August 17th is National Thiftshop Day!

I’m back to finding strange holidays and I guess National Thiftshop Day is a perfect way to start 😉

“Thriftshop” is an old term for stores that sell items deeply discounted merchandise.  It’s not always the highest quality, but the price is right.  It’s all about being crafty and creative on a budget!

You know these stores better today as Goodwill and dollar stores.  I personally love both of these types of stores since you can find great items that are inexpensive as well as gently used or even new items from department stores.  The shelves are overflowing with candlestick holders, mix-n-match plates, serving dishes, and linens.

How about making your own cupcake and cake stands? Very easy to do and a trip to your local thrift shop is all that is needed!

Repurposed Cake Stand

Thank you to Crafty Nest where I found easy instructions on how to make your own repurposed dessert stands.



Supplies & Tools

  • plate
  • vase, pedestal bowl, candlestick, etc. (look for a wide base and a flat top)
  • epoxy (I used Elmer’s epoxy cement)
  • craft sticks or Q-tips with the cotton removed from the ends
  • scrap cardboard or paper plate
  • paper towel or rag
  • nail polish remover

1. Clean and dry both dishes well. Find the center of the plate. Mark the spot if you need to. Mix the epoxy according to the package directions, then apply a thin coat to the top of your base using a craft stick. Don’t touch the epoxy with your bare hands.



2. Turn the base upside down, and place in the center of the bottom of the plate. Work quickly but carefully because the epoxy dries fast. While the glue is still tacky, remove any excess with a paper towel and nail polish remover.

3. Place a heavy book on top to hold the base down. Let dry overnight. These cake stands are not dishwasher safe, so gently wash them by hand.






Another idea…

How about making a cute “cupcake” gift with washcloths?



You can find a wide array of colors and patterns. Add some matching ribbon and place into a cupcake liner to make a cute cupcake gift.  You can even get creative with the presentation and place it into a small single cupcake box that you can find at your local craft stores in the baking aisle.

Perfect gift for a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday or just because.  You can even use a baby onesie instead of a washcloth for the mom-to-be! My sister made one for her gift at my baby shower. It was one of my favorite gifts that day 😉  …she is so creative!





And this is just because … it made me smile 😉



I think I may need to find this sign and hang it in my office!


Until tomorrow, have a sweet day!


My cousin is putting together her son’s first birthday party this September and she picked out the Barnyard Farm theme! I love the decor and there are so many great ideas she has already thought of to make this party so amazing.



She is going to make cupcakes with cute barnyard animal toppers to display on a cupcake stand and I’m going to make his “smash” cake to be on the top tier. I’ve been experimenting with different smaller cakes lately since my daughter’s birthday was just a week ago but found some very cute ideas for the inspiration.


John Deere Tractor Cupcake Toppers

How cute are these toppers made out of fondant to look like a John Deere tractor!


Barnyard Animal Cupcakes




Barnyard Cupcake Stand

What a cute display of cupcakes and I love the smash cake.  It may be out of my league to make a cake like that but definitely inspiration!

…and another cute display!

This pulls the whole theme together! With the hay scattered around and the barnyard animal toppers, this looks too good to eat!

And my favorite smash cake idea… 

So cute! Child’s name is around the bottom created with fondant and the frosting is simply piped with the grass tip. Add the chicken cake topper and this is perfect for a little one year old to dig right into for their birthday cake!

So many barnyard ideas but need to brainstorm a little more to find the perfect cake for my cousin!


Until tomorrow, have a sweet day!



Welcome to the weekend!

Finally, we cleaned up the house and are well rested from our daughter’s first birthday party!  Thank goodness birthdays are only once a year 😉

I had a lot of nice comments about the decorations I created for her mod monkey pink and lime green theme.


Happy Birthday Pennant







High Chair Banner Decorations



The high chair decoration made a very neutral high chair stand out during pictures of Grace eating the giant cupcake smash cake. A lot of photos were in her chair so I wanted to make something to coordinate with the rest of the decor.


The Mod Monkey Edible Cupcake Toppers are NOW available on our website to purchase!  Choose from PINK, GREEN or BLUE.  The edible toppers are sold by the dozen and are $9/dozen.




Printable Cupcake Toppers


The printable cupcake topper can be used for so many great projects: printable cupcake toppers, favor bag decorations, napkin rings, invitations, thank you note cards, scrapbooking, and so many more!










Until tomorrow, have a sweet day!


















What a weekend! We celebrated our daughter’s first birthday on Sunday and I have finally had the chance to upload some of the photos from her special day!


The party theme and decor colors were pink and lime green polka dots with a mod monkey design. Everything came together just as I imagined 😉


Welcome Signs

My biggest worry for the day was the chance of rain since we were planning on having it outside. Luckily, it didn’t rain but we ended up with a hot and humid afternoon.

Table Centerpieces

Outside Table Centerpieces

Box of Ribbons Centerpiece

Dessert Table Decorations

Pom Pom Flowers Centerpiece

Pom Pom Flowers Centerpiece

Happy Birthday Pennant

A Happy Birthday pennant in matching decor colors hung in the dining room with all of the food and desserts.

First Year Photo Banner

Each month with a baby picture

I wanted to display Grace each month and see how she has changed over one year. I first thought about putting her monthly photo in small frames and putting them on a side table but came up with this idea that saved a lot of space.  Each photo was cut into a circle and the month numbers used the same design from the welcome sign. I connected each one with matching brown ribbon and hung it from one of our mantle shelves in the living room. I received so many compliments on it that day!

The Mod Monkey Edible Cupcake Toppers are NOW available on our website to purchase!  Choose from PINK, GREEN or BLUE.  The edible toppers are sold by the dozen and are $9/dozen.


