Festive Holiday Cupcakes

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Fun and festive snowman cupcakes. Visit www.cakesdecor.com.

Here are some great ideas for you to make some festive holiday cupcakes. Some are simple enough for anyone to make, others much more complicated for the experienced cake decorator. But all can enjoy looking at the pictures and the joy they bring to  the Holidays. For reference websites,if available, has been noted.

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Cheerful elf cupcakes.Visit www.cakesdecor.co

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This is so sweet… this holiday season I am going to make everyone a piping hot cup of hot chocolate. Visit www.pinterest.com.

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Frosty the snowman. Visit www.pinterest.com.

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Santa going down the chimney cupcake. Visit www.pinterest.com.

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Beautiful winter cupcakes. Visit www.pinterest.com.

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Frosty the snowman all dressed up in his hat and scarf. Visit http://raspberrytart.tumblr.com.

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Just stunning Holiday mini-cakes. Visit http://fashionandpopculturemagic.blogspot.com.

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Wedding Cakes for Fall

Browse through some wedding cakes for fall, some elegant, some full of whimsey, all in the glorious  colors of autumn. All photos taken from Pinterest or directly from the web, I make no claim to the photos and have provided the link to the web where possible. Enjoy!

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White three tier wedding cake decorated for fall with the oh so popular succulent plants. See more at www.flickr.com/photos/mycakebyalessandra.

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Cream colored smoothly iced cake topped with wine rose petals and ribbon. http://www.lilyrosecakes.com.

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Stunning square cake decorated with orange and white lilies, roses, and carnations. Visit scarsdale.everythinglulu.com.

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Ivory and brown piping with chocolate fondant bows, center jewels, and ivory icing swirls. http://www.flickr.com/photos/designercakesbyapril.

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Double layer chocolate wedding cake topped with orange sugar roses for an autumn wedding. http://www.craftsy.com/project/view/fall-wedding-cake.

 

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“Top Hat” wedding cake decorated with leaves for fall. Visit www.flickr.com beauty by Alliance Bakery.

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Tiered wedding cake with rolled white chocolate ‘cigarettes’ around the sides. Fresh flowers and grapes. www.flickr.com.

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White wedding cake trimmed with brown frosting ribbon and chartreuse flowers. http://luvandido.com.

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Fun and funky wedding cake. http://www.carriescakes.com.

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Snow covered pinecones and trigs top an autumn cake. http://myinspiredwedding.com.

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30 inventive storage solutions

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Do-it-yourself dresser drawer painted a bright color and turned into a shelf. Great for storing keys, mail, wallet, and/or phone. Love it. See more @ http://www.etsy.com/listing/150007711/wood-turquoise-blue-green-jewelry.

15 Unique upcycled storage solution. These projects are inexpensive and fun to make. Enjoy!

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Clean out food cans, cut out a small amount of fabric, and use mod podge to make these darling pen and pencil holders. Super easy. See more @ www.dormtodiefor.tumblr.com

Necklace storage and display created from old lamp! See more @ terahware.blogspot.com

Old Window Shutters recycled into a bathroom towel and washcloth holder. Would make a great addition to a beach house or lake cabin.
See more@ www.dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com.

Lawn rake (handle removed) hung on the wall turns into unique wine glass holder

Lawn rake (handle removed) hung on the wall turns into unique wine glass holder. How clever. See more @ www.etsy.com/listing/124232446/rake-handle-scarf-purse-wine-glass.

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Inventive “guitar” shelf. See more @ www.etsy.com/listing/109055472/upcycled-acoustic-guitar-shelf.

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Here is a creative way to repurpose & reuse an old ladder. It becomes a fun corner bookcase. See more @ www.boredpanda.com

 

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Patriotic painted mason j hold knives, forks and spoons at a 4th of July barbecue. See more @ www.itallstartedwithpaint.com

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Clip board inspired home office decor and organization. Mode pode scrapbook paper onto clipboards, hang over desk. Using fun patterns and bright colors also adds a pop to your rooms decor.
See more @ www.dotcomsformoms.com

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Mother’s Worldwide

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i have just returned from a trip overseas, I’m a bit jet-lagged, but wanted to wish my mother, my mother-in-law, my sisters,sisters-in-law, my friends and mother’s every where a Happy Mother’s Day. As women we have all chosen different paths, as mother’s we all share the joy only a child can bring. So may all the strong, confident, compassionate, loving mother’s support all other women.(and vice versa) Enjoy some delightful Mother’s Day Quotes. Oh and travel pictures to come! From Nantes and Paris, France.

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Easter Egg Hunt

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Marbleized Eggs
Supplies: eggs,food coloring, vinegar, cooking oil,cups, paper towels, spoons.
Method: In each cup, combine one tablespoon of each of the following: oil, vinegar, and your choice of food coloring. Add water until cup is 3/4 full. Swirl the liquid, and quickly lower and raise an egg into it. Pat dry with a paper towel, and repeat with a 2nd color. Swirl into a third color, if desired. Pat dry.

Enjoy decorating Easter eggs? There are so many creative ways to dress them up. Here is just a hint of how you can dress up your hard boiled eggs for Easter. Enjoy…..

 

 

 

 

 

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Marbling Eggs:
Supplies:Enamel hobby paints: green, lavender, purple, or colors of your choice.
Disposable aluminum pans, one per color combination. Rubber gloves, wooden skewers, blown eggs,coffee filters.
1. Select color or combinations, using one or more colors of paint for each marbling bath.2. For each bath, fill a roasting pan with 4 inches of water. Wearing gloves, add 1 tsp. of each color paint to pan.. Swirl the end of a skewer through the paint. 3. Place an egg on the end of a skewer. Swirl it around through the paint mixture. When the paint has adhered to the egg in a marbled pattern, remove the egg from the skewer to an egg carton and let it dry. Repeat.

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Dying eggs using rubber cement:
Supplies: eggs with center blown out,rubber cement, traditional egg dye.
Method: Enlarge hole at bottom of egg and place on a wooden skewer. Drizzle egg with rubber cement, let dry, then dip in a dye bath. When it’s dry, gently peel off the rubber cement. Repeat two or three times with additional colors — a masterpiece!

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Water colored eggs
Supplies: eggs, dye, vinegar, water, pie tin, gloves
Hint: Make a dark color version of a dye, and then a lighter. Just add 50% more water to the existing “dark” color to make a lighter version.
Method: To prep eggs, mix 50% water and 50% vinegar and wipe the eggs down with the mixture. Let dry. Start with the lighter colors. Its all about layering light to dark. Hold the egg over the tin on both ends, & pour color over it. After you have made your pour, turn the egg in your hand so the color goes all the way around. You MUST let the color completely dry in between the pours. Use a blow dryer to speed things up. Once your egg is dry, repeat with another light color, or a darker one. You can do a lot of pours, or a l

 

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Speckled Tea stained and Blue eggs:
Supplies: eggs, tea bags, blue and green food coloring, glasses, brown craft paint, toothbrush
Method:For tea-stained eggs, add 2 tea bags to glass of hot water and steep. Lower egg into tea for several minutes until desired color is reached. Allow to dry.
For blue eggs, combine 1 drop of blue and 1 drop of green food coloring in glass of water. Lower egg into dye bath until desired color is reached. Allow to dry.To speckle eggs, use brown craft paint and a toothbrush. Dip brush into paint and lightly splatter and dab around the egg to achieve a random, lightly dotted pattern. Allow to dry.

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