Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tigger Cake

Welcome! It's been a while since I have done a cake and so it felt so nice to be working with all my baking stuff again! 

The only theme for this cake is the darling little Disney character Tigger, so I wanted to keep everything else around him pretty basic. 
I wish I would have gotten some better pictures of this cake, but these will have to do. The cake is chocolate with orange flavored buttercream, the rocks are a clear hard candy that I colored with food coloring and some petal dust, the flower centers are sugar pearls, I used fondant/gumpaste/a mixture of the two for everything else. Everything was colored with Americolor gels/markers or airbrushed with Amerimists.
Close-ups of the waterfall, Tigger and the wood sign. 

I loved making this and it just shows me that I really want to practice my caking skills more. I hope you like it!

-Pretties and Pastries 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in Spicy vs Sephora Lip Stain in Mandarin Muse #10

Welcome!! I have been obsessing about both of these before they were even released. I just can't get enough of this color right now!
On the left is Anastasia Spicy, Sephora Mandarin Muse #10 is on the right.

There are only slight differences between the two. Spicy is more pigmented and has a bit more red, Mandarin Muse is slightly lighter and has a small amount of micro glitter. There is a price difference as well, Anastasia liquid lipsticks are $20 each while a Sephora lip stains are only $13 each. Both are well worth the money. Now I just need to restrain myself from buying all the other colors haha.

-Pretties and Pastries

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Wet N Wild Lipsticks

Welcome! These were a complete impulse buy, but I am so glad I got them because I am absolutely loving them! There are a few more colors but I only got the ones that didn't have shimmer.
From left to right: What's up, Doc?, Nouveau Pink, 15 Minutes Aflame, A Short Affair, Will You Be With Me?, Blind Date. 

These are super creamy, hydrating and pigmented, I can't believe they are only $0.99! The only ones that were more on the sheer side is A Short Affair and Blind Date, however they will be great though for when you want just a wash of color or topping off matte lipsticks for a boost of hydration. 

Bravo Wet N Wild! These are fantastic!

-Pretties and Pastries

Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas Tree 2014

Welcome! Thanksgiving is over and the first thing I wanted to do was get the tree up. 
Getting the tree all done up takes a while but it is so worth it! Next year I think I will add another color to the blue and silver. Do you like to get you tree up right away? I would like to have it up before Thanksgiving but my husband wouldn't be able to handle all the festive-ness haha, he is a bit of the bah humbug type. Well with the tree done, all that's left is to get the stockings up and wrap all the gifts. Thanks for stopping by!

-Pretties and Pastries

Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

I did these cute little guys for a holiday meeting we had. The 'snow' is white buttercream topped with sanding sugar, the trees are Americolor mint green tinted buttercream topped with white/red(I airbrushed the white ones)/silver dragees, the stars are wafer paper airbrushed then dusted with pearl luster dust (they were punched out with a paper punch), then they were all sprinkles in white glitter. Everything on them is edible. If you have any questions then just let me know. I woul love to hear from you.

-Pretties and Pastries

Current Fragrance Loves

Welcome! It is no secret that I LOVE fragrance and these four I find are especially delicious this time of year. 
All these perfumes are so warm, sexy, inviting and cozy! Giorgio Armani Sì is the newest addition to my collection and I feel like I can't get enough of this classy scent. Lancôme La Vie Est Belle, Jimmy Choo Exotic and Prada Candy are just as yummy and amazing though, perfect for the fall/winter months. What are your go-to sweater weather perfumes? I would love your recommendations!

-Pretties and Pastries

Friday, November 7, 2014

Stay-tucked Toddler Shirts

Welcome! So I don't know about you but it is a huge pet peeve of mine when I see a toddler at church/a wedding etc in a shirt that is supposed to be tucked in, but isn't. Our cute little toddlers are just too wiggly and active to have those shirts stay tucked in for longer than one minute. Here is my solution to that.

You know those great little snaps at the bottom of a onesie that makes it so easy for getting to diapers for changing?! Well they are also great for keeping those adorable button-ups tucked into those tiny slacks, while still having the convenience of a onesie. And all it takes is a little cutting and a couple straight stitches. 

My kids also have a great knack for destroying beautiful white onesies, so I do don't feel so bad cutting one of them up for things like this. Of course you could always use a non-destroyed one if you prefer.

First you want to cut off the bottom of the onesies, giving yourself at least half and inch seam allowance and making sure it will be long enough to fit your babies torso. Turn right sides together, line up the seams on each side and pin, then stretch and pin the front and back, then pin in between those gaps. It should look like picture #1. 

With the onsie section on top, start on one of the side seams and sew a straight line giving that half inch seam allowance (or more depending on how tall your bottom seam is, you want to make sure to sew above that hem). Don't forget to back stitch. As you sew, the top will have to stretch a bit to stay lined up with the non stretchy fabric. 

Turn inside out and press the seam down towards the onesie section. Starting on  one of the side seams, sew as close to the edge of the button up as you can, sealing in that seam to keep it nice and flat against the body. Since the button up already has a finished edge, we don't have to worry about the raw onesie edge fraying. 

Voila! We are done, and we know that handsome little man will stay sharp looking all day with his perfectly tucked in little shirt. I didn't take an after picture, I just didn't think it was necessary. If you have any questions, then just let me know.

-Pretties and Pastries