Archives for the month of: March, 2012

Thank you to Christina and Stelios for their essay submission to win a fully custom wedding cake topper.  Stelios is a die-hard soccer fan so Christina thinks it would be awesome to have the groom figure wearing an AEK soccer jersey and the bride figure looking slightly annoyed but mostly loving.

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The last thing we ever thought possible, is finding eachother at an international hospitality school in Luzern, Switzerland.  It was only the second day at the school, when the ‘Americans’ were huddled around in the lobby waiting to eat at the dining hall.  It was almost like the crowd opened up just for us, only to reveal one another.  There was this dark handsome Greek guy who approached me and said ‘Hello! How are you. I am Stelios!’.  I was taken aback a bit, because he was so forward, but definitely intriguing.  I think I started smiling right there and then and I haven’t stopped since.  He asked me out to dinner that night, a few times actually… before I said ok.

I would often find myself wandering the halls in-between classes hoping we would meet around a corner, or I could catch a glimpse of him inside a classroom. By week two, we were inseparable.  Not only did we see a lot of Europe during our educational programs, but we did it together!  We drove to Paris, Monaco and Nice on different weekends.  Another time we took a train to Luxembourg, and met in Greece for the Easter holiday.  These three months were like a dream, but we knew it wasn’t going to last forever.

At the end of May, Stelios had to return back to Greece and I back to America.  He wouldn’t even be able to come see me because he had to apply for an entry visa, which would take months.  Leaving him at the airport was awful; not knowing when we would see eachother again.  If only I knew then what I know now.  Thankfully though, I was able to meet him in Mykonos that summer and twice again in the fall by flying to London and Belgium.  An expensive courtship for sure, but well worth it!  Flying to Europe for our romantic weekends was the only way we could be together.  After meeting him, all my days alone were never the same unless I had him next to me.

One faithful day in January though, we got the good news that he would be able to fly to Boston and work for some time, and since that day we’ve never had to be apart.  He proposed to me the next summer during a trip to Santorini.  Being an excited bride, I made wedding plans and bought my dress, not knowing I was pregnant with our first child Nadia!  So afterwards I thought ‘Ok, we’ll wait awhile and set another date’.  Then I became pregnant with our second child Niko!  Now we plan to finally get married September 16th 2012 in Saronida Greece… not just to celebrate our love, but the family and life we’ve now made together as well.

When I met my Greek husband-to-be Stelios, he was and always will be a die-hard AEK soccer fanatic!  Born and raised in Athens, Greece by parents who were from Constantinople, he would always go on and on about how AEK is not just a game, but an idea and way of life!  Okay, not being a sports fan what-so-ever, I didn’t care.  BUT if he cared, then I wanted to care.  I continue to listen to his stories for years about his trips to Sweden, Denmark and Russia to see certain AEK games and travel with the team to many Greek cities.  I spent hours looking through albums of his stadium pictures, and even reluctantly let him put a giant AEK flag on our bedroom wall.  When he proposed to me, he said that I will always come first in his life, and AEK second… therefore I think it would be quite befitting to surprise Stelios with a custom AEK-themed wedding cake topper of us on our wedding day!  I know it will be something he wouldn’t expect, love, and cherish behind a closed glass cabinet with the rest of his memorabilia forever.  My idea is to have his model dressed in a black and yellow AEK soccer uniform jersey, complete with black shorts and knee-length socks and yellow athletic shoes.  The back of the jersey would be all black, and written in yellow letters “CHRISTIDIS 21”.  His arms and hands would be up ready to cheer a traditional AEK song (sort of as if he was creating the Y in the Y-M-C-A song) and me next to him dressed in my wedding gown giving him an annoyed but loving look with my hands on my hips.  This surprise would take-the-cake (no pun intended!) during the reception hands-down.  All of my American friends and family would love it, as well as his Greek friends and family.

