Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Cookie Box

A couple of friends and I did a Thanksgiving cookie exchange and I thought it was a perfect excuse to do something crafty! ;o) After seeing so many ideas online and in magazines, I decided on doing a box. I got a simple cardboard box and added some pretty Thanksgiving paper to the sides and top to create a nicer background. I found this gorgeous brown glitter paper that screamed fall leaves to me. So, I layered it behind some red card stock that I had punched out leaves in. It was a perfect contrast. I had always wanted to try making paper medallions, so after some failed attempts, I finally succeeded in creating these. (This is a great tutorial ---> Video) I added a Thanksgiving sticker to the middle and attached it to the side. I finished it up with a rich, brown ribbon I tied into a bow on the top. And what did I do with all the pretty red leaves that were left over from the punches? I sprinkled them inside on top of the natural paper shred like confetti. Oh yeah, and I put the wrapped up cookies inside too. :o)

Little Embellishing Project

A friend of mine saw the birthday vase I did for my daughter's 1st birthday party (Nursery Rhyme Party) and wanted to make one for her daughter's 13th birthday. She brought it over after she had put it together and asked me to make it better, lol. She said it still needed something and she didn't know what. So after playing around for a bit, I decided on doing a little embellishment around the vase.
I beaded some purple beads on thin gauge wire and twisted around the vase. I put some purple paper on a chip board heart and distressed the edges a bit, finishing with a rhinestone. I punched out a scalloped circle, put on a double stick letter A (for Adrianna) and added black glitter. For the third element, I attached a glittery black flower to another scalloped circle and put a rhinestone in the middle. I attached all 3 to the beaded center with additional thin gauge wire. I also added some of those same purple beads to short pieces of monofilament and attached them to the different wires at the top. They hung down and gave a lot of sparkle. I didn't get any pictures of that part, unfortunately. The birthday girl really enjoyed it and had a great party.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Favor Find of the week - Sugar Plum!

I am always on the lookout for new party favor options, so when I came across Sugar Plum, I had to share! They have some unique gourmet popcorn such as Cookies n' Cream popcorn described as, "Our delicious new creation, cookie n' cream popcorn. Fluffy white air popped popcorn hand drizzled with rich milk chocolate, sprinkled with cookie n' cream pieces, then drizzled with white chocolate." Doesn't that sound divine?! Fill some pretty paper cones with this treat and your guests will love you!
Sugar Plum has also reinvented the boring popcorn ball with their fall popcorn ball! They take their popcorn ball on a stick and hand dip it in milk chocolate, then cover it in fall sprinkles. So pretty, you could use them as a whimsical table decoration at your Thanksgiving dinner. 
Sugar Plum doesn't just do popcorn, though, they also do some interesting things with chocolate. Such as chocolate dipped biscotti and chocolate dipped potato chips. So fun and unexpected! I recommend adding these chips to a wax paper bag with a fun custom sticker on the front.
Sugar Plum is my party favor pick of the week!