Friday, October 17, 2014

Apple Cider Pound Cake

Ah, fall. My favorite season of the year. Cooler temperatures, changing leaves, roaring fires and delicious smells of spices baking in the kitchen. Everyone seems to snuggle down with loved ones when shorter days and cooler weather come back at the end of the year. Fall, though, has been a little late in coming to the South. Cool weather flits in for a tantalizing day or two and then the temperatures soar back up to the mid 70's. But now that it is mid-October I don't care what the thermometer says, I am going into fall mode!

The recipe for this Apple Cider Pound Cake was a happy discovery on a few years ago, and I pulled it out again last week to make for a group at our church.  Our kitchen smelled divine while this was baking! And as none of the cake was left at the end of the night, I know you'll love it, too.

Apple Cider Pound Cake from

3 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. butter
6 eggs
3 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 c. apple cider
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. buttermilk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. baking soda

In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir together all dry ingredients; set aside. Combine cider and vanilla. Add dry ingredients alternately with cider mixture to batter. Mix until well blended. Spoon into greased 10-inch angel food cake pan or fluted tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until cake tests done. Meanwhile, combine all icing ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. While cake is warm, drizzle 1/2 of the icing over cake. Serve remaining icing over individual cake servings, if desired.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Ruler Growth Chart

Hello! It has been ages since my last blog post, it is good to be back. If you are anything like me, you have a constant backlog of projects you want to do or have started to do and haven't quite finished. Life is a busy thing. With that in mind, I am always excited when one of those projects gets completed! 

I had the idea of making a ruler growth chart back before my son was born. It was actually one of the things I had pinned to his nursery inspiration board. But knowing I wouldn't need it immediately, it sat on the back burner. By the time his 1st birthday rolled around, I had at least purchased the pine board from the hardware store and was able to mark off how tall he was on it. A few months later I stained it. And a few weeks ago I finally added the lines and numbers. All before he hit the ripe old age of 18 months no less. Ha!

As I mentioned, this was made from a simple pine board I bought at the hardwood store. It measures 6' x 8". I stained it with Special Walnut and then marked off the lines in 1" increments with a pencil. I then went back over the pencil lines with black paint (the perfectionist in me is trying not to agonize over the wobbly hand painted lines. . .) and then I stenciled on the numbers at each foot mark.

I love how it turned out! I plan to record my son's height every 6 months or so. Besides loving how this looks, I like that this is something we can take with us when we move. If we had marked off his height on a wall or door (like we did when I was growing up), we'd have to leave it behind when we eventually move. Now I have a durable, portable, growth chart, that is cute enough to leave out!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Botanical Father's Day Card

Need some inspiration for Father's Day? This year I went with a nature inspired theme and kept it simple. I love the layered leaf fronds across the top with the sentiment nestled inside. The paper is a rustic white card stock with flecks of fiber in it. If you love it as much as I do, pick one up in my Etsy shop to give to your dad, too!


Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, World's Greatest (PTI)
Paper: Rustic White (PTI)
Ink: Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss (SU!), Smokey Shadow (PTI)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Crafted Westside Grand Opening & Artist Feature

Hi friends! I shared back in April that my stationary and handmade soap is now being sold locally at Crafted Westside here in Atlanta. They are having their Grand Opening party on June 7th and I am excited to be one of the featured designers!! If you are in town, it's going to be a fun time so please stop by and say hello!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Thinking of You

I love Atlanta in the springtime. The city is in full bloom right now with flowering trees and shrubs adding pops of color everywhere you look. In that spirit I wanted to share a floral card with you to hopefully brighten your day. 

I used PTI's lovely set The Sweet Life for the roses, paired with Background Basics: Chevron to add some modern contrast. The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up! set Trendy Trees. The finished card measures 3.5"h x 5"w, or 4Bar. I've been using this smaller scale a lot lately and have really been enjoying it.

I hope you are enjoying some warm spring sunshine this weekend!

Stamps: The Sweet Life, Background Basics: Chevron (PTI), Trendy Trees (SU!)
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Rose Romance, Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery, Garden Green, Smokey Slate (SU!)
Tools: The Sweet Life dies (PTI)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Pillow Boxes

One of my family's Easter traditions is to set out small treats (preferably chocolate!) at each family member's place setting at the main meal. My parents will be joining us for Easter dinner this year so I thought I would continue the tradition but also create some cute packaging for my sweet offerings. 

I used the Essential Pillow Box die by Papertrey Ink to create my packaging. These were so easy to make! If you are like me and have waited until the last minute to make Easter favors, these work up in no time.

I made the happy discovery that this pillow box die will just barely fit on a 6x6 piece of pattern paper. So I looked through my stash of 6x6 pattern paper stacks and picked an assortment of fun spring colors and patterns.

Here are my assembled boxes, now they just need decorating!

I tied each box with ribbon and tucked a banner die stamped with the sentiment underneath. You could also write the recipient's name on the tag and use these as place cards.

I think they turned out pretty cute!

I filled each pillow box with a few Cadbury caramel eggs. Yum!

Wishing you a happy Easter! He is risen!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU!)
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI), Assorted pattern paper
Ink: Only Orange, Kiwi Kiss, Tempting Turquoise (SU!)
Tools: Essential Pillow Box die, Double Ended Banner die (PTI)
Embellishments: Assorted ribbon

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A New Venture


I have some exciting news to share today. My card designs and handmade soap are going to be sold at a new store opening up here in Atlanta! The store is called Crafted / Westside and will feature the work of primarily local artisans and designers. I am flattered to have my work shown alongside some awesomely talented artists!

Things have been happening pretty fast behind the scenes here and I have been working furiously during my son's nap time and after hours to get everything ready. A big thank you to my husband for watching our little man for me so that I could have some dedicated time to work! On Monday I dropped off my work and the owners are hoping to open their doors this week. Here are my cards displayed in a cute tabletop carousel.

If you are local, please be sure to check them out next time you are in Midtown! They are located across the street from Octane Coffee in the old Whipstitch Fabric space.