MEET YOUR NEW FAVOURITE SWEET TREAT: DIY SUCCULENT & CACTUS CUPCAKES!

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You guys are in for a real treat today, metaphorically of course, I can’t physically give you these sweet treats but the good news is that you can easily whip yourself up a batch because Jenni from Two Little Cats Bakery is here to tell you how! These cactus and succulent cupcakes would make the perfect wedding favour, or maybe you could serve them up at a bridal shower?! Either way, I can tell you first hand that they’re absolutely delicious and they’re just about the prettiest darn cupcakes I’ve ever seen!

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YOU WILL NEED:

12 cupcakes (we used vanilla but you can use your favourite flavour!) // Buttercream icing // Fondant icing // Green food colouring // Crushed up biscuits (go for a digestive or ginger nut if you want a lighter ‘sand’ or Oreo if you want something that looks more like soil) // Piping bags and nozzles // Cocktail sticks // White sprinkles // Flower cutters //

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FOR THE CACTUS CUPCAKES….

1. Bake 12 cupcakes in any flavour you like and leave to cool completely

2. Crumble up 3 of the cupcakes with your hands into a bowl and set aside

3. Take the 9 remaining cupcakes, and spread or pipe some buttercream on top (you don’t need too much)

4. Dip the iced cupcakes into the biscuit crumbs to make them look like they are covered in sand. Make sure you give them a good roll around in those crumbs to get all the edges.

5. In your bowl of cake crumbs, add a small amount of buttercream (about a teaspoon) and mix them together – use those hands, just make sure they’re clean! If you can easily roll the mixture into a ball in your hand and it keeps it shape then you’ve got enough buttercream. If your mix is still too dry, and a little more buttercream and repeat. Don’t be tempted to add loads at once – you need less than you might think.

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6. Start rolling your mix into the rough shape you want your cactus to be. Most cacti will start off either as a ball, a flattened ball, or a stumpy sausage. Don’t make them too big – if you’re not sure then hold it against your cupcakes to check you’re happy with the size. When you’ve used up your mix put them on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof and put them in the fridge to harden.

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THIS IS WHY ONE BRIDE THREW OUT THE SEATING PLAN FOR HER RUSTIC WEDDING IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX

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Hey guys! You might have noticed last week that we mentioned wanting to make our styled shoots and real weddings more useful tools for brides and grooms, not only looking for inspiration but for help and advice too. After collecting the results of our recent reader survey (more on that later this week!) we can officially say that after our DIY’s, our real weddings are officially the second most read post on our blog, which is great for us because we absolutely love sharing them.

However, as with our styled shoots, it has become apparent that, although they are a great source of inspiration, they aren’t as helpful as they probably could be?

You want to know more about the whys  and the hows of the planning process? What did our real wedded couples fear or worry about most? What didn’t tjey do and wish they had or what were the things they did do and wish they hadn’t?

Which is why from now on, we will endeavor to once again make our real weddings as helpful as possible, starting with this super rad wedding in Downtown Phoenix.

Jared & Brittany were married at the MonOrchid,  an art gallery, restaurant, coffee shop, and green house; which pretty much makes for one sweet wedding location.

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THESE DIY EMOJI CUPCAKE TOPPERS ARE THE CUTEST!

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Let’s talk about emoji’s for a second….If you’re like us and can’t get through the day without sending an emoji (or a hundred) then today’s post is for you my friend! But the real question is what is your favourite emoji? Which one do you use the most? I’m personally obsessed with the rainbow, the sparkle heart and the peace sign! I just can’t get enough of them!

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And you know what else I can’t get enough of? Cupcakes. So why not combine my two favourite things with these emoji cupcake toppers?! There are 12 different designs that you can download here including the rainbow, a unicorn, the crown, the sparkle heart, that pretty pink flower, the lipstick, a watermelon, the cactus, the pink bow, a kiwi, the peace sign and last but not least the ice cream! PHEW that’s a lot of emojis right?!

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All you need to do is download the designs, print them out onto white card (be sure to set your printer to a high quality printing setting) then cut the designs out and glue them to some cocktail sticks! I found that the emojis looked best when a white outline was left around them once cut out, it just made the colours POP even more!

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2 DIY SOCKS YOU NEED TO MAKE FOR YOUR TOOTSIES THIS XMAS!

