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I’ve been meaning to bake for the past few weeks. I decided there wasn’t a better time than now! My birthday was a few months ago and one of my dear friends, Laura, bought be everything I would need to make my own Whoopie Pies!

If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE to bake! It doesn’t really matter what it is. It could be cupcakes, cookies, pastries, cinnamon rolls, etc. I just love to bake!

I’ve seen Whoopie Pies on many of the blogs I follow. They are adorable little cake like cookies. They are almost as cute as Macarons, which I will be making tomorrow! Oh, I heart Macarons. Hey, I have that cookbook too. My adorable husband bought it for me for Valentine’s Day. I will do a post on those tomorrow, though! Stay tuned!

Here are the supplies I used to make the Whoopie Pies!

You can purchase your own Whoopie Pie pans at William Sonoma. You can also buy the Red Velvet Mix too.

If you’d like to make your own Whoopie Pies. You need to get this book. Not only is it adorable, but the recipes are wonderful too! Here are a few photos from the book.

Can I tell you how much I LOVE the striped straws? I really want to buy them. Does anyone have an excuse I could use to buy them? Unfortunately, none of my children’s birthdays are for months. Hmmm. . . Do I really need an excuse? Here is another picture.

So, are you in love with these Whoopie Pies as much as I am? What about the straws? So cute, right? I will post the results tomorrow. They sure taste yummy though!

Well, since it’s Wednesday and I am in a giving mood, I am giving away a copy of this cookbook. Who wants it?

Well, what are you waiting for?

ENTER TO WIN NOW! It just so happens that 7 is my favorite number {remember that, it may be a test question later}. So, I am giving you 7 chances to win by doing each of the following!

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Winner will be chosen on Sunday, May 16th at 11:00pm (PST). Any entries received after this time will not be considered. Open to US residents only.

Good Luck!

Little Miss Avery was born one year ago today! She came into the world on Mother’s Day last year. I can’t believe how fast time flies. Avery’s Mom is my dear friend, Julie. If I had a twin sister, it would be Julie. I need to dedicate a whole blog post to that another time though. Today is Avery’s day!

I had the pleasure of doing Avery’s first birthday invitation! It is the most adorable thing I have ever seen. I can say that, right? To be honest, I think it’s the photographs that make this birthday invitation so cute! These beautiful photographs were taken by Jennifer Cordero Photography . Jennifer is a super talented photographer. I can’t wait to work with her on some future projects I have coming up! This won’t be the last time you will see her featured on my blog. That’s for sure! You won’t even believe where Jennifer took these photos. Oh, don’t look at me!? I’m not telling!

Julie selected a 4.5″ by 5″ accordion fold birthday invitation. We had these press printed on pearl cardstock. They are so shimmery and beautiful. I’ll let you see for yourself.

Aren’t they adorable? Wait, there’s more!!!

And a few more. . .

You want to see the back too, right?

I couldn’t resist making some matching Scrabble tiles too. I thought Julie could wear them to Avery’s party or give them to Avery’s Grandmas to proudly display.

Avery’s party will be later this week and I have a lot more exciting things to post. I collaborated with another Etsy seller, who shall remain nameless until later, to make something extra special for Avery’s birthday party! I’m so excited to show you, I can hardly stand it!!! You will have to wait though and check back later in the week. Let’s just say this item will be perfect on the dessert table!


P.S. Can you guess which photos I took with my new Mother’s Day present???

For the past several years I’ve been giving my Mom silhouettes of the boys for Mother’s Day! It’s been a fun tradition that I hope to continue as the boys get older. I think it will be fun to look back on how much they’ve changed.

This year I decided to do something a little different, but I still wanted to stick with the tradition. I had recently seen a seller on etsy who was selling silhouettes on plates. I thought it was a great idea, but wasn’t sure how to do it.

I hate painting ceramic. I hate it because I’m a total perfectionist. I can’t draw at all. So, free handing anything would never produce a result that I would be happy with. After doing a little research, I discovered a secret that has forever changed my feelings about painting ceramics. Do you want me to share the secret with you? Are you sure?

Okay, okay! You probably have all the tools necessary in your own home to create a beautiful ceramic piece. First, select an image, pattern, etc. that you’d like to paint. Print the image out. Now, find some tissue paper. Plain white tissue paper with no coating on it works best. Trace your image on the tissue paper with pencil. This is now your “stencil.” Take your stencil and lay it over your ceramic piece. Dig through your junk drawer and find a thin Sharpie marker and trace over your stencil! The ink will bleed through your tissue paper and will now be on your ceramic piece. All you have to do is paint or fill in your image. Don’t worry, the Sharpie will burn off when they fire your piece. Isn’t that easy?

Here’s how mine turned out. I wish the boys were filled in a little more, but I don’t have a lot of experience with painting ceramics. So, I think with a few more coats and a little more practice these would be even better.

I’m sure my mother-in-laws are loving these and wishing they had these too. Well, the good news is that your stencil is reusable and can be used on other ceramic pieces. So, talk Lincoln into painting some of these for you. He even helped me with these. I know he would do a great job on yours too.

I thought it might be nice for my Mom to get plates from all of her kids. I have twin sisters’ who I also called to collaborate with me. My sister, Kellie, has been busy painting ceramic pieces while she is away at college. She is getting really good. Check out her plate. Isn’t it beautiful?

Super cute, huh? I let Kellie and Jamie in on the little secret too. They did such a great job. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a shot of Jamie’s plate. It was equally as adorable. I will do a follow up post once my Mom gets them up on the wall.

So, you might be wondering what I got for Mother’s Day. Do you wanna know? My amazing husband and boys bought me a new camera. Yippee, now I can take better pictures for my blog! I’m so excited to get my new camera. It should be here this week. Lincoln bought it on eBay used. Here is a photo to tide you over

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day hanging out with my family. I’d love to know what you did for Mother’s Day. Do you have any Mother’s Day traditions?

It’s high time I get off my lazy bum and get back to work! I’ve been milking this so called maternity leave for long enough. I need to stop resting on my laurels and get back out there. Start making modern, classy, and contemporary products. Share my talents with the world, or at least the cool people that shop on Etsy. I need to make a name for myself! Make it onto the front page of Etsy, just to say I did it! I need to sell, sell, sell! Okay, now that I’ve given myself the proper pep talk, all I really wanted to say was. . . .

That’s right! My Etsy shop is FINALLY open, again! It’s really funny because truth be told, I haven’t stopped working since, well, ever! I closed my Etsy shop in November because I was getting too many orders and I was worried that Emerson was going to come early and I wouldn’t be able to get everyone’s Christmas cards out. Well, that didn’t happen since the little poop was a week late. So, I continued to work to distract myself. In fact, the day we got home from the hospital I was still packaging up people’s Christmas cards and shipping them out. I haven’t missed a beat since. I’ve been working on my friends and families projects, my previous Etsy customers, and those lucky clients who have my personal email address.

I’ve been up late every night for the past few weeks. I plan on taking the weekend off to do whatever I want to. It is Mother’s Day weekend after all. I’m a Mommy three times over so I think I deserve some Mommy time. Plus, I totally miss my husband! I’m coming to bed with you this weekend honey!!! I promise!

However, after the weekend it’s back to work! I will be slowly adding items to my shop every day until it’s full! I will also be doing some fun an exciting blog giveaways next week! So make sure you check back often! I also plan on highlighting some other projects that I can’t wait to share with you! It’s all just so exciting!

Enjoy browsing through my shop.

Thanks for all of your love and support!!!


P.S. Looking for something special, but you can’t find it? Just ask me. I LOVE custom orders!