Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cocoa Cupcakes

A couple weeks ago, I whipped up a batch of chocolate cupcakes--the cocoa version of the Alton Brown Chiffon Cupcakes--for an end-of-year studio potluck. And because these cupcakes are definitely going to be on the dessert menu, I thought I'd share!

These pictures seem to focus on the frosting, though, because I was also testing out a swiss buttercream recipe (soooo good). The pairing of the two are pretty great. Since the cupcakes are so light and not super-sweet, you can go pretty decadent with the topping--and it is decidedly decadent.
Mmmm.. buttercream..

Friday, May 27, 2011


So I was treated to a really nice afternoon this past Sunday at the bridal shower that Karen (Joe's mom) threw for me. I have to thank everyone that came out--friends and family on both sides--for giving me such a nice party.

Here are some photos:


You can see the rest of the photos on flickr.

Oh, and guess what? I totally graduated!

Needless to say, it was a busy weekend.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

RSVPs Welcome

Now that everyone has (hopefully) received their invites, I thought I'd post the completed suite.


Now let's hear those RSVPs! We'll take them via email, phone, text, Facebook if you're on it... you could even comment on this post if that works for you! June 30th is your deadline!

Check back in soon!


Monday, May 9, 2011


So this past Friday was my official last day of classes (hooray!), and though I still have exams this week, I took a little break over the weekend to soak up the amazing (AMAZING!) weather and work on a few wedding-related projects. I'm not sure if we've broached the topic of flowers yet, but I do plan on making fabric flowers for my bouquet and for various other applications. I guess it depends on how well it goes. I can totally imagine freaking out at the eleventh hour and running to Wegmans to buy fresh, overpriced grocery store flowers. But in the hopes of avoiding that moment, I spent a couple hours Saturday afternoon looking up tutorials and messing around with the scraps of fabric I've collected from sewing bridesmaids dresses. Long story short, here's what I came up with:

Pretty basic. Just petals sewn on to a small ball of wool. To clean up the edges, I plan on just trimming the petals a bit, then painting on some fray-check or even acrylic matte medium. I know that if you use synthetic fabrics, you can flame-seal the petals, which also gives them a little shape, allowing the edges to curl slightly. This was pretty good for a test run, I think.

How this is going to translate into a bouquet, I'm not so sure yet. But this is some of the inspiration I've collected:

I'm thinking I might bleach or dye some of the scraps I have to get variations of the coral color. I'll probably play with some other fabrics to add some textural variety, like the charmeuse and chiffon that's leftover from my dress. I've seen some amazing felt flowers out there too, like these ones. I can't wait to have my slaves bridesmaids here to help me make them!

If anyone has ideas or projects (or better yet, templates!) they'd like to share, I'd love to hear about it.

Talk to you soon!

P.S. Have you gotten your invitation yet? Let me know if you'd like to RSVP!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sneak Peek

Here's a little peek at our invitations fresh from the printer, which I am hoping to get in the mail today.
Look out for those soon!

Holy crap, guys, we're getting married in less than three months!