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Purple Ombre Rose Cake Tutorial

For my moms birthday I really wanted to make her a special cake, I wanted to make her an ombre layered rosette cake.
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 I missed the last two birthday as I was living in Phoenix at the time.  I’ve seen so many GORGEOUS cakes on pinterest and in the blogsphere.  Including my own! Which really put a big smile on my face to see how many times it’s been pinned!!  Which cake you ask??  Well here, let me show you!! :)
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This is the cake I made Alice for her 3rd birthday
 
I decided to try out the Rose Cake.  
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I followed the tutorial from I Am Baker
But first I wanted to make an ombre style cake in purple which is my moms favorite color. 
For the batter I just used a white cake mix.  Someday I will step outside of the box and make something like this…

White Almond Sour Cream Cake from Our Daily Obsessions

But for now I just used a mix. For colors I used 6 drops of red food coloring and 3 drops of blue for the lightest. 10 red and 5 blue, then 16 red and 8 blue, the darkest was 30 red and 15 blue.  I also used 6 red and 3 blue for the white icing. 

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The layers were thin so I baked them according to the cupcake directions on the box.  That actually worked out perfect. 

After they were baked I layered them and iced them in between.

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Then I got to work on the roses. 

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 It’s was a bit tricky for me to get the swirls just right.  I kept scooping the blobs I made off and would try again.  Finally I think I got it down pretty good. 

 But then, (insert these three dramatic chords, A minor C# minor, and E minor here!) this started to happen!!

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The icing started to melt and ooze.  There were holes everywhere too!  IF you pay attention to the I Am Baker Tutorial, she tells you how to cover up those holes.  I also learned through a little research that it’s always best to make your own frosting.  Adding a bunch of watery food coloring to store bought frosting makes it runny.  Also if you add little bits of powered sugar it will thicken up your frosting. 

Good thing from far away you really don’t notice the imperfections!! rosette cake

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And now for the inside!!  I love the way it looks. I do wish it was just a bit more purpley.  I’ll have to work on that next time, or maybe just buy purple food coloring.

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I thought this next little trick was kinda neat.  I’ve seen a few other bloggers do this.  Some even as far as to make a permanent cake stand.  Mine was just a quick lil prop!

I took an old ugly gold candle holder and painted it white. 

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Then just placed the plate onto!  VIOLA cake stand!! 
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The good thing about it all is my mom a.k.a. Grandma loved it!!  I don’t think it’s so bad for my first time.  Now that I’ve learned a thing or two about it I’m sure it will be even better next time! 
 
What do you think?  Have you ever tried to make a Rose Cake or a colorful ombre layered cake?  

Thanks for stopping by, see y’all next time! :)

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Valentine’s Day Rewind

I have ideas, plans, to do’s for this Valentine’s day.  I may or may not have already begun working on them.  But for now I thought I would share my Valentine’s day projects from last year.  It was my first time getting crafty for V day since….well….Campfire Girls? LOL!  


I can show y’all again right?  OR for all my new awesome followers I can say “hey check that out!!”  
First up, I was really happy with my Valentine’s Day Mantel last year. 



I made this Valentine’s Day Rosette Frame.  I LOVE that picture of Alie. 

I added a paper heart tag I made to these lil glass jars. 

Made this cute simple Be Mine banner from scrap book paper, glitter, glue and twine. 


I made this cute Heart Wreath JUST for my sweet Alice.  If you check out the post I tell a lil story about it. 


I made these Paper Rosette Hearts.  



I showed y’all how to make Fabric Rosettes for Valentine’s Day.


I made some Valentine’s Day Jewelry. 


AND…I made this sweet Valentine’s Day Paper Rosette Wreath with tutorial!  It is still my most viewed post to date!!  Like nearly 15,000 views!  WOW huh?



WOW!  I hope I’m this busy this year!!  I do have a few things planned already.  Just gotta get em going.  
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My Holiday Home!

I’m so excited to show y’all this!  I’ve been itching to do a post about it.  Just haven’t had much time.  BUT, I found a few hours and by the hair of my chiny chin chin I think I’ll make it to The Nester’s 2011 Christmas Tour of Homes!! SQUEAL!!!!

Ya see, this is our first HOUSE with Alice!  We lost our home in 06 to a house fire and have since lived in apartments.  Which is TOTALLY FINE!  It’s just this is our first home.  I didn’t do anything to extravagant.  But everything we’ve done seems extravagant to us.  Even more important is Alice is just in LOVE with our holiday home. 
This is the entry way.You can see the tutorial on how to make that Burlap and Pine Garland here. It’s SUPER SIMPLE! 

