Thursday, July 30, 2015

My neighbors.......

my friends, for over 27 years!

Here's the gate that connects our (back) yards together
the path that leads me to their (back) door.

This sign greets me at each visit as I enter their yard.
We have traveled this path back and forth through many seasons of our lives.
Come rain, snow or sunshine.

(that's my back yard in the background)

Cinnamon streusel bread +

Butter cream frosting =

a delectable loaf of tastiness for my back door friends.

Along with party napkins, I have a plethora of cellophane bags too.
They come in handy for packaging an assortment of gifts.
I thought you'd might like to see how I spruce them up.
I start with.....
coffee filters, they're ideal for packaging baked goods,
they're absorbent with a charming ruffly touch .
The tan filters matched my kitchen themed tissue paper.

I've got all three designs of Goose Berry Patch tissue: Christmas, Garden and Kitchen prints,
(my all time favorites).
To my disappointment the tissue and matching bags have been discontinued from the GBP line, if anyone has any connections...
I would love it if they'd bring it back.

I cut a strip long enough to wrap from top to bottom.
Covering only the front and back, leaving the sides exposed, for a tiny hint at the surprise inside.

To dye the tags, dip or spritz with brewed tea.
Sprinkle cinnamon over damp tags , let dry.
Once again, the impatient one that I am...they went into the oven for a quick dry.
When they completely dried, I sprinkled a few drops of extract.
Some of my tags were scented with vanilla extract the others with cinnamon.
I change the extract to match the flavor of the confection inside.
Lemon, orange, coconut and almond extracts are the scents I use the most in scenting the goodies gift tags.

Jot a note or recipe.

Tie with jute twine.

Reach into your collection of......Napkins, laces, ribbons or handkerchiefs, these are all simple elegant options.
Using fabric napkins or vintage hankies is giving a gift wrapped in a gift.

Dried or candied fruit slices can be used as charms with the tags.

Teas and candied fruit can be given during any season,
served up hot or cold.
I drop a few slices in the cello bag with the tea.
The candied lemon and orange slices are wonderful when they're infused with the tea.
Throughout the summer......sun tea is always brewing on my patio.

A swatch of lace, candied fruit and a little flower makes your cellophane bag into an elegant gift.

An easy and inexpensive way to personalize your ribbon is simple to achieve with rubber stamps.
You choose the caption, ribbon and color of ink, then stamp away.

I've missed you! 

I've been busy tending to my kitty who's recovering from major surgery.  I'll be back soon with all new posts!

Sunday, June 28, 2015


Every now and again I'll go through my archives and rediscover a few projects worth reposting.
 Especially for new friends who may have missed the post it's first time around.  

Let's get crackin'
Party Favor!

We'll be using toilet or paper towel rolls.
Cut the paper towel rolls in half, matching the length of the toilet rolls.
You'll need three or four strips of (2 1/2-3 inch wide) patriotic themed (wired) ribbon or scrap booking paper.
Starting at the bottom, glue ribbon around roll leaving a smidge of over lap to conceal the raw edge.

Tuck raw edge in.

Wrap and hot glue second strip, continuing to tuck in raw edges.

        Glue last strip leaving a large overlap.

Tie a bundle of patriotic tinsel trimmings together.
For a spiral effect... I wrapped a few strands of wire tinsel around a pencil.

Slip tinsel bundle into the firecracker opening, tie securely with (patriotic themed)                    ribbon or bakers twine.

Turn the bottom over and fill with goodies,
candies, confetti, poppers, etc.

To close the bottom opening glue a strip of                    fabric then trim off the excess.
        The weight of the contents will allow                the firecrackers to stand on there own.

Patriotic Fan Embellishment
1. Cut the pleats from a cupcake liner.
2. Sew a gathering stitch along the top of the pleat.
3. Draw thread in until a round fan is formed, tie knot and glue closed.
Star fans coordinate with the vintage postcard.  


I sprayed painted wood stars and used them as bases for my firecrackers.

Here are a few images that can be used as scrap booking paper and vintage postcards for this project.

Vintage postcards

I hope you have a star spangle 4th of July!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

It's not just an egg roll wrap...
it's a petite dessert cup!
You can't beat the cuteness of a lil' cup  filled with deliciousness. 


Simply take an egg roll wrapper and cut any shape with a cookie cutter.

Or you can easily cut out a shape free hand using kitchen scissors or a paring knife.
To form the little cups I cut rounds by using my biscuit cutter and placed 
them in a lightly greased muffin tin.
Baked until they were a light golden brown.

My filling of choice was~honey, fresh lime with zest, yogurt, cottage cheese, mixed with whipped cream, blended until it formed soft peaks.
Topped off with various seasonal fresh fruits.

For an embellishment... I made small flower shapes, baked flat on a cookie sheet and added a light dusting of powder sugar while they were still warm.

Wonton/egg roll wrappers are lower in calories than traditional pastry, 
making it a nice alternative.
The cups are also great for a savory appetizer.
One of my favorites is seasoned shrimp, veggies with a lemon vinaigrette
The sky's the limit.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hippity Hoppity Hooray Easters On Its Way

(Image source Pinterest)
Prepping for Easter comes in all facets, from trimming the outdoors for the egg hunt to...

(Image source Pinterest)
 trimming the indoors with a spring tablescape.
(source Goggle image)
 To no surprise...the funnest is filling the Easter basket with all those sweet treats!

I'm a push over for cute and frilly, packaging!  When I see an Easter treat that shouts out bun fun, it puts a big smile on my face.

Bun-Bum-Fun Cookies

I thought this would fill our basket with cute bun-fun!
~List of supplies~
(Any) white chocolate melts, morsels or almond bark 
1pkg. Nutter Butter peanut butter cookies
1 bag of Lindt Lindor white chocolate truffles 
mini & traditional sized marshmallows
powder sugar

For the bunny bums take the Lindt white chocolate balls and slowly rub across a low heated (non stick) pan.  Melt down the balls to form more of a dome shape. 

Create the tail by taking mini marshmallows and roll it around in the palm of your hand until a tiny round tail is formed.   Dip the tail into the melted chocolate and attach it to the bum.

For the bunny ears, dip scissors into the powder sugar, cut marshmallows lengthwise.
 You should get 3 ears per marshmallow. 
Dip the ear sticky side down into the powder sugar, dust off the excess.
Pinch the tips to form the ear points.

 Dip cookies into melted chocolate.
Place on parchment paper, chill to set.
Brush a bit of the melted white chocolate to use as glue to adhere both the ears and bum.

Shhh, bunny sleeping.

 It's best to let the cookies set in fridge over night.
If the bunny starts to soften immediately return to the fridge or freezer to chill.

Trim, bag and add the frills!

Napkin Covered Easter Eggs

Now time to create a sort of papier-mâché  Easter egg with napkins.
Grab those spring print Easter napkins, 
(Elmer's multi purpose) white glue or
 Mod Podge
and large plastic Easter eggs.

Separate the white ply from the napkins leaving just the side with print. 
Cut or tear small
circles from the napkins.
I used a small candle jar to trace out a pattern.

  Begin gluing, layering, until the egg is completely covered.

The heavier the layers the more opaque the egg will appear.  

Some of the eggs I preferred applying a thinner layer so the egg color could show through.

  *Make sure the rim stays clear of glue in order to join the two pieces together again.  When the  trim is applied it will hide the raw edges when it's closed.

The eggs can be filled and or.... 

sealed and set out as decor. 
Whichever way you choose to display or fill your Napkin Easter  eggs,
it's sure to bring a smile!