Make a cake flag topper.

Make Flags as a Topper to Enhance a Simple Wedding Cake

Make a flag topper for a cake

Make Flags as a Topper to Enhance a Simple Wedding Cake

Take a simple cake from a local store (ie SAMS, Costco or local grocery store) and make it unique by adding your own flags and some flowers and voila!!…a customized cake for cheap that was less expensive!

My daughter liked the flag idea for the top of her cake. However, I could not find any pre-made flags the right size for patterns, to place on the cake nor any of the colors of her wedding.

So, I decided to make my own. It was super easy and fun!!

flag supplies

Supplies you’ll need:
A heavier weight or “stiffer” paper for making a pattern for your flags. We used scrapbook paper in multiple colors. We found individual sheets (which is much cheaper) esp. if you get them on sale to boot like we did at Hobby Lobby. So, they were just pennies… YAY me! You can also find them in book form with a common color scheme at most craft stores.

Some bakers twine , jute twine, or I used a two toned silver/copper wire from Hobby Lobby. Just think about how you want the flags to hang. (Do you want the string taut or have a swag to it.)

Glue stick for paper flags and heavier glue to secure beads/wire to skewers.

Two, wooden dowel rods or skewers from Hobby Lobby. (You could paint these but I liked the bare look of the wood.)

Beads if you want a more finished look to the top of each skewer.

flags to top a cake

First, decide the scale of each flag’s keeping the size of your cake tier in mind. (I mean, you don’t want too tiny of flags for a large cake or vis versa.)

Then, decide how long they should string across the cake. You want to make sure it’s not too long for the size of the cake layer you’ll be stringing the flags across. But not so short you only get 2 flags on your wire…that’d just look weird.🙂

Lay out the way you want your design to look.

Cut out the flags by placing the pattern on the fold to make it easier to attach to your string or wire later.

pattern for cutting out flag topper

Decide the spacing between each flag as well as color and shape of each flag.

flags to top a wedding cake

Arrange on the wire and glue the paper together first by folding. BE CAREFUL on how much glue you use as it can bleed through the paper.

I thought it’d look more interesting to make different flag shapes, so I placed alternating flags on the wire. Also, try some “see thru” papers adding a color underneath as I did with this black and white designed paper. I liked how the pink paper showed through.


I later tied wrapped and frayed the ends of the wire to make fancier “tassels” then  secured them to the skewers. Make sure they are tight or glued so they don’t slide down the stick.

Most importantly, make sure you think about how the wooden rods will angle once inserted into the cake.

This way you won’t keep poking holes in your cake. I kind of practiced after laying out a template of the diameter of my tier since I didn’t have the cake in front of me yet.

Now add some flowers and VOILA!…a unique design for your cake! (Wish I had a clearer picture! ugh)

wedding cake with flag topper

I do think our topper of flags turned out really cute and with all the other added expenses for this wedding, we definitely saved on the cake!

Here’s the initial cake we ordered from SAMS.but removed some of the designs to make it more simple.

(We had other desserts anyhow; this was just for the cake cutting ceremony anyhow.  ;)

More pictures from the wedding can be found here:

To make a ring box here:


Make a cake flag topper.

Have you tried something like this? Tell me what you designed?

Dad after working graveyard duty as a cop.

Bad Cop, Good Cop

Bad cop, good cop…

As the daughter of an ex-cop and relative of several cops presently serving, we will all tell you there are a few bad cops, but hundreds of good cops.

Dad as a new cop.

Cops that start programs to help kids at risk, cops that check on our elderly, cops that try to bridge the gaps by reaching out to their communities, and all while risking their lives for us ALL, daily.

Dad after working graveyard duty as a cop.

And there are those who choose to obey the law, and those who refuse to comply; those who try to listen and learn, and those who like to stir the pot for their own agendas.

I personally wouldn’t want to live without the assurity of law and order.

The original california CHIP.

It's not all about you!

It’s Not All About YOU!

It's not all about you!

You know, it’s not all about you!