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Socks are such a staple at Christmas, I really don’t think that there has ever been a Christmas in my life when I didn’t receive socks as a present and I am totally ok with that! I love socks, especially the warm and cosy kind but most of all socks that look cute are the best! I feel like now, more than ever socks are becoming a really big thing in fashion (we’re looking at you Happy Socks!) and I thought it would be super fun to design a couple of pairs this year!
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There are 2 different designs to make completely for free to help make your own! Whether you’re gifting them to friends, your bridesmaids or just to yourself there’s no denying that these socks are beyond cute! We have a cute cactus print or for something really simple and fun a gold polka design! It’s totally up to you what colour socks you go for but we decided on a shade of pink and a white pair for the gold polka dots. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own…

YOU WILL NEED:

Plain cotton socks //  Cactus design // An Iron // Gold glitter iron on // Green glitter iron on // A Cricut Explore //

FOR THE POLKA DOT SOCKS

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Simply create a circle shape in your Cricut design space (I sized the circles 1 inch in diameter)  and load in your gold iron on into the machine. Allow the machine to cut it out then peel away the negative space leaving only the polka dots. Heat up your iron and iron on the dots, varying the placement as you go, making sure that you cover the entire of the socks. Super simple!

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FREE PRINTABLE CHRISTMAS CACTUS GARLAND

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Who wants a regular Christmas garland when you can have a Christmas cactus garland!! I really do love the statement and effect that a banner can have when you’re decorating a room for a party or for Christmas, and if you love summer as much as winter then why not bring a little sunshine into your decor with our Christmas cactus garland! The cacti have been fully festivied (that is so not a word) with a gold star on top and plenty of tinsel!

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This is super simple to make! To create your garland all you need to do is grab the free template here and print your cacti out onto white card. Next, cut them out and using a little craft glue, adhere them to a piece of string or yarn then hang it up somewhere with pride! We found that the garland looked most effective with the cacti spaced around 5cm apart.

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10 COLOURFUL HALLOWEEN DIYS YOU NEED TO MAKE!

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Halloween can sometimes be a tricky (or treaty) time of year for us, it’s no surprise that dark and moody style just isn’t our bag. But listen up colour lovers! It’s not all doom and gloom around Halloween, we’re here to share with you plenty of colourful and fun DIYs that still look awesome for your Halloween decor! Whether you’re having an Autumn wedding but still want it to be full of colour or if you’re just throwing a Halloween party! Here’s a few bright and bold ideas…

1.DIY Snapchat Filter Pumpkins

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Aww Sam has absolutely smashed it again by making these amazing snapchat filter pumpkins! No carving required either! WINNING! Check out the full DIY here!

2. SUGAR SKULL BALLOON BACKDROP

I am so in love with this sugar skull backdrop over on Oh Happy Day!! It’s so fun and colourful and beyond easy to recreate! Click here to see the full DIY!

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We all know love emojis am I right?! So why not add them into your halloween decor with these emoji ghost balloons over on Aww Sam!

4. TRICK OR TREAT CANDY BUCKETS

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Why give out candy in boring buckets when you give it out in fun slogan buckets?! Plus how awesome are those colours?! DIY over on Design Sponge!

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COFFEE, CACTI & COLOURS: A VIBRANT, RELAXED SHOOT WITH HIPSTER VIBES

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I don’t know about you but whenever I find myself in some sort of garden centre or often a florists I am always leaving with a cactus or succulent in hand, I just can’t help myself! Now imagine those gorgeous plants teamed with bright, bold flower arrangements with a hipster, organic vibe! That’s exactly what today’s styled shoot is all about…And of course they threw in some coffee for good measure since it was in Nashville!

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15 FUN IDEAS FOR A CACTUS FILLED WEDDING!

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You guys, I am OBSESSED with cactus’s right now! Cactus’s? Cacti? Whatever a bunch of them are called when they get together, I love them! Whether they’re huge, mini, pink or green I think adding these prickly plants into your wedding day is an awesome way to breath life into the decor and bring a little splash of the outdoors to your theme! Here’s my favourite ways to get them involved…

STATIONERY

Let people know you mean cactus business right from the start by sending out some gorgeous stationery! You can go as bright and bold as you like or keep it cool and simple!

1: I absolutely adore this colourful fiesta wedding stationery set! (above)

2: And don’t even get me started on these tropical invitations!

START STAMPING!

A super quick and cheap way to add some cactus fun into your wedding is to buy yourself a stamp and a few ink pads and get creative! You can stamp your stationery, table runners and even place settings!

3: These stamps would look beautiful on your thank you cards!

4: I love this custom return address stamp too, such a quick and easy thing to add to the back of envelopes!

5: How cute does that cactus look on these tags?!

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