Monthly Archives: April 2013

Shop // Madewell Shoe Heaven

04/29/13

madewell

I’m 99% certain that whoever is in charge of shoes over at Madewell is blessed from heaven with a special ability to make me melt. Seriously, I don’t think there is a single shoe that I wouldn’t wear.

Also, I feel the need to confess that I put this post together just so my mom would know what to get me for my birthday in May… and I wear a size 6… don’t judge me.

 

madewell shoe heaven What’s you favorite pick? I would definitely have to say the tan leather wedges, so in love with them!

Find all of these styles, right here.

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DIY // Flower Topped Macaron Favors

04/25/13

DIY flower topped macaron favors by Sugar & Cloth

After I was cleaning up my DIY mess from yesterday’s post, I had a little stroke of genius  luck. I had a few ranunculus blooms laying next to my extra macarons and twine, and the cuteness almost killed me! One thing led to another, and before you know it, I was tying ranunculus to macarons…

Let’s be honest, would you not squeal with excitement if you were handed a twine wrapped macaron with a ranunculus on top as a favor? I thought so. To make sure you’re the one wowing instead of being wowed, I’ll show you how I made them!

DIY flower topped macaron favors by Sugar & Cloth

DIY flower topped macaron favors by Sugar & Cloth Tie twine around a macaron just like you would a Christmas present.

Before you knot it, clip a flower just below the bloom , and knot the twine around the stem.

DIY flower topped macaron favors by Sugar & Cloth DIY flower topped macaron favors by Sugar & Cloth DIY flower topped macaron favors by Sugar & Cloth Once they’re tied, set them out in a pretty dish or favor box for serving!

 

 

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DIY // Fresh Flower Cake Topper

04/24/13

DIY fresh flower cake topper by Sugar & Cloth

I’ve been a little MIA on the DIY front around here recently, but this project will surely make it up to you. Why? Because it involves cake, macarons, and fresh flowers. I know, I can’t contain myself either…

If I’m really honest, I’ve never attempted a fresh flower cake topper before, but let me just tell you that using a cake vase is pure magic. Literally all you do is stick flowers in it, so simple!

Materials:

DIY fresh flower cake topper by Sugar & Cloth

DIY fresh flower cake topper by Sugar & Cloth

Place the cake vase on top of your iced cake. Fill it with a small amount of water, just enough to fill all of the holes.

DIY fresh flower cake topper by Sugar & Cloth DIY fresh flower cake topper by Sugar & Cloth

Cut the stems to the flowers short, and begin placing them into the holes of the vase starting from the outside working in. The instructions for the vase say to start from the center working outwards, but I found that working from the outside in made the center flowers stand up a bit higher, which I liked.

DIY fresh flower cake topper by Sugar & Cloth

Once all of the flowers are placed in the holes, use smaller buds to fill in any gaps.

 

DIY fresh flower cake topper by Sugar & Cloth DIY fresh flower cake topper by Sugar & Cloth DIY fresh flower cake topper by Sugar & Cloth And the best part is that it has the prettiest leftovers!

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On Being Open or Being Guarded

04/19/13

being open or a guarded heart

I was really overwhelmed by your response to my cry for help post on finding balance last week. It was so encouraging to hear from those of you that left comments and emails for me, I’m glad to know I’m not alone and that we can relate! So, I wanted to talk to you about being open or guarded in relationships, because without going into too much detail just yet, I could use the venting. I’ve been kind of a mess behind the scenes over here in case you haven’t noticed my out-of-the norm absence much yet..

I’ll go ahead and be the first to say that I haven’t had the best of fortune with people close to me lately. I’m quickly realizing that when I’m not doing well I tend to just shut down and guard my heart. I have no issues with talking about a problem or circumstance, but really getting the dirty truth behind my reasons or feelings for something seems to totally escape me. It normally ends in clamming up to keep the temporary peace rather than solving the problem or being uncandidly honest.

In some ways it seems really logical to try and spare feelings, but at the end of the day it’s really just masking the problem, right? At some point you’ll have to be honest to set yourself free a bit, but how and when is the best way is always the question, isn’t it?

photo via Yellow Yellow  design by Sugar & Cloth

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