Mini Spring Floral Bouquet

Isn’t it sweet? A mini spring floral bouquet is a perfect way to tell someone special in your life “You Are Awesome”. I have a serious case of spring fever. It’s been a long winter in our neck of the woods. Lots of snow (awesome) with very cold temperatures (not so awesome) and we still have a couple of feet of snow in our yard. I am starting to really (really) look forward to some spring-like weather. One of my favorite things about spring is all the spring flowers. I just love them.

I’ve also been thinking about all the awesome people in our lives. Like the kids school teachers, coaches and instructors. Or the friends that are always there for us no matter what. Sometimes it’s nice to say a little thank you, at non-traditional times, just to show how much you appreciate their efforts and friendship throughout the whole year.

I love getting flowers, especially in the spring. Having flowers by the sink in my kitchen just brightens my day. So I’m putting together some mini spring floral bouquets for some of the special people in our lives, to say thank you for all they do for us and our kids, and hopefully to brighten their day too.

You can make these mini bouquets by picking up a couple of bunches of flowers the next time you are at the grocery store. Your local florist or market are also great places to get a wonderful selection of flowers but don’t discount the value and ease of those bunches at the grocery store. That’s where I picked up these…One bunch each of tulips, freesia, poms and pussy willow.

Flowers go a long way when making mini bouquets. You will need roughly 1 bunch of flowers for two – three mini bouquets. So, that means if you want four varieties of flowers and pick up one bunch of each you will be able to surprise about 10 people with a little bit of spring. If you don’t need to make that many then you can use the extra flowers to make some arrangements for your own home.

Along with the flowers I used washi tape, burlap and some jute to tie it all together.

I used one stem of each flower starting with the freesia. Then I added a cluster of poms, a stem of pussy willow and finally a single tulip.

Then I wrapped washi tape around the stems to hold them together.

The mini bouquets look lovely in a small jar or vase.

I wrapped mine in a 4″ x 6″ piece of burlap, tied some jute around it and added a tag that says it all.

So simple to make. So fun to receive.

I’m sure you have awesome people in your life who would love to receive these too.

Debbie

I wrapped mine in a 4″ x 6″ piece of burlap, tied some jute around it and added a tag that says it all.

So simple to make. So fun to receive.

I’m sure you have awesome people in your life who would love to receive these too.

Debbie

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St. Patrick’s Day Party Favor

Here’s a cute little St. Patrick’s Day party favor that your guests will love. After all who wouldn’t want their very own pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Whether you hand them out for guests to take away or set them around the party for guests to help themselves to a little chocolaty treat, these little pots of gold – complete with their own rain cloud and rainbow, are a great way to add some charm to your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

To make the rain cloud add blue confetti (the rain) to a white/clear helium balloon (the cloud). I made the confetti by punching blue cardstock with a standard hole punch. Then I used a funnel to add the confetti to the balloon and filled the balloon with helium using a home helium tank and tied them off. I picked up the home helium tank at Walmart but have also seen them at Micheal’s. I love mine – so fun, but you could also add the confetti to the balloons and have a party shop fill the balloons with helium for you (some grocery stores and dollar stores also fill up balloons with helium).

After you have your balloons it’s time to make your rainbows

I plan on handing mine out to a few kiddos who are near and dear to me this St. Patrick’s Day. Their own little pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Hope your St. Patrick’s Day is a happy one.

xo Debbie

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Gold Confetti Garland DIY

I’m getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day with this super easy, super glitzy gold confetti garland diy. We don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a big way, but when we have guests over around St. Patrick’s Day it’s nice to get in the spirit of things.

I’m excited about this garland because it could not be more simple (punch, sew, hang), I can make it ahead (awesome) and it is so versatile that I can use it over and over again (thinking Easter & Mother’s Day just for starters).  Also, the gold metallic cardstock looks gorgeous and it reminds me of those gold coins at the end of the rainbow.

I ordered the gold metallic cardstock from Paper-Garden.ca and the gold shimmer on it is beautiful. It’s also a cover weight, a bit heavier than regular cardstock, so it is going to hold up for many more celebrations. Using my 2″ craft punch, I punched four circles across the 8 1/2 x 11″ sheet. They had to be pretty close together in order to get four across, as you can see in the photo above.

