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Friday, January 29, 2010

Valentine's Day Party

I'm in love with this little Valentine's Day party from Potterybarn. I LOVE those little mail pouches on the backs of the chairs - also a great way to arrange seating! Love the cupcakes, love the heart-shaped place mats, love all the red and pink candy. But I especially love this:
Cutest Valentine's Day table runner I've ever seen! They're selling it, of course, but it really looks pretty easy to make using a needle and thread. So CUTE!


I also love these Chair Backers But PB doesn't sell them anymore. However, the lady at {Our Scoop} made some of her own:



I think I'd omit the ruffles and add the large stitches and maybe even the name like the PB ones, but she has a great tutorial {here}, if you want to make these cuties.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Valentine for your Husband

The gal at {My Mix of Six} made these little date packets for her husband for Valentine's Day. A fabulous idea since she gets to enjoy them, too. ;) I love gifts like that! She just got gift cards for various date ideas like dinner and a movie, or going to the theater, or having a picnic and playing cards. There is one date idea for every month for the year. I think it's pretty cute.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Valentine Lollipops

Cookie Bouquets...Very cute idea from {Woman's Day}. They're just sugar cookies on a stick. The glasses have foam blocks in them which the cookie pops are stuck into and then, the rest of the glass is filled with sugar. Such a cute centerpiece/take home gift idea!!

And you could also make rice crispy pops:
{Skip To My Lou} has a great tutorial for making these cute Valentine treats.
She used a heart cookie pan to shape these rice crispies. Then, she stuck a stick in them, dipped them in chocolate, and covered them with sprinkles. Delish!
I also saw this on {No Fuss Fabulous}

They just used a cookie cutter to make the heart shapes. And they dipped them differently.
And here's just one more idea from {Pleasant Home}. There are a lot of great ideas in this post, so check it out. She had left over candycanes, so she just layed candycanes in a heart shape on wax paper with a lollipop stick inbetween them.
Then, she melted white chocolate in a ziplock freezer bag - and cut off a corner of the bag to pipe the chocolate into the heart shape. And finished it off by sprinkling Valentine sprinkles on top.
So CUTE Huh??!!
Any way you do it - YUM!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kraft a Superbowl Party

{Kraft Foods} has some great superbowl food ideas. A couple of my favorites were this Cheese Football

Ingredients:

2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup Miracle Whip
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 pkg. (3 oz.) Bacon Bits
2 Tbsp. pimiento strips
RITZ Crackers

Beat cheeses and dressing with mixer until blended. Add onions and pepper; mix well. Refrigerate several hours. Form into football shape on serving plate; coat with bacon bits. Add pimento strips for "lacing." Serve with crackers.

I also really like these - they remind me of rice crispy treats...only chocolate.

Chocolate Football Bites

Ingredients:

6 squares Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups cocoa sweetened rice cereal
White decorating gel
Microwave chocolate, corn syrup and butter in large microwaveable bowl on high 2-1/2 min., stirring after 1-1/2 min. Blend in vanilla. Add cereal; mix well. Cool 10 min. Shape into 18 (3-inch-long) football shapes with lightly moistened hands. Place on large sheet of wax paper; cool completely. Use decorating gel to add "lacings" to "footballs." Let stand until gel is firm.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Superbowl Cake

I love this idea for a Superbowl Party! What a great cake!! In this case, it's a birthday cake, but it could go both ways, right?! LOVE how she did this frosting. Can't remember where I found it, though.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Superbowl Entertaining

I found lot of great football ideas at {Let's Entertain}

My favorites were these {Football Deviled Eggs}
Those are just chives sitting on top to make it look like a football. Easy!

and this {Football Feild Centerpiece} idea rocks as well.

It's green jello with icing and football figurines on top. Cute, huh? And super easy.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Host a Superbowl Party

{Hostess with the Mostess} has a few great ideas for hosting a Superbowl party.
I love how their table cloth looks like a football feild. Just get a green table cloth (or make one), sew some ribbon on as lines and iron on those numbers.
So cute! And I love the little football guys skattered around the table...as well as that goal post.

{Hostess with the Mostess} has another great centerpiece idea that I love:
same little football figurines, just planted in a flat of wheatgrass. So cute, huh!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Lollipop Cookies

Another great idea from {The Idea Room}. These balls of dough may look like playdough due to their fun, bright colors, but they are in fact cookie dough. And they will make a lollipop cookie.

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt assorted colors of paste food coloring
24 lollipop sticks

Directions:
In a bowl cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir till soft dough forms. Divide dough into fourths. Tint each with a different food color. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Working with half of each color, shape dough into 3/4 inch balls and for each cookie place 1 of each color together to form a large ball.



Shape into a 12 inch long roll by rolling with palms of hands into a snake like rope.


Start at one end and coil roll to make a 2 3/4 inch round cookie. Place cookies 3 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Carefully insert lollipop sticks into bottoms of cookies.


Bake cookies for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and store in an airtight container. Check out her blog in the link above to see the finished product! They are so cute. A perfect pick me up to a drab winter day! She said her girls loved making them with her. You could also do red and pink ones and make them heart shaped for Valentine's Day. So fun!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Rose Lampshade

I posted about this once before {here} but at the time I was only imagining it in a little girl's room as it is in this picture.

Then I saw this lovely image:
I'm in love with this lampshade!! It looks oh so easy to make, too. Just glue silk roses to the lampshade. I LOVE the way this looks in both the pink girl's room and in this more adult room above. Such a cute idea! And a great way to bring flowers and femininity to the bedroom without overdoing it or making your husband feel like he's out of place, as is often the case. This is tasteful elegance to a tee.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Bedside Flowers

I love flowers by the bed.

There's something so sweet about flowers being the first thing you see in the morning.
I mean, it's a pretty good start to your day...it almost guarantees a good day!

And they bring so much beauty and romance into the room!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Hair Accessory Frame

I made this.


And I'm pretty proud of it. I saw the idea {here} and fell in love! I actually gave it away because I don't have a girl - and therefore I have no need for one of these...yet - hopefully!


I'm selling them in {my etsy shop}, if you're interested in having one but not interested in making it yourself. :)


I found the frame at a thrift store and just added ribbons to it!! What an easy great way to store all those bows and ribbons!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Amy Butler's Snow Mum

I love the way this {Amy Butler Snow Mum Pillow} looks. Another great texture idea for my duvet cover that I may embellish someday. :) Check out her tutorial!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Placemat Pencil Holder

{Martha} has this great idea. Fold a placemat over on itself, sew slots for pencils, crayons, markers, whatever, add a ribbon to tie it up. Done. Easy.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Snow Ruffle Tutorial

I LOVE the way this pillow looks. I love the texture!! What a great tutorial from
{V and Co} on So You Think You're Crafty! I'm really going to have to try this one.
You just gather strips of fabric
Then stitch them onto the pillow in a spiral pattern arranging it so it looks like a little flower.
Over and over again.
Isn't it pretty! I think I might make a duvet cover using this tutorial. I've been searching for a duvet cover with texture on it, but there aren't many out there. So, I might just get a plain one and embellish it a little.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Another Cute Word Book

To see the origin of this post, click {here}.


I've had a run of posts about these word books. I love the idea of using pictures of things they actually see at home to teach them words.


In the last example, she used Scrabble letters to spell the words. This one uses blocks, which is pretty cute, too.

I just think I'll be making one into a board book so my son doesn't tear it apart.


Such cute ideas!




For more details on this book, visit {Say Yes to Hoboken} and {here}.
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