Oct 10, 2017

Wedding Cake with Baby's Breath

Today I found this lovely three tier wedding cake with bits of green fern entwined with baby's breath on one of my favorite blogs at Evermine. Having once owned a small bakery myself and spending many an afternoon - slim metal spatula in hand - trying to get my buttercream as smooth as silk, I love this refreshing new trend of roughly iced wedding cakes. Because you don't need to be a professional to recreate this look. Wedding cake pans on Amazon and elsewhere, about $30 a set. Freeze all of your layers - so much easier to frost! Assemble three frosted tiers with cardboard rounds in between for support. No cake is complete without Wilton's buttercream icing. The recipe recommends you sift the confectioners' sugar, but I never bother, and it comes out light and fluffy every single time.

Oct 7, 2017

Unforgettable Donut Inspired Wedding Cake

Just how much would it cost to recreate this unforgettable donut inspired wedding cake? My eyes tell me this "cake" has about twelve dozen glazed donuts decorated with lovely bits of baby's breath, Shasta daisies and white carnations. Here in Virginia we have two donut chains - Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts. That means I'm paying either $7.99 a dozen from one or a dollar more from the other. So between ninety five dollars and $107 for just the donuts alone. Compare that to the average price of wedding cakes in America - over $400 - and this donut inspired cake is fun, affordable and a real crowd pleaser.

Oct 3, 2017

Engraved Glass Heart Ornament

I recently purchased a custom personalized canvas that included my husband's name and mine (Phil and Kathy), the date and location of our wedding (San Pedro, California), the address of our first home and many other details of our sweet and happy life together. The online site is called Personalization Mall and that is where is found this engraved glass heart ornament - now on sale for just $11.25. This polished glass heart measures 3 x 3 1/2 inches and features a delicate beveled edge. Personalize it with your name and his, plus nine other lines that describe all of your favorite places and/or shared activities. As you place these words in the personalization field, you will be able to view the finished product before you confirm your order. And in my case, I moved and changed the words around until it was nothing less than exquisite. A very affordable wedding or anniversary idea, delivered to you in a velvet drawstring bag ready for gift giving.

Sep 27, 2017

Breathtakingly Beautiful Winter Flower Girls

These winter themed flower girls are just breathtaking with their bohemian style headpieces entwined with fresh spruce and fragrant eucalyptus leaves. Or is it the full tulle skirts and faux white fur jackets that make me wish I had invited this pair to my December wedding so many years ago? A well loved teddy bear takes the place of a basket full of rose petals. It's hard not to fall in love with these two charming girls - tender young nieces of the bride or her groom - in their simple white dresses and loose brown curls.

 
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Sep 15, 2017

Vintage Storybook Wedding Sign

Every part of this breathtaking storybook wedding sign speaks to me in so many ways. First I can recreate this look without spending a dime. Above the garage is an attic full of weathered vintage books - once read and lingered over in a comfortable lawn chair on Sunday afternoons - worn pages now turning brown and collecting dust. There's every reason to believe I already have twine in the tool box and a trusty black marker to write this sweet and sentimental message. Or maybe I will use "I have found the one my soul loves" from the Song of Solomon, or better yet "You put your arms around me and I am home." Everyone of these so beautiful, maybe I'll just use all three.

Sep 5, 2017

Personalized Groomsmen Whiskey Glasses

What I love about these personalized whiskey glasses for groomsmen is at the time of this writing, they sell for less than ten dollars each. The bad news is, you'll pay more than that for shipping but there's a good reason for that. These affordable engraved whiskey glasses have straight sides and an extra thick bottom which minimizes the potential for breakage. With a chip-resistant rim by Libbey (making quality glassware since 1892), this glass is backed by a lifetime guarantee. All of the engravings are dishwasher safe with your choice of sixteen different trendy designs. Look for a discounted price on shipping at checkout when ordering a set of these stylish groomsmen glasses from The Engravery.

 
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Aug 27, 2017

Moisturizing Brown Sugar Scrub

What I love about this brown sugar scrub recipe (from Stephanie at Somewhat Simple) compared to so many others is the addition of Vitamin E oil - an amazing nutrient that fights off wrinkles, neutralizes free radicals and boosts collagen production. What we all desire most - keeping our skin lovely that much longer. Vitamin E can be purchased in capsule form and punctured to release the incredible skin rejuvenating oil for topical application. (A pediatrician advised me this is also a very effective way to reduce scars.) Compare the price of one cup of this easy homemade sugar scrub (sugar is 40 cents per pound and coconut oil about fifty cents per ounce) to what you'll pay ($39.00) for a seven ounce jar of Brown Sugar Body Polish available at Sephora.

 

Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Store in a small Mason jar or other airtight container.
 
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