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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Mo said...

OMG please do an update……maybe you can get her to tell you how she made the nutcrackers…not that I will ever make them…SO CREATIVE…..im in LOVE!!!!!!

October 7, 2011 01:17 AM
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Carmeldel said...

Holly Molly. Wow!

November 5, 2011 10:21 PM
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cake person said...

those pictures are wonderful and the first thing i thought of was my alltime fave game … candyland

November 19, 2011 10:57 PM
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Dianne said...

Oh, my goodness! What a talent your friend, Julie has. I want to be invited to her next Christmas party!! God bless you both and Merry Christmas!!

November 28, 2011 11:13 PM
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Donna Jones said...

WOW!

December 8, 2011 10:50 AM
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Candylei said...

Wowzers! Just incredible! The soldiers are amazing. I am in awe!

December 9, 2011 09:49 AM
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Erin said...

I pinned this. These decorations are simply, amazing!!

December 13, 2011 04:03 PM
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Lina said...

Soooo cool!

December 16, 2011 12:24 PM
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JoLynn Sommerville said...

Your friend Julie Seman was just in the December 2011 mag . of Romantic Homes. Her home is out of this world. Just awe some.

December 29, 2011 05:50 PM
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Mama Bear said...

Hey for those who wanted to know how to make the lollipops….I think I figured it out. a styrafoam circle, with shaved edges. Then buy chrome vinyl from tip top signs (the only place I have found so far) Then either have a machine like cricut or silhouette cut the vinyl, and apply to styrafoam that has been sealed. (so it sticks better) Then seal once more with something like mod podge. I can’t wait to make mine. ;0)

January 18, 2012 01:52 PM
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amanda said...

Where did you find all those candy jars??

January 18, 2012 06:17 PM
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cupcakes said...

Wow!! I also LOVE cupcakes, i have a homing in device whenever I see anything cupcakey. I LOOOOVVVEE the cupcake bakery it is sooo sweet!! I have made a few felt cupcakes before, but this is just BRILLIANT! I love it soooooo much! XD

January 20, 2012 01:56 PM
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maureen said...

Do you know where I can get those Lollipop balloons? They are too cute and my daughter is having a lollipop theme b-day party!
Thanks
Mo

January 20, 2012 04:36 PM
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grace said...

Oh my! This made me cry1 :)

March 15, 2012 06:45 PM
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Visitor said...

Sob, sob, sob!!!

TAKE ME TO HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 20, 2012 09:33 PM
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Jenny said...

Dom itp also has a great selection of Christmas ornaments available online at http://domitp.com/seasonal/christmas-ornaments-1/

August 14, 2012 04:37 PM
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Judy said...

I’m in awe of such talent and creativity! She DEFINITELY needs a Blog!!!! I’d be there all
the time if she did, but for now we’ll just all
have to live vicariously through your lovely
Blog and the gorgeousness that you share
with each of us … thank you! <3<3<3 WOW!

October 5, 2012 12:33 PM
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Mannie Tam said...

These are awesome. I’m so envious of crafty people.

December 31, 2012 08:18 PM
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Jessica Wilcox-Modern Moments Designs said...

Can we have a DIY from Julie and her hubby for the Buttercup Sweet Shoppe stand? I’d love to make one for my daughter’s birthday, but include real food and treats!

March 12, 2013 02:04 AM
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Toni said...

Wow – amazing and I just read the humpty dumpty baby shower that she did as well – I want her to throw me a party!! LOL The attention to detail and the creativeness is out of this world …uber talented!! hats off to her

April 1, 2013 07:58 AM
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K said...

To anyone who didn’t like this (notice how there was only one person), I feel sorry for you. Her designs are magical. Negative comments for her obvious amazing talents don’t
belong here.

July 5, 2013 02:15 PM
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Natalia Vazquez said...

Me encanta esta decoracion de navidad en dulces como o donde la podria conseguir

September 12, 2013 12:32 AM
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Audrey said...

That’s super cute

November 18, 2013 03:37 PM
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Rilyn said...

Will you make one and sell it?

February 9, 2014 10:28 AM
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Lydia said...

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

March 28, 2014 03:53 PM
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Shirley Comer said...

Sweet-Tooth Sparkling!! ALL are Beautiful..thanks for sharing her site on your site.enjoying :)

December 18, 2014 08:41 PM
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Shirley Comer said...

Sparkling Sweet Tooth..Beautiful

December 18, 2014 08:43 PM
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