Happy Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for this year, but one thing I am not thankful for is my inability to update my blog regularly! I’m gonna work on that, in the meantime I drew this illustration of a festive Thanksgiving dinner… enjoy!
Weddings are always the most beautiful events. Ethereal atmosphere’s, lacy dresses, bouquets of flowers and immaculately displayed food, sounds pretty good huh? Not to mention the overlaying Romantic premise…
The tough part is finding that one special someone who you just have to spend the rest of your life with. About 6 years ago, my best friend Jen Prather was fortunate enough to meet her husband to be Caleb Ontiveros, while working at a summer camp in Santa Barbara California. This last month they decided to tie the knot in Santa Maria California.
If most weddings are inspiring to attend, the Prather-Ontiveros wedding was nothing short of Magical. Jen Prather is one of the most amazing artist’s I know, and she employed her creativity when planning her wedding, enabling it to be a truly semi-charmed event. I was lucky enough to be asked to be a bridesmaid in the wedding, and I got to be part of it all first hand. I would like to share some wonderful moments from their special day with you…
Jen and Caleb tied the knot at a family Ranch in Santa Maria California. A family member erected this amazing raw wood altar for them to stand under while they said their vows.
Jen thought of all the details, and every last inch of the property was adorned with lace, succulents, and whimsical remnants from the lives of the Bride and Groom.
Inspired by a display Jen saw in a store window in the Mission District of San Francisco, she made a slew of Gods Eye’s to adorn the Trees of the Ranch.
The happy couple are avid bikers, and chose to employ bike themed elements in their wedding. The Mother of the bride was inspired, and gave the bride and groom this sexy two seater bicycle as one of their wedding gifts.
We created a photo booth, where guests could take their photo by stepping on a pedal. Many sweet moments from the night were captured this way…
And of course there was dancing. Jen reached out to me and asked me to create vinyl decals to adorn the dance floor of her wedding. I based the designs off the imagery in their invitations, the color scheme, the floral arrangements and my first hand knowledge of the happy couple.
The food was spectacular Santa Maria BBQ, these hand-made signs were created by drawing in chalk boards with chalk markers!
And last but certainly not least, there was my favorite part, the wedding cake and dessert…
I hope you found taking a peek at Jen’s wedding as Magical as I found it to attend. Check out the Gallery below to see more snapshots, and keep your eyes peeled for a post about making vinyl decals (for weddings and otherwise) coming soon!
Some of these lovely wedding photos were taken by the Talented Ken Kienow: http://www.kenkienow.com/
Mini Birthday Cake Cheesecake that is! I’m a huge fan of cheesecake, sadly I only eat it once in a blue moon because it is so rich. That’s why I was excited when I stumbled upon this recipe for Low-calorie Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars over at at Skinny Taste. Before I got a chance to try this awesome looking recipe, I saw some adorable cupcake sized cheesecakes at a shoppe, and it got me thinking, what if I tried giving this low-cal cheesecake recipe a funfetti twist? With a few minor alterations and substitutions to the recipe, my Mini Birthday Cake Cheesecakes were born!
Mini Birthday Cake Cheesecakes
Recipe makes 12
For the Batter
*1 container, or 6 ounces Greek Yogurt, I used Vanilla
*2 Egg whites
*3/4 cup cake batter (I used Pillsbury Sugar Free Vanilla)
*8 ounces light Cream Cheese
*2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
*1/4 cup brown sugar
*1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
*1 Teaspoon Colorful Candy Non-pareils
*12 Cupcake Liners
For the Crust
*4 Graham Crackers
*1 Tablespoon Oil
*1 Tablespoon Soymilk
*Preheat oven to 350° and put cupcake wrappers into your 12 cupcake tins.
For the Graham Crust
*Take your Graham Crackers and put them inside a ziplock bag and seal it. Using the back side of a spoon and a hard surface such as a cutting board, press the spoon firmly against the crackers in the bag till they turn into a fine graham powder.
*Pour the Graham Crumbs into a bowl, and mix with your oil and soymilk. If your mixture will still be crumbly, that is totally alright, the batter will flatten it out! Distribute evenly amongst the 12 cupcake liners so the bottom of each liner is covered.
For the Cake Batter
*Microwave your cream cheese for 30 seconds or so, or until soft.
*Mix all remaining ingredients except the colorful non-pareils in a large bowl till the mixture comes out smooth. Once it is smooth dump your non-pareils into the mixture and mix very lightly, only till they are distributed throughout. Be careful, over mixing at this point will turn your batter into a brown rainbow!
*Bake 25 minutes, or until your cakes begin to slightly crack on top.
*Set out to cool for 30 minutes, put on a candle and enjoy!
I popped these bad boys in the fridge after they were cool, and they make a tasty warm weather treat too!