Monthly Archives: October 2012

DIY // Vintage Spool Cake Stand

10/24/12

DIY vintage spool cake stand

I have a tendency to want to hoard vintage spools. I don’t know if this is a feeling anyone shares with me, but I just can’t help it, something about them is just awesome. I’ve had a few sitting around as simple decor for a while now, but I wanted a way to make them functional (aside from successfully collecting dust). Eventually I decided to try my hand at making them into cake stands and this is how they turned out.

Materials:

DIY cake stand from vintage spools Basically all you have to do is stain the wooden oval to match your spool, and then glue the spool, oval, and plate together and you’re finished!

To match my spool, I used dark walnut fast-dry stain, let it dry, and then used water based black craft paint over top and wiped off the excess.

DIY vintage spool cake stand

DIY cake stand from a vintage spool

I just used a cake dome from an old cake stand to cover the cupcakes. Wouldn’t this be adorable for a wedding? It’s definitely MUCH cheaper!

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Behind the Scenes (and a bit of stage fright)

10/23/12

whimseybox behind the scenes

I’m not sure if it’s possible or not, but I swear I lost a fraction (give or take), of my outgoing personality over the last few years. Has this happened to anyone else, or am I just really out of practice? Maybe I’ve just gotten a little too comfortable with being behind the camera, but either way, I got a crash course in overcoming my new found stage fright shooting videos with the Whimseybox crew yesterday. Here are few pictures I snapped behind the scenes.–

whimseybox behind the scenes

whimseybox behind the scenes

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Eats // Glittering Cookie Sandwiches

10/19/12

recipe for glittering cookie sandwiches

If confetti was a cookie, they would definitely be glittering cookie sandwiches. Also, let me just tell you that this was my first time ever making these lovelies which A) was totally worth it and B) reminded me how important it is not to make up your own portion sizes when it comes to sweets. Technically they are supposed to be bite-sized (making a total of 5 dozen), but my laziness got the better of me and I decided I was just going to make fewer, bigger cookies… um, no. Not a good idea at all. Bite size is about all you can handle of the sweetness, so take my word for it.

Glittering Cookie Sandwiches from The Gourmet Cookie Book inspired by The Purl Bee:

Ingredients:

Cookies
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
Sanding sugars in various colors

Filling
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons almond extract
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 stick unsalted butter, softened

recipe for glittering cookie sandwiches

To Make the Cookies:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place flour, cornstarch and salt in a bowl, mix togetgher and set aside.

With electric mixer, mix butter, confectioners’ sugar, almond extract and vanilla until fluffy.
Add flour mixture and mix on low until dough forms.

Place each sanding sugar into a small bowl.
Roll dough into balls, 1/2-inch in diameter, then roll balls in sanding sugar.  Place balls on parchment lined baking sheet, 3/4-inch apart.

Bake for 9-11 minutes.  Bottoms should just be turning golden.  Remove and place on cooling racks.

glittering cookie sandwich recipe

To Make Filling:
With electric mixer, mix all filling ingredients on medium until combined.

Complete Cookies:
With offset spatula place approximately 1/4 teaspoon of filling on half a cookie, sandwich the other half to form a ball.

recipe for glittering cookie sandwiches glittering cookie sandwich recipe

To package them, fill a clear take out container with different colors, and tie a gold ribbon around the top!

 

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Fall Wish List

10/18/12

fall wish list

If I had to force myself to only choose 8 reasonable fall items to wish for, I would pick these… technically I already own the lavender hearts, but I really recommend them that much.

P.s.- Want to see a crazier side of S+C, check out my quick feature on Studio DIY!

1 dot sweater // 2 ban.do bobbi pins // 3  lavender filled heart brooches // 4 anthropologie throw // 5  voluspa candle // 6 penguin classics book set // 7 viscid watch // 8 modcloth dotted scarf

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