Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sweet Confection, Indeed!

I have a new friend! Her name is Cheryl and she is the queen creator at "Confections" where everything is sweet! To see what I'm talking about, visit her Etsy shop. You'll know EXACTLY what I mean!

And look what I won on her blog! This DARLING cake tag. I mean who could enjoy this more than I? It was definitely meant to be! She was having a blog-a-versary giveaway on her SWEET blog and I was one of three lucky winners.

I'm bad. I took this photo right from her blog and put it here. When I get back from being away all summer I'll put it in my studio and snap a photo. Thanks, Cheryl!!!

For those of my readers that live in Utah, there's a new location to purchase my faux cakes, cupcakes, and other yummies! I met the owner of Just a Bed of Roses through Make Mine Pink and she ordered a shipment of Jenni B Originals. She received them this week and already has them displayed in her shop. If you get a chance, drop by her store in Farmington for a special treat. I'll be excited to see her in person in the next couple of weeks when I'm visiting the area. See her blog for information and pictures about her shop.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Women Who Inspire - I was featured!

If you are familiar with the lovely online community of Make Mine Pink, you probably know what a wonderful place it is! I've been a huge fan for awhile and now I'm a member! Make Mine Pink is a group of women that sell fabulous romantic and shabby items. There are also forums, contests, and special shopping sales that are constantly happening (like the Christmas in July sale).

Among these great features, there's a section called "Women Who Inspire". This month I had the honor of being interviewed by talented Dianne Hadaway (who also makes darling purses). She did such a great job with the story that I wanted to post a link to it. Click here to read it.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

Ok, so I've never done this kind of post before but I've always wanted to. Thanks to Devonia at Many Shades of Shabby for tagging me! She is an extremely talented artist that I truly admire. And her blog is fun and fresh. She's a fabulous writer!

As a part of being tagged, I get to share 7 things about myself most of you don't know. And then I get to choose 7 people to tag as well. How fun! I believe most of my readers don't know me very well. I hope you find this interesting!

1. I was the proud purchaser of a ROUND bed. Yes, that's right! I really do wish I had a picture of this bed. Next time I am at my mom's (she still owns it!) I will see if I can snap a shot. This thing uses king size bedding and has - get this - a large upholstered/tufted purple velvet headboard. When I saw this vintage bed in college, it HAD to be mine. I only used it for a year or so, but it was lots of fun!

2. One of my favorite things to do is travel. OK, that isn't anything strange. I know. But I really do enjoy seeing new places! Within the past few years I've been to Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France, Germany, England, Monaco, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. We're planning a family trip to Costa Rica next Spring and there are lots and lots of other places I want to see: Thailand, the Caribbean, Africa, Ireland, Greece, Morocco, & Turkey.

3. Fluffy clouds are one of my favorite things. A couple of weeks ago I was on a flight and we were flying through the big, fluffy Care Bear-types of clouds. I wanted to just jump out and bounce around on those plush-looking surfaces.

4. Getting wet is one of my least favorite things. I don't like swimming, brushing my teeth, washing my face, taking a shower (yes, I still do it regularly), or doing the dishes. I decided it's because I just don't like water all that much.

5. I have always been a really shy person. Within the last year or so I feel like I've come out of my shell quite a bit, but in the past have just always kept to myself. Believe me, being on live national television had a way of forcing me to face my fears. Overcoming shyness is something I'm working on.

6. Starting my business was something I did out of boredom. I never thought I was a crazily crafty person. But somehow having my own house brought out a need for me to create. My husband has been a law student for the past couple of years and after I got home from my full-time job that first Fall I was terribly bored. Not anymore!

7. I've always wanted to take cake decorating classes. Just thought it sounded fun. I've been making all of these faux desserts for the past year but still haven't gotten around to taking a class. Maybe I will one of these days!

Okay, there are 7 things you may not have known about me before!

Now, I get to tag 7 people. And here they are:

1. Brenda @ Just a Bed of Roses
2. Jennifer @ The Old Painted Cottage
3. Cathy @ Treasured Heirlooms
4. Connie @ La Maison Rose
5. Rebecca @ Baby Walters
6. Joy @ Cupids Charm
7. Andrea @ Vintage Paper Bella

Note: If you have been tagged, here is what is requested:

1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

More About Good Things Utah

Okay, so I have been meaning to write more about the last couple of weeks while I was in Utah. But as I mentioned in my last post, my roof caved in while I was away. And the only thing it damaged was my computer! Luckily, the hard drive was perfectly fine so I got a new computer (my husband bought it for me - yay!) and just transferred everything over. Bad deal, but at least I got a new computer to replace the one I've been wanting to replace for a year.

I wanted to share some pictures at the actual set of Good Things Utah and then some of my Dear Lizzie open house. Enjoy!
This is my FAVORITE dessert EVER! My mom and I designed it together. Did I ever tell you she's my secret weapon? That woman is amazingly creative! She doesn't understand why I have to "bake" all the time when we're together, but I can tell you it's because I just love her creative energy! So, without further's what I call the "Piece de la Resistance". You can't tell very well, but around the bottom there are different quotes about cake. Like "Let them eat cake. --Marie Antoinette". And on the top the pennant says "Have Your Cake and Eat it Too." Then there's just tons of paper that's from an old piano book.

Here's me with my set-up for the craft we're going to make on the show. If you saw the segment (link in post below), you can see that I made the faux tarts with two other ladies. Fun!

I just love the new sugar cookies. Check these out! The top one has the silver balls on top. I think they're called non pareils. And then the pink cake and cupcake tree. Gotta love those!

After the Show

This is a picture of me and my mom (the lady that does it all!) with the hostesses. On the right is Reagan and on the left is Angie. Really nice ladies!

Many of my friend and family came to the show to sit in the studio audience. It made everything so much fun standing in front of all of the people that I love so much!

My mom and her sister.

My in-laws. Love them!

These cute ladies are some old family friends - The Hunts.

My sister, Grandma, me, my sister-in-law. So supportive!

Dear Lizzie Open House

The night before the show, I took some of my products to My Dear Lizzie for my open house immediately following the show. She has a fabulous knack for decorating. I simply love her style! So she set up a display with my products including the sign in the picture below and a her daughter even made me a crown to wear! Doesn't the Piece de la Resistance fit in here perfectly?

One more! This is the banner the shop owner of Scrooge and Marleys made for my open house at her shop. Check this thing out!