Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Cupcake Liner Pomanders

Yesterday I wrote about the details of my Goddaughter's baptism. The day was awesome and I'm sure Harper had a great time!

Today's post is specifically about the pomanders that were used as decoration on the cake table.

They were so easy and fun to make! Probably around 15 minutes each and cost $8 a pop! I think they look just like carnation balls. Except carnation balls are $60 on the low end and very messy.

As for how to make these babies, you'll need:
- a styrofoam ball
- cupcake liners
- pins

We used cute yellow round head pins but they didn't end up showing at all so I'd recommend the cheapest flat head pins you can find.

Step One: Stick the pin through the centre of the cupcake liner.

Step Two: Scrunch the liner

Step Three: Repeat 123,456,789 times

Step Four: Stick each pin into the styrofoam ball

Step Five: Repeat 123,456,789 times (we giggled that it resembled a clown wig at this point!)

Step Six: No step six -- you're done!! Give yourself a pat on the back.

Tons of people commented on how cute they were! I completely agree and think they are super fun for a kids' party or baby/bridal shower. And most importantly, cheap and easy to make! My sister-in-law and I made these assembly-line style with me pinning and scrunching the cupcake liner while she stuck them in.

I think they were oh-so-charming on the cake/dessert table.



Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Harper's Baptism

This past weekend was my niece's baptism. I had the honour of being named co-Godmother (lucky duck has 4 Godparents!) She was a perfect angel throughout the ceremony. She was the only baby out of 6 to not cry -- she actually slept through most of it! I'll give her an awesome high five for that in a couple years. The weather couldn't have been more perfect and the ceremony was lovely and personal.

The reception was held at a local restaurant/bar which had a cute cottage feel to it with one of the largest and prettiest chandies I have ever seen! #chandelierobsession Sorry about the slight blurriness.

Anyway, back to the main event. My sister-in-law decided on a hot pink and light pink colour scheme which was perfect for her almost 5 month old. My favourite part was the cake set up. The cake was ombre and delicious too. On either side were various pink coloured cookies and treats. And of course the cupcake liner pomanders we made for decoration! (I'll post a DIY tutorial for those tomsies.)

Each guest received a cute giveaway consisting of a framed photo of Harper in her baptism dress and a pink rosary. Note the headband! So pretty and vintage-looking. She wore it all day. Such a trooper!

The day went off without a hitch. All the guests also signed a little booklet for her to read when she's older.

Now she can enjoy being an official member of the Church and a beautiful Child of God. We love you, Harper!


Aunt E

PS - Here's a quick recap of Harper's baby shower back in February,

Tuesday, 4 June 2013


We haven't been up to too many projects lately with baseball season in full swing (punny!). But I will share our newest furniture acquisition.

Meet our headboard!!

We have been looking for the perfect headboard since we moved in. I toyed with the idea of making my own with all the tutorials out there in blog land but I don't consider myself handy enough nor do we have the necessary tools.

Here's a pretty sad-looking before shot:

Requirements: white, tufted. Fabric or leather.

I started my search at the local furniture stores. Ikea, the Brick, Leons, Ashley Furniture, etc. Even a bunch of independent stores. No dice. I searched online and most of them  were over $700. Too much. We determined a $400 budget is reasonable. 

The only one that sort of matched what we wanted was this one at Urban Outfitters. But it didn't come in white. I thought about settling for that light grey colour but for that amount of money, I didn't want to settle.

My next search was at US retailers that hopefully shipped to Canada. Or maybe we could pick it up and drive it across the border? Would it fit in the car though? #headboardproblems. I found a bunch of pretty good ones at This one, this one, this one and this one were all pretty good. And then I found this one.

She was perfect. A good shade of white, good tufts, good price. Velvet! Done. Except they don't ship to Canada. Ughhhhh.

We almost said "whatever, let's just try to bring it across the border in our little car. I'm sure it will fit." But I wanted to try one last thing before we committed. I typed the name of the headboard into google thinking maybe someone closer had it. I don't know if it's because I have been a good girl all year or if the headboard gods felt sorry for me because I have been looking for this for 11 months, but it worked.!!! The exact same one! And the best part? It was cheaper!!

Cray, I know. This doesn't happen. Ever. Things in the states are always cheaper and more accessible! AND I got a 10% discount code for signing up for emails. Estimated delivery time: 3-4 weeks. No problem. We ordered last Tuesday and she arrived the following Monday! The good news just kept on coming! Only teeny bad thing was that we were watching the tracking and the delivery came while both of us were at work. UPS's policy is if it looks like a safe neighbourhood, they leave the item at your door step. She was only alone for max 2 hours. And thankfully everything was fine.

Assembly was super easy. Legs came separate but only needed 4 screws and washers which they provided. They wanted the legs to get screwed into the bed frame but we don't have a bed frame so that wasn't happening. We just squished it between the bed and the wall and called it a day. So far it hasn't fallen on our heads and I don't think it will.

Here's the rest of my photoshoot with our new headboard. Please pardon the weird lighting.

Night shot!

Oh, and we got a little ottoman from Ikea so that our kitty cat can jump on the bed. It was too high for him before and he'd meow in the middle of the night for us to pick him up. You can see it hiding on the left side of the bed in a couple of the photos.

I think he enjoys the headboard as much as I do. ...or maybe not.

xoxo, E