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After the wedding is over, the cake is a pile of crumbs, the dress has been danced on, the flowers have all wilted and the presents have been unwrapped, the only thing other than your memories will be your cake topper.  It makes the perfect keepsake of your most special day as bride and groom.  It is the perfect size to display on your family mantel and our toppers are quite durable and built to stand the test of time.

I suppose you could pick just any old cake topper but why not create something completely unique like our customers Jimi and Trisha did?  Jimi and Trisha are a bi-racial couple and not only did they have a hard time finding a cake topper that reflected the way they look (he’s Caucasian and she’s African American), Trisha decided on an unusual silver gown instead of traditional white or ivory.

0183.jpgJimi and Trisha selected from our standard interchangeable Classic Wedding Cake Topper figurines.  We designed the line to work for just about any style attire and since we paint the figures to your exact specifications, adding the silver tie for Jimi’s groom and the silver for Trisha’s gown with the white floral details was no additional cost.

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kevin_kerry_mo.jpgThank you to Kevin and Kerry for your submission in our Win a Fully Custom Wedding Cake Topper essay contest.

Kevin and I have been together for 6 years since this past Valentine’s Day. It was on this Valentine’s Day that we became engaged and excited to share the rest of our lives together.

We have known each other all of our lives. We grew up on Long Island and attended elementary school and high school as friends. We then entered Iona College together, which is where we became best friends and fell in love. We now plan on marrying each other.

Kevin and I know that we are soul mates. We would love the opportunity to win one of your beautiful cake toppers though this contest. We are a fun loving couple who work together because of our relaxed and quirky personalities. Please help us to display
our love for one another through this cake topper.

We are attaching a photo of ourselves to see what we look like. We have a wedding date set for 11/27/13, so we have not selected attire yet. We can update this closer to June when the contest ends and we have a better idea.

Our wedding will be on Long Island at Jericho Terrace. It was important for us to go “back home” for our wedding. We would like our topper to be fun… yet relaxed.Kevin could be holding his tux jacket slung over his shoulder displaying a NY Giants jersey on his chest,
(Preferably with a number 10 on the Jersey and the back reading “Manning” for his favorite player). I would like to be in a wedding dress holding his other hand.

We would also love to have our pug Mo on the topper. He could be sitting up on all fours holding a sign in his mouth. I would love it if the sign could say Hope on it, as this will be our last name. To put a little twist on Hope I would like it to look like the Love
sculpture found in New York City. (Only instead of saying “love” saying “hope”.) This Hope logo will be seen throughout the wedding and having it on the topper would “take the cake.” (Sorry there’s Kerry with her quirky jokes ha-ha.) Please pick us for the cake topper contest.

janet_tony.jpgThank you to Janet and Tony for their essay submission “Magic Ride.”  Janet and Tony hope to win a fully custom wedding cake topper.

Our dream cake topper would combine two very different
worlds: Harry Potter and Harley Davidson.

I,the Harry Potter
geek that I am, would love to be dressed in Gryffindor attire (our wedding
colors are red and yellow).

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for the groom, well he loves his Harley. So, I thought the most fitting pose
for him would be decked out in jeans, boots, his leather jacket, sunglasses on,
riding his Harley.

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Our Story:

Tony and I met early in the fall of 2009. We had both been
through some rough times with relationships, which left us rather guarded.
Honestly, I think we had both given up on finding anything lasting by the time
our paths crossed. My son and his daughter had known each other since
Kindergarten. However, Tony and I didn’t meet until they were in first grade,
and his son was in Kindergarten. Our kids were in the before and after school
care program available in our school district. That is how Tony and I met.

 I felt like I was a
kid again when I was near him. I got butterflies in my stomach and got all
flustered and embarrassed when he was around. It was a wonderful feeling. I
started getting dressed up for work, so I would be dressed up when I went to
the school to pick up my son (just in case I’d get to run into Tony). Of
course, it wasn’t until much later that Tony admitted he would rush through his
workout in the afternoons to try and make it to the school at the same time I
would be there.

