pirate flag how to video

Thanks to everyone who watched me craft a no sew pirate birthday party flag on Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan this past Wednesday. And for those of you who didn’t catch it, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a clip. Please leave a comment. We would love to know what you thought of the segment and what you think of the craft idea. And here’s the materials list and step-by-step instructions. Happy crafting!

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garden party cupcake tier

Garden party cupcake tierSo I guess it is obvious that I have Spring fever. I absolutely love this idea, not necessarily the cupcake design though. Here’s a much cooler sunflower cupcake, but what I wanted to show you was the display. This idea is fabulous (courtesy domestic diva Martha Stewart) for our bugs and butterflies birthday theme. You’ll need:

  • Three white cake plates, each slightly smaller than the other
  • Small clear glass (tubular is best)
  • Green crepe paper
  • Small watering can
  • Craft paper for the flower petals
  • Suckers

And here’s how you do it:

  1. First cut leaf shapes out of the green crepe paper; you’re going to need 50 to 60 so that they overlap.
  2. Next stack your cake plates and using double stick tape apply your leaves so that they overlap slightly and hang off the edge.
  3. Taking the craft paper, a thick card stock would be best, cut out a flower petal shape with five petals. Using a bone folder, crease each petal, and with a hole punch, place a hole in the center of the petal and insert your sucker. (You may need to use a small dab of glue or tape to hold the petal in place on the sucker stick. Just make sure it is non-toxic.) Finally place your sucker flowers in the small watering can.
  4. Arrange your flower cupcakes and top with your fun watering can. DONE!

Happy crafting!

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Daytime Columbus guest tomorrow

pirate flagFor those of you in the greater Columbus area, I’ll be a guest on Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan tomorrow demonstrating how to make our pirate flag craft.

Check it out and then post a comment to let me know how I did and what you might like to see when I go back on Jan. 21. I’m thinking a safari adventure.

Here’s a link to Daytime Columbus, as well as materials list, tools list, templates and step-by-step instructions for the pirate flag craft.

See you there!

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sugar n spice slow pokes

Snail candySo vacation is finally over and I had so many fun ideas over the holidays. I only hope I can find all those scraps of paper I wrote them on! {wink} Here’s one that I thought was just too adorable not to share for our bugs and butterflies theme from our friends at Martha Stewart.

It’s easy to turn candy into lively decorations and ornaments. When you cut into a gummy candy, you expose the sticky interior; this built-in adhesive is the primary tool for assembling these creatures. The larger the sticky surface, the better the parts will hold. These snails are simply hard candies for the shell and their faces are spice drops fitted with licorice-twist antennae and nonpareil eyes.

Place one of these at each place setting and watch your guests marvel. Or, better yet, let this be a activity during your gathering and the kids can show off their creative bug creatures.

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“all the buzz” cupcakes

Beehive cupcakeI know we’re only a few days off Christmas, but I’m already starting to have Spring fever… which is not good since I live in Ohio and will have at least four more months of cold. Regardless of the weather, these beautiful beehive cupcakes from brightideas.com will make any girls luncheon or birthday party all the buzz. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups SNICKERS® Brand Miniatures
  • 1 box (18 oz.) your favorite cake mix
  • 2 cans (16 oz. each) vanilla frosting
  • Yellow food coloring
  • 1 cup orange STARBURST® Brand Jellybeans
  • 1 tube chocolate decorative frosting, with plain tip
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cups M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies
  • Resealable plastic bag
  • 24 paper cupcake liners classic
  • 2 12-cup muffin tins
  • 3 pieces construction paper, in bright, spring colors (orange, pink, green, etc.)
  • Serving tray, optional

Detailed instructions:

