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Wedding Trends: Cakes


The main foci of the wedding are the bride and the cake. And really, what every guest, young and old, close family and unfamiliar friend, will care about is the cake. Cake designs have changed dramatically throughout the years, but in most recent years they have completely transformed from a dessert to a work of art. Although almost anything can be turned into a cake nowadays, wedding cakes are staying surprisingly traditional in several ways. If anything, the classic cake is being perfected and/or each couple is adding their personalities to this focal point.

The one thing that remains constant among cakes, other than tiers is the fact that it is white. Obviously, not all cakes are white nowadays, but most are. Some match the colors of the theme of the wedding, but it can’t be denied that white matches everything and is fitting for the tastes of both men and women. Most of the color on cakes are in the added details. These bursts of colors most commonly come from flowers as it has always been, but as cakes become more of an art, new elements are being introduced everyday. Fruit, candy, cinnamon and many more ingredients are used. Flowers always remain most popular though, as they simply and timelessly elegant. Whether it is real blossoms that adorn or fondant flowers that enhance the flavor, they’re always a perfect touch.

 Decorations of the cake that go beyond obvious edible additions (such as fruit or candy) and flowers are trending toward a return to elegance. Pearls, ribbons, bows and intricate patterns of fondant and powdered sugar are popular as clean and plain modern cakes are becoming less trendy. Everyone wants their cake to be original and express their personality and plain modern designs just don’t have many options for this. One of my all time favorite cakes was a elaborate classic gold design complete with white pearls and golden cameos. It was vintage chic and completely original and stunning.

Along with the return of ornate vintage is simple elegance, which seems to be being done with the use of natural elements. This could mean flowers, but it usually doesn’t mean just one or two. It includes leaves, twigs, sage, grass, mushrooms, pine needles and anything else that could be found in nature. With a beautiful pattern of layers and these natural elements, any cake would look dazzling and rustic.

Although cakes can be made into anything you can imagine today and modern cakes and cupcake towers are around, the old-fashioned elegant white cake is sticking around and becoming more and more beautiful by the wedding. Make your cake your original creation, because nowadays you can, and make it as beautiful as your wedding day.


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Elanie - June 9, 2011 - 12:50 pm

oh god!…they look so delicious!!…so amazing…i love them!good job!

fashion - April 18, 2011 - 11:38 am

awesome yummy,,,,,!
i wanna eat all these creamy

Fabulous Etsy Finds: Easter Basket Goodies

I’m not sure why, but I am sooo excited for Easter this year.  I have been browsing recipes, decorations, crafts, games and all things Easter baskets.  Whatever this feeling is that has come over me, it has me READY for spring time fun next weekend.  And I am in such a state of anticipation that I want you to be ready too.  Yes, you.  I know that we have probably never met before.  But I would like to partner together to make this the best Easter ever.  Are you ready??  If not, here are some Etsy creations that will make your basket-making and gift-giving an adorable breeze.  We are gonna be the best Easter bunnies ever!

$20

This is so chic!  It is a fabric coil Easter basket and is made entirely of, you guessed it, fabric.

$6

This crochet bunny just has the most charming expression on his face.  It has such a crafty, Pottery Barn-esque feel to it.  And at $6, its a darling deal.

$7

This handmade bagis ridiculously adorable.  I can picture a little girl in pigtails carrying it around while she plucks plastic Easter eggs from a grassy lawn.  Ohhhhhh, girls (sigh..).  If you are lucky enough to have one you owe it to her to buy dainty, girlie things like this.

$3

This is ecological and ingenious all rolled into one.  These plantable strands of basket filler are embedding with wildflower seeds.  So when the peeps and jelly beans are gone, just plant these outside your window for eye candy all season long.

$3.50

This seller has a plethora of vintage hang tags.  I chose this one with a little girl hugging a bunny.  I plan on using these to label each basket and also as gift tag for the goodies I am making for the neighbors.

$1.50

These vintage postcard images are a delightful way to send Easter greeting to your loved ones near and far.

$10

Forget those silly ‘ol bunnies.  When you have a house full of boys, chocolate dinosaurs is where its at.

$7

These egg-shaped crayons have my boys’ names all over them.  They are always grabbing handfuls of crayons in an effort to create a rainbow effect.  These  little eggs make rainbow colors a cinch.

$4

For those of us watching our girlish figures, this guy could be just what we need.  He looks like a chocolate bunny, he smells like a chocolate bunny, but he is in fact a festive little soap.

$5

These no-slip bunny hair clips are perfect for dressing up super fine baby hair on Easter morning.

$3.50

For the super cool tweenager–a unique ring that says I’m so cool I can still rock baby stuff.  She’ll love it, trust me.

$15

I am not sure how well these flavors would actually mesh, but I had to give this chocolate jelly bean bark an honorable mention for creativity.  It is also available in white chocolate.


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A Desk for Aiden

I have a confession to make—I am a junk scrounger.  If you leave your unwanted, beat up, misshapened furniture on the curb there is a high probability that I will be the one to scoop it up if you live within 50 miles of me.  It is a compulsion that gets me into a lot of trouble with the hubby. I just can’t stand the thought of perfectly sturdy furniture going to waste because of a few blemishes. In a way you could look at it as a rescue mission. No? It didn’t work on the hubby either.  Usually these items sit in my garage until I get around to fixing them up or giving them away. And I do acknowledge that it is slightly odd that I pipe up saying, ‘Oh, I’ve got the perfect thing for you!’ every time another mom starts talking about how she needs a desk or a chair or a side table at play group.

