Home, Places, Wedding

Wedded Bliss Part 1: The Move

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So, I know it’s been quite a while since my last post, but Robert and I finally moved in together! Yayy! The last 2 weeks or so we’ve been trying to settle into our new apartment in beautiful Laguna Niguel, CA. As our wedding day nears, you can expect quite a few posts about crafts I may be doing for the wedding or test runs that I’m doing for the cake, and maybe a random post here or there on something I’m interested in at the moment.

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And as for our new place, Robert and I both love it. We’re just 5 miles from the beach, and it happens to be gorgeous so we’re pretty happy about that as well. And guess what else?

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We finally have our own kitchen! Yayy! No more worrying about random roommates stealing my food or getting in the way of Robert’s family when I cook in their kitchen, haha. I know it’s tiny, but it’s amazingly freeing to finally have one of my own. Right after we moved, the kitchen was the first thing I set up; there was no way I was unpacking for anything else!

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AAND yesterday I finally finished unpacking and organizing all my craft stuff. I also took my VERY old wood laminate desk (I’ve had it since I was in elementary school!) and sanded it down, painted it an off-white color, and changed out the drawer pulls to something more antique-looking to give it a cute shabby-chic look. After looking over and over for a new and affordable desk (ha) I thought that this was probably the best solution for a tight wallet, and I think I was right!

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Cute, right? Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little blip about a new stage in my life and the life of my future husband. Expect more posts about the wedding, and happy blogging!

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Cake, Crafts, DIY, Home

DIY Old-Fashioned Cake Stand

Those of you who know me know that I love anything old-fashioned/vintage/antique. I also happen to love thrifting and crafting, so why not combine them all?
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Yesterday I made a trip to my local thrift store and picked out a few porcelain plates, took ’em home, and just went at it. This is a very easy (and cheap!) project for anyone looking to add some flare to their cake presentation or just their home kitchen in general.

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But before we start, some tips on choosing your items wisely: for the base of the stand, I picked out some short candle holders. Make sure that it is sturdy enough to support both the plate and a cake; it is best to use something that is wide at one end and tapers toward the other. I’ve seen people use shot glasses, even old-fashioned ice cream sundae glasses for this! There are so many options for this, so let your imagination run wild. Many of these things can be easily found at the dollar store as well. This time I chose a base with a gold trim because my plate also has a gold trim to match.

What you’ll need:

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A decorative plate
A base (candle holder, shot glass, ice cream glass, etc)
A ruler
A marker (preferably a light color; I used a blue highlighter)
A hot glue gun

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Step 1: Wash yer dishes!
Make sure that both the base and the plate are free of any dust particles, grime, etc. The glue will stick better to a clean surface. I used a soft sponge and some mild soap to clean between all the groves along the frame of the plate.

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Step 2: Measure your base and your plate.
Find the widest part of the top of your base, and measure its diameter. Then measure the widest part of the bottom of your plate, and measure its diameter.

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Step 3: Mark your measurements.
Since my base measured 4cm and my plate measured 16cm, I marked the plate right at the center (8cm) and marked 2cms on each side of it. This is where you will place your base.

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Step 4: Align your base with your plate.
Make sure that your base lines up with all your markings, and check to see that it is centered.

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Step 5: Glue around the rim of the top of your base.
Place a small ring of hot glue onto the rim of your base. Make sure you do this step quickly, as the glue will set faster on cold surfaces.

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Step 6: Firmly press base onto center of plate.
Hold it down for about 30 seconds, until you are sure the glue has dried. Let the plate sit upside down for a few minutes until the glue is set completely.

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Et voila!
Your cake stand is done, and cute as a button. Now go to a tea party, have some cake, and be creative. I’ve seen people stack these to make a tiered cupcake stand, like so

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Ehh? Ehhhh? Just let your creative juices flow, have fun with it, and happy crafting!

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