How to Make Cake Toppers That Look Like Your Dog + KitchenAid Giveaway

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Dog lovers, are you planning to stay in this weekend and cuddle with the fur kids instead of braving the post-Thanksgiving store sales and crowds? We are too!

I was searching for a new dog-related DIY project I could start this weekend and found this super cute Dog Cake Toppers Lesson on Craftsy.

Bring your furry friends to life as adorable canine cake toppers!

Whether they’re posing for a treat or adorning a cake, dogs bring a smile and sense of joy that’s always worth celebrating. Join the award-winning “Cake Dutchess” and learn to make edible canine cake toppers along with some fun accessories such as bones, bandanas and more. Using basic shapes and easy-to-follow techniques, you’ll be able to recreate your favorite doggos for any occasion.

Online Class Includes:

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list and design templates
  • Detailed instruction, explanation and demonstration
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom
  • Click to preview this class

I’ve done Craftsy’s online knitting classes before, and know how fun and easy to use their online craft classes are, so I’m excited about this new one. Every class comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so there is nothing to lose. In addition to a great weekend activity with kids, this craft lesson would also make a great gift for your favorite crafty dog lover.

When you buy the course here for $9.99 you own it forever and can access it on any computer, tablet or smartphone with internet. You also get a FREE month of access to unlimited online classes from the whole library with categories including online photography lessons, paper craft classes, jewelry making, plus lots more great DIY projects.

Visit their website here to check it all out.

Now that you are on your way to making adorable cake toppers, be sure to enter our latest giveaway for the chance to win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Quality kitchen tools and appliances make all the difference and this one is at the top of every baker’s holiday wish list!

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Use the Rafflecopter contest widget below to enter. Giveaway is open worldwide and ends 12/4/18 at 11:59pm ET. Winner outside of the United States will receive the cash equivalent of $250 via Paypal. Model and color may vary. Good Luck everybody!
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FREE Online Yoga, Photo, Cooking, Knitting Classes + More

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Super exciting news for anyone who loves online classes, family-friendly crafts, DIY, fitness and any other sort of hobby or self-improvement. The people from Craftsy have expanded their already amazing selection of online classes to include even MORE categories and interests. They’ve changed the name to Blueprint.

They’ve got every kind of class and project you can imaging. Check out a couple of their pet photography classes and learn to take better pics of your fur kids and human kiddos!

I’m especially looking forward to trying their yoga classes since I LOVE doing yoga but don’t like the schedule at our local places that offer it. That’s one of the great things about online classes…they work on your schedule, not the other way around.

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Free Craftsy Unlimited + $100 OFF Craft Supplies

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Winter is a great time to learn a new hobby, start a new DIY project or learn a new skill. Unleash your creativity, perfect your technique and make something meaningful with all sorts of online classes and craft projects from Craftsy.

I took the Craftsy Knitting for Beginners Class a while back and found it helpful and really easy to follow. Love being able to watch the instructional videos as many times as I want and at my own pace and schedule. Much less intimidating than an in-person class, too. I think I’m going to do a couple of their pet photography classes next!

Online classes are accessible from just about any internet-connected device including PC, Smartphones and iPad. In addition to working in all the major browsers, Craftsy apps are also available for both iOS and Android.

Until now, Craftsy has only offered classes for purchase on an individual basis, but we got some exciting news about a new membership that lets you watch all the classes you want! It’s like Netflix, but with unlimited interactive online classes in Photography, Cooking, Knitting, Cake Decorating, Weaving…even a whole course in Cinnamon Rolls from Classic to Contemporary. Pretty much anything you’d like to learn to do, Craftsy offers classes.

While you can still purchase individual a la carte classes if you prefer, the advantage of the unlimited subscription is that you can binge-watch hours of instructional video before deciding which supplies to buy to start a new project, craft or hobby. Is binge-crafting a thing? I think it should be. Anyway, a month of Unlimited costs about the same as buying one class a la carte.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s the perfect time to create some handmade gifts for those close to your heart. Learn to make Cake Pops or create some Handmade Greeting Cards. A Craftsy subscription also makes a GREAT Valentine’s Day gift idea if your special someone is the creative type or wants to be.

Right now you can try a FREE 7-Day Trial of Craftsy Unlimited. If you can imagine it, you can create it with the help of Craftsy’s online instruction.

You’ll get access to thousands of classes and expert video tutorials in more than 16 different crafts, plus 600+ of the world’s leading creative experts, exclusive new videos released weekly, and unlimited access to all of the classes on Craftsy Unlimited. Once you’re an active member, you’ll even receive special member offers on supplies, recipes, patterns, and more!

