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Trend Alert: Beautiful Bones

Year after year, October marks the beginning of pumpkin season. It’s that time of year when you’re sure to find Jack-o’-Lanterns chilling out on porches and pumpkin spice lattes warming hearts and hands everywhere. But around here, we’re a little partial to skulls. It’s one of the hottest trends of the season, but just remember that your standard old bag of bones just won’t do. No, we like ‘em stylized, colorful and oh so cool.

Skull Canvas

This chic Stenciled Canvas project shows you how to whip up a great décor piece in about half an hour. Super easy to create, the simple black and white design will look great on a wall or tabletop, or you can even use it as a backdrop for your candy station. Pro tip: the Stencil1® Set has four different stencils courtesy of designer Ed Roth, so if sugar skulls aren’t your thing, you can rock a look with skulls and crossbones or classic craniums, or use all four in a creative montage.

Skull ClocheGlam up your décor with this fabulous Glitter Skull Cloche. Bright and bold, the fun color mix gives this simple piece a modern look that will add spooky sparkle to entryways, breakfast bars and party tablescapes.

Skull BraceletShow your bones with this beautiful Turquoise Skull Bracelet. Made with faux turquoise skulls and classic spacer beads, this trendy bracelet is sure to become a favorite jewelry piece that you’ll wear year-round! For some added pop, you can mix and match the turquoise beads with these colorful skull beads that feature shimmering rhinestone eyes.

Skull Mason JarsHalloween isn’t Halloween without that perfect eerie glow, and now you can get it with these Skull Topped Mason Jars. As one of our favorite Mason jar projects of the season, they’re perfect for party table toppers and centerpieces, and you can even use them to light your pathway for all of the neighborhood trick or treaters.

Find more skull-tastic ideas on our Día de los Muertos Pinterest board! How do you incorporate skulls into your Halloween décor?


Craft Crush | May

It’s been a minute since I’ve shared my latest craft crush with you all. We’ve been a bit busy sprucing things up around here … can you tell? It’s not that I haven’t had any thing new to crush on lately, because trust me – there’s a lot of DIY greatness floating around right now. Here’s just a few that have caught my eye lately.

Craft Crush

Clockwise from top left: 

The Perfect Picnic by A Night Owl Blog // How sweet is that picnic basket & those yummy treats in a jar?

Pom Pom Fruit by Mr. Printables // Well, you all know we love pom poms around here, but those fruits?? Amazing.

One Smart Cookie Father’s Day Gift by The Idea Room // What a sweet way to show Dad how much you care. Complete with milk neck tie.

Fresh Watermelon Cake by Sprinkle Bakes // Since this cake is made of fruit, may I have 2 slices?

Fujifilm Instax™ Mini Camera // We had fun with this Instax camera while we were down in Austin. Have you gotten the chance to try one yet?

Retro Stamped Tea Towel by The Casual Craftlete // I love this simple and easy DIY; it would make a perfect hostess gift!

After that round up, you might think that I’m hungry. And, you might be right.


Wilton® Sweet Up & 2014 Baking Trends

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Wilton® Sweet Up at their headquarters in Chicago. At this event they gave us a sneak peek of their new cake decorating courses, some of their new products that are arriving in our stores now and announced the baking trends for 2014.

While I was there, I had the chance to visit The Wilton® School in Darien, IL. We learned all about the history behind the company. Did you know that in 1929 Dewey McKinley Wilton first began to teach the now-famous “Wilton Method” that is taught in our stores?

History of Wilton

While at the school, we got a little hands-on experimentation with the new Decorator Preferred Fondant. It’s very soft and easy to work with. Trust me, that’s supposed to be a rose … it’s a work in progress.


We practiced our icing skills:


And, we even partook in a friendly cake decorating competition. Our team took home the award for Most Varied Techniques.

cake-decorating-competitionChocolate Award

Next up, we took a stroll through the Wilton Store.  Yep, an entire store full of cake decorating supplies. It was a baker’s heaven for sure.

Wilton Store

After picking up some mini donut pans and new icing tips, I headed over to their Headquarters to get ready for the Sweet Up.


During this live press event Wilton announced the top baking trends for 2014.

