Saturday, January 25, 2014


Last weekend, I celebrated the big 2-8.  It's official: no more debating whether my age is officially mid or late twenties!  Regardless, I'm thinking 28 is going to be an excellent year.  So far, I have some wonderful weddings to look forward to, a honeymoon in St. John coming up, and a few weekend trips planned to see great friends and of course, my sister, who just moved to the ATL.  I'm really savoring my weekends as I adjust to life without a laundry list of wedding tasks. 

Instead of gifts, Mike took me out for a wonderful dinner (my favorite activity) and we later celebrated with friends at the Azalea Pre-Festival Party, which I like to claim as my birthday party year after year. After the wedding and a big Christmas, I insisted on no gifts this year, but one gift I can always count on is a KipCake. 

I'm very fortunate to have a sister who also happens to be an incredibly gifted artist.  For the past six years, without fail, she has painted me a beautiful KipCake for my birthday.  When I was in college, I had dreams of opening my own cupcakery.  It would, of course, be called the "KipCakery," thus, the evolution of my sister's 'kipcake' creations. 

This is the "28" KipCake.  The colors are fantastic - I wish they would translate better on the screen.  She used a mixture of card stock and glass beads in addition to the paint. 

This is one of my favorites (really they're all my favorite).  The soft colors mixed with the metallics and the texture of the cupcake wrapper and pearls? Beautiful 

This is the KipCake that started it all!  What's amazing is it took her all of 5 minutes to paint.  If only we could all be so lucky. 

Another one of my favorites!  My family has affectionately called me "Skipperdee" my whole life, after the turtle from my favorite children's book, Eloise.  The marble balloons add a little something special. 

This one has always reminded me of Mackenzie Childs, who designs some of my favorite dishes.  
This one is actually a paper cutout used as an overlay to the KipCake made entirely out of ribbon. 

My KipCakes are some of my most treasured possessions.  I can barely wait to see what see what she comes up with next. 

Which is your favorite?

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