Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I love to check out other blogs for inspiration.  This is one that I especially love for scrapbooking and card ideas!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Maggee's Circle Skirt

I saw the easiest tutorial online here on how to make a circle skirt and decided to give it a try.  I love the way it turned out.  I just used some fabric I had at home, but I am so going to be making lots more of these.  I whipped through this in an afternoon.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sophee in her Easter Dress

My mom and I both took pictures of Sophee in her Easter dress.  I think the mix of pictures ended up being perfect.  I also changed the nuetral desert sand in this layout to black to bring out the black in her dress.

Memorial Day Weekend

The girl's went to Nana's for Memorial Day weekend with Karly and had a great time.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Wedding Cake with gumpaste flowers and basketweave

I have been missing from my blog the last few weeks, not because I haven't been creating, but because I have been working on a huge project.  A 3-tiered wedding cake and a ring cake (I'll explain this later) for my dear sister-in-law.  I have been frantically making gumpaste sugar flowers for weeks leading up to this week of baking and piping.  Needless to say, I loved the final product.  The flowers on the cake are stargazer lilies, plumerias, gerbera daisies, and red and white roses.  The bride's bouquet had stargazer lilies and red roses.  The plumerias were to represent the plumeria flower the bride wore in her hair, and also the groom's Hawaiian heritage.  The gerbera daisies were the perfect way to pull everything color-wise and aesthetically together.  If you would like to see any of the pictures closer, just click on them.

The setup on this cake was particularly difficult.  Most cakes have a backside that hides some of the seams, but this cake couldn't have a "bad" side because it sat right in front of a mirror.  Luckily, I had enough flowers to decorate the back as well as the front.

All the flowers on the cake were made of gumpaste.  Here is a close up of a daisy, a rose, and a stargazer lily as well as a few leaves also made of gumpaste.

Here's another lily with a few red roses.

Another close-up of a flower grouping.  Here is a plumeria, a red rose and a daisy.
This was a ring cake.  Attached to one of the ribbons was a small ring.  As a Peruvian tradition, all the single women pick a ribbon and then pull them out of the cake.  The one that pulls the ring is the next one to be married, similar to the tradition of tossing the bouquet.  As a side note, my 4-year old daughter ended up pulling out the ring.  It was so cute!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bridal Shower Gift

My Dear Sister-In-Law, who is more like an actual sister, is getting married soon and her bridal shower is coming up.  I was trying to come up with a creative gift for her.  So, I decided to make her some towels and an apron.  While I was in the process, I thought how fun it would be to pass along to her some of my family's favorite recipes.

The apron was made using a Martha Stewart template I found online here and then added my own twist.  I made a few changes to the original.  I made the apron skinnier, shorter and added the ruffles and a lining on the back.  I also changed the way the top ties were attached and made the pocket smaller.  Overall, I love the way the apron turned out. 

 I used some basic plain white tea towels and backstitched a tulip design on them. 

Here is a closer look at the detail on the towels.  I did them both the same so that she would have a matching set.

The recipe book was actually one of my favorite projects.  I used CTMH Life's Delight paper packet to make the cover and the divider pages.  The actual recipes are actually just written on 4x6 index cards.  After all the pages were finished I bound it using my YourStory binding machine.
Front Cover
This is what the book looks like after it was bound and open

dessert divider page

bread divider page

chicken divider page

beef divider page

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Birthday Cupcakes

Yellow swirl cupcakes with multi-colored sprinkles in cupcake stand

Pink Wedding Cake

3-tier offset square wedding cake with white piped swirls and bead border

Cupcakes and large Cupcake

Large pink and purple cupcake with smaller cupcakes

Swirled Wedding Cake

3-tier wedding cake covered in piped swirls and deep red apple blossoms and dusted in edible gold powder with a bead border. made in collaboration

White Wedding Cake with Pillars

3-tier wedding cake with separator pillars and a scalloped basketweave and white roses.
Also the corresponding groom's cake with blue roses. made in collaboration

Wedding Cake with Piping

3-tier white wedding cake with piped design and a nead border finished with fresh rose petals. made in collaboration

Wedding Shower Cake

scalloped basketweave cake with rope detail, white roses and blue rosebuds. made in collaboration

Princess Castle Cake

round cake with star tip decorations

Baby Shower Cake

half round cake with blue apple blossoms made in collaboration with a friend

Floral Cake

2-tier basketweave cake covered in clusters of royal icing daisies-made with a friend

Donkey Kong Birthday Cake

2-tier round birthday cake covered in marshmallow fondant  and fondant ribbon border

Mario Brothers Birthday Cake

Mario Brothers square birthday cake covered in marshmallow fondant and fondant decorations.  Each side is different

Wedding Cake

3-tiered Wedding Cake with polka dots and ribbon border with a bead border on bottom

Adult Birthday Cake

Basketweave cake with pink daisies and a shell border