Well, this time I found something that we could actually use.

Great, right?  I know she doesn’t look like much, but with a little sanding, a little painting and the addition of the handles that were tucked inside the top drawer by the previous owner; this would the perfect little homework desk for my first grader.  I had been promising Aiden his own little space to do his homework for a while and now I could deliver with a desk makeover.

We had a desk in our spare bedroom, but was big and awkward and not his size at all.  And it really needed to go anyway.

So, back to our new (to us) boy-sized desk:

I called my handy sister, Claire, over to assist.  We made a quick supply stop at Home Depot to pick up some paint.  We picked a deep boyish shade of royal blue paint.  I already had some Kilz Clean Start primer.  It has low odor and zero VOCs so we figured it was best for a project with kiddos.

The desk was already sanded down pretty well all over except for the drawer faces.  so we gave the body a light sand and used an electric sander on the drawer faces.

We probably could have done a little more sanding, but we were tired and anxious to get things moving along.  Plus, we had the primer that I was sure would help the paint grip.  Next we used some wood putty to fill in any dents or grooves.  There weren’t many, so this went quickly.

That took about 5 minutes to dry.  Then we sanded the excess putty off.

Now we were ready to prime.  Please note that those are junky paint clothes.  I don’t regularly let my kids run around in Pj’s in the afternoon.

One lesson we learned a little late was DO NOT PAINT ON YOUR BARE DRIVEWAY.  Either put a tarp down or move it to a grassy area–in which case you should still put a tarp down to avoid getting grass stuck on your project.  We learned this the next day.

Although the primer’s label says that it can be repainted in an hour, we let it sit overnight.  Partly because we were being extra cautious and partly because it was getting late.

The next morning we started in on the painting portion of the project.

We let the first coat dry for a few hours while we went out for lunch.  When we got back we started in on coat number 2.

After letting that dry, screwing in the handles and replacing the drawers in their slots; we moved the finished product inside.

Overall, the project went well.  Especially with three little ones running around the whole time.  The primer did its job and helped the paint cling to the not-so-well-sanded drawer faces.  And now my Aiden is a happy little bug when it is homework time.  So, yay!!, for junk hunting.  We’ll put this one in the win column.  As for the 1970s headboard I found last week?  Eh, the jury’s still out on that one.


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Handmade Wednesdays: Scrapbooking with Lindsey

As a picture crazy lady, I love to scrapbook.  And because I have had a lot of time on my hands lately, I have been trying to get as many of my memories and favorite family photos down on paper.  I figured since this is my current crafting extravaganza, I should share this scrapbook idea with you!

I absolutely love my little nephews (Bonnie’s kids).  They constantly amaze me and make me smile – though sometimes they can be little rascals.  I have a whole scrapbook dedicated to their little lives and fabulous memories.  Here are two pages of Bonnie’s middle son Asa.  He is such a bundle of energy and always getting into some sort of trouble.  I had a bunch of pictures of him doing silly things and wanted to put up a few pages showcasing his many adventures.  I’m sharing this page because it is a different layout, but super simple and easy.  It’s perfect for those pages where you have a ton of pictures that have cropping capabilities, but you don’t have a lot of pages in your book to spare.

Basically, I just found some papers that coordinated well, cropped the pics, used my Creative Memories wave cutter for the border and a punch for all the squares and I was all set.  Hope this layout helps with your current scrapbooking needs!


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When Wedding Photos Go Wrong

Usually my wedding posts are happy and sweet about lovely things concerning brides and grooms and all that is the splendor of the day. Once in awhile though, I feel the need to poke fun at the seemingly perfect day. After all, no one is perfect and there are many more awkward moments than perfect ones. So, I happened to stumble across some amazingly bad wedding photos and decided that we should celebrate the best of the worst today. Here’s what I found. Enjoy!

 Blame the old trends of past decades, bad photographers or just bringing to light the awkwardness that is there, these photos are gems. I believe something really bad is as good as something really good, and these are proof. I hope  you got a good laugh, and if you have any awkward wedding stories, let us know below! If you like this, check out our other editions (twothreefourfivesix, and seven) as well as our awkward engagement photos and Worst Christmas Photos collections.

photos courtesy of the amazing site awkwardfamilyphotos.com


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Claire - March 22, 2013 - 1:58 pm

@Courtney that’s hilarious! i’m glad we make the internet seem smaller and that we can all enjoy the photo

Courtney - March 20, 2013 - 8:20 pm

I just happened to stumble across your blog randomly, and what a jewel it is. I went to college with the couple that is the 4th picture from the bottom, the one with her parents stalking in the back ground. Actually I am pretty sure that my Dad officiated the ceremony for them. I thought it was hilarious that they were on here, especially because we have all laughed hysterically over this exact picture with her.

Corinne Rodrigues - July 20, 2011 - 7:11 pm

These are absolutely hilarious. Trying to decide which my favorite one would be….I think it’s the bridesmaids with the matching curtains!!!

Lindsey - April 11, 2011 - 1:24 pm

Oh my…. Movie Star and I just spent a few golden moments mulling through these and laughed and laughed. I believe his favorite was the little girl being checked or perhaps it is the one with the shirtless dancing man. It’s such a hard choice!

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