Friday, September 30, 2005
Nestle Toll House has a new product they are launching for Halloween. Precut cookie dough shapes you just bake and decorate. They even have matching gift tags you can print out. While you're there, check out the fun online cookie decorating link!
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/30/2005 04:16:00 PM
In the newest issue of Family Circle magazine, they feature a great story on Halloween party ideas. Check out the cupcakes to the right. On the inside, there's a great recipe for Choco-Cinnamon Masks. What a clever idea!
*** Update: Here's a link to a company that sells mask cookie cutters.
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/30/2005 04:03:00 PM
This week's tip is for those Rubbermaid plastic shoe storage containers. Sure, they're great to store your shoes in, but they are also great for:
- Organizing Make-up
- Storing Rubber Stamps
- Storing Cookie Cutters
- Organzing Notecards
- Storing Arts & Crafts supplies
- Turning into a travel toy box for kids
- * Your Ideas Here *
What do you use those handy containers for?
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/30/2005 11:49:00 AM
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Via a 2001 article in the St. Petersburg Times... Halloween Cupcakes! From Frankenstein to Vinnie the Vampire, there are some really creative cupcakes showcased. Via the article, there is a website called Crumbled Cookies mentioned which has some fun recipes like Orange Ooze Cupcakes and Cat Litter Casserole (a seeminly different take on the cat litter cake recipe).
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/29/2005 10:43:00 AM
So I was channel surfing yesterday and strolled upon The Tyra Banks Show with some lady on there spewing what's 'hip and trendy.' Apparently aside from a new breed of dogs called the Labradoodle, cupcakes are the new In thing. Uhm... yeah, okay... you're just a day late and a dollar short on that assumption. "Cupcakes are the new cake!" she boasted. Here's a picture I took of my TV screen during the show. Sorry it's not very crisp.
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/29/2005 09:43:00 AM
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Monday, September 26, 2005
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005
So, I just got an e-mail this morning talking about a new show on HGTV called FreeStyle and it's hosted by Aaron Foster. Here's the show scoop:
"HGTV's new design series, is out to prove you don't have to pour money into expensive remodeling and painting to revamp a room. We solve your design dilemmas by remixing your existing furniture and accessories to create a fresh, new look. From awkward living rooms to out-of-control offices, our designer will transform your space in one day- for free!"
So, in a nutshell, it's the same concept as Design Remix only it's hosted by a guy and it only takes 1 day as opposed to two. All I have to say is, 'Please, oh please, bring back the crafting shows! Enough with the home redecorating shows already!'
For a list of all the new design/crafty shows appearing on the tube this fall, check This Link out.
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/24/2005 07:51:00 AM
Friday, September 23, 2005
Today's tip topic is glue. Have any other useful tips to share?
- Place glue sticks for your glue gun in the freezer when you're not using them. This will deter those annoying glue strings that form when the glue is heated.
- When you cut the tip off of a new bottle of glue, cut it at and angle to allow for better control when you squeeze the glue out.
- Use to seal wrapped packages together instead of using tape.
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/23/2005 09:17:00 AM
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Here's a nifty website I stumbled upon and thought I should post it here at Craft & Bake since it's cupcake related. Cupcake inspired garb over at Johnny Cupcakes. They are based out of Boston. Of course the shirts I like are out of stock... figures!
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/22/2005 05:42:00 PM
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Saturday, September 17, 2005
I love modern day technology; especially the ability to order virtually anything tangible online - like pizza delivery! A PapaJohns opened in my town recently and they are set up for online ordering. Gone are the days where I have to call and talk to some bubblegum chewing adolescent on the other end of the phone. I just place my order in a virtual shopping cart, complete with whole and half order toppings for my pizza and usually within twenty minutes my doorbell rings with a friendly delivery person ready to hand over the chow.
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/17/2005 05:31:00 PM
Friday, September 16, 2005
Posting this tutorial for myself so as not to forget to try it, but for those that also missed the demo on Martha's Show, here it is. Click photo to enlarge.
