Two Years with Bunny Baubles

Can you believe it’s only been two years since Bunny Baubles’ first post? I feel like this blog has been a part of my life forever. In a way it has, since my love for sweets, sewing, and general DIY’ing has been ongoing since the 90’s, but the writing only began two years ago. Things have really changed around here and will continue to in the near future (aka, a site revamp – coming soon!). Coincidentally, my first post was about thumbprint cookies and here I am today baking them again with my sister for Christmas. She’s a little bit taller and my photography skills have improved a bit, but the recipe hasn’t changed and neither has my love to create.

I hope you all have enjoyed the site as much as I have. It’s been a dream, a labor of love, and an escape from normalcy. I’ve managed to get at least one post up a week for an entire two years, and I really consider that an accomplishment with travel, a 40 hour work week, and life possibly getting in the way. I’ve only been able to keep it going because it’s just fun. I love writing, I love creating, and I love sharing my successes and failures with you all. I also truly appreciate all of the support and motivation I get from my readers, family, and friends. Your kind words and continuous inspiration keep my mind churning with ideas each and every day, and I thank you so much for that!

What’s next for Bunny Baubles, you might ask? Well, I’ve been asked many times about pushing the blog to become a job or a money making machine, but there’s something so idyllic about the way it is today. I adore baking and sewing, and I don’t want to ever put those de-stressing activities into a stress driving compartment of my life. On top of that, I really love my current job and am able to do both things within the time frame and budget I currently have going. I could reconsider some day down the road, but I promise that you can continue to see what you have been seeing from me since the start. Combining sugar, eggs, and butter into delectable treats, and forming some resemblance of an outfit or costume out of needle and thread or hot glue and glitter.

I’ve shared a few of my favorite posts from the last two years below.

1. My Favorite DIY Clothing Piece: The Seersucker Off-the-shoulder Dress

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Though I’ve loved so many of the clothing tutorials I’ve posted, this one somehow takes the cake. It was so different from anything I had ever made and was inspired by such an expensive piece that I felt really gratified to complete it and be able to call it a Julia original.

2. My Favorite Collaboration: Brunch at Mark’s

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It may have taken us hours to make, but I just have incredible memories from this breakfast. Great friends abound, and waiting never made a breakfast combo taste so good. If you’re looking for food porn that will undoubtedly make you drool, you have to check this out.

3. My Favorite Go To Recipe: Lemon Squares

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I make this recipe every year as soon as the weather starts to turn in the Spring. They are, without a doubt in my mind, the best lemon squares I’ve ever had, and I give full credit to Joy of Cooking for blessing me with their presence. They are also my boyfriend’s favorite, so there’s a special place in my heart for these guys.

4. My Favorite Brunch Item: Breakfast Egg Tart

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This thing is incredible. Somewhere between the ease of making it and the vibrant flavor combo I die a little each time I have it.

5. My Favorite Home Decor Piece: Tribal Pillow Shams

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These pillows make me happy. They turn my otherwise West Elm ready mid-century modern crisp white bed (which I adore) into my bed. Colorful and ridiculous and fun.

6. My Favorite Costume: Flapper Dress

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Though I’ve loved wearing every costume I’ve made, this one gives me the best memories. A best friends’ birthday complete with singing into champagne bottles probably has something to do with that. It’s also turned into a wearable dress afterwards – always a plus!

7. The Most Laughable Post: Buttercream Frosting

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I had discovered that outdoor lighting was a good thing, but resorted to frosting a cake outside in the courtyard next to an abstract fountain… because that makes sense…

8. The Most Fun/Surprising Cookie Recipe: Margarita Cocktail Cookies

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These were such an experiment, and they turned out better than I could have imagined. I loved making them, I loved shooting the photos, and I loved eating them even more. A success story that any parent would be proud to share.

9. My Favorite Cake that I’m Questioning Why I Haven’t Made It Again… : Blueberry Lemon Bundt

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Seriously, what have I been doing with my life and my oven for the past 1.5 years?

10. Award for the Worst Photos for the Best Baked Good: Funeral Cake

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If you’ve had this, you know it’s 10 times better than these photos will have you believe.

What have been your favorite posts? What more would you like to see from me? I am only as creative as the inspiration I get from the environment around me, so if you have an incredible idea and would like to see it come to fruition, please let me know! Love you all, and I hope you have the most wonderful holidays!

