Thursday, January 14, 2010

david & hiro's wedding

My brother, David, got married to his boyfriend, Hiroyuki, on December 28 in Lenox, Massachusetts!! They asked me to be their justice of the peace, so I officiated their wedding! I was flattered and the wedding was amazing and perfect and so beautiful! I did a bunch of crafty stuff for it, too, so I have an excuse to blog about it ;) For instance, I made their cake topper (above) out of two wooden "boys" (the package said "boys" but they were really just wooden pegs), tiny plastic hats (that I just so happened to have laying around the house from, I guess, some other project I had meant to do), and the top of a cardboard heart-shaped box that I painted white. I painted the suits 2 days before the wedding when they were out of the house, by which time I knew what color their tuxes would be.

The bow wasn't actually attached to the topper, I just put it there for effect. I did attach it to each wedding favor, though (above)! I got them from this wonderful etsy site, Little Spark Creations. It was a small wedding (22 people in all) and I couldn't find a site that would custom-print ribbons without buying 50 or more! Little Spark Creations offered custom ribbons at a 25 count for only $10! What a deal! Not only that--they came out exactly how I wanted, and I was able to tie them into the most perfect little bows for the wedding favors!

Here is where the edible stuff comes in...

A tiny chocolate cake!!! Made from melting chocolate wafers :) Does it get any cuter than this? Everything I needed came in this kit at AC Moore. This big box included 25 fold-up boxes and lids, 3 or 4 bags of chocolate wafers, 25 blank tags (which I ended up not using), and a mold for the tiny cakes :)

My 11-year-old cousin Jack thought it was delicious :)

Here is the cake!!

The happy family:
A candid moment:Bro and sis:

Yay! A perfect day for love.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

christmas cookies and cupcakes!

I have an extensive, if not quaint, collection of cookie cutters, and last year I made octopi, lobsters, princes and princesses and the usual Christmas shapes. I got the beach, fantasy and Christmas cutters at Williams-Sonoma. My brother got the fantasy ones for me last Christmas! They came in a box shaped like a big storybook with a locket--sooo cute!

This year I left out the beach theme and decorated with red, green, white and yellow sprinkles, which were the only colors I had anyway, which was perfect! Check out disco-Santa!

I liked the horse :)
Then, I guess my cupcake reputation is spreading, because I got a bunch of cupcake-themed gifts for Christmas!!

I got the adorable, elegant cupcake stand AND sprinkles and icing! My parents got me the cupcake paper punches (how CUTE!), the Sprinkles cupcake mixes (as opposed to cake mix!), the clasped cupcake ornament and the vinyl blueberry cupcake figure. Adorable!!

Wow. Just so cute. You can get to designer olive47's page here! Tons of other cute things are on her page, including the panda project, where you can e-mail her for panda stickers to make people more aware of the dwindling panda population... If you love pandas, I suggest you also check out my September post of panda cupcakes from the book Hello, Cupcake!

One last thing, we had a cookie cake after Christmas dinner:
which had a very cute Santa decoration:
Ho Ho Ho! I hope you all had happy holidays! :)