Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Place for Everyone

Setting a table can be one of the most creative things you do on a daily basis. I always try to add some flair with the place setting, napkin or even name card. I've created some wood slice name cards we used for Thanksgiving. Here's how.
1. Cut a tree limb of desirable size, mine was 4"
2. Use colored pencils to write the persons name
3. Hot glue a patch of moss
4. Add paper cut out shape, in this case I used a bird that my cricut expressions machine cut
5. Glue a sprig of berry
*note: wood slices will be wet so they will leave a ring on a wood table. My suggestion is to cut the limb a week or so prior to using it.*

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A tourist in my own city!

Born and raised in Philadelphia and damn proud of it. I love pretty much everything about Philly, the food especially, the history, the buildings, the people, the cops (that'll be another blog post). I'm so lucky to create amazing events that happen in our beautiful city every week. So when I'm running rampant through the city streets jumping from hotel, to church, to venue I always take that opportunity to whip out my Nikon and snap away. I am truly a tourist in my own city.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hey Little Doggie!

Recently I've found myself gathering retro little dog knick knacks. I frequent the local thrift stores and have come across some unusual ones. I guess maybe its their unknown history that draws me to them or their whimsical faces and scuffed up paint. They take refuge on my kitchen sill where they watch the daily antics of our two wildly crazy basenjis, a teenage daughter who is relentless in torturing my husband, another daughter who gives them front seat tickets to her YouTube dance blog, and me who is the only one in the house to have a "real" Philly accent!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Vintage Sparkle in Autumn

A romantic wedding in autumn surrounded by the sights and sounds of Philadelphia's South Street is a wish come true for every city girl. Having the sparkle of the Philadelphia's Magic Garden as your backdrop for your nuptials is an eye catching treat that leaves you literally mesmerized. Even thought I married my husband twice I'd certainly do it a third time in the courtyard surrounded by the mosaics.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Have a Coke & a Smile :)

Have a Coke and a Smile
1 1/3 cups plain flour
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup Coca-Cola or carbonated cola drink
4 Tbsp cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, yogurt and vanilla.
Gently heat the butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola in a heavy saucepan until melted, then add to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon.
Add the yogurt mixture to the batter and stir well until everything is incorporated.
Portion out the batter into lined cupcake tins. Fill to about two-thirds to three-quarters full. The recipe should make about 12-15 standard sized cupcakes.
Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Add whipped cream topping, a maraschino cherry and serve. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Vintage Paper Wreath

This project turned out better than I anticipated.  I love the vintage feel of the tea-stained ruffles.  I created this wreath on a cardboard back approximately 18".  I tea-stained white coffee filters until they were the perfect shade of vintage.  I let them dry over night and then hot glued them to the cardboard, added a beautiful French wired ribbon and Viola! 

Tile Art

These tiles were created digitally.  The birds are hand-drawn using just my mouse and the pages program on my imac.  I then filled them with random bold patterns I liked.  Each represents a state with the the state bird name.