Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring Market, Scraps of Simplicity & Waffle Luv!

 Hi!


Just wanted to inform you of a fun Spring Market I'm going to be a part of here are the details…

And yes, you saw that right,  Waffle Luv Truck will be there!!!


I'll be sharing some sneak peeks of some things I've been working on that I will have for sale there!!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Polk-a-dots and Pachyderms Party for Ava

I wanted to re-visit on the blog this party today. It was such a fun party to do!

Ava has a couple favorites... Polk-a-dots and Elephants.  So we decided to combine the two! Another name for elephants is Pachyderms so why not make a play on words and thus the party Polk-A-Dots and Pachyderms was created!!! 
 We had sooo much fun at this party!!  I found a lot of things that had to do with polk-a-dots and pachyderms and went to work.  First of all the fun started with the invite!  When I was working up the invite, I told Ryan, " I just finished the prototype for the invite!"  I think it turned out pretty cute.  If I can, I like to do the invite in a 3-D version, so this is what we ended up with...

 I ordered some cute polk-a-dot boxes and straws from www.Shopsweetlulu.com.  I made a label with an elephant on it and typed on the flag, Happy Birthday Ava.  Printed it on label paper and stuck it on the front of the box.  Created another elephant circle and glued it to a straw, created and cut  a personalized ticket in Silhouette Studio, created a little polk-a-dot  you're invited flag in photoshop and wrapped it around a straw. Filled the popcorn boxes with candy circus peanuts, placed the flags with the fun items on them and we delivered them to some very excited guests!!!


Here's a closeup of the the ticket.  I love to type on numbers that correspond to the date of the party.


Here's the whole gang of invites!

The day of the party arrived, we set up the Party table...  I wanted to do a Hot Air Balloon theme.  So this is how it turned out. I found some bigger balloons and nets at a party store and some polk-a-dot pots at Michaels to act as the hot air balloon baskets.  I made some mini banners to accent with. I thought it would be cute to tie several balloons around the tummy of the Pachyderm for the middle centerpiece.

I put the mini banner  on the front of the white Hot Air Balloon and on the cupcake bench and behind for accents...

I cut some pachyderms with the Silhouette and flags and glued them together for cupcake toppers.  Eeek, they turned out so fun!




Also some polk-a-dot chocolates...

I made some labels for the ice cream cups and Decorated ice cream cones with sprinkles for ice cream...


All together...

Some pachyderm snacks and
Some Krispy treats dipped in chocolate and sprinkles...

I made some labels for the lemonade bottles and the straws that I also purchased at My Sweet lulu...



I made up some personalized thank you sacks on some cute elephant sacks I found at Michaels...

As the guests arrived, I made some flags to line the driveway...

A banner and sign to greet with...


I just finished another Birthday party!  If you would like to see more about that you can see it here or by clicking on the photo below:



Okay, so on my follow up post, I'll show you where my power tools came into play!! Here's a sneak peek... If you want to read more about what else I made for party you can click here or on the photo below...


With Much Love & Gratitude,



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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Promotion for Get Away Today!

Hi!  I just wanted to inform you about a Disneyland Promotion through Get Away Today!  

If you are thinking about traveling  for Spring Break, Summer, Halloween Time or the Holidays, now is the time to purchase.   Get Away Today's no-interest layaway plans allow you to lock-in your savings for only $125 down.

Limited Time Savings on Ticket Prices!

This deal ends on March 3rd 2015.  If you would like to see more about this you can read about it HERE

or by clicking on the image below!  




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Monday, February 9, 2015

How to Decorate an Ombre Rosette Cake

  This cake is so fun for Valentine's Day…. sooo I thought I would share with you how I made it!

When I did Madi's Birthday Party, I attempted an Ombre Rosette Cake.  I was very nervous as to how it would turn out and it was sooo easy and fun!!  I wanted to share with you how I made hers...


I first baked my cakes.  I made hers in a 6 in. pan.  I followed an easy and yummy recipe I found here... http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/mass_appeal/taste/baking-and-decorating-a-cake-from-scratch


I made three different colors of pink frosting. The key here is I made the frosting. 

 It works best if you make your own frosting and  not use the store container frosting.  I don't have an exact recipe.  I just start in my mixer a 3-4 Tbl. of butter or marg.  Add like 1/4 to 1/2 bag of confectioners or powdered sugar and small pour of milk.  Mix it and see how it looks.  It will need to be stiff to hold a rosette but not so stiff you  cannot squeeze the frosting out of the decorator bag. I adjust the different ingredients if it needs to be thicker or thinner, like more milk to thin it or more sugar to thicken. 

  I made my bottom row the darkest pink and then lighter for the second row and then the lightest for the top row.  

I next took the darkest frosting and frosted a dirty or crumb frosting layer.


I used the next lightest color frosting and did a crumb frosting on the second layer...


and for the top layer, used the lightest frosting...



I purchased a 1M Wilton Star tip. 
{Love to make rosettes with this!}

I started with the bottom layer and darkest frosting.  I started the star in the middle of where I wanted the rosette to go and pushed out a small amount of frosting...



 Next, I started to circle around the star to the left..

I kept going around the circle...

continued to circle up...



and finished the circle up and stopped on a slight angle to the left...

I continued around the bottom row of the cake...
I did fill in some smaller spots with small stars where there were some empty places.


I did the same thing with the next row with the next lighter color of frosting trying my best to line up the roses with the rows...

and then again for the top row and and the top of the cake with the lightest frosting to finish it off!




I loved making this cake!  It was fun to do and so fun to look at!!




If you would like to see more pictures of this cake and or Madi's Birthday Party, you can see that here or by clicking on the photo below...

If you would like to see a post on how to make an ombre cupcake, you can see that HERE or by clicking on the photo below…




With Much Love & Gratitude,














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