Since the bridal cape trend continues to be strong, I've decided to include more design options in my Etsy shop. Different lengths, fabrications, trims....all to provide more offerings to my clients.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
It's officially fall! So that means, some pumpkin infused recipes. I went looking for a pumpkin bread with streusel topping and landed on this winner. So I just had to share!
Notes: There was a note on the original recipe that dark brown sugar is preferred for the flavor profile, but you can substitute light, which is what I had on hand.
recipe c/o: www.stripedspatula.com
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
This year I introduced several new veils to my Etsy collection. Two new cathedral designs which definitely different from one another, and added more variety for the bride-to-be to choose from!
The second veil is a lovely cut edge cathedral veil with the most gorgeous lace appliques. Laying out the appliques to create just the right design can take me hours with pictures in between the different layouts until I land on just the right combination.
Monday, October 5, 2020
There's nothing better than a recipe that is super simple and super yummy! You can certainly pull this one together on a weeknight. I literally put it together in about 20 minutes. It takes about 12-15 minutes to simmer, so you can be sitting down to dinner in about 35-40 minutes.
Monday, September 21, 2020
For this year's Fall family get together, I kept in the spirit of fall and brought a homemade Pumpkin Pecan Spice Cake. Since it received unanimous "lip smacking, thumbs up" reviews, I'm sharing it with you!
It starts with a box cake mix, but with there are some unique additions that elevates it well beyond its box status. Isn't she pretty?
recipe c/o: Taste of Home fall 2020 magazine (pumpkin cookbook)
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Monday, August 24, 2020
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Many people remove the bark from a live edge piece of wood. Personally, I love the extra character it offers, so we kept it on and did research on 1) how to ensure it wouldn't fall off and 2) special treatment/consideration for a food safe project.
With that in mind, my husband added a lacquer to just the bark edges to help secure and finish it and the wood itself was sanded and treated with about six coats of food safe treatments that also allowed the beauty of the wood to shine through. The first several coats were mineral oil. Followed by several coats of a Butcher Block Conditioner (made by Howard Products), which has mineral oil, beeswax and carnauba wax in it. The food will be placed on the wood area, with the bark creating a framework for the food. I found some little rubber bumpers online to screw to the underside which allows it to sit about 3/4" above the actual countertop or table that you'll be placing the board on for serving.
I was originally thinking of putting handles on each side of the board making it easy to carry. But, based upon the beauty of this wood, it felt like it needed something else. So we opted for antlers. My husband has many sheds, so we picked out a set that would work well and I had him stain them darker to compliment the walnut. He then cut them and drilled into each one to allow him to screw them into place.
I included several other items as part of the gift (I should have taken pictures of them). They included a variety pack of cheese slicers, little forks/spoons, melamine salad size plates, and a variety of little bowls. I also made her a ripstop nylon cover with a drawstring. She can just slide the board in when it's not in use and it will keep it dust free until she's ready to use it again.
I'm happy to report....she was absolutely thrilled with her gift. Score one for Mom and Dad!! I have to admit though, it does add some pressure for next year's birthday!
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
It's a beauty for sure! And when I think of how it started out, it really is quite the transformation! I have to say, I'm really pleased with the final outcome. It looks outstanding in her studio. Not only is it a beautiful decorator statement piece, but it's completely functional and just what her clients need to give a quick look before the shutter starts clicking!
Sunday, July 26, 2020
I think the florals and leaves on the collar compliment the florals and leaves on the skirt so perfectly!
In case you're wondering....I did fully line the dress to finish it off with a custom touch.
I chose a simple commercial pattern, which tend to run a bit big. I'm thinking maybe by the time she's about 9-12 months old she'll be able to wear this. I always like to gift clothes that the parents can look forward to as the baby starts growing.
All this dress needs, is some lace ankle socks and maybe a cute pair of shoes and she's going to look like a little doll! Can't wait to see it on her.
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Now, you realize in the midst of this we have a pandemic that has taken hold in Asia. You guessed it! The lace is from a shop in China. Long story short....this lace is not going to get here in time for this June 5th, 2020 wedding. And if you're wondering, yes this is a bit of a tighter schedule than I usually work with, but I was only working on one other gown and I knew I could pull this off in time.
When I started becoming concerned about the lace, I took a field trip to my local JoAnn store. I was hopeful that I could find an alternative that would be just as pretty and wanted to provide Kristen a "good news/bad news" message. In other words, the bottom line was Kristen was going to have to be okay with something other than the geometric pattern since they all come out of Asia. Rather than a message that said "we can't get the geometric lace", it was "we can't get the geometric lace, but I've found some other options that you might like". I was so pleasantly surprised to have found four different fabric options that I thought would be ideal for her gown. I sent her the pictures I took at the store, and Kristen was able to go into the store to see and touch the fabrics in person. The upper left photo is the fabric draped on my dress form and you can see the pattern. It starts with long embroidered lines with clear sequins at one selvage and develops into this beautiful embroidered motif all the way to the other selvage. It is absolutely stunning and shimmers like crazy with those sequins scattered all over the entire fabric.
This is another favorite creative challenge I love....working with a fabric's motif within the gown to fully utilize all aspects of the fabric within the design of the gown. You'll notice I chose to use the very basic element of the fabric for the bodice and cumberbund. I further embellished the cumberbund with lace appliques to match the fabric and then used 3D florals for that extra pop!
I should mention, at the time of the sample fitting, I had shared my final modification to Kristen to change up gathers at the waistline to tucks, including an inverted center front tuck. I find tucks so much more flattering than gathers, which can create added bulk at the waistline, which no woman likes!
In order to continue our progress with fittings, you've probably already guessed that we both wore face masks after the "stay at home order" was being relaxed. It added an interesting element to say the least! Another curve Kristen was thrown along the way was the need to postpone the wedding (since the venue wasn't able to host the event with the pandemic regulations regarding gatherings still in place in June). They postponed the event until today, and had to whittle down the guest list considerably. Kristen was a trooper through it all and an absolute peach to work with! What stories she'll have to share with her children someday! Best wishes Kristen to you and your groom. I hope your big day is filled with sunshine, happiness and lots of love from those guests who mean the most to the two of you!
Saturday, June 13, 2020
I began with a two inch double faced satin (champagne colored) ribbon. I then added a really unique lace applique that had both champagne and off white threads; cutting and placing it onto the sash.
To make the flowers, I start with just plain white foam. While it does come in a variety of colors, they're extremely vibrant, and I like more subtle colors for many of my wedding projects. In this case I wanted a blush color.
You can use pastels, stamp ink or in this case, I actually chose to use craft paint and a small brush. I did that after I cut out the flowers, but before I began the process of actually shaping the foam.
For additional embellishments, I hand sewed on pearls, crystals, and gold beads. For some sparkle I added clear sequins as well. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. All my ribbon sashes are about 3 yards long, which makes for a beautiful bow with extra long tails to drape down the back of the gown.
A sash is a great way for the bride to add a touch of the wedding color palette, while also adding a lovely accent to her gown. Not to mention, it really shows off that waistline quite nicely!