Wednesday, August 31, 2016

DIY Bubble Inspired Birthday Cake

Creating a special 2nd birthday cake for my precious daughter was so much fun and she absolutely loved it! I knew we weren’t having a party since we are still getting things at the new house settled and everyone is just always so busy end of August it’s hard to plan something. So just super low key this year with just the grandparents and a photo shoot, which upon the dismay of my husband, I am trying to make family photos an annual occurrence. Her birthday is the perfect millstone for those photos right now and I cannot wait to share some that my wonderful Kimberly took!

So what do you make for a bubble obsessed toddler? How about a fun bubble inspired cake!?!

The DIY glam bubble candleand cake topper were so perfect on top of the naked funfetti cake I made. Here is how I did it…

The cake was super simple. I used two boxes of the funfetti cake mixand made three batches using a 9″round cake pan. Once they cooled I followed inside the outer circle outline to get rid of the brown edges to expose the colorful inside. Then I started stacking the cakes filling each layer with a tremendous amount of rainbow chip frosting(I LOVE icing, so it was more for me than anything cake decorating wise…you will need about 3 tubs of icing if you put around the same amount as I did). I used a butter knife on the top icing layer to make swirls and finished the corners and edges with multi-colored confetti sprinkles.

For the glam bubble inspired candle I took a cheap dollar
store candleand just hot glued the beads of choice onto the candle
layering and alternating the colors and sizes of the beads. At first I freaked
out, because duhh…wax melts, but be patient! Once you get a few on, it will
start building upon one another and start coming together. I was able to do the
beginning layer by just putting hot glueenough for about 5-6 beads directly on
the candle and then just sprinkled them on randomly. Once you do the first
layer you can start building upon with more precision one at a time either
pinching with your fingers (be careful, I took some stings from the glue) or
buy $1 store tweezers and use those for the precision areas.

For the cake topper I actually found small water balloonswere the perfect size and extremely reasonable than paying for mini or regular balloons. I got a bag of 50 balloons 25% off $1.25 so it was practically a steal!  I chose to use the neon pinks colored ones and just blew all of them up (well not me, Willie blew them up for me) in random sizes and picked the best ones I liked to apply the stickers to. I used aqua glitter letter stickersfrom Michaels and put one word on each balloon to have the full quote of “never get TWO old for bubbles” across the cake. Once you put the balloons on the wire, you can always make adjustments to the word orientation if some balloon won’t go in the direction you want them to. Once all the words were on the balloons, we pierced the balloon ends carefully with a brass wireto attach each balloon in the order we wanted. I did a blank balloon on each side of the quote just as a little filler. Then just attach the wire to some long bamboo skewersor straws, place in your cake, and viola the most fun cake topper EVER!

Hartley absolutely loved her cake and for the following days went around the house yelling “cake, cake, cake, eat, cake”!! I cannot believe I have a 2-year-old daughter. Time is going way too fast and I’m trying to not miss a second. The pressure of being a working mom has gotten to me recently, but all you can do is try you best and embrace every moment you can spend with your children. I cannot wait to see what the next year brings us. I hear the 2s are the worst, but fun days like this and creating something magical for her is totally worth all the tantums I am about to endure. Wish me luck!

Cake photos: Kimberly Lyddane Photography

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Trendy ripped jeans under $3

Happy Thrift Thursday!!

This summer is flying by, but that’s ok with me because I am
so over this extreme heat and ready to enjoy being outside again. I have BIG plans for our new backyard once it cools down a little and if you know be any…I’m
not patience…if only mother nature knew my A-type personality.  However, I have been better at pacing renovations
at the new house. I’m doing reasonable things and trying to not give
my husband a heart attack by asking for new things every week, so maybe I am
relaxing a little…maybe??!? Or maybe it’s the little toddler running around
that doesn’t let me get anything done and has high interest in every tool which she either steals, hides, throws, or runs with?

