Thursday, March 31, 2011

Featured on The TomKat Studio Blog--Our April Fool's Day Party!

I'm delighted to announce that another one of my parties debuted today on The Tomkat Studio blog!  It's an April Fool's day party, full of lots of sweet surprises, and all with a Neapolitan ice cream theme.

Neapolitan Ice Cream themed April Fool's Day party--nothing is quite what it seems!

Head over to the debut post on TomKat, and then come back here tomorrow for my full posts on the party!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sneak Peek: New Necklace Design!

I'm delighted to present the first glimpse of our newest design.  A necklace with sweet feminine frills but also a bit of edginess.  A statement piece for a bride with panache, not something for a demure, classic bride.

I love the asymmetry, the chunky crystals, the amazing textures from the different types of silver chain and the softness of the tulle.

I can't wait to do a model shoot of this piece with a sleek, strapless gown--maybe with a birdcage veil?

She'll appear on the Tradewind Tiaras website before long.  I just need to figure out her name first.  Any suggestions?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fabulous Product: Crystal "I Do" Shoe Stickers

I absolutely love the little touches at a wedding.  These clever stickers from Your Happily Ever After definitely qualify:

Rhinestone "I Do" stickers from Your Happily Ever After.
Just stick them on the bottom of your shoe, and don't forget to flash them for your photographer!

I love the idea of using these stickers as the "something blue" in a wedding, but they do come in a wide variety of colors as well.  I don't think I would have been able to resist the purple ones for my wedding, had such clever things been around ten years ago!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Just a quick note to wish everyone a very happy St. Patrick's day.  It's a busy one for us, since this is my daughter's first year performing as an Irish step dancer.

I have very fond memories of St. Patrick's Day from my many years as a step dancer, myself.  The crazy schedule of running around from performance to performance, the enthusiastic crowds, and of course, getting out of school.
Me, somewhere in the late 80s judging by the hair and style of my solo dress, at the Oireachtas (say oh-ROCK-tus, a major regional competition).

 This year, my daughter gets to start making those memories.  And I get to be her chauffeur.  I think I need to put a thank-you call to my mom on today's to-do list.

Our schedule will be back to normal tomorrow.  In the meantime, here's a little sneak peek of a project I completed recently, an April Fool's Day party that will debut on The TomKat Studio.

I'll be sure to mention it here when that post goes live on TomKat!  So excited!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Non Traditional Cakes: The Crepe Cake

When I saw this cake from the Charleston Crepe Company, I was completely smitten.

Tiered crepe cake from the Charleston Crepe Company.
I'd never had a crepe cake until, at The Roaring Fork a few years ago, I tasted an amazing cornmeal crepe cake with caramel filling and fresh bananas.  It was astoundingly good, and I've thought about that dessert many times over the years.   But I never even considered it as a wedding cake option until I saw the Charleston Crepe Company's website.  Brilliant!

It's so lacy, so airy, so pretty, so delicious looking.  And the flavor possibilities are endless!

How about this option, from Martha Stewart Living?

A chocolate hazelnut dream!  Even if you want a more traditional wedding cake, this would make a spectacular groom's cake.

For all that I love making and decorating cakes, I don't like eating them all that much.  But these crepe cakes... these I would enjoy eating!  My birthday?  My upcoming 10th anniversary?  You can bet these will make an appearance on my table soon!

Monday, March 14, 2011

We Love Custom Work! Accessories for a Sweet Pink Baptism

Earlier this year, I had the great delight of working with Suzanne from Fanciful Events, who was in the throes of planning a celebration of her daughter's baptism.  The Vintage Pink Bunny christening party she designed was absolutely exquisite, and we're delighted to have had a small part in helping to put it together!

We at Tradewind Tiaras designed four accessories for the celebration.

The first was a beautiful crown incorporating a Swarovski crystal cross.  We made this one with an open back and built-in loops, so the crown could be connected in the back with a ribbon and adjustable, and worn and enjoyed for many years.  The colors of the party were soft pinks and whites, so we used white silk flowers with pale pink genuine pearl centers and crystal AB Swarovski crystal accents.  (The iridescence of the Aurora Borealis coating on the clear crystals picked up on the pale pinks without screaming PINK!)

We also designed a softer headband with a removable singed flower clip in pale pinks for the guest of honor to wear comfortably through the rest of the party.

And because the guest of honor had an older sister who simply couldn't be left out of the fun, we designed a tiara (based on the tiaras for the Cornish Fairy Party) and a set of singed flower hair clips for her.

I love getting to flex my creative muscles and create custom work!

Be sure you head over to Fanciful Events to see all the details of this gorgeous party.  Its soft palette, sweet bunny theme, and many fabulous details makes it a perfect inspiration for Easter or any spring celebration!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How to Make Chocolate Popcorn

Looking for the DIY on making chocolate covered popcorn (or Troll Boogers for a Harry Potter Party)?  It's moved, along with the rest of the blog, to its new home at  Here's the direct link to the content you wanted!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011