prepping for Santa’s arrival

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I mentioned when I gave you a sneak peek of our new Santa cookie party invitation and decor that each year I have a cookie decorating party a few days before Christmas. Imagine a bunch of kids decorating the treats they are going to leave for Santa. It really is so much fun!

Here’s a little inspiration for you to start your own holiday tradition:

Enjoy!

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melting snowman treats

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I found this cookie on The Decorated Cookie, I just love how she gives you all the how to’s, and bookmarked it to share like six months ago. This morning when I was preparing the post I found this melting cupcake on Nicisme’s Flickr portfolio so I thought I would give them both a little love today in honor of our first snow… which has already melted. {wink}

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

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free Thanksgiving printable

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I was browsing around tonight and visited a wonderful little blog called Skip To My Lou. Heard of it? Well if not, you have now. {wink}

Similar to how we’re saying thank you to all you wonderful people for reading our blog and shopping our store with a free set of BELIEVE! cupcake printables, they are offering a free Thanksgiving printable! Love it!

You can get yours with a quick, or not so quick, visit to their blog. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

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sneak peek at Santa

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I know it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, but I’m already looking forward to Christmas. As a matter of fact, we recently launched a new design and it’s none other than Santa himself!

I’m planning to use him for my annual cookie decorating party…  yes, sprinkles everywhere… but the kids have a blast decorating cookies for Santa and of course a few for themselves. {wink} And as this year’s favor, each little one will go home with his/her own Santa (child size) apron. The boys are so excited they keep asking when we’re going to start baking!

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gift: BELIEVE printable

As a small thank you to all of you who have helped us have a fabulous 2009 year: our customers, loyal readers of our blog, bloggers who have shared our shoppe and candidly everyone who was intrigued enough to stop by, we’re offering this free “BELIEVE!” printables collection for a limited time.

When thinking about what I wanted to give, I thought about what this year has been like. About how many people are suffering in this economy and I thought this message, BELIEVE, was appropriate for all of us this holiday season:

  • Believe in Him,
  • Believe in a better new year,
  • Believe in miracles,
  • Believe in each other, or simply
  • Believe in yourself.

The “BELIEVE!” printables collection includes:

  • Silver B-E-L-I-E-V-E-! cupcake picks
  • Silver cupcake wrappers
  • Red & White BELIEVE! Snowflake cupcake picks
  • Red & White Snowflake cupcake wrappers
  • (NOTE: Designs can also easily be converted into gift tags and a beautiful BELIEVE! banner)

Here’s a look at the red & white snowflake set. I’m not sure which one I love the most!

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HURRY because this offer ends Dec. 24, 2009. UPDATE: Although this freebie is over we offer something new each year. And if you’re just in love with this design, the collection is now available in our shoppe and has been expanded to include beverage wrappers, mats, placecards and more. Join us on facebook, twitter or sign up for our RSS feed (links all in the right navigation) and you’ll never miss a freebie!

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Merry Christmas and thank you!

Join us on facebook, signup for our newlsetter (with discount offers to the shoppe), follow us on twitter and pinterest.

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pilgrim hats & indian corn

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I think I have my kid thanksgiving table ideas almost solidified (I found the most beautiful fabric to make tepees out of) and I can’t wait to share them with you… but that requires that I actually get to my craft room and that doesn’t look promising with the amount of work on my desk this week. So until the weekend…

Anyway, I thought I would share a few of the wonderful ideas of the web in the meantime. These very cute pilgrim hats (the best part is I found a striped chocolate cookie, Kroger brand, that is dairy free so I can make these for my youngest too with a little melted dairy free chocolate; I can’t stand for him to be left out) and tepees are from Family Fun.

Next is the pilgrim hat placecard idea from Better Homes & Gardens. If I didn’t already have my placecard craft completed (one of the only components) I would strongly consider this one. Cute!

And last but not least, indian corn cakes from Taste of Home made with Reese’s pieces no less! Yummy!

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kid crafts for Thanksgiving

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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Family Fun magazine. I was perusing through the last two issues with my boys today and thought I would highlight just a few of the fun Thanksgiving crafts you can find on the site. Left to right: turkey luminaries, pilgrim and turkey hats, pom pom pumpkins, Lego turkey, pilgrim hat and mayflower placecards.

Happy crafting everyone!

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toddler to teen Thanksgiving table

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So this year my beautiful neices and nephews are joining my family for Thanksgiving dinner. We all know I love to decorate a table, but because my hubby and I both are the babies of our families our children are much younger than their cousins. My Thanksgiving kid’s table will run the gammet from a three year old toddler to a sixteen year old… oh yeah!

