Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Christmas Eve!

Yep, I'm at work today along a few other brave souls. One very talented co-worker brought in today these cookies. I'm so envious because I've always wanted to make snowflake cookies just like this but never found the time. She said she had to wait 6 hours for the frosting to dry before she could put the detail on it. I can't wait to see how yumming it tastes!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The mail smelled like Coffee!

I just received the sweetest gift ever! My old Project Manager makes his own blend of coffee for the holidays and this year he broke his golden rule of never making decaf. I can't wait to wake up to the smell of Rashid Roasters tomorrow morning!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Good Times-a month late

I know I know it's now Christmas and I'm WAY behind but I've been meaning to share my Thanksgiving with you all but I just haven't had the energy to even download my photos. This morning I forced myself to download them so I could post a few things at lunch today. Above you will see the lovely floral arrangement I put together using a new rose called Combo.

My mother always uses her China for Thanksgiving because I think she feels it doesn't "go" with any other season, and it doesn't help that the name of the pattern is called Autumn. I love the pattern because I think it's bold and very different than what brides are picking out these days. I hope as a family we continue to use this China for many more Thanksgivings. She also pulls out her Silver which is something I don't own and am very jealous of. However the serving spoons shown above is not her pattern, but my Grandmother's on my Dad's side. My grandparents were artistic people and I think this modern pattern reflects their style perfectly.

My sister has started two traditions: 1. Tutti Frutti Fruit Salad and 2. Brie wrapped in puff pastry. #1 was started when she was in pre-school and they were learning the letter T, I guess they made this salad and as a family we fell in love with it. I couldn't really tell you how it's made but I'm sure there is not much nutritional value in it even though it has the word Fruit. #2 is something she learned while living in Germany. You basically just cover a wheel of brie in "pop can" pastry dough and top the brie with fruit before covering it completely. I was very upset I could not enjoy the brie, since I am 3 months pregnant I can no longer eat unpasteurized cheese :(

On to the Meat... Meat is a man's job in my family, before I could take a photos of our gorgeous turkey my Dad had it all carved and ready to serve. Now normally my mom doesn't serve ham but this Thanksgiving we celebrated it 3 days late due to my dad getting the swine flue, so for those that were sick of Turkey, you could have ham instead, my husband was in HEAVEN, his two favorite things!

To end a wonderful meal we had pumpkin and apple pie complements of ME. YUM!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Weekend Fun

This weekend was jammed packed full of too much to do. One of thing on my to do list was create this fresh floral chandelier for a co-workers friend's engagement party. I honestly didn't know how it was going to turn out when I took the job, but to my surprise I think it turned out great. It took Chris and I 2 hours and what I think were 250 roses (the bride provided the roses from Costco) When we drove away Chris turned to me and said "I hope it doesn't start to fall apart, you know gravity could start to kick in" (It probably weighed 50-75lbs) I was like, WHAT, you tell me this now, now that it's all done. The rest of they day all I could think about was, please don't fall apart, please make it through the party in one piece. Well, I just got confirmation that it did make it through and it's still in tact! yeah go team Loda!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Ashley

Ok, so this is a day late, I'M SO SORRY, but I did surprise you last night so I think that makes up for it.  Again, not an easy cupcake to find, but I think this one will do, a one of a kind Vera Bradley cupcake, how cute!  Ashley P. has been wanting the VB tote bag forever so just incase you didn't get it for you Bday, here it is in cupcake form.  I hope you had a great day!  

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Ashley

It took me awhile to find a "runner cupcake" and this is the best I could do. I have two friends named Ashley that were born 2 days apart so for Ashley G. this cupcake is for you because you have become a running freak. I don't know how you do it, keep it up and have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Thanks Armin

Check out my vendor spot light on Armin's blog!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy (belated) Birthday Elise

I haven't posted a cupcake in forever that I forgot to post one yesterday for my baby sister, Elise. Yesterday she turned the big 25, 1/4 of a century!!! She went to Vegas last weekend to celebrate and I'm afraid to ask how it was, you know what they say, "What happens in Veagas, stays in Vegas"

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Purple, Green and Rain

Saturday was my last wedding of the season, and it was filled with tons of green and purple and oh yeah.... tons of rain. But you know what they say about rain, it brings the couple good luck. I want to wish K + A the best of luck in their future together.

