Friday, January 27, 2012

wedding cake

Photo from Wedding de Moulin. Fairy Tale Photography
It’s been about six months since I’ve had wedding cake, and I fear I’m going into withdrawal. Monsieur Moulin and I had a dose of sweet, heavenly wedding cake when our bakery, precious little Cake Stand in McKinney, TX, made our complimentary top tier for our one year anniversary. And it was delicious. Like, “I can’t believe we ate that entire cake in less than one week” delicious. In my opinion, weddings exist for three reasons: the d├ęcor, the celebration of love (yeah, yeah, yeah) and the cake. So I’m going to need a friend to get married, or I need to be a plus one. Stat.

 Jenna Rae Cakes, photographer Tracey Kiansky. From Grey Likes Weddings
Lovely old-fashioned cake toppers. Photo: Ashley Maxwell, Cakes: Sweet Cakes by Rebecca.
From Green Wedding Shoes
LOVE the paper scallops bunting from A Fete Beckons
I'll settle for wedding cake-flavored cake balls. Photo: White Rabbit Studio. Sweets: Proper Measures.
From 100 Layer Cake

Thursday, January 19, 2012

inspirational words

Not All Who Wander Are Lost print by Wesley Bird.
This particular print currently hangs in my studio.
When times are tough and you are put to the test physically and emotionally, sometimes it’s comforting to turn to inspiration in art, poetry, photography, lyrics…And no, I’m not referring to that “hang in there” cat poster. I mean soothing, eloquently-stated words of reassurance accompanied by imagery that puts your mind and heart to rest. Here are a few examples that brighten my soul.

Find Your Happy Place, The Sweetest Occasion. Photo by Lissy Elle
Be Awesome Today cross stitch wall hanging by Ruggles Made, via Poppytalk 
Love What You Do print (so true!) by Yellow Button Studio

Vintage style print by The Love Shop

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

nathalie lete

la chouette orange, acrylic on wood
In a dream world, I would be able to lock myself in my studio all day long, turn on happy music and spend my time imagining and creating. So naturally, when I see an artist who has the opportunity to make that dream a reality (and has a wondrous studio to boot), you can understand I get slightly jealous. But my love and admiration for Nathalie Lete’s designs far surpasses my jealousy. Her imaginative and feminine paintings, rugs and ceramics transport you to an almost fairy tale-like world. In fact, I dare you to browse her playful designs without smiling. And while her works seem out of reach for folks like you and me, not to worry – you don’t have to travel to a boutique in France or Holland. You can find a little bit of Nathalie Lete at your local Anthropologie. And find her I did – I bought 12 of her plates…and a dress.

Nathalie Lete's studio wonderland, via Emma Cassie

Nathalie Lete, with her collection of plates, pillows and rugs

Nathalie Lete plates from Anthropologie.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

bakers' twine

Photo by Frances Moulin
Look for handmade designs using bakers' twine in my Etsy shop, which will launch very shortly!
Originally used to wrap paper around baked goods and tie up pastry boxes, bakers' twine has made quite the splash in the world of crafting and decor these days. Its simple, pretty and delicate nature adds whimsy and personality to a variety of projects. Bakers' twine is perfect for wrapping up kraft paper gifts, stringing mini garland, making bunting cake toppers and tying up gift tags. I'll even skip the wrapping process at times and simply tie up goods such as books or treats with the colorful twine. Perhaps the association of bakers' twine with baked goods and lovely pastry boxes evokes feelings of sweetness and nostalgia, or it's the texture and variety of colors and spools that make us giddy. Either way, I'm glad bakers' twine is here to stay.

Pretty wrapping (and pic) from cocorosecouture's Etsy shop
DIY gift wrap kit from Oh Hello Magpie (also sells twine!)

Drooling over this custom, sparkly gold and silver twine from Knot and Bow

Super sweet bridal shower favor featured on 100 Layer Cake

Monday, January 9, 2012

kirk herbstreit

Herbie, ESPN
Well, I bought a king cake from Kroger, Monsieur Moulin is picking up Cane’s, and I’m decked out in purple and gold. I’m not a die-hard LSU fan per se, but I am super supportive of my Baton Rouge born-and-raised-husband, and the BCS championship game between LSU and Alabama takes place tonight. I like college football, don’t get me wrong, but it’s that time of year when I start to tire a bit and am waiting for the season to end already. The one person who gets me through this trying time, however, is Kirk Herbstreit. In a sea of older and often obnoxious commentators (not you, Lou Holtz; I’ve got nothing but love), Kirk (clearly on a first-name basis) keeps me intrigued with his dashing good looks, sweet voice and shiny white teeth. Oh, and his extensive knowledge of the game, of course. I think many of you ladies out there will agree with me – college game day would not be the same without him. So I thank you, Kirk, for keeping all of us going throughout the long and exhausting college football season. And Geaux Tigers.

With Mike the Tiger, The Advocate

Thursday, January 5, 2012

2012 calendars

2012 letterpress calendar by 1canoe2
Don’t worry – I don’t have my 2012 calendar yet either. But choosing a calendar is a decision you have to live with for an entire year, so it’s a pretty major one. Luckily for you and me, there are many lovely options out there from which to choose. You know I always turn to Etsy to see what’s out there first, but a pretty quick search also led me to a number of very talented artists and letterpress companies who design gorgeous calendars to display in your home, office or studio. Paper Crave also provides a very detailed assessment of creative and original 2012 calendars. So put in on your calendar to buy a calendar. Before you accidentally make plans for Friday, January 14 (that was last year, folks).

Crested shield calendar by The Paper Thieves

2012 old school letterpress calendar by The Paper Source

Limited edition calendar by Simplesong Design
Watercolor calendar by Linda & Harriet

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

setting goals

Photo by Frances Moulin
It’s January 3, and I still feel like 2012 is going to be amazing. My horoscope even confirms it (yep, I’m a sucker for these things). We had a fabulous 2012 celebration with a group of our closest friends at our casa, and on January 2 (because we all know January 1 doesn’t really count after a super fun new year’s party…), my husband and I set our goals for the year. And without further ado, here are the Moulin’s 2012 resolutions:

·    Find the creative in everything. And spend more time in our new studio (to be revealed once it’s complete…I’m totally in love).
·    Cancel cable. We did this for almost a full year until baseball season and the Real Housewives of New York started back up. But we’re hoping to stick to it this time…
·    Be active. Somehow. My husband joined the gym, which is not really my style. Maybe I’ll dust off the ol' rollerblades?
·    Eat more wholesome, healthy, preservative-free foods. We really are healthy people, for the most part, but we would like to eat less pizza and more veggies.
·    Get pregnant. Pretty straightforward, I know. And not really something we can control. But we are keeping our fingers crossed for a little addition to the Moulin family.
·    Leave our stress at the workplace and make our home life a priority.
·    Live a more minimal, relaxed lifestyle. We hope to find the joy in everything and take in the fresh air once in a while. Oh, and did I mention we’re decluttering?

How about you? Did you write down your goals for the year? And do you usually stick to them? We wrote ours down in 2010 and were really successful, but we slipped in 2011, and we did not achieve what we had hoped. Maybe it’s completely psychological, but writing down your goals really seems to help. And I’m all about the power of positive thinking right now – can you tell? Happy New Year to you all!! And much luck in 2012.

Ringin' in 2012. Paper crowns, handlebar 'staches and all. Photo by Frances Moulin.