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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Niki Blumentritt, J.D.

One week ago today, I GRADUATED FROM LAW SCHOOL! I always knew that I wanted to go to law school so I went to college knowing this ambition and graduated in four years {which seems to be rare these days}. Soon I was off to Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama. For those of you who don't know, law school is hard! It's been a long, hard journey, but it was worth every minute of it. I found my future husband, made some wonderful friends and even learned a thing or two! I was fortunate to have my family and my future family there with me. As with most doctorate degrees, each graduate has someone to "hood" them with their doctorate reglia. My hooder was my dad which made the moment even more special. After graduation, my family, future family and I went to Dreamland BBQ in the Alley to eat lunch. It was overall the perfect day! Here are some pictures from last Saturday:

Gantt and I at Graduation

Some of my best friends from Law School: Ashton, Sara and Lindzy

Top Right: Me, my Mom, and niece, Sarah James    Top Left:Me and my future Mother-in-Law, Mrs. Lisa

Top Left: My brother, James, Me and my Dad    Bottom Center: My Aunt Pam, my sister, Britt, my Aunt Teresa, my Mom and Sarah James



Aunt Britt and Sarah James

Law School Graduation Party at the Renaissance




Thursday, May 19, 2011

Summer Wreath for the Rents

Here is a wreath I made my parents! I used a large grape vine wreath, hydrangeas (because they always make me think of summer), wired ribbon, some berry picks, and some hanging silks. I also created a monogram which I hung from the ribbon. I bought the wooden "B" at Michael's or Hobby Lobby (I can't remember) and then painted it using the technique mentioned in the post below. And here it is:






Monday, May 16, 2011

Britt's Tshirt Quilt!

My sister, Britt, is officially a college graduate! Because Britt has worked so hard to graduate (with honors by the way) I wanted to make her a really special gift. I have always been a fan of the tshirt quilt and thought that this would be something that Britt could keep for years and remind her of all her fun times in college! For several months now, I have covertly been stealing shirts from my sister to build a stock pile for the quilt. She never wears her tshirts anymore so it wasn't too difficult to do. After careful planning, the tshirt quilt process began! I started with a twin size quilt in order to speed up the process a little. It took me about 3 weeks to finish! Here it is:
I first had to cut all the tshirts in half and then with a rotary cutter to cut out the parts I wanted to use.

OH NO! it's a tshirt monster!

I next ironed on sewable interfacing and arranged the tshirts in order to sew them... This was fun because I really got see all of Britt's college fun!




Phi Mu Philanthropy Day Shirt
Britt's Phi Formal
Britt's first Christmas Cocktail
Greek Sing
Miss Auburn
 
Britt's Phi Retreat
Her first Halloween Social
Phi Mu's Auburn Pep Rally Tshirt
War Eagle Day
Trot Brown's SGA President Campaign

Phi Mu Golf Tourney
Phi Mu Ice Water Tea Day Shirt
Another Greek Sing
Sigma Chi Derby Days
All Auburn All Orange
 
The #5 is my personal fav: this was my Phi Mu intramural tshirt I passed down to Britt. She wore it in pledge football game and broke her ankle...it was her birthday....God bless her. She wore a boot on one foot and a heel on the other the rest of her first semester 




My makeshift Sewing Room...Time to start putting it together...


Fast forward a little...
Half Sewn Together

Other Half Sewn Together
I then (with Gantt's help) ironed on a sewable backing
 

 
Flipped over and the topper is ready to be sewn onto the quilt with a free-motion quilting foot in random designs 


And here it is!!! Britt's custom built, home-made with love by her sister, college inspired Quilt!




I would like the thank the quilt hand model Gantt for his help in holding it up! 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Katelyn's Birthday & the Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes

Katelyn celebrated her birthday on Saturday and you know we had to make it special. We decided to go to dinner at Crockmeir's and I volunteered to make her a sweet treat. I asked Katelyn what theme she wanted for her cupcakes. Her first response was "almost 30?" but we ultimately decided on cocktails! I have seen a recipe for Margarita Cupcakes on Wilton's website, but Katelyn and I always like a fruitier flavored rita. So I figured I would tweak the recipe and go with a strawberry margaita cupcake with a strawberry buttercream icing. Here is the recipe for the cupcakes:

Ingredients:

Cupcake Batter:
  • 1 pkg (18.25 ounces) white cake mix or  I used French Vanilla
  • 1/4 can (2.5 ounces) frozen Margarita mix thawed
  • 3/4 can (7.5 ounces) frozen concentrate Strawberry Daquiri mix thawed
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Icing:
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
  • 5 drops of red food coloring
Decorations: ** I picked most of these up at Party City
  • Plastic Margarita glasses
  • Pink baking cups
  • Strawberries
  • Umbrella Straws
  • Candy Lime and Lemon Wedges
  • Curling Ribbon
  • Decorative Sugar
Cupcake Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line standard muffin pan with baking cups.
In large bowl, combine cake mix, 1/4 of the Margarita mix can, 3/4 of the can of Strawberry Daquiri, egg whites and vegetable oil using electric mixer until mixed completely and batter is smooth. Fill prepared pans about 2/3 full. I always use an ice cream scoop to make it a little more even.
Bake 22-24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean.
Cool in pan on cooling rack 5-8 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely.

Icing Instructions:
In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add strawberry extract and food coloring. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. Can add more food coloring until the right shade of pink. When all sugar has been mixed in, the icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Putting it all together:
Before icing the cupcakes, I made sure the tie the curling ribbon to the glasses. I then rimmed the glasses with the sugar. To do this, you could use an actual lemon or lime slice to wet the rim then roll it in the sugar. Since I didn't have a lemon or lime, I wet a paper towel with lemon juice and wet the rim of the glass and then rolled it in the sugar. I then assembled the rest! Here is how it all turned out:

Here is invitation I made for Katelyn's Bday Dinner
Mixing up the batter
Perfectly Pink and Fluffy Icing
Some of the glasses rimmed with sugar

On each glass I attached a tag stating "Happy Birthday Katelyn!"

I sliced up fresh strawberries and fanned it out on each cupcake

I cut the straw and put it in the cupcake and added a candy lemon and lime wedge to the rim


No, Cesar is NOT apart of the recipe! haha




I put a little icing in the bottom of the glass to give it a little more weight & stability

Everyone enjoying Katelyn's Bday Dinner and Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes

Birthday Girl!