Bridal Bouquet
(The bride provided me with purple velvet ribbon made in Switzerland)

Bridesmaids Bouquets

120 White Hydrangeas, 1 box of Green Hypericum berries, Ocean Song Roses, Purple Lisianthus, Green kermit poms, green cymbidium orchids, green dutch antique hydrangeas

Bouquets and Pew Flowers

Elise my sister and Amy were a HUGE help. Amy also has a love for flowers and works in the real estate business; we connected through my day job, lol. She made all the centerpieces and did an amazing job. Thanks Amy!!!!
White dendrobium orchid corsages

The finished product

20 lbs of Moss, 1 Manzanita Branch
I was a little disappointed with the backdrop of this place card table. I feel like it would have fit in perfect in a barn or somewhere more natural like a botanical garden.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

One Day

...I will own a flower shop just like this. It's impossible for me to pass by a flower shop and not go in, this is exactly what happened while taking a stroll down Newbury Street in Boston. Some women see shoes and cant's stay away, for me it's flowers, of course I dragged Chris inside and was blown away with how modern and sleek it looked yet their arrangements had a very romantic garden feel.

Monday, September 21, 2009


Just returned from a great trip to Boston. Chris was there for a conference and then I met him on Friday. Although it was a month early, we celebrated our second wedding anniversary. We could have not asked for better weather, Boston is a beautiful, historic, charming city and I loved it!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Never Forget

I was a Junior in College getting ready for my 10am class when I watched live on the Today show the announcement of the first plane hitting Tower 1, than saw the second plane crash into the second tower. I numbly got on the bus and went to class, thinking what just happened? My class insisted my professor turn on the TV so we could watch what was happening but he only allowed us to keep it on for 5 minutes, then turned it off to continue teaching. I don't think at that moment we all knew the impact that day would have on us for the rest of our lives.
Today we remember all the men and women who lost their lives and we thank all the volunteers who save so many and who died tryng. We shall never forget this day.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


No fun Labor day pics here, my Labor Day consisted of me "compressing" into my brain the principals of Structures from sun up to sun down.  The test was a monster and if I have to retake it again I will seriously cry, I'll know in 6 weeks.   I hope the rest of you were out enjoying the last few days of summer.   

"Roman Amphitheater Entrance" 
Europe 2002

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

One of my brides just emailed me this awesome site and let me know that she just purchased one the items above for her October Wedding. You'll have to wait until October to see which one we will be using.

Monday, August 31, 2009


My coworkers had this link up on her gmail chat today and I just have to ask, why would someone attempt this?.... anyway check out more of the interesting meals you can make from fast food.



Sunday, August 30, 2009

Grilling Time

Every Sunday Chris and I BBQ on our condo roof deck, we have a little group that is always up there and it has become somewhat expected now that we show up.  Tonight the cart is loaded up with a cheese board, BBQ Chicken Breast, Caprese salad, crescent rolls and of course a good bottle of FlyingDog beer.  I hope everyone else is enjoying the last few days of summer.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Back from the Beach

I have lots to share from my month long blogging sabbatical. 

"Kitty Hawk Sand Dunes"

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Loving this new blog

I am love love loving this new blog I just found, it makes me want to throw a million parties.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

2 for 1

Bridal Bouquet

I've been meaning to post about this wedding, it just took me awhile to get all the photos together since it was 2 events in 1 day.

I love purple and friends always tell me, I always thought you would of had a purple wedding, no, I didn't have a purple wedding but I did get to live vicariously through this bride who did.

This bride started out thinking she could arrange all the flowers herself. She had already ordered 75 white and purple hydrangeas from California and 200 stems of fressia online and had all the vases and ribbon before she came to me.

To suppliment the already purchased flowers I bought purple listhanus, purple and lavendar sweet pea, purple carnations for the pomander ball and greenery for the corsages and bouts.

One of my biggest things I spend time on is packaging, ok I lied, that's what Chris does, but still, some how we have to transport the flowers and figuring out how is always a concern. Chris does an amazing job figuring out how it's all going to fit in the car and not get crushed, this wedding was a challenge and we almost didn't have enough room, I had to hold the box of bouts on my lap.

This wedding was a hike, all the way to Havre de Grace MD, but with the AC on full blast the flowers were in perfect condition when we arrived, we on the other hand had to defrost our toes.

We first dropped off the bouquets in the historic farm house located on the property, where all the girls were getting ready, you can kinda see the old historic wood plank floors.

The arrangements turned out great but took a little time to fill with water and floating candles. The bride also had a box of butterfiles laying around, no one knew what to do with them so I put them in the flowers, I hope she liked it. The last thing we did was hang the pew buckets and re-fill the water, by then we were hot, tired and dreaming of beer, here is Chris with his, "I"m ready for this to be over face"

Don't they look great!

We felt bad, but we had to get in and get out of there because our next stop was SAVOR!
Savor was held at the National Building Museum, and is a craft beer "conference" as Chris likes to call it.

It had over 150 breweries with over 300 beers to try. Don't under estimate this event, it was sold out immediately with over 2,000 people attending.

Our red carpet moment, and I think we look pretty good considering we just spent 2 days doing flowers, and yes I was a sucker and paid $15 for this photo.
*I was just informed this is called a "step and repeat" I had no idea

The food was ok, but the oyster bar was what blew us away.

By the end of the night, everything looked like this.