My friend “Y” has loved koalas since she was a kid. A couple of years ago she even had the opportunity to hold one during a vacation in Australia. She ends her emails with the phrase, “Have a koala-t day.” I totally understand her obsession for “anything koala”, since I am obsessed with “anything purple.” When people know your obsession, it makes it easier for them to find gifts for you. My favorite aunt once gave me a pair of fuzzy purple dice that were too large to hang from my rearview mirror. I’m not a fan of fuzzy dice, but they were purple. Ya’ gotta love that! What is the perfect birthday gift for a koala-phile who has everything “koala”? A handcrafted glass koala nightlight. I created the koala on clear glass and added a background of blue sky and green grass. I thought it might be a suncatcher or fused on a plate. I showed it to “Y” when she stopped by last Saturday, and she thought it might be a great nightlight for her new kitchen. And so the koala nightlight was born, and it looks spectacular lit from behind.
I was not willing to lose the element of surprise for her BD, so I made a cake and decorated it with the same koala design, but surrounded by flowers.
It was her first koala cake, and my first attempt at food imitating art. So happy BD, “Y”, and many more.
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