Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Rustic DIY Cupcake Stand

My Mr. and I decided that instead of spending $100-$150 dollars on a cupcake stand for our wedding that we he was going to build one. We are going to have a totally awesome dessert buffet for our wedding including cupcakes and mini pies so this stand will be the perfect accessory to our table. Here are the details.

Project difficulty: Medium
Estimated Time: 4 hours (including paint)
Estimated Cost: $60

The first step in this DIY project is to pick a design and stand height that you like. A good place to start is Etsy, where (depending on size), you can easily spend upwards of $200. I decided to go with a 3-tier design which I can add small rustic boxes or mason jars to give the cupcakes varying height.

My first stop was the local hardware store for materials. For each tier I chose precut 24", 16" and 8" wood round table tops. The hardware store also carries stair baulsters that are milled in precut lengths and styles.

The shopping list included:
(1) 24" table top
(1) 17" table top
(1) 14" table top
(1) 9" stair baulster
(1) 14" stair baulster
(1) can of white primer
(1) can of satin white paint
(1) container of gorilla wood glue

The next step was to get home and have the Mr. work with me on putting my plan together! The tools you will need are:

(1) Drill; drill bits
(1) Square (or anything with a straight 90 degree corner)
(1) Pencil

Each baulster comes with one end with a "bolt" coming out of the bottom for a screw-in installation. The other end is flat and needs to be glued to the bottom side of the tabletop.

However, before we can drill the tabletop for the baulster, we need to locate the exact center of the circle. I don't know about some of you, but I don't remember my geometry homework! Luckily, the Mr. knew and explains it like this:

To find the center, you first need to draw 3 "chords" on the outside of the circle the same length (pick an easy number, like 12 inches). Once you draw all 3 lines, divide them in half and mark the center of the chord. From the center, use your square or 90 degree angle and draw a line across the tier. Do this for each chord and the exact center is the intersection of all three lines. He is so smart!

When you have the centers laid out, its to drill a hole slightly smaller than the "bolt" coming out of the bottom of the baulster. Drill this hole only HALFWAY into to the tabletop, and make sure it is drilled straight. Once this hole is drilled, drill a much smaller hole through the larger hole to mark the center of the citcle on the other side.

Now that the holes are drilled, we now want to glue the baulster to the bottom side of the table top. To be exact, find the center (process above) of each baulster and measure the distance from the center to the edge of the baulster. Measure this distance on the tabletop and mark the edges of the baulster. This is an important step, or else the tiers will look staggered from each other. Now, apply the gorilla glue to the baulster, press firmy agianst the table top, and hold together for about a minute. Repeat this process for the other baulster, and let dry overnight.

The next day is paint day!
Vana White for you!
At this point, you should have three pieces that have been glued together and resemble this (largest round not shown):

Apply your primer first, and be sure to cover all parts of the bare wood. Once the primer has dried, paint two coats of white paint to really cover it well and hide any paint streaks. Once your paint is complete, you should be able to take the three pieces and assemble them by screwing them together (since you have already drilled your hole). Voila, your finished product should resemble something like this!

We used cabinet hardware to make feet for the bottom of our cupcake stand. We just chose something with a flat surface that would sit level on a table. So what do you think?? I think this is going to make a great addition to our dessert table.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Showered With Love

This past weekend was my bridal shower hosted by my mom and one of my bridesmaids/oldest friend in the world! Wait, no, she is not literally old, just that she has know me since the womb. Making her my oldest friend to date. And as she will tell you, she enjoys being 3 months younger than me.

The shower was at my mom's house which also happens to be my childhood home that I grew up in. My mom has been working all summer to have her yard look amazing for this event and boy did it ever. The shower was wonderful and I was blown away by all the love and support that myself and my Mr. received. If this is a preview to how the wedding is going to be then I am beyond thrilled for what an amazing day it is going to be. Here are some photos from that day.

Enjoying the Festivites

Grow with Love Favors for Shower Guests
Future Mother In-Law, Bride and Mother of the Bride

From the Top: Future Sister In-Law, Bride & Freind, Some of the Bridesmaids, Bride and Brother's Girl Friend
Very Large Ribbon Bouquet
From the Top Left: Cousins, Mother of the Bride, Nana of the Bride and Awkward Pose with all Those Ribbons

DIY Drink Stand
A huge thank you to all of my bridesmaids, my mom, family and friends who helped make this such a wonderful bridal shower. My love tank is full and with 45 days to go we are in the home stretch.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow

This spring the Mr and I suggested talked my mom into letting us build a planter bed at her house so we could have a summer garden. This then consisted of us building the beds and helping to plant them and then completely leaving all the water and maintenance to her. (See what we did right there!) I am happy to report that wiith all of our her hardwork the garden has done wonderfully and we (you know we have been there for harvest) have enjoyed many nights at her house of being able to go outside and pick almost everything needed to make a full meal.

To avoid being wasteful, I have started getting very creative in my cooking to make sure we use up all of those huge zucchinis that we grew. Here are some of the recipes that I have been making.

Zucchini Brownies

These came out so yummy, but are more like chocolate cake then a brownie. They ended up being great with some vanilla ice cream.

Paleo Zucchini Almond Muffins

I made these muffins this afternoon and I have to say that I wasn't to impressed. Maybe it is just me but these tasted really dense and were totally not sweet like a muffin.

