{12 Days} Day 2 with Mari

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Mari has an awesome giveaway on her blog for Day 2!

 

don’t forget about my Lilla Rose giveaway!

It’s getting a little Halloweeny up in here…


A cold front came through and I’m feeling fall-ish.  The heat is on.  Scentsy fall scents burning (and it smells gooooood).  And I put up the Halloween wreath.  So, it’s offically fall up in here.

{holiday} Happy Valentine’s Day

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*NOTE* This is NOT a sponsored post.  I bought this little gadget because I wanted it…it was not given to me to try or blog about.

 

Last night seemed to be the perfect time to try out my new little gadget, the babycakes cake pop maker.  The perfect time because, first, I wait until the last minute to do stuff, and second, because I needed to make treats for the teacher luncheon at school today.  Ok, so I mixed up a regular chocolate cake mix and poured it into a big squeeze bottle I have.  *I think the squeeze bottle made it ten times easier*  I heated up the babycakes and filled each little pocket almost to the top.  It works kinda like a waffle iron.  If you get it too full it just runs out of the sides.  Trust me, I did this a few times and it didn’t seem to alter the cake pop in any way.  After about four and a half minutes cook time, I opened the machine to find 12 cute little perfectly baked chocolate cake balls.  Which, by the way, really do taste like chocolate cake.  Honestly I was afraid they might taste like Easy Bake Oven food…you know?  I popped them out and set them to cool on the handy dandy little pop tray that’s included.

Traditionally, I guess cake pops stand up on a stick with the pop at the top.  Cute, yes, but I would have had to find some sort of display to hold them and I was running out of time and energy…I decided to go with sitting pops.  I’ve had a set of 25 red and white paper straws from Hey YoYo for a while now.  I figured they would work as little handles for the pops.  Since I was serving to a large crowd, the handles also work well so that everyone is not touching all the food, kwim? I cut the straws in half (good straws, by the way) and dipped the ends in some melted chocolate wafers before I speared the cake pop.

I dipped the whole pop in the melted chocolate wafers and sprinkled them some cute mini hearts.  I added flags to just a few.

The teachers loved them and I spared a few for our dessert tonight.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

{valentine, freebie} QR code? more like QT code!

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Ok, so the idea for this one hit me last night. I was working on some other stuff and happened to be using my QR code. QR codes are those little black pixely boxes that you can scan with your smart phone and it brings up a website, text, etc. I made one for this blog and I try to include it on the printables for download. These little codes are popping up everywhere…magazines, at the mall, I even saw one on the garden stake in my last batch of potting flowers I bought.

So bear with me on this idea. It combines the cute printable subway art idea with the qr code idea with a Valentine’s Day theme. With me so far? This may be totally out there, but I decided to give it a try. It appeals to my geeky side. I can picture it framed on someone’s desk at work…maybe a teacher’s or the school secretary’s, maybe even the dentist’s front office desk…for all to see. If someone is curious (I would be), they can pop out their smart phone, scan it with an app like QRReader (that’s the one I have), and a cute little animated message will appear. It’s a secret message, hidden in cyberspace for your friends to find.

Fun? Wanna try? Try scanning this to see the secret Valentine message….

I made both a 4×6 inch and 5×7 inch size. I framed them in inexpensive frames I found at Target this morning.

Let me add a little disclaimer…I tried this many times. I scanned from my phone, from the computer, from the printable. It works for me. I can’t guarantee that it’s gonna work for everyone and every phone out there. And I did try a red heart, but it seems that my scanner didn’t like the red. Pink works much better.  If you’re ready to give it a try, here is the printable.

If anyone is interested in a custom qr code that goes to a personalized, animated Valentine’s message?  I’m thinking these would be cute as Valentines for classmates, too….hmmmmm.  Email me or go to the ‘contact me’ button at the top of this page. Have fun with this! Happy Valentine’s Day!

{new} (etsy} Owl be your Valentine…

…if you’ll be mine!   New in the etsy shop is the Owl candy bar box for Valentine’s Day! These are quick and easy for teacher, neighbor, and co-worker gifts…and would be great little treats for school!  These little boxes hold a full size Hershey’s chocolate bar.  yum!

