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So glad that you found me! My blog is about everything I love like gardening, decorating my home & garden and crafting. Although I'm from Germany I write my blog in English so that hopefully every visitor can read it. Hope you'll stay a while and will leave me a comment so that I know that you were here! xoxo Carola

Monday, November 07, 2011

From our very own vegan cupcake manufacture & from Vintage Christmassy finds and crafts

 Can you guess what this is here on my kitchen counter? Nope? Well it is our new cupcake shelf, what else lol, everyone should have one!

 We opened our own private cupcake manufacture! Ha no not really, but almost because actually making cupcakes is my daughters latest passion!

 Not any cupcakes though, nope they must be 100 percent vegan, which means no butter, egg, dairy or any other animal products have been used to make them. She even makes her own vanilla essence from 100 percent biological Madagascar vanilla which smells simply wonderful.

And oh all the other pretties you can use to make cupcakes, like the yummy rose elixier or the colorful paper liners in the big jar:

So of course when she asked me for a shelf for all of her new cupcake equipment and the cupcakes itself,  I just had to come up with something pretty too and gave her my vintage Dallmayer (an old German coffee brand) Advertise coffee shelf, which I used for storage up in my studio before.

 I also gave her some of my favorite white vintage scalloped paper border and my favorite aqua polkadotted giftwrapping paper and some Dresden borders and wooden scrabble letters to embellish the old shelf, picked some late roses and other still blooming flowers from the garden for a pretty pink glass vase, lit a rose candle in a pink glass jar and this is what came out of it.

It also looks good from the backside where the door is to open it!

 Mocha Baileys cupcakes and Rasberry Lemon cupcakes ready to savor hmmmmmm

I had such fun taking pictures of the embellished vintage coffee shelf, the pretty ingredients, the equipment and the yummy cupcakes in my kitchen, can you tell?
Here is another close up of the rasberry lemon cupcakes to share with you - mouthwatering isn't it?
She got the recipes from that great book:
in case you are interested in trying out to make yummy vegan cupcakes too. That book is very fun to read and published by two women who also have a blog http://vegancupcakes.wordpress.com/

So to change the subject and after Halloween is over and all the Halloween decorations are put away again I can finally share with you my latest antique market finds from Sunday October 30th:

Yes I know I was very lucky again! My favorite thing is that small old German tinsel tree with tiny candles and ornaments and the old silhouette Santa postcard of course. I'm also happy to have found another vintage silver glass Christmas tree topper and another old tinsel garland as well as some sweet pinecone and other old glass Christmas ornaments for my collections.

 I also finished up this huge cone, inspired by the wonderful cones my talented US friend Ann Perry creates. I used vintage German sheet music paper, a vintage lace handkerchief, an old cabinet card, some millinery and glitter stars and think it came out quite pretty. In the picture above it hangs from a bird cage in my roof top studio.

To finish up this post for today I'd like to show you this little group of snowmen in the picture above that I created during a crafting afternoon I had lately with my sister and cousin Stefanie. Two of them are made from spun cotton balls with acorn cap hats and the slightly larger one in the middle with the tiny top hat is made from polymer clay. Ans aren't these tiny rusty sleighs ever so gorgeous? I bought them from Janice's Papier Valise boutique last Spring and was already looking forward to use them in this years holiday decor.

Now I only hope that you like what I shared with you today and I'm looking forward to share more of my holiday crafts and decorations for this season with you my dear blogging friends and readers very soon!

xoxo~ Carola


Cape Cod Washashore said...

Carola, your daughter's cupcake display looks lovely! How sweet of you to share your vintage coffee shelf. I can only imagine how scrumptious vegan cupcakes must be. And I'm delighted you're starting to show us your vintage Christmas treasures once again. I think one of my very first visits to your blog several years ago was when you posted photos of your beautiful Christmas home. If you ever wish to do a swap sometime, please do let me know! ;) -Louise from Cape Cod

rachel@Acts of Life said...

Carola I simply adore your home! I love all the little treasures you have...and you have many! The cupcake stand turned out so cute! They look yummy...especially the raspberry lemon ones. Since they are vegan what does your daughter use in place of eggs, butter and dairy?

Hope you have a wonderful week!

All the best,
Rachel :)

Luna und Luzie said...

Oh, mmmmmmmh, that looks so yummy!
I really love cupcakes !
Your daughter is very talented in making vegan cakes!
Nachdem ich kürzlich den veganen Kuchen probiert habe, den sie für uns gebacken hat, bin ich ganz begeistert und kann mir gut vorstellen wie lecker diese Cupcakes sein müssen! Sie sehen auch total gut aus!!!

