and more honed. His recent endeavor is this magnificent peacock cake that he made for someone’s wedding. When I saw this photo, I had a really hard time believing that the bird was actually made of frosting. I mean, really, do you see how real that looks?! It really looks as if some life is reflected back in those marble-like eyes, like it’s staring at you magnanimously, imparting some long-hidden wisdom onto you, the privileged viewer, before it leaps into the air, spreads its wings, and vanishes.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it would be an easy task for me to take a knife to this cake. It’s such a beautiful work of art… but then again, I wouldn’t want it to go to waste, so I would certainly feel compelled to eat it. That and seriously, his cake is THE BEST cake I have ever eaten in my entire life. And I like me some cake.

Peacock Cake Face 2Anyway, as far as I know from Nathan, his cake-making days are nearing their end. While he enjoys making these gorgeous creations that bring smiles to everyone’s faces and awaken a sense of awe in ourselves, he laments that it is a very stressful endeavor. Knowing how Nathan operates, I could see how it would take a toll on him. He cares that deeply for not only his art but also for the person he has intended it for. It’s nothing but the absolute best for the ones he cares for, and I truly admire him for that.

Whatever Nathan goes on to do, I know it’s going to turn some heads. You just can’t ignore talent like that. If you want to see more about Nathan and his cakes, check out this awesome news clip! And to my “little brother” Nathan, thank you for sharing your talent with the world, and never ever stop!


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Sufjan quoteIt can even come from driving home from work at night, which is what happened to me Friday night.

After listening over and over and over again to Sufjan’s “The Transfiguration” for my hour-long commute, the perfect vision and idea cropped up in my head. I don’t want to really reveal anything yet, but it’s going to take a long time to do, if I get the guts to do it at all.

In the meantime, here is an inspiration quote from Sufjan! 🙂

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This is my good friend Nathan and his snow owl.

This is my good friend Nathan and his snow owl.

It’s inevitable – with every substantial snowfall, somewhere in town there will be at least one snowman, its stomach adorned with black pieces of coal or rocks, its “neck” dolled up with an old monochromatic scarf. It tends to be a rare occurrence to see something more artistic than a snowman – maybe a snow dog or snow squirrel or snow shark (hey, don’t judge – I made a snow shark once when I was a kid!).

But have you ever seen a majestic snow owl with piercing red eyes gaze at you from the snow bank?

Majestic Snow OwlIt’s like something from Groundhog Day – you look around you and all you see are beautiful creations in the snow of various creatures and humans.

That’s what Nathan has done with the snowfall that came his way a week or so ago. And you know what? I’m not even surprised.

Nathan's AngelWhy? Because I’ve known him since college, and this is just what he does. I’d find him in our dorm’s study lounge late at night working on a sculpture because he couldn’t sleep. He could be found carrying large, ornate cakes in and out of his room for people’s birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries. He was constantly doodling, creating, and whittling things into gorgeous works of art. I would always find him in the former music rehearsal hall, which was connected to our building; he was always playing the piano, the trumpet, anything he could get his hands on.

Magnanimous Snow OwlIn fact, one night, I found him in the former music hall, and he was playing the piano at 2 a.m. and singing some beautiful melody. He was trying to work on a symphony or a musical that he had come up with and was trying to get the lyrics and melody down right. That’s when he invited me to sing his lyrics to the song he composed as he played this haunting melody. I hadn’t had goosebumps that bad while singing a song. It sent shivers up and down my spine. To this day I still remember the melody and the lyrics and how his piano echoed off of the walls and into the night.

Anyway, returning to the point at hand, you should seriously check out Nathan’s beautiful snow sculptures. I tell ya, if you ever need ANYTHING made, be it work of art, song, or pastry, you should totally contact this guy. He is nothing short of amazing.

By the way, for the complete story, please check out this news story from his local news station. They did a whole report on it all, and he got featured on the news down in his area. 🙂

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