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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Lillie-Beth said...

Amazing! Great photos, too! Merry Christmas, Bakerella! I still follow your blog and I’m glad I got to meet you earlier this year.

December 24, 2009 01:01 PM
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Jennifer said...

Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Julie needs to start a blog and teach us how to make some of this stuff. Maybe she’ll just adopt me so I can live in Candyland too. ;) Merry Christmas

December 24, 2009 01:06 PM
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Seanna Lea said...

That is so amazing! I don’t think I could decorate like that (I am pretty minimalist about the decorating thing, but compared to that I don’t even decorate at all), but I have friends who would feel completely at home in that wonderland!

December 24, 2009 01:11 PM
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Swee said...

AMAZING !!! THis has got to be the best christmas dessert spread I’ve ever seen !! I am so jealous! Well anyway Merry Christmas and have a happy holiday :)

December 24, 2009 01:25 PM
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Ana said...

now that you have opened the flood gates..I my first thought was to invite children who are ill or in need for a party..I even thought I would love to go to this house I would love nothing more more than to see the wonderment of a child eyes
that is awesome

December 24, 2009 01:43 PM
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SHARON-NZ said...

that is totally amazing what a talented couple – the colour the colour it makes me smile and laugh…..please pass on the comments to your friend she is truly amazing and thanks for sharing with us

December 24, 2009 01:53 PM
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Susan said...

Magical!! She is so incredibly talented. I love that her husband encourages and assists in making a fantasy come true. It leaves you breathless and grinning from ear-to-ear. Thank you for sharing.

December 24, 2009 02:18 PM
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Reagan said...

I knew Candyland was real! That is amazing, she should have her own blog, what talent. I wish I had a house like that as a little girl…or a big girl!

December 24, 2009 02:18 PM
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Liz said...

Wow. It looks like the set to s candy shop in a christmas movie. Way cute and over the top, but in a really good way. Goodness, doesn’t she want to make money doing what she loves?

December 24, 2009 02:24 PM
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Stacy - InkSpot Workshop said...

Wowie! That looks like so much fun, not to mention work. Thanks for sharing! I’d like to live at that house. Your friend deserves a set of these http://www.inkspotworkshop.com/item.php?item_id=43&category_id=44 compliments of moi. Please let me know how I can get them to her.

Merry Christmas!!

December 24, 2009 02:26 PM
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mimi said...

merry christmas~

December 24, 2009 02:42 PM
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Barbara Louise said...

WOW
And here I thought putting up a tree was a lot of work…

December 24, 2009 02:53 PM
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Angelica Bays said...

Well, Of COURSE she doesn’t have a blog! WHo would have time to blog if she does all this???
Thank you so much for sharing and please please tell her thank you from all of us, too!
Merry Merry!!

December 24, 2009 02:55 PM
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Sabrina said...

WOW!!!!/// I LOVED EVERY SINGLE DETAIL!!!/… WHY DOESNT SHE MADE MORE AND SELL THEM!! I WOULD DEFINETLY BUY HER SOME STUFF!…

December 24, 2009 03:09 PM
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Marchelle said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE her decorations & treats! I thought decking my bar in a candy theme was pretty cool but WOW!! It’s really awesome!!

December 24, 2009 03:37 PM
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cote said...

WOW :O

December 24, 2009 03:47 PM
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Maura Chandler said...

Cupcake Julie definitely needs to quit her day job!!! WOW!

December 24, 2009 03:56 PM
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Megan said...

OMG. This is the most gorgeous, most awesome thing I’ve ever seen! I want it all. Please, please find out where she got those ornaments from and let us know!

December 24, 2009 04:03 PM
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Chrish said...

WOW!!! I don’t know what else to say, but WOW!!!

December 24, 2009 04:56 PM
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dessertschick said...

Proof that if you have a dream, you can make it happen… Hey Cupcake Julie, I think it would be really fantastic (and completely within reason) to offer tours of your Candyland (or Julieland) for a modest price. You know, for everyone else to be amazed in person. And if you don’t feel like you want to charge people, then maybe pick a charity or two and donate proceeds. Just an idea. :-)

And for those of us who are a little over-wowed, any of you ever heard of Smirk & Dagger’s Candyman games? (http://www.smirkanddagger.com/candyman.htm, and http://www.smirkanddagger.com/shootinladders.htm.) Add your own gingerbread men, and you have edible carnage. Fun and yummy! Um, for those of us with a bit of a darker streak anyway.

