I learned a valuable lesson (again) while making this cake... it is very important to chill after icing each layer. I did not follow my own advice and this sucker started to ooze. Layers were shifting in one directing like a small sugary mudslide. I literally thought I was going to lose the orange layer completely. Fortunately, my dear Friend Meagan (also the mother of the birhtday girl) was gracious and wonderful and loved the cake, ooze and all!
I purchased a 4-pack of Wilton gel food colors in pastel Rose, Blue, Green, and Yellow and they turned out great. Super saturated and so fun. I added the dots to coordinate with the party colors. Plus, it helped catch the eye and detract from the side that was not-so-pretty (and not pictured!).
Hello all! I am downsizing my wardrobe and as a result I have have a couple of items that I was going to place on ebay but I thought that I'd offer them here first.
1. A size Large Dealtry + Wiksten Summer 2011 dress that has never (ever!) been worn. I am sure that I don't have to tell you how beautiful, well made, comfortable, and rare Wiksten pieces are. So... if you'd like to own this please send me and email to laurie at laurie-bertrand dot com with your paypal email and I'll invoice you. Again, it is a size Large and the price is $295 + $10 shipping (just what I paid and I promise not a penny more).
2. I also have a purple Wiksten skirt that I purchased from her shop way way back in 2008. I wore it once and was going to ebay that as well but if you're interested here's a pic. It is also a size large and I would sell it for $50 + $10 shipping.
While cleaning out and reorganizing my kitchen storage areas I came across an untitled recipe card written in my mother’s handwriting. I knew instantly what this was going to be and that I was going to make it. Fast. It was her banana bread/muffin recipe. The one I’d grown up eating and the one that I compare all others to. The one she still makes to this day. So before the day was through I made it. I only made one change, I added an extra banana.
1. A cup of coffee with a dear friend in my new to me mugs.
2. Cheers! My latest project, a rousing success, was featured in the December 2011 Good Housekeeping (page 34). One of my freelance design clients is a company called DRINK FLAIR®. Two enterprising local women who came up with an idea to create a line of reusable drink labels. Totally cute! I've been working with them for almost three years now and have enjoyed every moment, even the late night deadlines. So... eight weeks ago GH approached them about creating a holiday set to appear in a feature that they were doing on setting up your holiday bar. How cool is that? Very. Pay attention though, beacause this is a limited edition set. Once they're gone, they are gone. Did I mention reusable? Yes, you can bust them out every year! At only $5.00 for a set of 12 you should click here to order yours now. (And yes, I designed their website too and would love for you to check it out!)
These babies are bright, beautful and that yellow one in the front is as big as your face. Yowza! And today they are all sitting on my desk as I type this. I did not grow them. Nope, not this little novice gardener. They were a gift from a friend who has an amazing garden. Thank you! You can read more about them here.
An outtake from a recent photo shoot for an as yet unannounced work-related project. Mmm... it includes my own recipe for a Blueberry Blackberry Free Form Pie. Oh, yes. Stay tuned for more details and maybe the recipe!
One :: One trip to the thrift store and I snapped up this set of six cups in my favorite shade of aqua blue. Delish!
Two :: Two weeks away and zero dead plants! That's right, our house plants survived the first trip of the summer (much thanks to my little sister who watered them for us). I really love the gray crocks mixed with the white milk glass. All containers were found at thrift stores, flea markets or estate sales.
Three :: After three years here I finally found the right rug for the living room.