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.

Be Happy

This is a design I created for a Mother’s Day gift this past year. I created the design in Adobe Illustrator and had the piece printed on canvas. I was inspired by a list of happiness habits I came across on Etsy and thus decided to create a piece of art that could be hung in our home and serve as a daily reminder of little things we can do to feel better each day.

Radiant Orchid

I finally made the plunge and updated my iPhone to the 5S (I had been rocking the iPhone 4 for quite some time). This meant I needed a new case and so I decided to be on trend, for once in my life, and go with the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid. According to the Pantone press release, “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates joy, love and health.” What more could I ask for?! 

This is the new OtterBox Symmetry Series iPhone 5S case. It comes in many other colors and patterns as well.

Paul Rand on Design

“To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse.” Paul Rand

This quote was introduced to me by one of my graphic design professors near the time of our graduation. I find it to be incredibly inspiring and a nice reminder as to what design is capable of. I hope you find incentive in it as well.