Wednesday is Lensday: Sweet Stuff

sugar rush

Hey guys, I am trying to get back in my blogging groove and wanted to bring back my little Wednesday is Lensday feature. Anyway, I’m going to pull from my 3,250+ Flickr photos to share some inspiration! I have a graphic design book that gives a word and then images to get you thinking outside of the box. I really love it, and I thought I would try to use this idea with these posts. Hopefully maybe seeing one of my photos will help inspire you in your projects and art. What you take from it…color inspiration, photo inspiration, a nostalgic memory, or a new project idea is your choice.

Today’s topic I wanted to share is SWEET STUFF! Colorful candy, ice cream and cake imagery has really caught my eye recently (as well as my stomach, what can I say??? Well, then again, what’s new?), so that’s why I chose it! Sorry in advance for any watering mouths!

festive me

They take the cake

the leaning tower of dipped cone

give it a whirl

coconut layer cake

serious servings

I want candy

a chiclets tiny size story

Hope you found some “sweet” inspiration!

Until next time Swellions!


This satisfied my crafty sweet tooth

I was doing some research on Flickr yesterday and came upon this totally, and I mean TOTALLY AWESOME work by artist Peggy Dembicer. How amazing is the detail in this? Reading about it, she said she used over 100,000 beads to adorn a 1978 edition of Candyland. This was published in the Dec. 2006 issue of Bead and Button magazine and has been featured on MakeZine’s blog. I just love seeing all the detail. It totally amazes me and give me much respect for her! I don’t think I would have the patience at all to execute something this grand! Check out her full set of amazingly detailed photos in her Flickr set.

Thought I would end the week with something sweet for you to think about!

Until next time Swellions!


Crazy for candy


So if you did or didn’t know, I absolutely LOVE Halloween and it’s my favorite holiday. Christmas follows closely in 2nd place. I love Christmas…the lights, the colors, the baked goods, and the music. Here’s the thing, though: Halloween is supposed to be campy/scary/anything goes. Christmas on the other hand is interpreted in so many ways. I love the traditional and religious side and the elegance that goes with it. One of the trees I decorate is in reds and golds and it is quite lovely. While, there is no set rule on how to decorate or what style to make your home or rooms (I personally would like to have a house someday to be decorated in different styles with trees in every room), my heart naturally sways to wild and colorful, an outlandish/almost gaudy feast for the eyes! I love rainbows of color and if I do plan on buying Christmas decorations in the near future, I really want them to be sugary sweet and candylicious!

I have an affinity in particular for starlight mint swirls, gumdrops, and gingerbread men! I don’t know what it is, I just love red and white swirled together…actually, a lollipop I saw at Target last year prompted this picture:

festive me

OK, keep with me in my randomness here…I used to make gingerbread houses with my mom and sister as a child and every year I intend on making another one (a homeade one, not the Wilton/storebought kind), and I never get the chance. Maybe that’s why I’m fond of gingerbread men! I think I like gingerbread men, too, because they have so much personality and they are just plain sweet! I remember printing out a card in middle school that I attached to a homeaade gingerbread man for my friends that read:

I hope you like this little man,
I made it just for you.
And if you don’t that’s too sad,
it’s off his head I’ll chew!

I remember it having a candyland look to the card, now that I think about it! Ha. I totally forgot about that little saying just until now!

Actually, I never really played Candyland as a kid. I always wanted it, Chutes and Ladders, and Hi Ho Cherry Oh, but I never got them. Oh well! I think I only liked them cause of their visual appeal. I mean, how could I have not?

Oh, and I love this glittery/sweet necklace that Stoopidgerl made. It makes me happy!

I really love what my friend Carey did with this chair for the DecoArt home page too!
Naughty or Nice chair
Click here for instructions!

I also really love these adorable lollipops and cupcakes my friend Donna crafted for the site! Photographing them was a lot of fun!
Terra cotta lollipops and candy

Cupcake ornaments

So now that I’ve shared my holiday style love, what’s yours? Is there any certain style that you just drool over? I’d love to hear about it!

Oh, by the way, I’m going to be on Trivial Thursday on WRFL on Thursday. I’ll be hanging out with host Mick Jeffries! You can even listen live online, so be sure to check in!

Until next time Swellions!