1. Buttercream


Buttercream has been around for ages, but these are new trends in buttercream frosting like natural & organic colors and techniques. Keeping it simple, not overdone. This includes updating the texture of your decorating and adding new flavors like lime, rosewater or spirits.

2.  Frosting Techniques

Trends in Buttercream

Using simple, more modern techniques like vertical ribbons, dots, petals. Another trend gaining momentum is the messy frosted cake finished with flowers on top.

3. Tall Cakes

Tall Cakes

The more layers, the better! Cakes are trending in 4+ layers. Want to know a little trick? Add decoration on top to add even more height! As you can see from this picture, Naked Cakes are all the rage and they’re super easy to make!

4. Small Treats

Small Treats

We’re seeing this bite-size trend pop up everywhere for a few reasons: guests feel less guilty about indulging in a small treat, you have the option of trying more than one kind of treat when they’re tiny and, things that are mini are oh so cute! Try mini bundts, mini donuts, molten cakes, petit fours and pops!

5. Fondant

Square Fondant Cake

New trends in fondant are sleek and sweet. Square covered cakes, bubbles, painted fondant and imprinting are all the rage.

Have you used any of these new trends in your cake decorating? We’d love to see your cakes!


Trend Alert: Chalk It Up

I’m sure you’ve seen the chalk trend popping up everywhere. It’s taking party and home décor over by storm and we can’t get enough of it! There’s chalkboard craft paint, chalkboard spray paint, chalky finish paint, chalk markers, chalkboard paper, chalkboard signs, chalkboard decals … shall I go on?

The best part is how easy it is to create chalk projects yourself. From containers & pots:

Whitewash Chalk Clay PotChalkboard Mason JarsHerb Pots

To signs and tags:Garden Party SignCookie Jar Tag

Really though, this look is super simple to recreate. I’ll show you how with this Chalk Painted Watering Can we made for our Spring blooms.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:


Step 1

Use the stencil tape to mask off the area of the watering can you do not want painted.


Step 2

Spray paint the areas desired. Let dry.


Step 3

Write desired message on the chalkboard paint with the Craft Smart™ chalk markers. Tip: Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time.  watering-can

How fun! Have you crafted anything with chalk lately?


April Trend // Fresh Fruit

Fruit Craft Trend

Ripe for the picking this season is fruit, fruit, fruit! Ok, so maybe I have an affinity for some Carmen Miranda vibes, but this fresh trend goes from food to fashion and is in no danger of decomposing any time soon. As we venture towards summer, lettuce take a few risks and don our favorite fruits (sorry for the bad vegetable pun).

Fruit Crafts

Clay molds give life to a golden strawberry necklace, while wood plaques provide the perfect surface for fruit slice coasters.  Create a bountiful textile with fabric paint or doodle strawberries onto your fingertips with a DecoNail Art kit. 

1. Golden Strawberry Necklace
2. Fruit Slice Coasters
3. Berry Nails
4. Pineapple Print Tee
5. Watermelon Slice Earrings

Make Carmen proud and add these bursting fruit accents to your ensemble!

- Sara, Trend Expert


Make a Statement with DIY Prom Jewelry

It’s Prom season around the country and as many of you meticulously pin dream dresses and hairstyles, I’m sure you’re all looking for that one thing that will make you stand out from the crowd. Maybe it’s a neon dress or a brightly hued hairdo. Or… if you’re looking for something a little less obvi, there’s the growing trend of statement necklaces and bold accessories. What I love the most about statement pieces is that they go best with muted, simple styles. That allows you to take a basic wardrobe piece and make it look new over and over again.

So … what’s your style?

Boho Chic DIY Prom Jewelry

The Boho Chic look is still very in. This Dream Catcher Necklace pairs well with both a high or low neckline. The pop of aqua makes a bold statement on a simple or bright dress.

Rocker Chic DIY Prom Jewelry

The Glam Rocker trend has been on the upswing for quite some time. Studs and spikes add just the right amount of edge to your look. Rock out with the Jet Set Necklace.

DIY Prom Jewelry

Bib necklaces have been seen all over fashion & style blogs. This turquoise Jewel – Tone Gem Bib Necklace completely makes the outfit. Pair those jewels with blingy Paracord bracelets and you’re all set.

Check out more trendy prom jewelry ideas that complete your look in a snap! What are you wearing this year?

- Jillian