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How to Paint Roses

How to Paint Roses

You know I have a passion for roses, don’t you? With a name like ‘Rose’…. I grow roses in my own garden (showed you how to root roses). Roses are all over the blog - see links section below) I even showed you how to draw a simple rose. Sure, use your simple rose...

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Vanilla Rose Cake with Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Vanilla Rose Cake with Buttercream Frosting Recipe

A fancy party cake, such as this vanilla rose cake with buttercream frosting recipe, is suitable for many occasions: baby births, mothers day, birthdays, tea parties, and other festive moments. While white roses are not a particular Easter theme, I can see making...

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Clay Roses :: Easy to Make

Clay Roses :: Easy to Make

Craft handmade polymer clay roses to embellish just about anything from cakes, cupcakes, picture frames, soaps, boxes ~ you name it. Here’s how! Make pink roses, purple roses, blue roses, black roses, yellow roses, white roses… any kind of color roses you want. You...

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Rose Bouquet Cake Decorating Tutorial

Rose Bouquet Cake Decorating Tutorial

I don’t know that’s happening, but that cupcake / pretty cake – making trend is putting its claws into me. I don’t like so much sugar. It does me no good. But now that candy has become eye-candy, I guess I can make peace with it, and showcase what others are making,...

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Paint Colors: Tips & Techniques

Paint Colors: Tips & Techniques

How about learning a bit about painting today, like how to create highlights?! Even though I don't really blog much about it here, I've been a painter for decades... Highlights for Focus & Drama Let me share some painting techniques/color tips on how to make colors a...

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Felt Rose Basket

Felt Rose Basket

Contemporary, practical, feminine. A basket like a woman architect would design it. And we love it too. Let's learn to make these exquisite felt rose bud baskets! Pin It How to Make this Felt Basket The picture is self-explanatory, isn’t it? Contemporary, practical,...

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DIY ‘Porcelain’ Rose (plastic spoons)

Isn’t this an awesome glossy porcelain rose? However, it’s made from 13 old plastic spoons instead. Would you believe it?!      Next time you have a party, save those plastic spoons! You’ve got roses to make… Find an excellent, step-by-step tutorial by...

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Easy Crochet Flowers

Easy Crochet Flowers

I thought to feast your eyes today on some simple crochet flowers offering you that groovy look. These are made based on an original design by Candi Jensen, a well-known crochet designer. I like these 3-tone colored flowers, but you may wish to introduce a 4th color...

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Fall Balcony: Halloween Display

This weekend we visited some friends who live in a lovely apartment building downtown Rome. While this is great for catching Saturday night shows and not spending too much time on gardening, it reminded me that high risers need balcony gardening Halloween displays...

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