These are available now in my Etsy shop, but I have a feeling they will sell out fast!
I've loved these earrings since Kate wore them last year for the London Marathon and have been wanting to make them. The funny thing is I actually just finished making a few pairs the other day and just hadn't gotten around to list them when she just happened to wear them again today in Sweden. They are pave Cubic Zirconia in a round disc stud. I've colored the center crystal to replicate the Asprey London 167 earrings more closely. They sparkle so pretty when light hits them!
These are available now in my Etsy shop, but I have a feeling they will sell out fast!
Yesterday was Andrew's baptism. It was such a special occasion, everything was beautiful from his heirloom baptism gown to his navy ombre cake. The food was amazing and the blueberry and peach sangria hit the spot after a very busy day!
As stated in the cake post we either ordered the food or asked family to help out. We served pinwheels and croissant sandwiches (Vons) with a wonderful Italian pasta salad and fresh green salad (family). The beautiful personalized cookies came from a friend's bakery and the other cookies came from one of our family favorite bakery's in town. The sangria was the same from the baby shower, a premade Moscato Sangria that we added frozen blueberries and peaches to help keep in cold, plus they were yummy to eat once your glass was empty! I kept the decorations very simple with a pretty pattern tablecloth and topped it off with a burlap runner. I made a matching burlap banner to hang on the window for under $10 and a hot glue gun. The flowers were purchased from Albertsons for $4.99 and placed in a mason jar that I wrapped the same blue twine I used on the banner. The adorable favors were made by my mother in law and filled with white and shades of blue Jordan Almonds, which is the traditional favor at a baptism in France.
I appreciated how much every one pitched in and helped, it made the day so special. Plus the food was delicious and the day was relatively stress free!
Tomorrow is my son's baptism and since we have family staying with us I promised not to go overboard. I ordered all the main food and asked my mom and aunt to help with a few sides. I even ordered special cookies from my friend's bakery, but I was determined to at least make his cake. I wanted to make my triple chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and ganache filling with a simple and elegant design.
After searching on Pinterest for hours, I decided to do a water color navy ombre cake. I even used the same idea for the baptism invitations. To create the cake I used Wilton's White Icing Color and mixed with navy gel food coloring and a little water. I added a little black to the navy since the white icing lightened it more than I wanted. I added more white for each layer, until I got to the top where I only had a very little amount of the navy to almost make it white. The cake came out exactly how I wanted it and it was super easy to create!
I have been wanting to make these Repli-Kate Earrings for awhile now. Everything I could find wasn't the correct shade of pink or wasn't removable like Kate's. So I do what I always do when I can't find what I am looking for, I make it. These beauties are inspired by the Kiki Morganite Cushion Drop and Diamond Earrings that the Duchess has been seen wearing on many occasions. The earrings are silver plated Cubic Zirconia hoops and the jewel is light pink glass in a cushion cut and in a silver plated setting.
These are beautiful earrings that will look great with a pair of jeans or night out fit for a Duchess. They won't last long so shop now on my Etsy Shop Oak Tree Junction!
Thanks to the Fixer Upper/Joanna Gaines/Farmhouse home decor trend every where you look you can find Magnolia wreaths. But have you seen those price tags? I think the cheapest I've seen was $40 and that was on sale. That's just crazy. However, I really wanted one for my front door, but refused to pay that insane price for a wreath. So I made one and only spent $10. Now that is a steal!
Metal Wire Wreath - Walmart $2.47
Magnolia Flowers and Leaves - Micheal's $7.50 ($14.99 50% on sale)
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Start by cutting all of the leaves and flowers using wire cutters.
Glue the first leaf onto the wire wreath. Overlap the second leaf and glue place.
I placed all of the leaves going the same directions, but rotate if desired. Repeat until all leaves are in place.
Make sure to cover as much of the wire as possible.
Glue one of the magnolia flowers at a slight angle on the bottom of the wreath. Add a second flower facing the opposite direction and glue in place.
Repeat until all of the flowers are in place.
Use a wreath hook to hang your beautiful DIY Magnolia wreath that only cost you $10!!!
It turns out that Creme Brulee is probably the easiest, fanciest dessert you can make! Amber and I decided to have a romantic Valentine's Day dinner in my courtyard last night instead of making our husbands to take us out. We had a lot of fun and dinner and of course dessert was delicious! At first when I came up with the idea of making Creme Brulee I was a little intimidated, but once I started I couldn't believe how easy it was! The guys were really impressed with it and Jack even got to toast the sugar with his blow torch!
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons white sugar
2 cup heavy cream
6 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons white sugar, divided by four
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Whisk the 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons with the heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave for one minute. Take out and whisk and heat again for another minute or until sugar is fully dissolved.
