Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Anniversary Gift Set

Aren't those two love birds adorable? I think so because they are my sweet parents-in-law Dorothy & Shelby Jones! Tomorrow they'll be celebrating 49 years of wedded bliss. We're having a family dinner tonight to mark the occasion, and I thought it would be fun to create a special gift set just for them. My mother-in-law LOVES chocolate covered pecans, so some yummy double dipped chocolates from Stephen Libs will be the perfect treat! Chocolate covered peanuts are a favorite of the groom, so I got a bag of each.

I decided to create a custom gift bag using one of their wedding photos. I simply uploaded the photo to picnik to add the text, printed it out on A Muse shimmer cardstock, matted the trimmed photo with black shimmer cardstock and adhered it to the center of a red gift bag. Gorgeous metallic gold mesh and gold elastic fringed ribbon from May Arts add a touch of glitz!

I'm sure they'll share the candy, but just in case I printed out a little individual photo of each of them, matted them in shimmery red cardstock, and used double sided tape to attach them to the fronts of the candy bags. Do you know how hard it is not to tear into those yummy chocolates? VERY! But since I really love them both, and think they are the best parents ever I will resist the siren call of candy and let them enjoy!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Findings: Doodle Stitching

I'm so smitten with this recent addition to my artsy/crafty bookshelf:  Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray! It's brimming over with adorable little patterns to stitch and includes a CD so that the patterns can be resized to suit your project. My daughter and I have taken up embroidery recently, and I think this will be a fun resource for us to share! I have tons of ideas swirling around in my head, so I'll be sharing those in future posts. Check out Aimee's blog little dear tracks for embroidery tutorials, free patterns and projects, and lots more! You'll also enjoy Sublime Stitching and Feeling Stitchy for more whimsical embroidery inspiration!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kettle Corn Day

All I did today was make a batch of kettle corn in my beloved red Whirley Pop stovetop popcorn maker. Wait! I also ate the entire batch! It was scrumptious and so easy to do. Just fill the Whirley Pop (or whatever pan you use for stovetop popcorn) with 1/3 cup of unpopped kernels, 2 tbsp. of oil ( I prefer peanut oil) and 1/4 cup of sugar. Place on medium heat and stir constantly for about 3 minutes or so until most of the kernels have popped. Pour into a bowl, allow to cool for about a minute, then sprinkle with kosher salt. Yum! This was my only accomplishment today, so I felt compelled to share it. Hopefully tomorrow will be more productive, but if not I have more popcorn just waiting to be popped and devoured!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Vintage Vignettes

Laundry is calling, stacks of paperwork are tottering on my desk, dust bunnies are multiplying as we speak, so naturally I decided to forget all that and do a mini photo shoot instead! I love to incorporate vintage finds into my home, and this metal recipe box is my latest treasure.

Look! Each little book opens up and swivels forward revealing a hidden cache for recipes!
I found this during a late-night-couldn't-sleep-couldn't-read-but-must-be-distracted ebay frenzy! Just type in a search for vintage metal and see what irresistible goodies pop up for you.

Like these vintage flower frogs...

and of course there are books...

lots of books!

A green glass cake plate and a lovely tray...

and milk glass everywhere!

There's lots more to share, but even a professional procrastinator like me has to get to work sooner or later!
Hmm..maybe later would be best...

Monday, December 6, 2010

May Arts Monday

Want some of this sparkly ribbon for your stash? Just click on this link and leave a comment for your chance to win a set of silver and gold gorgeousness! It's part of May Arts Winter 2011 sneak peek now through Friday, December 10, 2010.

Dreaming of Spring? I love this new collection of pastel plaids!

Lovely lace adds the perfect delicate accent!

I love all these ribbons, but the snowflakes are my favorite right now! I have them in the white shown above.

And this glitzy silver!

Snowflakes always make me think of hot cocoa and marshmallow cream. Since the flurries are flying on this chilly December day I'm off to stir up a warm mug of chocolate to sip while I dream away the day. Warm winter wishes to you!