Archive for January, 2011

{loving} rosie’s pinkalicious cherry cupcakes


Need I say more? How could I not love these, they are  irresistible!

Rosie of Sweetapolita (a Canadian!!) is the creator of these pinkalicious confections which she shared on Frosting for the Cause. I’m thinking my soon-to-be four year old would love these on her birthday.

If you haven’t been to Sweetapolita or Frosting for the Cause, you’ll want to go now! Rosie makes the most amazingly beautiful cakes and confections, and she’s Canadian! As in Ontario, for all my local SWO-ians!!! How amazingly sweet is that?

You’ll also want to bookmark Frosting for the Cause. It is a round-up of 365 sugar cookie and cupcake bakers/decorators and bloggers from across Canada and the United States who will take turns posting an inspired recipe all in the support of cancer. All year long. I know I’ll be checking in daily!

{printable parties} vintage racecar


I am happily finishing up the next printable party, this one for boys! Just sending the proofs off to the printer for a small photo shoot later this week and the collection will be ready to go! What do you think?

{loving} custom colored sprinkles


I do think this may be a week of show and tell. I have found so many tutorials over the weekend showing me how to make some loverly sweets, and I am compelled to tell you about them!

I discovered this tutorial last fall while I was working on a dessert table in lovely pastel colors. I should have posted about it then, but again today it caught my eye in my Favorites folder and I didn’t want to let it get away this time. Especially with Valentine’s Day coming up!

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How pretty is this picture? I mean really, romantic pastel sprinkles, hello loving these! This is the reason I need petal dust.

Jessica at Such Pretty Things (and these are such pretty things) posted this tutorial last January showing how to make custom colored sprinkles. Oh upcoming petite fours, I think you need a little sprinkle of these.

{loving} hanging flowers


I have been in love with this installation ever since I discovered it last summer on Eat Drink Chic.


I have been collecting little vintage glass bottles ever since, just for the day I can create a skyscape like this.

Likewise, I found this pic last summer as well.  Designed by Hatch Creative Studio at The Nest Event Loft and photos by Jenny Ebert

Vintage bottles hanging vases wall

Needless to say, the next time my husband trimmed the pear tree, I stole a branch.

Today I found a few other lovelies. Oh the yearning for springtime flowers.

This lovely is from BCOME. I just love the simplicity of one for an unexpected corner in my studio.

I admit, I do love the white and rutic country look like in this pic found on the Wedding Bee boards.

And a lovely reminder that it doesn’t have to be flowers from a beautiful wedding found on Snippet and Ink.

and another beautiful wedding on Style Me Pretty.

What a beautiful way to start the day!

diy cake stands


In all my research for the diy tiered stands, I found a few (just a few) cake stand tutorials that were oh so loverly and must be shared. 

Kate’s recycled cakestands on Design*Sponge

DIY Vintage Cake Stands on The Go Green Blog
DIY Vintage Cake Stands

DIY cake stand tutorial on Eat Drink Pretty

OMG, I am LOVING the yellow!

How to make a Homemade Cake Stand on Wandering Chopsticks
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Love this crystal!

See, oh so loverly!

diy tiered stands


This past Tuesday eve I was out for a coffee date with some of my crafty girlfriends. One of them is recently engaged, so of course there was a lot of conversation about her upcoming wedding. We looked at dresses on our phones, brainstormed color choices, contemplated overall wedding style. You know, an evening of grand fun and inspiring wedding talk! Her plan is to have a 50′s inspired tea party with dainty desserts. She mentioned she would like to forgo flowers for centerpieces, instead using 2 or 3-tier stands to display a selection of petite fours. This of course sent me off asking about using vintage or new, round or square, plain or fancy. You can find lovely vintage tiered stands in thrift shops that would work perfectly for a 50′s inspired tea party, but there are also some lovely new choices.

There is always the chance that you won’t find what you want readymade. But, if you find plates that you love, you can make them yourself! I found some lovely inspiration and tutorials on how to make 2-tier stands that I must show her and you of course!

Skip to my Lou

Cindy over at Skip to my Lou posted a tutorial on how to make this cupcake stand earlier this week. Love those plates!

She led me to the Giver’s Log, where she found her inspiration.

Giver’s Log

AmberLee posted a tutorial on how to make an interchangeable tiered stand earlier this year. All I can say is look at that flower hardware! Soooooo pretty!

Wandering Chopsticks

Wandering Chopsticks has a lovely tutorial on How to Make a Homemade Tiered Cupcake Stand that doesn’t require any motorized tools.

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B, time to get our craft on!

bottlebrush trees


I ordered these sweet little pink bottle brush trees from Kate’s Cottage on Etsy just before Christmas and they arrived just before New Years. I was so eager for them to get here, they looked like little puffs of magical joy and I could not wait to get lost in the sparkle. Can you tell I am loving these delicate little glittery trees? They make me so happy, I thought they might make you happy too.

They look oh so loverly on my mantel with my yo-yo mats.

I was musing today how I need to find them in teal and light blue and purple! And what do I spy on Kate’s Cottage? Aqua trees!!!!! I am definitely adding them to my wee collection.

free printable calendar from anna and blue paperie


I am celebrating the new year with a new calendar! It’s oh so loverly and small and dainty and will fit perfectly in my home studio. And it’s free for a limited time.

Stefanie of anna and blue paperie is giving away her super pretty 2011 Printable Desktop Calendar, but only until Friday! I’m certain she will be inundated with requests of such a generous offer of a pretty pretty calendar. If you would like to pretty up your office or studio, head over to anna and blue paperie for the details.

I can’t wait to get mine, but I will wait, you know? Good things come to those who wait.

cake boss


I am so excited I could just scream! Well, actually I did scream! So did my daughter when I told her, we both screamed! Why? Because I just found out that I won two tickets to see Buddy Valastro – The Cake Boss at the Centre in the Square.

Picture via TLC.

My daughter and I have been avid Cake Boss fans since the show first hit TLC. When I found out he was coming to our town, I told my daughter and her first words were” WE HAVE TO GO!!” We both love watching the bake team at Carlo’s Bake Shop design and create cakes. We have both learned so much about putting together cakes, decorating techniques and tricks; it has become a mother-daughter ritual for us. We both love Buddy’s passion and his love for his family, so very similiar to our family.

I heard our local news radio station was hosting a contest to win tickets to the show. They have a very interactive system common to many radio programs. You participate in the station’s activities to earn points, and you can use those points to enter contests. Well I used all my points to enter the contest. I entered 24 times. I was determined to have my name in there as many times as possible. Even if it didn’t work out, we were going anyway. We were not going to miss a chance to see the Cake Boss on stage! I was just talking about this with my family over the weekend and put it on my calendar to purchase tickets on Wednesday. What timing!

As if we weren’t excited enough for Saturday! My niece is turning 4. So we’ll hit her birthday party and sneak out a little early to hit the Buddy Valastro – The Cake Boss show. Can I scream again? So excited!!!! Will let you know all about it!