Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Candyland

I have this friend. My friend loves cupcakes. I mean, really loves cupcakes. Her name is Julie. I like to call her Cupcake Julie. She doesn’t know that though. Well, maybe now she does. When she invited me to her Christmas Party this year, I was really excited because I knew she would have some sweet decorations. But, never… never did I expect to see such a visual delight. Let’s just say, when I walked in… I felt right at home… and I didn’t want to leave… ever. Each room was filled with candy and sweets and yes, cupcakes! And I’m not just talking about what there was to eat. I’m talking about the decorations. Here are some of the pictures I took … in low light. Sorry, they don’t come close to doing the decorations justice, but they’ll give you a good idea.

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This is Julie’s tree. It is stunning. And it’s guarded by her very own Colonel Cupcake. I think I’m in love.

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Another view. I think I want to cry. This is the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.

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Until I saw this. This is her dessert table. It’s gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! She made lots and lots of sweets.

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Including cake pops! Oh yeah – one tiny little detail. She also made the house.

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She needed a little something to serve her brownies on. She’s crafty like that.

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Stunning! Lollipops and cupcakes and candy canes and all. She did all of the decorating down to every last detail.

Julie’s collected many of these decorations over the years, but she also makes a lot of them.

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She made these stockings, too.

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I don’t think she made this. But seriously, where does someone find sugar cone castles?

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And chocolate covered strawberries…

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…and sparkling chocolate cake ornaments? She will be getting a full interrogation soon.

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Look at these Gingerbread men! Ummm… she made them, too. They were shipping boxes in their former lives. They are much happier now.

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I love the colors. So cheerful and fun and the inspiration for the cupcakes I made last weekend.

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This was a sweet surprise. She also has a Lollidoll figurine like the one I have from the Lollipop Workshop.

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She even has some Jenny Holiday artwork. Okay, now I’m going to have to get one of these paintings, too. I’ve been trying to resist, but no longer.

Having fun yet?

Well, prepare yourself for this.

Julie has a miniature play cupcake bakery.

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It’s completely as cute as it looks. Get this… Julie and her husband made it. The stand, the awning, everything.

And Julie made all of the cupcakes on display, too. They are made of felt and they are beautiful.

Right about here, I started to feel like a real slacker. I mean seriously. I’ve got to learn how to sew or something.

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Sugar cookies and cakes… oh my.

By the way. Julie doesn’t do any of this for a living. Not a bit. Her day job is the complete opposite of her passion.

She does all of this for fun and because she really loves cupcakes and making people smile. She’s the sweetest.

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In front of the bakery is the cutest little table with wood block ice cream sundaes. I’m definitely shopping in the wrong places.

Okay, just a few more decorations. The sugar coma will be over soon, I promise.

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In her kitchen is a display of glass jars filled with the brightest candies.

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I think this made me smile the biggest… The jars and the candy stay on display all year long. That just makes me happy.

Here’s something else that makes me happy.

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See this toy soldier nutcracker guy?

Well, he’s really tall.

And he’s not alone… there’s two of them.

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They guard the outside of the house. And, ummmm… she and her hubby made them, too…from scratch.

They’re not quite done yet. The hats will be finished off … as cupcakes no less – and they’ll either be holding candy canes or lollipops. Love that!

I hope you enjoyed the tour. I just had to share. I love learning about people’s untapped talents and Julie has many of them.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go make a two-story toy soldier. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks or ten.

NOTE: A lot of you have asked if Julie has a blog. I’m sorry to say, no she doesn’t. And no etsy store either. I told ya … she really just does this kind of stuff because she loves it. But, maybe I can convince her to show us a few things in the future. I’ll work on her.

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Pamela Yonker said...

If you find out any details on making those cupcake soldier/nutcrackers, pleeeasse post. I am ambitious enough to give it a whirl!

December 23, 2009 10:21 PM
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Tammie Tornow said...

Please let us know more!!! I want her to adopt me!!! LOL Maybe she would share her patterns or let us know where to find it.

December 23, 2009 10:23 PM
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Corrie said...

Thank you for taking pictures and thank you to her for letting you! Stunning, coma-inducing sweet.

December 23, 2009 10:29 PM
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shelley smith said...

AB FAB!!!!! I would never leave that house. You were so lucky to see it in person.

Merry Christmas

December 23, 2009 10:38 PM
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RhodeyGirl said...

Holy Moly!

I am in shock right now. It looks straight out of a set. She (they) should really be in creative set design- seriously!

December 23, 2009 10:49 PM
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amber said...

that is the coolest thing I have seen ever!!!!! wowo!

