DIY: Potted Paper Orchid

As you may have noticed, I’m a bit obsessed with paper flowers. While I love real flowers, they aren’t always practical as they are prone to wilting and can be expensive.

Even potted orchids, which are among my favorite house plants, eventually fade. A couple of years ago when a bloom fell off one of my orchids I used the fallen blossom to create a template to make coffee filter orchids.

Today’s project uses that same template, but replaces the coffee filters with double sided crepe paper.

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A Book Themed Baby Shower: DIY Alphabet Bookmarks

I hope everyone had a good weekend.  On Friday, I flew to New York to co-host two good friends’ baby shower.  I am so excited for them and had so much fun celebrating with them. I had enthusiastically volunteered to make the decorations for the shower and now that it is over I wanted to share some pictures of the decorations with you.

Alphabet BookmarksI found some cute napkins and trays at Target, and decided to use the colors in the napkins (blues and yellow-greens) as the colors for the shower. Continue reading

Hot Air Balloon Cake and Recipe for Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Filling

I was very excited to pick up this month’s Martha Stewart Living and see an article, “A Cake Takes Shape,” on using sheet cakes to make animal shaped cakes.  A couple of months ago Jaime and I did something similar to make a hot air balloon cake for a baby shower.

Hot Air Balloon CakeI was tasked with making a hot-air balloon themed cake for a friend’s baby shower, a task that I delightfully accepted and then promptly roped my husband into.  I didn’t want to have to buy new pans for the cake, after all I didn’t see myself making many hot-air balloon themed cakes, so I made do with two basic 9” round pans and a 9 x 13” sheet pan. We had quite a bit of extra cake that we didn’t need for the balloon, that we happily ate.  You could probably make this with three 9″ rounds.

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