we had a small dinner to celebrate chris's birthday yesterday, so naturally i had to make a cake. this year i decided to make a shark to go along with some other aquatic themed gifts. here's how i did it:
i made two cakes in different sized bowls and one cake in a flat round cake pan and cut them at an angle to make the head look like it was coming out of the water. i steadied the cake by adding wooden rods down through the top to the base. while i was sculpting the shark my caking-partner-in-crime, andrea, worked on making teeth out of white fondant. i stuck toothpicks in the ends of each 'tooth' so they would stick into the cake once it was time to add them to the head. i started with the base colors then added details and the jagged teeth. we finished it off by painting red food coloring 'blood' to the ends of the teeth. BOOM shark cake want to see more? check out other cakes i've made HERE
i'm heading to missouri bright and early tomorrow morning for a baby shower my sisters and family are throwing me. really looking forward to spending time with everyone, even though it's a quick trip. my family's the best.
(side note: this pic is from hawaii when i was only 4 1/2 months pregnant. the bump's way bigger now)
buckle up friends, looks like right now is the official start of baby related DIYs. sorry (not sorry). chris and i spent weeks looking at cribs - we wanted something simple with a nice design but didn't want to pay a ton for it. we found the perfect crib for us - the babyletto mercer 3-in-1 convertible crib. since we live in an apartment in nyc, the drawer underneath was a huge bonus for extra storage. what we didn't realize was that you could see into the drawer without a crib skirt, which wasn't ideal. no biggie, i DIY'd an easy drawer cover:
i bought one yard of faux white leather and some snaps from the fabric store. i used hard core glue to attach the bottom snaps to the wood, and sewed the top part of each snap to the corners of the leather, pulling tight so there was no lag.
cut off the extra leather and TA-DA, simple fast fix that's easy to get in and out of, while not compromising the design of the crib. BOOM
sure, you've seen a million pictures of chris and yeah, you've probably heard me say how he's such a great guy. but really. he might be the best. he's the husband who puts together a crib at midnight since he knows boxes in the apartment stresses me out. he jumps into my crazy projects without thinking twice, like DIYing our own shelves or driving me to staten island to find the perfect upholstery to redo a chair. he always takes the trash out, changes all our lightbulbs, and even wakes up early to shovel the sidewalk before going to work. not only is chris the best husband but he's going to be the most amazing dad. me and our soon-to-be baby girl couldn't be luckier to have him in our lives.