Join the Craftsy community of 13 million makers to receive:

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After the free trial period, subscription rates are $14.99/month or an annual plan at $120/year. Cancel any time before the trial period ends and they will let you finish up the full 7 days for free. If you forget to cancel, contact Craftsy within 24 hours of being charged for a refund.  Visit Craftsy.com to learn more.

Online Classes: Learn Dog Training, Photography, Blog Design, Social Media + More

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New Year, New YOU! Learn a new skill or hobby. Start a blog or small business based on whatever you are passionate about.  It’s a new year and the perfect time to start learning something new. Online classes make it easy and flexible to get started. If you’ve been wanting to start a blog, learn a new hobby or teach your dog some new tricks, now is your chance!

Right now, Living Social has a whole slew of great online classes in everything from positive reward-based dog training to wedding planning and more. These classes let you explore a new interest or develop skills to take your hobby, career or small business to the next level.

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DIY Cat Castles: 20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself

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Looking for a great gift book for cat lovers or want to treat your own fancy feline to a new abode? Grab a copy of DIY Cat Castles: 20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself and learn how to build homemade habitats with easy instructions and common materials.

Shoeboxes and paper bags are fine for other cats. But your favorite felines deserve luxurious living spaces! This DIY construction guide includes fun and easy instructions for making cardboard trains, ships, food trucks, rockets, and other hideouts. Also included are tips for making cat climbing towers and scratching pads that they can use to stay sharp.

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All twenty projects are quick to assemble and require inexpensive and easy-to-find materials. You can customize them to match your cat’s wildest desires.
Get the book at Amazon.com for yourself or your favorite cat lover!

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Molly Mutt DIY Dog Bed Review + Giveaway

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Dog Bed Review Molly Mutt

Making your own dog bed with Molly Mutt is super easy…in fact the only hard part for us was deciding which of their 25+ beautiful and stylish designs to choose!

If you haven’t already heard about Molly Mutt, you might be wondering exactly what this DIY Dog Bed is and why you’d want one. Daisy and I will explain.

How Molly Mutt works
  • Molly Mutt makes individual components that you can buy separately and use together to create your own dog bed, or cover an old one to give it a brand new look! These include: the Molly Mutt 100% Cotton Duvet Cover, the Mesh Stuff Sack, and the Armor Water-Resistant Liner.

DIY Dog Bed Kit

If you’re looking to just cover an old dog bed, you can skip the Stuff Sack, but if you want to truly create your own dog bed, you can use old t-shirts, pillows, towels, coats, blankets, pajamas…basically anything that you have lying around taking up space that you want to get rid of, and stuff it all into the mesh Stuff Sack to hold all your stuff together and create a custom dog bed for your fur kid. It also makes it super easy to wash since you can just throw the whole sack in the wash!

I did a full KonMari when we moved last year, so I didn’t have a ton of stuff to stuff in the sack, but I did have some extra pillows and a knitted blanket that was all snagged up thanks to Daisy’s claws!

stuff sack

We need some new towels, so as soon as we get them, some of the old ones will get added to Daisy’s new Molly Mutt bed to make it just a little bit firmer. That’s what I love about it: not only do you get to re-use old stuff and reduce waste that would end up in landfills, but you also have complete control in customizing the firmness of your dog’s bed. Daisy likes her bed kind of medium, but you can make your dog bed squishy or firm, or whatever your pup likes!

The armor lining goes over the mesh stuff sack, and then the duvet cover goes over that. Everything zips up and fits nicely…super quick and easy, like changing a pillow case.

liner and duvet

The other really neat part is that it’s also super easy to clean. You just zip off the duvet cover and cold water wash, tumble dry low. And, as long as whatever you’ve stuffed your sack with is machine washable, you can throw all that in the wash as well. Using the Armor inner liner helps keep the stuffing dry and clean, and is also great for older dogs and those prone to accidents. We’re using Daisy’s new bed both inside and out on our patio, so it’s great having the water-resistant liner for the bed. Even though it’s a covered patio, stuff can still get damp when it rains…which happens a lot this time of year in South Florida! If you like using your dog’s bed outdoors then we highly recommend you get the Armor liner.

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Molly Mutt dog beds come in 4 sizes: petite under 15 lbs, small 15 – 30 lbs, med/large 30 – 70 lbs, and huge over 70 lbs. As I mentioned, the hardest part is choosing which design…they are all so gorgeous. Visit mollymutt.com to see them all and choose a style that fits your home decor and your dog’s unique personality!

Molly Mutt Dog Bed Giveaway

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