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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.