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Ribbon Wand Tutorial

Ribbon Wands 

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I am in the process of making ribbon wands for my daughters wedding and I am in love with the colors my daughter has chosen, 

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I cut the ribbon 24' long and sewed three of them together at one end 

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I just kept sewing them in a long line and then cut them apart

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 I attached each ribbon to a 12" dowel using double stick tape and it worked perfectly!!

I wound it around and it stuck to itself and holds perfectly!!

These would be perfect for a little girls party too! 
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Let me know if you make some too!


Pink Puffy Coffee Filter Garland

Coffee Filter Garland
I had my cute friend Shyla make this awesome Coffee Filter Garland for my daughters Bridal Shower and we also used it for the reception too! The colors and fluffiness of it is just the best thing ever!!!!
Food Coloring is the secret behind the color.


Wedding Cake

So many fun things to share with you from the wedding reception! 
If you missed part 1 click here to see some of the ideas
The Cake!! OH MY GOSH it was STUNNING! 

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This was the inspiration cake that my daughter found from Wedding Chicks


I'm on Periscope doing live broadcasts! Before and After Kitchen White cupboards bright and light!

White kitchen cupboards
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Peach and Navy Blue Wedding with a Hot Dog Bar! Part 1

I cant even tell you how excited I am to share my daughter's wedding with you! 
I have been waiting for the photos from our awesome photographer Madison Larsen Photography and they were worth waiting for!
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Emily and Kevin were married in the Salt Lake Temple in Utah 


Sunday birthday dinner-Lemon thyme grilled chicken

Sunday Birthday Dinner Lemon Thyme Grilled Chicken
Sunday birthday dinner lemon thyme grilled chicken
Sunday birthday dinner lemon thyme grilled chicken
So tonight we celebrated my SIL's 30th birthday and had a yummy dinner of Lemon Thyme


Paneling above fireplace DIY

My newest project- Paneling above the fireplace to bring in that beachy cottage look!
Paneling above fireplace tutorial, beachy cottage look
My latest project that was super easy and fun to do was paneling the area above our fireplace. I used what is called fashion board from Lowes. A large panel is under $10.00! It only took one board with lots left over.

Countertop Quick Fix! Chalk Paint

Emily and Kevin's quick countertop fix!
Our newleyweds Emily and Kevin have been fixing up their cute love nest! Emily did not like the laminate countertops or the color of the back splash so she painted the countertops with black chalkpaint and the tile with grey paint and wow it looks amazing!
Oh and check out their new dog...Sage...she is a St. Bernard!
Chalkboard painted counters
Countertop quick fix, chalkboard paint

Relaxing on the beach..... NOT!!

Where have I been you might be wondering?? Anyone?? Well, for those who may be wondering...
  I have been away relaxing on a tropical island sipping delicious non-alcoholic fruity drinks and soaking up the sun...
bahahahahah NOT!! 
Only in my dreams!
 Middle of May... My oldest daughter..Madeline, hubby and 3 kids moved in right before she had my newest grand baby boy THEODORE :) ..ooh he is so precious!! I cooked, cleaned and entertained the other 3 kids all while  planning a bridal shower for my youngest daughter Emily with help from Madeline (thank heavens)... as well as planning Emily's wedding reception! (I am still waiting for photos from photographer to post about it). PLUS we had tons of family come into town and stay with us for the wedding (IT WAS A BLAST) the next day after the wedding it was the 4th of July with all of them here so there were parades to go to, food to cook and fireworks to watch (YES I WAS dead tired) after I relaxed for a tiny bit we then celebrated my birthday (which Madeline did a fabulous job) and then we celebrated Madeline's birthday two days later at Emily's new home (Such a fun girls night ) :), after that I accompanied my husband (he is a bishop) to visit a couple of Girls Camps, THEN I started helping Madeline prepare to move into their new house by PAINTING!! Lots and lots of PAINTING! 
Holy Cow its been an amazing summer! 

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The lovely turquoise color on my hand is the color we painted in my granddaughters room after pics coming up


Naked Banana Cake with Fresh Flowers! Super Moist and delicious!

Naked Banana Cake with Fresh Flowers

Banana Cake with cream cheese frosting, Naked Banana Cake with Fresh Flowers
I thought I had taken photos when I made this pretty cake but apparently I did not!
I am a Bad blogger! LOL
I will list out the steps and post the recipe below

Step 1- Decide how big you want your cake. I made two recipes of this cake so I could get it tall. I used two 6" round cake pans and two 8" round cake pans (actually I just used one twice)

Step 2- Make and bake the cake (recipe below)

Step 3- After cakes have cooled cut the two smaller cakes in half to make four layers. I left the two 8" cakes whole.

Step 4- Make the " to die for" cream cheese frosting (recipe below)

Step 5- Let the stacking begin! Lay one of the 8" cakes on a pretty cake plate and cover just the top with frosting pushing some of the frosting to the edges so that it will squish out a little when the next cake layer is laid on top. Stack the next 8" layer on. Cover the top with frosting.

Step 6- Place one of the 6" layers in the center of the 8" cake, add frosting in between each layer ending with a smooth cake layer on top . Frost with more frosting leaving a little of the edge of the cake exposed.

Step 7- Cut off stems of blooms and position the flowers in a pleasing way. We used to pretty peonies and a few ranuculas at the base of the flowers. The green leaves were cut from trees around our neighborhood..some sort of light green olive tree. Madeline places some at the base of the cake and for the final touch we sprinkled powdered sugar all on the edges of the cake and on the leaves. It turned out so pretty!

