Happy Memorial Day to you all! I hope everyone is enjoying their extra day off…if you have the day off, that is. If not, I sincerely hope you had an excellent day at work 🙂
I didn’t have any particular reason for today’s post, but I knew wanted to write about something. So I figured an update would be best. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
As most of you know, I’ve been staying pretty busy with my on-the-side cupcake business. Within the last few weeks, I’ve made two orders for birthdays, one for a baby shower, and one for some elementary students. The first picture you see are the Dirt Cup cupcakes I made for a co-worker’s husband’s birthday. [I try to make my cupcake tags match the cupcake flavor, so I created this one with green and brown scrapbooking paper]
The second batch of cupcakes are the Snickers cupcakes I made for another co-worker’s daughter’s birthday. Again, I made the tag with the same color scheme of a Snicker’s bar (brown, blue, and red).
Last week, I made the Cookies and Cream cupcakes for a friend’s birthday, but I didn’t get a picture of those. Also last week, there was a baby shower at school for a co-worker and his wife. I asked the husband what kind of flavor they both liked and he said red velvet. So I made red velvet cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting (I hope to feature that on the blog soon). Since they were having a girl, I thought about substituting the red food color for pink. However, the only pink I had was a gel, and the recipe I used for the red velvet said not to use gel. So, I stuck with the original red.
I wanted to have an edible decoration for the garnish, so I bought a candy mold with butterflies, ladybugs, and frogs on it (the husband told me the nursery theme was kind of like a nature scene with butterflies). I bought some purple melting candy wafers and made butterflies and ladybugs with it. Surprisingly, the candy wafers tasted pretty good! I also bought some pink pearlized sugar balls to add on top. [When I purchased the purple candy wafers, I had the intention of having pink cupcakes instead of red cupcakes. If I could go back in time, I would have gotten pink ones to match the red cake and pink pearly balls]
The most recent cupcakes I’ve made have been the ones pictured below. A co-worker came by my classroom one day last week and asked if I could make 60 cupcakes for her. She was going to take them to some kids at a local elementary school. She told me to do half chocolate and half vanilla. For me, I couldn’t just do a plain cupcake. I decided that I needed to have cute liners and a cute garnish. Since the candy molds were easy and edible, I thought I’d do the same with these cupcakes. I found a gender neutral candy mold (star) and bought two of them. I was unsure of what color candy wafers to use so I looked at their sprinkles. I saw a bottle of large multi-colored sprinkles and knew they’d be perfect. Kids like sprinkles, right? After picking out the sprinkles, I saw some multi-colored cupcake liners and threw them into my basket. Once I had found the sprinkles and liners, I knew that the color of my stars should be green. Plus, green is a somewhat gender neutral color – at least it is in my opinion! I just hope the kids like them as much as I do ;-P
Aside from my cupcake business, I’ve been planning and gathering supplies for a party I’ll be throwing in June. [Side note: I LOVE throwing parties – ESPECIALLY theme parties!!] I have wanted to throw a party ever since January. One day in April, an idea popped into my head: spa party. So I started brainstorming. I came up with some ideas and wrote them all down. Like I usually do, I am going way over the top with everything: invitations, party supplies, food, etc (I got this from my mother). I just can’t help myself…If I’m going to do something like this, everything has to be perfect! So sometime in June or maybe July, I’ll be writing about the spa party and every component of it!
Lastly, I have made a change…to my hair, that is! I’ve been in a hair rut for the last month or two. My last hair cut was in August. I got it cut short and I’ve regretted it ever since. There’s not a whole lot of things you can do with short hair. So I’ve been trying to grow it out as best I can. I decided a couple of months ago that I wanted to get bangs again. I got them last year around February and quickly grew them out, but I really like bangs on me. So I decided to do bangs again. Also, I’d been toying around the idea of getting highlights. My husband told me to go for it, and I did. What do you think? Below is a before and after of my hair:
Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day evening and have a great week of work to all! And remember – happy crafting 🙂