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Apple Rose Cakes perfect for Mother’s Day, a special birthday present or just because they look so pretty and are delicious too…

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It’s crafty Friday and I thought today would be perfect to post this Throwback post from 2015 about the beautiful and delicious apple roses for Mother’s Day.  Here is the original post:

https://thepartyevent.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/it-is-crafty-friday-and-we-are-making-apple-rose-cakes-perfect-for-mothers-day-a-special-birthday-present-or-just-because-they-look-so-pretty-and-are-delicious-too/

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To make it extra cute, you need special helpers preferably in cowboy costumes….

You need:
2-3 apples – 1/2 lemon – marmalade/preserve of your choice (we tried apricot, peach and raspberry) – frozen (thawed) puff pastry sheet – corn starch or flour for rolling out dough – powder sugar for dusting

I like my kids to try things and be independent, but sometimes they need a little help like cutting an apple in half. After I cored the apples, my cowboy helped slicing the apples as finely as possible. Just like rose pedals, all the slices looked different and were different sizes. To get them evenly sliced, you could slice them yourself or use a Mandoline slicer.

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We just used the perfect slices and put them in a bowl and ate the rest

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We covered the apples with water and added the juice of half a lemon. We microwaved the apples for about 1-2 minutes to make them softer and pliable to roll later….
In a separate bowl, Giorgio and Luca mixed the marmalade with 2-3 teaspoons of water and stirred the mixture to make it smooth.

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We unfolded and rolled out the dough on a starchy surface, which was the favorite part of Luca.

Giorgio also rolled out the dough and I cut it into 6 equal dough stripes. It is optional, but a lot of fun to poke extra holes in the dough or make some other design.

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We covered the dough stripes with the marmalade and the apple slices making sure they overlapped to make the roses look real.

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We folded the dough to make an apple pocket and rolled them carefully to make the shape of a rose. We were really careful to make sure the apples didn’t fall out and sealed the edges in the end. The roses were placed in muffin cups and were baked in the oven until the puff pasty turned golden brown. (we baked them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour)

appleroses6The cooled roses were dusted with powdered sugar and were all gone the day after Mother’s Day.

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Mother’s Day DIY gift, a cute Popsicle Puzzle from the heart…

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Mother’s Day is almost here and we have the perfect DIY gift idea. A Popsicle Puzzle…. Personally I don’t want my kids spending money for a present or need a big gift. The perfect present would be a long nap by myself followed by something small and meaningful from the heart that is cheap or free.

My kids love to color and paint. A couple weeks ago I had asked my 8 year old and 11 year old to draw something nice for our art wall. Both of my kids were not sure what to draw, so I gave them some inspiration. Paint something special for me, Mami. Something that I would like or has something to do with me. The result was two beautiful drawings that mean so much to me.

We decided to use these paintings as inspiration for our puzzle and Eva drew a third picture as a free template to use. But it could be anything, a coupon for a nap for example, a photograph, a card or a copy of a ticket (don’t use the original).

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We copied the original pictures because they were part of the art wall, but you could also use the original masterpieces. Other than that you only need popsicle sticks or craft sticks, pencil, ruler, scissor, glue and an envelope.

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We used 17 popsicle sticks which measured:

6 3/4 inches x 4 1/2 inches or 17.5 centimeter x 11.5 centimeter

We measured in centimeter and cut the masterpieces in 1 cm stripes (make sure that your craft sticks also measure 1 cm or change accordingly)

We glued the paper stripes on the sticks and let them dry overnight.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Moms everywhere. Not just one day a year, let’s celebrate every day.

Here is our free template for you:

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Crafty Friday: Lollipop Easter Bunny Treats/Favors

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It’s crafty Friday and we made vintage looking Easter Bunny favors.

We wanted to make Easter lollipop favors to give the kids in school and since we had some clay left, we played around and came up with the cutest, vintage looking Easter bunnies. They came out perfect and could be used as favors, inside Easter baskets, at the egg hunt or even on top of the Easter table as name card holders. I think, I will keep some as Easter decoration on the mantle.

