Friday, February 25, 2011

friday creative

today i wanted to share a super adorable idea i saw in this month's issue of martha stewart living while i was avoiding packing for our big moving day, which i'm sad to say is tomorrow.
miss martha has the fabulous idea to grab your camera & a cool prop or two to create custom cards, i also think this could just be an awesome afternoon activity! i can't wait to make my own speech bubble and have a little family photo shoot after the move! go here to see the article online or look for the february issue!

happy friday!
xo, carly

Friday, February 18, 2011

friday creative

today's project is a super easy way to add a little flair to a shelf of framed photos, just add some framed book pages! get creative with your frames, try something vintage (but make a quick check for words you might not want to showcase), a childhood favorite or even some sheet music! and mix and match frame sizes too.happy friday!
xo, carly

Monday, February 14, 2011

little love

happy valentine's day everyone! i hope you are having a good day and showing your loved ones lots of love!

i thought i would share a sneak peek of sweet little love alex...
isn't she a cute little peanut?! and her mom is pretty cute too! much love to you, tam and alex!

xo, carly

Friday, February 11, 2011

friday creative

today's project is inspired by the amazing matthew mead! last year for better homes and gardens magazine he suggested wrapping small valentine's gifts in votive containers with cupcake liner & twine toppers. too cute right?! well i love this idea so much and i love jars and photos in jars (remember this project) i used a bigger vintage jar, a jumbo cupcake liner and some white & gray bakers twine to create this...

i'm in love! thank you matthew mead! see more of his wonderful creativity here.

happy friday!
xo, carly
p.s. this is also an adorable way to give cookies (in case anyone out there is needing a last minute valentine's idea).

Friday, February 4, 2011

friday creative: 2011 love edition #4

today is our last of the 2011 love editions and i hope you are all preparing to shower your friends & family with love! we are making a cute little project today for all of you who want some decorating to go with your gifts (and sugar, because what's valentine's without sugar)!
-decorative paper (like vintage sheet music)
-hole punch

how to:
-crop photos and paper into hearts.
-punch holes and thread onto ribbon.
-hang and enjoy!

happy friday!
xo, carly

Thursday, February 3, 2011

i {heart} red velvet!

i needed a little break today and i always need sugar (it's a constant problem,) so i made my first batch of red velvet whoopie pies. and since it's the season i made them heart shaped! thanks to better homes & gardens for the yummy recipe and here it is if you want to try...

-2 cups flour
-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup softened butter
-1 cup packed brown sugar
-1 egg
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/2 cup buttermilk
-2 tablespoons red food coloring

-preheat oven to 375 degrees. line baking sheets with parchment (if making heart whoopie pies, draw or trace hearts on one sheet of parchment and place underneath another to use as a template).
-in a medium bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, soda & salt, set aside.
-beat butter on medium to high for 30 seconds. beat in sugar until light & fluffy. beat in egg & vanilla.
-alternately add flour mixture and milk, beating after each addition until just combined. then stir in food coloring.
-spoon batter in 1 or 2 inch diameter rounds, about 1/2 inch high on prepared baking sheets. (or if making hearts, place batter in a pastry bag and trace heart template on parchment.)
-bake 7 to 9 minutes for 1 inch pies, or 9 to 11 minutes for 2 inch or heart pies. let cool and then complete with filling.
-for filling beat 1/4 cup softened butter and half of an 8 ounce package of cream cheese until smooth. then fold in a 7 ounce jar of marshmallow creme.
-refrigerate in airtight container for up to 4 days.

xo, carly