Saturday, April 30, 2011

Diaper Cake Creation

A new baby is something special to celebrate and enjoy.  What could be a better centerpiece for a baby shower than a "cake" full of useful items for the parents-to-be (What is more useful than diapers right).  You can google for directions on how to make the actual "cake" (I will post instructions here next time I make one) but for now I am just going to talk about decorating them.  There are several approaches to decorating a diaper cake the one I have made below is one that is full of colorful flowers and scrapbook elements for embellishments.  I just bought several different types of artifical flowers and cut them into smaller sections then stuffed them inbetween the diapers.  You don't want to use glue or tape to secure the flowers or it will make it difficult for the new parents be able to get to the diapers to use them later.  Add leaves between the flowers for an extra layer of color and texture.  You can buy alot of different types of baby scrapbooking accents.  The ones I used in the picture below had a sticky foam sticker on the back so they stuck to the diapers but could easily be removed later.  And if the mother-to-be scrapbooks they will be great to use in a baby scrapbook she may be making.  The one I made was for a centerpiece but you can make one and decorate it with baby items like powder, rattles, creams, etc and use the "cake" for a present instead.  What ever kind you decide to make just use some creativity and make it your own and it will turn out great.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Blog Stats

Who doesn't like looking at their blog stats and seeing that people are actually reading their blog.  I've been getting hits every day and while I won't bore you with my numbers (because they are rather unimpressive I'm sure compared to other peoples blogs) I am thankful for all the readers I do have.  I'm always grateful for new followers and commenters.  So as you stop by to check out that post that you were googling for make sure you click around my blog a little bit and check out some of my other posts.  Thanks for looking.

Blog Stat Facts
I've found it interesting that recently my Jungle Vine Decorations post and my Cool Whip Frosting Recipe have now past my Easy Candy Melt Transfers post as the most viewed.  I find it amazing how many people search for Jungle Vine decorations (I get hits for that post almost every day).  Jungle parties must be super popular right now.  But everyone should really check out the Candy Melt Post it's a really easy way to make your own custom decorations for any theme cake you are working on. 

The Cool Whip Frosting post was just an after thought because I thought people looking at my Rainbow Cake would maybe like that recipe.  But I was so surprised when the frosting recipe started getting more hits than the original cake post. 

My Castle Cake has not gotten hardly any hits and this was the cake that I was most proud of.  So click away people and check it out. 

Click, Comment and Follow Me!!!!  You will be glad you did. :)

Outside Baby Shower Decorations

Simple yet Sweet.  What could be a simpler decoration than a clothes line full of baby clothes.  It is so simple yet people coming to your house will love this sweet idea. 

Supplies
Clothesline
Clothespins
Baby Clothes
Balloons
Curling Ribbon

Just tie the clothesline to the front of your house and pin the clothes to it.  Add ribbon and balloons to the ends.  And very fast you have made the cutest little welcome decoration for your guests.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Lovin me some Tutus

My daughter loves to play dress up and is always wanting more dress up clothes.  So I couldn't help myself when I came across this tutorial on how to make a tutu.  I loved the idea so much I made one for my daughter AND one for my niece.  They were so easy to make I might just have to stock up on tulle when I find it on sale so I can make tutus for my daughters next birthday party.


They turned out great didn't they. :)  The one on the left I used a layer of white tulle along with a layer of colored tulle that were each 6 in wide x 15 in long for every section.  The one of the right I used two pieces of the same color tulle for each section that were 6 in wide x 20 in long.  I bought 2 yards of each blue, purple and pink tulle.  I had a partial roll of white tulle already so I'm not sure how much of that I actually used.  But I used up almost every last bit of all of the tulle making these two tutus.  So cost wise I probably had about $5 in each one but that's alot cheaper than I could have bought them for already made.  I could have got my cost down by looking for sales or using coupons on the tulle but I fell in love with the idea and just had to make them right away.  Have fun making tutus of your own.





Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sherbet Punch Recipe

Who doesn't love punch?  With this recipe your friends and family will be asking for seconds.

1    Can Pineapple Juice
1    2-Liter Bottle 7-up
1/2 Gallon Sherbet in whatever flavor you want

Mix Juice & 7-up in your punch bowl.  Put spoonfuls of the Sherbet in the bowl & stir to mix.  Then put remaining spoonfulls of Sherbet in bowl and leave it floating on top.  Serve.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Castle Cake fit for a Princess

Ok so this castle cake does take a while to put together and probably is a little difficult if you are a beginner at cake decorating.  But your little princess will be so happy with it, it will all be worth it if you do try to make it for her.  My mother and I both worked on this cake.  If I remember right I had 4 or 5 boxes of cake mix in it and probably 4 or 5lbs of powdered sugar in the icing along with a lot of butter.  So while it is not that healthy it is a very beautiful cake.  We iced/sprinkeled the tower peaks and outlined the windows & doors the night before so they would have time to get hard.  Everything else we did party day.

Supplies/How-to
Wiltons website has a list of all the items needed and detailed instructions for this cake.  They call it The Princess' Address Castle Cake

Changes I made in my version or should have made
1.  I only used drop flowers.  I did not make the fondant flowers that they talk about in their instructions because I just wanted to use regular icing.
2.  I made my own buttercream icing.  But I wish I would have used the white white icing color so the icing would have been a really crisp white and matched the pillars better. I didn't even know this stuff existed until a few days after I had made the cake.
3.  Because I had already gone thru soooo many pound of powdered sugar I decided only to do a crumb coat of icing on the cakes and not to do a final icing coat.  But if I was going to make this again I would put the top coat so it would look better.
4.  I used a 12 in pan instead of a 10 in so my bottom layer would be a little bigger and leave more room to fit everything on the cake.  I think the bottom cake also has 3 layers because 2 layers just looked a little to thin using the 12 in pan.
5.  I had my dad drill holes in the bottom of the towers that were going on top of the cakes and inserted wooden dowels so they would be easier to place on the cake.  I felt better doing it this way because I was a little worried about the top pillars falling off using their directions of attaching the dowels with melted candy.

Now DRUM ROLL PLEASE..........here is the finished cake in all it's glory.  It turned out great and everyone loved it including our little princess.





New Blog Background!!!

I finally did it.  I figured out how to make a custom background for my blog.  I still need to tweak it a little bit because blogger seems to only be showing part of the background I made but I'm sure a little more messing around with the size and it will be perfect.  The background was made from a kit called The Bunny Trail by Scrappin' Serenity you can see her blog here.  I say for just starting to learn to use Photoshop Elements after finally giving up my Microsoft Digital Image program it turned out pretty good.  Now next step try figure out how to make a title for my blog that will look awesome.

This is what the full background I made is suppose to look like


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Jungle Vine Decorations

If you are planning a jungle, monkey or safari themed party and want some great Jungle Vines to decorate with these are the ones to make.  With just paper raffia, crepe paper and a glue stick you can have vines in no time. 

Supplies:
Roll of paper raffia
Green Crepe Paper
Green Curling Ribbon (Optional)
Scissors
Glue Stick

Step 1:  Cut the paper raffia long enough for one vine.
Step 2:  Untwist the paper raffia so instead of looking like a rope it looks like a vine.
Step 3:  Accordion fold the Crepe Paper leaving the length long enough to cut a leaf.  Then once you have several layers cut a leaf shape this will let you cut a lot of leaves all at once.
Step 4:  Take your glue stick and put some on the end of a leaf and attach it to the vine.
Step 5:  Repeat Steps 1-4 until you have made all your vines.
Step 6:  Then take some green curling ribbon and let it drape over some of your vines to add another layer to them.
Step 6:  Decorate with your vines and have a great party!!

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