Diet Coke Cake

Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a great summer. I’m back with another cake post, this time for my dear old mom’s birthday. This year’s inspiration comes from my mom’s slight addiction to Diet Coke, and while I’m not saying I condone her obsession (I have been trying to get her to lay off that stuff for years) I had to admit that it would make a pretty awesome cake. I started off by pouring melted dark chocolate into an empty Coke bottle, using it as a mold to create the exterior shell. Once the chocolate hardened, I peeled away the plastic bottle and filled the chocolate shell with layers of Coke flavored cake and frosting. Reapplying the label and bottle cap were the perfect finishing touches to this deceivingly delicious cake.

Valentine’s Cupcake Bouquet

Happy belated Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you had a pleasant holiday. This flower pot cupcake bouquet is something that I had been wanting to try out for a while. It is super easy, makes a great gift, and can easily work for a variety of occasions including baby showers, birthdays, get well gifts, etc. All you need is a standard terra cotta pot, a foam ball that sits nicely atop the pot, approximately 18 cupcakes, toothpicks, and some tissue paper. Simply attached the cupcakes (without frosting) using toothpicks to the foam ball. Frost the cupcakes and complete with green tissue paper to disguise the remaining foam from showing. That’s it! Now share with friends and family!

Door Décor!

Hello everyone and happy November! I am very excited to be moving into the holiday season. This year I was determined to start my Christmas shopping early in an attempt to avoid getting overwhelmed at the last minute. As I was strolling the mall this weekend I came across this amazingly detailed hand-carved door. I love the floral pattern and natural wood finish and would love to be able to have something like this in my home someday.

Grandma’s 80th!

Hello everyone and happy October! I’m back at it with another cake post, this time for my Grandma’s big 8-0. I wanted this cake to be different from any of my previous cakes so I took a more traditional approach. I learned a new quilting technique which turned out to be super easy to do and looks so beautiful and understated. I also made the cake topper myself after being inspired by similar designs I had seen online. I was pleasantly surprised by the finished product and my Grandma loved it too:)

My Biggest Project Ever!

Hello everyone and happy February! Over the past month I had the opportunity to design the construction barricade for our newest location of Urban Home, a furniture and decor store. This was, by far, the largest project I have ever worked on, consisting of two panels that wrap around the perimeter of the future store location. The first panel, seen in the video, is 120 feet wide while the second panel, seen in the photos and poorly executed panoramic shot (it was raining and I was trying to avoid being hit by cars) is a whopping 180 feet wide. Both panels stand 12 feet tall. I have to say, it was pretty exciting to finally be abel to go and see the design in person, after having only seen it on my computer screen up until that point. But I think the best part was hearing lots of people take notice and comment on my design as they walked by. Design is a powerful communication tool and that is my favorite part of this industry.

The Book with No Pictures

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a nice and relaxing holiday season. As I was finishing up some of my last-minute Christmas shopping I came across this children’s book at Barnes & Noble. The contrast of its plain white cover and straightforward title against the surrounding illustration-heavy children’s books caught my eye. Upon further investigation, I was delighted to discover that the book relied solely on typography for visual interest. I found this concept to be extremely refreshing and intriguing. After a bit of research I learned that the book is a #1 New York Times bestseller and written by B.J. Novak, the Emmy award-winning actor, writer and executive producer of The Office. The Book with No Pictures calls for the reader to say aloud every word, no matter how strange or goofy they might be, leaving kids giggling, laughing and I’m assuming begging to hear the story again and again.

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!