3. Whisk in egg yolks and vanilla extract until smooth.
4. Divided into 4 ramekins. and place ramekins into a roasting pan and fill halfway with hot water.
5. Bake until the creme brulees are firm but a little jiggly, approximately 50 minutes. Remove ramekins from hot water and cool in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
6. When ready to serve sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar evenly over the top of each dessert. Use torch to melt the sugar until until brown and bubbly, about. Let cool before serving.
And there you have it! A easy fancy dessert that will impress all of your friends!
I am so excited for my newest Repli-Kate Earrings! These handmade Repli-Kate earrings are inspired by the Annoushka Pearl drops and Kiki Diamond Hoop Earrings. I think these might be my favorite earrings Kate wears and she wears them all of the time. There are a lot of similar pairs of earrings out there, but these are the only ones where the pearls are removable so the hoops can be worn on their own. The earrings are 18k gold Platinum filled with Swarovski Crystals. The pearls are freshwater. They would look great on Christmas day or a simple dinner for two. Earrings are available now on my Etsy shop Oak Tree Junction for only $25!
Happy Halloween! This is another quick and easy way to make the Witch Cupcakes that would be a perfect spooky treat for any Halloween Party! Visit here for more of my favorite recipes!
This might seriously be my favorite boy cake of all time. It screamed to my inner geek! It was a three tiered chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream filling. I covered each tier with the desired color to match the superhero. Superman got a bright blue, Spiderman got red and batman got a dark blue to be the night sky. To create the Batman and Superman logos I printed an outline of the logos and traced it over the corresponding fondant color with the x acto knife. To be honest Batman’s logo was a lot easier to cut than superman’s, a lot less nooks and crannies, and placing it on the other colored fondant took some time and patience. Once the logos were placed I rolled out more black fondant and using a pastry blade, I cut out different rectangle shapes for the city scape. I did the same for the yellow window lights but on a smaller scale. Great Superman and Batman layer were finished, all that was left was Spiderman. Before creating the webs I stacked the three tiers using buttercream and towels. Stacked I made the eyes the same way I did the logos for Batman and Superman. Once in place I slowly piped the webbing with think black buttercream using a #2 tip. It took some trial and error and at one point I had to carefully wipe all of the buttercream off and start all over. Thankfully it turned out perfectly and the mom and the cute little boy couldn’t have been more excited. That smile on his face made it all worth it
One of my regular bakery clients asked me to make cupcakes for her daughters up and coming birthday party. This year’s theme was Candyland, how fun is that! She didn’t have a specific request for the design of the cupcakes just as long as they fit in with the theme and wanted vanilla and chocolate flavor. After looking at the original game, I decided to go with a simple but fun design. I bought bright colored cupcake liners and whipped up some butter cream frosting. Once the cupcakes were cooled and piped with a swirl of delicious buttercream I added gum drops, peppermint candies, hard candies or colorful sprinkles to all of the cupcakes. I couldn’t help but snap a picture of how beautiful they all looked together in the box!
These melting cakes seem to be the biggest trend in cakes right now, so I was really excited to do one. The cake was a simple chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream filling covered in homemade aqua colored fondant. I didn’t want to risk the sprinkles getting into the pink icing so I brushed on some sugar water and slightly tilted the cake to sprinkle the sprinkles on. If there were any bald spots I just filled them in. To create the ice cream scoop I used some rice crispy treats and tightly impacted it into a ball and covered it with pink fondant. I placed straws under where the scoop would be placed so it wouldn’t sink into the soft cake. Once the ice cream cone was in place I whipped up a batch of cookie frosting and added just an extra teaspoon of milk to get the runnier look I needed. I piped the cookie icing and allowed it to drip naturally. I also piped some icing on the seam of the ice cream cone and the rice crispy scoop. Once finished I sprinkled more sprinkles in the wet icing. Now to be honest I don’t know how other bakery’s do their version of this cake, but I couldn’t be happier with the mine turned out!
I feel like I need to have a margarita with this cake! I love all of the fun touches and the pops of color! After the cake was covered with orange fondant, I made the piñata donkey by rolling small balls of fondant and flattening them. I placed the flat yellow pieces next to each other to create the first layer of legs. I repeated with green. The red was one larger flattened piece of fondant that was placed on the legs and repeated this with the blue and purple. The head was created with the same process. For the ears I did the same thing, but stuck a toothpick in each one to help hold everything in place. I used my X-Acto knife to create the piñata look. The eyes were just two small black balls. The cactus was created by rolling green fondant like a rope and used three toothpicks, two of them to create the arms I used the end of a toothpick to make the texture. The hats were a round piece of fondant with a cone to make the top and wrapped it in red to create the band. The red chilies were rolled out fondant, with one side rolled to a point and topped it with a small piece of green fondant to make the stem. I used a large star cutter and cut off the triangles to make details along the bottom of the cake. The rest of the cake I rolled little balls and ropes for the letters and trim. I really feel like I need to make tis cake again on Cinco de Mayo and have a fiesta!
