Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I had a fabulous experience ordering cake pops for a party this week! I'd been looking for pops to fit my budget for a small Nintendo-themed going away party for a co-worker. The plan was to don Mario mustaches and play games on an old school Super Nintendo (classic!). My dream was to have Mario and toadstool themed cake pops. When I called a popular local bakery for a quote I was a little bowled over by the $5.50+ per pop price tag. For $25 over my budget I could get a batch of plain, undecorated colored pops + 3 lonely Mario pops. I cried a little inside.
To the rescue came Babycakums! Recommended by a mutual friend, it turns out someone I know has been making adorable cake pops all along! And her prices beat out the competition by $2 a pop—plus every single one was a custom character! Now, I'm not bashing any other bakeries here. Undoubtedly these $5 and $6 pops are worth it, and the work is excellent I'm sure, but for my money I couldn't be happier with the taste and look of my affordable pops. They were red velvet inside and they were sooo good. I'll be buying from them again. Just had to pass it on!
Aren't they adorable? I wish my pictures were better. The toadstools were perfect. And Mario's hat is filled with cake too! Mmmm.
For a quote, contact Marie Green of Babycakums at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I just started a new job, which is both exhausting and putting a major cramp in my blogging style—but I wanted to slip in a quick post today to tell you about my latest book buys. Today, thanks to some B&N gift cards I'd been hoarding, I picked up a copy of The Colette Sewing Handbook and one of Oliver + S: Little Things to Sew. Colette is one I've been aching to get because it teaches you the basics beautifully. There's something so classic about the style, and I can't wait to make each of the 5 patterns! Oliver + S is one I've had my eye on in order to start making baby gifts for my friends. The projects in here are absolutely gorgeous and a little more special than the run of the mill baby stuff you'll find all over these days. I can't wait to dive into both.
So that's what I'm up to—reading, but never really getting time to sit down and sew. Alas! What about you? Have you found any good crafty books lately?
Ps. Oliver + S has some fantastic free patterns online!
Monday, April 16, 2012
Ahh, the three-tiered cake stand, how I love thee. And two-tiered…and four-tiered… If you're looking for some serveware eye candy, click through the online shop Fresh Pastry Stand. Thanks to retro style and vintage plates scoured from estate sales, FPS creator Deva has packed her shop full of sweet-serving pretties. Plus they break down for easy storage—in case, like me, you already have way too many shelves full of dessert stands. Then again, is there ever really such a thing as too many cake stands? Find all these retro lovelies online at Fresh Pastry Stand. Ps…check out the one at the bottom. Five tiers!
Friday, April 13, 2012
I started a new office job this week and I'm exhausted!! Unfortunately, between work and needing to lay prostrate with my eyes closed during any and all off hours, I haven't been up to much fun (aside from, notably, a delicious sushi dinner with a friend visiting from New York. I miss you, New York!).
Yesterday I sprung from work to pop in all-too-briefly at the launch party for my friend Jacin's new business website. It was a momentous occasion because Jacin also quit her corporate job this week, and is taking on her event/styling/floral business full time. A hearty congratulations to her! She's living the dream! I didn't have my good camera on me at the time, nor did I have the wherewithal to even pull up my Instagram app (guys, I'm really tired this week…). But I did take some doesn't-do-her-work-justice pics of the party. Enjoy!
These streamers are pretty sweet. They're a regular streamer twisted to give them the look of rose petals. At least that's what I think. Here's a closer look:
Check out Lovely Little Details if you want to see more of Jacin's work.
Ps. Jacin is the reason my blog is looking so good these days!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
I've posted in the past about my love of cake art. Fortunately for me I had a pre-paid deal for 20x200.com expiring soon, which prompted me online in time to snag one of these. It's a print by artist Martha Rich, titled Yes Please. Isn't it delicious? The colors are even more vibrant in person. I can't wait to hang it on my wall.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Remember that baby shower I just had some crafty fun with? I wanted to share how I wrapped the oversized gift my husband I gave to the parents. We bought them a baby jumping gym—the kind with little toys for the baby to play with while it bounces in its standing seat. The box was fairly gigundo, so I grabbed my extra-long roll of art paper as it was the only roll long enough to get around it. To embellish the box I cut triangle flags from scrapbook paper, punched small holes in their centers, and strung them on bakers twine. Rather than just knot or bow the ends, I glued buttons down on top to adhere the twine to the package. Then I added a few more buttons and stickers for fun. Art paper (also called craft and bulletin board paper) is sometimes the best option because you can dress it up any way you please!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
This past weekend I enjoyed the beautiful, sunny weather and a delightful baby shower. The shower was thrown for my friend Cho by her best friend, who flew into San Francisco for Texas and needed a little help on the ground during the planning process. Being said help, I offered a bit of advice and a hand at some pretty crafting to help decorate the shower.
