Tag: cupcakes

I Wonder

Films, Lifestyle, women June 4, 2017

c372633679244321b09846293a43fe68

Wonder Woman is killing in the theaters and reflecting our changing climate where women rule supreme!  No, we didn’t get Hillary but globally it’s the time of the woman.  Lest we forget, the largest protest in HERstory was dedicated to and organized by women.  The world is changing, gone are the days of hand to hand combat and protecting our caves, now politics requires diplomacy and a gentle thoughtful touch, that’s where we come in.  So, in honor of all things woman I’ve cultivated some Wonder Woman inspo to motivate your Monday.

e398c19a1cb5fc85d2ce95651df9d835

Go gold, metallics are powerful.

1ac16e4abe0d0efb860214925ee820a51f7a4308ff4eae3f0f76371c3f357dd4fe6d7808e0132d94f3ced134b668c0fb271040e3488f63a3607ac862c07a8723

While you’re at it grab some Wonder Woman inspired fashion.  Think bangles, amazonian/Greek inspired dresses, and lots of laurels.

5fde3f2d5ddfab4c776762a7e20219407bb8f6a8cdd40f103af83c01e1d712f6108fe66b98c94b3a31ed4d533c61a81626d6ebbd975fee6ef15e28eb4c77c722e2a6216d8a7fda19b04860517c146697e97a828aeb1f1fb745afe796b94ccabcb4d5adcbaffed62e65693131b91067b8

Wonder Woman’s home, Themyscira, is a little reminiscent of ancient Rome.  So why not go Greek with your inspo.

2b422b9e0ebbcff4c6ea268cbf7b973c39d6625edb7d86f434e51449117b2349Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

Then always remember who runs the world!!!

c2ddc84f6a99066ca6e690a220787aa5

img_1284

Advertisements

Yarn Art DIY

DIY, Lifestyle March 1, 2017

img_1759

I love crafting a little more than the average person so I have developed a special set of skills.  This results in me occasionally taking on projects that are a little big and complicated.  This DIY is NOT one of them.  This DIY was way easier than I thought.  So, here you go.

file_000

If you’re a renter…and who in LA isn’t?  Then you are quite familiar with this absolute eyesore.  The dreaded in unit fuse box…dum, dum, dum.  Well, I knew it had to be covered but its slight protrusion makes hanging a picture there awkward and it’s directly behind a door, making a picture risky.  The only answer was channeling my inner 1970’s moonchild and making some yarn art.

img_1725

I collected all of my tools.  Basically, yarn, a stick from outside, and scissors.

img_1762

Cut your yarn long enough to double and have it hang long enough to fit your very unique needs.  Then double the yarn and create a loop. Place the loop over the top of your stick or dowl.

img_1761

Fold the loop around the stick and pull the free hanging part of the yarn through the hole in the loop.

img_1760

Now just keep going until you’ve added as much as you want.

img_1750

Add one piece of yarn so you can hang it up and voila.  See where that door is.  Hmmm such a problem.  Who designed this wall?

img_1765

Next, cut your yarn however you want.  I did a gentle chevron.

img_1757img_1758.jpg

The final product.  Hope you enjoy your beautiful art.

img_1284

Bento Box DIY

DIY, Lifestyle December 12, 2016

file_007

Compartmentalization is an important task for any business owner.  I fight daily to keep the events in my life in cute tiny little boxes.  This may sound a little neurotic but  managing multiple brand identities, challenges of a 9-5, family, and the HOLIDAYS, things can get hectic.  So, I’m seeking some order by making some pretty bento inspired boxes for my lunch.  Gotta start somewhere.

file_001

I found these uber cute boxes at the Container Store.  That place is my idea of heaven…so organized, so beautiful.

file_002

Then on to my second favorite place in the world, Michaels, to get some waistband elastic.  I just happened to find this stunning silver elastic.

file_003

I did some rudimentary measurements.

file_005

Then hand stiched.

file_006

Yay!

file_000

Easiest DIY of the year.  2016 was exciting can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring!

img_1284

End Table DIY

DIY, Home November 28, 2016

IMG_9616.JPG

Love these little end tables.  I’ve had them for about 7 years and they’ve seen a recent transformation from cherry wood to white and gold.  Of course, that’s never enough in my constantly shifting world of home decor.  Sooo, I added a little embellishment.