I am dying to try this recipe for Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini

If I had more time, (I feel like I say that a lot here) I would totally love to can some veggies to have through the winter. We have also been busy with our wonderful jam making party. As you saw here, I inlisted the help of some great friends to pick blackberries and help me make homemade jam for our wedding favors.  I'll be back to give you a full tutorial on jam making and how the final product turn out.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Wow I just noticed how long it has been since I posted. Here is a little photo recap of all the fun we have been having this summer. I'll post a full recap for you later this week

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

{Engaged & Inspired} Bridesmaids Attire

Today I am over at Engaged & Inspired talking about what my beautiful ladies will be wearing for our big day.

Tomorrow be on the look out for my post recaping the wine tasting class I took over the weekend and some fun wino tips.
Happy Wednesday!


Friday, July 6, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Honeymoon Stylings

I am dying to go on vacation right now. Sadly their will be no big vacations for us until our honeymoon in October. So, instead I found few items that I totally want need for our week away.

honeymoon by heatherjones-i featuring a chiffon tank


Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer Outfit Insperation

Well it's Monday which means back to the grind and wishing it was the weekend. More specifically I wish it was this weekend because I have my first dress fitting on Saturday! (que high pitch girl ekkkkkkk!!)
This past weekend I enjoyed a wonderful Saturday with my Momma. On the agenda, completing my trial of my wedding day makeup and shopping for a mother of the bride dress. Check me out over on Engaged and Inspired this Wednesday to hear more about my makeup trial and do's and don'ts of bridal makeup.

Celebration Lunch
The awesome Jessica working her magic
Both were a success and made for an awesome girls day. We also got to sneak in a little shopping as well. I am loving all of the funky colored denim and anything coral right now. Here are some of the fun summer trends that I am digging.




Thursday, June 21, 2012

Catching My Breath & Pintrest Cooking

Hi Peeps,
Sorry for the long delay in blogging this week. Seems like last week has rolled into this week in terms of motivation and lack of time. I have been trying to take a little more time to myself lately and enjoy where I am at in my life. Like spending time with these two...
Hanging out in our sweet spool!
(spool: a large spa and mini pool in one)
Celebrating this gals awesome bachelorette weekend. Yes, those are silver eye lashes and a camo do-rag. That's how we roll!
And stopping to check out the dinosaurs?! WTF? Yes, this was spotted on my drive to work. 

And in other news, I have also been busy making these and these from Pintrest. 

The Mr and I liked these Peanut Butter & Banana Power Bars. They consisted of:
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup of milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 large mashed banana
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter  

Prep time was only about 5 minutes and it took 20 minutes to bake. Pretty simple and a great snack alternative. I think next time I am going to add some whole peanuts to the mixture in order to give it some crunch and add some more texture.

Funfetti Cake Dip

If you are a funfetti cake lover, your going to love this as a "skinny" alternative. At our house it is refered to as crack dip because once you try it, your hooked. The ingredients are again pretty simple consisting of:
1 box of funfetti cake mix
2 cups of plain fat-free yogurt
1 cup of fat free cool whip
Mix it all together and chill for 4 hours. We ate ours with graham crackers and vanilla wafers and it was awesome. Kelly over at Eat Yourself Skinny, can give you all the break down in terms of fat and calories. As I am trying to be a good and stick to my paleo diet hardcore until the wedding, I had a couple ten vanilla wafers and dip. Opps. I couldn't help it. It was that good.

What fun recipes have you made from Pintrest lately?


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Its Ok...It's Thankful Thursday

Today I am linking up with Tracy at Then I Got to Thinking, for Thankful Thursdays along with Amber from, A Complete Waste of Makeup for It's Ok Thursdays.

As you might have seen, this week has been a bit rough for me. And you know what, its ok. People are allowed to have weeks where they are a bit off. With that though, I am very thankful for this guy. He puts up with me and even after all of the wedding DIYs I put him through, he still wants to marry me.
In less than 4 months!

I am also very thankful for my wonderful friends who helped me finish all of these.
Yep, that is the start to wedding favors.

In other news:
I have yet to finish last weeks laundry....and that is ok.
I have yet to complete my laundry list of wedding to do's this week because I don't really feel like it ....and that is ok.

But in order to end on a high note, glass half full here people. I am very thankful for where I am right now in my life. I have a wonderful soon to be husband, great friends who are planning an awesome bachlorette & bridal shower along with a very supportive and wonderful family.

So tell me, what are you thankful for?


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Engaged & Inspired: Have Your Cake and Eat Something Else Too

Check me out over at Engaged & Inspired where today I am talking about the idea of not having a wedding cake at our wedding! Don't worry though, we have plenty of other sweet treats in mind instead.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, June 11, 2012


Overcommitted. This seems to be the story of my life this week, check it, the last couple of months. I always seem to do this to myself and I am not sure why. I keep piling more and more things on my plate until I run myself in circles and at somepoint end up breaking down into a crying mess. Yes, I said crying, that is how we deal with s*it around here. It's like I have a memory fart and I just keep saying yes, I can do that! Here's hoping this week flys by fast and I can get some downtime this weekend. Sister needs a break for real.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

National Running Day

Did you know that today is national Running Day? Me either actually. National Running Day is where runners all over the US declare their passion for running. I have been pretty adamant on how running has been such a big part of my every day life for the past five years. So, in celebration I thought I would share some photos from a various races throughout the years.  

My biggest running support and running partner, my mom

Running with friends and my love

Add the all important, running for Tiffany's at the Nike Woman's Half Marathon. Plus the sexy firefighters!

Are you a runner? What is your motivation to run?

Stay tuned, as I still have to fill you in on my experience of attending the Sacramento Bloggers Meet Up this past weekend.