The download is available in the etsy shop.  It comes with an instruction sheet, too, with several photos.  But, just in case, I even did a little video to show you how easy these are to assemble.

Remember those tissues and hand sanitizers?

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I know I’m late…really late…but remember these?  I mentioned on Facebook that I had picked up some of those little hand sanitizers from Bath & Body and some cute little tissue packs from the dollar spot at Target.

And I turned them into little gifts for teachers…

And if you still need a cute tag, jump over to my Facebook page, ‘like’ me (if you haven’t already) and download this cute tag!

UPDATE:  There seems to be something amiss with the FB thingy.  It will get fixed :)  Please still go ‘like’ me on Facebook, but for now you can also download the tags here.

 

 

Christmas Countdown…a FREEBIE!

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WOO HOO!  I’m getting this up before the first of December…I feel like that’s a major accomplishment :)  I just wanted to share something that I think y’all might like!  An easy, cute, and FREE Countdown to Christmas.

Here’s what we’re making…a Countdown to Christmas frame

You’ll need…

Picture frame with the glass taken out

Decorative papers

Brad or glue

A binder or bulldog clip

24 tags with the numbers 1-24 (print them out here)

ribbons, decorations, or stickers

 

I found a frame I liked and took out both the glass and the paper insert from inside the frame.  I used the paper insert as a pattern and cut some decorative paper to the same size.  You might consider using some cardboard (I used a cereal box that I cut to fit) behind the paper for added support.  Using a brad or glue, secure a small bulldog clip to the decorative paper.  Place the paper and cardboard backing inside the frame.

Here’s the easy part…download your tag freebie.  Then print and cut out the tags.  All that’s left is to add some embellishment.  I simply stapled some ribbon scraps to my tags.  You’re ready for the countdown!  Cute, right?  I made the tags kinda plain so that it would go with just about any colors you decide to do.  And I love how they’re kinda vintage-y.

Ta-daaaaa!  Great as an early gift for neighbors, co-workers, and teachers, too.  Kids love ‘em too!

 

I’m linking up…
Tip Junkie handmade projects

 

 

{etsy} Printable Calendars and another giveaway! CLOSED

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I’ve added another item to the shop.  Remember when we made these?  I’m using those same frames to make 2012 desk calendars.  These are a great gift for teachers, co-workers, neighbors…just about anyone.  Everyone needs a calendar!

check them out in the store

Let’s give one of these away, too!  Leave a comment on this post for one entry.  If you’re a Facebook fan, you get another (just leave a separate comment that you are a fan).  I’ll close the giveaway at 11 pm EST on Thursday night.  I’ll draw a name on Friday morning.  Good luck!

 

 

 

 

{etsy} A new shop and a giveaway! CLOSED

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Well I did it.  I’ve been talking about for a while now.  I opened an etsy shop.  I have my first item up now :)

It’s a kit designed to make your holiday cards fun and easy this year.  You’ll need photo editing software and a little bit of experience with it. Or, if you prefer, I can totally help you out with the whole thing.  Your photo goes in the template and you digitally ‘stache the photo!  Basically when its all said and done, you have a picture file you can send to any photo lab.  I made the template in the two most common sizes for holiday cards, 4×8 and 5×7.  I even added some extras, including a paper you can print for use as a family letter to include with your cards.

I want to give a set away!  Simply leave a comment on this blog post by midnight eastern time on Wednesday, November 9th.  I randomly choose a winner Thursday morning.  The giveaway will be for a set of DIY templates, plus if you need help inserting a photo and mustaches, I’ll do that too!

good luck!

{Pinteresting}

what I found today while spending too much time looking at other peoples’ craftiness…

from older & wisor via Party Accessories via sally j shim

chevron twill tape via kari me away

from Better Homes and Gardens

from the Butlers

and your words of wisdom for today…

from someecards.com

 

also, 2 things…

1. start saving toilet paper rolls if you wanna play along with a little idea I have brewing.  I want to use them to wrap little treats.  Not exactly what that looks like yet, but I’m thinking.

2. I picked up the fixin’s for Christmas gifts for teachers today…mini hand sanitizers with holders and little holiday themed tissue packs from the Target dollar spot.  Those along with the free printable I’m working up will get you a teacher (or coworker or bus driver or neighbor) gift for about $2.50 each.

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