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Crabby Avocado Dip Recipe

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Sometimes I come home and I’m just in a crabby mood. Maybe it’s traffic, maybe it was computer problems at work, maybe the fact that there still isn’t a rabbit just sitting there magically on my couch… but the one thing that can always get me out of my rut is a little creative endeavor. A craft, a new recipe, or creatively watching the Mindy Project while pretending to do crunches on the rug… ok that last one isn’t so creative, but I do love the Mindy Project. Continue reading “Crabby Avocado Dip Recipe”

Let’s Play 20 Questions

I’m all about games. So when Shauna from Rae of Sparkles asked me to play, I decided I was up for it! She always has a fun snippet of advice, an adorable DIY, or an exorbitantly nice comment for me (seriously too nice!) so I couldn’t let her down. Below I answer her 20 questions…maybe you’ll find something in there you’d been wondering about…

20 Questions

What’s your nickname? A lot of my friends call me Julia Mommy…though Bunny Baubles is catching on!

How tall are you? 5’9″

How old are you? 24

Birth place? Little old Libertyville, IL. Born and raised! Though these days it’s become quite the fancy place I never knew it to be as a child…it’s so fun going home!

Ancestral home? So many places it’s hard to remember…mostly Ireland with some German, Austrian, Czech, English…and maybe some others?

Favorite color? I’m all about color in all forms, though I tend to lean on greens the most. I think I love the natural aspect of it.

Favorite verse in the Bible? I don’t have a favorite verse per say, I grew up with more focus on the stories and their message. I like hearing them all from time to time as they have different meaning to me at different times of my life. Good thing for church!

Favorite cuisine? Do sandwiches count? I love them for all meals. I also love dessert…also not a cuisine. This is a bad question for me!

Favorite artist? I recently went to a Monet on the Seine exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and was blown away! I love that the paintings change depending on your view-point, and the light is amazing.

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Strangest talent? Does planning parties count? If I had infinite money I would plan a party every week!

Drink of choice? I’m always up for a fun, new cocktail. I have been obsessed with Moscow Mules lately! Maybe a recipe post to come on that one later…

Credit: Liquor.com
Credit: Liquor.com

Biggest dream? Traveling the world, without worrying about affording it. <- Stealing this from Shauna!

How do you take your coffee? A generous amount of milk and a teaspoon of sugar. A good cappuccino is my favorite though.

Currently obsessed with? Anything made with Carrera marble. Clocks,  kitchen counters, phone cases…anything!

Photo Credit: Houzz.com
Photo Credit: Houzz.com

Biggest fear? Getting Alzheimer’s… it runs in my family and is such a sad disease.

Something you never thought you would get to do? Live somewhere where it’s warm in the winter. Growing up in Chicago I was always dreaming of beaches in the winter, and now I live in sunny Houston!

Humanitarian cause? There are a lot of good causes. Growing up my family focused on homeless shelters which I found really rewarding. I’ve also always been a supporter of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as well since I had it as a kid.

Skill you would like to learn?  So I really wanted to know how to play guitar, but I feel like my hands are too small to reach the strings! I might try again…but I’m not sure I have the drive for it. Also, my boyfriend  has been working on teaching me to drive stick shift which I think is an important skill to have!

Experience you want to have? Sit at a Parisian cafe with a cappuccino and a croissant, followed by a walk though the gardens and museums of Paris. There’s something so romantic about it that I can’t let go.

Photo Credit: Workingcloset.com
Photo Credit: Workingcloset.com

Something random about yourself? I’m really into cleaning and organizing. It’s relaxing to know that everything is in its place and clean!

Peanut Butter and Cocoa Swirl Cookies Recipe

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Peanut butter cookies are some of my absolute favorite cookies of all time. My mom shared the Betty Crocker recipe with me when I was young, and I fell in love with the crunchy outside and gooey inside that only the perfect combo of Crisco and butter can give. Crisco may seem gross to some, but it’s a miracle worker. Continue reading “Peanut Butter and Cocoa Swirl Cookies Recipe”

One Lovely Bunny Blog Award

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If there’s one thing I’ve come to love about blogging, it’s the amazing reader and blogger base I’ve found on WordPress and other blogs. We let each other into our lives, hoping someone might care or learn something from our rambling and iPhone snaps; and amazingly a few of you out there read all these crazy, crafty, bunny filled posts and get something out of them!

Thanks to the fantastic blogger base out there, I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by one of my favorite WordPress bloggers, Rae of Sparkles! She’s a ton of fun, awesomely crafty, and you know how I feel about sparkles… you should most definitely check out her page.

