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Wilton Cake Class at Michael’s: Week Four (Finale)

chocolate covered strawberries

I finally completed the last class in the Wilton Course 1 series. I started back in November, but had to miss our final class because of a holiday gala. Turns out I was blessed to have missed that class and make it up later, because my teacher this time was the cutest thing ever.

Dana, at the Christiansburg Michael’s, has such an encouraging spirit and uplifting energy about her. She made time just for me to make up my class… I was the only student there, and she even brought snacks, including chocolate covered strawberries. She really went out of her way.

We love flower fairies here in Azuria, so I had to go fairy themed this time! I used the gel tracing technique we learned in my previous class when I made the tiara cake. I have decided that this is my favorite decorating technique of all.Its sooo easy to find coloring pages of any theme online to use as your guide. How I wish this had been the case in my childhood, when I used to ration the pages in my coloring books on road trips!

Most of cake decorating is using your own creativity. Only your imagination is the limit. Below I’ve included some tips to get you started on the gel tracing technique, but then you’re free .

Well here she is! The strawberry-lemonade fairy cake finale:

Fairy Cake WiltonFairy Cake


Hooray! Here’s my teacher, Dana, after presenting me with my certificate of completion. Maybe I’ll frame it for my kitchen. hehe.

WIlton Cake Class Michael's

Derby Day Party

Derby Day came and went almost as fast as the race itself.

What fun we had preparing for the big day. Princess Genevieve and Prince Liam entertained friends with croquet, mint julep cake, sweet tea, corn bread, and cucumber sandwiches.

Lady Liz came over early to help the Princess prepare for their guests. Puppy Prince Oliver had a wonderful time entertaining for the first time (of many) and even joined in on the croquet match.

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How we did it:

Find out how to make those super easy Blue Ribbons in our very own tutorial.

We used two great downloads for our decor:


{FREE PRINTABLES} — Kentucky Derby Printables

I have a hard time not trying to reinvent the wheel every time we throw a party… so this time I decided to just use what someone else had made and it turned out adorable!

table decor kentucky derby day

Oliver and I went searching at the Royal Dollar Store and found some cute little horses and gold cups for the table. We had so many nice comments on the decor.

drink flags kentucky derby party

Would love to see your hats from the day!



Blue Ribbon DIY: Derby Day is on its Way!

The Royal Derby is scheduled for this Saturday in Castleton Downs. The princesses are not the only ones who’ve had a fun week preparing their fancy hats for the big event. There is a huge contest at the schools for the most creative hat. On Friday the Hat Parade will gather families to the schools so the kids can show off their creations.

We’re planning a party ourselves and here’s a craft that is simple and affordable to add to your Derby Day celebration. Of course, we see these being used at a Horsin’ Around or even Carnival/ Country Fair Party themes! You can use these as a wreath and if you make enough of them decorate the food and drink tables, too.

All you need is blue wrapping paper, crepe paper, tape, scissors, hot glue gun, and a cardboard (we used an empty cereal box). These go pretty fast – the most time consuming part is the accordion folding. The neater you make those folds the crisper the fan circle will be.

DIY Derby Blue Ribbon Tutorial

The best part? Everything here is straight from the Dollar Store!

DIY Blue Ribbon

Loving that ROYAL blue color!

DIY Blue Ribbon Tutorial

And here’s my very interested helper… who really got into things as the project progressed.

DIY Derby Blue Ribbon Puppy


Silly puppy!

We’d love to see the hats and ribbons you’ve designed for the day. Post your photos below and enjoy the Derby.



DIY: Repurposed Egg Carton Flower Wreath Craft

Lady Kathleen and I have been beating out winter’s gray with a weekly craft date. I saw this idea over at Homemade Serenity.

Here’s  tutorial of now one of my favorite crafts of all time. Who knew that egg cartons could be SO gorgeous!

egg crate flower wreath pink

Love the vivid colors and the sweet little petals. This is just perfect for spring!


Allow time for cutting with some sharp scissors.  This project took us longer than expected because we did not prepare for the cutting time.

Allow time for cutting with some sharp scissors. This project took us longer than expected because we did not prepare for the cutting time.

paints and supplies

The original design used tempera paint, but I had acrylic on hand. Kathleen used tempera, but I think the hues in the acrylic paints show up nicer on the cardboard cups.

egg crate flowers

We used a box to cut the wreath shape.

painting egg crate flowers

Little flowers drying.

egg crate flowers for wreath

Notice the little green leaves? They were cut from the flat tops of the egg crates.

Egg Crate Wreath Flowers

Doesn’t it just pop?

Egg Crate floral wreath

Tie a pretty ribbon to hang.

This would be a great craft for summer camp, but might take almost the week’s course. Day 1: Cutting Day 2: Painting/Drying Day 3: Glueing! Very cost effective, too – really only the paint needs to be bought.

egg crate flower wreath spring

I want to make one for every season now. I can see poinsettias for Christmas or red, white, and blue, for July. What colors would you use?

DIY Scarf Organizer

It’s spring cleaning time! I have accumulated a large collection of scarves over the years and have had a hard time organizing them in the past- but no longer!

DIY Scarf Organizer Hanger

Sure beats shoving all your scarves into a drawer. This allows them to hang wrinkle free and its sooo easy and inexpensive to make. Just takes two ingredients and both can be found at the Dollar Store!

This is all you’ll need:

DIY Scarf Organizer supplies Hanger and Shower Rings

I had to make a couple to keep up with my scarf addiction.

DIY Scarf Organizer Hanger Shower Rings


One thing to note: Be sure to watch you don’t catch your scarf with the sharp edges of the rings.

DIY Scarf Organizer Hangers




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