Make It Monday | DIY Cake Stands and Etsy Announcement

Happy rainy day to you! With baby showers, bridal showers and fun theme parties just around the corner, I thought I would feature some of the best DIY Cake Stand tutorials from around the web. Dessert and food table design and layout is all the rage right now and a huge key to creating beautiful layouts is adding height. Cake stands are not JUST for cakes anymore! Here are some of the favs:

This super cute and super easy tutorial from is fabulous! Click here to view their easy to follow instructions.

Sleek and sturdy cake stands via using wooden furniture legs and more.

Modern Moments features these tiny cupcake stands on their blog. These could be used for cupcakes, cake pops and decorations of all sorts.

Love these vintage cake stands featured on Design*Sponge. Check our their DIY here.

…and in other news:

I officially opened my Etsy shop this weekend. This is a project I started back in 2009 and kept putting off each month, but I set a goal to get my shop up and running before the end of the year. Thank goodness for the rain that kept me stuck in my house this weekend and forced me to do some of the projects I had put off for so long.

Click the button below to visit my shop. Enjoy!

Make It Monday: Life Soundtracks

Happy Monday to you all! I took a fun trip to the Sleepy Poet today in Charlotte. For those of you who don’t know, this is one of the most FUN places to go and spend HOURS in Charlotte. It is a sweet (and massive) antique mall featuring the most random and eclectic mix of hodge podge furniture, knick knacks, antique clothing and novelties.

I was looking for inspiration for this week’s “Make It Monday” post and also scouring the place for little antique bowls and plates for the jewelry drawer idea when I realized that I had a soundtrack playing in my head. This happens to me from time to time, in moments of complete happiness or sadness or just being, when all the thoughts that normally run through my head at an excessive rate just cease for a moment while songs from past and present fill up…so this week, for Make It Monday, I made a digital soundtrack through this website called 8Tracks.

These songs are the ones that were clearing my brain yesterday and made for a really enjoyable day. Head on over to 8Tracks to make your own soundtrack and leave a comment with the link, I’d love to hear what’s on your mind today. Enjoy!

Resolve, 2011

Okay, so I know…I haven’t posted since OCTOBER!! That’s like the kiss of death in the blogging world, but the worst part is that I have no good excuse. I’ve been in a nasty creative/blogging/design funk the last couple of months. Not sure why…I think with all the amazingly creative blogs and artists out there, I got a little intimidated and a little down in the “design-dumps”…a little design identity crisis, if you will. Does that make sense?

The holidays were GREAT…busy, but great visiting with my family, with Jay’s family and some of our greatest friends. Jay gave me one of the best gifts ever, he organized my office space! Not just moving stuff here to there, he went to one of favorite antique malls, Sleepy Poet, and picked up some super old (and awesome) shelves, drawers and more. Here is a photo of the greatness:

Not only did he help me get organized, he helped the gears start turning again (hey-yo!)…and he helped spark some creativity:) It all got me thinking. As 2011 rolled in, I thought about my resolutions for the new year. As for this blog, I’ve decided to focus in a little on a couple of my passions. I “love” a lot of things and could write a ton about them BUT having too many ideas of fun stuff causes me to freeze up and not write anything. SO…I am introducing 2 new sections:

Every “Make It Monday” we will tackle all things crafty and creative. I am a sucker for D.I.Y. stuff, party details, etc…and even more of a fanatic for stationery and invitations of the homemade kind.

Foodie Fridays is actually a challenge of sorts. When I got married 4 years ago, I knew how to make a mean breakfast burrito and that’s about it, so I decided I would teach myself how to cook by making a new recipe every night…and I did this (minus most weekends) for 5-6 months straight!! I’m not causing a frenzy in the kitchen with the same frequency as I was before BUT I am still committed to expanding my cooking skills and my recipe collection and I am challenging you to do the same. Every Friday I will post a new, yummy recipe to try. If you are game.. join my fun food adventure and channel your inner “Top Chef” and make the weekly recipe along with me. Be sure to come back and comment, let me know how the recipe went…did you like it? was it cost-effective? what challenges did you face? etc…Sounds like fun, huh??

The last of my “new” sections will be a monthly feature:

Each month I will choose a cause, a ministry, a need and feature it here on the blog. If you feel inclined, pass it along and do what you think is right for the “least of these”. If you have a need, a ministry, etc., please email me here: jessica{at}

Here’s to a new year, full of smiles, of travels, new adventures, new insights, fun crafts, delicious recipes and an overall good time…to 2011! Cheers:)