Friday, January 8, 2016

Happy Website Launch!


Hooray!  I've accomplished one of my New Year's resolutions -
a much needed website make-over.  Please swing by and check it out.
This year, I'm looking forward to developing new book ideas,
fun novelty formats, and spending more time enjoying arts, crafts,
and baking with my family.  Happy 2016 to all!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Hot Cocoa Treats



Making hot cocoa treats is a festive 
and easy holiday activity to do with the kids.





Simply melt semisweet chocolate, and pour it into square molds.
Garnish with sprinkles, and allow it to chill.




Pop the set chocolates out of the molds,
and insert mini candy canes into the center of marshmallows.




Dip the marshmallows into melted semisweet chocolate,
and quickly dip them into crushed candy canes.




Once all chocolate has set,
package them in treat bags; they make the cutest gifts.





You are welcome to download my hot cocoa tags for personal use.
Print and cut the sheet in half, landscape.  Cut both halves into quarters,
for a total of eight tags.  Fold each tag in half.  

I added hot cocoa directions on my tags.
Heat up the chocolate and 8 oz of milk in the microwave.
Stir well, add the marshmallow peppermint treat, and enjoy!

Happy holidays!





Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Little Library Celebration



Have you heard of the Little Free Library? 
Its a wonderful concept to spread the joy of reading.
I had the privilege of being a part of a Little Library celebration
 for Jakes Garden, in memory of a very special, sweet boy.




This charming library, donated by Jake’s family, 
and painted by Anika Schneider,
is part of a lovely garden nestled in a schools playground.
Childrens books are exchanged and shared.





The library is a warm and welcoming way to embrace community,
remember Jake, and spread the love of reading to a new generation.
Wouldn't it be great to put up a little library too?




Thursday, June 4, 2015

My Little Pony™ Party!


My Little Pony was around when I was growing up, and now the ponies have
returned with some sass, and my daughter is crazy about them.




Cutie mark cupcakes - here we go!  Making treats are my favorite party task.  
Decorate them with rock candy, Dots Gumdrops, confetti sprinkles, jelly beans,
rolled and cut Tootsie Fruit Chews, and rainbow Airheads Extremes Bites.
Making the six cutie marks was creative-fun!







Have the kids help.  You can't go wrong with marshmallow pops.
Dip marshmallows in melted colored chocolates,
and garnish them with sprinkles.  





A piñata for everyone!  I wrapped craft rolls with
printed napkins and tulle, and tied one end of each with ribbons.
Kids enjoyed filling the opens end with chocolates and candies.
They tied the loose ends 
and were pleased to have their
own 
piñatas to take home .





Pony Dress-Up Time!
The girls loved dressing up, and accessorizing with hair clips and rings.
Assembling tutus and pony tails to pin is simple and affordable.
Click here to view Martha Stewart's tutu-making video.
To make the tails, use colorful, fluffy yarn and tie them together
with some pretty ribbons.





Here's a cool activity to include the boys.
The children filled miniature jars with colorful jewels and rocks.





I found this My Little Pony™ bracelet charm kit online,
and it was a great party activity for all ages.





free My Little Pony printables on her site.
They were perfect for printing party favor name tags.
Visit Michelle's blog for more My Little Pony party printables.





If you have a My Little Pony fan, 
I hope you find some inspiration here for your next party!










Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lucky Saint Patrick's Cupcakes





Happy Leprechaun Day, as my daughter would say!
I underestimated how long it would take to make these cupcakes, 
but they are festive and worth the time.

To make the rainbow cauldrons, you will need:
1 8oz block of cream cheese




Crush the cookies into crumbs, and blend them with the cream cheese.
Roll the mixture into 1 inch balls,
and chill them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or until firm.
While the balls are chilling, melt the chocolate wafers.
Insert a stick into the centers of the chilled balls, 
and dip them in the melted chocolate.  Place the balls onto wax paper to cool.




Once the chocolate balls are set, flip them over, drop some
melted chocolate to the flat side, and stick three Skittles™ on top.
Next, dip one end of the Airheads Xtreme Bites™ into 
the chocolate, and attach them to the cauldrons. 





These are actually easy to make, but they do take some time. 
Have the kids help.  It's a fun cooking craft.
The recipe makes about 28 cauldrons. 
Enjoy!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Crafts

Happy Valentine's Day!
I love holidays because they're a time when my girls 
and I can work on some crafts and bake.



These gnomes are very easy for the kids to put together.
The trick is to skip the glue.
Use felt, foam, or paper heart stickers for cone hats.
Stick them onto hershey kisses, with the point facing up,
and wrap the hearts around the tip of the chocolate.
Place a small piece of double sided tape over the hat and foil, 
and firmly press on the eyes and pom-poms for noses.





Beaded hearts are fun and they can be used in a variety of projects.
Thread pipe cleaners with beads to the desired size.
Trim the ends, leaving room to twist them closed, to form a loop.
Shape the loop into a heart, and finish them off as
bracelet, necklace, key chain, or pencil topper.




Instead of cupids, my girls and I made little love dolls.
You'll need a pipe cleaner, one small bead, a wooden bead for the head,
and tulle ribbon (5 1/2" width) for the pom-pom body and hair (optional).



Fold the pipe cleaner in half, and from the open end, 
thread the small bead towards the bend, leaving enough room to form 
a loop or heart.  Twist the pipe cleaner a few times to lock in place.
For the pom pom body, cut 5 feet of tulle and wrap it around your palm.
Tie the center tightly together, and cut both loop ends. 
To add hair, repeat the same steps with a smaller tulle wrap.





Twist the pipe cleaner around the hair tulle and fluff the ends to form
a pom-pom.  Thread the wooden bead, and then add the body tulle.
Twist the pipe cleaner tightly round the body to lock in place, and fluff.
Trim and tuck the ends.  Using color pencils, draw the face.

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!