IT IS ONE PART RETRO STYLE AND TWO PARTS DELICIOUS. THE LATEST SOCIAL MEDIA SENSATION HAS BEEN DUBBED, THE TEMPERED IN A BAKING. SHE IS COMPLETELY SELF- TAUGHT. STEPPED INTO CHRISTINE MCCONNELL’S DREAMY RETRO TWISTED WORLD. EVERYTHING IS HANDMADE FROM HER DELICIOUS EDIBLE CONFECTIONS, TO HER VINTAGE 1950s STYLE CLOTHING. I STARTED MAKING STUFF. NOW I NEVER GO GET CLOTHING. I JUST GET FABRIC AND MAKE IT MYSELF. A SECRETARY BY DAY, SHE STARTED POSTING PHOTOS OF HER WORK ONLINE. I DIDN’T GO TO SCHOOL FOR THIS. I DON’T HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE. IT WAS ALL TRIAL AND ERROR. AND WATCHING YOUTUBE VIDEOS BASICALLY. IF I HAD A QUESTION, YOUTUBE WAS MY TEACHER. COMPLETELY SELF-TAUGHT, SHE PUSHED HERSELF AND THE IMAGES QUICKLY WENT VIRAL. I STARTED MAKING THINGS THAT WERE MY FAVORITE THINGS TO MAKE. I REALIZED I HAD A PASSION. SHE CREATED A THIRD BASKET — A FRUIT BASKET THAT IS REALLY DESERT. DOUGHNUTS. A PRIVATE VILLA. AND GUESS WHO SHE JUST STRUCK UP A PARTNERSHIP WITH. THAT WAS AWESOME. I WILL BE DOING A PROJECT FOR MARKETING FOR THE NEXT MOVIE FOR TIM BURTON. IT IS A REALLY EXCITING THING. I HAVE NOT MET HIM. HE IS SUCH A MASSIVE INSPIRATION. HER NEW BOOK IS ALREADY A BESTSELLER CALLED DECEPTIVE DESSERTS. A LADY’S GUIDE TO BAKING BAD. AND WHILE SOME OF HER PROJECTS TAKE TIME, THEY DO NOT REQUIRE A LOT OF MONEY. IT DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO SPEND. YOU CAN SPEND A BILLION DOLLARS. OR YOU CAN GO TO WALMART AND GET BASIC THINGS. I DID NOT HAVE A LOT OF MONEY BUILDING UP TO THIS. I WAS REALLY SCRAPING BY. AS A RESULT OF HER DETERMINATION, CHRISTINE IS EXPERIENCING OVERWHELMING SWEET SUCCESS. I WAS NEVER MUCH OF A DREAMER — THINKING INCREDIBLE THINGS WOULD HAPPEN TO ME. I WAS JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. I JUST GOT REALLY LUCKY. MCCONNELL WILL BE IN NEW