watermelon cookies

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I came across these at The Decorated Cookie, a must visit blog, and had to pass them along. They’re perfect for a picnic and much less messy than the real thing. {wink}  She’s laid out all the details with step-by-step pictures. Oh, and the other great thing, you don’t have to have a special cookie cutter. If you have a circle or you use a glass, just cut the shape in half. Enjoy!

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introducing batty

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And the last of our 2009 Halloween designs, but certainly not least, is our new “batty” invitation and decor. We specifically designed this invite for those who wanted more modern than scary and we believe our knarly tree is just the trick {pun intended; giggle}.

Visit our holiday shoppe to explore all of these invitations and the fun and whimsical decor to match. It’s never too early to start planning your next bash!

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introducing martinis & mayhem

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Halloween isn’t just for little ghosts and goblins. Big witches and warlocks need a little fun too and our new “martinis & mayhem” custom invitation is perfect for the occasion, from the modern style of the pinstripe background to the whimsical style of the BOO! glass marker. And you must check out our sleek “eek!” party decor too. {wink}

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introducing drop in

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Our new “drop in” invitation is super fun from the spooky spider to the polka dot “BOO!” and it’s perfect for a Halloween block party or open house. We have not only the table runner and treat bags shown, but also dessert plates, beverage napkins, pumpkin paper lanters and more. Holiday supplies are limited so don’t delay. You’ll be haunted if you miss out! {giggle}

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introducing haunted

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We’ve launched our 2009 Halloween party invitations and decor and I have to admit I’m excited. This design in particular is known as “haunted” and as you can see is accompanied by a spooky centerpiece and bat cupcake toppers, plus much much more. Take a peek at the entire Halloween collection!

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in store this fall

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I know some of you are thinking it is way way too early for this. We’ll you’re sort of right. It is too early to start baking and making Halloween treats, but it isn’t too early to start creating our Halloween invitations and decor. This post is my way of telling you that this week will be all about our newest designs. Stay tuned for fun invitations and spooky decor!

The first, the Graveyard Cake, is from Martha Stewart’s 2004 magazine. Read all the how to details. And all the pops are from Bakerella. Super fun aren’t they!

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patriotic table decor

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In search for a few table ideas for our family fourth of  July gathering this weekend, I liked these the most. The image above is from Pottery Barn. My favorite is the berry cupcakes… imagine that!

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These are both from Martha Stewart and I have to admit that my favorite pieces are props in the background: the bucket with ribbons and the red, white and blue lollipops. Just goes to show that you can dress up any table with a few simple accessories.

Happy 4th everyone!

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independence day sweets

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Okay, say what you will… BUT I swear I was planning to make the exact cookies tomorrow and of course post them here for you. Oh well, I’ll still make them, but now you’re getting them a day early from Martha. Here are the how tos.

And since Independence Day is upon us, I thought I would repost my flag cupcakes. I really enjoyed making these! Here’s the original post with how tos.

Happy 4th everyone!

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American flag cupcakes

We should all treasure our American holidays: Memorial Day, July 4, Veteran’s Day. I’m proud that as a country we celebrate those who serve to protect us and those who have fallen to save us. 

These cupcakes are my (small as it may be) way of saying thank you to those in my family who have served (my grandfather, several great uncles, my hubby, all of his brothers, his dad and our neice and nephew; the two youngest in Iraq). I hope you enjoy them and make them for your next American celebration!

Here’s what you’ll need to decorate your cupcakes:

  • Red, white and blue icing (remember that gel food coloring work best)
  • #46 icing tip
  • Lollipop sticks
  • 2 resealable plastic bags
  • 2 icing tip connectors

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Once cooled, ice your cupcakes with white icing {cream cheese is my fav!}.
  2. Color some white icing red and some blue. You’ll likely use several drops to get even a small amount of icing bright enough.
  3. Snip the corners of your resealable bags and insert your connectors.
  4. Spoon your red icing into one bag and your blue into another.
  5. Apply your #46 icing tip to your blue bag and using the flat side pipe three stripes (1/3 the length of your flag) and then another stripe from the top {see picture}.
  6. Take your icing tip off the blue bag, clean it out and apply it to the red bag. Pipe the red stripes starting at the top of the flag using your blue stripes as a guide to keep them even. Make sure you skip just below the blue as that should be a white stripe.
  7. Finally, cut a lollipop stick in half and apply it to the side of the flag for your pole.

Have a wonderful holiday and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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Easter candy carrot craft

eastercarrotI’ve mentioned before that my youngest son has severe milk allergies, so holidays can be tough when it comes to buying pre-packaged candy. With this in mind, I wanted to figure out how to make the carrot candy wrappers so that I could stuff them with jelly beans or gummy savors. (The picture shows M&Ms, which I’m sure my oldest will gladly devour!)

So here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clear plastic cello bags
  • Green felt
  • Orange ribbon
  • Candies
  • Glue gun

And here’s all you have to do:

  1. Taking a cello bag, fold it from the bottom to the right side and tack lightly (image of fold 1) with hot glue, and then again (image of fold 2). I hope the pics help!
  2. Fill your new carrot shape with candies.
  3. Tie the top of your bag off with ribbon.
  4. Cut a 3×3 square of green felt. Starting at one corner, cut strips about a ¼ wide to the center of the square.
  5. Wrap the square, with the green sprays out the top, around the top of cello bag, above the ribbon, and tack with hot glue.

 Happy crafting!

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