Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

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Easy 4th of July Decorations

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Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.

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Festive July 4th Desserts

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive 4th of July desserts! With star-shape scones and piecrusts, tempting tarts, colorful shakes, and fresh berries, these recipes for 4th of July desserts are sure to stand out at your patriotic celebration.

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4th of July Cake Recipes

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

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Folk Art Halloween

Crafter Johanna Parker's enchanting Halloween folk art sculptures are so appealing, you'll want to display them year-round. Follow her method to make your own sculptural candy container.


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    • Paper Treat Bucket

      This cat candy container, made by Johanna Parker from painted papier-mache, is just one of many pieces that she makes year-round for Johanna Parker Design. Since 2003, Johanna has molded, sculpted, and painted legions of witches, pumpkins, cats, ghouls, and other Halloween icons. See the next slides for instructions on how to craft your own papier-mache candy container.

    • Beginning a Project

      Johanna, who specializes in creating black cats, witches, owls, and jack-o'-lanterns, begins each character with a piece of wadded up newspaper. Then she applies a layer of papier-mache and uses a palette knife and miniature spatula for sculpting the eyes, nose, and other facial features.

    • The Painting Process

      The basic form is baked at a low temperature in the oven for four hours and allowed to cool thoroughly. Then it's lightly sanded and painted. The average piece takes about six hours to complete, so Johanna works on several pieces at a time over a period of days. See the next slides for more of Johanna's decorating projects and ideas.

    • Friendly & Cheery

      Johanna's creatures are decidedly noncreepy -- in fact, almost every piece sports an infectious broad grin. The creatures also are adorned with other whimsical-looking facial features, fanciful cuffs and collars, wire accessories in the form of stars, and whiskers or spiderweb pals.

    • Signature Painted Hats

      To play up the celebratory air of Halloween, Joanna tops many of her sculptures with painted hats. The pointed party hats, adorned with pictorial Halloween scenes, have become a part of the artist's signature style.

      According to Johanna, it's the same party hats that separate her work from other crafters' because they allow her to combine illustration and sculpture. "I'll do an illustrated hat and add it to a pumpkin, cat, owl, or something else," she says.

    • Complementary Vintage Decorations

      Johanna incorporates period pieces, such as the antique game board on the wall, to complement the vintage look of her artwork. The witch and flying spider shown here are also Johanna's work.

    • Home Sweet Halloween Home

      Johanna displays her wares in her home, where art deco style plays a role in the artist's designs. Johanna's sculptures mirror the same timelessness as the curved velvet furnishings in the living room and the brightly colored dishes stacked in her kitchen.

      Johanna and her husband, JP d' Andrimont, a woodworker, collaborated on the fireplace screen fashioned from papier-mache applied over a wooden frame.

    • Cat in the Niche

      Niches throughout her house make perfect display spaces for charming designs. Hanging below the cat is a pumpkin cone that doubles as a Halloween noisemaker.

    • Mixed Media

      An antique pressed-paper owl keeps watch over some of Johanna's cat and pumpkin designs.

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      Shelf Space

      Using an old shelf unit for display space, Johanna mixes her original creations with white pottery and an array of vintage Halloween collectibles.

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      About the Artist

      For most people Halloween comes just once a year, but for Johanna, the holiday is a year-round commitment. (Her October 31 birthday may have something to do with her infatuation with all things black and orange.) Long after October 31 has passed, Johanna is busy fashioning a new cast of characters for the ever growing line of Halloween-inspired creations for her business.

      The daughter of an artist (her mother specializes in primitive folk art designs), Johanna began winning contests for her drawings at age 5. By the end of high school, she had received a full scholarship to the Art Institute of Colorado. In 2003, after working as a graphic designer and art director for a Denver television news station program, she left to start her own home-based business, Johanna Parker Design.

      Johanna and her husband, JP, live for dressing up for Halloween, too. Once he dressed as a broomstick to go with her witch costume.

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      Design from Johanna

      Download this free black cat label designed by Johanna. Use the image to decorate Halloween cards, trick-or-treat bags, and more!

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