Bake It: Back-to-School Pencil Push-Up Cake Pops

created at: 08/09/2012
Can you believe it’s back-to-school season already?? I swear the summer was just getting started! (I haven’t even been to the pool yet… how sad is that?) To kick off all these school shenanigans, here’s a very clever treat to bake, make, and give!    
Would you be surprised to know that this sweet treat idea comes from Angie Dudley of Bakerella fame? Probably not, right? That lady is all kinds of creative, I tell ya.

This “Pencil Push-Up Cake Pop” requires a simple white cake recipe and frosting (along with a bit of food coloring, of course) and some push-pop containers, which you can find in abundance online or at specialty kitchen and cookware shops. Continue Reading

How to Make a GIGANTIC Pencil

 created at: 12/30/2011

Perfect for an office with a sense of humor or a kid’s room, this gigantic pencil is a snap to DIY. Michell fell in love with the idea when she saw one in a Pottery Barns Kids catalog and set to work making one of her own for a schmeasly 15 dollars. Supplies are minimal too and include paint, stove pipe and a pointed fence post, which, btw, is genius! Head on over to Craft Gossip for all the deets.  Continue Reading

Make It: A Crafty Back-to-School Gift for Teachers and Kids!

created at: 08/24/2011

Whether you have kids returning to school or friends who work as teachers, here’s a simple DIY gift to kick off the new school year!  

Christy from Thrifty and Thriving created this easy-to-follow tutorial for making your own candy pencil.  It’s perfect for kids or teachers alike and is sure to put a smile on a few faces.  (Nothing like starting things off with a few warm fuzzies, I say!)  To make your own candy pencils, gather up the following:

  • Rolo’s
  • Hershey Hugs (or Kisses)
  • Yellow and Pink Cardstock
  • Foil
  • Glue Dots
  • Ribbon or String (check out our baker’s twine DIY right here)
  • Craft Scissors w/ Pinking Edge (optional)

Then hop, skip, or jump on over to Thrifty and Thriving to see how all the parts come together! Continue Reading

Is This Art?

A company by the name of Charpics Technologies is billing itself as “First Of It’s Kind.” Using some sort of state of the art technology, they convert digital and print media into “charcoal and colored pencil style renderings/simulations.” Hmm. Simulations.

One can make the argument that all artistic renderings of “real” objects are simulations of the actual things themselves, even if the things only occur in the imagination. The outcome of this technique, however, seems less than artistic to me, but I will defer to the court of Curbly to decide. Continue Reading