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!

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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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gobble! gobble!

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I periodically have to peek in on Bakerella (I remember when I by chance saw her original appearance on the Martha Stewart Show. I remember thinking “what a cool idea.” It seems so long ago; now she’s everywhere) to see what new goodies she’s come up with.

Well these little guys are from last year, but who cares! Adorable! And I’m sure she’ll come up with something equally as fun this year. Run on over to Bakerella.com to get all the details including some great pics of what you’ll need for this little project.

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pink & brown tablescape

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We often get calls from customers asking about items in photos that we used for staging, but don’t sell in the shoppe,  so I’m going to start doing a better job of giving you all the details. We staged our new baby bump shower a few weeks ago. Most of the items we offer in our decor, but here are the few things we don’t:

Placemats – these are just 12×12 sheets of DCWV (Die Cuts With A View) Glitter Pink-Brown Flower Dots cardstock from the craft store.

Candy vase – I was browsing the candy store (as I do too often) and ran across these strawberry flavored malted milk balls. Well after I thought “yummy!” I thought how adorable they could be in the new baby bump tablescape. So long story short, I melted down some pink chocolate, covered a few pretzel rods, sprinkled them with pink crystals (available in the shoppe) and settled them into a ribbon embellished short vase of strawberry flavored malted milk balls.

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Tulle napkin ring – I was browsing for inspiration for our new black & yellow buzz theme and ran across a table setting that used a black chrysanthemum as a napkin ring. It was really beautiful so I thought about trying to find one at the craft store. I wasn’t in luck so I decided to make my own version for baby bump using pink tulle. To make these yourself you’ll need pink glitter tulle and florist wire. And here are the easy step-by-steps:

  1. Cut 12 4×4″ squares of tulle and stack them.
  2. Fold the group like an accordian.
  3. Pinch them in the center and wrap them with a small piece of florist wire.
  4. Trim the ends as shown.
  5. Cut a straight line between each fold to the florist wire separating the folds into individual petals.
  6. Carefully separate the individual petals and pull upward to give the flower fullness.

It takes a little patience, but it’s worth it… don’t you think. {wink}

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Hope you’re inspired!

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turkey cupcake round-up

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You guys know me by now. I’ll have to create at least one turkey cupcake this holiday season (my neices and nephew are coming!) so I thought I would gather up some inspiration.

Here they are left to right: Martha Stewart, Family Fun, Bright Ideas, Family Fun, Bake Space, Betty Crocker.

Now let’s see what I can do. {wink}

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your guests will be buzzing

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We have been feverishly working on a new design that I lovingly call “Buzz.” It will be beautiful for all the “B” occasions: baby shower, bridal shower, birthday, bachelorette and even brunch! {I think I have a new favorite girlfriend gathering collection!} As you can see, the invitation will be a combination of black and white damask and yellow polka dots, with a fun little bumble bee near the bottom. It will have your guests buzzing with anticipation! {wink}

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This collection will offer everything from black & white plates to black crepe placemats to yellow tablecloths to a host of printables.

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 Including candy bar favor wrappers,

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 beverage wrappers that can easily double as candle or hurricane wrappers,

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napkin rings and so much more. See all the details in the shoppe and as always, I hope we’ve inspired you for your next celebration.

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