I’m a little tea pot, short and stout…oh sorry!
First yes this cake is adorable, but it was very challenging. My friend found a tea pot on cake on Pinterest and somehow talked me into making it for her. To make the cake, I baked a cake using a round cake pan, blue fondant, gumpaste, and three store bought rice crispy treats. I created a ring using the rice crispy treats large enough to hold the round cake in place.
I used a little buttercream to hold to the rice crispy treats and filled the cake as normal. Once the top layer was in place I crumb coated the entire cake.
I rolled out a large piece of blue fondant and placed it on the cake and very slowly began to smooth it with my hands. I was able to cover the cake without and seams.
I’ve made round cakes before, so I knew what to expect, but the handle and the spout kept damaging the cake! I tried using gum paste and the pieces were not staying in place. I ended up having to use a food safe wire to mold a 50/50 mixture of fondant and gum paste to create the handle and spout. With a little talent and a lot of luck I was able to get them to stay in place.
I rolled out green fondant very thinly to create the vines and used a fondant cutter to make the leaves. I used a small flower cutter and tightly over lapping the petals to create the pink rose buds, then used a star flower cutter to create the sepal. The top and bottom details were created the same as the vines and once they were in place I piped on the white pearls with buttercream.
In the end I love how it turned out, if this type of cake is ever requested again I’ll have a better idea of what to expect!
These little cuties were for my mom’s coworker’s baby shower. I was asked to match the ombre turquoise and gold invitations and to make them lemon flavored. I decided to use gold foil wrappers to match the sparkle of the invitations.
To create the turquoise ombre frosting I divided a batch of buttercream frosting into threes and colored them in different shades of turquoise. I then did the same technique as I did with the Mardi Gras cakes by putting the three smaller bags in a bigger piping bag with a star cupcake tip.
I slowly frosted each cupcake giving time for al of the colors to be piped evenly. I loved how they came out and I think these are in my top 10 baby shower cupcakes ever!
I was really excited to do this precious First Communion cake. As a Catholic taking your first communion is a really special moment in your life, so I was honored to make this cake for such a sweet little girl. I used edible gold spray paint for the top layer of the cake to make the gold fondant really sparkle. To create the white flowers I used flower fondant cutter and used a round fondant tool and sponge to give the petals shape. Some of the flowers were cut into induvial petals. The center of the flowers were made with white pearls that were colored with the edible gold spray paint and glued in place with sugar water. For the sign I used a cookie cutter and piped the letters with buttercream. I was a little reluctant to make the cross so I purchased the gold and jeweled cross and added a dowel to help hold it in place. I loved how the cake turned out and it matched the little girl’s dress perfectly!
My mom has been wanting a large art piece for above her bed and I thought that it would be the perfect gift to give her for her birthday. Have you seen how much large wall art cost these days?! I don't know about you but I can't afford $100 plus for wall art so I decided make my own, again. I made one of these large art pieces a few years ago for our bedroom that you can see here. Follow the steps below to create your own masterpiece! I purchased a large poster on Zazzle (using a 50% off coupon), a canvas a little smaller than the poster (also using a 50% off coupon), Mod Podge, and a paint brush.
Step 1: Apply a thick layer of Mod Podge all over the canvas. It needs to be thick so it won't dry before placing the poster in place.
Step 2: Lay the poster ontop of the canvas and carefully smooth out any bubbles starting from the center and working your way out.
Step 3: Flip the canvas over and apply Mode Podge to the sides and wrap the the poster.
Step 4: Using painters tape hold the sides taught in place. Using a hand staple gun, staple the edges in place. For the corners fold carefully in place like you would do wrapping a present. Flip the canvas back over and staple the corners in place.
Step 5: Let it dry completely before adding picture hooks on the back.
The project came out so awesome and only cost me around $45. My mom is going to totaly love her birthday gift!