As I slowly make progress on the house, I needed
a closet pick-me-up. The cool girls of Instagram finally convinced me to try the
casual ripped jeanslook. Since I was a teenager, I’ve always wanted huge knee ripped
jeans but the astounded horrified look from my grandmother and mother as they
questioned “why are you going to spend money on jeans with holes and rips in them” still
festered in my mind. So as my memories faded with laughter and complete understanding
as a mother now…I stumbled upon a $3 pair of jeans at the thrift store and
thought “what the heck…let’s take a scissor to them and see what happens”.

that is exactly what I did. I put them on and right at the knee I made an X with a
pen. That gave me a good outline of where I wanted the hole to be. I took them off and laid them on the floor, sperated the front and back fabric and cut right at the X by pinching the front fabric together. Then I just cut a large square shape where the knee is. After I finished cutting it did
look like someone just took scissorsto them and not really the designer celebrity
look I was going for, so I just used my nails and scraped and tugged on the hem
until the fabric started fraying.

I paired it with a classic white tank, flannel shirt tied
around the hips (all the cool kids are doing it haha) and these fabulous clearance heels I got from Marshals. What do you think? Worth the $3
and a pair of scissors?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Our First Home

It’s a little bittersweet to say we have SOLD our first home.
I bought this home as a young 23 year old and never expected that 5 years later this would be the home that welcomed us home after an engagement, marriage, and our first child. This home was an effort of love and devotion that taught Willie and I so much about each other and I will always cherish the special moments we had living there. This home really craved the foundation of our marriage of building a beautiful home and family together and I hope it brings as much joy to the next family.
I’m so excited to start our next chapter and can’t wait to share some fabulous before and after photos from our new house, but for now, here are some of my favorite before/after shots of our amazing first home. Each picture I’ve made little comments of what we did to transform the space.
paint, light fixture, banister stain, flooring
wallpaper removal, paint, crown molding, light fixture, flooring,
appliances, grantie, stone backsplash
Kitchen/Breakfast Nook:
wallpaper removal, paint, crown molding, light fixture, flooring,
appliances, granite, stone backsplash

Dining Room:
paint, light fixture, flooring,
Dining Room (other view):
this is my beautiful chalk painted dining table

Guest Bath:
paint, light fixture, mirror, storage shelf, granite, new faucet, new vanity hardware

Main Floor Bath:
wallpaper removal, paint, crown molding, light fixture, mirror, granite,
new faucet, new vanity hardware, painted vanity, industrial pipe accents

Master Bathroom: 
paint, mirrors, granite, new faucet, new vanity hardware, painted vanity
paint, recessed lighting, new carpet, theather equipment

Friday, July 15, 2016

Simple Rustic Shelving

Hartley’s bathroom was my first project at the new house and it turned out fabulous! I just finished a few days ago and can’t wait to share the before and after photos.  But for now, how amazing did these simple (and cheap) rustic shelves  turn out? They were the perfect accent to complete my little girls fun boho/beach inspired bathroom.

I jokingly refer to these shelves as my vacation brain shelves. Originally when I started designing this bathroom I wanted to just buy a white storage cabinet and get it hung. But when our beach crew hit up the local TJ Maxx in our beloved Outer Banks over 4th of July and found these adorable quote pieces and the cutest elephant, I knew I had to display them somehow. So I was on a mission, and to my luck, I found the perfect brackets at a local store called Class and Trash (special thanks to my crew for running back to get them for me when I finally made an executive decision haha). This store had the most stunning pieces. I literally could have bought EVERYTHING! So thanks OBX for some wonderful inspiration!

To start out I bought a 1″x8″x8′ piece of whitewood lumber. For each shelf I decided on a length of 22″, which I measured and cut accordingly. I sanded all the edges to clear any roughness from cutting. Then, I used a staining rag to apply minwax’s espresso color stain. This went on super easy and I only did one liberal coat getting all the grooves well covered. Once applied, I did one last dry rag wipe down to remove excess and dried overnight. Motherhood lesson/ husband I told you so moment– clean up anything and everything…my little toddler thought finding my stain can and shaking and throwing it against our deck and her leg was so much fun!

Once dried, I attached the brackets. I measured them 4″ in from the end of the wood and attached them with small screws.

Then for the placement on the wall. We couldn’t decide center of the wall or center of toilet (both looked a little odd in the scheme of everything) so we compromised and put it just where we thought it looked good and just directly screwed in the brackets with the level on top…and hey it worked out!

Aren’t they the greatest? I love them so much and you can easy change the display over the years and add baskets, mason jars, etc.

The total cost for the shelves was about $30. $5 stain + $11 lumber (I have leftovers) + $17 for the 4 brackets. I had the screws from the hubby’s tool shed so we were all good!