handprint Christmas ornament with PBK

Since my kids were itty bitty I’ve shopped at Pottery Barn Kids each Christmas for keepsake ornaments for our tree. And now it’s covered in red oval and square picture frame ornaments and the happy little faces of my babies. And this year I’m adding this lovely white handprint ornament!

I’m a bit obsessed with their feet and hands. Since they’re now six and eight, I guess I just feel my time is running out and I have to capture them every chance I get. (This is our Christmas tree footprint art from last year and I have plans for their feet this year too!)

So this marshmallow clay handprint ornament from Pottery Barn Kids was perfect to add to my ever growing collection of keepsake ornaments!

And the best part, since my children are older they could help make the ornament from beginning to end, making it even more special. Plus, it’s a mess-free craft. No plaster powder to mix and if you mess up you just roll the clay again until you get it perfect.

The Pottery Barn Kids Keepsake Handprint Ornament kit comes with pure white marshmallow clay, a rolling pin, two sizes of round mold cutters (hand and foot… I used the foot size for my boys’ hands), a hole punch and a ribbon.

And with the left over marshmallow clay, we got creative. He made a snowman…

and then we broke out the Sharpies, so I could write the year on his print, and he could draw a picture on his clay. It started as a sun and turned into a sunflower. As a mommy, I thought it was adorable. Even the dots of black permanent pen he got on his nose and lip while drawing… {grin}.

You can find keepsake ornaments, perfect for baby shower gifts too, at Pottery Barn Kids ~ find a PBK store or shop PBK ornaments online.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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5 Christmas cookie packaging ideas

I bake… a lot… especially during the holidays and I’m always trying to be unique yet practical with my Christmas cookie packaging. For my most recent post with Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com I crafted five ways to package your Christmas cookies this holiday season based on the size and shape of your goodies! These gift wrap ideas are perfect for cookie exchange parties too!

Hop over to Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com to see all five cookie packaging ideas!

But before you go, I’m giving away my crimson red, Tiffany blue and white striped Christmas gift tags, plus a pattern sheet that we used in one of the packaging ideas.

Download your “Eat More Cookies” tags and blank Christmas tags, personalize them with your family name, print and give some yummy Keebler Elf goodness this holiday season!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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gingerbread cookie coffee… mmm!


I’m a coffee lover… big time. For me, sipping a great cup of steaming coffee is relaxing. And honestly it’s often my “sweet” treat to myself. In my business I’m often surrounded by goodies and I’d be as big as a house if I indulged in all of them. So instead of nibbling, I sip. {wink}

And now that the holidays are here I’m revelling in the yummy flavors available from Duncan Donuts at my local grocery. See, when I want a cup of coffee while I pour {pun intended} over a new design or I’m in my studio styling a new craft idea, I might not be able to run out to the Duncan Donuts retail location (like 15 minutes away), but I do have time to stop at my kitchen coffee maker! YUM!

I say, tis the season to treat yourself, and you can find all these delish flavors at your local grocery store:

  • Pumpkin Spice: You’ll fall for this warm holiday flavor again and again.
  • Mocha Mint: Satisfy that chocolate craving with a warm cup of this minty winter treat.
  • Gingerbread Cookie: Catch this perfect combination of sugar and spice if you can.

 As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake (with a cup of coffee in your hand), create and celebrate! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

As you might expect, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would have it no other way. And a huge thank you to Dunkin’ Donuts® packaged coffee (available at your local grocery for anyone that wants to run right and grab some) for being my sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective.

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share the joy with World Market

The holiday season, the season of giving, is officially here and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share that World Market is already in the spirit and wants you to be too! More details below about how you have a chance to win and give, but right now I want to share what the fabulous people at World Market let me do! {giddy}

There is a local charity here in Columbus called Buckeye Ranch. Among it’s many services, it offers residential housing to young children that are suffering from abuse, mental issues, and more. As a mom of two healthy happy little boys, my heart bleeds for these children. (By the way, if you’re in the central Ohio area, Buckeye Ranch has an adopt-a-family program this season and are in need of items big and small.)

So when World Market asked if I’d like to shop the store and give away my finds to a needy charity, I jumped at the chance. My boys and I are bakers. We love to get in the kitchen and let the flour fly. We have fun, but not only that we talk. And we giggle. We’re gigglers. But for many of these little ones, fond holiday memories are not recent, if ever at all.

So my youngest and I decided to create a basket of baking supplies for the children at Buckeye and Michelle, the administrator we worked with, assures me that our goodies will make it to several of the houses on the ranch. {Due to the nature of the charity we weren’t able to take photos of the actual gift giving, but I assure you there were smiles!} 

These are just a few of the goodies we picked up! My guy had a blast browsing the isles and I knew if he loved the items the kids at the ranch would too. (I practically had to wrestle the big gumball tube away from him… I think Santa might have to bring one of those to our house!)

As much as he loved the gumballs, I loved these collapsable icing bottles. Genius!! I’m always tapping mine on the counter to get the icing to the tip… not anymore! Plus, these are great for small hands. We had to have several of these.

Oh, and the ornaments at World Market are beautiful… and sparkly! We picked this little glitterly Santa ornament up to embellish our gift basket, but we had to pick up another one… Santa in a space ship… {grin} for our own tree.

I also fell in love with this stripe mixing bowl and the Cookies for Santa platter. Those will be gracing my home this holiday season. So much cuteness in World Market! By the way, this picture doesn’t do our haul justice. There was just no way to get it all in one shot. {happy dance} 

And what is a gift without a card?! So my little guy broke out the construction paper, scissors, glue and pencils. He made the sweetest card. Simple, but oh so sweet. I must have taken 40 pictures of him (no worries, I’ll save those for family) trying to cut out the perfect heart.