We hung out a few times in small groups, letting the kids
play and just generally trying to feel each other out to see if we wanted to
date. One afternoon, in the middle of October 2009, Tony asked if I wanted to
come hang out for a bit before we needed to go to the school to pick the kids
up. I agreed. We sat and talked about anything and everything, not wanting the
time to end. Then, when we felt we had pushed the clock long enough, we got up
to leave. Tony stopped me before I got to the door, gently took my face in his
hands and kissed me for the first time. It was the most warm, gentle, and
perfect kiss I had ever experienced. I knew I was going to fall for him that
day.

It was that same fall Tony admitted to me the dream of
owning a Harley one day. He had wanted one since he can remember. His dad had
always had one. I encouraged him to get one, and live his dream. Tony and I
have loved going on rides with just the two of us, and also sometimes with his
parents. He was more than thrilled with my support. He had never experienced
that level of support from a significant other before.

I am equally blessed, because Tony supports my dreams too.
My love of Harry Potter started with boredom and has grown to a slight
obsession through the years. I have gone to every midnight showing of the movies
(with the exception of the first movie). I have Harry Potter memorabilia that
decorates my office at work. Tony has graciously stayed home with the kids so I
could attend the midnight showings, and only slightly made fun of me for
getting dressed up for the final movie. I have read all of the books (some more
than once).

In August of 2010 my son and I moved in with Tony and his
two kids. We were well on our way to making a life together with our new
family. On July 3, 2011 Tony proposed. He had had a wonderful idea planned out
with us going for a ride together with his parents, then he was going to give a
whole speech on how you have to take risks in life (like we do when we go
riding together). Unfortunately for him I was complaining about going riding with
his parents, because my family was in town and we always get to see his
parents. Then it rained, so the ride got cancelled. He had to change his speech
to say how life throws you curve balls (like it raining on a day when we were
supposed to go riding), but that things always end up working out for the best.
Then he explained why he was so adamant on getting together with his parents
(because they were in on the plan). I felt so bad for complaining, but was so
excited to be engaged to the best man I have ever known. We have been happily
building our lives together since. We look forward to enjoying the rest of our
lives together with magic in every ride.

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I get some pretty strange ideas and until I act on them, I walk around with a far away look in my eye.  I’m daydreaming of the art or craft project.  So, the folks around here were asking me what was cooking in my head and when I told them that I wanted to make celebrity Easter eggs, instead of the normal laughing I usually get, everyone was pretty excited to see what I had in mind.  Terri even offered to go to the store and pick up some eggs.

movie_star_eggs1.jpgHere’s how I made these little babies.

Step 1: I found celebrity faces on Google images by looking for full color, large images of just the face.  Google images has some nice features for narrowing down the images you are looking for.  There is but one catch – you need fairly high resolution and the face needs to be from the front, mug shot style.

Step 2: In Photoshop, I erase all around the face so that just the eyebrows, eyes, nose and lips are left (and facial hair if necessary like on my Johnny Depp egg.)  Next, I use the Select Color Range feature and sample the center of the nose to get the flesh tone.  I use the tolerance slider and push it all the way up to select all the flesh areas and then delete.

Step 3: The little faces are sized to around 1.5 inches wide which will fit a medium egg.  I print two copies using my color laser printer onto water slide decal paper.

Step 4: The faces are cut out and dipped in warm water until the decal picks up easily from the paper.  I smooth the decal onto the egg and remove the water best I can.

Step 5: Here’s the tricky part – the egg is curved top to bottom and side to side so the decal does not smooth out evenly.  After I have allowed it to dry a few minutes, I use a paint thinner soaked q-tip to soften the decal.  It really works well to soften the plastic and allow it to form onto the rounded surface of the egg.

tom_cruise_egg.jpgStep 6:  The fun part!  I created their little celebrity hairstyles with acrylic paint.  A couple of coats provides nice coverage.

celebrity_easter_eggs.jpgI created a total of 9 eggs – Tom Cruise, Natalie Portman, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Johnny Depp, Audrey Hepburn, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts and I was going to make an Angelina Jolie egg but I didn’t like the face when I added it to the egg.

Happy Easter!