Category Archives: Rants & Raves

Rants and Raves: Chasing the Sun & Starbucks

Holy crap.  I’m not sure about you, but it feels like summer here in good ol’ North Carolina.  Seriously.  I am in shorts and a tank top right now, not to mention I’ve been answering emails on the backyard swing from my iPad.  But my legs are still ghastly white, and in no shape to be shown in public!

*Dogs that keep me awake at night because they snore louder than my husband.
*Having no sleep because of said dogs.
*Steph being sick, and having no fun in the office all by myself this week 🙁

*Daylight Savings Time.  I know the first couple days are brutal, but seriously… having the sun set at 7 is glorious!
*Having a Starbucks 1.9 miles from my house. Because after a snoring dog, and no sleep… it was needed!
*Wi-Fi.  Without you, I wouldn’t be answering emails while working on my tan.

While you’re waiting for the water to turn green for tomorrow, enjoy this sneak peek from a Get [Engaged] session we did this past weekend!

Rants and Raves: Traffic and Pinterest

I called up Steph and told her that we needed to have another craft day… all of the waiting projects on my Pinterest board were just staring at me… beckoning me… and I need to get going on some of them before wedding season takes over my life!  When I started talking to Ryan about the aforementioned project list he just groaned.  BUT, at least I’ve been talking about it enough that he knows what Pinterest is now!  HAHA!  So, we have yet to set up a craft day, but it will probably be on a Saturday and I’m seriously considering making it an open invitation to anyone else that wants to craft along with us.  BYOGG (Bring Your Own Glue Gun).

This week’s Rants go to…
*Pinterest… for stealing my time, and getting me on a first name basis at AC Moore.
*Cabarrus County traffic/construction… seriously, how long is this going to take?
*Jamba Juice… Why do you have to be so far away? I see a road trip in my future… to Kannapolis.  In Cabarrus Co. Okay, maybe not.

This week’s Raves go to…
*Katrina Hutchins.  My new favorite wedding planner.  Check out her work, and her blog (did I mention she featured me this week?)… you’ll fall in love with her just like I did!
*Honest conversations.  Shakespeare once said, “No legacy is so rich as honesty.”  To my friends: Thank you for allowing me to be honest, and being honest in return. Love you.
*Pinterest… for helping me have a hobby outside photography, for inspiration and getting my butt back in shape.

Photos taken from my Pinterest Boards…

Rants and Raves: Space Heaters & Cake

As Ryan came home he proceeded to look at the thermostat, and then at my space heater… still on in my office.  “It is NOT 72° in here, it’s freezing everywhere except YOUR office!”  he said.  I couldn’t deny that I had hardly left my little slice of paradise all day, better yet wandered into other parts of the house.  I had a to-do list as long as Italy’s boot, and well… Schroeder just looks so cute cuddled up next to it, you couldn’t expect me to turn it off right?  … And besides… Ryan runs warm anyway, and he knew I was cold 90% of the time when he married me.

This week’s Rants go to…
*The thermostat located right outside my office, forcing the rest of the house to be cold (obviously, not my fault)
*Beach houses being ridiculously expensive to rent in the summer (I need a vacation).
*The to-do list as long as Italy sitting on my desk that never seems to get any smaller.

This week’s Raves go to…
*My fabulous space heater, that warms me only like a fireplace could (maybe I should install one of THOSE in my office!)
*My Monday night family dinners… More on that later!
*One of the BEST cake designers in Charlotte… Amy Craparo… I could eat her cake for breakfast.

Photo Credit: Kristin Vining Photography

1. Tell us a little bit about Amy…
Hmmmm. passionate about all that I do, risk taker, wife of 20 years, mother of a beautiful 17 yr old and handsome 12 yr old. I’d like to think I’m loving, kind, and generous (at least that’s what my husband tells me). Now you don’t want to hear about my flaws now do you???

2.      How did you become a cake designer?
Kind of a flukey thing, I literally called a woman out of the blue that made incredible tasting cakes and asked her if she would be interested in selling her business and training me to do what she did. I really didn’t know anything about cakes at this time (11 years ago). See, I told you I was a risk taker!

3.      Describe your style:  I’d say I’m traditional with a modern twist

4.      What inspires you?   The client inspires me!

5.      What inspires your cake designs?
Everything around me. When I am out and about people probably think I’m crazy because if I see something that inspires me such as clothing, jewelry, wrapping paper, gift bags, ect., I am whipping out my camera phone to get a snap shot so that I can implement it in some way onto a cake… (note: I walked into Amy’s shop around Christmas, and she had a Claire Pettibone cake design… my jaw hit the floor!)

6.      How do you keep your designs fresh?
I keep very involved in current trends in both the baking industry and wedding industry. My goal is to give the client all options regarding their cakes with the freshest and most innovative designs

What makes you different from other cake designers?
Tough one to answer. Every cake designer I know is passionate about their cake. I think we all have a lot in common. We’re doing our best to make the best tasting showpiece for our clients.

9.  3 things you can’t live without: God, my family and friends, cake. Well I guess that’s four things!

10.  What is the best advice anyone has ever given you? Listen to what the client wants, not what I want.

11.  What is the best advice you can give to an engaged couple?
Enjoy the process of your planning. Be true to yourselves and let your celebration be a reflection of you. Most of all pick a cake that you will love to look at in 50 years!

Some of Amy’s Wowee Pops, Cake Shots and Groom’s Cake… 

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Scott Photography
Photo Credit: Cunningham Photo Artists
Photo Credit: Cunningham Photo Artists (yes, it’s a cake!)

Amy can be reached at: or 704.654.0598