Then I trimmed off the punched holes and punched four more circles, repeating this until the entire sheet of cardstock was used up. I was able to get 20 circles from each sheet of cardstock. Once all the circles were punched, I simply ran them through my sewing machine, keeping long threads at both the beginning and end for hanging. For more detailed sewing instructions you can check out this Patterned Paper Confetti Garland DIY. No need to alternate different sized/patterned circles here though, just run one gold circle after the next and I did keep the gold circles close together, feeding each circle in right after the next, with no stitches in between.

And now it’s ready to hang and I have one item crossed off my to do list. Plus it’s soooo pretty with all it’s gold sparkle and shine. Love how it catches the light.

Do you have anything planned for St. Patrick’s Day and if so, do you go low key or all out? Either way you just may want to add some sparkle with one of these garland.

Debbie

 

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Shop Talk | Resizing Garland Banners

Earlier this winter we hosted a Sledding Party that included a hot chocolate bar. I decided to experiment a bit with the size of the garland banners in the Let It Snow printable party collection, printing them out at half size. You can see the same style of banner at a make your own ice cream sundae bar we had last summer, using the banner in the Ice Cream Sundae collection at full size.

Resizing banners is pretty easy. I essentially printed the banner at half size by printing two pages per printer page. This is really a function of your printer. I’m going to go through the steps I took using my printer, but since all printers are different things may look different in your printers dialog box.

Open the PDF document, with the banner you want to print, in Adobe Reader. In my case the diyPaperJoy Let It Snow Printable Party Collection printables PDF from the Let It Snow Printable Party Collection.

1. From the toolbar, select Fit one full page to window for easier viewing.

2. From the toolbar, click on Show next page (Right Arrow) until you have the first page of the garland banners in the window, in my case page 18.

3. Select File  4. and then Print to bring up the Print dialog box.

5. Under Pages to Print, select Pages and type in the page range of the garland you wish to print, in my case pages 18-23.  6. Under Page Sizing & Handling, select Multiple.
7. Under Pages per sheet select 2.

Note: You can experiment with how many Pages per sheet you would like to print. Choosing more pages per sheet will make your banner flags even smaller.

8. Make sure the cardstock/paper you would like to print your banner on is loaded in the printer then select Print.

A note about purchasing collections from the shop – Immediately after purchase, you will be sent an email containing the link to download your collection. After unzipping the download file you will find one or more PDF files, depending on the collection, but usually one file with instructions and tips on working with the printables and one (or more) files with the actual printables. To open the files you will need Adobe Reader, available as a free download here at adobe.com

The advantage to being able to resize the banners is that you can hang a garland that suits the space you have available. In the case of a hot chocolate bar the full size garland would work well for a wall over a large buffet or table set up where the smallest banners would work well for a small hot chocolate bar set-up on a small table or a counter.

The collections in the shop are very versatile and have lots of options for customization to suit the needs of your get-together or party set-up.

Whether you are a new reader here or know your way around already, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment and let me know what you think, if there is anything you would like to see more of here or if you have any questions.

Debbie

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Valentines day freebie

I created this printable for our Cookie Bar for Valentine’s Day and wanted to share some love with you in the form of a free PDF download. You can download the Heart Printable Party Collection freebie here. The mini collection comes in both red and pink with three designs in each colour being customizable. That means you can edit the text that is printed on the food and beverage signs, the bag toppers and the 2″ toppers/tags. You can check out the designs below.

You can use these designs to label food and beverages at a Valentine’s Day party table, customize your own gift tags, top treat bags, add straw flags to your drinking straws at Valentine’s Day snack…you get the idea.

The download is a PDF file so, to open and customize the files you will need Adobe Reader, available as a free download here at adobe.com. Instructions for customizing your printable party collection are available here and cutting instructions are included with the PDF file. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below.

Hope you enjoy it and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

XO Debbie

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Cookie bar valentines day

Cookie bars or cookie stations are fun. They are popular at weddings and family reunions and big celebrations. They let guests play a bit, interact in a fun way and they are delicious too. But you don’t have to be having a big event to enjoy all the fun. A small scale cookie bar is a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day whether it’s just you and your sweetheart, your family or a get-together with some friends.

Cookie bars are often cookie decorating bars. You know the ones, where the kids try to load as much candy on a cookie as possible. I wanted our Valelntine’s Day cookie bar to be a little less about the candy grab but still fun and yummy.

So instead of icing I thought we would give dipping the cookies in a chocolate fondue and then in bowls of candy decorations a try. Still fun for the kids but a little more grown up for the adults. And if you want to grow up your fondue even more (if you are only serving adults of course) you can add a splash of your favorite liqueur.

