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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Happy.

Sometimes, I come across a picture that just makes me happy...
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Photo Credit: Paul Barbera via Marlein Overakker

...because it reminds me to celebrate!  First of all, how adorable is this cupcake?  Darling.  I agree.  Safe?  Not so much.  That's okay, though...fashion over function, right? 

[WARNING: Remove sparkler from cupcake before eating.  Heck, maybe skip the sparkler altogether and just enjoy the pretty picture.]  Okay, I just had to throw that warning in there for kicks, but let's be honest, do you ever come across the most ridiculous "common sense" type warning and wonder if it's really necessary for them to put out such a painfully obvious statement?  Well...I suspect, as with most things, the warning has come into place because there is someone, somewhere who has tried the not-so-good-and-terribly-obvious bad idea.  Thus, my warning. :)

Secondly, I do have reason to celebrate this week.  My sister-in-law Katie (my husband's little sis) is getting married in a fews days, and it is sure to be a fabulous wedding.  Oh, and Katie loves cupcakes, so I thought this pretty little treat is the perfect visual to usher in the festivities.  This, of course, does mean that a Placecard of the Week this week is highly unlikely with all of the planning and what-not, but who knows, sometimes I surprise myself.  Have a happy day, gang!

Ciao!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's Been Awhile...Welcome Back Decor!

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Via Canadian House & Home

I know it's been quite some time since I shared some of my favorite designs floating out and about, but when I saw this lovely dining room, I just knew I had to archive it with the rest of my favorites.  That wooden table is the coolest!  I love the carved legs and rustic vibe complimented by a more contemporary light fixture and table accessories.  Contrasting styles can be woven together brilliantly with the right eye.  Case in point.  Oh, and those chairs with the plaid cushions totally had me at hello. Now, the wallpaper belongs in a whole other category of goodness amongst itself. 

I have no idea why, but lately I've been drawn to pink and white decor, so maybe that's why I'm drooling over this simple yet lovely dining room.  Good grief, I know my husband would never EVER go for this color palette, but it is quite eye catching.  Wouldn't you agree?

Ciao!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Place Card of the Week: Turquoise & Ribbons

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Happy Monday, gang!  You may have noticed that I have a little thing for ribbons and itty bitty bows and just about everything girly, for that matter.  I just can't seem to help myself.  I still love drawing little hearts (hence the mini hearts doodled at each end of the names above).  I still love putting stickers on envelopes when I mail cards and letters to loved ones.  I know I've mentioned my soft spot for glitter.  Oh, and I always sign my cards and letters with Love, Nikki or with that little heart doodle.  It doesn't matter if I've known you one day or twenty years; I mean it all the same.  It's those little details that I hope remind each and every person that they are cared for and loved. 

Most of all, though, I love creating and designing whatever pops into my mind on a given day to share with you all here.  I guess these projects are my way of saying I care, and I hope you find even a teeny tiny dose of inspiration to take with you for your next project.  I know I have taken away loads of inspiration from all of you!

Life is crazy and busy as ever right now, so I adore each and every one of you who continues to visit me here and send me emails even though I may only be able to check in a couple times a week for now.  I actually created these place cards for last week's Place Card of the Week, and yet here I am posting it a week later!  I'm working on that, though, so I hope to see you more often very soon.  As always, thank you for stopping by, and have a blessed day!

Ciao!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My DIY Mini Cake Bunting at City Cradle Design

Happy Wednesday, gang!  Today, I am uber excited to introduce City Cradle Design to those of you who have yet to meet Vicky, the creator of this fabulous blog. Last week Vicky contacted me about creating a DIY tutorial for the mini cake topper bunting I made for a party designed by Eat Drink Pretty.  I was happy to oblige, and I've included the steps here as well for your crafting pleasure.  Yahoo!

I am just so honored whenever someone likes one of my "crafty-crafties" enough to share with their own blog audience, so please be sure to stop by and check out beautiful her blog today.

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And for my own archives, here's another breakdown for all of my peeps here on the "how to" behind this super easy project, in 5 easy steps, no less!  That totally sounded like an infomercial, didn't it?  Gosh, infomercials are hilarious (but "catchy", yes??)...and...once again, I digress.  Okay, here we go...

Supplies
1. Color or scrapbook paper
2. Paper cutter and/or good scissors
3. Dye cut paper punch in a pattern of your choice (my favorite)
4. 2 wooden skewer sticks
5. White thread
6. Needle
7. Hot glue gun
8. Your favorite color ribbon


Do It Yourself

Step 1: Punch each sheet of color paper with the dye cut paper punch and cut out mini flags with the pattern as the bottom of the flag.

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Step 2: Double thread the needle with white string to make the stitch more prominent.

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Step 3: Once you have the flags strung and placed however far apart you would like them, tie each end of the string around a skewer stick.

Step 4: Take the ribbon and tie into two small bows.

Step 5: With your glue gun, glue each bow on top of where you tied the thread. This will hold the thread on the stick as well as hide the knot.

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AND, you're finished.  I told you it was easy....now, it's time for the cake!

Ciao!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Babies in Blankets Cupcakes

Friday is finally here...yahoo!! Okay, so now that I got that out of my system, I thought I would share with you all a little look-see at my latest project. My husband asked me if I would make cupcakes for one of his co-worker's "in office" baby shower. I was thinking, "Sure, that's easy enough. I'll just whip up a batch of cupcakes, frosting, and send him on his way." Oh, no, no, no, that was not the case, my friends.

