Monday, August 30, 2010

Donut Seeds Printable

A new school year is here and my little gal is starting in a new group at her preschool (sniff sniff - she's growing up way to fast). I wanted to make a little treat she could share with her new friends during their snack time. But what to send???

What kid doesn't love Cheerios?
Especially when they are disguised as donut seeds!

She's sooo excited to take them to school!
You can create these little treats too!
Feel free to download my printable. We used cello bags and Avery shipping labels (#5164). They are a bit big, but fit nicely on sandwich bags too!
Download the labels HERE.


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

DIY Christmas Ornaments

I can't believe it's already time to start thinking about the holidays! With just 4 months to go, it's time to start crafting ornaments to commemorate 2010.
I love this idea from Under The Table & Dreaming and the fact it can be used year after year (or at least until the BIG secret about Santa is discovered). It's the perfect place for your little one to tuck away their wish list to Santa. Get all the details HERE

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Couture Candy Necklace Favors

This is party packaging perfection! Create modern favor boxes fit for a fashionista (with a sweet tooth!). Fill each box with candy & string for your guests to make their very own couture candy necklaces. Coordinate the colors to match your party!
I love finding new favor ideas that are so fun I want to plan a party around them! Get the details and free couture candy labels from Paper and Cake HERE.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Back To School - Lunch Box Notes

Encourage your kids to eat their fruit with a fun label that reminds them how special you think they are!

Tuck a sweet little message into your kids lunch with these free custom notes.
Get all these goodies from Alphamom HERE

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Berry Tempting French Toast Skewers

Want to make an impression at your next brunch? Try serving these French Toast Skewers from YumSugar. This is a perfect dish for kids & adults, because no one can resist bite-size blocks of breakfast goodness! Get the recipe here

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pretty. Fun. Picnic.

Our summer is filled with picnics (at the beach, concerts in the park, etc) and I'm always looking for rockin' new stuff to bring. I think it just might be time to ditch our picnic basket and make a fabulous entrance with one of these. Boxsals are uber cool picnic boxes disguised as boom boxes and briefcases. And it gets even better - each box contains compostable dinnerware & utensils and is 100% recyclable.
Take that wicker basket!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Owl Necklace Giveaway!

See this cute little guy? He could be yours!
I've teamed up with JLV Photography, and am giving away an Owl Wish Necklace from my shop.
Hurry, the giveaway ends August 15th. So go here now & enter!

Good Luck!

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Genius! Camera Lens Mug!

Is it too early to start my Christmas wish list? Because I HAVE to have one (or 2) of these camera lens mugs from Photojojo!
(hint hint to my amazing husband!)

It looks just like a 24-105mm lens. Pure awesomeness!
It's equipped with a lens-cap lid, rubber-grip focus & zoom rings and an auto-focus switch that actually switches. O.M.G.

By far the best gift you'll find for your photography friends!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Free Printable Art

Get this adorable printable from Sunny Fiona. The colors are so fresh & summery. Print it, frame it & give to a friend. It's sure to put a smile on their face! Get it here

So cute! But every time I read it, I break out singing the same titled song from High School Musical. LOL.

Is it stuck in your head now too? :o)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Savoury Bites

Tiny Scones with Bleu Cheese Cream Frosting

Scone Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 T baking powder
1 tsp salt
5 T cold butter, cut in pieces
1 cup heavy cream

Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix in butter with fingers until well integrated; mixture should be like coarse sand. Add cream, and lightly mix with your fingers until the mixture holds together. Put on floured board, push out to a thickness of about 3/4 inch, and cut into small circles. Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

2/3 cup blue cheese
1 cup heavy cream

Crumble blue cheese into small pieces. In a bowl, beat blue cheese and heavy cream with an electric mixer until well-mixed and fluffy. Top scones with a dollop of jam and a dollop of frosting.

Cornbread Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting and Bacon

Cupcake Ingredients:
1/2 cup coarse cornmeal
1 cup buttermilk
4 slices bacon
1 cup flour
1 T baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 T melted butter

The night before, soak cornmeal in buttermilk in a covered bowl at room temperature. Bake bacon on foil-covered pan at 350 until crisp and brown. Meanwhile, mix together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and sugar in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and add melted butter. Add egg mixture to buttermilk. Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until combined. Drop by spoonful onto greased small muffin pan. Bake at 350 for 17 minutes or until lightly brown.

4 oz. goat cheese
4 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup milk or cream
Crumbled bacon

Beat goat cheese, cream cheese and milk until smooth. Spread or pipe on top of cooled cupcakes. Top with crumbled bacon and minced parsley.

Recipe & photo credits: Ming Makes Cupcakes

Monday, August 2, 2010

Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial

Isn't this just adorable?! Although we are a few years from needing one of these cuties, you can make your own tooth fairy pillow with a free tutorial from mmmcrafts. Get the pattern & details HERE.