Hey lovelies! Cigars and Cupcakes is slowly developing into more than just an outlet for my craftiness. It’s going to develop into a space where I get to define what being feminine is to me. So, your dear Cupcakes AKA Dr. Ally has been heading around the country throwing women’s empowerment out the window like beads during Marti Gras. I showered a beautiful, motivated, and powerful group of women with love at my Atlanta Boss Babes Brunch.
We ate in the beautiful Juniper Restaurant in the Hyatt in Midtown. Being a total downtown girl I felt absolutely at home.
And of course, I added a few flowers and handouts.
Then we had the opportunity to get to know one another…
Of course, it took some genuine superheroes to help me with the logistics, The Superfriends. They are a group of dynamic ladies that throw events in the ATL area. If you need something planned you should hit that little link and check them out.
I have a few more cities in mind, so if you live in Boston, New York, or Detroit, get ready for brunch, conversation, and genuine girl magic!
I don’t always have an opportunity to travel but I love it when I do. When I go somewhere I really like to act like a local, go to their local eateries, hang at the best bars, all of that townie stuff. My trip to DC wasn’t much different but I did hit up some touristy areas, don’t judge me.
I did a little shopping.
Saw some sights!
That’s the Newseum, the place where all nosey people like me get to see the history of news!
Had to swing by the National Museum of Natural History.
Then my dear friend Charita and I organized an amazing group of motivated and dynamic entrepreneurs for Sunday brunch at Lincoln. We supported each other, shared with each other, and had some seriously amazing girl boss time.
I had a little costume change so yes this was on the same day!
Then I took a very personally meaningful trip to the National Museum of African American History and was given a tour by my dear friend Timothy. She’s not just a phenomenal friend but also an amazing curator. African history is American history and as someone that always seeks knowledge, I was constantly surprised and frequently moved to tears. I recommend everyone go.
It was sugar, not cotton that brought my ancestors here.
9-year-old Rose was sold to a different plantation from her mother and on the auction block, her mother gave her this bag filled with a dress, walnuts, and a lock of her hair. she never wanted Rose to forget who she was. What were you doing when you were 9? I know I wasn’t doing this.
Nat Turner’s Bible. It’s amazing to me how religion comes to soothe the fears of people in the direst situations. Faith is a beautiful thing.
I can’t wait for change to come! May each of you go to bed tonight having made this world more beautiful for at least one person. xoxo
Let’s be honest, with world hunger, violence, terrorism, and any other number of regular atrocities, taking pictures in sprinkle pools and with life-sized gummy bears might seem like pointless fluff. And, partly, it is. However, I liken all of the heaviness of this life to a huge swimming pool. On one end the water is 3 feet deep and the other end is 30. We can only stay in the deep end for so long before we need to head back to the shallow end and catch a breather. This is that breather. We can handle everything that comes our way but we need to learn how to recharge our batteries. I do it by focusing on things that make me happy. Things like pink, cuteness, documentaries, glitter, crafts, and yoga. This week it was the Museum of Ice Cream that made all of my pink and colorful dreams come true. Here are some images, I hope you enjoy and find a little happiness today!
So number one, today is my birthday!!! Yay, throw some glitter in the air!!!! Every bday I attempt to do some adorable DIY and this year is kinda my favorite. I mean look at this pink and floral goodness!
I started with an inordinate amount of balloons (light pink, pearl pink, white, and clear), glitter, confetti, a handmade paper cone (for putting glitter and confetti in the balloons), string, and a manual balloon pump.
I blew up all the balloons in different sizes and added glitter and confetti to the clear ones. Then I tied a string to something static, I choose my drawer knob and began tying balloons to the string. I spaced each balloon about four inches apart with a total length of 7 feet of string. I made a total of 5 strings. Then I taped them to the wall, by the string, adding tape to any area of string that I felt needed to be secured.
I flattened the balloons against the wall and occasionally taped one of them down too. Well, there were a few bald spots so I added a few free-floating balloons with a tiny roll of tape-sometimes more than one.
The wall didn’t feel complete so I added some silver dollar eucalyptus, lemon leaves, ranunculus, and silk peonies. At first, I tied strings around the ends of branches and tied them to other strings in the greater structure. This became exhausting so I literally started taping them directly to the wall or to balloons themselves.
This is what I ended up with, stinking cute. I placed a pink backdrop below my creation in preparation for my shoot.
Then just get cute and shoot!
If anyone makes a balloon wall I simply MUST see!!! Happy crafting my lovelies.
Yay!!! Valentines Day is coming!!! I’m never truly ready but I’m trying to get a little festive.
Flowers and gifts are getting me in the spirit.
Then I decorated a little…let’s be honest this isn’t really my husband’s thing.
But he loved the note I left on his pillow. Check out my other blog post with 20 creative Valentines Day idea for creative people.
In my almost daily wedding journey I’ve ben lamenting over all of the events I have-yes have-to plan and all of the expensive invites we will be buying. I mean this is engagement party 2, there are bridal showers and teas to come. Well, then I figured out how to print my little invite creations on some pretty heavy stock paper in my little ol’ printer.
First I grabbed my water color paper, I choose this because I knew I’d be painting it later and I loved the texture. Then I slid it into the feeding tray, one sheet at a time, in the back of my printer instead of the normal tray. This is the key to printing on the good stuff. Next, I got my favorite flat water color brush and some pink pigment and painted the top of the invites. Some of my personal info has been removed from the cards. I love you guys but I get nervous LOL.
Next use a paper cutter to cut out the invites…make sure you cut inside the black outlines. Nobody wants to see that!
Then I cut out another rectangle slightly larger than the invite and spray glued them together. Finally, I grabbed a gold pigment marker and colored the edge.
This is the final product!!! I hope this can help and inspire someone!!!