Patch Cupcakes

Earlier this week I made a batch of cupcakes for children’s brand AKID, based off their new collaborative shoe line with Mini Mode. The shoes feature fun patches, which I recreated in cupcake form for the launch party. I had some leftover smiley face designs, so thought I’d share the how-to for these fun patch cupcakes. Continue on to find out how!

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TKT Cookies 1

I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite Instagram cookie makers and fellow NYC baking lady, @TinyKitchenTreats last week. Marisol, the amazing lady behind TKT, personalized some cookies just for me (so freaking sweet!). They were so cute and so very delicious that I couldn’t resist sharing them on here. Just look at this cuteness!

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Since my new agenda is telling me today is National Coffee Day, I thought I’d round up some of the most delicious coffee recipes I’ve found online. Here’s to saving money and kicking that Starbucks habit!

Coffee Recipes

1. Simple Iced Caramel Macchiato // 2. Ultimate Iced Coffee w/ Condensed Milk // 3. Homemade Iced Coffee // 4. Coffee Frappe // 5. Cinnamon Dulce Iced Coffee // 6. Mexican Mocha

Over the past couple of years my boyfriend and I have slowly updated our apartment, redecorating each room from the initial rustic / vintage vibe we used to a more modern (more adult!) aesthetic. The dark walls have gone to white, the thrift store and antique market finds have been replaced by nicer modern pieces, the majority of vintage knick knacks have been thrown out or donated, and the rooms have been simplified. It’s really opened up each room and helped accentuate the little light that comes with a 2 bedroom NY apartment. However, there was one room we haven’t touched – the kitchen. Since we plan on moving when our lease is up in February (after 6 years here!), we were thinking there was no point in redecorating another room. But, as I thought about it more, I realized how much I wanted to try out a little change in the room before we left. The dark red walls that complimented our hodgepodge of dishes and grandma-esque style looked really great when the rest of our walls were darker colors, but with every other room now white, the contrast is definitely more intense. And since I shoot a lot of my work in the kitchen, I’m constantly fighting with the light and having to cover up the red walls.


We had briefly discussed painting the kitchen white, so with Chad out of town for a week I decided to surprise him and paint the kitchen while he was gone….plus, I needed something to do to occupy my evenings at home. After buying the paint, it took 2 days to cover up all that red. As soon as it was dry I took a step back and…well, I HATED it. I have always strongly disliked the countertops and the cheap looking cabinets in our kitchen (typical renter woes), and both of those things were now accentuated against the white walls. Also, with all of the color in the open cabinet area and our vintage kitchenware, everything got a bit lost. The red at least tied a lot of the colors together, where as the white just made it look a bit too eclectic.

I thought about what else I could do. I didn’t want to go back to dark because with the white, the difference in light was extreme – it was much brighter in there, which was amazing. I thought about a really pale pink, but then remembered I had a boyfriend! ha! I thought about a light gray, but thought that wouldn’t really go with any of the colors we have in there, and would probably leave me with the same feelings I had about the white.  I kept on going back to the pale pink and thought that if it was light enough, maybeeee he wouldn’t mind. Now, I would’ve text him for his approval normally, but when I say he was out of town, I should also mention that he was in a different country on a rural backpacking trip for the week – no cell phone, no service, no campsites – a kind of “Into the Wild” type of situation. So, I went with my gut and headed back to the paint store to pick up some pink paint. Even the lightest pink shade from the store was not light enough, so I mixed it with white paint until I was happy with the color and then got to work. And now I LOVE it! I just love our pink kitchen! The color compliments our vintage dishware and accessories, and still gives it that grandma-esque charm I love in that room. The light bounces off the walls, which will make it much easier for me to photograph in there. It is such a change and now that it’s been made, I can’t believe it took us that long to switch out the red. When Chad got home, he just kept on saying “a pink kitchen,” but he actually does like it! I moved a few things around, swapped out our dish set, and have spent hours just staring at it. It’s so dreamy! And now I am really looking forward to spending another five months baking in here!

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COOKIE WAFFLE RECIPECookieWaffle14I’m kicking off my Fall posts with this Cookie Waffle with Caramel and Apple Spice Ice Cream. After discovering on good ole’ Pinterest that you can make a cookie in a waffle iron online, I had to give it  try and sure enough it worked…well after a few tests to get the process right. Once I got the technique down, what resulted was a delicious cookie waffle that took just minutes to cook…my kind of cookie!  Although the title sounds fancy, I used mostly pre-made ingredients so I wouldn’t have to worry about starting from scratch. Continue on below to find out how to make your own!



Hello again!  As you may have noticed, I took a week off from the blog. Blogging seemed like a task last week and I hated that feeling, especially since this is something I do (and have always done!) simply because I love to do it. With September weddings, design jobs, prop jobs, outside DIY projects, and everything else, putting together a new post for the blog was just not going to happen last week. Thankfully I’ve just wrapped up the two larger, more demanding jobs of the month and while I’m not at the end of the tunnel that is my September workload just yet, I can see the light and that means more just-for-fun projects will be happening soon. In fact, I just shot a delicious DIY for tomorrow, so make sure to come back for that.