My facebook rant today: I am absolutely amazed, confounded, and concerned by so many, esp. in the 20-30 age range, that don’t know our world’s history, nor even know what’s going on today. I feel we’ve become such a self absorbed culture that it’s turned us into a zombie-like nation. I’d like to think we weren’t that clueless when I was that age, but maybe I was blind. Reaching out to a neighbor, the idea of “putting yourself in someone else’s shoes”, taking time to listen to & learn from the life lessons of your elders (whether you agreed with them or not), respecting others’ differences or opinions, traveling abroad in order to serve, just looking to help anywhere, anyhow… wearing yourself out for OTHERS. All this was encouraged, expected even. It was all part of gaining perspective, becoming a valuable citizen, a person of integrity & character, a person your parents, and God, would be proud of. ‪#‎broadenyourworldview‬ ‪#‎servingremovesselfishness‬ ‪#‎turnoffthetv‬ ‪#‎putdowntheiphone‬ ‪#‎getoutsideofYOU‬~ Tammy

Alvina Valenta Blush and Lace Wedding Gown

My daughter wore this Alvina Valenta, blush and lace, wedding gown on her wedding day, Oct. 24. 2015. It was so beautiful with its unique, lace details and blush undertones. The gown was purchased in Georgia at Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta. She said she really enjoyed the experience as everyone was very nice, and helpful. She loved that she was able to look around on her own, too. I, however, wasn’t able to be there as I live in Indiana, and had just flown back home…boo😦 But, I was glad she found “the dress”!!

Alvina Valenta lace and blush gown

The back was just as pretty with buttons going all the way down the train!

Blush bridesmaids

Alvina Valenta Blush and Lace Wedding Gown

Morgan really wanted a flower crown and we asked our wedding designer/venue owner if she could design one. It was her first attempt ever, and it turned out just perfect! ♥

Romantic wedding, flower crown.

wedding dip pin

More pictures of our venue and decor to come!!

But for now, watch the video of the wedding right here:

wedding ring box

Make an Easy Wedding Ring Box

wedding ring box

When my daughter mentioned she was getting married, I went to work making lots of things. One of the items I made was this ring box; It’s so simple and easily adaptable.

wedding ring box

Here’s some of our wedding pics from that beautiful day in Georgia…

our wedding pics

For this wedding ring box you’ll need:

1 small box of any kind.

Paper, synthetic, or dried flowers

glue gun or tacky glue

decorative (thicker) paper

styrofoam to fill the empty box

2 small wooden discs


Mr. & Mrs. stickers


First, find a small box.

I used an old cedar box I got as a graduation gift (from a local furniture company) when I graduated from high school. All the female graduates got was the days of “hope chests”, remember those? OK, I’m old.

ring box

Then, I used the paper flowers to cover the wording on the box lid.

After gluing down the styrofoam within the box, I used scrapbook paper to cover it.

I added the Mr. and Mrs. stickers to the wooden discs and then glued the discs to the paper. I was going to paint the lettering, but found this to be easier. I also added some ribbon and a special keepsake pin I got while I was in China. (I’ve been keeping it since the 80’s for this particular celebration…some day.🙂 )

It’s the symbol used in Chinese weddings.

Fú Fú (Double Happiness)

You see these signs all over the doors, etc..but usually in the color RED!

WikiDouble Happiness (simplified Chinese: 双喜; traditional Chinese: 雙喜; pinyin: shuāngxǐ) sometimes translated as Double Happy, is a Chinese traditional ornament design, commonly used as a decoration and symbol of marriage. Outside of China, it is also used in United States, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Make a ring box for your wedding that's easy!

ring box pin 2




ham bone for ham and beans

Ham & Beans with Moist Cornbread

ham bone for ham and beans

Never know what to do with that ham bone after Easter? Well, wrap it in foil, put it in a freezer Ziploc, and store it away in the freezer till it’s chilly outside and you get a hankerin’ for some bean soup!

I recommend soaking your dry pinto, white, (whatever) beans overnight to diminish the cooking time the next day. First, wash the dry beans (looking for those pesky little rocks) and then make sure your beans are covered with water and place them in the fridge to soak overnight.

The next day just rinse your beans, and add your salt and pepper, 1 small onion, some diced ham and any other veggies you might like to add. I like to mash a few beans to add a thicker broth to the soup.

Then make my fav cornbread recipe…so moist & quick! I’m not sure where I got it, perhaps off a Jiffy box; I would give credit if I knew who to give it to.🙂

NOTE: I don’t use the skillet for baking, but just use a regular loaf pan. I just watch it for doneness.

Jiffy Corn Bread with Creamed Corn Recipe

2 boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

2 eggs

2/3 cup milk

14oz can of creamed corn

2 tablespoons butter

Put a #8 – or 12″ cast iron pan in the oven at 375F for about 15 minutes

Mix together the 2 boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix with the eggs, milk, creamed corn.

Pull the cast iron pan out of the oven, drop in the butter and swirl it around, make sure it gets up on the walls of the cast iron pan.

Pour the batter into the cast iron pan, and bake for 30 minutes.

Check for doneness, the edges of the crust should be starting to brown.

Let cool for a few minutes, run a spatula up under the pan to loosen the corn bread. Flip onto a plate


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