March 20, 2012

Evie is One

We brought cupcakes to the park for a little friend birthday celebration. I made funfetti cupcakes from scratch with light pink butter cream frosting. Super easy! Just make your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe and mix in about 1/3 cup (or more) flat confetti sprinkles (sometimes they are called quins).

The girl loves a cupcake. She also loves to push her baby doll around in a stroller, cuddle with Maisy, play outside, climb on everything, and make us laugh. She has a few words and my favorite thing she says is "yeah" when I ask her if she wants something. Allow me to gush for one second about how adorable that is to me.

 Happy birthday Genevieve Lisette. Can't believe you are ONE already. Stay this cuddly and sweet forever, k?

March 19, 2012

How to :: Make a Glitter Heart Cake Topper

For Evie's 1st birthday we had a little family party with Forest's side and I made these glitter hearts to top the cake. My first attempt at frosting ruffles wasn't so successful (cream cheese icing doesn't hold up like butter cream), but the top was pretty. 

What you need:

- construction paper in a neutral color
- scissors
- glue
- coarse glitter.
- skewers
- heart template. Draw your own or download mine right here. The perfect heart shape is hard to find, so I made my own in Photoshop. There are 8 sizes on the sheet and I used 2, 3 and 4.
- pencil

What to do:

1. Trace with a pencil and cut out 2 hearts for each topper you want to make.

2. With the pencil side up place the flat end of a skewer on one heart and spread glue all around. Place second heart pencil-side down on top and gently seal the edges of the heart. Try to keep the middle of the heart as flat as possible so you don't get a crease around the skewer.

3. Set aside to dry and make another. Repeat until all your hearts are glued to skewers.

4. When hearts are dry, spread an even coating of glue on one side of each heart and cover completely with a generous dusting of glitter. Make sure you have enough glue so that the glitter will stick, but not too much otherwise it will drip off the side while drying.

5. Shake off excess glitter and set aside to dry. Move on to the next until you have glitter-fied one side of each heart.

6. When all are dry, turn over and glitter the other sides. Set aside to dry.

7. Trim skewers to your desired length as you're arranging the hearts. I used kitchen scissors and they worked fine, but watch out as the ends do tend to go flying.

8. Smile at your pretty, sparkly cake.

You could use the smallest heart on the template for cupcake toppers with toothpicks instead of skewers. Or just do one large heart instead of a group. Anything your *heart* desires.

March 2, 2012

Happy Weekend

Weekend plans?
I'm going to; straighten up our messy house, attend a magazine launch party in Santa Barbara with some good friends, go to a kid's birthday party, hopefully work on some projects and shoot a wedding.

I always think we will slow down someday, but we never do.

Happy weekend xoxo