December 24, 2009 05:06 PM
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Cassidy said...

this woman is GOD

December 24, 2009 05:17 PM
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Julie said...

Wow. This is amazing. It’s like Candyland! Love it!!!

December 24, 2009 05:22 PM
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Caroline said...

I’m blessed to know Julie – she’s a beautiful, creative person – inside and out.

December 24, 2009 06:43 PM
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Leslie said...

Amazing, amazing, amazing! That is one talented chick!
Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2009 06:53 PM
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Kathryn Stanton said...

Wow, that’s amazing!
I hope you will be able to share more of Julie’s amazing crafts with your readers Bakerella :)

December 24, 2009 06:53 PM
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Jen said...

WOW! Remarkable! Incredible! DELIGHTFUL!
Thank you so much for sharing. Julie and her hubby did an amazing job creating all of their decorations.

Oh, and if you find out where she gets those fun ornaments please share. My sis is married to a pastry chef and I love to find her fun things like this for their Christmas tree. :)

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2009 07:16 PM
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Sunghee said...

Oh my!!! Thanks for sharing!!! I feel so ashamed. My house is not at all Christmassy compare to Julie. I’m so inspired, too. I shall look at this post everyday and get ready for next year. THANK YOU! Merry Christmas!!!

December 24, 2009 07:33 PM
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Cakes are Fun said...

I am in love. My dd saw this and said “Mom , we do NOT need another tree (we have 7 this year), don’t even think about it…” TOO LATE!

December 24, 2009 08:03 PM
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Lois Moore said...

The photography was magical, but anyone who has been to Tony’s and Julie’s home will agree that it is more beautiful and welcoming than the photos can show. Want to know the best part? Julie’s personality is as engaging as you’ll ever find. She is a delight to be around and beautiful too! Really she is the finest hostess I’ve ever seen. Her real world is better than everyone else’s fantasy world. She doesn’t tell anyone , but she is also a very talented interior designer.

December 24, 2009 09:16 PM
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renee said...

try bronners.com for interesting ornaments

December 24, 2009 09:41 PM
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Jane Heaney said...

I’m blown away! I dream of holding a party like that, or being invited to one! Absolutely amazing! Give us more details on where she gets her amazing decoration! I’m also waiting for her to open an Etsy shop!

December 24, 2009 10:32 PM
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Marcia said...

a.m.a.z.i.n.g!!!

December 25, 2009 01:43 AM
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Jerilyn said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I am so lazy. So very lazy in comparison. Whoa.

December 25, 2009 02:59 AM
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Jana said...

this is S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wonderful and sooooo talented she is!!! i want to visit her!!!
merry christmas and all the best!

December 25, 2009 03:41 AM
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Stacey said...

Oh. My. Goodness. A-maz-ing!! Thanks for sharing this beautiful home display with us. It is truly incredible.

December 25, 2009 04:00 AM
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nilla said...

amazing….my daughter wants me to have a candy birthday party for her and wants it to be decorated just like this…she’s already started the planning.her birthday is in September…this is beautiful thanks for sharing. oh i just love your site

December 25, 2009 06:43 AM
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Coniqua said...

I LOVE the giant balloon lollipops. Wow what a creative and crafty couple. The mini felt desserts are absolutely adorable.

December 25, 2009 07:26 AM
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jmsjodi said...

WOW! If your friend and her husband ever decide to make their passion their career, I’m sure they would enjoy ‘sweet’ success. Everything they made was just beautiful!

December 25, 2009 07:40 AM
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Lek said...

I want to live in that house, all year long. That is simply beautiful and stunning work. My goodness… This has definitely made my day bright. Thank you for sharing!

December 25, 2009 08:15 AM
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PS: said...

wow.. amazing.. she really made alot of her affort and time on decorating this amazing candy hse.. Tat will be great if i m one of her inviting friends.. =P

December 25, 2009 08:48 AM
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Linda said...

