LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — From her delicious edible confections to her vintage 1950s-style clothing, everything in Christine McConnell’s world is handmade.

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“I just started making stuff and I found … now I like never go buy clothes. I just go buy fabric and I just make it myself,” said McConnell, who previously was a secretary.

She explains that she started posting photos of her hobbies online a few years ago.

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“I didn’t go to school for any of this. I don’t have like a college degree or anything fancy,” she said. “It was all just trial and error and watching YouTube videos basically. So like, if I had a question, YouTube was my teacher.”

Completely self-taught, she pushed herself and the images quickly went viral.

“I have like a horrifying sweet tooth and I always have so I just started making things that were like my favorite thing to make and I realized that I have a passion for it,” she said.

RECIPE: Christine McConnell’s ‘Brownie Bug’

Among McConnell’s creations are a fruit basket that is really dessert, a dinner that’s actually doughnuts, intricate chocolate tea sets and a Godzilla-Bridezilla cake.


She’s been called the “Tim Burton of baking.”

“I’m actually going to be doing a project for the marketing for Tim Burton’s next movie,” she said. “So that’s a really, really exciting thing. I haven’t met him but they are talking about working that out. And I mean, obviously he’s such a massive inspiration.”

McConnell’s new book, “Deceptive Desserts: A Lady’s Guide to Baking Bad,” is already a best-seller.

While some of her projects take time, they don’t require tons of money.

“You can spend a bazillion dollars or you can go to Walmart and get basic groceries,” she said. “You don’t have to have a lot of money. I didn’t have a lot of money when I was doing this entire book and everything building up to the book deal.”

But as a result of her determination, McConnell is experiencing overwhelming, sweet success.

“I was really never much of a dreamer as far as thinking incredible things were going to happen to me. I’m just like everybody else and I just got really lucky,” she said.

For McConnell’s “brownie bug” recipe, click here.


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