The day before the shower, I'm at the office, and I emailed my hubby to ask him what kind of cupcakes he would like. I was thinking...red velvet or chocolate or vanilla or something along those lines. Well, he responds by sending me this "how-to" video for these darling babies in blankets cupcakes...

Babies in Blankets Cupcakes - KitchenDaily

Uh...okay, honey. Not quite the response I was looking for, but I'll go with it. I think I responded with, "Wow, that's ambitious, but okay, I'll do it!"

Actually, we made them together. So really, it was a labor of love, you see. We're a good team like that. It took all night - no lie. Gosh, those little details took FOREVER (thinking of the quote from the movie The Sandlot here, "F-O-R-E-V-E-R"). And...I digress, but I have to say, the finished product does make me smile, and you know what? I might just give them a try all over again! Here's how they turned out...

{Disclaimer: Please excuse the crummy, in-a-rush-to-get-to-work photos. Thank you kindly. :)}

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Pretty cute, eh? If you're feeling particularly ambitious too, check out the how-to video, and give it a whirl. It might just make you smile, too. Have a wonderful weekend, gang!

Ciao!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Place Card of the Week: Mexican Fiesta

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As I mentioned yesterday, I designed this week's Place Card of the Week to match the cake topper bunting to go along with the tres leches cake I made for a very special Mexican fiesta bachelorette party.  I was on a roll with the cake topper, and I had all sorts of little scraps leftover, so I decided to make these little guys you see here.  If only I had thought of it earlier, I would have actually offered to make them for the part-ay, although, totally unnecessary as it was already completely fabulous!

I'm running around like crazy today, so I'm going to have to keep this one short and sweet, but I wish you all a wonderful day!

Ciao!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cake Topper Bunting & Tres Leches Cake

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Photos courtesy of Eat Drink Pretty

So, this past weekend was my sis-in-law Katie's Mexican fiesta bachelorette party, and it was a fabulous affair as is everything Jenna of Eat Drink Pretty puts together.  I made this Tres Leches Cake for the party, which also makes my hubby oh-so-happy (he specifically requested it for his birthday this year).  I think he ate about a 1/4 of the leftover cake from this party in one sitting.  Gosh, I wish I had his metabolism!  Anyhoo, I made the cake a tad richer by swapping out the whipped cream frosting for a....what shall we say?? ....a heartier cream cheese frosting.  Then, I topped it off with a few maraschino cherries, as is the Mexican tradition.  Calories?  Eh, who's counting? 

Okay, so now to the cake bunting....I'm kind of a nut when I get an idea in my head, as most of you know by now.  Once the seed is planted, I just can't get it out of my mind until I execute my vision.  That being said, the night before I made the cake I was surfing blogland, and I stumbled upon this ridiculously adorable cake topper bunting by Kiki La Ru, and BAM!  I was instantly inspired. 

I knew Jenna had ordered some papel picado to hang from the tent, so I wanted to create some sort of papel picado itty-bitty bunting and put my own spin on my new found cake topper inspiration.  I literally couldn't fall asleep that night, and I almost jumped out of bed at 3:00 a.m. just to start crafting it.  I didn't, of course, because I couldn't drag my butt out of bed, but I really, really wanted to.  I simply paper punched some colorful paper for the little flags, threaded them on a string and tied them to skewer sticks.  It was so easy that I think I could have made it in my sleep, well, maybe except for the needle and thread part - that might get dangerous!

I also made matching Mexican fiesta bunting place cards to match the cake topper for this week's Place Card of the Week, so stay tuned.  I will share them with you tomorrow.  Yahoo!

Ciao!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wooden Wedding Cake Toppers

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A few weeks back my sis-in-law Katie asked me if I would paint little wooden people for her wedding cake toppers.  I've seen these little guys all over blogland, and I am most definitely a fan.   While this is not my area of expertise by any means, I do enjoy a little painting every once in a while, so I was happy to give it a go, and these little peeps are the finished product.  Yay!

Now, don't look too closely because they are SO not perfect, but all in all, I think they turned out pretty dang cute (excuse the bad pictures).  I've loved every idea Katie has had for her outdoor wedding, and I'm so excited to see her vision and all of the little details come together on the big day...just a month away!

Happy Thursday, gang!

Ciao!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Place Card of the Week: Raspberry & White

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I'm here!  Finally!  I'm here!  I know I've been completely hit or miss here in blogland for the past couple weeks, and I appreciate all of your kind comments and visits back here sooooooooo much.  Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The truth behind my absence is that my husband lost one of his very closest friends a couple of weeks ago to a terrible tragedy that I can't even begin to explain here, so it's been a very difficult time at our home dealing with the grief of it all.  I absolutely adore blogging and visiting with all of my friends here, but this time, I knew I just needed to take some time to focus on my husband and life and, most importantly, focus on prayer for everyone touched by this tragedy.  It was just one of those times to "be still" and seek the Lord.  I won't elaborate anymore right now.  Who knows, perhaps, it will come out in one of my gut-spilling Heart Sessions (you know how I tend to do that).  We'll see...

BUT, I am back now, and I hope you enjoy some of the projects that I've been working on to share with you all.  This week, I created a pretty little place card that I think would be lovely at bridal shower/brunch or something along those lines.  It's all things girly and pretty with the elegance of the deep raspberry color. 

Speaking of raspberries, I also did a little baking this weekend.  I made these Gluten Free Raspberry Oat Scones from Cannelle et Vanille, and that little sprig of basil you see there...well, that's from my teeny, tiny garden, which is still alive and well.  Yay! 

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Thanks for stopping by, gang, and have a wonderful day!

Ciao!

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