Sunday, October 6, 2013

Thanksgiving "Give Thanks Banner"

Fall is here.
It's time to start decorating.
Let me make it easy for you.
I just listed a new PDF pattern on my ESTY shop.
YOU can make this 
"Give Thanks Banner ".

This Banner I made for my friend Sharon.
I  Love the way she displayed it with her
old glass windows and clock.

Here's Shelly's mantel.  
Love the fall decor!

I got rid of the Pink flowers
and put out the Fall mums and decor!

Take some time this week to start decorating for the fall...
Before you know it the Christmas tree will be going up!

Check out my ETSY listing HERE 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Lamp Makeover

Do You Remember
this bedroom canopy from  The Tea Castle display? 

Recently it was being donated to an auction for the 
Macomb Charitable Foundation.
I wanted to add a few accessories 
to be donated along with the canopy.

A cute girly lamp would be perfect.
Not wanting to spend much, and with a vision in mind, 
I headed to the thrift store!

Sometimes you're just lucky what you find...
and lucky I was!

Doesn't look like much but remember,
I had a vision in mind!

A lampshade for .99 cents and it was Pink.
Couldn't ask for better than that!

Can you see the price???
Yep, $2.99

The lamp got a quick makeover with some cream spray paint!

I searched through my stash for some trim.  
Found some pretty trim with pearls on it 
and  hot glued the trim to the lampshade.

 I added some pretty shimmer tulle and a BIG bow to the shade.  
Gotta love a glue gun, it makes things so quick & easy!

A little green and pink paint was added to the lamp.

And Here It Is....
My $3.98 Lamp transformation!

It was the perfect touch for the auction....

I'll be linking up to the following sites....

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Special Wedding Cake

Ever say "I CAN do that !" 
and then wonder, "What was I thinking???"

Yep, that was me. 
My very good friend Shelly's daughter was getting married.
It was a BIG wedding.  
600 guests and I volunteered to make the wedding cake 
as a special gift.

It wasn't to far fetched for me to make this offer.  
About 15 years ago I had a wedding cake business,
but since then I have only done 2 wedding cakes.

Times have changed
 and wedding cakes have gotten much more elaborate!
Have you ever seen an episode of Cake Boss or Cake War?
Then you know what I am talking about.

I started to agonize over the cake.  
Since I was a guest at the wedding 
I wanted it to be perfect.

The bride only had a few requirements...
Buttercream Frosting...
A Monogram on the cake...
Each tier of the cake had to have a different design..
The tiers of the cake had to be square...

So here's the process and the finished cake...

I rented this pretty cake stand.

Next step, the monogram.
I used a wooden disc to cut a template.

 Fondant was used to make the disc for the monogram.

I printed out some different font styles for the monogram.

Here's the font I decided to use.

To get the exact size of the monogram
I placed the disk on the unfrosted cake.

I lightly traced the monogram onto the fondant
then filled the letters in with Royal icing.

It took a few tries but finally got it to work out.

I ordered this gold rhinestone ribbon  from HERE
 to add some glam to the cake.

Layer by layer the cake started to come together....

Each layer had a different design....

Once delivered to the reception hall 
fresh flowers were added to the cake.

With a sigh of relief the cake was done.
I couldn't wait to put on my dancing shoes 
and celebrate at the wedding!

It was a perfect wedding.
Shelly's attention to detail was unbelievable.
The next morning I relaxed with a cup of coffee
 and a BIG slice of Cake!
I'll be linking up to the following...

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