WOW- what a display! I can’t imagine how long it take to set all this us AND put it all away at the end of the season. Simply Stunning! Thanks for sharing!

December 25, 2009 09:40 AM
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Daisy said...

OMG~ This is so beautiful…I just love it!

December 25, 2009 01:19 PM
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nancyj said...

wow…I don’t know what to say…unbelieveable and so dreamy.

December 25, 2009 01:35 PM
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Stephanie Jordan said...

That house is truly insane! I mean i-n-s-a-n-e! Wow. What a nut job. Her husband is a saint. But the couple that decorates together… well you know. Merry Christmas.

December 25, 2009 02:14 PM
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KimD said...

That is the most amazing thing I think I have ever seen. What talent and the amount of time:) WOW!!!! I wish she had a blog filled with how too’s so we could all have a candy land Christmas. Thanks for sharing your experience!

December 25, 2009 02:51 PM
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Susan:) said...

Wow, that is the kind of display I would expect to see featured in Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion magazine! So amazing that they made all of that! I am inspired!

December 25, 2009 02:59 PM
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Magdalena Vargas said...

WOW……..I mean really WOW !!!!!!!!!!

December 25, 2009 03:32 PM
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Jenelle McBride said...

HOLY CUPCAKE! o.k. you seriously and kindly, gently, ask her to give us all her neato ideas on how to make a winter frosty land of wonderment at our house too. I mean REALLY how in does one make a nutcracker? what did they use, where do they get their ideas! How cute and fun is that cupcake stand..AMAZING! I hope you interrogated her well. Picked her brain so you can tell all of us slackers hows it’s done! Thanks for sharing I have so many ideas for next year!!! I hope your Christmas was wonderful

December 25, 2009 03:44 PM
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Kimberly. Reisinger said...

A-MAZ-ING!

December 25, 2009 04:05 PM
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Jennifer said...

Wow the pictures made me cry … it looks so beautiful…absolutely stunning.

December 25, 2009 04:12 PM
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Kristen said...

Does Mr. Cupcake have a single brother with the same talents? ;)

December 25, 2009 04:58 PM
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Pink Poppy said...

Amazing beyond belief. What an unexpected treat that was! Thank you soooooo much for sharing that yummy tour with us. Just umbeliveably SWEET!!!!! and…………….. what a super sweet hubby she has for making the mini cupcake shoppe & cupcake soldiers for/with her……pure.sweetness! that was a holiday treat for the eyes!

December 25, 2009 06:32 PM
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Yuki said...

Your friend Julie is SO TALENTED! I also want to learn how to sew felt pastries and make little cupcakes and…

BTW, I’m going to try and make cupcake bites/pops today with my mom :) I hope it turns out as good looking as yours and Julie’s :D

And merry Christmas Bakerella (and Julie :3)!

December 25, 2009 06:37 PM
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Allie said...

I would KILL for a mini cupcake bakery!!!! She needs to go into business. There are too many of us knick-nack lovers that NEED ONE OF THOSE!

December 25, 2009 07:35 PM
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Carleen said...

Wow, she’s definitely got talent. And you say she does some mundane job instead of this, her passion? SAD. I’d be quitting my day job if I could churn out stuff like this. (Even if I do think it’s a bit overkill for my liking!)

December 25, 2009 08:18 PM
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Jessa said...

HOLY MOLEY. She is amazing, I want her house. You are amazing too though, don’t get me wrong :D.

December 25, 2009 09:30 PM
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Ariel said...

WOW!!!!! That is amazing! I love it!

December 25, 2009 10:10 PM
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cuppythecake said...

Wow!!! That looks like a delicious piece of heaven on earth.

December 25, 2009 11:19 PM
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Emilia said...

I love it, this is amazing!!! WOW!!!

December 25, 2009 11:29 PM
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Angela said...

Me again. I showed my husband the pics of Cupcake Julie’s holiday decor and BEGGED for him to make the 2-storey nutcrackers. He looked at me like I had lost my mind. So, I guess it’s up to me.

