We had Elliot baptized a few weeks ago, and in celebration of the big day, we ordered some festive confections from Two Smart Cookies.

Two Smart Cookies Savannah

In addition to the best homemade cookies in town, they also have a lovely gift shop that features work from local artisans.  I’m happy to announce that they now carry Oak Notes.  Which is a good excuse for me to get some fresh cookies on a regular basis.

Savannah Live Oak Note Cards

I don’t think this post would be complete without a pic of the smiling, still toothless baby who played a roll in making it all  happen…

Elliot Baptism

Happy Spring y’all!

 

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My sweet cousin Rebecca is getting married this year and I have the honor of standing in her wedding.  I hosted a bridal shower back in December and wanted to share some of the handmade details with you.  While I still struggle with my baking skills (I spilled an entire tray of cupcake batter in my preheated oven, total mess!)  I relish any opportunity to get crafty with pretty little things.  Here goes…

DIY Paper Rosettes

I started with paper rosettes, constructed with sturdy papers found at World Market.  For a tutorial on how to make these super easy gems, see my guest blog for Be@Home.

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Next, I printed the lettering onto card stock, used a circular punch to keep them uniform, and adhered them to the rosettes with a dab of hot glue.

Love is Sweet Wedding Banner Paper Rosettes

The finished piece reads “Love is Sweet,” though my photo doesn’t do it justice.

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To compliment the custom banner, I cut corners and purchased these hanging decorations from Party City.

Custom Calla Lily and Daisy Bridal Shower Invitations

I had the most fun designing her custom shower invitations.  Her wedding flowers will incorporate yellow calla lilies and daisies, so I painted a simple floral swag to adorn the invitations.  (I wasn’t kidding when I said I was hooked on custom florals!)

Custom monogrammed keepsake box - Advice for the Bride

In lieu of a guestbook, I painted the couple’s wedding monogram on a keepsake box, and had guests write their “Advice for the Bride” onto little wooden hearts.  It may look fancy but all you need to recreate this monogram are some letters printed on paper, a sheet of carbon paper to trace the letters onto your surface, a good brush, and a little bit of paint!  If you don’t have a sturdy hand, make your monogram with larger block style letters.  For the last little detail, I used a scrap piece of handmade paper to line the inside of the box.

Calla Lily and Daisy Thank You Notes Vintage Inspired

I thought long and hard about favors.  I have received so many favors in the past that just get tossed in a drawer and long forgotten, so I wanted guests to have something they could actually use.  My solution was to print coordinating Thank You notes and bundle them with scrap ribbon I had in the studio.

Bridal Shower food table

Last but not least, the spread!  I purchased the little sugar flowers from Sweet Edibles to dress up the cupcakes.  The cake stand in the middle was a “I can’t stop myself purchase” from our local Humane Society Thrift Shop (seriously, $4 and all I had to do was change out the ribbon!)  The vintage embroidered tablecloth came from my friend and expert vintage scout, April Joy’s shop The Mint Green Tag Sale.

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Pam, Mother-of-the-Bride, Sierra, Robin, and Elizabeth

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The glowing Bride-to-Be and me!

We’re already  hard at work with details for the Big Day, so be sure to check back for more handmade wedding goodness!

A few months ago I hosted an owl themed Baby Shower in his honor.

Owl Baby Shower Invitation

I thoroughly enjoyed making the tissue paper pom poms (thank you Anne for the tips!) and burlap banner.

burlap banner baby shower oh baby

tissue paper pom poms baby shower

Turns out fruit sculpture is pretty fun too.

owl pineapple fruit sculpture baby shower

Making Granny’s famous shrimp salad (from wild Georgia Shrimp that SHE caught) and cake pops, proved a little more challenging for this aspiring domestic goddess. Thankfully, I employee great helpers (and Sam’s chicken salad is actually pretty darn good)

baby shower food table cake pops shrimp salad cumcumber sandwiches

At the time of the shower Rebekah still didn’t have a name for her little man, so we labeled this special Baby Shower themed Thumbprint Tree with a simple “Baby Pearce.”

Baby Shower Thumbprint Fingerprint Tree Guestbook Alternative

Notice the tiny owl on the branch? I couldn’t resist! Oh and I haven’t listed them for sale in my shop yet, but if you would like a Baby Shower Thumbprint Tree Guestbook, just let me know!

Just in time for Easter Bekah and Ben welcomed this sweet bundle of joy into their lives.

Newborn Baby Bunny Ear Hat

Welcome to the world Owen Stewart Pearce!  I can’t wait to to teach you how to color outside the lines and spoil you rotten!

Looking Back at 2011

December 31, 2011

I spent the greater portion of the year finding my niche (unexpectedly) in the wedding industry.  It started with a few brides and quickly snowballed into a full blown line of wedding paper-goods…most of which have yet to make it to my wedding section…(goal for 2012)

officiating wedding

Speaking of weddings, I officiated one!  (Thank you Val & Pat for a once in a lifetime honor – love, Officiant-O!)

aj and liz engaged

Love, there was just so much of it! Alan Jr., aka Brosef, proposed to sweet Elizabeth…finally, a sister for me!

Transitioning our sweet Lee Anne from life at home into a nursing facility was by far most challenging obstacle of 2011.  I have a long way to go accepting what HD has done to our family, but I can honestly say, that we have felt God’s Grace throughout the process.  To all of you who have taken the time to write letters, send family photos and care packages, and pay visits, you have no idea how much it means to all of us.  It warms my heart to walk into her room and see just how loved she is.

In other news, my baking skills have certainly improved since the first of the year.

I even learned to make Granny’s Famous Cherry Pie…

It took me 31 years to catch it, but I officially have Baby Fever.

I found time to hang family photos down the hallway, and it makes me smile every day when I walk by them.

Mom taught me how to Tie Dye, though I’m still pondering how I will find use for this technique in 2012.

We fed buffalo.  The herd of 30 arrived in McIntosh County in 2011, talk of the town!

Mom’s face here = priceless!

nick and i blackhawks game

We capped off the year with trip to Chicago for Christmas.  Tonight, we’ll keep it low key.  Just the two of us, our pups and a fire in the backyard.  A little peace before the firestorm that is 2012 arrives with all it’s surprises.

Best wishes to you all for a warm and wonderful New Year!

I’m Done with Cake…

January 18, 2011

no really, my history here is not good.  Let’s take a trip back in time to 2008…

Remember that Dangerous Cake recipe?

Or how about the time I cheated?

Prepare yourself for my latest kitchen disaster…The World’s Ugliest Cake…

The Ugliest Cake you have EVER seen

“Thanks for the cake, but did you drop it on the floor?” — text message from my husband

“It looks like a dalmatian!” — side note from my bestie

Personally, I think it looks like a squirrel danced all over it, but no matter how good it tasted, I’m leaving the baking to the bakers from now on.

On a bright note, I did succeed at making my first (and last) diaper cake for a baby shower last week.

Diaper Cake Centerpiece for baby shower

Ingredients:  50 newborn diapers, 5 wash cloths, 2 pairs of socks, and 3 rubber frogs

 

 

My observation:  it’s really just fruitcake with extra nuts.

Granny's Holiday Nut Cake

but don’t tell my fruitcake hatin’ Granny this…she claims they are culinary worlds apart (and she made the nut cake)

Abstract Fruitcake Painting by Heather L Young

A striking resemblance to the ugliest painting I’ve ever painted, no?

space…

October 5, 2010

We have a lot more of it in our freezer now.

one year anniversary cake

Surprisingly delicious after 365 days.