House of Cardinals

Since becoming home owners a little more than a year ago, my husband and I have gotten a little suburban – embarrassingly so at times.  For example, we started doing a little bird watching – nothing too intense, but we may have purchased at least one guide book.  We set up a bird feeder and squirrel feeder to welcome our furry and winged friends in the neighborhood, but after seeing how much our cats loved watching our backyard visitors, we started watching them too.  Soon we noticed a cardinal couple who came around several times every day – waking us up with their signature tweets in the morning in the tree outside our bedroom window.  The male and female cardinals were so pretty, we couldn’t help but watch them.  Needless to say, they inspired my newest breed of cake toppers:

I figured these could be a great choice of cake toppers for bird watchers, nature lovers, or St. Louis Cards fans!

I didn’t know this until we met our cardinal couple, but the female cardinal is actually an orange-ish brown.  So initially, I made a more environmentally correct version of the couple, with the male bird in his signature bright red, and the female in orange (which I added some sparkle to the orange clay, because its not far that the male gets to be the bright and shiny one!).  However, I’ve found that this version is less popular than the sets with both birds in red.

Fly on over and check out my cardinal cake toppers!


Indigo Girls…Well, Girl & Boy

I made these penguin cake toppers for a couple in my home state of Illinois. The bride and her fiance actually lived in Idaho, but were planning an August wedding on her parents’ farm in Illinois (not far from the small town where my husband grew up). She told me that the flowers she was using for her bouquet were actually being grown by her mother on the farm, which I think is really neat and very special!

Their colors were silver and indigo. She mentioned to me that she had been having trouble finding the same shade indigo from her various vendors. Even though indigo is an integral part of the ROYGBIV rainbow, it is a fairly difficult color to pin down. You can imagine that none of the major clay manufacturers make an indigo clay, so I mixed my own color, as I often do when I’m trying to match something to a specific shade. I never thought too much about the color indigo until now…honestly I always skipped over it when coloring rainbows as a little girl. But, I think I was able to get a pretty good indigo on my own, once I nailed down the basic indigo formula of two parts blue to one part red (although it looks much darker in the photo).

penguin cake toppers

penguin cake toppers

penguin cake toppers

I love that this bride was such a friendly customer and was happy to chat with me about her wedding. The more details and info I get from a bride, the more I can envision their wedding and create something more personal!

penguin cake toppers

Congrats to Adam and Jessica – I hope these penguins are just the perfect touch to their homespun farm wedding!

First International Order!

Last month I received my first international order for a bride in Canada! The trickiest part was shipping it there, because the Canadian postal service (Canada Post) was on strike at the time. Luckily, UPS got in there just fine, and most likely faster. (I always use UPS or USPS Priority Mail for cake toppers so I can make sure they get their alright…I worry about those little guys!)

Anyway, this couple just wanted white accents, but I tried something a little different with the bride’s headpiece.  Usually I just do a headband sort of thing, but I started doing little roses instead – I think it looks a lot better.

penguin cake toppers

Have fun at your Canadian wedding, little penguins!

A Hat of a Different Color

This order for penguin cake toppers was for a couple in Florida. They were planning to display the penguins not on top of their cake, but displayed on their cake table amongst the desserts. They planned to cover a brick of foam (which is what I use to ship the penguins) and cover it with a pretty fabric – great idea!

Their colors were white and purple, and the bride wanted the groom penguin’s hat to be white as opposed to the black top hat that I usually do. Even though all the colors, accessories, and details are totally customizable, oddly enough I have never had a request for a white top hat before this.

What do you think?

penguin cake toppers

The white top hat makes me think the groom wore a white tuxedo/suit.  Makes sense for Florida!

Ooh La La!

I just came across an amazing contest at the blog Oh Happy Day.  She is giving away a 7 day trip for two to Paris!  The prize includes a 7 night stay at Mama Shelter, and roundtrip airfare.  She has also graciously offered to show the winner around Paris for two days and point out all of her favorite sites.  How awesome is that?!

Of course I entered this contest right away, because I would absolutely love the chance to go on an amazing trip to Paris.  I was lucky enough to visit Paris once while I was studying abroad in London, but it was only for the weekend.  It would be wonderful to go back now that I am older and wiser, and would be especially nice to take a trip like that with the hubs since he’s never been to Europe, and I don’t think a fabulous trip like that is in the cards for us anytime soon unless we win one!

Check out the Oh Happy Day goes to Paris contest for a chance to win! 


A Day at the Zoo

If you want to check out some adorable animal-themed handmade items, my friend Ash at Little Champ’s Art has the perfect collection!

Head over to Little Champ’s Art’s Day at the Zoo Etsy BNS now!

My shop, Earl’s Court Designs, is featured in the collection, as well as Little Champ, and some other awesome Etsians!

Here is a list of the great shops featured in this collection (just follow the links to their shops):

Happy shopping! 🙂