Attack of the Killer Pineapple

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I have a fun project I’m working on with my friend Kimmy (her charts have nothing to do with the project, she just doesn’t have a blog), and we were totally inspired by all the fun pineapple stuff we’ve been seeing! Isn’t it funny how something like, “the pineapple” can be so hot right now?

It reminds me of that scene in “Never Been Kissed” when Drew Barrymore, who has posed as a high school student, starts telling her co-workers what’s cool…”It’s all about horseshoes this season!”

Haha. There aren’t TONS of things yet…but mark my words pineapples will be sprouting up more and more in the mainstream. These are just a few of the pineapple and pineapple inspired things I found that are awesome!

1. Pineapple Shirt: This is a men’s shirt from Forever 21, Mr. Mimi Knowles, always styled by the fab Miss Tara Brooke, was wearing it for the Boyz II Men concert and I’m going to have to go get it for myself!

2. Pineapple Lemonade Heels: I just don’t force myself to wear heels enough to make these practical, but man they are cute!

3. Pineapple Shades: You always look cooler in sunglasses.

4. Busy Busy I-pad case: All of Shop Ban.do’s new line is CRAZY-SAUCE awesome. I love the pops of pineapple yellow!

5. Pineapple Necklace: I found this SUPER FUN esty seller ILC Tropics with the cutest acrylic jewlrey. I love acrylic jewlrey and these neons are perfect for spring in summer.

6. Pineapple tote: You can always count on Forever 21 to help you find a trendy trend on the cheap. I do love this lil $4 bag!

And I can’t mention pineapples without brining up the FABULOUS Studio DIY, she’s been turning things (and herself) into pineapples all year long. Haha. You can see ALL her Pineapple projects here! She’s too fabulous.

What do you think? You wanna rock it? Have I convinced you? If not no doubt my upcoming project will. MUHAHAHA. Love your guts.

Do you guys like stuff like this on the blog? Random round-ups? Why do you read my blog? Do you? Hahaha! Give me some blog direction? I need do to like a survey. Bah!

xo
Alison

Life Lessons I Learned from a Boyz II Men Concert I Attended…Last Week

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How cute is this little pendant! It’s a collaboration I did with Sharp Tooth Studio and I think it’s super applicable to some revelations I just had! Yes, while getting dooooooown with the Boyz.

Last Thursday I attended a Boyz II Men concert. I was expecting a good excuse to wear some acid wash jeans, buy new hoop earrings, and grind up on my hubby, but I was totally not expecting to get all emotional and learn some life lessons! Haha.

I wrote an essay about it, because I’m a huge dork, right here:

Life Lessons I Learned from a Boyz II Men Concert I Attended…Last Week

I hope you enjoy it!

In other news, Happy St. Patrick day friends! I hope you wear something green, eat some corn beef and cabbage and have a wonderful day!

xo
Alison

Beautiful Butterfly Birthday Cake

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Remember how I said I couldn’t decide how to decorate this cake?

Well this was maybe cake #3 of 5. Haha. And it was SO easy to do! I came up with a fun little trick to make the butterflies look like they were floating!

These gorgeous butterfly stickers were part of my package for the 12 Months of Martha challenge (I’m sent a box of supplies every other month and challenged to see what I come up with!)

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Before placing them on the cake I just gave them a slight fold, I didn’t worry about removing the foam adhesive or the fact that they were not edible, because, I mean, this isn’t Cake Boss.

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I thought the cake looked pretty just like that, but I also thought it would be fun for the butterflies to FLY! For the cake topper I rummaged through my kitchen until I found a clear plastic lid! A water bottle, or an old package would work, but I, of course, had these little baby food lids in abundance.

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I just trimmed them into a quarter inch strip, then stuck the butterfly sticker to the lid! You could do as few…

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Or as many as you like.

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If you have a butterfly lover in your life, go ahead and make their day!

I have two more versions of this cake! Haha so just, brace yourself.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. To see ALL of my 12 Months of Martha ideas, go here!

xo
Alison

Blackberry and Buttercream Birthday Cake and Kitchen Confidence

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Blackberry and Buttercream Birthday Cake
Blackberry and Buttercream Birthday Cake

I was SO excited to receive a copy of Kelsey Nixon’s new book “Kitchen Confidence” to review. And not just because the book showed up with honey popcorn and honey popcorn ingredients. Hubba hubba.

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I’ve known Kelsey for a while and I could not be more impressed with what a rockstar she is, (I mean she’s personal friends with Bobbly Flay) but this book just pushed my respect for the woman over the edge. It’s amazing.

I love cooking and baking books, so when I buy them I devour them. I read them like a novel. I really appreciate when books go above and beyond with resources and photography, and this book does not disappoint.

As you may or may not know, I’m always looking for an excuse to make a layered cake, so of course I tested out her Essential Yellow Birthday Cake with Buttercream Frosting first. I loved it.

This is a denser cake, but boy oh boy a moist cake! I hope you can get over the use of the word moist, because it was a must. The recipe doesn’t call for cake flour, which is also a bonus, because I always seem to be running out of cake flour.

“Kitchen Confidence” has SO many fabulous recipes I can’t wait to try. And I’m not just saying this because I love Kelsey, in fact I’m kind of a jerk and if I didn’t like the book or the cake I wouldn’t have mentioned it. Hahaha. But for reals.

I added the blackberries to the center of the cake because is there anything better than fresh berries swimming in buttercream? I think not. I specifically chose the color of the cake (one drop of Americolor Soft Gel Paste in Teal) to compliment the berries.

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I made this for my friend and photographer gem Heather to help her celebrate turning 30! Except I didn’t tell her mom I was making a cake so when I showed up with it her mom had just made her one too! Hahaha CAKE FOR DAYS! Oh well, it’s the thought and calories that count, right?

I COULD NOT decide how to decorate this cake! So this is not how I delivered the cake, though these options look good in retrospect!

I thought it would be fun to share the like 5 ways I decorated the cake, because I took pictures of all of them! So this first picture is the simplest, most rustic. I love using what’s inside the cake ON TOP of the cake.

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But you all know I’m neither simple, nor rustic, so I wanted to see what piping some little dollops would look like.

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Then I couldn’t decide if this was very birthday-ish. So I scraped all the frosting off and tried two other options! Haha.

But I thought I’d share these first because they are simple and might be a great option for your next cake endeavor! If you follow along on IG you’ve seen one option, and I’m thinking my butterfly option I tried might have been the prettiest. But you’ll have to wait til you’ve seen them all to tell me which is your favorite!

Thoughts?! Comments? I love you all. Happy birthday. Go have some cake.

xo

Alison

Easy Spring Banners and Signs Using Large Scale Printing

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One thing that has totally been my jam lately is using large-scale printing for events. So I decided to make a lil video and show three different ways to use these large-scale signs, and I made you some Spring banners that you can download for free!

These banners are 36″ x 48″ and they read: HOPPY SPRING, PARTY ON, and EVERY FLOWER MUST GROW THROUGH DIRT (a quote by Laurie Jean Sennott)

DOWNLOAD ALL 3 SIGNS HERE

In my lil video I teach ALL about large-scale printing, and why I love it so much!

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I used signs like these at the Glam Lumberjack Jam, at my Bing Be Brave Dinner, and at lots of other small gatherings! They’d be great for a birthday, a conference or reception, or just to fill an empty wall!

For other fun Spring videos/ideas you can check out these EASY Easter Bunny Cups or see this pretty Spring Watercolor Party, it has a bunch of cute downloads too!

HOPPY SPRING!

xo
Alison

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