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Diaper Cake, Peonies!

It’s June and you know what that means! It’s peony season!

They are my absolute favorite flower and the sole reason why I must have a June wedding! ūüôā

While I’m waiting for Prince Charming to sweep me off my feet, here is a diaper cake adorned with my fave blooms.

Necklace Board

I have been on an organization kick lately…cleaning out unwanted/needed clothing and accessories.

I¬†realized that¬†I didn’t wear many of my accessories because I just couldn’t see any of them!!

I had all my necklaces hanging on a belt hanger. Each hook had several necklaces on it and they always got tangled. Not only that, but it was hanging in between all my clothes in the poor closet lighting.

I had an old French memo board I was about to bring to Goodwill.

But instead, I bought a box of T-pins and cubicle hooks and hung all my necklaces on it!

I am soo happy with it!

After that, I got really crazy and bought this from the Container Store to organize my earrings and bracelets!

Ooh and guess what!! It’s two-sided!

LOVE!!

Diaper Cake, Baby Boy

A co-worker asked me to make a diaper cake for a baby shower last weekend. Her specs: Classic & clean, for a boy,¬†NO theme…

Here’s what I came up with. Kinda boring, I guess my creativity has been waning…but she liked it!

Diaper Cake, Sports Themed

A co-worker of mine headed to a baby shower this past weekend, so I finally got a chance to make a diaper cake for a baby boy! Seems like everyone has been having girls lately!

She described the baby’s room as being decorated in “Oilers colors”…not Houston Texans colors. haha

Not sew crafty, but I’m getting there.

I am a jack of all trades and a master of none.

Too many things pique my interest, so I can never focus on any one thing….Gocco printing, amigurumi, cooking, baking, photography, diaper cakes, origami, rubber stamping, embossing, scrapbooking,¬†underwater basket weaving… You name it, I wanna try it…

I have been less than stellar at sewing and I have always wanted to learn the real way to sew instead of just doing a sloppy job out of necessity…

As a¬†birthday gift, a friend signed us up for a beginners sewing class at SewCrafty where we’d be making an apron. No, not an adorable Jessie Steele type of hostess apron, but a utilitarian canvas type of apron…we’re talking basics here y’all!!

Brown and blue to match the decor in the apartment!

Hot-glued the buttons on. We were short on time…

Look Ma! I sewed in a STRAIGHT line! Yay!

And I even used a decorative stitch on the machine!

I can’t wait to start more sewing projects!! I need my very own sewing machine first…

Diaper Cake, Jungle Safari

A¬†co-worker was going to attend a baby shower and asked me to fashion a diaper cake for her. She said the baby’s room was decorated in a jungle theme and they didn’t know the sex of the baby.

Here’s what I came up with!

Here’s the final product wrapped in tulle and tied with rafia.

Retirement Party, Part 2

Not everyone eats sweets and, more importantly,  not everyone likes the combo of cupcakes and beer, so I decided to try my hand at making an edible fruit arrangement.

You’ve probably seen these before…impossibly beautiful, these are elaborate and expensive!

I honestly have no idea how they keep the fruits from being too juicy…

Here is the equipment I used:

Easter grass, a styrofoam cone, a flower pot, bamboo skewers, and small cookie cutters. If you have a crinkle-cut knife or other fruit-carving tools, by all means…go crazy. I also hear that a head of iceburg lettuce would work well instead of styrofoam and Easter grass. You would just have to carve it to fit inside your flower pot.

Cut the Styrofoam cone to size and place (upside down) in the flower pot. You might want to put some grass in the bottom first to stabilize it. Then place some more grass on top and tuck it into the sides.

I just cut cross-sections of canteloupe and honeydew and cut out flowers and circles with cookie-cutters:

A few other tips:

1. Wash the strawberries and remove the leaves, but do not cut off the tops. The less you cut them, the longer they will keep.

2. Keep the strawberries away from the pineapple. Since I used canned pineapple chunks (I got lazy!), the sweeteners might cause the berries to macerate.

3. Thread the skewers in a consistent pattern for a more uniform look.

4. If you’re making this ahead, store the kabobs in a large zippered food storage bag lined with paper towel. When you’re ready to party, just pull them out and stab into the grass-covered styrofoam.

The final product…Okay, it looks nothing like an Edible Arrangement, but hey, it is edible and it is an arrangement…

Next time…

I would try a “topiary”-style fruit arrangement, using different lengths of skewers and filling in any empty areas with lime leaves or even pandan leaves (or any other non-poisonous greenery).¬†You might need to cover the styrofoam with plastic wrap to keep the fruit from touching the foam since it is not food-safe.

Retirement Party, Part 1

A good friend from my old stomping grounds was retiring…A good excuse to visit Austin (as if I needed an excuse!).

I was tasked with a celebratory baked good. I decided to go with the classic cupcake and chose lemon with vanilla icing.

I used the large tip from my Williams-Sonoma Mechanical Pastry Bag, and went sans sprinkles.

I made some cupcake picks to spell out “Happy Retirement Wayne!”

First, print out the words onto colored or patterned paper. Be sure to space them out depending on the diameter of your circles. Mine are 1-1/4 inch. It’s really handy if you have a circle cutter and self-healing mat and I especially like this one by Fiskars since it is clear and I can center the letters.

Then just tape some toothpicks or fruit skewers to the back! If you’re very particular, you could cut out some blank circles and “sandwich” the toothpick in between two circles with double-sided tape.

Final Product..okay, this picture was taken at a bad angle, so it just looks like a jumble of letters!

Valentine’s Day 2009, Part Deux

Project 2: Box of Chocolates from design.wash.rinse.repeat

An adorable DIY Valentine gift using Hershey’s Nuggets…I used the one with toffee and almonds. Yummm.

I must say that this one was tricky. First, I couldn’t figure out how to open a .png file and then I could not figure out how to print it to get the right dimensions. After toying with it a bit, I got some decent results.

I just LOVE the color combo of the gold with pink and orange. It just makes me happy.

With a bit of customization, this would make such a cute wedding favor, but it would be way too much work…

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Valentine’s Day 2009, Part One

This year, I decided on some semi-homemade gifts for co-workers and friends. Inspired by a few of my daily blog habits, I grabbed my apron and my exacto knife and went to work.

Project 1: Apple Pie a la Twig & Thistle

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I used store-bought pie dough, rolled it out on a floured surface and cut out circles for the little pies using a paring knife…and conveniently, this yogurt container was the perfect size for the pies.

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To save time, I used canned apple pie filling. Don’t put in too much or you won’t be able to close the pie!

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Brush on a little egg wash and seal with a fork. Then brush some more all over the pie and prick to let the steam escape.

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Make a slew of these adorable pie boxes. It will be handy if you have these tools.

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My pies did not look nearly as good as hers, but I was happy with the results. I wrapped the pies in wax paper before inserting into the boxes. Next time, I’ll cut out the wax paper squares with my rotary cutter’s pinking or scallop blade.


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