These are beautiful custom cookies. And you don't have to have almost any frosting skills in order to make them! Yay! It's easy when you have a ScanNCut. Check out the video for the instructions: I tested this process by making cookies with my logo and discovered that screenprinting directly onto iced cookies didn't work for me: I was ready to scrap the process until I decided to roll out some fondant and see if it was the surface I was printing on rather than my technique. And it was! I used both store bought (pink) fondant and homemade marshmallow... Read more →

You know, I titled this post "Cupcakes for Halloween" but really it should be called "An Excuse to Try Russian Piping Tips." When I was doing some research about cookie decorating, I ran into lots of super cool information about Russian Piping Tips. What are Russian Piping Tips? I'm so glad you asked! A regular piping tip has a single hole at the end. Russian Piping Tips are kind of like Play Doh Extruders, but way fancier. In essentials, with a single squeeze and flick you can create a frosting flower. Watch the video: Well, I just *had* to try... Read more →

I looooove watching cookie and cake decorating videos, but over the years I've only made fancy cookies twice: Christmas Cookies & Fall Leaf Cookies. I decided that all that video watching had to come to fruition and so I made Halloween Cookies: I bought an inexpensive set of Halloween cookie cutters and decided to cut a few of several different shapes -- in hindsight this made things super complicated. But, at the time, I thought variety was a great idea! While my cookies were baking (I used this Martha Stewart recipe), I decided to plot out my icing plan. That's... Read more →

I would love to be a really fabulous baker. But, I'm not. Maybe one day. Until then, I am a really fabulous crafter. And those crafty skills allow me to make store bought cupcakes look good! These cupcake wrappers are easy to make and look fantastic. Watch the video for the how-to: You can download the free cupcake wrapper cut file here. And don't let those cut outs go to waste! Use them to decorate the tops of your cupcakes! I hope you'll give this project a try! Thanks for stopping by! --- P.S. I am a paid spokesperson for... Read more →

I know that Easter has come and gone, but I wanted to share the eggs I made this year! I've shared before that I looooove pysanky eggs. I think they're beyond gorgeous. What is pysanky? In the simplest of terms: you dye eggs multiple times adding wax at each layer to preserve the various colors. If you can't quite visualize it, there's a clear photo step-out post on a Ukranian website here. Inspired by pysanky but looking for an easier process, I made these pysanky inspired Easter Egg Place Cards... ...for my Passover seder: I started with a carton of... Read more →

Today's podcast is all about The 100 Day Project, classes I'm teaching, and visiting NYC (Fancy Food Show, YouTube Space, MoMA and getting my hair cut). If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. You can listen to a podcast anywhere and at any time. It is a recording that is available to you whenever you'd like to listen. If you'd like to download it to your iTunes library, click here. You can also pause and rewind or fast forward as you desire. I like to listen to podcasts while I'm making art. It's... Read more →

Four Cool Video Tutorials

You guys! I love the interwebs. So many magical and generous people out there sharing their time and talent. As you know, I've been on the road almost non-stop this month, so I've had plenty of airport time in which to browse the internet. Here are four videos I thought you might enjoy as much as I did: Marbling with Acrylics: I particularly like how she bangs the canvas on the table to get the marbled effect to really take. Tea Cup Cookies: These blew my mind. What?! Those are cookies!!!!!????? Decalcomania Glue Paint Symmetry Prints: This technique looks easy... Read more →

Happy Halloween! True confession: I have never before made cupcakes. I don't know how I made it through life without having to make them. I suppose it's because I don't have children and yummy cupcakes are simply a few blocks away at the bakery. Nonetheless, a friend asked me to make some cupcakes for a Halloween party and I said, "Of course." I then immediately headed to the internet to do some research. Cupcake recipe? Check! Thanks, Rachel Ray. Decoration inspiration? No problem. I saw these eyeball cupcakes on Pinterest and followed the link to the barefoot kitchen witch blog... Read more →

This project came together in two phases. First, I decided that I wanted to make stencils with my ScanNCut to decorate some cookies. But then, I was really bad at stenciling the frosting onto the cookies. So then I developed plan number two: an outer cookie stencil or cookie shield to make the stenciling a bit neater. Watch the video for the how to: Here are the cookies from the video: And some of the others I made along the way: I also used my ScanNCut cookie outline stencils with some existing stencils -- clean never-before-used Balzer Designs stencils, in... Read more →

As part of the bachelorette party where we made that paper flower bouquet (and yes, I have a tutorial on making the flowers coming your way later this week), we took a Jane Austen tour of Gore Place. Gore Place is an historic home in Waltham, MA. As the tour guide (who dressed in period costume) confessed, the link to Jane Austen is tenuous at best, but it's there: The home is from the same time period that Austen was living and was constructed in the European style rather than the American style. As you know, my friend Riv is... Read more →