Wedding cakes. I am not a very traditional person and neither is my fiance. It seems more and more these days people are finding creative ways to have dessert at weddings, leaving the poor cake behind.

However we both love cake. When Josh was a little boy, his dad didn’t care much for cake. Then one day, he watched as Josh ate a piece of cake with so much joy and enthusiasm, he thought – there must be something good about cake for him to love it so much.

When designing our wedding cake – we wanted to make sure our love of cake could spread to even the biggest cake critic. And to prove that even cakes can be a fun dessert for a wedding.

We found a local bakery with a passion for art, 3D cakes, and sense of fun to help us create our cake. In the end we will be serving a five-tier, uneven, topsy-turvy cake that reminds me of the Fairy Godmothers in Sleeping Beauty.

Our base tier will be bright pink with light pink swirls over top. The next one will be light green. Then bright lime green with whimsical flowers. Then pale yellow. And last but not least a tonal yellow, wrapped cake with bright pink “buttons” on the side.

Below is a sketch of what our cake will look like:

With each layer being a different flavor I seriously think I might eat 5 pieces of cake that night without shame. I can’t wait!


How it all began…

Once upon a time, many moons ago, two sisters were wandering through the purse section in a high-end department store. The younger, more fashionable yet practical sister, saw a beautiful, white, leather, handbag. She walked over to the bag, and with eyes lit up picked up the purse. “My life will reach it’s pinnacle when I can buy a white leather handbag”, she told her sister. See to the younger sister, a white leather hand bag was the ultimate accessory, but also extremely frivolous for not only are they expensive, but being white, they will get dirty and ruined in no time. To buy a white leather handbag was basically throwing money away. The older sister always wanted to give her sister what she wanted. She put that conversation in her head, and stored it knowing one day she could do something about it.

Years pass. The girls are now out of college and split up by miles and mountains. The older sister is working in Aspen, CO in high-end residential design while the younger sister is in Wisconsin. One day at work, the older sister came across a perfect white leather couch. The owners no loner liked the six month old couch leather and wanted it to be reupholstered. The sister recalled the white leather handbag conversation from years previous, and with caution proceeded to ask for the tossed-aside leather.

“Your life has reached its pinnacle. I have found the most beautiful, white leather, and will make you a handbag.”

For days on end, the older sister worked on the purse. Having never sewn with leather, it was a long, hard, bloody journey. The temperamental sewing machine refused to work, so with a fork for even spacing, thimble to push the needle through the leather, wrench to pull the needle through on the other side, the sister worked on the purse. Many lessons were learned, but finally the purse was complete. She packaged it up in black cloth bag, inside a beautiful box with pink tissue paper, and sent it off to her sister where it still lives happily ever after.


Unfortunately, Lianna and I didn’t have cameras when this first purse was made so we have no proof/pictures to show you. However, what would be a story without some images? After Lianna’s first purse, I learned a lot, and really began to learn how to sew leather. Each project I learn more. Here are a few purses I made in that first year.

One for our mom-


Like I said – I learned a lot while doing purses. When this one was first given to my mom, it had a zipper. It had its debut at my cousin’s wedding. About half way through the night, we could no longer get the zipper to work. I had to find the manager of the banquette hall to get us a scissors, and cut the bag open… The couch leather I was using was incredibly thick, and when it gathered together, it made for very challenging zipper placement. I have since learned tricks and hope that wont happen again. So far – so good.

One for our other sister-


With Lindsay’s love for gardening, I made her a rosette purse. It is big enough for a book (she lives on an island – I feel like she reads a lot. Not to mention she is a teacher), and check book. Though this is an in progress shot, the strap that I made for her was long so she could where it across her body, and it hangs behind her, just as she prefers.


And last – one for me.



In all the handbags I make, I do bright colors on the inside that reflect the new owner. For my mom, it was lime green as it’s one of her favorites, Lindsay a paisley in earthy tones, as she is earthy. And for me, I used some scrap faberic from pillows I had made for my old apartment in Denver. I figure, life can be boring, why should your purse – right? This purse is now 4 or so years old, and I just took these pictures. I am happy to say, its still in great shape!


All the purses above were hand-sewn with a needle and a fork for spacing. It took me a LONG time to get my sewing machine to work on leather, but that is for a different day!



This Week Guest Blogger

While I am off for the week catching up on some much needed sun my sister Laura is going to be a guest blogger for me! I am PUMPED for you all to see some of the awesome things she is going to put together for you! Here are a couple things to know about her.

She is 1 year and 9 days older than me and pretty much my twin. She is a certified Interior Designer that has worked for different architect firms here in WI and also in Denver. She is also like McGiver. She can pretty much do anything: paint murals, electrical work, help dad out on the hobby farm. Any time I get some crazy idea she is usually the one that figures out how we can execute together. She is also getting married this summer!

So I hope you all have a great week – talk to you when I get back – hopefully with a tan.

Review of NYC

 Hope everyone is having a great Saturday. I have been rather productive! I am leaving for a vacation to Cancun tomorrow so I have been doing laundry, swimsuit hunting, and cleaning. Anyway – here are some fun pics from my visit to NYC. Isn’t this Kate Spade pop up shop fun? I also got to go C Wonder – Loved it!






End to a Busy Week!

Happy Friday! The last two weeks have been a blur. Two work travel trips in a row makes the weeks a little hectic! New York was fun this week however I had so many meetings I wasn’t really able to enjoy as much as I would have liked. I did have a nice Sunday afternoon shopping in SoHo where I found this pop up Kate Spade shop. So cute! I will share more pics tomorrow. One more busy day to get through until the weekend!

Bathroom Organization Inspiration

I have been looking for inspiration for both my food pantry organization and my bathroom. I like mixing baskets, vases, and decorative objects in storage areas. I know I am for sure going to line the backs with wallpaper or contact paper and mix in some baskets. Not sure what else I will do.