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2010 Holiday Gift Guides

December 9, 2010

It’s 17 days until Christmas!  Are you done with your Christmas shopping?  Don’t fret, I have some great Holiday Gift Guides that can help you find the perfect gift for that special someone. 


Pizzazzerie’s gift guide is filled with wonderful gift ideas!  There are yummy gifts for the gourmet in your life,  hostess gifts for the partier in your life and even a lollipop tree for the kid (or grown up) in your life.



TomKat Studio’s got some great help in handpicking some of their gifts in their guide.  There are gift ideas for moms, dads, bakers, beauty queens and even pets.



Find some great entertaining and gift giving ideas from Valley and Co’s Ezine.  Get tips on how to create a stylish holiday table and tips on creative gift wrapping. 


Holiday Etsy-entials Wish List Week 2

December 8, 2010

Here it is, this week’s Etsy wish list….


Set of Burned Wooden Spoons– These beautifully burned wooden spoons are too pretty to use, but don’t worry they have been coated with food safe oil.  The are safe to use for cooking.

Hand Painted Peacock Stemless Wine Glasses–  Wine glasses would make a perfect gift for any wine lover and with them being handpainted it’s make them even more special.

Cupcake Dish Towels–  One word: CUPCAKES!!  Anything with cupcakes on it is cute to me.


Jewelry Display Rack–  What a great way to display your jewelry!  Not only is the display pretty, but you don’t have to worry about your necklaces tangling together or missing the other pair to your earrings.

Cupcake Stand–  I really like the color of this cupcake stand and the little bird on it is too cute for words. 

Pink and Red Dish–  Red is one of my favorite colors and I love anything that is handmade.  This dish is great as spoon rests or a place to put your rings.


Peppermint Bark Party Favors

December 5, 2010


Party favors are one of my most favorite things to make.  Party favors are given at each and every party that I throw.  I also believe that the party favors should be something that can be eaten or used.  These party favors are not only edible the cookie cutter can be used after the treat is eaten.  Long gone are the days of little figurine favors that collect dust on people’s shelves.



To make the favors you will need:

Cookie Cutters

Cellophane Bags


Favor or gift tags

For the Peppermint Bark you will need:

2 cups of bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate

4 tablespoons of vegetable shortening

12 ounces of white chocolate

crushed candy canes


1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and place the cookie cutters on the baking sheet.

2.  Melt the bittersweet or semi-sweet with 2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening until smooth.  Once the chocolate is melted with a spoon carefully pour the chocolate into the cookie cutters.  Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until the chocolate has set.

3.  Remove the pan from the fridge and melt the white chocolate with the remaining 2 tablespoons of shortening until smooth.  Once the white chocolate is melted pour it over the dark chocolate in the pan and sprinkle evenly with the crushed candy canes.  Place back in the refrigerator for at least an hour until the chocolate has set.

4.  Carefully lift the cookie cutters from the baking sheet and place in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon.



Advent Calender Countdown

December 3, 2010

The creative duo behind Anders Ruff  have created a unique advent calendar and it’s not your typical” pull open the door and get a cheap piece of candy” advent calendar.  It’s a cute, modern and “be creative” advent calendar plus you get to fill the cones with your own treats.

Go to Anders Ruff’s Etsy Shop to purchase the calendar at a low price.  It’s not too late it’s still 22 1/2 days until Christmas.  What’s even better is that you don’t have to wait for it to come in the mail, they will e-mail the download to you.  The cones were easy to download, print and assemble.




I hung our cones from branches that were used as a backdrop for the Christmas neighborhood and filled them with all different types of candies.  My original plan was to hang them from the Christmas tree but I figured the higher off the ground the better.  That is so my kids wouldn’t get into them when I wasn’t around.



This was the tree that I originally wanted to put the advent calendar on but I decided to just let the kids decorate the tree however they wanted to since it’s downstairs, where no one will see it.  The kids were so proud of their decorating and the ornaments that they made that it took all my will power not to decorate the top half of the tree.

Holiday Wishlist Etsy-entials Week 1

November 30, 2010

Etsy is one of my favorite websites!  I love all the neat and unique things you can buy from people who hand make the items.  Frankly, I am a firm believer in supporting small businesses. 

With Christmas being 26 days away, I am starting on my Etsy wish list.  Heck, you don’t have to buy any of these for me, but maybe there is someone you think may like what’s on my wish list.  Anyone of these items would make a great Christmas gift.


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Family Name Print, LA BICICLETTA Tote, Cascading Flower Wall Art 



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Felt Yarn Wreath, Fretwork And Cream Dessert Pedestal, The Elle Jane Clutch

Cakepop Thank Yous

November 18, 2010


I have been on a cakepop making spree!  In the past week and a half I have made over 200 cake pops.  My son’s school had a fall festival and all the proceeds went to the 5th grade class, so I made “Hostess” cupcake pops and pumpkin pops to be sold at the bake sale.  From what I hear they were a huge hit!

His school also does a Staff Appreciation Day once and month and this month was my turn to contribute something to the staff.  What I decided to do was make cakepops, one apple shaped and one regular ball shaped, as a thank you.  For the tags I took business card paper and printed up my own thank you note on them.  I then took a regular hole punch and punched two holes on both the tops and the bottom and slipped the cakepops rights in.

What I love about cakepops aren’t that they are only good for bakesales, they make wonderful favors or in my case thank you gifts.  Just create some cute looking tags and you have a party favor.

Save the Dates

November 12, 2010

Saves the Dates, to me, is the first impression of any wedding.  I believe that if anyone is willing to put a lot of thought and creativity into their Save the Dates that they will do the same on their wedding day.  And don’t you just love going to weddings that are gorgeous and creative?  I know I do.

I have compiled a small list of some of my favorite Save the Dates that are all creatively made and too cute for words.


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“Each pint was embellished with an illustration of Long Beach Island’s famed lighthouse and featured witty text descriptions of the couple. The “LBI Seaside Sundae” was made with “Blondie Bar and 6ft. 6in. of Brit-tle,” which hinted at Katie’s hair color and Colman’s height. A letterpressed disk with a magnet on the back popped out of the lid.”

Read more at U.S. Weddings — Martha Stewart Weddings


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This was DIYed by the bride. Can you believe that she ironed all 165 handkerchiefs?!?

CLICK HERE to see how she made them.


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Not only would this make a cute Save the Date, but it would also make a great invite for a kid’s party.


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What better way to save the date than to “pencil it in”?


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I love this idea!! Give your guests stickers to put on their calendars and planners, so they don’t forget the date.


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One word: UNIQUE!!