Friday, December 28, 2012

Snack Bags and Weddings!

My spring birds snack bag was featured in a wedding magazine!  Very exciting!

It's an online magazine, called Eco-Beautiful Weddings.  They also have a blog, all about stylish green weddings.  You can find my snack bag featured in the Winter/Spring 2013 issue on page 29.  Here's a few screen shots for you.

What a great idea, giving a snack bag as a flower girl or ring bearer gift!  I love it!  There are some other neat finds on this page too.  The whole magazine has lots of great ideas.

As I flipped through the magazine I came across this boutonniere.  It's gorgeous!  Who would have thought?  Succulents, such as hens and chicks for a boutonniere?  I liked it so much that I Googled it and apparently many other people realize the beauty in these little things.  There are entire Etsy shops devoted to making succulent arrangements for your wedding!

From Succulents Galore on Etsy.
From A Touch of Succulents on Etsy.

If you're planning a wedding in the near future I suggest you consider some hens in chicks.  Heck, you don't have to be getting married to enjoy these beautiful flowers.  Try putting some in a little pot to enjoy in your house all year long.  I'm off to the garden centre...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Handmade Bird Ornaments

Every year, I like to make a new ornament for our Christmas tree.  If all goes well, I make lots of them and give them as gifts to friends and family.  

I went to my favourite local fabric shop, Needlework, and found so many wonderful red and green fabrics that I couldn't control myself!  I decided to buy a bunch of fat quarters so I would have a good variety to work with.  I LOVE fabric so much!  I have such a hard time narrowing down my choices to just a few.  Here's what I went home with.

And here's what I decided to make... a cute little bird.  It's very simple.  I just drew a basic template, cut out two pieces of fabric, wrong sides facing, and then sewed them together, adding a loop of twine for hanging.  Then I flipped it inside out, stuffed it with polyester fill and hand sewed the hole.  They make great gifts, either in small groups or individually.  I had hoped to sell some in my shop but I was already pretty busy sewing all my Christmas orders.  Maybe next year.


Did you make any new ornaments this year?  If so, please share!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Must Have Christmas Treats

Here's what I've been doing lately... overdosing.  On Christmas treats!

Once December comes, I need to consume these, on a regular basis.  An unhealthily basis.  Hey, Christmas only comes once a year!

This is the best ice cream in the world!!!
Homemade gingersnaps.  My favourite!  I've already had to make 2 additional batches because I (and my husband!) keep eating them all!

Chai Eggnog Latte.  So richly delicious!

Good ol' Toffifee.

What's your favourite holiday treat?  Please don't say carrots.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Rush

It has been a busy time, especially with lots of sewing for my Etsy shop!  I was pleasantly surprised with the mass Christmas orders I received!  I think it is safe to say that the rush is now over.  All orders had to be placed by Wednesday to ensure delivery before Christmas.

Most of my orders were from the US and Canada, but I had quite a few from the Netherlands and Norway!  So sweet to think of Sinterklaas bringing the little children snack bags for Christmas!

I had several orders for sets of 10 or more snack bags.  Some people were giving them as gifts to the children in their organization or club, and some business' and organizations gave them to their staff or students!  So wonderful to think of all the people out their who are working towards a greener planet!

I hope your Christmas shopping/sewing is coming along well!  I'm looking forward to getting the last of my orders out this weekend so I can finally have some time to sew for my family and friends!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Homemade Playdough

The girls and I made some playdough last week.  We called it "Christmas Playdough" because we added some pretty little red stars to the dough.  We didn't add any colour this time because we wanted it to look like cookie dough.  They have had so much fun playing with it and making their own little Christmas cookies.  I moved one of our many little kid tables to the kitchen so they can "bake" beside me.  It has been wonderful!

If you don't already have a copy of this homemade playdough recipe then I suggest you copy it now!  You and your little ones are in for loads of fun!  It's so easy to make and if you use the Kool-Aid it smells good too!

Homemade Playdough

1 small package of Kool-Aid drink mix (6 gram package)
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons cooking oil

Mix the water and cooking oil together in a bowl or large measuring cup.  Mix the dry 

ingredients together in a pot.  Add the water and cooking oil mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir over medium heat until a ball forms.  Stir constantly.  Turn out on a floured surface. Knead 2 minutes. Enjoy the warmth of the playdough on your hands.  It's therapeutic!

Keep the playdough in an air tight container in the refrigerator when not playing with it.  This play dough can last for weeks!

Please note – if you do not have a package of Kool-Aid, you can use food colouring instead.  Simply add the food colouring (gel type makes the most vibrant colours) to the water and oil before mixing into the dry ingredients.  Scents such as lemon, mint, or rosewater can also be added to the water and oil.  You can also have fun by adding glitter, sparkles or small shapes like we did.

Have fun playing!