Plus we have the added bonus of dipping fresh fruit in the chocolate fondue too. Just supply the skewers and guests can assemble their own.

A lot can be done in advance to make this a quick set up. The cookies can be baked days in advanced and stored in an air tight container. Or even a month or two in advance and frozen. The candy decorations can be placed into serving bowls and covered. Some of the fruit can be washed and prepped and stored in airtight containers a few hours before, but some of the fruit, like the bananas, will need to be prepared right before serving. Something to think about when choosing the fruit you want to serve. And here are some great tips for making the chocolate fondue ahead too. This is the chocolate fondue recipe I used.

For the final touches I added a heart garland hanging down above the table and sprinkled some heart confetti in and around the serving dishes. I made the heart confetti by punching out hearts, using a hand held 6mm heart punch, from the scraps of cardstock left over from making the heart garland.

A fun and delicious Valentine’s Day treat for everyone.

XO Debbie

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Heart garland

Here is a quick and easy heart garland DIY to fancy up your Valentine’s Day this Friday. Making several strands and hanging them vertically will definitely send the message that love is in the air – or that hearts are in the air anyway.

All you need is cardstock (I used three shades of pink), a heart craft punch, ribbon, double sided tape and scissors. Heart craft punches come in a variety of sizes and are available at craft stores or in the craft department of large retailers.

I wanted the hearts on my garland to start with light pink at the top and get darker as they went down. I measured the length of ribbon I need and laid out the hearts to determine how many I needed. I ended up using 5 of each colour in a row (double sided equals 10 of each colour per garland strand).

To start I place double sided tape on one of the dark pink hearts and stuck the ribbon to the tape in the center of the heart, not letting the ribbon stick below the bottom of the heart. Then I placed double sided tape on a second dark pink heart and stuck it right on top of the first heart, sandwiching the ribbon between the two hearts and making sure the edges were lined up.

I continued to work my way up the ribbon, making sure the hearts were evenly spaced. I found it easiest to lay the hearts out, a full colour grouping at a time, with double sided tape before attaching them to the ribbon

And that’s it. Easy, quick and hearts hanging everywhere – love!

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Valentines day garland card

My mom lives a couple of hours away from us, which means we don’t see her as often as I would like. So, I thought it would be nice to send her a little Valentine’s Day garland to reminder her that she is loved and that we are thinking about her.  What I like about this project is that not only is it a visual reminder of our love but on the back of each of the photos there is also a written message stating our love. A Valentine’s Day garland + card all in one.

The first step is to gather your photos.  Photos you have on hand or Instagram photos work well but if you don’t already have photos that you want to use, it can be a lot of fun just grabbing your camera and taking some selfies. Do this near a window with lots of indirect light coming in. Then print out your photos and trim them to the size you would like. I cropped mine to 3.75 x 3.75 inches and printed them at home on 4×6 photo paper because I wanted a white border around my photos. Then I trimmed the sides to create a 4×4 inch photo.

Cut note cards out of card stock the same size as your photos. You will need one note card for each photo. I cut 5 note cards from white textured cardstock to 4×4 inches each. I made a heart stamp by hot gluing a wood heart to a cork. Then I stamped a red heart in the middle of the note card near the top. Next I used a felt pen to draw a black border.
Write a sentiment on each of the note cards. These could be messages from each of the people in the photos, poems,  or an I Love You because… on each of the cards. It will depend on who the garland is for and of course, who the garland is from, but have fun with it. Then attach a note card to the back of each of the photos with double sided tape keeping in mind the order of the photos and the order of the note cards.

I used 1/2 inch red gross grain ribbon for the garland. I laid the ribbon out and played with the placement of the photos, chipboard and hearts before cutting it to the final length. I ended up with two lengths of ribbon for a double hung garland, but you could also hang everything on one length of ribbon for a single hung garland.

I used chipboard letters to spell out “You Are Loved” and punched some hearts in two sizes from a scrap piece of printed overlay. Printed patterned paper or solid cardstock would look great too

For the large sized heart, I used a standard hole punch to punch two holes near the center at the top and threaded it onto the ribbon. My chipboard letters had very sticky backs and stayed on the ribbon fine on their own, but I have used lots of chipboard that was not very sticky, in which case you could either hot glue or sew the letters in place. Tip: If you want to remove the stickiness from the back of your chipboard letters before gluing or sewing them in place, sprinkle a bit of baby powder over the sticky side and then remove any excess.