  1. Set 24 SNICKERS® Brand Miniatures aside. Chop the remaining candy and set aside.
  2. Line the 2 muffin tins with the paper cupcake liners. Prepare the cake mix, fold in the chopped candy, and bake according to the package directions.
  3. Let the cupcakes cool to room temperature.
  4. In the meantime, tint the frosting with yellow food coloring to the desired shade. Dab a teaspoon of frosting on the bottom of each reserved SNICKERS® Brand Miniatures and place one on top of each cupcake.
  5. Frost the top of the cupcake, covering both the cupcake and candy. This will help support the frosting beehive.
  6. Spoon the remaining frosting into a resealable plastic bag. Using scissors, snip a small corner of the bag. Pipe the frosting in a spiral fashion, starting at the bottom of the hive and working your way up to the top.
  7. Place jellybeans randomly around the cupcake hives, and gently squeeze the chocolate frosting in a zigzag pattern on top of them.
  8. For the bee’s wings, place an almond slice on both sides of each jellybean.
  9. To serve, create flower cut-outs from the construction paper. Place the flowers on a table or serving tray, put a hive on each flower, and sprinkle with M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies.

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new design: pink petals

Pink PetalsI just approved a new design and lovingly named it “pink petals.” And since it is so adorable we’re also going to have a “blue petals.” We have a few more things to wrap up and within days you’ll be able to get these beautiful new designs under girlfriend gatherings for baby showers and under birthdays for our little girls.

I’ll tweet and post as soon as they’re available. Not following me on twitter, you should; I often post discounts! Check out the one I posted today: http://twitter.com/celebshoppe

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cookie decorating frenzy

Gingerbread houseWe hosted our annual cookie decorating party yesterday and I have to say it was a hit. Not only did the kids have fun with the sprinkles, but the moms got to catch up over a glass of wine. In the end I think Santa will be quite pleased with his assortment and the creativity that went into his goodies on Christmas Eve. Was wonderful seeing you girls!

And for those of you who are a little more serious when it comes to decorating for Santa, check out how to make a beautifully shaped cookie and flood it with icing.

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goodies as gifts

Peppermint barkSo how many of you can go the season without a little peppermint bark? When I was in corporate America we would get huge tins of it from vendors, so believe me… my family has eaten their weight in it over the years. So when I thought of giving gifts “from the heart” and from the kitchen this year, I thought of peppermint bark. Here are the ingredients from MarthaStewart.com: (This makes about 2 ¼ lbs.)

  • 2 pounds white chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 12 large candy canes
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil

And easy steps:

  1. Line an 11-by-17-inch baking sheet with parchment, and set aside.
  2. In the top of a double boiler, melt white chocolate, stirring constantly.
  3. With a chef’s knife or meat tenderizer, cut or pound candy canes into 1/4-inch pieces.
  4. Stir pieces of candy canes and peppermint oil into the melted chocolate. Remove from heat, and pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet; spread evenly. Chill until firm, 25 to 30 minutes. Break into pieces, and serve. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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Riverbirch branch chandelier

Christmas chandelierI saw this in a Pottery Barn magazine and just had to figure out how to do it. It’s actually a good deal easier than you might imagine. You just have to be willing to screw a few holes in the ceiling. (Your hubby can patch them later.) So here it is. You’ll need:

  • Riverbirch tree branches (these trees are naturally white), or regular tree branches and some white spray paint
  • 8 eyehooks
  • Heavy duty fishing line
  • Christmas ornaments with ribbon
  • Wood glue

Steps:

  1. Arrange your branches and glue them to one another using strong wood glue (you don’t want anything crashing down on your holiday festivities).
  2. Once you’ve allowed the branches to dry (overnight), drill or screw four eyehooks into the corners of your newly formed chandelier.
  3. Next tie the fishing line (be careful of the length, you don’t want to try and measure after your hubby is holding this thing up in the air) to the eyebolts.
  4. Tie on your ornaments with festive ribbon.
  5. Now it’s time for putting the holes in the ceiling; no worries, a little caulk will take care of it after Christmas.
  6. Finally there is the lift and tying the fishing line to the eyebolts in the ceiling.

Stand back and marvel at your beautiful handmade and eco-friendly chandelier. Happy Holidays!!

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