December 23, 2009 10:59 PM
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Nikki said...

oh my. She should make her own candy/cupcake house that people can walk through, because I would totally go. She could charge me too! It would be worth it.
Also, I like her idea for her sweets and candy christmas tree. I think I may try to start collecting cute candy ornaments. I’m still young, so I have plenty of time!! :)
anyways. I love your pictures!!

December 23, 2009 11:00 PM
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amber said...

she needs a store. a blog. something. This is just TOO awesome!

December 23, 2009 11:02 PM
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olivia said...

this place puts candyland to shame! fantastic work.

December 23, 2009 11:07 PM
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Sally said...

I’m speechless. All I can say is Holy Moly!

December 23, 2009 11:18 PM
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jessica p.w. said...

oh. my. god! amazing! wow wow wow! that’s all i said when i saw this

December 23, 2009 11:19 PM
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Debby said...

Wow, it is so beautiful. I am in awe of all of it. I have never seen anything so sweet and pretty. Some people just have so much talent. It is better then a Candyland. OMG I think I have died and gone to Heaven!

December 23, 2009 11:25 PM
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Allison said...

WOW. Thanks for sharing – she is so talented. How fun!

December 23, 2009 11:32 PM
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Tiffany Defa said...

I am so impressed with her decorating and you Bakerella all year long. Your blog makes me happy!

December 23, 2009 11:37 PM
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EG said...

That it OUTRAGEOUS!

December 23, 2009 11:39 PM
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Kami said...

OMGoodness!! I just love this!

December 23, 2009 11:52 PM
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Kami said...

ps. Please say she has a blog with lots of tutorials.

December 23, 2009 11:53 PM
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nicke cutler said...

i think buddy the elf is secretly staying at her house!

December 23, 2009 11:54 PM
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Anna Smith said...

It’s as if Cupcake Julie tapped into my childhood dreams, that are still going strong, and made them a reality! I really want to cry. Now I must go recover from my diabetic coma.

December 24, 2009 12:01 AM
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Barbara said...

don’t cook or bake or decorate but I sure appreciate!!! The Cupcake Julie show — fantastically awesome! I’ll be seeing sugerplums tonight! Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2009 12:06 AM
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Jenilee Fleetwood said...

I have no words!

December 24, 2009 12:13 AM
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Leila Daniel said...

OMG!!!!…its freaking coolness!!! Its like walking in candy n cupcakes country…or muzium!! and the most amazing amazinggggggg thing is they did it themselves! OMG!!!…Julie, you should be on OPRAH!

December 24, 2009 12:32 AM
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LauraEmm said...

Wow, Cupcake Julie and her husband are incredibly talented.

December 24, 2009 12:41 AM
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Kyla said...

Wowser. I want to live there. Do you think she’d like to adopt a 30 year old daughter? LOL

December 24, 2009 12:43 AM
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Gayle said...

WOW!!! It’s amazing, I wish I had just part of her talent and creativity. Does she have a blog that you can share? Thanks for the eye candy. :)

December 24, 2009 12:47 AM
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Suzanne said...

Find out about the giant shiny lollipops too when you are interrogating her!!!!

The whole thing is just amazing. LOVE the nutcracker!

December 24, 2009 01:00 AM
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The Food Addicts said...

You have awesome friends – and I’m sure they think the same of you! What a wonderful party to be a part of! HOW SWEET IT IS!!!!

December 24, 2009 01:00 AM
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Rachael said...

Oh my heavens that is AMAzing!! Pass on the uber cutie kudos!!

December 24, 2009 01:07 AM
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LaceyLeigh said...

all there is to say is, wow… in a good way.

December 24, 2009 01:58 AM
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Kelli said...

Right before I fell into my sugar coma, I was so jealous I was speechless…totally adorable. That nice lady knows what she’s doing!

December 24, 2009 02:00 AM
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Lisa said...

……….sound only of jaw dropping in complete and utter awe…….

December 24, 2009 02:37 AM
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Jamie Baldwin said...

Wow. wow. wow.

I’m way too lazy. And broke. But mostly lazy.

December 24, 2009 03:19 AM
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Jan J. said...

This is fantabulous! Razzle dazzle wowie! Thanks for sharing this fabulous party – makes the imagination go wild. Now, how about dinner with Ree Drummond??? Did I miss some pics and a detailed post about this?!

December 24, 2009 03:22 AM
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Angel said...

All I have to say is : SWEET!!! This is beautiful and definitely crave worthy! WOW

December 24, 2009 03:48 AM
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erica said...

