Halloween pinwheel lollipop

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When we were putting together our Candy Corn collection photo shoot I made these quick little pinwheel lollipops using two colors of crepe paper, double sided tape and our cupcake pick circles.  A quick and fun favor for all the little ghosts and goblins at your Halloween bash this year!

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At least my little sugar goblins loved them! {wink}

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spooked pumpkin 25% off!

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The new spooked pumpkin printables collection is finally in the shoppe and just in time for us to offer it at 25% off all this week! The entire collection offers:

  • two witch faces (one each frowning and smiling),
  • two witch hats,
  • two cupcake wrappers,
  • the “Try one if you dare…” tag,
  • the  “Have a sweet, my pretty!” tag,
  • a mayhem muffins mat, and
  • the spooked pumpkin cello topper

all for $11.25 this week!

Hop over and check out fun pictures of the entire collection in our sneak peek post or head on into the shoppe for 25% off this collection and discounts on several other Halloween items. Happy Monday everyone!

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bewitched!

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It has been a wonderful week for the shoppe and for me personally. So wonderful in fact that I’ve not gotten done all the things I had planned to do. That said they are on the list, like showing you every last detail of my son’s science birthday party, but not today. Today, I’m heading into a weekend of fall festivals and family fun so when I got home this afternoon and spotted this bewitching dessert idea in this month’s issue of Parenting magazine, I just had to share.

Pick up a copy for all the details on how to make this spooky dessert and several others, plus some really fun DIY Halloween costume ideas. I think the mail man was my favorite. {wink}

Happy weekend everyone!

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customer: perfect pinkalicious

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If you have little girls, you’ve likely read the book Pinkalicious. But if you haven’t, you’re going to want to after you see this fabulous party from Andrea of Sweet Bambinos. I’m sure you noted the “customer” in the title. I wish I could tell you that we helped her with all the fabulous details, but alas I can’t. She only purchased the pink polka dot cups from us (nice addition don’t you think!), and the rest was all Andrea!

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I love the tall cupcake pedestals she made. Yep, you read me right. She made them using a tutorial from Joy’s Hope

And these are only a sample of the pictures and ideas you’ll find when you hop over to Andrea’s blog. Enjoy!

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scarecrow cookie pops

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I was browsing around for fun ideas to go with our new Harvest collection and I came upon these darling scarecrow cookies from Cindy at Skip To My Lou (she thinks the original idea might have come from Family Fun magazine).

I love how there is minimal icing work needed to create such a cute cookie. And what about that adorable little hay bale she used for her pop stand!? I used one in our Harvest collection photo shoot just for styling. They’re a little messy, but very fun. And we picked ours up at a gift shop for less than a dollar!

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science party peek

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We had such a fabulous time this weekend with my son’s science birthday party! I got numerous hugs (we’re huggers) and “love you mom”s… it was great.

I have lots and lots of details to share, but I need a few days to organize it all. Until then, here’s a shot of the kids working with one of four experiments.

Happy Monday everyone!

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science party prep

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I’ve been so busy over the past few weeks launching new collections (candy corn, harvest and spooked pumpkin) that I’ve not had time to post about all the fun things we have planned for my oldest son’s sixth birthday this weekend, a science birthday party! For those who stop in often, you’ve likely read me ramble on about how much he loves science (and how my youngest loves dinosaurs). Well being me, we just had to create something unique to celebrate his big day. Plus, I love the idea of an educational birthday party!

So if you’ve not seen it yet, check out the science collection storyboard that I posted a few weeks ago and then take a look at these darling bubbling beaker cookies,

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periodic table cookies (I love the Helium one!),

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and yep, our cupcake printable designs in these beautiful rounds. Sue (and team) of Sweet Tooth Cottage hand decorated each of these lovely cookies and I couldn’t be more pleased with how perfect they are. And these are just pics inside the bakers box; wait until you see them in our cello toppers! And when we start shipping them they will be packaged and sealed in 4″ cello bags which are a perfect fit for our custom cello toppers… did I just write that…  hmmm… well I’ve been dying to tell you and so now I’ve let the secret out. A much more formal announcement with all the details will be coming closer to the end of the month, but until then, just imagine a yummy soft butter cookie that will melt in your mouth and match your table perfectly!

Happy Friday everyone and much, much more to come next week on the party including table decor, crafts, science experiments, and oh, yes, more goodies!

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customer: argh matey!

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Jessy, a super talented mom of six, threw her little guy a bash that any pirate would want to loot! She picked up the plates, napkins and balloons from our pirate collection (pirate skull and pirate ship) and worked with Kristy, the head “glitter girl” behind The Purple Pug, to make a custom banner and other goodies.  Hop over to Kristy’s blog to see more pictures and some adorable Captain Crunch favor ideas!

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harvest collection, part II

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Now that dessert tables are all the rage, brought on by the talented Amy Atlas, all of our new collections offer dessert table tags, coordinating pattern mats and sometimes frame mattes with clever sayings. For the Harvest collection there are two styles of dessert tags: the pumpkin (above) and the scarecrow (below). (See what you missed in the part I post!)

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These tags are also adorable as placecards, especially when tied to a yummy caramel apple and embellished with ribbon!

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And in addition to our scarecrow cupcake pick and wrapper,

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 this collection also offers lovely pumpkin picks and wrappers in a perfect fall palette.

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Here’s a closer look at those yummy butter cookies hand decorated by Sue of Sweet Tooth Cottage.

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She also printed our designs on sugar paper and made these

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and these. I love the plaid! (See the mat underneath the cookie. It comes with the printable collection, as does the blue gingham!)

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And you can’t forget the favors. Our cellos for this collection are the perfect palette for fall candy. We used M&Ms and Reeces Cups, both a perfect match!

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We also have pumpkin favor tags. I attached them to lollipop sticks, embellished them with ribbon and speared a caramel and chocolate drizzle apple. But you could just as easily tie them to a goody bag, or insert them in a pail of goodies. The possibilities are truly endless with a little imagination!

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And round out your table with our napkin rings (both the pumpkin and scarecrow designs available) plus

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our pennant banner showcasing our adorable little scarecrow for the final touch.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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harvest collection, part I

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I’ve mentioned before that the little scarecrow is my favorite part of our new Harvest collection so I simply had to start with him! I love the orange and blue color palette and the plaid pattern of his scarf. Notice the plaid inlay on the cake plate; it will also come with the collection and the possibilities there are endless!

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And here’s a shot of these little guys on a cake plate embellished with felt leaves (topped with Reeses cups), ribbon and crepe paper.

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A tighter shot of the cake plate edge so you can see the assembly (ribbon adhered with a glue gun and crepe attached at varying lengths with double sided tape). Don’t be afraid to play with textures and materials. Sometimes the best things come from tinkering with all the supplies in your craft room!

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While I’m sharing sweets, these adorable cookies were crafted by Sue of Sweet Tooth Cottage. Some of you have asked if these cookies could be available for purchase. Stay tuned because big news is coming!

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Beverage wrappers are a must to tie your table together and these are perfect for sodas and water bottles. Or bring your centerpiece in by using these wrappers to dress up a hurricane filled with your favorite fall treats or flowers.

And who can forget these adorable straw slips that make finding your drink so much easier?! I suggest tying the straw on with yellow raffia allowing your guests to select a beverage and get back to mingling quickly, plus it really helps keep down lines if you’re serving buffet style.

So many more photos to come and thanks to all of you who have been patient with us as we bring this collection to life. I realize Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away in Canada so we will be working diligently to get the entire collection into the shoppe quickly!

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