DIY: Potted Paper Orchid

As you may have noticed, I’m a bit obsessed with paper flowers. While I love real flowers, they aren’t always practical as they are prone to wilting and can be expensive.

Even potted orchids, which are among my favorite house plants, eventually fade. A couple of years ago when a bloom fell off one of my orchids I used the fallen blossom to create a template to make coffee filter orchids.

Today’s project uses that same template, but replaces the coffee filters with double sided crepe paper.

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Happy Easter! Bunny Ornaments

For those of you celebrating Easter today, I hope that you are having a wonderful holiday!

I wanted to share a quick Easter craft project. I few weeks ago I found these little bunny ornaments at a dollar store. The ornaments came in a package with primary color paints, but I set aside the paints in the package and used some acrylic craft paints that I had on hand to paint the rabbits. Continue reading

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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Winter Pinterest Challenge: DIY Paper Tulips

This last week I was surfing craft blogs when I saw a tutorial for gorgeous paper tulips.  I added the tulips to my ever expanding list of projects I would like to make.  I am inspired by so many of the beautiful projects I see online, but recently have not had time to craft.  The winter Pinterest challenge hosted by Sherry of Young House Love gave me the motivation I needed to take a hour to craft.

DIY Paper Tulips

While I haven’t seen any tulips yet this year, tulips are one of my favorite flowers because they are one of the first flowers of spring.  Here is a photo that I took last spring when I visited the Tulip Library on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Aren’t the tulips cheerful?

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Winter Flowers

It was such a lovely surprise to find this bush in full bloom outside our door in the middle of January.  I’m adding having flowers in the yard in January to my list of things I love about living in the South.

A Winter Flower

Anyone know what type of flower this is? Hope the New Year is off to a lovely start for everyone!

Candy Flowers: Another Take on Sugar Cookie Decorations

These flowers are relatively easy to make, yet are very pretty on baked goods.  I have made a couple of variations of these, but I made the ones that I am sharing today for Jaime and my summer party.

Candy Flower CookiesThese flowers were inspired by Southern Living’s gumdrop flowers. I wasn’t able to find any gum drops at the grocery stores that we frequent–and thought the taste of spice drops, which the stores did have  would be too strong–so I used fruit slice candy.

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