inspired ladybug nursery

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I’m so excited to share this with you today! Carrie of Half Baked – The Cake Blog has finally shared pictures of her little Sadie’s nursery. She and I were chatting a few months ago and she mentioned that our ladybug collection inspired her. I was thrilled then that she loved the design, but now I’m ecstatic. She did such a beautiful job incorporating our little ladybug into her baby’s nursery and I couldn’t be more proud! Here’s the story in her words…

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After nine long months of baking, our little girl has arrived!  Sadie Anne is here and we could not be more thrilled.  She is by far the best thing I’ve ever created and I am just in awe.  While I take some time to be with my family, Half Baked will be visited by some extraordinary guest bloggers serving up amazing Fall inspiration.  Everything from creative DIY’s to parties and fabulous cakes.  Trust me, you won’t even miss me!  But before I go, I thought I’d share with you some pictures of Sadie’s ladybug nursery.  It’s times like this when I wish I had a better camera, but you get the idea!

I wanted to design a room that would grow with her and not be the typical pink baby room.  I fell in love with these sheets from Caden Lane and then built upon them creating a turquoise, red and chocolate brown color scheme to accent the predominantly white bedding.  While racking my brain for a ‘theme’ that worked with these colors and was still appropriate for a little girl, I saw this adorable ladybug party collection by The Celebration Shoppe.  Instantly I was inspired to include ladybugs and flowers.  Let’s take a look…

Modern Ladybug Nursery in Turquoise & Red

Modern Ladybug Nursery in Turquoise & Red

While I purchased some items, I also made some of the details myself.  After selecting the sheets and changing pad cover from Caden Lane, I purchased a yard of their fabric to make other items for the room myself including the ladybug pillow, lampshade, wall art and Bobby cover (not shown).  I also made the pom poms, ladybug wall decals (inspired by The Celebration Shoppe) and the mobile (inspired by Frazier & Wing).

I hope you enjoy this little peak into our home and into Sadie’s nursery.  While I look forward to enjoying these next few weeks with my new family, you can look forward to some fabulous guest posts here on Half Baked. We have quite the line up of guest bloggers set, so be sure to check back and see what they have in store for us!

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Congratulations Carrie! Enjoy your time off and I hope you’ll share pictures of your little bug very soon! 

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customer: bee-autiful shower

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Terri of Crafty Working Mommy hosted a baby shower over the weekend that is sure to have left her guests buzzing. I’m proud to say she used our Buzz collection invitation, table decor and printable collection to pull her look together. She then added her own crafty talents to make this shower perfect. (Cake via Cakes by Sara)

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I love the huge sunflowers! And you see the diaper cake and diaper wreath? Terri made them herself and even shares a tutorial.

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And last, but never least, is the dessert table. Terri made cookies and embellished them with our buzz collection designs by printing the image with a special printer on edible sugar paper (excited to say that starting the week of October 11, 2010 we will be selling yummy cutout and sugar paper butter cookies via Sweet Tooth Cottage for this collection and many more in the shoppe; a detailed announcement about this sweet partnership is scheduled for early next week!). Didn’t she do a lovely job?! AND she made the little bee and hive cake balls too.

Hop over to Terri’s blog at Crafty Working Mommy for even more details and as always, I hope you’re inspired! {Thanks so much for sharing Terri! You did a beautiful job!}

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Halloween pinwheel lollipop

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When we were putting together our Candy Corn collection photo shoot I made these quick little pinwheel lollipops using two colors of crepe paper, double sided tape and our cupcake pick circles.  A quick and fun favor for all the little ghosts and goblins at your Halloween bash this year!

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At least my little sugar goblins loved them! {wink}

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customer: perfect pinkalicious

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If you have little girls, you’ve likely read the book Pinkalicious. But if you haven’t, you’re going to want to after you see this fabulous party from Andrea of Sweet Bambinos. I’m sure you noted the “customer” in the title. I wish I could tell you that we helped her with all the fabulous details, but alas I can’t. She only purchased the pink polka dot cups from us (nice addition don’t you think!), and the rest was all Andrea!

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I love the tall cupcake pedestals she made. Yep, you read me right. She made them using a tutorial from Joy’s Hope

And these are only a sample of the pictures and ideas you’ll find when you hop over to Andrea’s blog. Enjoy!

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customer: argh matey!

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Jessy, a super talented mom of six, threw her little guy a bash that any pirate would want to loot! She picked up the plates, napkins and balloons from our pirate collection (pirate skull and pirate ship) and worked with Kristy, the head “glitter girl” behind The Purple Pug, to make a custom banner and other goodies.  Hop over to Kristy’s blog to see more pictures and some adorable Captain Crunch favor ideas!

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harvest collection, part II

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Now that dessert tables are all the rage, brought on by the talented Amy Atlas, all of our new collections offer dessert table tags, coordinating pattern mats and sometimes frame mattes with clever sayings. For the Harvest collection there are two styles of dessert tags: the pumpkin (above) and the scarecrow (below). (See what you missed in the part I post!)