The party was a picnic party, which meant everyone started off at the house to pack up their meal. All the food was pre-prepared—the hostess made individually-wrapped Texas-style breakfast burritos with all the fixin's—and I had sewn large fabric squares for guests to wrap their food in. These fabric squares were a triple threat. Not only were they little "hobo bags" (minus the stick) to transport the food, but they also served as cloth napkins at the park and will make great burp cloths for when the baby arrives! I have seen so many mothers run out of every last cloth and dish towel when burping their babies, so I know these will come in handy.
Next we headed to the park, where all sorts of cute puppies were drawn to us by the smell of bacon. Isn't this one cute?! Speaking of cute—how adorable is the mother-to-be?:
The park was a muddy mess, so I was especially thankful I had taken the time to stencil some plastic-lined canvas drop cloths for us to sit on. The plastic on the bottom meant we could enjoy a gorgeous day in the park without getting muddy rears. I only snapped one pic at the park but I have photos of all three cloths below. I stenciled them using Ed Roth's, Stencil 101 Decor. I think the honeycomb design is my favorite…or maybe the polka dot.
And that was that! I can't seem to find pics of the whoopee pies served for dessert, but if I do I'll share them as well. They were gluten and dairy free and amaaazing! Congratulations, Cho! I can't wait to meet your little one.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Today I did some fun sewing and wrapping for my friend Nissa's birthday. I made two reversible headbands that can be worn two ways—knotted at the top of the head or tied at the back. I love them so much I had a hard time parting with them. I can't wait to make myself one or two.
The pattern I used was from the book Sew Darn Cute, a book I was given for my own birthday last year. Once I mastered the art of enlarging the pattern, the actual cutting and sewing was a cinch. I can't decide which I like more—the aqua or the denim and polka dot. They're both so cute!
When done, I rolled up the headbands and got out a vintage-style handkerchief (I say vintage "style" because it's of indeterminate origin). A pretty handkerchief is much for fun than your standard wrapping paper.
The birthday girl wore the red polka dot side out at dinner. I neglected to snap a pic, but rest assured she looked retro-fabulous. Happy Birthday, Nissa!
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Boy, did I get a kick out of this! I was washing and drying some vintage pillowcases I'd picked up at my local Goodwill for $2. I had planned to cut them up for cloth napkins for a baby shower (long story—more to come!). That's them above...
While they dried I was sewing up some retro headbands for a birthday gift and watching Mad Men. When lo and behold...
BAM!!! Would ya look at that?! Don Draper's little girl is sleeping on my same $2 pillowcases! For now these little babies are saved from their chop shop makeover. I can't bear to cut up my sweet Mad Men pillowcases just yet! I don't really need them as pillowcases though. Do you have any project ideas that'd be a perfect second life for these beauties? Or should I sell them back into the universe to be found by some happy Mad Men-loving mom out there? Send me your thoughts!
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Per usual, Love Vs. Design is up to something fab. This time it's creating colorful, simple and awesome birthday and thank you cards for free download. I would skip over there now, if I were you, and download them for yourself!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I just got back from a trip to Arizona to visit one of my oldest and dearest friends. The highlight of the trip? An awesome tea party with her adorable two-year-old daughter. We ladies got all dolled up for tea in the backyard. To eat we served up lavender infused goodies and more.
A history of our tea daydreaming: My best friend Poppy and I were college roommates. One summer during our college years we spent a few months in Newport, Oregon where we enjoyed the atmosphere and flavors of a quaint British-style tea shop called Tea and Tomes (does anyone know if T&T is still open?). They had the most amazing lavender scones. Fluffy, not too sweet, and laced with the perfect amount of lavender. I enjoyed mine with loads of preserves and washed it down with Earl Grey or tasty raspberry tea.
The memory of those scones has stuck with me for over eight years, so we decided to give our tea party a hit of lavender. We baked lavender scones and stirred up lavender lemonade. To round out the tea we cooked up fresh lemon curd and assembled open-faced tea sandwiches on homemade bread. You can't have a tea party without tea, so we brewed up a pot of fragrant chai tea which we splashed with almond milk.
The day before our tea party we stumbled across this adorable miniature teacup and saucer set. Though we set it out for her dolly, she fell for it immediately, sipping her lemonade with glee.
Nothing could be better on a lazy, sunny afternoon than a tea party treats, cool lavender lemonade, and good friends.