When we first bought our house we were given an old large oak dresser set and for years I have dealt with the ugly out of date stain and broken drawers. I had been wanting to strip the stain and re-stain them white, as well as replace the knobs and repair the broken drawers for awhile. Well when we moved everything out of the bedrooms for the new carpet I thought this would be the perfect time to do just that! What was I thinking!? It was already hard enough to move out and move back into the bedrooms. Thankfully Jack was sweet and went along with my insane idea and two months later we are finally finished and they came out fabulous! There was four pieces – a tall dresser, a long dresser and two side dressers, so we thought this would be easy. Boy, were we wrong! We tried three different ways to strip off the old ugly stain from the set. We first tried the chemical remover and scrapped it off. It worked, sort of. We tried different thickness levels and letting it sit for different amount of times. Some sections it would work great and others it didn’t even touch the stain.
The second thing we tried was a sandblaster that my step-dad owns. A sandblaster can strip off paint from any surface very quickly. He did the two side tables since those were the two we started off with on the chemical remover and it worked great, maybe a little too great. The dressers came back rough to the touch and covered in the blasting sand. We had to sand them with 60 grit sandpaper and then a finer grit to smooth them out and use the air compressor to remove the sand. With that working so well we decided to not do the blaster for the two bigger pieces, we just used 60 grit sandpaper and slowly striped away the stain. This actually was the easiest process and next time we have a similar project will start with this way.
With that working so well we decided to not do the blaster for the two bigger pieces, we just used 60 grit sandpaper and slowly striped away the stain. This actually was the easiest process and next time we have a similar project will start with this way.
We knew we were going to replace all of the handles so we filled in the old holes with wood putty that was stainable. Once the putty dried we started the staining process. We ended up finding Minwax Tintable Clear Interior Stain in the color Marshmallow. We used two ½ gallons, the store didn’t carry it in gallon sizes, and did two coats since we wanted a brighter white finish.
We finished it with a coat of water-based polyurethane in a satin finish.
Lastly once everything was dried we drilled the holes for the new handles and repaired the broken drawers. Due to the thickness of the wooden drawer we had to purchase new screws for the new handles, this is actually pretty common when redoing older pieces. I thought it would give the dressers a nice French County feel if we used different types of handles. I used fun Mr. and Mrs. ceramic ones for our side dressers along with crystal and chrome ones. I used different chrome handles and mercury glass, ceramic, and crystal knobs for the two larger dressers. Even though it too much longer than we expected, I am so excited how they turned out and happily it was under $100 which is much cheaper than buying another set that wouldn’t have been built as well.
I was thankful for getting to take the last week off after filming. It gave me a time to relax and to think. Like in my last post, I spent Thursday organizing our kitchen drawers. Lately this has been bothering us because it was becoming impossible to find anything easily. During this past week I realized how stressful Jack and my life have become due to increase demands on us at work, but there was a difference between Jack and I and that was he was happy and felt fulfilled at work. I on the other hand was just stressed. I wanted my new role to help ease some of Jack’s stress by making our home more organized. I took some money out of house project fund and headed to Bed Bath and Beyond to see what I could find to help organize our kitchen. I think I spend an hour trying to decide what to purchase. I ended up deciding on several InterDesign acrylic organizers. I knew I could have Jack make me some wooden pieces to make dividers, but I was trying to remove the stress and I really liked the look of these.
I also purchased a wine rack, spice rack and spice cabinet wall mounts, canned food rack, some hanging and mounted wire racks to hold things in the pantry, dish, pans, appliances, baking, and under the sink cabinet doors. I even got a rack to hold Tupperware lids, pot lids, and my cutting boards. Lastly I finished off my spice cabinet with a peel and stick helpful measuring guide.
Phew! That is a lot of organizing! These are really hoping to help keep things together and make things easier to find. My total cost was about $150, but that did buy a lot of storage!
As I posted the other day we started filming our second video series and because it was a very long three days I took of Tuesday to rest. That day I enjoyed the beautiful spring day and worked in my courtyard. I spend the whole day just relaxing and thinking about why I have been so stressed lately. That evening I decided to take up my Godmother’s offer to attend the RCIA Easter Virgil practice, I felt being with her and at church would help ease my mind. While there the Deacon stating talking about having to clean out his recently deceased wife’s office at the attached school the next day and my heart sunk. I knew his wife; she was my head RCIA teacher when I went through the program a few years earlier. I immediately volunteered to come and help him. I felt good that I offered to help, as in I was meant to come to practice that night to hear him and volunteer to help. All of the sudden I felt a peace come over me. I went home and called my boss and took Wednesday and Thursday off, since I already had taken Good Friday off. I spend the next day helping him and enjoyed our long talk. Thursday I decided to organize the kitchen drawers, more on that later, and again I felt more at peace. By Friday I was ready to admit out loud what has been bothering me for so long. I was no longer happy at my work and wanted to stay home so I could follow my own passions and dreams. By spending the week mostly alone I was finally able to listen to what was in my heart and what God wanted for me. Now how to I get Jack to agree?