Do you think Julie might share how she made the nutcrackers?

December 26, 2009 12:28 AM
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Sherri@lavenderfields said...

Wow! I don’t think I have ever seen anything so visually stunning in my life! Julie is amazing! I am in absolute awe right now! By the way you have an amazing sight yourself and I do enjoy stopping by to visit regularly! Great work! Thanks to Claudie from Bubblin Over for telling me about your sight! sherri : )

December 26, 2009 12:54 AM
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yani said...

While they’re not exactly the same, Hallmark usually do some cooking/baking ornaments in their Keepsake range.

I do love those toy soldier/nutcrackers though… I have a major passion for them. And while I don’t normally like those white Christmas trees, I do love the way this one seems to glow from the inside out.

December 26, 2009 01:08 AM
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Tara said...

Oh My…I don’t even have words…simply amazing.

Cupcake Julie needs to follow her passion…this is beyond words!

December 26, 2009 02:03 AM
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MichelleMyBelle said...

OMG!! Truly amazing. She needs to get a job as the person who does store display windows. Thank you for sharing, love you designs Julie!! I’m sure she would make a ton of money doing this for a living.

December 26, 2009 06:07 AM
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Lisa said...

Absolutely amazing! How could you not just smile seeing all those fabulous decorations!

December 26, 2009 06:59 AM
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Damita said...

Wow just wow!!! How amazing!

December 26, 2009 08:35 AM
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Belinda said...

What a fun tour! Thank you for sharing and thank Julie for letting you share her talents with us! Makes me want to run out and get started on next year! I feel like a real slacker! :)It was a true visual delight!

December 26, 2009 09:37 AM
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Nathalie said...

The tree is just umbelivable .. This is a fairy house !

December 26, 2009 10:37 AM
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Sues said...

Oh my God!!! How amazing is all that?!?! I definitely want her tree!!! And everything else! She could totally do this for a living if she wanted. She is amazing!

December 26, 2009 11:43 AM
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Liz said...

I am just…..wow. You are SO lucky to have such a talented friend!! :D It’s all PERFECT!! Wow. They should give tours to adults….make them feel like kids again.. :) She should seriously open a shop…work her girl!! She would sell out like crazy!!!

December 26, 2009 12:16 PM
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iris ashley said...

um julie needs to open and etsy and sell those felt cupcakes! i too am obsessed with cupcakes (it’s the thing i bake the most out of everything) and I would buy EVERYTHING she had in stock…EVERYTHING! LOL

December 26, 2009 12:33 PM
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Lindsay said...

Crap….Julie just made my day!

December 26, 2009 01:03 PM
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April said...

My jaw is still hanging open. WOW…amazing!!!

December 26, 2009 01:58 PM
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Adina said...

Whoa, sugar rush!

I really like the bright lollipops!

December 26, 2009 02:16 PM
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rae said...

Dear Lucky Lady,
I adore parties, especially themed ones. I would have totally loved to see this party. I’m sure the pictures aren’t half as amazing as the real thing. My friends tease me about being an over-achiever but from now on I’ll show them this and they will realize what a total fake I am.
Love,
A slacker in NE

December 26, 2009 02:54 PM
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Kristen said...

I am speechless. Does this woman sleep?

December 26, 2009 03:16 PM
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Mary Poppins in Heels said...

With each photograph, I said, “Oh, definitely, THIS is my favorite,” all the way down the line. Incredible!!! Can Julie be my friend, too? I love her whimsy!

December 26, 2009 03:25 PM
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jackie from Texas said...

wow *smiles* wow!

December 26, 2009 03:49 PM
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Anonymous said...

The Bakeshop display almost made me cry! Thank you for showing me this incredible display-I feel so inspired because of it. Julie has incredible passion and she is very lucky to have such a great husband to share her passion with. Department 56 has a line called Glitterville – http://www.glitterville.com/Glitterville_Home.html
Check it out, they have the cutest stuff!

December 26, 2009 05:10 PM
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Maureen said...

