Beth's "Belles" and Whistles

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My First Attempt

Greetings Friends,

This is my first attempt at blogging . . . I'm very excited about the prospects of having my own blog after rewatching "Julie and Julia" again yesterday afternoon!  I was totally inspired and now I'm daydreaming about the possibilities of inspiring others and being discovered and getting my own book deal - I digress . . . Get back to reality Beth! 

However, in the midst of all my excitement and daydreams, I must confess that I've discovered that I'm definitely clueless about starting a blog! There were so many choices to make this afternoon before I could even think about writing my first post!  Yet, to quote from a friend's facebook update quoting Pippi Longstocking, "I've never tried it before, so I'm sure I can do it!"

It is the exact attitude of these words which brings me to the subject matter of my first blog: My First Attempt at . . . making Diaper Cakes!  I know you were expecting something a little more serious, and possibly life-altering, but for me, I find joy in all the little "belles" and whistles that decorate life!  I'm a budget-conscious Mom who loves all things boutique, but cannot always afford the price tag accompanying such items.  I had never attempted to make a Diaper Cake before, but after checking out the prices for "Boutique Custom Diaper Cakes" online, I agreed with Pippi Longstocking, "I'm sure I can make one myself  - MUCH CHEAPER!"  And I did exactly that  . . . and here's the picture to prove it:

I got so carried away that I not only made one Diaper Cake in the traditional Three Tier Stacked Style, but I also made one in the shape of "Two Peas in a Pod" - the theme of the baby shower that I was hosting for a friend expecting twins!

When I finished making those Diaper Cakes, with new-found confidence, I decided to try my hand at a "Two Peas in the Pod" Baby Bath and Washcloth Cake:

After conquering that craft, I thought to myself, "Wow, Boutique party favors would be great, but they are expensive too!  I've never tried it before, but I'm sure I can do a little something!"  Here are my "Two Peas in a Pod" Bath Salt Party Favors:

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I really enjoyed trying to do something that I've never tried before!! I felt really Martha Stewart-ish while hosting this Baby Shower at my home!  More importantly, I knew that I had pulled out all the "belles (beauties) and whistles" for my dear friend without breaking the bank! 

I feel the same way as I begin with my "First Attempt" at writing this blog.  Maybe you share my boutique tastes and have "Caviar Dreams on a Peanut Butter Budget!"  If you do, my advice is DYI - Do It Yourself! In fact, if you decide to check back with me again, I'll even share my tips with you on how to make Diaper Cakes like these on a budget!! 

But for now, I'll sign off tonight leaving you with some great advice from my wonderful Dad, "Try it and you'll like it!


  1. Very nice Beth! Amanda is having a baby boy and we are doing her shower in May. Her theme is farm animals (since Amanda has always been a bit of an Ellie May). I need some creative help! :)

  2. I would love to help. I will be posting a "How To" probably tomorrow on the Diaper Cakes!! I'm also thinking of starting an etsy business for those who do not have the time to DYI!! If you are one of those and want to purchase, just let me know . . . I would have so much fun with a Farm Animals theme!!!!

  3. Ginger and readers,
    I meant to say DIY for Do It Yourself - both times that I typed it!!!! Have a great day!

  4. Hi! I am giving my best friend a Two Peas shower and wanted to do the bath salts, is it expensive to do? And do you know where I can find a tutorial on how to make them/ and that size?
    I'd really appreciate any input