Friday, March 28, 2014

Lucky Spring for YOU!!

I cannot even begin to explain how terrible this winter was and how incredible thrilled I am that it is almost over!! Maybe it's because of  me having three small children literally trapped in the house for months clawing at the walls, drooling on the windows wanting so badly to play outside. Or maybe it's because we all just seemed to pass one form of illness on to the next for the past few months, or that it has been cold and snowy....

Whatever...I guess it comes with the season. But at least it's almost over. I can smell spring just on the edge of each gusty March wind and am counting down the seconds until the Sun shines warmly on my skin. With a new season almost upon us what better way to celebrate that with a giveaway!

A cash giveaway. I bet there is a ton of stuff  $1100.00 could purchase. Good LUCK, and I hope it's a lucky spring for you!!!

These large cash giveaways would not be possible without an amazing group of bloggers and small businesses who contribute. They include: Spaceships and Laser Beams, Vintage ConfectionsTania Fischer DesignThis Little MamaMade by a PrincessMighty DelightyDesigned by Dawn NicoleYumtasticsFrench PemberleySamantha Walker LLCJellyfish PrintsYoung Adult MoneyA-Manda CreationBellaArtista InvitationsSugar Co.BellaGrey DesignsParty PatisserieA Wife A Mom A LifeBabies ArtroomPiece of CakeKristeNicole PhotographyHousekeeping Services of Hilton HeadThe Storybook ShoppeSeshalyn PartiesBest BirthdaysCustomized Wedding CreationsFantabulosityGiggles and Grace DesignsMagical Vacations by TracyOne Swell StudioEat It & Say YumWise Owl ShopReality To DreamsSugar Sugar CakesUR InvitedTutus & Bowties EventsBe Envied Entertaining and Child Go GoAnd that's not all! To see the entire list check out the Rafflecopter form below!

$1100 Thank Goodness It's Spring Cash Giveaway
March 27, 2014 at 11:59PM toApril 21, 2014 at 11:59PM
Open Worldwide

PRIZE: One winner will receive $1100 USD payable via PayPal
Eligibility and Rules: This giveaway runs from Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11:59PM to Monday, April 21, 2014 at 11:59PM. It is open to individuals over the age of the majority in their home country. The winner will be chosen randomly through the Rafflecopter form. It is the sole responsibility of the winner to report to and adhere to all laws in their respective country, which includes payments to any governing tax body. This giveaway is void in any country or territory where it is prohibited by law.
Claiming Prize: The prize will be sent via PayPal. The winner must have a PayPal account to receive it. The winner also must claim their prize within 48 hours of receiving notice. If you do not claim your prize within this time frame, your entry will be void and another winner will be drawn. Please ensure that  spaceshipsandlaserbeams [at] gmail [dot] com is on your "safe list."
Disclosure: This is a blogger-sponsored event that is in no way affiliated with PayPal, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media channel. If you have questions, email Stephanie at Spaceships and Laser Beams at spaceshipsandlaserbeams [at] gmail [dot] com.
Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter! None of the entries are mandatory but the more entries you do, the more chances you have to win! Running short on time? Come back as often as you like to finish the form and maximize your chances of winning the big prize.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Now and Then...a Friday Flashback.

Did you ever have a day when your ability to draw/pipe/create anything beyond a cup of coffee is just off and all you can muster is a few shameful bits of creativity that amount to just about nothing?? A day in which you wonder why you ever try to do anything in the first place? A day when you feel less than, not good enough and never gonna be good enough so WHY am I even bothering?

Although I am quite confident in myself a times, I do also have moments when my own version of self doubt rears her impeccable self and starts up with her incessant chitter chatter in my head. Through the years I have been able to keep her at bay and learned to ignore that part of my negative self, but unfortunate sometime she comes out at the most random of times flipping her perfectly coiffed hair about out and is just a snarky  b*tch.

I haven't been feeling to well as of late. This winter has reeked havoc in our household in regards to us all passing one illness along to the next like a game of toss.  And one thing I know is that when I feel off either, mentally, emotionally, physically or even spiritually; an opening always presents itself and a darker version of myself walks through.

The voice of self doubt.

I have been going over old photos and old projects that I did when I first started writing this blog a little over three years ago. It's funny that sometimes all you need is a little space and time in between where you once were to where you are to see how much you've grown and that is tangible evidence that has the capacity to shove that self doubt back into the darkness. I have improved in so many areas and I just wanted to show you all what happens when you keep doing something you enjoy!

This was one of my first Royal Icing ventures it was a set of Darth Vader cupcake toppers I made for a friend. I really didn't understand consistency at that time and they came out really bobby with no real definition......can you tell??? The photo is a real gem too ;) I didn't understand photo composition so much then, an just took photos to record what I had done.

Fast forward a few years and with a few projects under my belt and this is what I was able to do. This is one of my all time favorite sets. Notice the correct lighting, no flash photography here! And no head on shots, everything is set o a bit off centered and angled about, which in my humble opinion is much more interesting to the eye.

Here is another newer cookie done with Royal Icing. I was able to use a stencil in this as well, something I would have never been able to do when I first started!!

Since I am already mentioning my less than stellar photography skills, which have gotten much better, I though I would include a few "Then" and 'Now" pictures. As you will see my photography skills have  definitely improved as time has gone on. This is a picture of some cupcakes I made a long, long time ago. I didn't know much a bout anything, not that I do now, but I am also pretty sure that flash (shudder) was on. No background , boring old plain counter top. nothing to entice the eye.

Now these are photos of more recent cupcakes I have made. I'm thinking that these look about a million and four times better than the above photos. The foreground is interesting and keeps the eyes focused on the subject matter, so the eye circles the picture rather than floating off to the next interesting thing it finds.

