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!

Angry Birds!

Are you a fan of Angry Birds?


This game is huge, and it’s very addicting.  Personally, I’m not that good at it, but my husband is obsessed.  So obsessed that Angry Birds is what he gave up for Lent this year.  Pretty much any time I go to try on clothes at a store and there is a boyfriend/fiance/husband waiting for his lady to try things on, he’s sitting there playing Angry Birds.  It happens.

So I figured they would make great wedding cake toppers!  They’re cute, funny, and different – not what you’d expect to see sitting on top of a wedding cake.  I’m pretty sure that if my husband had become completely addicted to discovered this game before our wedding, I would have made these for our wedding cake instead of our little penguin friends.







Check out my Angry Birds cake toppers on Etsy!

Even though they’re angry, they’re pretty cute.  Which characters would you pick?

If you could have cake toppers from any game/cartoon, what would they be?

Something Borrowed

Ok, another movie post.  I saw Something Borrowed last weekend…I couldn’t wait to see it, since I really loved the book. 

The movie was cute, and I thought they covered the book pretty well.  They left out some things, merged a couple of characters into one, and added some things that weren’t in the book at all, but that’s how it goes.  Ginnifer Goodwin is adorable, and definitely does Rachel justice.   Kate Hudson plays Darcy obnoxiously, which is to say, spot on.  John Krasinski is funny and charming in his goofball way as always.  And Colin Egglesfield, the guy who plays Dex, did a good job, and is a very dashing Dex – if not almost a little too pretty sometimes.  Overall, I thought it was a good movie – I just think the book is better (isn’t it always?).

Anyway, the title and theme of this movie, as well as its sequel, Something Blue, got me thinking about where the whole “old, new, borrowed, blue” wedding tradition comes from.  While it is pretty self-explanatory, it’s worth thinking about:

Something old, something new

Something borrowed , something blue

And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

Something old is meant to provide a link from the bride to her family and past.  It is common for the bride to draw upon a connection to her mother or grandmother.  The “old” item may be a piece of jewelry owned by the mother or grandmother of the bride, mom’s old wedding dress or veil, a photo of a relative, or it can be something that has been handed down for generations from one bride to the next.  My something old was an antique brooch from my grandmother (my dad’s mom) who died before I was born.  I had my florist put it in my bouquet:

Something new is said to represent hope and optimism – a symbol that you and your husband are creating a new life together.  A common way to include this tradition is to count the wedding dress as the new item, but it can be anything new that was purchased for the wedding – jewelry, shoes, ring, etc.  My something new was my dress:

Something borrowed usually comes from a close friend or family member, and is especially good luck if it is borrowed from a happily married relative or friend, as it is believed that her good fortune in marriage will carry over to the bride.  The borrowed item also serves as a reminder to the bride that she can depend on her family and friends.  Anything can be borrowed – a veil, earrings, a necklace or bracelet, some other accessory.  The idea is that it is supposed to be returned…something I failed to do!  My something borrowed was mother’s wedding band.  We share a ring size, and she had gotten a nice new wedding set for my parents’ 35th anniversary.  She had a unique wedding band that was altered to frame her marquise cut diamond – and it happened to fit perfectly with my engagement ring (it turns out that gazing at my mother’s ring since I was a little girl caused me to only want a marquise when the time came for me).  The idea was that we would purchase another band for our anniversary at some point, but even when that happened, I couldn’t bear to separate my ring with my borrowed one.  It meant a lot to me to say my vows with the same ring that my parents exchanged nearly 40 years ago…you don’t mind, do you Mom? 🙂

Something blue comes from ancient Rome, as the color blue is said to symbolize love, fidelity, and purity.  Interestingly enough, in the early 19th century, it was common for wedding gowns to be blue, in accordance with the proverb, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”  Some ways to incorporate blue (if it isn’t already one of your wedding colors) are to have a blue flower in your bouquet, wear a blue garter, toenail polish, or (gasp!) panties.  For my something blue, I got a little crafty with my shoes:

Some brides also include the last part of the poem – the silver sixpence.  It should be placed in the left shoe for good fortune.  Since sixpences aren’t common here, it can often become something that is passed down or shared within families.

Coming from England and dating back to the Victorian era, this tradition certainly has a lot of history behind it.  Carrying these things with her on her wedding day is meant to bring the bride good luck for a happy marriage.

Did you incorporate these traditions into your wedding day?