Friday, May 18, 2012

Cake Pops? Never Again.

See these cake pops? They were a horrible idea.

I watched a video, and decided "oh, hey, I can do that". So, with the leftovers from this rainbow cake, I decided to give it a go and the results were not fantastic to say the least.

I though I did everything right. I crushed up my cake...

...busted out the icing...

...mixed it all together...

...and froze, put a stick on, and then dipped my pops. This was the very best pop.

All the other ones? They're cracked, lumpy, and horrible.
I don't know what I did wrong but I know that the problem was in the candy melts. I used a microwave with a broken place (it doesn't spin) so it didn't really melt well. It seems overly thick and was really hard to "dip" because it wasn't thin enough.

I'll probably never try cake pops again. If I do, It'll be because I'm in an adventurous mood.

Any tips?

Friday, May 11, 2012

T-Shirt Refashion: Toddler Dress

Here is a cute little girl all dressed up in her new favourite dress.
This dress used to be a t-shirt, but I got adventurous one day and decided to cut and sew a little and make it a dress!

Here's how it went:


This was a size Large t-shirt that had been sitting in my one-day-sew-into-something-great box. 

I put it on Holly to get an idea of what to do with it.

I decided on my design: Taking apart the top and using the crochet detailing as the neckline and sleeves on the dress.

I unstitched and re-sewed the top, and took in the sides by a few inches so that it fit Holly nicely.


Here is the dress all finished and sewn up. It was so cute, but it looked a bit boring. I felt like it needed one more little thing...

...a bow! So I whipped one up along with a belt for the dress and fell in love!

So much better.

Holly also fell in love.

She wants to "wear the dress that mommy made" every day. I'll be doing more of these refashions now!

Before & After


Thursday, May 10, 2012

This Week 16

The cutest picture of Holly Muffin // Ice balls we bought that are way more convenient than ice cubes // Special K and fresh strawberries- my new favourite breakfast // The cutest baby loafers on a friend's son // Polka dotted toddler sunglasses for summer


Mrs Stephanie T
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Monday, May 7, 2012

Rainbow Reception Cake

This past weekend I had the joy of working on another wedding cake- this time for two lovely ladies who chose a great rainbow design!
This cake was really fun to make, and I got to try out something I'v never done before- marbling the batter.

I used five very vibrant colours in the batter- red, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

It looked amazing after it was baked.

 For decoration, I used white and rainbow ribbon that I found at Michaels, and using a hot-glue gun, created some cute little bows.

Finished beauty.

I won't be doing any more cakes until July due to a very busy school/work schedule. But, the next wedding cake I have planned is going to amazzzinnggg.
Watch out for it in a few months!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

This Week 15

A stained glass bottle that hangs over our deck // One side of our yard- for the girls // The other side- the fire pit and sitting area


This week my happiness comes from the beginning of summer. I love a freshly cut lawn because it makes our yard look so lovely. I have a few ideas for the back yard that I'll be working on soon (flowers, decorations, getting rid of that ugly pile of wood, etc.) but other than that, I'm content with it.
I can't wait to set up the pool.

Mrs Stephanie T
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Toddler Girl's Room Improvements: Princess Closet Treatment

In this post, I talked about how we were in the process of improving Holly's room. It started out as "cupcake themed" and has now progressed into a mix of brown-and-pink-and-cupcake-and-candy-and-princess-and-everything-else-themed.

I decided to start with the biggest thing in her room- her closet- because it would have the biggest impact. When we moved into our current home, the doors on Holly's closet were broken and I decided to keep them off because the room is so small and keeping the doors off really opens the space.

I brainstormed on what to do with the closet, and how to make it cute and girly without doors/without spending too much money. This is what I came up with:

I took a trip to Wal-Mart and purchased a tension rod and two pink curtain panels. Holly decided to creep this photo, but this is what is looked like after we got the curtain panels up.

After the panels were up, I realized how boring the white closet walls were.

I had purchased these wall stickers at Home Sense a while ago for $7.99...

...and placed them on one of Holly's bedroom walls, but I really didn't like the way they looked. So, when I realized they matched the closet panels, I moved them into the back of the closet.

After I moved the wall stickers, I enlisted the boyfriend to help me install these cute little pull-backs that we found at Dollarama. They look princess-y, and I decided that I liked them better upright than horizontally like they're supposed to be. if you're looking for similar ones, these ones are SO cute.

Voila! I took a clothespin and pinned the tops of the panels together at the back to keep them from separating, and it was all finished.

I'm so, so happy with the way this closet turned out. It's like a little princess hideaway, and it hides all of the storage at the top of the closet as well.

Next, we organized all of those stuffed animals on the bottom...a post will follow about that!


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