I hope you’re inspired to give this holiday season. I know I personally have the bug now!

And World Market wants to help get you in the spirit by hosting a Share The Joy Sweepstakes! Join them on facebook and enter to win the Share The Joy Sweepstakes now!

You can also connect with World Market on Pinterest, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram! Happy Holidays everyone!

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own. I’d have it no other way here in my little corner of the world!

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Thanksgiving kid craft ~ make a turkey

Chatting over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com this week about keeping your kiddos busy on Thanksgiving Day with easy and fun turkey craft ideas and treats! (Free Thanksgiving printables can be downloaded at the bottom of this page!)

This is an easy personalized turkey placecard idea and I share on Snackpicks how to make this fun project take longer than 3 minutes (don’t you think some crafts are just too short!), keeping your little pumpkins entertained and excited to be part of decorating the Thanksgiving kids table!

Join me over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for more Thanksgiving Day kid activity ideas, and some very fun Thanksgiving kid treats from me and other fabulous bloggers.

And don’t forget to download our FREE Thanksgiving party printables ~ beverage tags, beverage wrappers and “pick your own” pumpkin sign!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Thanksgiving kid activity: thankful tree

My little ones NEED fun things to keep them busy on Thanksgiving Day because the rest of us congregate in the kitchen a lot. Not always cooking… more like nibbling… as my mom cooks.

So this year my boys are going to be decorating part of their own Thanksgiving kids table. First craft up, a Thankful Tree, but instead of cutting out or punching out leaf shapes, they will be rubbing real leaves with crayons and they will be collecting said leaves as well. The reason? I want this activity to take longer than 3 minutes. {grin}

Join me over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for more Thanksgiving Day kid activity ideas, and some very fun Thanksgiving kid treats from me and other fabulous bloggers.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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8 black & white Halloween ideas

It’s not too late to get creative this Halloween, especially with these fabulously fun black and white ideas from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores!

My absolute favorite crafts in this collection are the black and white animal print Funkins with the treats inside! And a close second is the spooky silhouette embroidery hoops with bats, spiders and rats… oh my! {grin} So clever! You can find full tutorials for these projects and many more on JoAnns Halloween site. 

No worries if you’re all wrapped up for Halloween, they have some adorable fall party ideas that would be perfect for Thanksgiving!

And you simply must checkout JoAnns Christmas craft ideas. The site starts with a beautiful storybook video entry and takes you on a journey around what could be your woodland inspired Christmas!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and of course, CELEBRATE!! Happy Halloween!

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my recipes cookbook GIVEAWAY

I love cookbooks, but they have to have pictures. I need to “see” what the final dish is going to look like… I know. {grin}

Now MyRecipes.com, Time Inc.’s popular food and recipe website, has created the next generation of cookbooks. 

America’s Favorite Food has a unique Scan-It/Cook-It™ feature that lets readers instantly access recipe-specific videos, professional tips and cooking guides via their smart phone or tablet without leaving the kitchen! Genius!

The images are beautiful! And see that “scan this photo” box in the corner… download a free app, scan it and you’re watching a video on how to soften butter for the recipe. LOVE this book!

Visit MyRecipes.com on youtube for a quick video on how this all works:

Isn’t it amazing?! Want to win a copy? {smile} 

Entering is simple and you can enter up to five times using Rafflecopter (in the box below, either login with facebook or just use your e-mail address):

  1. Comment,
  2. Be or become a fan of The Celebration Shoppe on facebook,
  3. Be or become a fan of MyRecipes.com on facebook,
  4. Be or become a twitter follower of The Celebration Shoppe,
  5. Tweet about this giveaway

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Good luck!

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organize your craft room GIVEAWAY


I’m always looking for great storage for my craft room. I have an ever growing supply and it can get out of control. {grin}

So when the fabulous people at Rubbermaid asked if I’d like to try the new Bento Boxes available at JoAnns Craft and Fabric Stores, I was all in!

The new Bento Boxes are a stylish design that can stay out in the open. No need to hide these pretty fabric covered storage boxes. But they’re not just pretty, they’re a bit genius when it comes to organizing and getting the best use of the space!

Have a look! Bento Boxes have interior dividers that you can customize. They pop out, literally, from the side and they’re strong so things don’t slip under the dividers.

Other fabulous features that I’ve really enjoyed, especially when hauling my craft supplies around my house or off to photo shoots — the lids and handles. The lids are super stong and completely flat on top so you can actually use them as a work surface. But again, there’s more… you can flip the lid upside down and have a work surface with sides so things don’t roll away. This might be my favorite feature when we’re shooting outside!


And what’s better, I’m giving away a set to one lucky reader! Entering is simple and you can enter up to four times using Raffelcoption (in the box below, either login with facebook or just use your e-mail address):

  1. Comment,
  2. Be or become a fan of The Celebration Shoppe on facebook,
  3. Be or become a fan of Rubbermaid on facebook,
  4. Tweet about this giveaway

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create, celebrate! Good luck!

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DIY Halloween trick-or-treat bags


I’m hanging out over on my blog at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com today sharing some fun and creative DIY Halloween trick-or-treat bag ideas! 

With Halloween just around the corner I’m getting excited. And as you ladies know, I love to craft, bake and in general create with my two boys and the holidays just give me a specific reason to pull them into the kitchen or the craft room.

I also like to volunteer in their classrooms and these simple, economical and creative Halloween treat bags will be perfect for their class Halloween parties this year.

I whipped up four ideas using colorful lunch bags: a Monster, Owl, Spider Web and Cat. I hope you’ll hop over to Snackpicks.com and join me for all the easy DIY details and of course a step-by-step pictorial of how to make each bag!

Oh, and there might be a coupon or two for your favorite Kellogg’s products if you join the newsletter! {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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