My 3rd Hand Mirror; Mounted

I have long hair and have been seeing some really neat updos and hairstyles online that I would love to try. The problem lies in the fact that you usually need 2 hands to work with the hair and a 3rd hand to hold the mirror so you can see what you are doing on the back side of your head!

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My solution was to use my towel ladder to balance a standing mirror with a swiveling head on one of the upper rungs.

Wouldn’t you know – this is the only picture I have of the old mirror – you know the type I am talking about though. It was large enough to sit on one rung and lean against the one above it plus the side of the ladder.

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This worked fine for awhile, but with 2 rambunctious boys in the house, it was doomed for failure – yes, I forgot to set back on the ladder one time and “someone” (who goes by the name of “Not me” at my house) bumped the ladder and it fell to the floor. Fortunately it didn’t shatter, just cracked and broke one of the sides away from the frame that allowed it to swivel.

I used it for awhile that way but it was really difficult to position. I even tried using a twistie tie to hold it in place, but it was a royal pain to work with.

I looked into getting the scissor fold mirrors that you can attach to the wall but the ones I could find around here cost $30 and I wasn’t sure it was really worth it. I picked up a $5 hand mirror and tried to do the braids blind but that wasn’t working very well either!

So, when my sisters and I went to IKEA last weekend (a 5 hour drive for us), I saw a scissor mirror for $4.99 and I grabbed it.

Instead of installing it on the wall I attached it to the side of my towel ladder. I should really attach the ladder to the wall to insure it’s safety, but the ladder has never been bumped over in the last year, so I think we’ll be alright!

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Of course, I had to do a trial run to see how it would work, so I did a more complicated updo and the mirror worked great! I could see where to put the hair and bobby pins no matter what side of the head I was working with.

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I’m excited to do a few more braids and more complex updos that require 2 hands and a 3rd-hand-mirror. (I never realized how difficult it is to take a picture of the back of your head in the mirror – you should try it sometime!)

On a side note – I thought it was so funny how the instructions for hanging the mirror were all pictures – one of which included a burning curtain which was caused by the sun shining on the mirror pointing at the curtain! I guess I never thought about that happening!TQ Jo signature

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Heart Cupcake Bouquet How To

I did this for my son’s teacher’s birthday party but this would be a fun Valentine’s Day idea also!

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You will need 12 5 oz. cups. I laid them out in a heart shape so I could keep it straight how they go together.

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I started with the bottom three and stapled them all to each other.

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Make sure that you pinch together well so that the ends of the staple get squished down – really technical terms, huh?!?!?!

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Here you can see how each cup is stapled at every point that they touch. You will need to stagger the edges of the cup. The center is usually the highest point so you can work down or up from that point.

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Here you can see how the center stands taller than the edges.

I added a plastic wrap strip that goes underneath the cupcake so that you can pull on the “tab” to help lift the cupcake without getting you fingers full of frosting!

Then I added the cupcakes and frosted them with a large swirl, added a fondant flower and, using double stick tape on the cups, attached one sheet of tissue paper around.

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Simple and quick, but pretty and fun!

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Cozy Coupe Cake

When I get a request for a cake that is based on an actual object, I usually try to go directly off of an image. In this case, I found a picture of a cozy coupe from the front and traced the outline and major details also. I just hold the blank paper on top of the printed picture and use a pencil to draw the lines. I then scanned this in and inserted the picture into a drawing program where I could expand the picture to the size I needed to use the most amount of the 9×13 cake I made. In this case I trimmed the sides of the top and added them to the top to make the correct height of the cozy coupe. I also did some skimming to give it more dimension – adding the skimmed off parts to the eyes and face of the coupe. After I had it to the point I was satisfied, I then crumb coated to seal in the moisture while I worked with the different colors.

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I piped on the main color – in this instance – red, and smoothed and made impressions for the bumper and mouth.

When I am working with buttercream I like to use waxed paper as a mask to keep the colors separate. So before I piped on the black, I cut out waxed paper and covered the well- crusted red so the black would not overlap where it shouldn’t.

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After allowing the black to crust and smoothing them, I went on to the white. The background of the cab portion and the eyes were white. I did not use a waxed paper mask for these, but very carefully piped and smooth the colors trying to keep a relatively straight clean line between colors.

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Then it was time to add the yellow cab portion. Again, I piped the yellow on with a large round tip which helped to keep a nice line between colors.

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Waiting between each color takes a lot of time, so it probably took me an hour and half on and off working on just the base icing of this cake! If you are comfortable with fondant (and the people you serve like it!), that would be a much faster avenue of covering a cake like this.

Now – here comes the fun part – the details. This is where a cake comes to life!

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Here is the little smash cake that went with it…

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