The Open Book Visual Display

Happy November everyone! With the holiday season quickly approaching, retail stores are in the process of implementing their seasonal holiday window displays. As I was strolling through my local mall this past weekend I came across this super cute holiday display in the window of The Open Book, a relatively new family-owned bookstore that specializes in discount books and also hosts reading events, author appearances and reading workshops. I thought the display was creative, warm, inviting and executed well. I’ll be on the lookout for more fun holiday displays as we move into December!

Hello Kitty Birthday Cake

Hello there everyone! Long time no post. I apologize. Life has been keeping me pretty busy, but not busy enough to pass up an opportunity to make another fun birthday cake. Today is my super cute neighbor’s 7th b-day and so I decided to surprise her with a cute Hello Kitty cake. It was super simple to make and I even learned how to make a fondant bow! Happy Birthday Emily!

Chalkboard Sign Design

This week my neighbor asked me to help create ‘First Day of School’ signs for her two super cute kids to hold during pictures. I guess I know I’m in the right profession because I got way too excited to design these chalkboard signs (haha). This was my first experience using chalkboard markers and overall I think they are a pretty neat product. Happy ‘Back to School’ time everyone!

Big Gulp

Ok guys, I promise this will be my last cake post for a while. What can I say? I’m obsessed. This week we celebrated my dad’s birthday and in brainstorming ideas for his cake, I decided to create a 7-Eleven Big Gulp. My dad has a very strange diet, with his favorite “meal” probably consisting of a large fountain soda and a Powerbar. That being said, he loved the cake and I have to say, I think it came out pretty cute as well!

 

Donut You Want Some?

Last week was my mom’s birthday and so of course I took the opportunity to play around in the kitchen and make another cake! I wasn’t lying in my earlier post, I really am slightly obsessed with cake decorating. My mom, on the other hand, is slightly obsessed with donuts and there came the inspiration for this fun and easy cake. I used a standard bundt pan to achieve the general shape of the donut, iced the whole thing in light brown buttercream and topped it off with a little bit of pink fondant to resmeble the icing. The sprinkles are, I think, what ties the whole thing together. Overall, it was a very easy-to-do cake that ended up being a crowd-pleaser.

Flower Power

Here is a quick little floral arrangement I threw together last weekend to try to make the house look nice for some guests who were stopping by. The wooden box, which is fitted with floral foam, that is acting as the vase was from a centerpiece at a wedding I recently went to and I have been refilling it with fresh flowers ever since. The roses, on the other hand, may or may not have been “collected” from my various neighbors’ front yards, including my own. Shhhhh!

Move Over Cake Boss

Yesterday my parents celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and so I decided that I wanted to make them a cute little cake (it’s only 4 inches in diameter). Within the past year, I have become slightly obsessed with TLC’s Cake Boss and all its various spin-offs. I was also a diehard Ace of Cakes fan back in the day. I can sit and watch those shows for hours. I love them so much that back in March I actually signed up for Wilton’s beginner cake decorating class at my local Michaels craft store. The class introduced me to basic buttercream techniques but this was my first attempt at using fondant, which ended up being very easy to use and looks so nice and clean. Dear friends and family, you can now expect fabulous cakes from me for all future birthdays and holidays.