I’m almost too embarrassed to say that I got new business cards, again. I feel like I’ve shown you a lot of new promo material lately, but I really needed personal business cards. You know, the kind that people read and then actually know what name to call you besides just “Sugar & Cloth”. Let’s be honest, being called Sugar & Cloth randomly out of context kind of sounds like it could be a stripper name.
This time around I asked Mike from Eat Sleep Ride Print to help me bust out some last minute cards, and I’m totally in love with them! They are letterpressed on both sides and are much more gender neutral than my previous design, not to mention they were a total hit at the blog conference this past weekend!
This past weekend was the very first Houston Blogger Symposium (thanks to the lovely Megan of Greetings from Texas), which also happened to be my very first blog conference in general. Despite the fact that I’m much more shy in real life than I am in describing my love of cupcakes and DIY’s here on S+C, I’m so glad I attended, it was refreshing getting to meet bloggers in real life for a change.
As for the speakers, there was Laura “the powerhouse” Mayes (as I’ve deemed her, this is why), Katy Atlas of Sugarlaws, the gutsy Alicia DiRago of Dismount Creative (go DIY!), Kristina of Pretty Shiny Sparkly, and the ever cute sisters of Mucho Mucho Bueno Bueno, Brandi & Kelly.
In case you’re curious about speaker topics, these were my favorite panel points:
- If there are brands you want to work with, take the initiative instead of hoping they will knock on your virtual door.
- Be authentic in your own content
- Perfectionism is overrated, give yourself a break!
With summer coming to a screeching halt, I thought I should squeeze in one more ice cream related recipe for you. If you’re like us and live in a place like Houston (or the desert I guess) you could be enjoying these babies up until Christmas morning, I’ll leave that up to you. Either way, these chocolate cupped ice cream cupcakes are surprisingly simpler to make than their title, and they will surely leave your guests licking their lips (and possibly twirling around the room until the sugar high wears off). If you’re into healthier means, you can always modify this recipe to your skinny alternatives. Here we go-
To make 12 cupcakes:
- Silicon cupcake molds
- Chocolate for melting – approx. 32 oz.
- Icing of your choice – approx. 24 oz.
- Ice cream of your choice – approx. 1.5 quarts
- Spray oil
To make the chocolate liners: lightly coat the insides of the silicone cupcake molds with spray oil. Next, melt the chocolate and spread a thin layer over the inside of each mold. let them cool completely for about 30 minutes, and then coat with another layer of chocolate. Let the second coat cool for an hour.
Releasing the chocolate from the molds is a little tricky. Start by gently pulling the silicon back from the very rim all the way around the mold. Once the top is released, the bottom sort of pops out. The thicker the chocolate, the easier it is to take them out. Don’t worry if the top chips, you’ll never notice once you add the icing.
To finish your cupcakes, scoop your favorite ice cream into each chocolate liner, and then let them sit in the freezer for a bit.
Once they’re nice and chilled, top with frosting and sprinkles, and you’re all set!
Now that I’ve survived the hurdle of actually opening a shop instead of just talking about it, I’m brainstorming how I want to refine and improve it. My biggest obstacles are deciding what I like to make, what I think will sell, and how the heck to price without giving things away or working for free.
My to-do list so far: Use all white backdrops, post more inventory, show more detailed photos for party kits (so people have a clear idea of how much they’re actually getting), etc.
I wanted to know form your perspective what items you love most, what you’d like to see, or if you have any tips from your own shop experiences. Let’s talk! I’m totally getting a crash course in this!
p.s.- you can finally see this DIY live today, excuse my absent-mindedness from yesterday :)
Once upon a time (about four years ago), my friend Molly bought me a nocturnal journal for all of the ideas that I thought of in the middle of the night. Despite being pegged as the art student roommate, this notebook was genius! So I put together a simple DIY to make your own gold leafed version over on The Vault Files tomorrow, you’ll be able to check it out here!
This is top secret (not really), but I was actually supposed to schedule this post for tomorrow… clearly my mind is still on vacation. Don’t judge me!
I’m finally back from visiting home for a wedding, and I feel like I’ve been MIA for weeks even though it’s technically just been a few days (albeit a whirlwind few days). Also, I’ve decided one needs a few days of living out of suitcases, out of a trunk, over a span of a few states to make you appreciate a closet, dirty or not. Here are a few photos from the past week:
1 // Visiting some of the cutest shops in Raleigh
2 // My favorite coffee shop from living in Greensboro, The Green Bean
3 // A hometown favorite, Taylor Books
4 // Dinner with one of the cutest guys ever, my brother ;)
You’ll be happy to know that once I unpack, I’ll be back on the DIY train for you! Anything new with you? Are you wanting to see more bloopers in the future?
One more thing: always remembering 9.11.2001