Cupcakes on Stand with Giant Cupcake Smash Cake

Giant Cupcake on the Cupcake Stand

For the main centerpiece on the table I made a 3 tier cupcake stand with Grace’s giant cupcake smash cake on top and standard cupcakes for the guests on the lower tiers. This cupcake stand was created with soup cans, cake rounds, wrapping paper, and ribbon! Saved a lot of money and barely took anytime to put together. I can use the stand again or I can change the color of the each tier by wrapping it in different paper! The cupcakes featured an array of toppers: edible cupcake toppers, printables and fondant decorations.

Edible Cupcake Toppers

3 Tier Cupcake Stand

Giant Cupcake Smash Cake

As for the giant cupcake smash cake, Grace LOVED it! I used the giant cupcake pan that bakes the cake in 2 separate pieces and then you put them together with frosting. I originally was going to cover the bottom with fondant but to be honest…ran out of time so I had to think of something quick and easier to make the base of the cupcake look clean. So I took some white chocolate chips, melted them in the microwave and added green candy dye. I took the cake pan to use as a mold and coated the cupcake bottom section with 2 layers of chocolate …let it harden in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and popped it out. I had to shave down the actual cake bottom to fit into the chocolate mold. Then I added the pink frosting with some chocolate sprinkles!

…and the finished giant cupcake smash cake!

Birthday Girl with Her Cake!

Grace was not shy at all to dig into her cake 😉

Favorite Photo!

High Chair Decorations!

What a great weekend! A lot of work but definitely worth it.

Until tomorrow, have a sweet night!

Good morning,

It was a very busy weekend with Grace’s first birthday party! Everything turned out exactly how I imagined with the decorations, food and desserts but I couldn’t control the weather. It didn’t rain but it was over 90 degrees and pure humidity so most guests tried to keep cool inside.

I have her one year check-up today and need to catch up with work since I was in “party mode” the whole weekend but I wanted to give you a sneak peak of the birthday girl and her giant cupcake smash cake.


In the next post, I’ll have all of the decorations and food for you to see from the day. Also in the next couple blogs, I’ll show you how to make everything.

Until later, have a sweet day!

It’s Friday night and I am working at some of my daughter’s first birthday decorations. I will definitely post everything once we have it set up for the party but wanted to show some of the progress from the past couple of days 😉

Her party is going to be Sunday with a pink and lime green mod monkey theme. Invitations were sent with the matching theme and now I’m working on the table decorations. Some will be outside and others will be on the table inside with the food.


Happy Birthday Pennant Banner

I made a Happy Birthday pennant banner to go across the living room mantle in the matching pink, green and white colors. The font used matches her invitations as well as the other decorations. Very easy to make…made template in Illustrator, cut out each triangle and then attached them to brown ribbon.





Table Centerpieces

For the centerpieces on the tables inside, I created very cute paper flower pom-poms! The center is a lime green paper flower made out of tissue paper attached to a 10″ wooden skewer that was wrapped with ribbon. I hot glued a piece of styrofoam to the inside of the box to insert the pom-pom and then covered it with tissue paper. I then added matching ribbon and tulle to make it a little fuller.



High Chair Decorations

Also, I made a high chair decorations since she will be photographed in it for a good amount pictures… I cannot wait to get the picture of her and her giant cupcake smash cake 😉 Very simple to make yourself…again I made the design in Illustrator, printed from my home printer on white card stock and then attached each one together with brown ribbon. Added a little bit of tulle and it’s ready to be attached to the high chair front.  Her highchair is a neutral one so it will work great to coordinate the theme.



Outside Table Centerpieces

For the centerpieces for the tables outside, I made some cute centerpieces just with the small square boxes filled with tissue paper, curling ribbon and then colorful plastic drink stirrer sticks.  I bought them last year for a party and had some left over.




The photos are not the best but I wanted to show my progress over the last few days.  In upcoming blog posts, I’ll show you how to make a cupcake stand out of soup cans and cake boards!

Better get going…so much more to do to get ready but mostly it’s food. Cupcakes with edible toppers, giant cupcake smash cake with matching cake topper plus lots of other goodies!


Until tomorrow, have a sweet day!



August 2nd is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!


The ice cream sandwich is so popular, and tastes so good, that it earns its own special day….today! I love ice cream sandwiches and remembering eating them all the time in the summer when I was little. The best part was licking your fingers after you were finished since the chocolate cookie would stick to them 😉

Ice cream sandwiches have been around since the early 1900s. Vanilla, chocolate and a combination of the two, are the most popular. You can make homemade sandwiches. Just put some ice cream between a couple wafers.

A quick and easy 2 ingredient recipe from Woman’s Day using chocolate or vanilla pizzelles…yum, my favorite!

…Don’t have wafers? That’s okay. Put some ice cream between two of your favorite cookies. Another idea to add a special touch to those sugar cookies…try our edible cookie topper. Choose from various cartoon characters to match your party decor or request a custom topper. See all of our edible toppers here!

Or you can even make an ice cream sandwich cake! Get the recipe also at Woman’s Day!

And my favorite random ice cream sandwich finding is…

Matching Ice Cream Sandwich Bench and Ottoman! How cool are these!!!

Try these ice cream sandwich molds…super cute to use for a summer bbq or kids birthday party. “These brightly coloured moulds combine cookies and soft ice cream to create a delicious snack for hot summer days. A brilliant way to serve ice cream outside, there’s no need for bowls or spoons. Simply hand them out, the sweet cookie crusts stop the ice cream from melting in hot little hands. You’ll still get ice cream everywhere, but your Ice Cream Sandwiches will be the highlight of summer. Easy to make, bake up some cookie dough and use the mould as a cookie cutter. Then fill with ice cream and use the plunger to pack it all together.”

We hope that you have a great National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.

Until tomorrow, have a sweet day!