IMG_9618.JPG

Cue every crafter’s bet friend, washi tape.

IMG_9619.JPG

After a little measuring and artful tape handling, this beautiful square emerged…oh la la!

IMG_9620.JPG

Then things got a little more complicated as I added shape number two.  If you’re doing this at home, make sure you give yourself enough room to add the second shape because the boundaries of the second shape will need to go beyond  the initial square.

IMG_9621.JPG

Then you’re done!  Simple!!!

IMG_1284.PNG

Figueroa the Fiddle Fig

DIY, Lifestyle November 14, 2016

IMG_8854.JPG

For those of you that don’t follow me on IG, this is Figueroa.  She’s a fiddle leaf fig tree and I’m kind of obsessing over her.

File_000 (35).jpeg

Just so cute!

E365298B-66C5-45EA-AD28-4699C479B16B.jpg

It took me forever but I triumphantly found the right 10in pot.  Anything for Figueroa.

IMG_8860.JPG

Here is a little close-up of the terracotta planter Home Depot so lovingly provided.

IMG_8864.JPG

They also provided me with this chalked…matte white spray paint.  I wanted to keep it looking rustic.  A glossy paint would have made everything look too polished.

IMG_8863.JPG

I lined the inside with tape and sprayed away. I let it try for about 2 hours.

IMG_8856.JPG

Here we go.  Moving day!

IMG_8854.JPG

This was a super simple DIY!

img_1284-3

Colorful Nursery DIY

DIY, Home, Lifestyle October 3, 2016

Snapseed (4).jpg

I swear there is something in the water.  My life has become an endless parade of baby showers, blessings, sprinkles, and nursery decor.  So, when a dear friend of mine asked that I make a little something for her nursery I jumped on it…gotta practice for the future, right?  Well, she bought the Oh Joy! nursery line from Target so I had some parameters to work within.  If you read my blog you have probably already heard of Oh Joy, basically she’s a crafting and design Goddess that now is uber paid by Target!  Basically, a genius!!!

File_000.png

Image from target.com

File_000 (2).jpeg

I decided to make a mobile.  Newborns can only see about 12 inches from the tip of their cute little noses, so the little one might not see the colorful soft mobile until she about 6 months old.  But the colors may actually be neurologically stimulating and help her cute little brain develop.  Ok, let’s get to the actual project.  There are a lot of steps to this so if you are already exhausted but still want one contact me and I’ll make you one, for a nominal fee of course.  Send me your colors and it’s done!  For those of you that are a little craftier keep reading.

img_7854

First, you must make a ton of poms.  You can make them on your fingers or make this little cardboard template.

img_7855

Cut one long piece of yarn and place it toward the end of the notch in the cardboard.

img_7856

Then wrap the yarn.  I wrap it around at 60 times.

img_7857img_7858

Tie it off with the long piece of string, then push it to the other side and tie it off again.  Gotta keep it strong and tied.

img_7859

Then you cut the sides of the yarn.

img_7860

After both sides are cut pull it free from the carboard template.

img_7861

You are left with this awkward little thing.

img_7862

Trim.

img_7863

Yay!  Now repeat this step about 30 more times.

File_000.jpegimg_7864

Now let’s move on to the mobile frame. I used a needlepoint ring.  I actually didn’t use the piece with the screw on it but I used the inner piece.  You can get these for like $2 at Michaels.  Tie 5 long strings at equal intervals around the circle.  Keep more string at the top so you can hang the mobile however you want.

img_7865

After tying on all the strings start wrapping yarn around the ring until it is completely covered.  Have fun!!!

img_7866

Once that’s done you need to start adding the poms.  I make a little needle from some extra wire I had lying around.

img_7867

Skewer your pom.

img_7868img_7869

Then trim again!

