My little guy turned seven! He asked for Star Wars cupcakes. Storm Trooper marshmallow heads using food writer markers and light sabers made from pretzels and red and blue candy melts.
These are very doable for anyone but a little time consuming.
They started out very simple and elegant and I was very tempted to leave them as is. However, I knew if I went walking through the door of my sons classroom with pretty cupcakes he would not have been happy; in fact he may have been a tad embarrassed in front of his buddies.
The cupcake itself was made with dark cocoa powder and the frosting was a simple cream cheese frosting using only 3 cups of powdered sugar. I'm not one for an overly sweet piece of cake.
They passed the test. All the kids knew they were Star Wars cupcakes and gobbled them up. I thought I might get a few complaints because they were dark chocolate but that didn't happen.
I have been traveling around parts of Virginia and Maryland in search of a horse for my oldest daughter. We decided to move on the prospect of owning a horse of our own towards the end of last year. My daughter really loves riding for pleasure and riding competitively. I love horses and grew up riding so what is bringing joy to her has been bringing joy to me as well. We have leased horses in the past and may still end up leasing but hope to find a horse that we feel will be a great match.
On my most recent travels we came across the Lucketts Store. I first found out about Lucketts through Miss Mustard Seeds blog. I've wanted to go for the longest time but have not had the chance. So you can imagine my surprise and excitement when we drove right by the shop. We had to turn around and go back so I could browse.
So much to see and you'll never look at all of it in one visit.
I'm seeing items I didn't see when I was there.
I love that red suitcase and the moss covered bodice. I hadn't seen the red suitcase until I started going through my pictures.
This staircase has so much character. I accidentally hit something on my camera that changed the setting and it highlighted the red only. I chose to keep the setting because I think it looks really neat.
Lucketts had loads of great throw pillows.
Here are a few more.
There is also another little shop sandwiched right up next to Lucketts. I can't for the life of me remember the name but I snapped a photo of one of the rooms that I thought was pretty.
These great shops are loaded with inspiration and antique finds. Definitely worth a shopping trip. Especially if you're in search of unique one-of-a-kind home decor items.
Check out these fantastic lockers that they have outside just waiting for someone to buy them. Don't you think they'd be great as bedside tables for a boys room?
Wish us luck on our continued search for the right horse for my daughter.
At the turn of the year there have been several basket liner requests. Those requests have been for some really great bike/basket combinations. The above is in the works and look at how great this combination turned out.
All I can say is... KEEP THE ORDERS COMING! These combinations are a lot of fun and you'll be styling on your cruisers.
I recently designed invitations for my babies 5th birthday. Yes I said it! Her 5th birthday. She'll be heading to school in the fall. I'm not sure I'm ready for all of that.
We celebrated her birthday "The Frozen Way"! I created snowflakes using the number five and then used them in a pattern for the back of the invitation. I think that's my favorite detail! I didn't stop there though. I followed that up with hand-cut, glittered number fives.
I've been toying with the idea of offering small quantity, custom invitations for those special occasions when electronic invitations just aren't enough. Stay tuned.
This year I decided to design and print my own Christmas cards. I also took our family photo's with my little point and shoot camera. Considering I was working on a tight budget I love how everything turned out. My oldest daughter was able to snap the photo of my handsome hubby and myself smooching underneath the mistletoe (wink).
I really love how all the photos look in black and white.
I had four of them printed on a nice white stock and hung them on my chalkboard wall.
I would love a DSLR camera in 2014 to take my photo taking to the next level. Maybe the hubbster will read this and surprise me.
I pray you all have a wonderful holiday season. I pray that you get a minute to reflect on 2013, to set some goals for 2014 and enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation.
I recently spotted a faux antler wreath on Pinterest. I followed the link and ended up at Restoration Hardware. Priced at $299.00 and probably worth every penny, but way out of my budget, was this amazing, statement decor, cast of resin. Granted my version isn't as pristine but for about $10 it's a fairly decent knock-off.
Antlers are on trend right now and my extremely limited budget does not allow for splurges like this one. However, I figured I could create something similar using clay. It would take an awful lot of Sculpey or Premo and so I sought after an even less expensive alternative. Browsing my local craft store I asked an associate what my options were. She directed me to the Crayola Model Magic. I bought the container that had 4 packages of solid white model magic and only used one-and-a-half of the packages in the box. So it goes a long way. If you decide to create your own in the size I've done, you'll only need to purchase two of the individual packages and not the big box.
The Model Magic is inexpensive and really easy to work with and mold. A couple downsides would be that it takes 72+ hours to dry and it cracks easily so you need to be careful.
I've displayed it on my chalkboard wall, hanging from a thin gold ribbon, in the kitchen. I want to add a few more holiday/winter touches to this wall in the near future. Right now we're in the middle of painting our living room, finishing up slipcovers and also having custom shelving units installed in my office.
That said, my house is in disarray which drives me crazy and makes it tough for me to focus. I hope we get it all completed asap so I can decorate for Christmas.
What a great experience with an amazing venue. I'm so glad my oldest daughter and I were able to attend with friends from the barn she rides at. It's these types of events and the beautiful countryside here that make me appreciate living in the state of Virginia. I'm usually incredibly homesick for my home state of Michigan and missing my family and being able to spend holidays and birthdays with those that I love so very much.
When I am able to enjoy the magnificent countryside here in Virginia and soak up anything that has to do with horses I feel a sense of belonging. Spending time laughing with friends is good for my heart and soul.
There were eight races in total. Which makes for an incredibly exciting day. Many race goers set up elaborate tablescapes with all types of yummy appetizers and drinks. Many of them competing for the best tailgate decorations of the day. It was fun perusing the grounds and soaking it all up. This event provides lots of inspiration for the equestrian lover.
There was a Hat Contest, Jack Russel Terrier Races (we missed these) and several exhibitors.
My absolute favorite thing of the day were the horses. They are absolutely majestic creatures that give their riders so much heart. Each one of them enjoying the race and wanting a good, clean finish. I think all horse lovers should attend at least one Steeplechase. The Montpelier grounds are stunning, the event is very family friendly and you will leave with a smile on your face.
I happen to be in one of the photo's in the above collage with my friends and sporting a Jeanne Oliver bag! Love it!
My favorite hat in the contest was this yellow one featured above. Her attire was simple and it really made the hat stand out.
...the blogger behind Blue Sky Confections & a graphic designer by trade. You can check out some of my work at "O" Design Factory. I've also got an Etsy shop that I hope to grow but time always seems to elude me.
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