Monday, February 28, 2011

A Lovely Piece... ~Two~

Got this Beautiful Antique Tea Tray...

It has a copper/ bronze color to it..

Not quit sure what its made of yet, but it is pretty heavy..

has a beautiful design.. 

Love the blue glass circles on both ends..

For now it sits on my Ottoman and looks great, but I am in search of a tea table.
Which it will look even better sitting on. 

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Darling Birthday Party

I threw my Niece a party for her 2nd birthday with the help of her Mother & two friends Julie, Angela {Thank you Girls}.

The party turned out to be a success & of course very cute.
So I wanted to share some lovely picture with all of you. 

~ Pampering the Birthday girl the night before ~

~ Enjoying some reading time in her Birthday Outfit before the party~

~ Twirling in her Official birthday outfit, all dolled up~

 ~  Some decor from the party. Candy & sweet station, Table with Flowers all down the middle ~ 

 ~ Beautiful Chandelier with pink & off white roses all around ~

 ~ The beautiful Mother (my sister) & her birthday girl ~

 ~ Patiently awaiting her lovely friends ~

 ~ Birthday Girl ~ 

 ~ Me with my sweet, sweet niece Ariana ~

 ~ Present time ~

~ Thank you to all her sweet & lovely friends who came to the party ~

She had a blast!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thank You..

Cant believe I have a 100 followers...
Thank you all so much for your support and interest in my blog!
I love reading all your comments!

I started a blog out of fun, to share all my likes and interests with all of you.. 
and now I am a blog addict.. hehe

♡  you all!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A touch of spring..

So iv been trying to find cute/cheap spring pillows for my couch... no luck in that..
But i did find cute pillow cases which are even better, I dont have to buy new pillows when the season is over i can just take off the case and thats it...
They are also much cheaper then actual pillows..

They fit my pillows perfectly...

2 Pink striped pillow cases @ $6 each
1 Flowery pillow case @ $7

Bought all 3 pillow cases at Ikea...

They are not exactly what i was looking for but they work and they are cute.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My weekend Buys...

Did some weekend shopping and this is what i bought.. 

What girl does not love to shop, and find some great things??
I know i do hehe.. 
So i wanted to share my great finds with you...

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~{Close ups}~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 A pink over one shoulder purse, been searching for one like this for some time now.. 

Pink Rose necklace with Gold chain, Sister love necklace..
{My sister got a white rose} 

Rose hair clips.. 

Gold chain and pink pearls necklace..

The cutest flower oxfords ever, love them..
{Super comfy too}

Also bought this comfy off white shirt that ties in the back.
 Goes great with a pair of skinny jeans or tucked in to a great pair of shorts.

Any of you buy some great finds this weekend?

Monday, February 21, 2011

A little Girls Birthday...

Happy Birthday to my Niece 
She is 2 years old today!

{ Lost in a train of thought}

Such a precious and amazing little girl, Blessed to be her Auntie! 

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Lovely Piece...

I got this lovely & beautiful Vintage painting.. 

I love the gold detailed frame...

the beautiful painting of the flowers..

Now i just need to find a place to hang it =) 

Spring is in the Air...

I love Spring & I have started to fill my home with Spring flowers and Spring colors!
Even though it is only the middle of February, here in Florida it feels like spring with our 60-70 degree weather
{some days even 80 degrees}
So it is perfectly normal for me to be in Spring mood already =)

~ Table Center piece ~

I love having flowers all around my home, even though they are not real...
They last forever. 

I have 2 diff types of Peonies in the bigger Vase, White roses & pink hydrangeas.
I bought one set of the peonies at "Joann's Fabric and Craft store" they were 50% off so came out to be $2 per stem. 
The rest of the flowers i bought at "Walmart" each was a bouquet for $3 in each bouquet come with about 6-7 stems. 
So Walmart is the better deal, Joann's flowers look more real, but they still both turn out great.

I will be posting more spring decor from my home so stay tuned =) 

Monday, February 14, 2011

All Strawberry Pink Cupcake..

I made an All Strawberry Pink Cupcake for Valentines Day / Sister Lily's Birthday...

Her Birthday is very close to Valentines Day so i thought it would be perfect to make a Valentines theme cupcakes, so that way they would actually get eaten. 

It seems that when i make a batch of cupcakes or anything sweet me and hubby would have one each and the rest go to waste {we are not big sweet people}.. So it was perfect to make them for Sisters Dinner party.

~ Strawberry Cupcakes ~
~ 2 dozen at 350°~

3 cups cake flour 
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups {3 sticks} unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup milk
8 large egg whites

  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour; beat until just combined. Transfer mixture to a large bowl set aside.

  • In the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on low speed until foamy. With mixer running, gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar; beat on high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 4 minutes. Do not overbeat. Gently fold 1/3 of the egg-white mixture into the butter-flour mixture until combined. Gently fold in remaining egg-white mixture.

  • Divide batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling each with a heaping 1/4 cup batter. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until the cupcakes are golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer pans to a wire rack. Invert cupcakes onto rack; then reinvert and let cool completely, top sides up.     

  • ~ Strawberry Meringue Buttercream ~ 
    4 large egg whites
    1 1/4 cups sugar
    1 1/2 cups {3 sticks} unsalted butter, room temperature
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
    1 1/2 cups strawberry jam, pureed in a food processor

  • In the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer set over a saucepan of simmering water, combine egg whites and sugar. Cook, whisking constantly, until sugar has dissolved and mixture is warm to the touch (about 160 degrees).

  • Attach the bowl to the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat the egg-white mixture on high speed until it holds stiff (but not dry) peaks. Continue beating until the mixture is fluffy and cooled, about 6 minutes.

  • Switch to the paddle attachment. With mixer on medium-low speed, add butter several tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. (If frosting appears to separate after all the butter has been added, beat on medium-high speed until smooth again, 3 to 5 minutes more.) Beat in vanilla. Beat on lowest speed to eliminate any air bubbles, about 2 minutes. Stir in strawberry jam with a rubber spatula until frosting is smooth.   

  • They came out of the oven smelling deliciously and a lil plumped on the top so i had to cut off the tops a bit so the cream would sit better... 

    After cutting off the tops and letting the cupcake cool completely i then put cream on top and a cut out a heart strawberry for each cupcake...

    Also added a little candle for sisters birthday.

    Hope you all enjoy & 
    Happy valentines Day to all of you! 

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    ♥ Day Gift Ideas for Him

    So most men have an idea of a gift to give their girlfriend or wife for Valentines Day,
    its pretty obvious..
    Flowers, Chocolates, Teddy Bears, anything with a Diamond or a pearl.. 

    But most girls are like me who struggle with gift ideas for their boyfriend or husband..

    I do believe that this lovely day is mostly for the women, but the men we love do deserve a little something.
     So i came up with some gift ideas to help you out, well and my self... 

    1. To go Mug for his morning Coffee
    2. Watch so he wont be late for work
    3. A dressy button down shirt
    4. Right hand Ring
    5. Pair of Sunglasses
    6. Neck Tie
    7. Wallet if he needs a new one
    8. Or something more sentimental like a delicious morning breakfast

    You could always do something home made and crafty.

    Hope this helps you all out. 

    Thursday, February 3, 2011

    ♥ Peonies...

     My favorite flower has to be Peonies, They are just beautiful!