Thursday, December 14, 2017

Peppermint Bark



Package up some sweets for some friends or coworkers or family with this yummy belgian chocolate peppermint bark. 
  The holiday wouldn't be complete without a festive treat!
You can find them at your Costco in the bakery department.
They come in a box of 24 for $12.99.
 The round chocolate disks are a good size, around 4".


My friend Jodi packaged some up for me a few weeks ago and I thought, what a great idea!   Thanks Jodi!
So, I decided to add a tag using a safety pin to attach it to.


I used 4"x 6" cello bags to package them.
Once packaged it yields 12 packages of two chocolate peppermint disks. 


And here's what they look like before packaged.  Belgian chocolate disks with white chocolate and peppermint candy.
So Yummy!!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Starbuck's Christmas Ideas


Sunday was my annual Christmas luncheon that I have hosted for years with my girlfriend's of 25 years.  We had a few missing this year, but were still able to have a blast!
Above are the projects they made.  Since they are all teenagers and young adults now, Starbuck's projects were the perfect plan for their crafts.


These are the cards they made, the stamp set is called Coffee Cafe, the Starbuck's logos I googled and printed off and punched out with circle punches.


These are mini 4oz. coffee cups that we filled with Hershey kisses.
You can find them online at Webstaurant.com


We made these ornaments by using green glass ornaments from Michael's and using the Starbuck's hot cozies.  They are just hot glued and we added gold twine and  a hook.



The cookie straws are the actual ones sold at Starbucks. 
 I just cut a 2 1/2" x 4" piece of cardstock and punched 3/4" circle punch at the top and bottom to insert the cookie through.  


The girls are all getting so grown up!


The Mama's!


Check out their faces!  I had these super hilarious face cards that you can change your smile and mouth with.  They are reversible and have all kinds of mouths!  So fun!


Since the girls are all getting so much older I decided to make these Starbuck's cup gifts for them.  I filled them with a pair of fuzzy socks, a lip gloss, christmas candies and of course a Starbuck's gift card.



Sunday, December 10, 2017

Green Lake's pathway of lights



Last night we went out for the Green Lake's Pathways of lights.
 It was the first time for us to be able to see it.  
Green Lake is one of Seattle's most beloved parks.  It boasts 3.3 miles of walking/riding paths that thousands visit daily.
All around the lake they had lit up luminaries and hot air balloons landed lit up in the middle of the lake.  It was just beautiful!!








If you look around the lake in the picture you can see all the luminaries all lit up.
It was a chilly night, but so worth the beauty and festivities!




Friday, December 8, 2017

Chocolate Santa boxes


When I worked a for local wedding company a few years ago, they took us to this candy shop for our Christmas party where we got to make chocolate truffles and molded candies.   I just found this Santa mold in my cupboard and decided to make a few. 
They are just plastic molds that you use with Melt and Mold chocolates from the chocolate company Wilton's. 
 Found at your local craft stores.


These are a good sized box, the lid comes off and you can put any small item inside.   Not sure if you have seen these cute Santa hat Hershey kisses.  They are perfect for this!


The kisses are too cute!





Here they are all packaged up and ready to gift.



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

DIY Christmas Ornaments



Sharing some Christmas ornaments with you today.
A friend gave me a bag of these awesome wood disks.  I decided I wanted to make some rustic looking ornaments and make them "look" like I wood burned them.


These are super easy to make.
Starting with any type stamp sets you want to use. 
I used the ink color early espresso to stamp the images with.
It truly looks like they were wood burned!


I made quite a few, these are just a few of the different designs I made.


I purchased these cute little pine cones at TJ Maxx, but you can find them at any craft store.
I took and drilled holes in the top of the wood disk and ran the wire through the holes to create the holder for the ornament.
I added the red buffalo plaid and tied it in a knot. 



Come on now,  give these a try!



Monday, December 4, 2017

Creative Class



Friday's creative class was so fun creating some Christmas projects.  Above everyone is at the hot glue station, which I now have decided to call the Glue Bar!


More happy creatives!


These two were creating outside of the box!   One of the projects were to decorate these glass ornaments.   They turned their's into these hysterical Rudolph ornaments!  Look at those googlie eyes!


We made these pallet  "Peace On Earth" wall decor
The white wood boards I found at the Dollar Tree, they were originally brown with a saying on them.  I used antique white spray paint to cover them up and dry brushed some brown raw umber acrylic paint to distress them. 


And for the man in our lives,  we wrapped "firestarters" by duraflame to add to their Christmas stockings.


They made a set of 6 of the Winter cards covered in glitter.


It's always fun to find ornaments that you can alter.  These were simple glass colored ornaments that they added vintage trim to, some gold threading and a bell.


This was the last ornament made.  I found these cute plastic ornaments at the Dollar Tree.  They come empty.  I picked up some trees and snowmen and mica flake snow to put inside of them.    Pretty darn cute!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

DIY Christmas pillows


Are you into sewing?
Here's a fun way to decorate your home.  I found these canvas and burlap bags at Home Goods and Target. Thanks to @bloomingdiyer showing how to do this, you can make these cute pillows for the holiday.


The bags run between $5.99 and $7.99.  The small ones $1.50-3.00
Start by looking in your home for maybe extra pillows that you don't use anymore before going out and buying new ones.  
I used ones I no longer use.   Taking the bags measure how big your pillow is that you are going to cover and cut off the top and bottom of the bag and sew the bottom, stuff your pillow inside and sew the top.  I did all my sewing on the machine.  It literally took me all of five minutes to sew this large one.


For the small pillows I used and old pillow and cut it open to use the fiberfill so I wouldn't have to go buy any.


Here's the big one all done!


Looks so good on the fireplace!


Here are the other three above.


So fun to make!  You can do this!