Ohmylanta!! I have died & gone to dessert/cuteness heaven. Cupcake Julie & I should totally become BFF!

December 24, 2009 03:52 AM
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Mel' said...

Wow, it’s amazing !

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Bakerella !

December 24, 2009 04:01 AM
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Natalie said...

Wow I have literally never seen anything like this, it feels like I’ve died and gone to sweet heaven!! Completely amazing!!

December 24, 2009 04:05 AM
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Paulette said...

I think someone should send this to Martha Stewart. A very talented lady. Stunning, stunning stunning.

December 24, 2009 04:18 AM
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azazella said...

WOW that;s so yummy and creative!!! O.O
i have no words for it! it’s like a candy heaven!
i wish i could make something like that!

December 24, 2009 05:27 AM
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Diana in Florida said...

OMG! I think I just about fainted when I saw the pics! My mouth literally dropped!! Are you sure your friend and her hubby are not elves..to make all this stuff and be this creative..is not humanly possible! I am in complete shock over her decorations – especially the miniature bakery – I have never seen such cuteness!!!
Made me smile!!! :)

December 24, 2009 06:07 AM
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Lisa Sturgill said...

OH WOW!!!!!! I have absolutely no words!!! It’s like being in a Forrest of sweet treats!!!!!

GORGEOUS!!!!!

December 24, 2009 06:26 AM
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lizzy said...

Sugar land… Julie and her husband make a great team, making their decorations together. I love them all…
Very talented.

December 24, 2009 06:37 AM
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dina said...

does she sell any of this on Etsy? If not she needs to. I think she would have an amazing following. Good gracious I see a very expensive xmas next year trying to recreate this. I need to dust off the old sewing machine.

December 24, 2009 07:23 AM
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LTR said...

AY, DIOS MIO! NEVER have I seen such gorgeousness! Martha really needs to do a spread on her or a tv segment on her – she is wow, wow, WOW!!!
She must have planned for this all year long – such detail – totally incredible!
Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas, Bakerella!

December 24, 2009 07:40 AM
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Camilla said...

This is simply amazing, beautiful and fantastically talented – thanks so much for sharing, i am going to take so much inspiration from this!!
And have a very Mery Christmas. :)

December 24, 2009 07:45 AM
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Meghan said...

That is just amazing!

December 24, 2009 08:00 AM
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sherry said...

Geesh! She could sell tickets, I would buy! I would love to see this and also take my grandkiddies on a tour of her Holiday fantasy.
Merry Christmas and thanks for posting this for all of us to see!
Indiana Sherry

December 24, 2009 08:11 AM
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Liz said...

Now that’s passion for her craft. I think she created the land of sugarplum fairies. And it’s just a hobby! WOW.

December 24, 2009 08:13 AM
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Lauren said...

She’s…not human.

She’s…she’s…she’s…THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRY!

Oh, my lands!

December 24, 2009 08:23 AM
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Cupcake Julie said...

I love that you call me Cupcake Julie & that I had no idea until now! Even more, I love you Bakerella! Your friendship has been the greatest gift and we haven’t even untied the ribbon yet! The years of fun ahead of us, together, make me giddy with excitement. I am humbled by your extraordinary post. Thank you for thinking what my husband fondly calls “Julie World,” could even fit into yours. Your photos are beautiful and the story delicious! You have made my life sweeter, for a couple of years now! I treasure your kindness and ALL of YOUR talent. Thank you. Sweet Wishes to you and your lovely readers. Here’s to 2010, cheers!

December 24, 2009 08:23 AM
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Kim said...

WOW and Double WOW! I want to live there. What a fun talent and hobby. She should start a blog on how she makes some of her things. (hint hint) felt cupcakes and goodies. Can’t wait to show this to the kids when they wake up! Thank You!!

December 24, 2009 08:33 AM
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Amy said...

Oh, thanks so much for sharing her yummy holiday decorations. What an amazing lady! Her hubby is talented too. It’s awesome that he joins in and supports her passion. I love your site. :)

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2009 08:35 AM
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jennifer said...

This is so amazing; I feel like an underachiever now!

December 24, 2009 08:38 AM
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jennifer said...

so cute!!! i always wonder how people that are that creative put away time to work on this. does she work a little along all year, as her hobby? does she plan to do something…like make sewn cupcakes and work on them say like other people knit or read? i am asking because i have this picture in my head of something i would like to do at christmas but by the time i do regular decorating and gifting and baking, there is seldom time for something new. would love toknow some of her (and your) secrets. it might help those of us with ideas in our heads that never make it to real life.