There are many demos online demonstrating this method, including this video and this video (which also includes how to fold a tank top). Clearly Martha didn't invent this, but it's still pretty cool and new to me!
Oh, and I might as well add this one too for the heck of it. :)
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/16/2005 08:18:00 AM
Today's tip is using ice cube trays for things other than frozen water. Have any useful ideas? Here are a few I've got:
- Use as a paint palette to mix paints
- Use to make melt and pour soaps (example of some I made a few years ago in photo)
- Use to freeze tomato paste or soup stocks
- Use as Jello molds
- Freeze some cubes of whatever drink you are making (lemonade, orange juice, etc.) that way the ice won't dillute the flavor once added to the drink. You can also add mint sprigs to the frozen cubes.
* 100 days until Christmas!
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/16/2005 04:48:00 AM
Thursday, September 15, 2005
I just got the latest issue of MS Living and there is a two page ad promoting 3 DVD's due to hit shelves October 11th. HOLIDAYS,CLASSIC THANKSGIVINGand FAMILY DINNERS. Or, you can get the 3 BOXED SETfor $29.98. The first one is the only one I plan on getting, so I just pre-ordered it. The DVD set comes with a bonus DVD for New Year's, that is apparently exclusive to the set.
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/15/2005 03:39:00 PM
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Better Homes & Gardens has a nifty online Pumpkin Stencil Maker that allows visitors to design a pumpkin face to their liking using the various templates that they provide. After you get the design how you want it, you can enlarge or reduce the size of the different features. When it's to your liking, it can be printed out! Above is one I designed using their program. I forsee some crafty pumpkin shirts in my kids' future! The website also offers some great Pumpkin Carving Tips.
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/13/2005 06:20:00 PM
I took my oldest son to a taping of Slime Time Live last Saturday. The kids were told to bring a spare change of clothes because they would be 'slimed.' Indeed they were! Big D had the famous green slime all over the side of his head and his clothes. It smelled like apples.
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/13/2005 08:32:00 AM
Monday, September 12, 2005
I tuned into Martha's new show today. Not so sure about it. Her first guess was Marcia Cross (Bree Van De Camp from Desperate Housewives). Speaking of Desperate Housewives, I had a chance to go to the backlot at Universal recently while DH was filming. I'll post a couple photos soon.
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/12/2005 08:38:00 AM
Sunday, September 11, 2005
I'm doing some volunteer work for my son's school this year as the Chairperson for the PTA Reflections Art program. Nothing works as a better bribe to get massive amounts of kids to participate than by coaxing them with a class party... with the reward being free cupcakes. At Back to School Night a few days ago to drive the point home, I used a glass display box, added some red felt to the bottom, plopped a homemade cupcake inside - complete with a cherry on top! - and voila! Behold the golden, errr blue cupcake! Kudos to Clare Crespo for the inspiration for this fab idea!
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/11/2005 04:00:00 PM
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Friday, September 09, 2005
The tip for this Friday is the ingenuous use of dental floss to slice a cake. Much to the surprise of friends and family members at Christmas a few years ago, I broke out with a container of dental floss (mint flavored, btw!) and sliced a homemade cake into straight, even portions in a snap. Have any other uses other than its intended use?
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/09/2005 03:29:00 PM
Friday, September 02, 2005
Thanks to my crafty neighbor, "G", for popping by a couple of weeks ago with a brand new brick of baby wipes and the following tip: Use Baby wipes to clean your rubber stamps, I've decided to start something called Tip Friday. Every Friday I'll post a money saving or time saving tip that'll generally be craft or food related. Aside from the obvious (ala wiping baby), what's your baby wipe use tip? Submit it through the comments button below.
- Use to clean your rubber stamps
- Use to remove makeup
Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/02/2005 12:43:00 PM
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Posted by Craft & Bake at 9/02/2005 08:36:00 AM