Edible Art: Frida Khalo Inspired Fruit Salad

Over the past month, my kid has been all about watching the animated movie Coco. Seriously, first thing in the morning, after naptime, and before bed, the requests are non-stop until I hit the play button on the remote. I love that it has inspired her to pick up her little 1 string guitar (once upon a time it had 6) and dance around the apartment strumming to whatever words she feels like singing.

Another cool thing about this movie is how much artist Frida Kahlo is featured! Like when Hector tries to impersonate her so he can cross the bridge, and when Miguel meets her in her studio chock full of imagery she was known for along with her pet monkey.  There, she previews a rehearsal for him with a papaya resembling birth, and mothers milk made by tears from a cactus that looks like her, to which she asks Miguel “Is it too obvious?” Continue reading “Edible Art: Frida Khalo Inspired Fruit Salad”

How to Create a Maternity Bump Time Lapse Video Using After Effects

Have you stumbled upon this post because you just found out your pregnant and looking for a creative way to document it? First off, congrats!  I hope this post gets you pumped and ready to start documenting ASAP. I found out I was pregnant about 5 weeks into the first trimester and knew immediately that I wanted to document it somehow. With my background in video and photography, doing a time-lapse was the first thing that popped into my head. Continue reading “How to Create a Maternity Bump Time Lapse Video Using After Effects”

Edible Art: How to Make Obliteration Cheesecake

I’ve been craving cheesecake a lot lately, especially cheesecake flavored fro-yo topped with cheesecake bits. So I was excited to finally have time to whip together this Yayoi Kusama inspired cheesecake over the weekend. Did you know that National Cheesecake Day was this week too?! Honestly I didn’t, so let’s mark our calendars for July 30 next year and do this again. Cool, it’s a date. Continue reading “Edible Art: How to Make Obliteration Cheesecake”

DIY Wiggles Themed Birthday Cake and Balloon Wall

Come on down to Wiggle Town, do the propeller, I can stand like a statue, wake up Lachy, it’s Emma’s yellow bow. These random lyrics have been stuck in my head for the past year as my kid regularly watches, sings, and dances along to the Wiggles.

The Wiggles are an Australian based children’s rock band that originated in 1991 with a few line-up changes over the years, and they are still going strong as one of the top children entertainment groups in the world.  I had heard of them in my pre-baby days, but I think the first time I heard one of their songs was on an episode of Arrested Development when Charlize “Mr F” Theron sang “Hot Potato” in a car ride with George Michael. Classic.

Since my little peanut has been a fan for nearly half her life, I decided to go “all out” with a Wiggles themed 2nd birthday party. Some factors went into planning this though. A) we don’t have space for a home party, and she doesn’t have a lot of friends her age yet anyway, and B) most official Wiggles decor and toys must be shipped from Australia, and unfortunately that is not in my budget. So I opted to make a fun pull apart cake adorned in Wiggles colors, and a colorful balloon backdrop to take pictures of her opening a gift and eating cake. For a Wiggles inspired gift, I made her a “Dressing Up in Style” dress-up trunk (click here to see how I did that.)

Here’s what I did along with some tips that can help springboard your own Wiggles themed party! Continue reading “DIY Wiggles Themed Birthday Cake and Balloon Wall”

How to Make a Dress-Up Trunk

Morning routines in our home consist of waking up, drinking milk, brushing teeth, and looking for the best set of heels to wear in my closet. Actually, that’s my toddler’s routine, and she’s been doing it since about age one. Not even two yet, this girl has mastered a runway strut! After regularly watching The Wiggles, she’s also a fan of their song “Dressing Up in Style” where they sing “dressing up is so much fun, you can dress like anyone, you can use any clothes you find!” So for her birthday this year, I crafted a dress-up trunk that should get her through the next decade of imaginative costuming.

Dressing up let’s a kid live out their imagination by creating a costume to go along with a story they’ve created. I also love the art appeal of a dress-up trunk as it can be a catalyst for performance art, where the artist uses them-self in a live performance instead of traditional art mediums like painting or sculpture. Example, I’ve witnessed my kid put on a cool hat and flower lei, then proceed to play her toy piano with her feet and quietly scream with her eyes closed.  It was an amazing moment.

Read on to get some ideas for how to make and fill up your dress-up trunk! Continue reading “How to Make a Dress-Up Trunk”

How to Create Your Own Cake Smash Photoshoot

Your baby is about to become a one-year-old toddler. Commence crying, freaking out, or rejoicing that you’ve nailed down year one of parenthood. In that year, you’ve captured their first moments from their first day at home, their first steps, and even their first lemon slice.  Now it’s time to capture their first taste of birthday cake! (i.e. the cake smash)

You most likely caught those other moments on a whim with your smart phone (because, let’s be real, you take at least 100 pics a day of them with that thing.) To capture this particular moment, you can do a full on production, be your own creative director, even build a set in a make-shift home studio. And you can do it all for less than $20, saving you hundreds compared to what professionals can charge. Continue reading “How to Create Your Own Cake Smash Photoshoot”

Edible Art: Punk Inspired Spaghetti with Garlic Butter Wine Sauce

Music and art are the catalyst of inspiration behind all my recipes and projects. This one combines both as it’s inspired solely by an album cover that currently hangs on the wall in my toddler’s room; Sex Pistol’s Never Mind the Bollocks.

One day, she requested pasta for lunch… okay she requests pasta, popsicles, and pickles everyday. She’s been really into that ‘p’ sound lately as she’s learning to speak, so I decided to ‘p’unk up the ‘p’asta to look like the ‘p’ink and neon green ‘P’istols album! Continue reading “Edible Art: Punk Inspired Spaghetti with Garlic Butter Wine Sauce”

How to Host Your Own Kick-Ass Baby Shower

Some folks may cringe when they hear the phrase “baby shower,” with their minds going straight to the traditional boring fete from days of yore. Honestly, that’s where my mind went for a split second when planning my shower. But screw that. Hosting a baby shower is as simple as throwing a rager with a hint of “look at my belly!” So bust out the kegs, ’cause you’re having a baby!

This post is all about getting your party inspiration flowing, simple organization, and fully planning out the essentials. Have fun, let’s start this up!

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Edible Art: Kusama Inspired Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles

This is the second recipe I created after being inspired by a memorable visit to Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama‘s traveling exhibit “Infinity Mirrors”, when it was at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC. So what do Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles have to do with contemporary art?

Well, reflecting (har-har) back to the time I took my little spawn nugget to see the polka dot displays made famous by Kusama, I remembered the walk-in exhibit “All the Eternal Love I Have For the Pumpkins.” Created with LED lit pumpkins reflected for eternity in a black glass lined room, the sea of polka dotted gourds glowed for as far as the eye could see. My baby was so taken by this display, I watched her head sway left to right as she gazed at the illuminating yellow light emitted below her.

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How to Put Together a Time Capsule Gift

“Treasure the time you have with your baby. Before you know it, they’ll be walking out the door to start life on their own.” If I had a dollar for every time that parenting tip was brought up to me, I wouldn’t have to live a DIY/frugal life. Just kidding, I still would, because creating art is the best!  Yes, it’s true, time does totally fly by.  The world as we know it changes, and babies grow up.

So capture time. Trap it in a box. Duct tape it up, and hide it away. Pop artist Andy Warhol did this on a regular basis. Continue reading “How to Put Together a Time Capsule Gift”