December 24, 2009 08:39 AM
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Melisa said...

All I can say is WOW!!!!

December 24, 2009 08:39 AM
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Cecille said...

O.M.G!!!! (I don’t usually say that, but this post definitely is worthy of it) . That is ultimate CANDYLAND if I’ve ever seen it!
Such stunning, amazing, awesomeness! Thanks for sharing!

December 24, 2009 08:40 AM
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Mary said...

Cupcake Julie is my dughter-in-law and she and my son are unbelievable. They made the Cupcake stand for my grand daughter several years ago and she still plays with it. Julie is fabulously talented as you can see. Thank you for the pictures!! Merry Christmas.

December 24, 2009 08:41 AM
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Dee said...

Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing!

December 24, 2009 08:43 AM
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Kim B said...

WoW!! That is all so amazing! Oh, to be so creative, so talented! I thought all of those tiny cupcakes in her bakery were real until you said she’d made them of felt!

A stunning Christmas display! How can someone not be in the spirit after looking at all those gorgeous photos!

A very Merry Christmas to you, Bakerella!!

December 24, 2009 08:46 AM
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Janneke @ Orangenmond said...

This is so sweet! My teeth hurt alone from looking at the pictures :)
I wish you a merry christmas!

December 24, 2009 08:53 AM
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Maria said...

Oh my goodness!! She and her husband are both very talented!!

December 24, 2009 08:54 AM
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Susan! said...

Going into a diabetic coma!

December 24, 2009 09:02 AM
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Leighann said...

Oh my glory! That tiny bakery and the sewn sugar cookies are to die for. A little (big) girl’s dream. I feel like a slacker too. I managed to get a tree up and decorated, but that is obviously NOT enough! And the toy soldiers. How can one top that?

December 24, 2009 09:19 AM
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Alice said...

Holy Cow! I could only sit with my mouth hanging open in awe of her creations! How does anyone find the time to do all this? Thanks so much for sharing these delights with us.

December 24, 2009 09:23 AM
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cindy said...

wow! i am in awe of her talents!! thank you for posting such amazing pictures of this candy wonderland!

December 24, 2009 09:30 AM
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Julie Boyer said...

Holy Sugary Cupcake Sweetness!!!! I want to be like Julie-she is my namesake after all;) My family thinks I’m over the top with sugary decorations. I don’t even have a drop in the bucket compared to Julie. I am aspiring to be just like her!
Such sweet talent. Please share her blog or flickr.
Happy Holidays (~~)

December 24, 2009 09:39 AM
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Kkicks said...

AWESOME!! Thanks for sharing made my day!

December 24, 2009 09:42 AM
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sara said...

OMG! how amazing, thanks for sharing! i’m officially craving nothing but sweets now :)

December 24, 2009 09:48 AM
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Nicole said...

Wow. Everything is absolutely stunning, but those nutcrackers. They’re the most amazing thing I’ve seen. Ever.

December 24, 2009 09:52 AM
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emma said...

i didn’t read through 168 comments, but i’ve seen those ornaments (or similar ones) at sur la table before.

December 24, 2009 09:54 AM
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Laura Lizbinski said...

Thank you for sharing. I am so envious right now! Please share the sources for all of the goodies if you find out, I would love to get some of the ones for myself. Merry Christmas!! Hope your holidays are SWEET!!!!! Laura

December 24, 2009 10:00 AM
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kat said...

um. wow. i am in awe. *standing ovation*

December 24, 2009 10:01 AM
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Lorna said...

LOVE this!! I get so inspired with every one of your posts!

I used to have the candy theme when my kids were younger, and thought they were getting too old for it. I think I’m going to pull all my candy decorations out for next year (and have fun shopping for some new ones)!!! I have a new theme!!! I’ve been re-inspired, always by you, and now your by Cupcake Julie! MERRY CHRISTMAS and have a happy and creative New Year! Lorna

December 24, 2009 10:02 AM
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Samantha G. Leeland said...

You know, maybe you should let Julie know that there’s definitely a market for a lot of those things she put together. A lot of people on etsy go ga-ga over that kind of stuff, and she could make some nice money on the side of her job if she just made some of the stuff for fun. She doesn’t necessarily have to make things to the customer request or anything.

December 24, 2009 10:08 AM
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Megan said...

Wow. Simply wow.

December 24, 2009 10:11 AM
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Lillian Child said...

Happy Holidays to you and yours. And thanks for sharing all your talents with us throughout the year.

December 24, 2009 10:15 AM
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Patty said...