In other news, I felt like sharing some random (very random) thoughts on my mind at the moment, so here that goes…

  • Last Monday I got to see my blogger gal pal, Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth.  I absolutely adore her and love that I can have internet friends who also make awesome real life friends, because IRL>URL. We shared many laughs as we food hopped our way around downtown. She was in town for an event so we had to part ways in the afternoon, even though I had the urge to keep her at my side all day.
  • I finally started using my Snapchat and I am OBSESSED! I used to love the personal level of Instagram and would post silly, fairly personal, and actually insta snaps, without worrying about how they looked or if the photos would get a lot of “Likes”. Not sure when it changed to be more of a professional look at what I’ve been working on, but I miss the personal aspect of it and feel like I have that back with Snapchat now. The posts I’ve made so far mostly involve me being weird, my pets, and Taylor Swift singalongs, with just a small look at things I’m working on – and even then it’s never a perfect or styled look. It’s actually real and totally and completely me. I have the same username on there as I do on Instagram (@alanajonesmann), so feel free to follow along if you’re interested.
  • I recently purchased THIS book and am blown away by all the knitting that can be done by just using your hands (no needles, people!). The author, Anne Weil (also the blogger behind Flax & Twine) is such a genius! It is a beautifully photographed, thoughtful book, with so many great project tutorials, including a faux sheepskin (pictured above), ottoman poufs, rugs, scarves, cabled blankets, and so much more. I highly recommend you spend the $11 and get yourself a copy.
  • Two weeks ago I didn’t want to even hear anyone drop the approaching F word, but now I feel I’ve come to terms with the quickly approaching Fall season and am actually really looking forward to all the magic it brings. Baking in a kitchen that isn’t miserably hot, leaves changing colors, cider, sweater weather, apples, apple pie…I’m now ready for you Fall, so come on over!
  • Speaking of Fall and baking, THIS baked oatmeal recipe on DesignLoveFest looks so dang good!
  • THIS is the coolest “kids” craft I’ve seen in a while!
  • THESE geometric paper animals from Wolfram Kampffmeyer – so good!
  • And while we’re on the topic of paper inspiration, I am loving THESE collaged paper cutouts by Morgana Wallace.
  • I was trying to name this post and instantly thought of THIS from Community. It has nothing to do with this post, but it does go along with the randomness of it and…NO WORRIES. Oh how that show made me laugh! I miss it. Speaking of missing television, I miss the Bravermans something fierce. Parenthood forever.

I’ll stop there before it gets even more random. Make sure to come on back tomorrow for that new DIY!

Lead Photo from Knitting Without Needles

Palm DIYs

1. Of course StudioDIY decoupaged a balloon! Such a fan of these Palm Frond Balloons.

2. This Floral Encyclopedia from Moon Canyon shows how to make a perfect tropical arrangement.

3. These Custom Notebooks from LovelyIndeed are just too good!

4. Throwing in my Tropical Wallpaper Cakes tutorial (ain’t no shame in my game!)

5. Leave it to the ladies of A Beautiful Mess to make this Nightstand Makeover look so easy.

6. A Palm Leaf Pillow that only takes 10 minutes to make?! Count me in!

I’ve been having the urge to do some free form cake decorating lately, and with a few free hours this morning that is exactly what I did. I made my buttercream palette prior and had a couple inspired thoughts in mind, but then I just went with the flow…and man, did it feel good. The final result is below. My only regret is that I wish I would’ve done it on a styrofoam cake round, so I could admire it for just a little while longer. But since it’s a delicious vanilla cake I baked this past weekend…well, I’m definitely not going to let that go to waste.

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LEMON BLACKBERRY COCKTAIL RECIPESummer may technically be coming to an end, but it is still hot as ever in New York…and pretty much all over the US, if my weather app is telling me the truth. I’m personally not ready to jump into Fall flavors yet, and since there’s still plenty of in-season fruit to enjoy I decided to whip up one more summery recipe. For this recipe, I created a blackberry and lemon vodka cocktail. For an emphasis on the berry flavor I used the Huckleberry Vodka from 44North and it was de-licious! But, regular vodka works great too. And for those of you who prefer your drinks sans alcohol, just use seltzer instead of the vodka for a refreshing fruit-filled drink. Continue on below for the full recipe!

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While I recapped my top DIY summer desserts over here on Monday, I wanted to share some of my favorite summery DIY projects I’ve seen on the web this season as well. Here are just a few of the amazing projects that caught my eye. Summer ain’t over yet folks, so get crafting while you still can!

Summer DIY

1. Paper Plants from TheHouseThatLarsBuilt // 2. Fruit Slice Balloons from StudioDIY // 3. Flamingo Ring Toss from Sugar&Cloth // 4. Popsicle Party Decor from OhHappyDay // 5. Painted Pineapple Ukulele from LovelyIndeed // 6. Watermelon Beach Ball from Sarah Hearts