Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Chocolate Heart Cake

Ok I'm a big sucker when it comes to anything chocolate. As I was looking for a fun Valentine dessert to share with you I found this fantastic yummy receipe at Martha Stewart!


Rich Chocolate Heart Cake


Doesn't that look just scumptious! To make this delicatible dessert for your special Valentine go here for the recipe.

Enjoy!



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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Deals, Deals and more Deals!

Here are some really good deals for the day.

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Super Cute dress!

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Rosette Ball

As I was blog surfing some of my favorite craft blogs I came across 2 of which had at some point or another created a Rosette Ball, House of Smith and The Idea Room. I thought it was fun a cute way to create something for my for home. So I got to work. Since this was my first attempt I only made one so please forgive me if it looks somewhat, um, lumpy and flat.

Here are the colors and supplies that I got.


I got 2 different sizes and bought only the red crepe paper, the yellow and white were left over from the baby shower I just hosted. Those styrofoam balls are not cheap! Really $4.50 for one? Lucky I had 2 50% coupons to Joann's for this weekend. SCORE!!



At first I was a little confused as how to start out. Then I got the hang of it. Here are my first 2 roses. Not bad right?



Here is my progress.




And the final result!

To find the tutorials you can go here and here. Now onto my next 2. Hopefully those will turn out a little bit better.



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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Guest Blogger - Craft-O-Maniac

I am super excited for today's guest blogger. Today's guest is none other than Jennie Larsen from Craft O Maniac! eek! I will now turn the time over to her to share a fun Valentine tutorial.



HEY THERE- I am Jennie from CraftOManiac.blogspot.com and I am so flattered Danesa invited me to her sweet blog to be spotlights. Today I am showing you my Valentine Cupcake Liner Topiary. I made a Halloween one too Halloween Cupcake Liner Topiary? well if you would like to see it, you can click the link. Anyhoo, I decided I wanted to make a smaller one for Valentines. I used the styrofoam balls that are the second ones to the smallest. With the cupcake liners glued on, it makes it larger-but I love the size.


SUPPLIES: small styrofoam balls, small cupcake liners, ribbon, bowl-vase-pot-whatever you decide, hot glue gun, and dowel,.


First paint the dowel, I used a Ink Pad in pink and rubbed it up and down the dowel.


BEST DISCOVERY from yours truly and best TIP EV-AH!!!! I used the same size dowel and wrapped the cupcake liner over it, creating the flat surface for some hot glue. THEN....



using the dowel I pushed the cupcake liner firmly into the styrofoam holding it there for a few secs. Never ever using my fingers, so no burns, no worries.


CONTINUE the process until the ball is fully covered. P.S. I used the dowel the whole time and it even made the process go further. No scrunching up the cupcake liner to glue it on.WINKS!



NEXT, I placed a styrofoam ball in the tea cup and wedged shredded paper around it.


I then stuck the dowel into the center of the styrofoam, adding more shredded paper on top and anywhere else it needed it.



AND HERE IS THE BEAUT.









THANKS SO SO MUCH FOR STOP Danesa for this wonderful spotlight.


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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Valentine Dessert

I thought that it would be fun for the next couple weeks before Valentine's Day to post some yummy, romantic desserts that you can make for your special Valentine. Today I have a very yummy, easy and classic dessert.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries


Ingredients:

16 oz of milk chocolate chips, or your preference of chocolate
2 Tbsp shortening
1 lb fresh strawberries

Directions:

1. Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries.
2. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth. Holding them by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture.
3.Turn the strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick into styrofoam for the chocolate to cool.

*recipe can be found at All Recipes*


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Monday, January 17, 2011

Diaper Cake

Last weekend I hosted a baby shower for my brother and sister-in-law. It was fun and I wanted to share with you the diaper cake that I made for them.

Materials:

- diapers
- rubber bands
- wash cloths
- 1 onesie
- cake stand and plate
- 1 8 inch cake pan
- 1 12 inch cake pan
- ribbon, about 4 yards of whatever color you will be using.


Here are the materials that I used. Can you tell which gender this is for?


Pictured above are the the top and middle tiers. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the bottom tier. For the middle of each tier I opened up a diaper and completely rolled it up and then secured it with a rubberband. Okay next for the top tier I fanned out 6 diapers and spiraled them around the middle diaper. Then I secured them with a rubber band. For the middle tier I repeated the top tier and then used the 8 inch pan and fanned out the diapers around the first 7 diapers. Repeat the first 2 tiers for the bottom only you will use a 12 inch pan and much larger rubberband.

For this next step I didn't take a picture but it's pretty self explanitory. I didn't like the way the white cake stands looked so I got some green spray paint and painted it. Ahh, much better. :)

While the paint was drying I tied the ribbon around the diaper layers.

Once the paint dried I started to stack the layers, just like a real cake. Looking good!


Okay for this next step I really wish that I had taken a picture to show you, but it was kind of an after thought as I was displaying the cake on the table. What I did is I took a few coordinating wash cloths that I had bought, orginally to put into a gift bag, but I opened then up, took a wash cloth folded it diagonally, then rolled it up. Next I twisted it to create a flower and then tucked the end into the middle and pulled it out and viola I had a flower. I did that a few more times and also repeated it with the onesie.


The finished product! What do you think?! If you haven't already guessed they are having a boy and I'm really excited for them!

P.S. I've linked up this tutorial to Craft-O-Maniac.



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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Conversation Heart Fudge

I saw this on Family Fun and thought what a neat idea! I would never have thought to make fudge and add the conversation hearts on top.

Go here to view the full recipe on how to make these cute treats for your valentine.


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Monday, January 10, 2011

Tutorial - Valentine Treat Box

I'm excited to be back! Now that the Christmas is put away and the baby shower over (more on that later) it is now time to start thinking about Valentines Day! So to start off I found this really cute tutorial from Martha Stewart on how to make Treat Boxes for those sweet treats that you will be handing out.



Go to the Martha Stewart website to check out this fun tutorial!



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