LOVE it!!! Beautiful. Makes you feel like a kid again

December 24, 2009 10:17 AM
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Mountain Mom (Rachel) said...

OMG. This needs to be national. You need an agent. Make this a shop and let me buy a ticket!!!

December 24, 2009 10:20 AM
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Sweet Potato Pi said...

Her house…you would even say it glows! Thanks for the treat! She is one talented cookie!

December 24, 2009 10:21 AM
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Iris said...

OMG…. this is the coolest!

December 24, 2009 10:25 AM
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Malissa Sanders said...

I mean – this is overkill! but I LOVE IT! She should start giving tours….Merry Christmas and keep the eye candy coming!

December 24, 2009 10:30 AM
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Lori-Anne said...

Oh definately bakerella…make her share share and share..i’ve just been inspired to create! I consider myself an artsy person, but never ever ever have i tried to do anything like that. But now i feel obligated to. If theres talent I believe people should use it and I believe when its for your pleasure it comes out better than having a deadline or whatever to create. Its amazing. Your friend is absolutely wonderful and so are you.

December 24, 2009 10:46 AM
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Denise said...

Those decorations made me happy.

December 24, 2009 10:50 AM
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terri said...

thanks, you just made my holiday! now if only i could figure out where the guarding nutcrackers live throughout the year…i would offer my house, but don’t think they would fit! a girl can only wish… this makes me want to get busy for next year! merry christmas and happy holidays!

December 24, 2009 10:53 AM
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Ashley said...

WOW!!!! That’s Amazing!!!!!!!!!!

December 24, 2009 10:53 AM
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Candace said...

Wow!!!! Truly amazing!
Have a Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2009 10:53 AM
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Farra Cassidy said...

OMG! Those are the MOST amazing things I have ever seen!! I love the whole sweet fantasy theme!! PLEASE convince her to share her crafty ideas with us!!! If I get started now, maybe I could have those soldiers done by next year!! Haha! Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2009 10:55 AM
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Tracy said...

No….I’m sorry, Bakerella. You were dreaming, yeah, that’s right…you were DREAMING….aaaaand you took pictures of your dreams ???? Nah…seriously??! THAT was definitely Cupcake Candy Confection Heaven. I’m sure of that Ü
When can I go?

December 24, 2009 10:55 AM
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Harmony said...

Oh my goodness!!! This whole thing just made me smile! Your friend is so super talented! She really should start a business. People like us would so buy that stuff! haha So cute!!!

December 24, 2009 11:25 AM
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Sarah@Neoteric.Traditional said...

Wow! IMHO she puts the Martha Stewart candy decorated dining room at the President’s Guest House to shame! I bet the outside of her house is decorated as fabulously as the inside.

December 24, 2009 11:28 AM
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mamajulie22 said...

WOW! she takes talent and details to a whole other level! that’s incredible!! Wonderful!! Inspiring!!

Merry Christmas from a ‘Bakerella Baby’ in Canada!

December 24, 2009 11:40 AM
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Cheryl said...

Stop it! Stop it! I can’t take all the OMG cuteness!! She’s like the Sugar Plum Fairy. What a wonderland! Wow, does she have a talent! Please make her start a blog, we simply must see more of this incredible lady and her creations.
Merry Christmas Bakerella and readers!

December 24, 2009 11:41 AM
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Astro said...

This is the most amazing holiday display I have ever seen! I’m not a huge fan of Christmas but I do love decorations….and sweets. I really wish that I could see her handywork up close because everything looks so beautiful.

December 24, 2009 11:42 AM
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Karen C. said...

uh, she should quit her day job and start making and selling this stuff. AMAZING! WOWSA!

December 24, 2009 11:44 AM
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trish said...

This is fantastic! I am impressed with every detail — down to the sugar cookies she made!!

December 24, 2009 12:10 PM
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beth aka confusedhomemaker said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! I am seriously in awe & totally realizing how awesome parties can be. Wow! I love the decorations & the goodies that are out.

Hmm…inspiration abounds looking at these pictures :)

December 24, 2009 12:14 PM
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Jodi said...

THIS IS AMAZING!! I think even MArtha would be jealous :D

December 24, 2009 12:24 PM
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Araya said...

OH MY GOSH. That is AMAZING. Are you sure that’s her house and not a museum??

December 24, 2009 12:30 PM
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Valerie said...

Wow. That is beyond impressive. Think she’d adopt me?

December 24, 2009 12:36 PM
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Elaine said...

Oh my gosh!! This is some spectacular decor!!

December 24, 2009 12:49 PM
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