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Thursday, February 23, 2012


First shout out goes to my momma! It was her birthday on the 21st! {The big five-oh!} So of course I had to make something fabulous! And this cake just screamed my mom! I bet she loves that I'm announcing her big five-oh ordeal! But hey! A girls got to share the story behind the cake!
{Me and my wonderful mother}

Second shout out goes to my new apartment! And my new lovely kitchen that I got to bake in for the first time! Seriously love that kitchen! It's very spacious for an apartment! And it's got a huge window, and I love love love big open windows!
{Yayyy for baking in my new kitchen! And yayy for new cake pans!}

And my third shout out goes toooooo... Pinterest! ...without you.. I would be lost.

Okok.. So back to the cake part! So a friend pinned this gorgeous frosting technique a few weeks ago and I instantly loved it because the description was 'super simple frosting technique' and it was BEAUTIFUL! What wasn't to love?!

Here is a picture I stole from the blog that had the cake on it..
{I won't bother putting the blog link on here because the blog was in a different language! Good thing I don't need instructions, :)I just learn by what I see}

Ok.. so don't get too excited.. because my cake did not look that^^ fabulous! I think it would have been better if I used a denser frosting. I made cream cheese frosting {recipe at the bottom} because it is my mother's favorite! It was my first time! And it was a total hit with the family!
{I added a little extra sugar because I knew it needed to be thicker for what I was doing.. and also because hey whyyy not!? }

So spread all that good stuff all over your cakes

Then with a round tip {I think I used a 10 or 11.. I don't remember! But really it's up to you how big you want the circles to be} make little droplets that look just like Hershey’s Kisses!
 {You can only do one row at a time!}

Then flatten each 'kiss' with the back of a spoon

Like thisss!
{It really is a beautiful design!}

I will warn you.. Once you get all the way back around it gets a little tricky to connect the two ends! My advice.. make sure that part is the back of the cake..

So the top is basically the same thing, except just do one row at a time. Starting with the outside edge: kiss, flatten, kiss, flatten.. and just keep going! So its kind of like a spiral design
{Sorry this is my only picture of the top!}

And that's it! Easy-smeasy!! But like everything I do.. time consuming!
{Even used a cake mix for the cake to make it extra smeasy! And with that delicious  homemade frosting.. Nobody can ever tell!!} 

But it was for my mom! So the time consuming part was worth it! <3
{I don't think she knew I was taking a picture.. haha despite that^^ face.. She was veryyyyyy happy with it!}

{Cream Cheese Frosting For Noobs!!}

     Yield: Makes about 2 cups


8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Place cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Using a rubber spatula, soften cream cheese. Gradually add butter, and continue beating until smooth and well blended. Sift in confectioners' sugar, and continue beating until smooth. Add vanilla, and stir to combine.

Fifty-Two For My Baby

So I seriously have been dying to get this one up! But obviously..... I couldn't because it was a present for my love<3 If you are a Pinterest user I know you have seen this one its basically famous!

I actually officially decided to make one after reading my wonderful/ amazing/ fabulous/ crafty friend Alayna's blog about all the fabulous things she made for Christmas presents {Christmas Craftiness}So me.. being a scanner, NOT a reader. "Read" about her making these 52 reason decks...
...then I continued to scan and saw something about putting pictures on somethin with mod podge {She was totally talking about a total different gift by the way..} but I thought, 'Ohh what a great idea! Put pictures on the cards along with the reasons!' So that got me really excited! Even with the mix up and all ...I still love to say she was my inspiration!!

So I started cutting out pictures of us, I used every single picture I could find of us and it still wasn't enough! So I started using pictures of me. I hated that part cuz I felt so weird and conceded putting just a picture of me on there but I knew he would lovee!
{I used double sided tape to put everything on, because I'm in love with the stuff! It just works so nicely!}

I really underestimated the time this would take me! It took forever! And I was only half donee

{I still had some plain cards without any pictures! This bothered me greatly! But I just covered those up with scrapbook paper!}

So after writing and adding some scrapbook paper they looked a little like this(:

So by the time I was allllll finished the deck was so thick that the rings I was going to bind it with didn't even fit!!
{I was not expecting it to be this thick! I guess I got a little crazy!}

Soooo.. Like I said earlier.. It took a little longer that I wanted it to! Therefore... when Vday rolled around... I was not finished! Haha so my boyfriend.. Being the funny boy that he is.. Took on the job to finish his own present!
{And if you know him... you know that it is just like him to do something like that!!}

All that was left to do was string some ribbon through it {his great idea to bind it together!}

{Finished Product!}

I love it! It was a lot of fun when you take away the stressful part of getting it done on time!

Total cost: $18
Used and old deck of cards so that was free, of course I got all the paper half off! And the rest of the cost was the pictures I developed.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cupcake Liners and Pool Noodles (Valentines Day Wreath)

Weird combination, I know... But man do they make a fabulous wreath!

I'm sorry this is so close to Vdayyy, I really wanted to put this out a long time ago so you could actually consider this for you Vday wreath! But maybe next year, yeah!?  
{It's no question that I got this idea from Pinterest, but I altered it quite a bit and made it my own!}

Cupcake Liner Wreath

Cupcake liners
foam wreath
Straight pins
crepe paper

First wrap the wreath with the crape paper that matches your color scheme.
 {Of course I used my famous pool noodle wreath idea}

 You will need a ton of cupcake liners! Don't underestimate the number of them you will use because there can never be too much! I can't tell you exactly how many I used, I wish I could! But I didn't keep track.. but I do know it was over 100!

Ok so pin the liners on with the pins, you might wanna experiment a little! Crumple them, try putting them on different ways, its still gonna look great no matter what you do!
{The poofier you make them the better! And the closer you put them, again... the better}

I found these glittery foam hearts at Walmart for a dollar, and figured I would find a way to use them in my Vday decorations some how! And obviously they ended up on my wreath!
{And I'm glad I bought them because they really added that gorgeous touch that I needed for my wreath!}

{I just absolutely lovvvvve them!}

So I just kept pinning and pinning and pinning.... Kinda like I do when I'm on Pinterest all day(:

A ton of liners and pins later, andddd another trip to the store to buy moreeee liners, my beautiful wreath was complete!!

Total Cost: $9
{That's not too bad, considering 3/4 of the cost was for the cupcake liners!}