Snapseed (4).jpg

Add poms in any way you wish I just tried to make sure colors were equally dispersed and you’re done.

File_000.jpeg

xoxo

img_1284-2

 

 

Make a Healthy Watermelon Cake

DIY, Family, Food, Lifestyle September 7, 2016

File_000 (1).jpeg

I love a good blogger collab.  So, Blue Lilly Pad and Me (Cupcakes) teamed up to make a delish and healthy cake made from…drum roll please…watermelon!
File_003.jpeg

We started off with a real life watermelon. OOOHHH AHHHH!

File_006.jpeg

Washed some berries.

We cut the top and bottom of the watermelon then cut the rind away.  Blue Lilly Pad was a master fruit maven.  Try to get the watermelon as “cake shaped” as you can.

File_002.jpeg

Next, we made the whipped cream.

2 cups heavy cream

2/3 cup powdered sugar

1Tbs vanilla extract

lime zest

File_004.jpeg

Add the ingredients into your mixer and whip for 6 minutes at a speed of 4.  Toward the end, we sped it up to 8 for a few seconds.  Mind you, we ruined our first batch by mixing it too long.  It literally looked like congealed milk.  Ewwww!

File_001.jpeg

Dry the watermelon with a paper towel and spread your fresh whipped cream just like frosting.  Blue Lilly Pad’s little, Chef Zam, helped with this stage.

We added some blueberries around the base, clearly, they were drowned in whipped cream, covered the walls of the cake with fresh coconut, added our berries to the top and of course chocolate chips.  Yay, we’re done!

File_005.jpeg

Blue Lilly Pad and I then had a little photo shoot.  Look forward to that soon.

img_1284-2

Repurposed 

DIY, Lifestyle June 7, 2015

Most of us ladies have to wear many, many, many hats. We work hard, support our loved ones, cook (sometimes), and dum dum dum clean!  So, today as I’m loading a very wet batch of towels into my dryer I realized the worst possible thing happened-I’m dramatic-I ran out of dryer sheets. Oh no!!! Then I remembered a little trick.

A balled up sheet of aluminum foil will keep you beloved clothes static free. This is a super affordable option and also helps you avoid all those nasty chemicals in dryer sheets. Try it next time you’re in need. It’s always better than that , I don’t have what I need, melt down.

It’s a wrap

DIY, Lifestyle December 15, 2014

IMG_3408.JPG

Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday.  The twinkling lights, the vibrant colors, the smell of fireplaces and pine needles, oh it’s just magical.  So, this year I decided to make Christmas my b*&#h.  I started by purchasing all of my gifts way in advance, so I could save, and adding a signature wrap.  Believe me everyone will know I gave them a gift.  I guess that saves me money on gift tags…come on you know this is from me.

IMG_3406.JPG

I used three different wrapping papers, an old world map, a dark wood grain inspired print, and, of course, glitter.  Glitter paper is a beast to work with, it’s everywhere and won’t stay stuck.  The tape just ends up covered in amazing amazing sparkles.

IMG_3402.JPG

Instead of using ribbon I used jute twine, it just feels more rugged.  I’ve always liked pairing delicate elements with harsh accents, it creates an interesting juxtaposition that piques people’s interest.  Anyway, the sprigs of evergreen were a final touch.

 

IMG_3404.JPG

There you go.  I hope everyone has an amazing Christmahanakwanzika.

IMG_1757.PNG

Art Day!

DIY, Lifestyle October 27, 2014

IMG_2472.JPG

Once a month a group of my most creative friends get together for purely artistic expression. This, our second art day featured the mighty pumpkin. Halloween only comes around once a year and we wanted everyone to have something to take home.

IMG_2476.JPG

My cousin Stevie has an amazing studio he uses it for relaxation and I use it for art. Isn’t family great.

IMG_2474.JPG

Some people carved their pumpkins.

IMG_2477.JPG

Some people painted them.

IMG_2475.JPG

Then one did both. If there was a carving contest, my ex roomie, Ashley, definitely won.

IMG_2473.JPG

Of course mine was gilded.

IMG_1757.PNG