Orange Zest Cupcakes (using a cake mix)

One of my favorite things in this world is cake mixes. They make it so easy to create something beautiful and today I'm going to share a way to alter your cake mix so you can have your cake taste homemade and no one will ever know you used a cake mix...muwahahaha!

Ok exit evil witch, enter domestic goddess.

I decided to put a little Halloween twist on these babies (since I was delivering them to several families) and, lets face it, I just couldn't help myself. *I found these cupcake liners and toppers at Walmart. Go figure.

Here is the recipe for the cake: 

1 box white cake mix
orange juice (pre-made)

Orange Zest Butter Cream Frosting:
1 cube (or 1/5 cup) butter
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbl orange juice
2 Tbl milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

All ya gotta do is make the cake mix as directed but instead of doing water, do the same amount of water but do half of it milk and the other half orange juice. Then add the eggs, oil, etc. (Just everything else that it calls for.)

Frosting: Soften the butter and throw everything together. Mix the heck out of it until its smooth.

Since it is a buttercream frosting you need to frost it almost right away so your cream doesn't set. If you want you can top it with some real orange zest (but who are we kidding) I'm not Martha Stewart.

Also be sure to lick the bowl clean of frosting. Heaven forbid you should let perfectly good buttercream frosting go to waste.

Don't you just love the little ghost cupcake liners?! Me too. Hence why I bought them. I also did several in the black and white polka dot just to mix things up. (I don't remember where I got those though...I think my mind is slipping. Must be pregnancy brain...)


Happy Tuesday!


GIVEAWAY {Paper Tree House Studio}

Hi guys! And happy Monday! I had a wonderful weekend. I spent all day Saturday working on our house with the hubby and then I came home and made dinner and got to attend the General Women's Meeting. I love going to that meeting. I am so uplifted every time I go and its such a fun tradition to go with my mother-in-law. We always get a little treat after and make it a girls night. If you missed the meeting or are curious what I'm even talking about, you can watch it HERE.

Moving on. Do you remember the Paper Tree House Studio? She has done a giveaway for us before. Sarah (the owner) is so sweet and so talented. She has such a good eye for coordinating colors and such fun graphics!  I LOVE her designs. She sells clip art, digital papers, printable files, web graphics and digital downloads in her shop and has a good reputation for beautiful prints!

For those of you who LOVE your scrapbooking/photoshop program, this giveaway is for you. Or you can just print your digital files and use them for regular scrapbooking!

Today she is giving away this gorgeous Orange and Black Halloween Digital paper set:

How cute are these?! I can just see so many fun printables being made with these bad boys. If you win you get all 14 papers instantly downloaded to your computer!

Use the rafflecopter below to enter and as always may the odds be ever in your favor.

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And check out some of her other adorable clip art and digital paper clips for fall HERE!

And I just love these little ghosts!

Happy scrapping!

Oh, I almost forgot! And the winner of the $25 gift certificate to the Wood Connection is...

Robin Bringhurst!



DIY Rustic Spooky Frame + Giveaway winner

So last Halloween my mommy made these for all of us sisters and when I whipped out my Halloween stuff I just knew I had to do a tutorial on it. I get so many people asking me where I got this amazing frame and I'm proud to say that my mommy made it. :)

All my mom did was find some old wood. This really isn't that hard to do if you aren't opposed to dumpster diving (which I'm not).

(In fact, every semester during college when all the students would leave for the semester I would make my husband drive me around town to all the dumpsters and I would literally dumpster dive. Students throw away the craziest stuff! And my husband would just sit in the car and tell me to hurry up because it was embarrassing or something like that. I don't know, I was too busy collecting treasure.)

I digress.

She actually used wood from an old fence from this house they were flipping. You just miter the edges so they fit together on an angle and just use a staple gun to keep them together! There is no glass in this frame (obviously) and so she just cut a small piece of wood (I suggest using MDF or something similar) for the back and stapled it all together.

Before she stapled on the back piece though, she got this ADORABLE free printable from Its Always Autumn (posted on Eighteen25 blog). You can find it by clicking HERE.

Then just Modpodge your image onto the board and THEN staple it onto your frame. Thats it!

And look how fun the top of my book shelf looks!

Oh...and the winner of the "I 'leaf' Fall" print from Foiled Prints goes to...


Have a good weekend!


DIY Boppy Cover-Sewing Tutorial

Happy Hump day ya'll! Head on over to my sweet friend Jessica's blog Positively Oakes today to check out the full sewing tutorial on how I made this bad boy:

How fun is this gold zipper?

And the zipper pull! To die for am I right?

Be sure to check out all the amazing baby clothes and accessories over at Positively Oakes!



Skull String Art + Wood Connection Giveaway!

Have you seen all that string art floating around Pinterest? I have. And I love it. What a creative way to make art. When I first saw it, I knew I had to have one and since Halloween is coming up, why not have a modern black and white skull?! 

Head on over to The Wood Connection Blog for the full tutorial on how to make this bad boy!

Keep scrolling to enter the giveaway...the real reason why you are here...muwahahahaha!

Don't you just love how this looks?! I do. I can't get enough black and white this year in my Halloween decor and I was so excited when I thought of adding a little texture with this piece.

Here's a pic of my full Halloween mantle:

May the odds be ever in your favor...

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