Decorating Cupcakes with Fondant

I’ll be honest. I’ve always been a bit intimated by fondant.  The results are so gorgeous that I’ve always assumed that it was difficult. When I came across a fondant cupcake decorating class at a local shop called the Cake Professor, however, I decided to try working with fondant.  Guess what? It turns out simple fondant decorations that can make a cupcake look really pretty are super simple to make.  In a lot of ways working with fondant is a lot like playing with play-dough.

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Christmas Tree Decorating

If you have been following my blog over the past couple of months you have probably realized I have been really looking forward to getting a Christmas tree. I am not sure if the Christmas tree ornaments that I have been making since late October are a cause of my excitement or a symptom of it.  If you missed my earlier ornament posts, you can check out my clothespin reindeer, salt dough snowflakes, clothespin star ornaments, and twine balls by clicking on the photos below.

DIY Clothespin Reindeer Ornaments

It has become an annual tradition for Jaime and me to select and decorate a Christmas tree over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The first Christmas after Jaime and I were married we purchased a seven plus foot Fraiser fir from a Christmas tree lot about a half a mile from our apartment in DC and walked the tree through crowds of shoppers and tourists in Chinatown the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  We got quite a few laughs and shouts of “Merry Christmas” and I am pretty sure a few people snapped photos of us.  Unfortunately, we didn’t snap any pictures of our Christmas tree trek as we had our hands a bit full, although Jaime did snap the photo below in the elevator.

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DIY Christmas Ornaments: Salt Dough Snowflakes

This past weekend, in addition to making the pumpkin bread that I blogged about earlier this week, I also finished making some salt dough ornaments.  I went to a couple of stores, but couldn’t find a snowflake cookie cutter so I used a daisy and star cookie cutter to make these ornaments.

Salt Dough Snowflake OrnamentsOf course, once I made these ornaments  it seemed like all of the the stores got their winter cookie cutters in stock and I saw snowflake cookie cutters in four different stores. Don’t you hate when that happens? I guess I will just have to make another batch of ornaments!

I think that these ornaments would be pretty hanging on a Christmas tree, as a tag on a gift, or hanging from a fireplace mantle.

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A Chalk Art Festival & DIY Framed Chalkboard

This past weekend my family went to the Utah Foster Care Foundation’s 10th Annual Chalk Art Festival.  During the two day festival artists create works of art on the sidewalk.  The festival raises funds to benefit Utah’s foster families. Here are a couple of photos that I took of the sidewalk art at the festival:

Artist: Jonah Nielsen Slart | Utah Foster Care Foundation’s 10th Annual Chalk Art Festival

Artist: Corrine Johnson | Utah Foster Care Foundation’s 10th Annual Chalk Art Festival

Pretty cool huh? To continue on the chalk theme, today I’ll show you how I made a framed chalkboard  using an inexpensive thrift store frame and paint.

After trying to write the title of this project on my chalkboard, I have a whole new level of respect for the chalk artists!

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