I heard a study recently that said women spend less than $25 on their guys for St. Valentine’s Day but expect their guys to at least spend $250 on them. Seems a little unfair right? I’m sure that counts dinner, but still. Jack and I keep this holiday fairly cheap and we never go out on that night. He usually buys me flowers or a pair of repli-Kate earrings (one’s I don’t make, of course) and I usually get him chocolate or make him some homemade ones. I wanted to do something a little different this year and I decided to make him a candy vase. The ones in the stores are so expensive and not even his favorite candies. I bought a few packages of his favorites, as well as, a few mini bottles of his favorite alcohol. I placed the bottles in a tall vase I already had. Then put some of the fun-sized candy around the bottles to hide them. Next I taped some of the candies to small dowels that were cut at different lengths. I placed those in between the mini bottles. To complete the candy vase, I added black and red tissue paper to make it look more like a flower arrangement. It was a fun gift to make and Jack LOVED it!
This baby blue and light green baby shower cake is just too cute! The cake is so simple and adorable.
The bottom tier was covered in the light green fondant, and then I placed six 1” thick ribbons of the blue fondant. To finish the tier, I added two ½ thick ribbons between the 1” ribbons.
The top tier was covered in the baby blue fondant, and then I placed different sized circles all over the cake. Last I added a large plaque welcoming the new baby and finished it off with another ribbon of the 1” thick green fondant.
It is such a sweet cake to welcome a sweet new little boy!
It’s hard to believe that this was my first opportunity to make a marble cake! This cake is so beautiful, simple and elegant and the best party was the colorful surprise inside!
The cake consisted of six thin layers of French vanilla cake; each colored a different color of the rainbow. The six layers of cake made each tier abnormally taller than no normal, so next time I think I am going to make the cake layers even thinner. The taller tiers did give the cake a really regal look.
Although the cake decoration was simple I struggled with creating the marble look. I ended up having to put two layers of fondant on the tiers!
The first layer ended up being more solid grey than marble after being rolled out and smoothing it on the cake. When rolling out the second layer of fondant I added less black food coloring to help prevent it from turning out all grey again.
The second layer came out much better and I was happy and relieved that I made the decision to redo it!
As I have done the last few holidays, I decorated every room in our house. However, I didn’t go overboard like those. I just put a few small decorations and some new pillows in all the rooms.
I started by making a simple red velvet pillow for the chair in the living room, using my go-to quick fold and sew method. For a few pillows, I cut out letters or hearts and used iron-on applique and sewed in place before doing the folded method.
I even purchased a few of the pillows at Target for $5 which I loved that price and how cute they were. One of the pillows said “Love you” then on the other side said, “love you more”. This is something Jack and I say all the time so I had to get it, but I wanted to be able to see both phrases. I cut the two panels apart and added light pink fabric to make the fold. The last pillow I did for Andrew’s room I used St. Valentine’s Day ribbon and tied a felt hear on it.
They came out so cute and I keep adding to my holiday pillow collection! I love it!
This might be my favorite holiday wreath I have ever done! I have made several holiday and seasonal wreaths in the past, including this beautiful winter inspired one last month. In fact, when I getting the supplies for the winter wreath I picked up the flowers and grape wreath for this one since I knew I was going to need a St. Valentine’s Day one. The total cost of the wreath was only $10! The grapevine wreath was $9.99 that I used a 40% off coupon on, the flowers were on sale for $5 and I got to use an extra 25% off on the grand total! I love a good deal.
I did this wreath in a rush, but for more of a step by step guide on how to make your own, you can click here. I first shortened all of the stems on the roses and leaves and moved them on the wreath until I got the look I wanted. I then removed one flower and hot glued it in place and repeated until all of them were glued down. When I held it up I thought it was missing something and after searching through my St. Valentine’s Day storage bin I found the really pretty felt heart. I glued the heart in place and added the bright pink ribbon for an extra dash of color to hide the hook from the wreath holder. I love how beautiful and elegant it turned out. It such a subtle way to decorate for the holiday of love!
I created this blog to share my creations with hopes that it will inspire others to show their creative side.