So I decided to look for some modern color combinations (light blue, brown, orange) with a little glitter for sparkle and pair it with some traditional kid type decor (teepees and turkeys). This is what I came up with and I hope they (and you) like it as much as I do. {wink}

I started by going to the fabric section of my craft store and then took my selection to the scrapbook cardstock section. I was able to find beautiful blue, green and brown shimmery cardstock and complementary fall tree design (on the vase). I used the blue for the “give thanks” centerpiece background and the napkin rings. I used the green for the letters on my “give thanks” centerpiece, and I used the brown as my placemats (wish I had gotten a shot of that for you).

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The centerpiece is a simple vase with a cardstock band and glitter branches embellished with a scallop punch “give thanks.”

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With a few swipes of the surger I made napkins out of the fabric, as well as these very fun, and slightly modern, teepees. Here’s what you’ll need to make a few of your own:

  • 22″ x 18″ swatch of fabric (makes two)
  • 6 thin dowels (3 for each teepee)
  • fabric glue
  • fabric pencil
  • surger
  • scissors

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And here’s how you make them:

  1. Cut four small 1/4″ slits of your fabric.
  2. Arrange your teepee poles (aka dowels). Note: Mine are two differnt heights.
  3. Wrap the strips of fabric around your poles and tack them down to the pole and the poles to each other with fabric glue. Allow the poles to set for at least 10 minutes before applying the teepee fabric.
  4. The teepee itself is a fourth of a circle. My tallest one is 11″ and my shortest is 7″.
  5. Using your teepee poles as a guide, mark your height for each teepee. Make sure that the top of your teepee poles are placed at the corner of the fabric and stick out like they will when your craft is completed.
  6. Surge the fabric all the way around.
  7. Gently set it on your teepee frame and tack it closed at the top with fabric glue.

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For the placecards I made little turkeys with real feathers. My boys loved picking out which ones would be at their plate… but my five year old kept calling them chickens… {wink}! Here’s what you’ll need from the craft store:

  • pack of brown/black/tan feathers
  • large and medium brown/black/tan pom poms 
  • brown pipe cleaners
  • brown cardstock
  • hot glue gun
  • wire cutters

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And here are the super simple steps to pull them together:

  1. Start by choosing your pom pom color combinations and your feathers. You’ll want a tall feather for the center and one or two, depending on how dense they are, for each side.
  2. Hot glue your feathers onto the back of your pompom and set them aside.
  3. Cut your turkey legs and turkey toes using a wire cutter.
  4. Hot glue your turkey toes to your turkey legs (and don’t burn yourself like I did!).
  5. Cut out circles, or scallops in my case, as your turkey base.
  6. Hot glue your turkey legs pointing outward slightly to the base.
  7. Hot glue on your turkey body and feathers.
  8. Finally hot glue on the turkey’s head, just on top, closer to the feathers than the feet.

I hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

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raise your centerpiece this fall

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I admit, I have a thing for cake plates, cupcake stands… basically any traditional or non-traditional way to stack food as a centerpiece. {wink} These are a few of my recent favorities.

  1. Glass Pedestal Stand & Dome
  2. Laurie Cake Pedestal
  3. Ironstone Cake Plates
  4. Square Cake Stand

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And here are some seasonal ways to dress them up:

  1. Midwest Living
  2. Martha Stewart
  3. Country Living
  4. American Greetings

Be inspired and have a wonderful weekend!

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giggling to gobbled!

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Okay, I swear my obsession with the Thanksgiving turkey cookie and cupcake are going to end soon, but before it could I needed to get into the kitchen myself. And I did just that with my two little ones this week. These are mine. I call them the giggling gobblers. All smiles and happy… little did they know they were about be “gobbled!” {wink}

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And this is what they likely looked like (thanks Alex!) just before the terrible end. Feathers flipped around, wide eyes, melting chocolate, mouth screaming… Ahhhhhhhhh!! Just trying to help you guys get in the Thanksgiving spirit. {giggle}

Oh, and if you’re interested in making the before version, here’s what you’ll need (just so you know, they’re kind of big… but could be fun as a placecard at your Thanksgiving kid’s table):

  • Sugar cookies (round and large flower shapes)
  • Chocolate and white icing (we used Pillsbury cream cheese since there is no egg or dairy)
  • Candy corn (we were lucky and found a dairy free store brand at Kroger)
  • Yellow and orange food coloring (I recommend gel so that you don’t thin your icing)
  • Optional: M&Ms for the after version

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Outline and flood a flower cookie (chocolate or yellow depending on your version) and a round cookie.
  2. Once they’ve almost set, stack them and start decorating.
    •  Candy corn feathers, or
    • Pipe orange outline, like leaf veins, using a plastic bottle (like we did) or a #2 tip would work the same
  3. Pipe on the eyes and add a candy corn nose

Remember, not everything you bake has to be perfect. Enjoy your little ones in the kitchen; it makes for great holiday memories!

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