Monthly Archives: October 2014

Fall Foliage Color Palette

I love color. And I often use nature to draw inspiration from. I love playing with color to create fun combinations. Even though most of what I make for my shop and patterns are hats, I almost exclusively made afghans up until I opened my Etsy shop. Even now when I am coming up with a color palette to use, I picture a granny square afghan in my head. I do this so often that I decided that I would start sharing a color palette every month on my blog.

The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler, and I have been enjoying having the windows open. The foliage is in all of it’s autumn glory and I love seeing the beautiful colors while driving the car or going for a walk. This month’s color inspiration comes from nature’s fall splendor.

Fall Foliage Color Palette | Colie's Crochet | coliescrochet.com

Patterns that would work great with this color palette: 

Basic Striped Beanie, coliescrochet.com

Basic Striped Beanie Pattern

FREE Pattern | Easy Ribbed Infinity Scarf | Colie's Crochet | coliescrochet.com

Easy Ribbed Infinity Scarf Pattern

What projects will you use this color palette for? How do you choose colors for projects yourself? Comment below with any tips or tricks you use!

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Princess Dress Cupcake Cake

Princess Dress Cupcake Cake | Colie's Crochet | coliescrochet.comMy oldest daughter just turned 3. She is like me in many ways but in her choice of tv and toys, she is my total opposite. While I enjoyed playing transformers and superheroes when I was young (although I did go through a my little pony phase), she is all girl. Princesses, dollies and everything is pink! She loves having her fingernails and toenails painted and make-up done and having embraced my girlie side rather late, I gladly oblige. :) Since Frozen came out last year she has been obsessed! And sometime around April, she decided that she would be Elsa for Halloween. I had seen a photo floating around Facebook of a princess cupcake cake that was all pink which I of course couldn’t find when the time came to make her cake. And I couldn’t really find anything on the internet that showed how to make one. Since she wanted an Elsa cake, I thought this would be the perfect idea. So here is my first attempt at a non-crochet tutorial (I apologize in advance for the poor lighting in my kitchen) and I hope you enjoy!

What you’ll need: 

  • 36-48 cupcakes
  • frosting (lots of it – I made a triple batch of my favorite frosting)
  • large decorator’s frosting bags (one for each color of frosting)
  • large star or flower decorator’s tip
  • cupcake liners
  • gel food coloring
  • Sixlets, edible pearls, sanding sugar, sugar flakes, other candies or whatever you would like to decorate your cupcake dress with
  • ribbon and/or tulle
  • Princess crown
  • scissors
  • Aluminum foil (optional, to cover cake board)
  • cake board
  • cake box for transporting (if needed)

I make my own cupcakes and frosting because my son is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts but you can use store-bought frosting and boxed cake-mix. Everything else can be purchased at your local craft store or even at Wal-mart.

Some tips:

  • Bake your cupcakes and mix your frosting ahead of time.
  • Use gel food coloring so your frosting doesn’t become runny. Plus a little goes a long way with gel food coloring so it saves you in the long run!
  • If you don’t have a decorator’s bag on hand, you can snip a corner off of 2 gallon size freezer bags and stick a tip in between the two bags, filling the inner bag with frosting. Using two bags allows you to switch colors quickly and also adds to the strength of the freezer bags and prevents a frosting blow-out. You can do this with decorator’s bags also for ease-of-use.
  • If you decide to use the tulle for the dress to come down from the belt and over the cupcakes, I would staple or tape the tulle to the cake board between the cupcakes before frosting them. I would decorate the top cupcakes first, then carefully fold the tulle up, frost the cupcakes below and then carefully fold it back down over the dress.
  • As with all of my crochet patterns, please read all of the directions first

Princess Dress Cupcake Cake | Colie's Crochet | coliescrochet.comStep 1: On a cake board covered in foil, arrange your cupcakes in the shape of a princess dress. For more of a ball gown, I would make the bottom more of a bell shape or an upside-down ‘U’ shape. Depending on the size of your cake board, you may need more or less cupcakes than shown below. Once you have them laid out the way you like, put a little dab of frosting underneath each cupcake to hold it in place (awesome way to keep your cupcakes in place for transporting!) Then using a large star tip (a flower tip would work great here too, I was going for more of a snowflake look), fill your decorator’s bag with the main color of frosting for your dress. Squeeze out enough frosting to cover most of the top of each cupcake. You don’t have to be exact here as we will go back and fill in the spaces.

Princess Dress Cupcake Cake | Colie's Crochet | coliescrochet.comStep 2: Fill in all of the spaces between and around each cupcake. I went back and added even smaller white stars to look like snowflakes.

Princess Dress Cupcake Cake | Colie's Crochet | coliescrochet.comStep 3: Decorate your princess cake with all the candies, sugars, etc. that your little heart desires!

Step 4: Using ribbon and/or tulle, cut strips to length leaving a few inches on each side to tuck under cupcakes where necessary. I tucked the “belt” in first and then slid the other ribbons underneath the belt arranging them lengthwise down the dress and tucked them in at the bottom of the dress underneath the cupcakes.

Step 5: Set a princess crown on top and stand back and take in all of your hard work.

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Princess Dress Cupcake Cake | Colie's Crochet | coliescrochet.com And there you have a pretty princess dress cupcake cake!

Princess Dress Cupcake Cake | Colie's Crochet | coliescrochet.comThis one sure made my little princess very happy!

I also think this would make a wonderful cake for a wedding shower with a little tiara on the top. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. I had so much fun making this cake and I hope you do too! What will you be using this the Princess Dress Cupcake Cake for?

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Campaign for Chemo Caps – October 2014

I shared this photo on my social media last week and that I was donating 24 hats to the local affiliate of Halos of Hope. You can check out the Nebraska affiliate’s Facebook page HERE. These were hats that I had been working on for nearly a year. And considering my shop was closed for 19 weeks in the past year (my shop closed mid-December and I take January off after the craze of the holidays, and I was also closed all summer for maternity leave). I figure that means I made 1 hat to donate every 10 days my shop was open during the past year!

If you have never been touched by cancer, count yourself both lucky and among the minority. My family and I have been touched by many forms of cancer including breast, prostate, and colon. Twice a year, I run a campaign for chemo caps in which I commit to make 1 hat to donate for every hat sold in my shop. I run it in October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and also in March for Colon Cancer Awareness Month. This year will be no different and I hope to make more hats this year than I did last year. And you can help me do that!

Campaign for Chemo Caps | Colie's Crochet | coliescrochet.com

If you’d like to order a hat made by Colie’s Crochet, you can check out my Etsy shop and all I have to offer there. I also take custom order requests – you can send me a conversation or create a custom order from just about any page in my shop. Act quickly though, because I only have so many spots to fill from now until December 1st when I close my shop for holiday orders!

How do you like to give back? Volunteering, crafting, donating? Leave me a comment here or on any of my social media! 

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Down Syndrome Ribbon coliescrochet.com

Down Syndrome Ribbon – a FREE crochet pattern