So, like many of my cakes, this one started out like this: I had some left over cream cheese frosting… But I was craving peanut butter and chocolate. So to make things easy I went to my pantry to see what I had. I had a chocolate cake mix, so that was great-makes it so much easier! So I just added about a 1/4 cup of peanut butter to the frosting, added more whipping cream, beat it until it was light and fluffy. Then I took a bag of Ghirardelli brand 60% cacao chocolate chips, melted them in a double boiler, added about a cup of heavy whipping cream, stirred until smooth. (This is how you make ganache) I iced the bottom layer of the chocolate cake, poured enough of the chocolate ganache over the top, just to spread in a circle, but not drizzle over. I let it set. put another layer of frosting over that, then the top cake layer. I iced the whole cake with the remaining frosting, then drizzled the ganache that was left over the top. I topped it with a few crushed toasted pecans, because….pecans. I like how it’s not overly sweet. Anyway, I am very serious when I say, I think this is the best tasting cake I have ever had in my life!!!
So I have had the same logo and watermark for about 7 years now…7 years!!! Seriously, it’s time for something new and fresh! I have always done my own designs since I do basically do graphic design when I put together save the date cards and wedding books, but I’m thinking maybe for once I hire a professional who specializes in logo design. I have been looking at so many neat things on the Instagram machine and was so inspired by one graphic design artist in particular. The things she posted really spoke to me. I love that she paints, in fact she painted a family portrait of her, her husband and their two little kids for a father’s day gift for her husband….so stinkin sweet! Her designs spoke to me too-beautiful, professional, interesting & inspiring! Also, little things like a picture on her website of a bottle of Topo Chico-my husband and I have a pantry FULL of cases of Topo Chico sparkling water in glass bottles. I don’t even know anyone else who drinks Topo Chico…do you? We live off of that stuff! Weirdly I feel connected to that. Anyway, I am SO EXCITED to see what she comes up with!!! Here’s her website if you’re curious: ashtonlenae.design
She, (like me) has just begun to build her Instagram, so please check her out there as well and give her a follow! ashton lenae
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Happy Engagement Season! Congratulations to all of the newly engaged couples out there! In honor of this time I thought I would post a few images from Kayla & Ryan’s engagement session. The photo shoot took place in a location not too far from home. Kayla lives and works in Woodbury, MN. They wanted a beautiful woodsy location that reflected the style of the North Woods wedding theme. After considering numerous beautiful options they decided on going with my recommendation of Willow River State Park in Hudson. Of course the puppy had to get in on some! I love the minimal neutral color tones they went with, they create a clean timeless look for photos. I’m looking forward to Kayla & Ryan’s wedding later this year!
Before my photography career took off, (back in the 80’s, and yes I was complete with the big 80’s hair) I used to draw and paint a lot. I don’t like to brag, but I was very good at it too. I was on the “Best 100 art students” list for my portrait drawings. My kids are all grown up now, so in the last several months I’ve taken up painting again. I have taken an interest in encaustic and have really fallen in love with this medium. I’m obsessed actually. I am excited to offer encaustic works to my clients, both paintings and encaustic photography.
Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos) and can be traced back to portraits painted in 100-300 A.D. by Greek painters in Egypt. Encaustic is the oldest medium still in use today using beeswax, damar resin and pigment. The encaustic medium can be used to encapsulate and preserve a photograph, adding depth and interest to the surface of a photograph (and preserving it in the process) or to create many different kinds of art. I love the details and texture in encaustic paintings. Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax to fusing the layers of wax. Working with molten wax I use a torch, heat gun and other tools to create pieces that have depth and movement. Please let me know if you are interested in having me create a custom piece for you. Thank you and enjoy! Please email me if you are interested in purchasing any of my original pieces: email@example.com
Encaustic photography-24×30 photographic print fused with encaustic medium on 2 inch cradled board:
8×8 inch Triptych “Wave” encaustic mixed media painting on cradled board:
“Black and gold wave” 9×12 encaustic painting on cradled board
You really have to see these in person to truly appreciate them, the texture and depth just draws you in…I could stare at these for ever!
I’m dreaming of white with a suggestion of a red tulip and a long green stem with a splash of gold leaf….what would you like to see me create? Please let me know!