Monthly Archives: December 2010

Vendor Love

Cake Opera Co.

December 21, 2010

This is quite possibly the best thing since the invention of cake. I first spotted this Canadian company way back in January when their Pomegranate cake was featured on one of Style Me Pretty’s Inspiration to Reality posts and I was recently reminded of their fabulousness when I saw this little write-up on one of my favorite blogs.

The work of Cake Opera Co. is simply stunning and I just love how unabashedly over-the-top they are (a giant feathered bird atop a wedding cake? Why the heck not!). Along with their extremely artistic cakes and perfect little confections, they’re now also creating Operettas – their version of the dessert table. Love it!

They’ve also just announced these lovely gift-wrapped treats!…

These decadent sweets are conceptualized and created by artist Alexandria Pellegrino and pastry chef Jessica Smith who seem just as fabulous as their confections…

If you haven’t seen it already, you should definitely check out their website. Yum.

– gia

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All images © Cake Opera Co.

Tips and Tidbits

DIY Tutorial: How to wrap a perfect present

Twelve weeks have flown by and sadly, this will be Becca’s last day here at Flights of Fancy (*sniff, sniff*). Her parting gift to you lovely readers is this helpful little tutorial on how to wrap the perfect present… just in time for Christmas. Enjoy!

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If you’ve ever wondered how to wrap a perfect present, this tutorial’s for you!  No more wobbly boxes teetering on top of strangely twisted ribbons – just perfectly flat, perfectly wrapped boxes every time.  Read on to find out the easy trick!

Tools: Shown above: (A) Wrapped gift (B) Ribbon  (C) Scissors

Step 1: Slide your ribbon underneath the gift.

Step 2: Bring the left tail of the ribbon up and form one half of a bow to measure how much ribbon you will need to leave out on the left side. Adjust ribbon accordingly.

Step 3: Bring the right tail of the ribbon up and twist with the left tail to form a cross.  The right tail should be pulled toward you while the left tail should be pulled away from you.

Step 4: Slide the right tail (the tail closest to you) underneath the gift box and bring it back up to line up with the left tail.

Step 5: Line up both ends of the ribbon.

Step 6: Snip off the longer tail to match the length of the shorter tail.

Step 7: Now pull the ribbon with the tail pointing toward you down and underneath the right side of the horizontal ribbon.

Step 8: Pull that same ribbon up to the left and over the twisted center.

Step 9: Now take that ribbon and tuck it underneath the left side of the horizontal ribbon.

Step 10: Now give both ends of the ribbon a firm tug, pulling one ribbon to the lower left and the other to the upper right.  You are now ready to tie your bow!

Step 11: If you look at the bottom of your box, you should see your ribbons lying perfectly flat.  Admire your flat gift bottom.

Step 12: (At this point, you can tie a bow however you like, but here’s how I do it.)  Make a small loop with the ribbon tail on the right.  Bring the left tail around the loop and pull it through the wrapped loop. Adjust the loops and center to make them the correct lengths and to smooth out the ribbon before you tug the bow tight.  Snip off the ends at an angle with a sharp pair of scissors.

And there you have it: a perfectly wrapped present, all ready for giving!*

– Becca

*For an extra polished look, try using double-sided stick tape to wrap your gift.  This way, no tape shows up on the outside!

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For more from Becca, be sure to check out her delightful blog lavender’s blue.

Tips and Tidbits

DIY Download: Straw Flags

December 17, 2010

Becca’s back with another adorable download! Enjoy…

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I’ve got another DIY download for you, just in time for all those holiday parties around the corner.  Use these simple straw flags to dress up any beverage (even Santa’s)!

Here’s what you’ll need and how to make them:

Tools: Shown above: (A) Cutting mat  (B) Ruler  (C) Straws  (D) Permanent double-sided sticky tape  (E) X-Acto Knife  (F) Paper

Step 1: Print out the downloadable template onto colored paper of your choice (for a homey, hand-made feel, I used brown Kraft paper)

Step 2: Cut out straw flags along the solid lines.

Step 3: Place double-sided stick tape on the back of one half side of the flag.  Make sure your tape starts from the middle so that it will stick to the straw (and prevents flag from sliding down).

Step 4: Place straw on flag, fold over, and press firmly.  Ta-da!  All done.

I’ve also created three different sayings for you, available in three different text colors – black, red, and green.  With all the paper colors and straw colors out there, the different color combinations are absolutely endless!  Hope these straw flags will add that extra little bit of pizazz to your next party!

– Becca

Download Straw Flags