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.

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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!

March of the Penguins

These penguins were made for a bride in West Henrietta, New York.  This bride had been looking for something special and handmade to include a memorable detail of her engagement – her fiance had proposed to her while they were watching March of the Penguins.  She is planning an all white wedding, so all the details and accessories of the penguins were white to match.  Instead of a wedding cake, the couple plan to have a cupcake display, so the little penguins will be showcased at the top of the display.

They look so formal in their black and white attire!

Royal Penguins

These penguins were made for a customer in Memphis, Tennessee, who is planning a wedding with a “royal purple” color scheme.  I think this color is very fitting – there is actually a breed of penguins called Royal penguins (though they look a bit different with some spikey yellow feathery things on their heads).  There are also King penguins and Emperor penguins.  So it seems penguins are meant to be royal.

I think these penguins make a good little royal couple, don’t you?

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