 This Baby’s 1st Christmas Tree is Alie’s. We’ve put it up for her each year.  It’s her first Christmas tradition!

I decorated the top of this hall chest and added a few stockings on the wall.  My friend Kassi with Truly Lovely has an easy and awesome tutorial on how to turn an ordinary candle into a Christmas candle!  You can see how I used that here

Here is our tree.  Alie helped me decorate it.  I think she did a GREAT job!!

You’ll have to check out this post here to read about Alie’s ornament family!! 


Our tree at night
Our mantel.
 I made this wreath. See the cardinal?  You’ll see a lot of cardinals in our home.  My grandmother loved them. She passed away a few months back and I’ve used the cardinals in honor of her.


This is what the mantel looks like now with all of our stockings.  My parents and sisters family are included. 

I decided to make stocking tags instead of writing names on the stockings themselves.  I really like how they came out. 

The mantel at night.

I love this purple tree.  My sister had gotten it for our mom last year.  Moms favorite color is purple.  I like that it looks kinda wintry.  I’ve placed a few cardinals on it and a couple of cardinal candles underneath.

Pun intended, I love this guy.  It’s one of the first pieces I bought after the house fire. 

I placed some pine-cones and a few snowball ornaments in this sconce. 

My faux mantel.  You can read about that great nativity scene and see a tutorial for the tissue paper trees here

I got these two hanging ornaments from the $ store. 

I got Alie this cute lil snowman countdown calender from Target.  I added the little maroon bow to tie it in!

This is the buffet in the hall. 

You can see how my Advent Book Mantel turned into that cute gift box here. 

I loved seeing all the ornament filled vases and decided to make one too.  I placed it beside some cute glitter 3d trees I found at Target. 

I have a Christmas basket full of pine-cones.

Also in the hall, I hung up Keek’s stocking.  

He is my beloved nephew who now spends Christmas in heaven with Jesus.  

You can read more about him here. AliLilly One day at the grocery store, I was taking out all the random things Alie had placed in the basket.  I took out a car and she instantly got upset.  Not the fussy or whiny upset but the brokenhearted upset.  When I asked her why she was so sad she told me this “that’s Keek’s car, mama.  I got it for Keek.”  Talk about a tearjerker!  Well, we got the car for Keek and it’s now in his stocking!

Speaking of my sweet Alie Marie, you have to see what her daddy did to her play house!  It’s just too cute!! He turned it into a Holiday Playhouse by adding some gold tinsel garland and the tissue paper wreath I made last year. 

Here is Alie and her cousin April playing in her holiday play house!

David decorated her lil play area and even put up an extra tree we had. 


This is what it looks like at night.  Unfortunately, we had a bad storm come thru that knocked over the tree.  I can’t get the top of the tree to light up now!!  BUT we got some MUCH NEEDED rain down here in Texas!! 

 David put up some C9′s over the table too.  I think it looks great!

This is the front of our home.  We scored that adorable Mickey and Minnie lawn inflatable at Kroger for $23!  All the Christmas decor is 40% off right now!! 

Alie loved it so much she sat down next to it and started to play with Mickey!

So, that’s our holiday home for 2011!  I’m so happy with it! 
Here are a few more Holiday pics!Our sweet Alie and Santa.

Alie and her cousins April and Angie in Galveston.

Alie’s first candy cane reindeer!

My holiday girl!

And it wouldn’t be winter without a new winter hat!  Alie picked this one out for me!! :p



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Our Pretty Classic Christmas Mantel

My Pretty Classic Christmas Mantel this year was so easy to put together.  I added some lighted garland,  a few new tissue paper trees,  a few candles,  hanging ornaments, nut crackers, some pine cones and a re-decorated wreath. 

I found an old wreath in my mom’s garage. Took everything off of it.  I then added some cute Santa ribbon she had to it and a few new Christmas pics.

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I added a cardinal at the top in honor of my Grandma.  She passed away a few months back and she absolutely loved cardinals.

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Now, the plug from my lighted garland was hanging out looking like a big brown eye sore!

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I found a few of these doo-dads (they are called doo-dads when the hubby isn’t around to properly name them for me)!!

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And VIOLA, no more ugly brown cord sticking out!!

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Here are a few more pictures of our mantel.

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So, what do y’all think??  I love it. It’s classic, pretty and reminds me of my Grandma.

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