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Live and Lush

Yes, that’s exactly how Julia prefers her Christmas decorations! Setting a centerpiece afresh every holiday season (versus pulling it out of a box) might be more time-consuming, but it sends an important signal to guests about how special they are.

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Don’t Be Half-Hearted

That’s right! Why not go all-out with your Valentine’s Day cookie decorating?! With Julia’s January 2023 Kitchen Club releases, it’s especially easy to impress with stunning 3-D heart box cookies in not one, but two styles. Her Parisian Rose Heart

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Cross Your Heart

Yes, please promise yourself that you’ll make some of Julia’s 3-D heart boxes in her Kitchen Club Collection. You won’t regret the decision! The box walls are simple stacks of 2-D heart cookies, which means these projects are a lot

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Ooh La La!

Here’s another stunner made with Julia’s Parisian Rose Heart Box kit, part of her Kitchen Club Collection! In this case, Julia was able to seamlessly superimpose the Eiffel Tower on the background of cabbage roses by using the novel masking

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City-of-Love Styling

Let’s zoom in on Julia’s Paris-themed heart box cookie so you can better appreciate its romantic City-of-Love styling! Made with her Parisian Rose Heart Box kit in her Kitchen Club Collection, this box sports swallows darting about the Eiffel Tower.

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Beauty, Inside and Out

Julia is a firm believer that 3-D cookie projects should look just as good on the inside as they do on the outside. And this heart box, made with Julia’s Parisian Rose Heart Box kit in her Kitchen Club Collection,

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Watch Your Back!

This admonition applies not just to life in general, but also to decorated 3-D cookies! A 3-D cookie is only as beautiful as its weakest angle, so be sure to decorate all views with equal love and care. In the

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No Keeping Mum

And that’s a fact when it comes to these cookie boxes made with Julia’s Magnificent Mum Heart Box kit, one of two box kits released in January 2023. Once you see the striking designs possible with this one kit, you’ll

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Palette Perfection

Though Julia’s Magnificent Mum Heart Box kit is the easier of the two kits she released in January 2023 (because it has fewer stencil overlays), it still affords multiple box possibilities. Move the mum stencil around, add messages to the

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Bolder in Brown

Stencil choice and arrangement aren’t the only things that influence Julia’s heart box cookie designs. In the case of this box, crafted with Julia’s Magnificent Mum Heart Box kit, color plays a key role. Julia’s use of dark brown airbrush

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Inside Story

The insides of Julia’s 3-D heart box cookies shouldn’t be neglected. Give them a story – or at least a personal message or two – by filling them with hearts crafted with the stencils in Julia’s box kits. Made with

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Diminutive Dreams

Some say the best things come in small packages! And these mini heart box cookies, styled with stencils in Julia’s Parisian Rose Heart Box kit, are sure to convince you that these avowers are correct. There’s just no denying that

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Santa-scape

Truth be told, Julia got a little flack online for posting her Christmas 2022 table decorated with ceramic hens (“Who does that?!”)! Plus, she had the same guests visiting for many days over the holiday, and she thought they might

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Sans Santa?

Even without her vintage Santa collection, Julia’s Christmas 2022 table design (the second one of the season, in fact!) would offer plenty of eye candy. From the richly layered china and glittery plate-top baubles to the place cards and mats

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Farm-Style Festivity Redux

Few people know that Julia and her husband own a farm in rural Missouri. Perhaps if they did, they’d understand why she decorates her table in a farm motif almost every Christmastime! Here, her 2022 holiday table is festooned much

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Hen-Happy

Yeah, Julia gets a little hen-happy when it comes to her tablescapes – especially at Christmas. The vintage ceramic birds featured here on her 2022 Christmas table are commonly found in white, red, and green – the perfect complement of

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