Today is the day to start filming the second video series for Oak Tree Junction! The first is already in the editing room and will hopefully be out later this year. The new series is going to go over some more basic fondant decorating techniques. I have one more series planned and will shoot that after the editing is finish for the first two series. If you have anything you would like me to teach please reach out! Well the lights are on, the camera is about to roll, so it’s time for “Action”!
To go along with the Saint Patrick’s Day Trifle, I made these amazing Mint Brownies. The sweetness was a nice balance to the Corned Beef and Cabbage we served for dinner. I used my go to pre-made brownie mix and added a mint cheesecake layer and they came out so soft and chewy!
1 Pre-made Brownie Mix
Mint Cream Cheese
8 oz Soften Cream Cheese
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 tsp Peppermint Extract
Green Food Coloring
1/2 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips, divided
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix brownies as instructed. Pour 3/4 of the brownie batter in 9 X 13 prepped pan.
2. To make the mint cream cheese, mix the softened cream cheese, sugar, egg, peppermint extract, and a few drops of the green food coloring until smooth. Slowly stir in half of the mini chocolate chips.
3. Spoon out the mint cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter, and then cover the cream cheese mixture with the rest of brownie batter. Using a butter knife create swirls in the batter allowing some of the mint cream cheese to show. Sprinkle the remaining mini chocolate chips on top.
4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes and cool before cutting.
Every Fourth of July I make a trifle so I knew it would be fun to make a Saint Patrick’s Day version. Instead of using pound cake I used brownies, vanilla pudding and Mint Oreo’s. It turned out so pretty and was a big hit at our party!
1 pre-made brownie mix
1 3.4 oz box instant vanilla pudding
8 oz whipped cream
Green food coloring
10 Mint Oreo’s, crushed
1. Bake brownies as instructed. Once cool cut brownies into small rectangles
2. Make pudding as instructed and color with green food coloring.
3. Crush Oreo’s by using a food processor with a few pulses or a rolling pin and a gallon zip bag.
4. Place a layer of brownies on the bottom of a trifle bowl, layer 1/3 of the green pudding on top of the brownies, sprinkle on a few of the crushed Oreo’s and cover with 1/3 of the whipped cream. Repeat two more times and sprinkle the rest of the Oreo’s on top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
While most of the county is still in the middle of winter, sunny valley California is having 70 degrees of sunshine! Since this weather is fleeting here Jack and I decided to work on the yard. Today’s project was to remove a huge UGLY juniper bush next to our drive way. It took two hours to cut it down and two trips to the Green waste facility. Let me give a little warning if you are planning on a similar project.
1.) Wear old clothes, preferably pants and long sleeves, plus you will want to wear gloves and tennis shoes.
2.) Wear safety glasses! I wear contacts and they hurt so badly when the smallest pieces of something get in them. There are twigs, dirt, leaves, debris and other bad things so wear safety glasses!
3.) Rent a truck or a trailer if you don’t have one. It took us two trips and the trailer was FULL both times. For easy removal at the facility we put a tarp down first then covered with another tarp to prevent debris flying out when driving. Once ready to unload just untie the top and drag the out the bottom. Easy and we were done in under five minutes.
4.) Be prepared, you will never believe what you will find when removing something like a large bush! We found lots of trash, very old beer cans, Taco Bell sauce packets, oh and keys to a VW! I’m not kidding! Because this was so funny to us I posted it on Facebook and a few minutes later a friend was knocking on our door asking to see if they were his keys that he has been missing for months and they were!
If you do take on a project like this be flexible and prepared and get ready for some HARD WORK!
We are currently enjoying a very much needed weekend getaway to a very special and romantic spot, The Pine Resort. A little over eight years ago Jack and I had our "big wedding" here and we thought it was time to enjoy a real Valentine's weekend. We rented one of their chalets and reserved a romantic Valentine's dinner with a lake view. Since we rented a chalet, Duffey was able to join us on this trip. The Pine Resort sits on the edge of Bass Lake in Oakhurst. I have been going to this small town almost every year since I was 10. I love this little town and I love that it is only a few hours drive from my favorite spot on earth: Inspiration Point in Yosemite National Park. Yesterday we took Duffey to the park to play in the snow and today we are going to go antiquing in town, but for now I am enjoying sipping coffee and looking at my view. I hope everyone gets a moment to spend time with their loved ones and take a moment or two for themselves.
Happy Valentine's Day!
I created this blog to share my creations with hopes that it will inspire others to show their creative side. I love to show case my friend's photography so a lot of the photos are from her. I hope you get inspired.