You need:

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Lollipops, clay, wooden skewer, paint and brushes, hot glue and gun, colored cardstock paper, cardboard, heart cutter, scissors, rubber bands, ribbon and embellishments

Directions:

We used our beginner’s clay to make the head, tail, arms and ears. Here is the recipe:

https://thepartyevent.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/beginner-simple-paper-clay-recipe/

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After forming the balls for the head, we used a wooden skewer to poke a hole through them and let them dry on the skewer. (make sure to use a skewer that is wider than the lollipop stick). The balls need 2-3 days to air dry or a couple hours in the oven on the lowest temperature. (careful to not burn the paper clay)

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You could leave the head round, but we wanted to give our bunnies a more defined shape with a nossel and jar. We used a little more clay and added it on one side of the ball.

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Once everything was dried completely, we hot-glued the ears to the heads and painted them white.

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We first painted the nose and inside the ears light pink and drew on the faces. Each bunny looks a little different.

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We cut the fabric in squares covering the lollipops and tied them together with a small rubber band. You could so different fabrics for different outfits but this print worked perfectly for us. We trimmed the excess fabric to make a cute collar.

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We glued the heads, bunny tails and arm on with small dots of hot glue and embellished the outfits with ribbon and tiny foam balls from the Dollar Store.

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You could make the feet out of clay as well, but we used heart stencils and colored paper to make the bunnies even more colorful. We glued them on small squares of cardboard to make the bunnies stand independently . Depending on the shape of the lollipop, this might not be necessary.

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The Bunnies are ready and they are almost too cute to be eaten.

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Crafty Friday – DIY Confetti Cupcake Toppers – soooooooooooooo cute

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One of our favorite party decorations are cupcake toppers. They make cupcakes or other food “instant-party ready”. Most of the parties we do, have a theme and the cupcake toppers are like the extra cherry on top…. Most of the time, we design the cupcake toppers and wrappers to go along with the theme. They just need to be cut out, glued together and they are ready to party….

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Not all of our toppers are round, we like to use shapes, glitter and embellishments too. There are so many options. Some of my most favorite toppers we made are the ones for the French Chic Elegant wedding set. The way they sparkle, I love it….
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We like creating and crafting things that go along with the current theme we are working on  or an upcoming holiday….
You can make cute cupcake toppers yourself. Here is the tutorial for our

Confetti Cupcake Toppers

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You need:
– dyed and colored paper or dyed coffee filters
– scissors
– construction paper
– glue
– toothpicks
– glitter
– stencils or circle punch
– embellishments like tulle, diamonds, crepe paper, lace, feathers etc.
Because we had some dyed coffee filters leftovers in all hues of pink and some orange that we didn’t want to throw away, we came up with the confetti cupcake toppers. essentially it could be also done with tissue paper or any other kind of paper, but we wanted to use our leftovers.
How-to:
This is a pretty fast craft, which is perfect for making with kids. It would be lovely to make some toppers for a birthday of someone special and to involve the kids this way.
We folded several layers (three) of coffee filters 3 times (as many times as you want to still be able to cut through) and fringed one end. The next step was to cut the fringes off to make small confetti pieces. The more shades of color, the prettier the confetti….
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We started by adding glitter to the confetti to give it extra sparkle. Punch out circles with the circle punch or use a stencil and cut them out. Spread a thin layer of glue and dip the circle into the confetti. After the circles have dried, you might need to cut some extra confetti off. Glue the sticks on the back and let dry completely.
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Voila, you just made a cupcake topper. They are pretty awesome like this, but we do like to embellish them even more and used crepe paper, diamonds, glitter, tulle and feathers to make them even more spectacular.  We also wrapped the cupcakes in crepe paper for a quick and cute wrapper.
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And what is better than a cupcake with a cupcake topper? A cupcake with THREE cupcake toppers. It was a joke, but it actually looks AWESOME. So now, let me have a cupcake….
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Beginner Simple Paper Clay Recipe

 

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After a rather long break, crafty Friday is back and better than ever. We have lots of crafts and projects that are ready to be shared. A couple days ago, we posted about our candy theme this year and got lots of questions about how to make the paper clay/ paper mache from the candy tutorial. This is the beginner recipe which is pretty simple and only uses 2 main ingredients, paper and water. We have used this clay recipe in the past for example to make the mushrooms for our forest Christmas theme.