Blogging has been a lot of fun for me, and I’m so glad it’s been fun for all of your too! Thanks, especially, for the people who keep the posts coming…if y’all didn’t show up to my ridiculous parties, take turns taking dumb photos of me crafting, or listen to me ramble about my failures of projects I would have given up a long time ago. This has been more fun than I could  have ever imagined, so thank you all for that!

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So the rules of this shindig include sharing seven things about myself (bare with me) and nominating my other favorite bloggers. So here goes!

 

Seven Oh-So-Interesting (ha!) Things about Myself…

1. I’ve spent the last 4 months painting my nails every week to try and break my nail biting habit. Results: nails are longer for sure, but I definitely start biting again the second one nail chips… I can’t seem to stop!

2. A dream of mine is to buy and renovate an entire crummy house. It also totally freaks me out not knowing what I would find and how much that would cost me…

3. I admit to playing that Kim Kardashian phone game… And I’m not gonna lie, it’s awesome.

4. Secretly, and now not so much, I can’t wait for my friends to have babies so I can make them adorable clothing. I suppose that requires any of them to get married first. 😉

5. I have a serious aversion to buying clothing that isn’t on sale… I really can’t remember the last full priced item I’ve purchased.

6. I think 12 year old me would be ashamed of 24 year old me knowing the last time I spent a decent amount of time learning how to use makeup was… like 12 years ago… I’m just so lazy!

7. Projects I’m scared and amazingly excited to start (so who knows when they’ll happen): building a headboard, baking macaroons, and making a coffee table.

Other Nominated Bloggers

There are some TALENTED people out there blogging, and I’m so glad they do! Recently I’ve found these other blogs. They really inspire me to use better photography, try new things, and even try harder when I get dressed in the morning. Thanks for all of your amazing posts!

Salted Kitchen puts out some consistently mouth watering recipes. Her photos are also to die for, teach me your ways!

JuJu’s Secret Ingredient has been making these macaroons that I can’t get over. She also gives very detailed instructions that are inspiring enough to try out the recipes yourself!

Savory/Sweet/Style does it all, providing very detailed recipes, crafts, and most recently a hilarious bunch of Halloween pics. I also love her Friday Flower posts!

Skinny Sweet Treats is my newest obsession! Her recipes are really fun and the photos are superb.

Birthday Sneak Peek! Tea Parties and Magic Pom Poms

You’d think I was turning a whole 4 years old today if you purely read the title of today’s blog post. Sadly, no. I am turning 24… what in the world? Although being 24 sounds really old to me, it adds up. I’ve been working in the real world for over a year now and feel somewhere in between being incredibly confident and totally useless every other day. My team seems to have adopted me and my work habits happily so far…might be the sprinkling of baked goods every so often, but I guess we’ll never know… While feeling so adult, there are so many moments that bring me back to how young being a twenty-something is. Example: Movies watched this weekend while party planning included Mulan, School of Rock, and Robin Hood.

I’ve also been blogging every week for 9 months now!! It’s been a serious privilege to have such supportive friends, family, and readers along the way, and it’s the best gift I could receive going into my 24th year. I live, eat, breath, and love this blog with all of my heart. Or sometimes with just my stomach.

I came to terms with being in my “mid-twenties” by hosting a frivolous tea party. Since it was my birthday, I decided to really go for it and plan a party I wanted to attend! This included adorable decorations, tons of food, tea, alcohol, and the best of friends. The only thing possibly missing was a yard full of bunnies… *sigh*

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Although I’d love to share all of the makings of this party with you today, it’s my birthday…so I’m taking the day off! Here’s a sneak peek of all of the projects to come, along with my beautiful friends’ faces and a few other random shots. I’ll link the posts as they come in the next few weeks!

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Birthday Tea Party Dining Room

Tea Sandwiches Fit for the Boys

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Birthday Tea Party Sandwiches

Frivolous Tea Party Drinks – Grown Ups can have Tea Parties Too

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Lemon Zucchini Cake Recipe – It counts as a vegetable.

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It’s a bread! It’s a cake! It’s…a vegetable? Well, it has vegetables in it and it definitely tastes like a cake, so I say we can count it as a serving of both. Continue reading “Lemon Zucchini Cake Recipe – It counts as a vegetable.”

Invisible Hem DIY Sewing Tutorial

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There are always those moments when I try on shorts, skirts, pants, or dresses and just wish the length was a little… Different. Continue reading “Invisible Hem DIY Sewing Tutorial”