I used this Banana Bar recipe from Taste of Home only I replaced the sour cream with greek yogurt.

Taste of Home
Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream (I used plain greek yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°/ In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in bananas.
  • 2. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool.
  • 3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in enough confectioners' sugar to achieve desired consistency. Frost bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3-4 dozen.


Bridal shower peach pink navy and gold

It has been one amazing crazy exhausting month around here with planning a wedding, hosting a bridal shower and then hosting lots of family that stayed here during the wedding..I am pooped but so happy! 

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First let me start with my daughter Emily's bridal shower it couldn't have been more perfect! The food, decorations and most especially family and friends... We all really had such a fun evening! 
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The color palette is peach, pink, navy and gold. Originally we had planned to do this outside but it was so hot we decided to move it inside the house. My cute friend, Shyla, made this gorgeous banner for us from coffee filters! 
All tutorials and recipes will be posted soon! 
My daughter Madeline, my sister Tiffany and many friends helped to make this such a special night for Emily. 
Madeline created this spectacular floral arrangement using flowers from a florist as well as cuttings from around the neighborhood! 
Madeline made two different lemonades... a strawberry mint and a watermelon mint that were so delicious! 
I made this delicious banana naked cake that is so moist and delicious and so easy to make! 
Recipe will on the blog tomorrow! 
We loved using these beautiful paper products from Party Pail! The pink and coral napkins, gold plates and forks brought in the perfect pop of color! Thank you Party Pail!!

We loved every minute of it and feel so blessed and thankful for everyone who helped! 

Check back tomorrow for the amazing Banana cake recipe!


Navy, Peach, Pink, and White Wedding reception and Hot Dog Bar!!

Navy, Peach, Pink and White wedding reception!
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I have been so busy lately sewing, creating, planning out our ideas for my daughters wedding and I thought I would share with you how I go about making this come to life. The wedding is over the 4th of July weekend so we are doing a little twist on the colors... Navy, peach, coral, pink and white. The peach pink and coral colors will come from the flowers and the beautiful napkins from Party Pail who is working with me to create this fun look! 
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I know I am not an artist by any stretch of the imagination so go ahead and giggle at my attempt, but I am a visual kind of person and I have to see things on paper so I drew out what the buffet table will look like. Since it is 4th of July weekend we decided to do a hot dog bar and serve them with different kinds of toppings! I think it will be soo fun! Behind the tables I will have 2 large chalkboards with the menu written on them. 
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We are using lots of Gavlanized tin serve ware that I have been collecting to serve all the food from! Besides the hot dogs we are serving watermelon on sticks and chips with lemonade, water and sodas. My cute friend Julia is catering this for me so I don't have to do this on my own..thank heavens for her!!
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I have made 2 of the 12 table runners and I love how they look! Crisp and clean and fun! I have tried to get as many runners our of the width as possible without them looking wimpy. I made these about 14" wide and 108" long to fit on 8 ft. round tables.  I all of this stuff set up in my dining room so I could a look as to how it might all come together.
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I decided to serve the food in these cute cardboard trays with pretty French looking waxed papers as liners. Oh there is sooo much to do!! 
Wait until you see what my daughter...Madeline has been planning for the shower! 
So many details will be coming as we go along! 


Our new little peach and wedding update!

Our daughter Madeline blessed us with a new baby grandson and he just looks like a little peach! His coloring is gorgeous and he has peach fuzz all over his little self! His cheeks feel like velvet! I can't kiss him enough! Theodore is his name but we call him Theo :)
I feel so incredibly blessed to be the grandma to these four little pups!! 
Wedding plans are running full speed ahead for our daughter Emily! I am so excited to show you some sneak peeks of the colors she chose! I am in the process of making navy and white striped table runners for all the tables. 

Inspiration for the centerpieces are from we are trying to find wooden boxes like these. The flowers will be similar in color.

The reception will be in a huge barn and there are some large wooden benches in there and so I am going to make some pillows to go on them in the Peach, Coral and Navy colors... I had most of these fabrics but I ordered the navy and white striped from

Well my friends I have got to get crack-a-lackin or we will be having the reception in an empty barn! 

I will try to keep you updated as we go along!


Easy Super Hero Cake Tutorial!!

My grandson just turned 2 and we celebrated with a super hero cake!
Super hero cake tutroial
Super hero cake tutroial
Super hero cake tutroial
I found the package of super heros at Walmart and the extra spider man items...frisbees, and tops in the party section of Walmart. I used the frisbees around the cake to bring in color and the other goodies sprinkled on the top of the cake along with sprinkles.
Super hero cake tutroial
He LOVED it!! :)
Quick and simple Super Hero Cake!
Recipe for cake is the same one I used for the Tortuga cake


Taking a little time off... But not really!

So have I mentioned that my youngest daughter is getting married in July?? We are busy preparing for this exciting day!! We love love love her precious fiancĂ©!!  I will have sooo many fun photos and ideas to share with you... I can't wait!! 

Here's a sneak peek of the colors.. Plus navy blue!!

Plus we also have another grandbaby boy due at the end of this month to make 4 grandkids! We can't wait for that exciting day either!! Plus they are all moving in with us for a little bit until they can find a new home near us!!
 So many sweet blessings in my life!! 
 I need to take a little break from Centerpiece Wednesday and maybe a little bit from blogging regularly....I will be one busy gal for the next little while and I will be back to share all these amazing wedding ideas, baby things etc...

Hope you will continue to check back on things here! When I get a few moments I will be back to post all about my oldest daughters house transformation!! 

I just need two of me right now! LOL 


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