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These tags are also adorable as placecards, especially when tied to a yummy caramel apple and embellished with ribbon!

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And in addition to our scarecrow cupcake pick and wrapper,

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 this collection also offers lovely pumpkin picks and wrappers in a perfect fall palette.

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Here’s a closer look at those yummy butter cookies hand decorated by Sue of Sweet Tooth Cottage.

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She also printed our designs on sugar paper and made these

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and these. I love the plaid! (See the mat underneath the cookie. It comes with the printable collection, as does the blue gingham!)

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And you can’t forget the favors. Our cellos for this collection are the perfect palette for fall candy. We used M&Ms and Reeces Cups, both a perfect match!

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We also have pumpkin favor tags. I attached them to lollipop sticks, embellished them with ribbon and speared a caramel and chocolate drizzle apple. But you could just as easily tie them to a goody bag, or insert them in a pail of goodies. The possibilities are truly endless with a little imagination!

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And round out your table with our napkin rings (both the pumpkin and scarecrow designs available) plus

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our pennant banner showcasing our adorable little scarecrow for the final touch.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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harvest collection, part I

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I’ve mentioned before that the little scarecrow is my favorite part of our new Harvest collection so I simply had to start with him! I love the orange and blue color palette and the plaid pattern of his scarf. Notice the plaid inlay on the cake plate; it will also come with the collection and the possibilities there are endless!

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And here’s a shot of these little guys on a cake plate embellished with felt leaves (topped with Reeses cups), ribbon and crepe paper.

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A tighter shot of the cake plate edge so you can see the assembly (ribbon adhered with a glue gun and crepe attached at varying lengths with double sided tape). Don’t be afraid to play with textures and materials. Sometimes the best things come from tinkering with all the supplies in your craft room!

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While I’m sharing sweets, these adorable cookies were crafted by Sue of Sweet Tooth Cottage. Some of you have asked if these cookies could be available for purchase. Stay tuned because big news is coming!

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Beverage wrappers are a must to tie your table together and these are perfect for sodas and water bottles. Or bring your centerpiece in by using these wrappers to dress up a hurricane filled with your favorite fall treats or flowers.

And who can forget these adorable straw slips that make finding your drink so much easier?! I suggest tying the straw on with yellow raffia allowing your guests to select a beverage and get back to mingling quickly, plus it really helps keep down lines if you’re serving buffet style.

So many more photos to come and thanks to all of you who have been patient with us as we bring this collection to life. I realize Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away in Canada so we will be working diligently to get the entire collection into the shoppe quickly!

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sneak peek: farm printables

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We’ve been burning the candle at both ends lately and here’s a peek at one more thing that we’re working on. My “on the farm” collection is one of my favorites so I thought we would enhance the offering a bit. Right now you can get all the table decor, custom invitation, thank you, napkin rings, cupcake picks, cupcake wrappers and favor tags in the shoppe.

And soon you’ll be able to set up a farmers market with our new dessert table mats (Farmers Market with pricing, lemonade 5 cents and olde fashioned stick candy), dessert tags (pre-filled and blank), beverage wrappers labeled Moo! Milk and Well Water {loud giggles}, straw slips in six designs, cello toppers with “Thanks for moseying by, y’all!,” red and yellow gingham mats and an adorable flag banner with three animals and red/yellow gingham patterns.

The photo shoot is scheduled for the week of October 4 and all items will be in the shoppe shortly thereafter. If you’re interested in learning more about these fun items now, e-mail us at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com and we’ll gladly help you get them early!

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facebook freebie today!

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“Like” us today on facebook and “Have a sweet, my pretty!” {witch cackle}

Until midnight tonight all my fans/friends on facebook can download these fun cello toppers (complete with instructions) from our Spooked Pumpkin collection! They’re perfect for giving out treats or for Halloween party favors! And all you have to do is “like” us on facebook and then download the file.

But let me warn you, this isn’t a one time thing. I like giving freebies to my friends, especially around the holidays, and facebook is typically the first place I share them. But freebies isn’t the only thing we share on facebook. I often ask your opinions about new collections and even give quick previews of what we’re working on days before it makes it to the blog.

I hope you’ll join us!

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sneak peek: science collection

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I’ve mentioned on facebook that we’re creating a new science birthday party collection for my oldest son’s sixth birthday party in a few weeks. Here’s a little peek at the invite, which is already available in the shoppe, and just a few of the printables that will be available soon. From left to right: favor tag, placecard, banner (one of two), beverage wrapper (one of two) and straw slip (one of six). 

I also have some very exciting news to share about this collection, which I’m officially not allowed to talk about yet. But I know how much everyone loves suspense so I thought I would throw it out there. {sneaky giggle}

I’ll share more details as the party gets closer and if you’re interested in the printables before they’re available in the shoppe, just shoot us an e-mail at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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