Happy Valentines Day

Love is..

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,endures all things.” I Corinthians 13:4-7
IMG_6373

I made a cake for my Valentine this year. Thought I’d try one of his favorite cakes: The Red Velvet Delight. 🙂

IMG_6367
IMG_6364

A ring holder makes a for special gift idea.
IMG_6359

IMG_6366No time for baking and need a cake for a special occasion? My dear friend Daris, introduced me to the best Red Velvet Cake that money can buy  from Nothing Bunt Cake . You will only want more!

With love,

Untitled

Advertisements

Baby shower cupcakes


I just want to say thank you to all you ladies who contributed to the beautiful baby shower last friday. A special thank you goes out to my gracious host, Silje. I was truly blessed by your love and efforts! I’m thrilled that baby showers are becoming a growing trend in Norway. I couldn’t resist getting involved in making something myself, so I sent my darling sister on a shopping spree to get everything necessary to make cupcakes for a little princess. Our efforts were inspired by Norway’s most famous blogger, Emanuela (with Passion 4 baking). If you need more ideas, or simply want the recipe, click the link. 
The kitchen was filled with delicious treats including Bella’s irresistible chocolate cake.  A perfect scene for hungry eyes. An accessory that I couldn’t help but notice in her kitchen was the vintage Roberts radio RD60. This amazing device was a great addition to her quaint and lovely place. To all you music lovers who appreciate retro design, this radio will not disappoint. She is  top notch, but pricey.

Hopefully i can convince hubby that this one is just what “he” needs.


 

 

 

 

That’s all for tonight!

Love,

Beautifying the ordinary

As usual, I was shopping for groceries after work and took my obligatory “exited-expecting-mom-stroll” down the baby isle. While I was looking at binkies for the millionth time, I reached the same disappointing conclusion as always: that I needed to go to a expensive boutique to get the ones with a little personality (that does not include Disney or Dora the Explora)!

I found myself staring at a couple of neutral pacifiers which   promised that 1.) they had the perfect nub for a little one to suck on (only in natural and good materials of course) and, 2.) with a breathable plastic rim, which is much better for sensitive skin. Very impressive I must say, but the only drawback was that those binkies’ designs were making me yawn on the inside. sigh.

Then the thought hit me. It would only take a couple crystals, some half-pearls, strong glue, and some stunning ribbons to outshine the contenders. Easy.

     

1. It’s helpful to create your design before you start gluing on your gems. Use a strong glue that  will make it impossible for a child to loosen the crystals.

2. Apply your crystals with a  pair of tweezers.

To view more images of binky bling visit the Gallery

Hope it inspires,

 

Easter Fun

This year I wanted to step it up a notch and make my Easter eggs nicer than your average Joe’s. The idea was born as I imagined my eggs looking like oversized dinner party earrings. In my mind I went on a journey making a mix of hand-painted, dotted pink, and gold-leafed distressed looking eggs; both batches bejeweled with antique gems, water pearls, and faded pink stones (all real off course!).

No really, it was an inexpensive and fun way to decorate, and I hope it generates more beautiful ideas for my favorite holiday — Easter!

helpful tips:

1. Go outside and find your green! Here in Oslo, the trees are budding and the colors are radiant.

2. Poke your eggs with a needle at both ends, blow the content of the egg out, and then whip up a big omelet for your family!

3. Paint your eggs with a base color before you add your design (unless you are using watercolors). While you let the base dry, you can play with ideas on a separate piece of paper.

4. For my pink eggs I used quality acrylic paint and a color-wheel to help me coordinate my pallette. I dotted the eggs with a toothpick.

5. Tying it all together was simple; I threaded everything on some beautiful yellow straw, resembling cute little fox tails. Lastly, I hung my oversized earrings on branches like it was Christmas!

For more images visit the image Gallery!

Happy Easter,