Recently, I’ve done a bit of cake decorating with a friend, for birthday parties, and now we think we should go into business together. After two cakes, I think we’re practiced enough, don’t you? How hard could it really be? I’m truly kidding cause after two cakes, I feel like all I’ve learned is how difficult cake decorating is! There are a couple of techniques I would really like to try, though: ombre colors and ruffles. Both techniques are trending right now and these are some of the gorgeous examples I’ve stumbled upon online…
If you’re one of those people who detests Mondays, this is for you…
Things are going well in the banana grove. I’m still in the developmental stages of this business; lots of planning and strategery (isn’t that a word now, thanks to Pres. Bush?). It tries my patience sometimes and I’m anxious about a lot of it, but my mother continues to remind me that it’s a process. And when I stop and think about it, this is extremely awesome, stress and all…My God is teaching me so much through something I absolutely love. It doesn’t get any better than that!
No matter what strategery goes on, I continue creating… here’s the latest:
I’m getting so excited about summer…. there will be much badminton and croquet playing, jewelry production and marketing, volunteering for a local homeschool organization, drinking lemonade (I do this in the wintertime, too, though) and sitting on my screened-in porch. Happy!
A few more happy things:
- Really wanting to try this strawberry margarita recipe from How Sweet It Is: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/07/fresh-strawberry-margaritas/
- My jaw keeps dropping when I look at Roost’s pinterest. It’s gorgeous! Caitlin is a serious Anglophile and it shows in the style of her pinboards. Take a peek: http://pinterest.com/cocofromroost/
- Busy figuring out my mother’s Canon Rebel. Up until now, I’ve been using my Powershot and editing like a fiend. I’m ready for a photography upgrade, though. I can’t believe that God led me into a career that so heavily relies on photography. I have always HATED taking photos and wouldn’t even pick up the Powershot my folks bought me until I stumbled into Banana Grove. “That’s what you call ironic.”
Ever read these classic novels? Tomorrow Is Another Day; Something That Happened; First Impressions; Strangers From Within and On the Road to West Egg…?
Chances are, you’ve read at least one of them… these are the original, unused titles of 5 well-known classics. Tell me which ones you think these are, then peek at the article from Huffington Post to see if you’re right and to check out the rejected titles of 19 other popular novels. 🙂
The Intergem show was so much fun! I took my sister and we had a great time perusing all the booths. We both felt like we were in a world market, there were so many different countries represented! I would’ve taken more pictures of the people in ethnic garb in some of the booths, but was afraid I might make someone mad. 🙂
I had no idea what to expect and was primarily just going to scout around, but money eventually made its way out of my pocket and was spent on some beautiful things…ruby, rutilated quartz, sandstone, and more… I’m excited to share them with you soon. 🙂
And next year, I’m bringing extra cash…thanks for going with me, sis!
Introducing the winner of one gold elephant necklace a la Banana Grove Designs: Roxanne M. A!
Congratulations, Roxanne! Your necklace will be on its way to you soon. 🙂 Thanks again to Julia for hosting the giveaway on Pawley’s Island Posh!
This week has been gorgeous! I’m hoping to end it by attending the International Gem and Jewelry Show, which comes to my neck of the woods this weekend. I was even so fortunate as to have a very sweet fellow jewelry maker send me a couple of free passes. 🙂 I will use them well… This is my first ever gem show, so I’m quite excited!
Speaking of free stuff, I pre-ordered Jess Lively’s new ebook, Wish I Knew, based on her weekly business advice blog series, and was one of the first 50 to pre-order, which means…
If you’re interested in Jess’s blog and/or ebook: http://jesslively.com/
Have a great LONG weekend, everybody! And Happy Memorial Day…
As most of you know, I hosted a giveaway last week with Pawley’s Island Posh and was so happy with the reception I received from Julia and her readers. The giveaway ended Tuesday and I am anxiously awaiting the results along with the entrants. 🙂 Congratulations to the mystery girl!
Blog #3 – My third, and probably final blog review for a while is In Honor of Design. One of the first I started following, Anna’s blog is a mishmash of design, diys, fashion, giveaways and recipes, finds from various websites and stories about her little family. She has three kids, two born and one still on his/her way out and they make for adorable blog posts. 🙂 Anna also does a great job of showcasing her home city of Atlanta and all it has to offer. The main reason I enjoy In Honor of Design, though, is that its purpose seems to be both to inspire creativity in others and celebrate family. Check it out here. 🙂
All images from In Honor of Design