Thursday, January 19, 2012

Organization Ideas

I LOVE these ideas for organizing all my ribbon!

This fabulous idea came from Creating Keepsakes Blog! I can not wait to run to Target and buy my hanger! I have a hanger bar in my "entertaining" closet because I also hang my freshly dry cleaned linens. I am giddy with excitement to go home and clean up the mess my ribbon drawer has become!

Oh Crafts featured this great idea! If you do not have a craft closet with a hanger bar, this would be an awesome way to organize your ribbon!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Yummy Valentine's Day Treats

These 2 easy Valentine's Day goodies are on my menu!

First up, Valentine's Day Buttons from Tasty Kitchen! I made these for Christmas and my family gobbled them up quickly! I am going to add a cute printable party circle for Cate's teachers. :)

Next, are these yummy Valentine's Day Blondies from Baked Perfection!

As I was searching for some tasty treats, it occurred to me that lots of the Christmas treats would also work for Valentine's Day if you modify the colors. If you have a favorite treat, please share the link!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Melting Snowmen Cookies

Aren't these melting snowman cookies adorable?!?! I have been wanting to make these for awhile and since Cate's class was learning about snow this week I whipped them up to surprise her class! Cate was so excited and proud to bring these to her class!

As you can tell, Cate was my little helper for some of these cookies. :)

My inspiration for these came from Since I decided to make these very last minute I took a few shortcuts, but here is a great tutorial.

I actually found them relatively easy. Here are my time-savers....
  • I bought the good old-fashioned Pillsbury ready- made cookie dough.
  • I also bought Betty Crocker cookie icing - Be sure it is cookie icing because you want it to kind of harden on the cookie.
  • I used the tubes of color icing to decorate.
  • My secret weapon for decorating are Food Color Markers. I LOVE these from Wilton!

Cate loves to use these to not only decorate cookies, but her toast, pancakes, etc. I also purchased a few sets to keep on hand for play dates! Happy Baking!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I Dig You!

YAY! I just ordered my red plastic shovels from Ebay to make Cate's "I Dig You!" Valentine's treats for her class. Here was the original idea on Family Fun!

Of course, I am obsessed with party circle printables, so I added this "I Dig You!" tag last year.

Use the coupon code "idigu" in the Pluff Mudd Etsy shop and get these tags or any of the Valentine's printables for 40% off. These are personalized with your child's name too!

Do you have a special request for Valentine's Day? I'm ready to add some new goodies to the shop. Send me an e-mail and I will create something custom for you!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Valentine's Day Digital Art

Happy New Year!!! I had taken a few months off to catch-up on life and I have missed my passion of sharing party ideas, recipes, crafts, tutorials, tips, and anything else that makes like FUN! I am ready to jump back in!!

I'm not sure about you and your family, but we miss our Christmas decorations, so I am quickly looking for some Valentine's Day ideas to get us moving to a new cute holiday! I have stumbled on quite a few adorable ideas that I can't wait to share!

Here is the first.... Have you been wondering how to get your text into a shape? This had puzzled me until I saw this tutorial from Black and White {Side by Side}. Maggie is genius!

Here is what I whipped up in minutes...
Please don't judge... these were just my experiment to see if the tutorial worked before I invested lots of time. :)

Now that I know it works, I am going to design some fun printables to pop in some frames to jazz up the mantle and party table for Valentine's Day. I even followed these directions on a Mac and it worked perfectly!!

I even used a picture to see what would happen. It is REALLY easy and you can use any shape. I can see this becoming a new favorite trick of mine!

Hurry to the tutorial by Maggie and start crafting your own printables!!
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