Friday, June 26, 2009

Ice Cream Cone Cuppycakes

I thought that everyone knew about these cupcakes.
They were really popular at birthday parties when I was growing up.
However, when I brought them to school yesterday, some of the other parents were amazed that you could bake a cupcake inside a cone.

They are super easy-peasy.
First, line up some standard ice cream cones on a cookie sheet or in muffin tins.
(A standard cake mix will make about 24 cupcake cones.)
Prepare your favorite cake mix, and fill each cone about half full.
Bake according to the box, using the cupcake time.
Let them completely cool.
Use a large star tip to frost the cupcakes to resemble ice cream.
Add sprinkles and a "cherry" (gumball, gumdrop, etc)

These are a little tricky to travel with.
Since they are top-heavy, they tend to topple over.
To help in transporting them, use a drop of frosting to "glue" the base of your cones to a tray.

The kids LOVE them!
Smiles all around.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ring, Ringgggg!

Shop Update!

These too-cute-for-words telephones and lots of other new goodies can be found HERE.

Plus lots of restocks: here, here, and here.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Five Dollar Fixer-Upper

About 5 or 6 years ago, I bought this bench at a yard sale. It was plain, unfinished wood with 4 different panels that went in the back. The panels were each hand painted, with snowmen, garden scenes, etc. The panels could be swapped out for each season. They were done in a country/primitive style, and just not really my thing. It was a deal at $5, and I planned on painting it right away.

I gave the sweet woman my $5, and after chatting with her I learned that she was downsizing, and she was very excited to see it go to a good home. I think she had said that her husband built the bench and she painted all the panels. After I bought it, I felt a little guilty, knowing that I would never use it as-is, and would have to re-do all of her hard work. So it has sat in my basement for all those years.

Last week my hubby said it would end up in the fire pit, if I didn't do something with it.
So, I finally painted it. A nice white that has a hint of gray.
I added a piece of an old burlap Starbucks coffee sack to the back of it.
I love how it turned out!
(Maybe even the previous owner would like it?)
It now happily sits in our entry room.
A much nicer spot than the basement.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Antique Frozen Charlotte Dolls

I must admit that I'm not really a doll person.
But, I do like history.
And, these have a great story.

These have recently been dug up from abandoned/ruined doll factories in Germany that closed decades ago.
These littles are about 100 years old!
How cool is that?!?!?
I soooo wanted to be an archaeologist when I was young.
The whole thought of digging up artifacts from long ago completely intrigues me.
(Digging up treasures at flea markets is pretty fun too!)

I really know nothing about dolls, so I did a little research on good old Wikipedia for some insight into them. You can find a little bit about these dolls here. And the sad (real or fabled) poem about the girl whom these were named for is here.

I've listed the smaller dolls on my website. (Edit: They have sold out, but I will be on the lookout for more!)
These are all under 2" and are a perfect size to use in jewelry or in small projects.
They are all damaged with missing limbs and have some discoloration.
I think this adds to their charm.
(I guess they have grown on me!)

I was planning to save the larger dolls for the Vendor Night at Silver Bella and another show that I will be at in the Fall. These are harder to list on the website because they vary greatly in design and damage. However, if you would like to purchase one, let me know! (Most of them are between 3"-4" tall)