Nice to see you again Golden Gate. #goldengatebridge #michaelsmakers This week’s learned, links, and thankfulness…

Thankful for a restful month with the two girls. It is definitely much easier to take care of two than four, but I’m ready for the crazy to ensue.

I’m thankful for friends who extend grace and gospel to me when my heart desperately needs it (which is everyday).

I want an occasion to make a pretty cake like this.

We got this hanging light installed in our room. It was actually in the big girls’ room, but I thought it would look better in ours (and less chance of them poking a hole in it), so we got them a new light for their room.

This origami playhouse is insane. I want to make this!

Would someone please make this ferrero rocher mousse cake for me?

I have a Madewell gift card that I have been hoarding and I’m thinking about getting these flares.

We have 3 weeks of vacation left, and I’m not quite ready to get back into the swing of school things. I’m ready for more adventures before we get our nose back in the books. I hope the next 3 weeks pass ever so slowly!

If you follow me on instagram (@cakiesblog), you know I’m in San Francisco with Michaels for their Makers Summit. Later though, I’ll be making my way from San Francisco to San Antonio to get my big girls and take them home with me! Yippee!



the two kid weekend

two kid weekend! two kid weekend! two kid weekend! two kid weekend! two kid weekend! two kid weekend! two kid weekend! two kid weekend! two kid weekend! two kid weekend! The big girls are coming home soon, but before they do, we wanted to take the babies on a quick getaway. So Sunday afternoon we made our way south to Carlsbad for a whole lot of relaxing, swimming, and ice cream. When we checked Sunday morning, the San Diego area was one of the few areas that didn’t have rain in their forecast, so we made reservations to go there. Well, on our way there we hit a really bad storm, and upon arrival, it sure was raining cats and dogs. We didn’t let that stop us though, and we still went swimming in the rain. After we were exhausted (and a wee bit cold) from swimming in the rain, we relaxed together in our cozy bed with a whole pint of ice cream.

The next day, we did much of the same… relax, swim, and ice cream. Don’t worry, we had carrots and tomatoes too, so the weekend wasn’t only low-nutrition foods. Our little babes kept excitedly yelling, “Two kid weekend!” It was actually only a quick overnight trip, but hey, I love their enthusiasm! We can’t wait for the big girls to be home (2 more days!), but until then, Ben and I (mainly Ben since I’m out of town) still have a couple more special outings planned for these two.

p.s. the rad pineapple sunglasses are from here.


diy: ribbon wands

ribbon wands Ribbon Wands

3/8″ x 12″ dowel
13/16″ screw eye
Thin ribbons (various colors)

ribbon wands Directions:
Attach the screw-eye to the top of the dowel (it’ll take some muscle, or drill a tiny hole and then attach). Cut your ribbon into your various desired lengths (we used 6 different colors). Insert the ribbons through the screw-eye, until it dangles at a length you like. Take one of the ribbons and tie it tightly around all the other ribbons near the screw, and knot to secure.

ribbon wands ribbon wands ribbon wands Voila! I handed it to Soul, and immediately, she was running around the house yelling bibbidi-bobbidi-boo! It was a quick project to do for the girls, and they’ve been playing with it a lot since I made it two weeks ago. In fact, Glow takes hers to bed with her, along with 15 million other things she hoards… she’s my hoarder.

For another type of ribbon wand, check out this one we made long ago.

ribbon wands ribbon wands ribbon wands ribbon wands ribbon wands ribbon wands I love the linen fabric on Soul’s dress and I like the fan pattern on Glow’s. Glow totally has this 60′s vibe with her shift dress and bob. They wore the dresses to the wedding last weekend (with denim jackets on top because it rained), and their friend wore this Old Navy dress. They all got ready together (I was busy out wedding prepping) at our house, and they were all so proud of their wedding attire. It was so cute to see them showing off their dresses and shoes to each other.

on soul: linen-blend dress, c/o old navy. sandals, c/o old navy. felt hair clip, diy here. on glow: shift dress, c/o old navy. woven flats, c/o old navy.

This post is sponsored by Old Navy. I’m appreciate the support you give me and the brands I partner with!



wedding flowers

playing florist playing florist playing florist playing florist I got to play florist this past weekend for my good friend’s wedding. I took care of all the flowers for the wedding party and the ceremony. I went out to the L.A. Flower Mart on Thursday to buy flowers, and then made them at home on Friday. The bride had no specific requests, and trusted my judgement, so I love when I get the freedom to play.

I made 75 feet of garland for the ceremony, 5 bouquets, boutonnières, and pin-on corsages). I made the bride’s bouquet a little different from the bridesmaids by adding some white baby roses and scabiosa pods. I went to the hotel to drop them off, and I left my basket full of all the bouquets right outside the guys’ hotel room while I gave them their boutonnières. Unfortunately, when I came back out, the bride’s bouquet was gone. We looked everywhere and questioned everyone we saw, but nope, it never turned up. Someone must have swiped it during the 5 minutes I was in their room (shared about it here). Thankfully, I had some extra flowers, so I took one of the bridesmaid’s bouquets and used that to recreate the bride’s bouquet, and was able to make another bridesmaid bouquet too. Whew!

My first job was at a flower shop, and I worked there for a few years. I even took floral arranging classes and I used to do weddings on the side. Once upon a time, my dream was to own my own flower shop. Ben and I briefly discussed revisiting that dream because I would love to have a business in our community, but the flower shop route isn’t exactly where my heart is at. Nevertheless, I’m thankful to be able to do it here and there like I did this past weekend. And even though it rained all day, and nothing went according to plan, I was so encouraged by how the gorgeous bride and groom focused on God and each other, and didn’t sweat the small things.





off shoulder dress off the shoulder dress off the shoulder dress off the shoulder dress I love the off-the-shoulder style, it feels sort of romantic to me, so I brought the dress I made for the little trip we took on our anniversary weekend. I share a little sketch of how I made the dress here. It was also the perfect dress for hanging out in the dessert heat (oh man it’s hot out there!).

Jord sent me one of their wood watches to try out. While I’ve never been into the chunky watches, I think the wood is a bit unexpected, so I like that. I wouldn’t normally wear a men’s style watch, but I totally dig this one. I like pairing it with a vintage cuff, and I want to make some bracelets to go pair with it too.

dress, made by me (new here, vintage here). sandals, gap (similar here). watch, c/o jord. cuff, vintage.




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