Here are my character cupcakes.....again terrible photo, with a flash, the colors are wrong and the photo is blurry.

This is another photo done later on....still not the best, but getting much better. Color is corrected and no flash.

Getting better, at least I am adding in more visual interest.


A bit closer to now...

Here is one of my "first" cakes All piping, my hand was killing me!! An I'm sure you can notice that awesome flash photography again!!

This is one of my more updated cakes. I was able to pick up a few new techniques in the past few years!!

Sine I am mentioning all of the other counterparts of my creative side, I want to share the newest part of my journey. On this baking journey of mine I discovered a passion for creating fun printables. This was one of my first digital printable I ever made. Very simple, to the point and perfect for where I was at that time creative wise. It was also what the above Snow white cupcake was based on.

But, because I kept at it and didn't stop because I thought everyone was so much talented then me, I was able to push past my own personal barriers and create this.

and this....

and this.....

and  I can't forget this one :)

Just a few of my favorites <3

As I wrote and re-read this post that voice of self doubt has withered away into the darkness it belongs in.This post is now a reminder to myself myself that the joy is in the journey and oftentimes so is the discovery. If anyone told me a few years back what I would be capable of creating. I don't think I would have believed it.

So if you have a passion for something...keep at it as what I have learned is sometimes the passion is so great that it overshadows the initial talent, but in time they join forces and begin to collaborate in order for wonderful things to come forth!

Tell me please, where are you on your own creative journey?????

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Tinkerbell Birthday Party Invitation

There is this curly haired girl blocking my entrance into the kitchen, demanding sweetly with wide doe eyes that more goldfish be put in her pink cupcake adorned snack cup. This is nothing new as it happens daily, with  three different kids. But for some reason this time make me stop in my mechanical robot Mom motions. I realize that this little girl, this little person in front of me, the very one standing and demanding is my first baby girl, who in fact is no long a baby as she will be five next month!


What the what!! I've read and listened to other parents tell me about this moment on  line at the grocery store, that realization that their babies are growing up. I just thought that it would happen in a more memorable, drama filled,  movie like way. Where there would be butterflies and rainbows and puffy clouds and we would all be dressed in matching outfits and maybe ere would be soft music playing somewhere. But no, it happened just like any of the other moments in my life as a Mom and as soon as it happened the next moment rushed in pushing us forward in time.

When she was a baby I remember getting up a thousand and three times throughout the night to sooth her and her never, ever napping during the day like I "believed" babies were supposed to. It seriously seems like just a few weeks ago when we were there in that stage of crazy no sleep mama & baby. But that was five years ago and in between that time she has grown into ash blonde, brown eyed, banana joke telling, copy cat funny girl, who gives the sweetest hugs when they are needed the most and can chat up anyone, anywhere like they have known each other their whole lives.

Which I m aware in her case five years, but whatever, you get the idea

When I decided that this year would be the year to really begin planning her party early, I started asking her what kind of party she wanted and without missing a beat she proclaimed, "I want a Tinkerbell Fairy Party!"

I can get down like that and  I guess she likes fairy's because last year she was all about the fairy monkey princess party. She discovered that idea off of her favorite nightgown. For this year though  I have a pinterest board filling up with ideas that I plan to use to inspire a wonderful birthday party for her on a budget. (If you have some great thoughts or pins you would like to add, message me and I will add you as a pinner!)

And yes I just said he "B" word, no not THAT word, the other one BUDGET. Because if you know me then you know I love finding cost effective ways to create fun themed parties. And much of that comes from my own ability to create, which also brings me to the inspiration point of her party...her invitation.

Let me first say I love Disney. I love all their characters and the inspiration they create. But when it comes to creating designs, I like to have to creative control over my own creations. I have also found that at this stage my daughter like what I make, so it works.  I stayed in line with some of the colors that Tinkerbell is associated with, mainly green, but so I don't get stuck with a specific range of colors I added in yellows, pinks, and blues.

Like most of my other character designs, I made her with an over sized decor on her head, this one happens to be a bow, much like the Snow White Character I designed a while back. I tend to over extend it so that it needs to be cut out from the invitation itself, her wing also peeks out! Personally I think it adds a little extra flair to the invitation!

Originally, I also made her little foot stick out too, but I think I will fit it back onto the invitation because it makes cutting that side of the  invitation perfectly and neurotically (me) straight a bit more of a challenge. As I am sure you can see from my less stellar cutting job in the picture. This is what the rest of the party will spring forth from and I can't wait to start sharing all of the other things I am creating and planing!!!

Have you every attended a Tinkerbell or Fairy party? Do you have any decor or food  ideas you want to share??? Please feel free to leave a comment and share, I can use all the help I can get!!

Happy creating!!

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Baby Bird Nest Cookies

I can't wait until the spring arrives! I am SO over being stuck in the house with three kiddos. I know I am creative and all, but there are only so many indoor activities that can be done, before one just starts seriously craving fresh air and sunshine, like junkie craving their next fix.

Okay maybe I'm not that desperate, although I can attest to those type of cravings and the need for spring to shimmer its perfume scented sunshine all over me is pretty darn close.

In the hopes of making spring arrive sooner I though I would "pretend" it's spring and make something to reflect that and I'm pretty convinced that thing these darling little bird nest cookies do it just fine. Do you see those little birdies, just relaxing together waiting to be eaten!! They are Cadbury eggs so the chance of their survival is really like zero percent.

I have seen many versions of little bird eggs in a nest, but never have seen actual birdies in the nest, so I though they were a nice fun addition. Super easy to make, like stupid easy and yummy to eat. 

Read along, grab the recipe and full how to make as I share all of this bite sized fun with my latest guest post over at  Bake it Up a Notch !

Enjoy it!! 

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