I used 3/4 inch black binder clips to attach the photos to the ribbon and tucked a few small hearts here and there. After I arranged everything on the ribbon I cut it to its final length and used washi tape to hang it on the wall.

I plan on wrapping this garland up and sending it to my mom for Valentine’s Day, so I’ll add a roll of washi tape to the box, so she can hang it on her wall. In the mean time I’m enjoying it on mine:)

Debbie

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Hanging ice votives diy

ce votives are so easy to make, cost essentially nothing and can be used over and over again. I love that I can make these way in advance, keep them in the freezer or on the porch, if you are having fringed winter weather like us, and pull them out when the occasion calls.

For our Sledding Party I made some to place on the Hot Chocolate Bar to provide some light as the evening grew darker. Afterward, I moved them to the porch off our living room, where they look pretty lit when we have company, or even when we don’t.

1. You’ll need two plastic or metal containers, one larger container the size you would like your votive and a smaller container to make the hole to place the candle in. Make sure the candle you want to use fits inside the smaller container. I used a 500 ml yogurt container and a single serving pudding container.  Fill the larger container, almost to the top, with water. Then place the smaller container in the center, level to the top and tape in place. I used packing tape. While holding each end of the tape I stuck it to the top of the small container, then  pushed the small container into the water and wrapped the tape down the sides of the larger container. Then I added a second piece of packing tape perpendicular to the first. Place in the freezer or outside, if it is cold enough, until frozen.  2. Once frozen remove the packing tape.  3. Remove the small container and release the ice from the large container. If the containers don’t remove easily, you can let it sit at room temperature until it removes easily or run cool water over the container to loosen it. Be careful though, if the water is too warm the ice will crack.  4. Drop in a candle.  5. And light.

I also wanted to hang some of the votives, so I made a hanger out of wire to slip the ice votives into. I used 30 gauge hobby and flower wire because that’s what I had on hand, but you could use a heavy gauge wire too.

Supplies – Wire and one washer for each votive. I used 1 inch washers.

1. Cut four lengths of wire and bend in half. I cut my wire in 35 inch lengths which worked well for the container I used. If you are using a larger container you will need to cut longer lengths.  2. Thread the bent end up through the center of the washer.  3. Bring the ends around and through the loop.  4. Pull to tighten around washer.  5. Repeat with the remaining 3 lengths of wire, spacing evenly around washer.

6. Separate the wire strands in each group.

7. Taking one strand from one group and one strand from the group next to it, twist the two strands together part way up from the washer. The idea is to have this twist fall on the ice votive about midway up

8. Repeat with each of the other strands, creating four new groups.

9. Now repeat this step again, creating another round of twists roughly equal distance from the first twists, that they are from the washer.

10. Creating a little basket for the ice votive

11. Bring the ends together, they don’t need to be even just make sure the washer sits nicely straight down, and twist together (about 2 inches worth).  12. Loop around and twist, creating a hanger.

13. Slip the ice votive in the wire hanger, hang and light.

Place some ice votives in hangers and place some right in the snow, along a path, up the front steps, at an outdoor seating area…Well you get the idea.

They are a pretty addition to any outdoor winter party.

Hope you enjoy them!

Debbie.

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Shop talk favor bag labels

The night of our Sledding Party, it was snowing quite heavily, so in order to save the cookies that I planned to have at our outdoor Hot Chocolate Bar from getting soggy, I made up some treat bags. These were super fast to put together, I simply tucked a couple of cookies into a treat bag and added a 2″ food topper/tag from the Let It Snow Printable Party Collection.

Then I added them to a basket alongside the cups for the hot chocolate. They looked cute and it was nice for everyone to have a little treat to open up.

But what made them so easy to pull together, at the last minute, was that I printed them on Avery 2″ Round Labels (22807) and simply stuck them to the front of the bags.

This may seem to be a small detail, but I am pretty excited about it, because making favor bag labels or treat bag labels just got a lot easier. Most of the collections in the shop come with 2″ food toppers/tags, which you can print out on cardstock and punch with a 2″ circle craft punch, to use in a variety of different ways. But in the newest collection in the shop, the Let It Snow Printable Party Collection, the 2″ food toppers/tags and the 2″ Thank You tags are compatible with Avery 2″ Round Labels (22807).

That means you now have a choice. You can print on cardstock and punch out – this is a good option for food toppers, like cupcake toppers. Or, you can print them out on Avery 2″ Round Labels (22807) and use them like a sticker. Perfect for favor bags or treat bags!

Debbie

 

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