Top 10 Posts of 2011

So, my one year blog anniversary is coming up on Jan. 7th, so really my top posts for this year are just the top posts I've ever done!

Sidebar: what are the chances of gaining 26 followers  in a week? That would just put me at the perfect benchmark for my year anniversary. That's right. I'm talking the big 1-0-0-0. If you have any friends looking for blogs to read....send them my way. lol!!

But anyway, here are my top 10 posts from the year!

Number 10

Number 9

Number 8

Number 7

Number 6

Number 5

Number 4

Number 3

Number 2

Number 1

Hope you all are having a good holiday season! I'm excited to ring in the new year, 2012 is going to be a big year for me with lots of changes!!

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Your Whims Wednesday #39 {And Features}

It's time for another Your Whims Wednesday party!!! 

Your Whims Wednesday

There were tons of great project ideas last week. Here are some of my favorite link-ups:

Night Before Christmas Embroidery by Fowl Single File

Red Ruffle Skirt by Melly Sews

The Bow Clutch by Taylor Made

Pair of Hearts Pillows by The Crafty CPA

 Glass Tile Jewelry by Always a Project

Antropologie Apron Knock-Off by Craptastic

 Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)

Featured on My Girlish Whims

Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)

Beautiful Cards from Hello!Lucky

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hello!Lucky for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you recently read this post on my blog, you would have known that I recently just finished sending out all of my wedding invitations.

This is, (obviously!!) the first time I am getting married and first time I ever had to send out very formal invitations for an event, and the whole process of finding invitations online was a little overwhelming for me.  There are so many different companies out there with different designs, I didn't know where to start looking!

So, when I recently got the chance to review invitations from Hello!Lucky, I knew I would also want to share the company with you guys.  Hello!Lucky is an online company that designs unique and memorable cards for all occasions, especially weddings!

What I like best about Hello!Lucky are their beautiful wedding invitations. I especially love this set with a chandelier type accent design:

Feminine yet elegant. Just my style!

I also love this pink invitation:

The border pattern is so pretty! And of course I love the pink (but if your man wasn't nice enough to let you have pink as one of your wedding colors like my man was, don't worry - it does come in different colors!)

Hello!Lucky also always offers the options for letterpress wedding invitations to give your invitations that great elegant and vintage inspired look.

And even if you are not about to get married, Hello!Lucky also makes cards and gifts for many other occasions. The have personalized stationary:

They make adorable birth announcements:

And even do birthday cards!

Isn't this one adorable for little boys!!

So next time your looking for beautiful wedding invitations or cards for any event be sure to check out Hello!Lucky!
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Pics from my Phone

I finally figured out I can use instagram on my iPhone. Whoops. Took me long enough. So now I take lots of pictures of my life and want to share them with SOMEONE. So I share them with you :)

Watching Project Accessory and wedding crafting while I was still out at school. Any ideas what I'm making??

LAST Sunday brunch at school. Sad day!!!

Last school sticky bun. Mmh those things are good. I started eating this one from the inside out just because it was my last one, and the middle is the best part!!

First and last time getting frozen yogurt out at school with friends. Yumbo.

Candlelight service

Singing silent night - at the chorus everyone lifts their candles up. So pretty!

Embroidered Christmas presents my roommate sent me a picture of that she made. My little embroidery student, so proud of her :)

Coming home from school to SO MANY packages!!! Too bad most of them were Christmas presents for other people. Two were for me at least!!

My new baby niece Penny - only just over 2 weeks old :)

And this picture is really crappy, but here I am with my FAVORITE Christmas present!! It's a Cameo if you couldn't tell!!!

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

While I'm still unpacking all my craft supplies from moving back home, enjoy this recipe from a guest post from the Family Ever After Blog. I promise to be back with some more fun jewelry/craft tutorials soon!

I know when most of you think pumpkin you think Thanksgiving. Well, I don't!! Haha. In my area, you can NEVER find pumpkin filling in the grocery store unless its October, November, or December. Thus, I enjoy making pumpkin recipes ALL through the holiday season, not just at Thanksgiving!!

Thus I give you...Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Here's how to make them!

In a large mixing bowl mix together 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup canola oil. Add in an entire jar of pumpkin puree (the larger kind!), 2 eggs, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract,

Add to the pumpkin mix a mixture of 3 cups flour, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

Mix together until smooth.

Use a cookie scoop to spoon out tablespoon sized cookies onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Bake at  350 degrees for 12 minutes.

While the little whoopies are baking, you can get to work on the cream cheese icing!

In a large mixing bowl, mix together 3 cups of powdered sugar, 8 ounces of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup of softened butter, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.  Mix until most lumps are gone.

YUM. Anyone else REALLY enjoy being able to lick out the bowl after this step?? I so do :)

Take your whoopies out of the oven and let cool.

After they have cooled, ice the middle with the cream cheese icing.

Stick another whoopie on top, and you've got a pumpkin whoopie pie!

This recipe uses extra pumpkin so the whoopies are extra moist and delicious. They're so good, you'll want to eat pumpkin ALL year round!

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Wedding Cake Plans

Now that I'm home from college for good and Christmas day marks the TWO MONTH mark for my wedding I'm trying to go full steam ahead to get these last details finished!! Thus, I hope you don't mind a lot of wedding related posts as I check some things off my list :)

Today I met with my reception site and picked out a wedding cake design (included with my package). Here is my grand scheme:

I'm in LOVE with the whole ruffle frosting trend right now. However, I didn't want a whole ruffled cake because I think they look a little too plain. So, I came across this cake:

                                                               Source: via MyGirlishWhims on Pinterest

And loved the idea of just having a ruffle on the side. However, it looks like that whole cake is done with fondant (I know these super professional terms from watching cake boss with my mom. Yeah, so impressive I know) and that would cost more than my package comes with!! So, I told them they could do a non-fondant version. The white of the cake would just be smooth icing and the ruffles would look more like this:
                                                                   Source: via MyGirlishWhims on Pinterest

But only on a little section.  And thennnnn just because I still thought it was a litttttle too plain I asked for a few flowers to be made to line the ruffle similar to these:

                                                                      Source: via MyGirlishWhims on Pinterest

And so a like 2 minute paint drawing on my computer leads to a general idea of this...but only much prettier. (Hey, I may be crafty but I am NOT an artist!!! haha)
So any thoughts? What did your wedding cake look like? There all so pretty, it's a shame the first bit will be smashed into my face haha :)

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