Dein Snowmen ensemble sieht süß aus! Ich werde meine in einer Shadowbox dekorieren.
Es sieht schon sehr gemütlich und fast weihnachtlich bei dir aus. Ich freue mich schon auf einen weiteren Crafting afternoon bei dir!!!

Liebe Grüße

Theresa said...

I'm not sure those beautiful cupcakes would last long enough to go into that amazing display case! I am a vegan and so to find something so delicious is kinda tricky around here, she can come and visit anytime! your cone is beautiful and i just love your darling snowman scene. Thank you for sharing all of it! t.xoxoxo

Pearl said...

Your home is looking quite fabulous & I simply LOVE the new cupcake display! Great creative work to both you & your daughter!!

Cindy said...

The cupcake stand is so cute! Great that you just the thing for your daughter. I also liked seeing your vintage finds. I would love a German feather tree, but here in the US they are very expensive!

sweetpea said...

oh carola, those cupcakes look yummy as do all the Christmas decorations! i am vegan and always looking for new recipes to try and link to fellow vegan blogs. thanks so much for both!

hugs to you,


oldgreymare said...

The cupcakes look almost too pretty to eat, but I would!

i always look forward to seeing your holiday displays. This year will be no exception.
On Dasher, On Cupid, on White Vintage Christmas away!

Jenniffer said...

You are SO talented! Beautiful colors, beautiful eye- you spread beauty with all you touch. This is a gift and when you share with us, you bless us too!

Dorthe said...

Hallo Carola,
Wunderschönes cupcakes- and I totally love your home,-and can`t wait to see more christmas items for the coming feast,-
The old tree is a fantastic, find.

Carole said...

I agree with Z I would eat them too even as lovely as they are. We do eat with our eyes so making them as pretty as you can is so important. Your daughter is as talented as you. My husband still talks about the best choc. cake he ever ate was vegan so I'll have to check out that blog.

Just drooling over your Christmas decorations!


Lynn Stevens said...

What a darling shelf and display, its hard to believe those cupcakes are all vegan, they look yummy
hugs Lynn

Gail said...

What a festive way to store your dtr's pretty copcakes

michele said...

gorgeous inspiration! found you via white wednesdays. come visit anytime!



Evi said...

the Dallmayr cabinet brought back a flood of wonderful memories.A few years ago, Hubby and I sat in Dallmayers in Muenchen upstairs, eating delicious pastries,watching people go by. Loved the ones dresses in Lodens.
The cupcakes look appetising. Just baked some for the grand kids...not vegan...with peanut butter-chocolate icing. My niece in Germany is baking alot of cupcakes too. Sending her a new cupcake cook book for Christmas. And speaking of Christmas...love, love what you got at the fleamarket.
Have a show this Sunday, after that I want to go to Pennsylvania to look for antique Christmas items. I find the most there.
Happy crafting,

June said...

How lucky you are to have such a talented daughter. And how lucky she is to have a great mom like you to make it possible. They look so yummy!

I love your beautiful cone. It is lovely Carola. and I also adore those cute little snowmen.
sending hugs from here...

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Carola,
Love the pastry cabinet and how lucky you are to have your own pastry chef to keep it filled. I know she will love it! You always find such great treasures and make the most fabulous crafts. Your home is just a treasure in itself, so beautifully designed. Love it all!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi dear Carola, The cupcakes look very yummy and I love that pretty cabinet. It's just the perfect piece to display them.
Your antique market finds are again fabulous. I always watch out but have never seen a vintage garland here yet.
The cone is beautiful and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your Christmas decoration.
Have a great day, my dear friend!
Big hugs,

Karen said...

Hi Carola, the cupcakes and the display are so gorgeous! Thanks for the book tip. My daughter also loves to bake and even though she's just 14, has been vegetarian for a couple years. And I have have been thinking of trying to introduce a few vegan days into our week...but have no recipes. And who wants to stop baking right before Christmas?!? You and your daughter have inspired me :) Liebe Grüße

Anonymous said...

Great! thanks for the share!

Hillside Garden said...

Na, da haben wir ja mal wieder was gemeinsam. Richte deinem Ableger aus, dass ich Cupcakes auch favorisiere. Morgen mach ich adventliche.


Monica said...

I adore each and every thing you create. And your home is such a wonderland! Can't wait to see more Christmas decorations!
Oh, as for the cupcakes, they look sooo gorgeous and yummy! And the display... oh, way too tempting to have them on hand like that!:))
Monica xo

A. Jay said...

"every house needs a cup cake shelf" lol lol lol

Roxy bakes cupcakes. Who knew? I don't eat them but they look delicious! Especially the pink ones with the strawberry.

I would think there's definitely a market there, especially for vegan ones..


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