The Bakeshop display almost made me cry! Thank you for showing me this incredible display-I feel so inspired because of it. Julie has incredible passion and she is very lucky to have such a great husband to share her passion with. Department 56 has a line called Glitterville – http://www.glitterville.com/Glitterville_Home.html
Check it out, they have the cutest stuff!

December 26, 2009 05:12 PM
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Alex said...

Cupcake Julie should really think about a career switch. I could never create anything like that in a million years. God given talent, that’s what she has!!!

December 26, 2009 05:14 PM
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Elena said...

Please work on Julie to share her secrets! I’ve been looking for a good felt cupcake sewing pattern and just can’t find good instructions. I’d also love to know her source for the ornaments. Totally sweet!

December 26, 2009 05:27 PM
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Amelia said...

most amazing thing EVER! I just turned into a 5 year old again when I saw that cupcake display. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

December 26, 2009 06:26 PM
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Gabrielle Valentine said...

Who can do that? And have a life? WOW! It’s amazing! She’s superwoman, for sure.

December 26, 2009 06:35 PM
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Emily said...

Wow that is AMAZING!!! she is really talented

December 26, 2009 06:43 PM
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Hanah said...

Oh my gosh! I think that lady is my new hero! All of her decorations are beautiful. Awesome stuff.

December 26, 2009 07:11 PM
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Sheena said...

OMG…

SO wait, what does she do for a living cuz WOW, just WOW!

December 26, 2009 09:05 PM
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Claudie said...

I just can’t get over this post. I have been here many many times, but never left a comment thinking…she’s way tooooo busy. I had to come by, and hopefully you will approve, to let you know that I have BAKERELLA as my “Featured Site of the Week”. I just had to let folks (that don’t know you yet), come and see how talented and wonderful you are.
You know… I don’t even know your name, that’s bad : (
If you would like me to remove you I will, but I’m hoping you like what you see. It stays up for a week.
Thank you soooooo much for all the great posts and yummy cupcakes.
You were great on Martha BTW.
Love Claudie
oxox
P.S. I’m from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, not even sure where you are.

December 26, 2009 09:07 PM
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Darlene said...

She could blog all year long just giving tutorials of her AMAZING creations. I can not believe that she does not make a living doing this! I would love to hear more…

December 26, 2009 09:57 PM
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Shanna Cremers said...

Oh my goodness this is amazing! Totally makes me feel like a slacker when it comes to decorating!

December 26, 2009 11:29 PM
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Anonymous said...

Wow, I would say she has a lot of free time and A LOT of money!

December 26, 2009 11:46 PM
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the southern hostess said...

Incredible! I’ve never seen anything like it. I want to go to there.

December 27, 2009 01:06 AM
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IowaCowgirl said...

There are no words…..everyone has said them!

Simply stunning. Thank you so much for letting us in on this.

December 27, 2009 10:22 AM
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Cerise said...

Okay, that has to be the most AMAZING thing I’ve ever seen. We lovingly cal my sister the Candy Queen and I think it’s quite possible that she might actually die if she saw all of this in one place. I LOVE THE PLAY CUPCAKE BAKERY. So cute!!

December 27, 2009 10:59 AM
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Donna said...

I’m just speechless! That is so amazing! I just have one question…Where does one store these amazing decorations such as the 30 ft. soldiers?

December 27, 2009 12:17 PM
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Erica said...

I am in love with this post… you have to tell Julie she really needs to get in the business, I would love to walk through her house! Thanks for sharing this with us readers, and I love your website also by the way!

December 27, 2009 01:33 PM
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lcwhitty said...

gorgeous…amazing…beautiful…I’m speechless.

December 27, 2009 01:48 PM
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Michelle Whitlow said...

oh.my.gosh. I’m totally speechless. Speechless. Just gorgeous!!!

December 27, 2009 02:24 PM
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Suzy said...

MAN! That’s awesome! If we ever have kids, I’m gonna figure out how to make that cupcake stand thing. Or maybe I should do that now when I don’t have kids…

Anywho.

AMAZING!

December 27, 2009 02:38 PM
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Janna Peterson said...

WOW…that’s all I got. WOW! WOW! WOW! beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!! I am speechless….

December 27, 2009 03:57 PM
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