Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Better Late Than Never

Well I have fallen off of my news years resolution to blog at least once a week.  I have over scheduled myself to make sure I stayed busy and that the time flew by (which it has)!!  It is hard to believe that my hubby has been gone a month already and I can only hope that the rest of his time gone goes by just as quick.

Valentine's Day came and went fairly quickly and instead of basking in self pity of not having my Valentine here to celebrate with me, I chose to turn Valentines Day into a celebration of my other Valentine, my daughter, Emma.  We spent a fairly quiet evening at Chuck e Cheese with Grammie and our good friend Lenzi.  Of course cupcakes had to be involved and I chose to make a raspberry and white chocolate cupcake (recipe from the book The Cupcake Diaries which I review a few weeks back) with a dark chocolate dipped raspberry on top.  They were pretty good, but I am glad I made mini size because boy were they sweet!

I also dabbled in making some chocolate covered Oreo's for my hubby's valentines day care package.  I don't know why, but they seemed intimidating, maybe because in the past I haven't had much luck with melting chocolate.  Much to my surprise, they were the easiest thing to make, looked amazing and tasted even better.  Todd shared them with his buddies over there and they got rave reviews!!

The best part of this post is a recent project I took up after seeing it on Pinterest (of course).  I have decided that I wanted to put together a ladies tea party the day before mother's day to celebrate good friends, great mothers and awesome ladies and of course there will be cupcakes as well as other sweets involved.  I knew I wasn't going to find a store bought cupcake stand that would serve this event any purpose so of course I decided to make one myself.  After spending this past Saturday going from estate sale to estate sale and rummaging through what seemed like a dozen different thrift stores (I think it really may have been a dozen) I found WONDERFUL vintage plates in different sizes as well as two pale pink candle sticks and a tea cup and saucer that were already glued together and perfect for the top of the cupcake stand.  After doing some research, I found that using an adhesive called E6000 would work perfect for this project.

I made sure I cleaned and dried the plates, candle sticks and cup/saucer thoroughly (per adhesive instructions).  First I glued one candle stick to the largest, bottom plate and the other candle stick to the medium, middle plate. I used a measuring tape to measure around each plate to make sure the candle sticks were centered and I let those dry over night to assure the best bonding.  In the morning, I glued the middle plate to the candle stick of the bottom plate and then topped it off by gluing the cup/saucer to the candle stick on the middle plate. Again, I used a measuring tap and measured all around the plates to make sure they were centered and let the glue bond for a couple days.

I am so thrilled at how GORGEOUS the cupcake stand turned out and not only will it be perfect for the tea party, it is one of a kind and only cost about $6.50 to make.  Doesn't get much better than that!!  I am in the market to make another 2-tiered stand to accompany the 3-tier!

Next undertaking is going to be an Angry Bird's cupcake cake & cupcakes for my nephews birthday in a couple weeks! 

Until then, my cupcake friends!

Lacey Cakes