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We also made various props for our Halloween Circus theme like the giant snake of the snake lady, the knifes of the knife thrower and the weights and medal of the strongman.

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Lets get started:

Ingredients:

Paper, Glue, Paint

You also need a paper shredder (optional), bucket, hand blender, kitchen towel/cheese cloth and a bowl

How to:

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With our photo props, we accumulate a lot of waste paper which we love to recycle into paper clay projects. You can also use regular paper, envelopes (without the plastic windows), newspaper, brochures or any old scrap paper. All plastic and staples need to be removed before it can be either shredded or ripped into very small pieces. (the smaller, the better)

 

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We usually fill a medium bucket about three quarters full.

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For each  3 to 4 cups paper pieces, we use about 1 cup of glue. Paste should feel like a play dough consistency that shouldn’t be too dry or too wet.

We used the clay in molds as well as shaped it by hand. Depending on the size, it can take several weeks to dry. We have let the clay air dry as well as  let it dry in the oven at the lowest temperature. But be aware that the paper could brown or even burn if it gets too hot.

The texture of the clay is rough and grainy, which worked out perfect for these projects. To get a smoother surface, the dried clay object can be sandpapered. Afterwards it is ready to be painted.

We will share a couple of other clay projects in the upcoming month…..

 

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It is crafty Friday and we are making Apple Rose Cakes perfect for Mother’s Day, a special birthday present or just because they look so pretty and are delicious too…

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It has been a while since our last crafty Friday and I don’t like it, because it is one of my favorite things to blog about. I love crafting, cooking, baking and just doing things together. Since the boys are very involved in crafty Fridays, I would love to post it each and every week. But let’s be realistic, even though a mom can still dream…This year is also a lot busier than planned. We moved into a bigger office and there is a new future “crafty Fridayer” on the way. She will make her grand entrance in the beginning of June and we are more than ready for her. .

But back to our crafty Friday project. We love holidays and celebrations, each and every type. From Mother’s Day to Halloween, Christmas and Easter – we like to celebrate in a special way and try come up with unique details.

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I came across a beautiful baking idea from Cooking with Manuela.(I will add the direct link at the end of the post)!

These Apple Rose Cakes are flowers and cake in one and we had to recreate them for Mother’s Day. They are really beautiful, special, delicious and best of all so easy to make. The perfect gift for Mother’s Day or another special celebration.

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To make it extra cute, you need special helpers preferably in cowboy costumes….

You need:

2-3 apples – 1/2 lemon – marmalade/preserve of your choice (we tried apricot, peach and raspberry) – frozen (thawed) puff pastry sheet – corn starch or flour for rolling out dough – powder sugar for dusting

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I like my kids to try things and be independent, but sometimes they need a little help like cutting an apple in half. After I cored the apples, my cowboy helped slicing the apples as finely as possible. Just like rose pedals, all the slices looked different and were different sizes. To get them evenly sliced, you could slice them yourself or use a Mandoline slicer.

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We just used the perfect slices and put them in a bowl and ate the rest 😉

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We covered the apples with water and added the juice of half a lemon. We microwaved the apples for about 1-2 minutes to make them softer and pliable to roll later….

In a separate bowl, Giorgio and Luca mixed the marmalade with 2-3 teaspoons of water and stirred the mixture to make it smooth.

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We unfolded and rolled out the dough on a starchy surface, which was the favorite part of Luca.

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Giorgio also rolled out the dough and I cut it into 6 equal dough stripes. It is optional, but a lot of fun to poke extra holes in the dough or make some other design.

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We covered the dough stripes with the marmalade and the apple slices making sure they overlapped to make the roses look real.

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We folded the dough to make an apple pocket and rolled them carefully to make the shape of a rose. We were really careful to make sure the apples didn’t fall out and sealed the edges in the end. The roses were placed in muffin cups and were baked in the oven until the puff pasty turned golden brown. (we baked them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour)

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The cooled roses were dusted with powdered sugar and were all gone the day after Mother’s Day.

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Here is our inspiration recipe and a great “how to” video:

http://cookingwithmanuela.blogspot.com/2015/03/apple-roses.html

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