Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Santa Hair Bows

I posted about these Santa Hair Bows previously.  But I wanted to give you a quick how-to because they are so simple to make!

  • You will want 6 pieces of ribbon about 5" in length.
  • Make each piece of ribbon into a loop and hot glue or hand-sew the ends together.
  • Lay all 6 loops ontop of eachother and sew them together or hot-glue them together one at a time.
  • Glue on a sparkly embellishment of your choice!
  • Add your prelined alligator clip.

And voila!  Instant hair bling!

Like I said, these are super simple to make!

But if you prefer, I also have a few for sale at my Etsy shop

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Candy Cane Pizza

Are you looking for an easy appetizer or party food for your next holiday party you are hosting or attending?  Well look no further!  I give you, the CANDY CANE PIZZA.

No.  It is not a pizza made from candy canes. 

I hope you aren't disappointed.  Please keep reading anyway.  :)

This is a pizza that is simply in the shape of a candy cane.  But it is quite pretty and yummy too!

And the best part is that is is so super simple!  Especially if you use refrigerated dough like I did!

You will need:
  • Refrigerated dough (I used crescent dough but anything similar would work.  Or if you are feeling extra adventurous, you can use your own homemade dough!)  But you know how I like to keep things simple around here.  So I used pre-made refrigerated dough!
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Cheese
  • Pizza toppings of your choice

To Make:
  • Lay the dough flat on a greased cookie sheet and pinch any parts together that are separated.
  • Cut slits up both sides of the dough as shown in the photo.
  • Put your cheese, pizza sauce and all other pizza toppings you choose in the middle.  Just be careful not to overfill this!  You don't need very much filling!
  • Then I folded the ends in and "braided" the sides up by pulling one sides' slit over at a time, alternating sides. 
  • Then carefully shape this into a candy cane (or other shape of your choice.)  But be careful as you don't want the dough to break. 
  • Cook according to the dough directions until done!
  • Enjoy with some extra pizza sauce! 


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Candy Cane Oreos

Have I mentioned my weakness for Oreos?  Especially double stuffed oreos!  Yum! 

I was contemplating how busy this time of year can get.  And how stressful it can be.  And how much I like Oreos. And, how yummy my previous chocolate covered oreos were.  (Yes.  I regretfully admit that this is how my brain works sometimes!)  And I decided to combine all four contemplations!  So I present to you....

(insert applause here)

These were so simple to make.  And very delish.

They would make an elegant Christmas gift to bring to friends or neighbors!  Or to bring to that cookie exchange party!

And you can even have your smallest of children help you make these!

Candy Cane Oreos
  1. Buy a box of Oreo cookies and don't eat them all before you get home.
  2. Take out your holiday stress on some candy canes and smash those little guys to pieces.  Or.  Let your kids take over this part.  My daughter had a blast smashing candy canes!
  3. Dip said Oreos into melting chocolate and before they dry, sprinkle candy cane pieces on top.
  4. Let them dry.
  5. Enjoy with a tall glass of milk, or package up and give away as gifts!
Super simple!  Super beautiful! 

Happy Holidays!

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

All I want for Christmas is...

http://astore.amazon.com/simpldesig-20/detail/B000S5XYI2I decided to put together a short gift guide for this year's crafter! Ok. Well. It is for the crafter / cook.

So Crafty Mama's, send your husbands a link, because I'm sure you are going to want these things too!

Silhouette SD - I can't even begin to tell you all the things I would do with this little beauty!

What's New, Cupcake? - Everyone loves a good cupcake, but my-oh-my these are adorable to look at!

Zoku - This little wonder freezes popsicles in 7-9 minutes. I know. You had to re-read that didn't you? 7-9 minutes and you have frozen icee yummies for your kiddos (or for you!) All the things I could do with this little baby! Yum!

Cake Pops by Bakerella - I am a big fan of Bakerella and would love to take a look at her brand new book!

Baker's Edge Brownie Pan - I love brownie edges...so having all of the brownies hav edges:  my dream!

Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball - This just looks like a lot of fun and, hello!  The end result is ice cream!
Panini Press - I love paninis!  It would be so fun to be able to make one from home! 
And last but not least, a new camera. I am not sure if this is the one I want, but it sure ooks nice!

How about you? What do you want for Christmas?

(And in case you are wondering, no one asked me to post any of these ideas...this really truly is just my wish list!)


Friday, November 26, 2010

Link Party, GIVEAWAY and Happy Black Friday Sale!

Sorry this is up late today!  And no, I was not out shopping this morning.  I was just exhausted from Tday yesterday!

I cooked my first ever Turkey.  It turned out pretty well actually!

The GREAT news of today is that I have reached 400 followers!!  Holy cow!  Thank you so much to all my wonderful followers! 

So, on a whim, I am going to give away this pretty hair flower! 

All you have to do to enter? 

Be a follower and leave a comment telling me what you hope Santa brings you for Christmas!
That's all.  I'm keeping it simple today!  One entry per person please.

The giveaway will run through next Wednesday at midnight and I will announce the winner next Friday!  Good luck!

Also, all week I am going to offer 20% off on my Etsy Shop.  Just put the code:  SDBlack in the comment section and I will credit you back 20% of your total order.  Oh and I am also offering FREE SHIPPING right now too. 

Here are a few of the items in my shop right now:


Come visit my Etsy Shop!

And now for the LINK PARTY!  Please link up whatever it is you have been working on!  I can't wait to see!

(But I have a question, inlinz is going to start charging for thumbnail link parties.  Is there a link party program you are using that you like?)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Look at these amazing giveaways!

Tatertots and Jello is giving away a Silhouette this week!  You can believe I entered to win!  You can come and enter to win here!

Infarrantly Creative is also giving away a SiThe Idea Roomlhouette!  Oh may I hope I win!

And so is Grossgrain Fabulous!

Oh, and so is The Idea Room!

And the Thrifty Decor Chick!

And Shanty2Chic too!

Love Stitched is also giving one away!

Crazy Coupon Mommy is giving one away also!

And Decor Chick!

And Mom's Review 4 You!

House of Hepworth's is also giving away a Silhouette!

Check out Be Different Act Normal for another chance to win a Silhouette!

TomKat is also giving away a Silhouette! 

And if that isn't enough...How Does She is also giving away a Silhouette!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Santa Apple

There are so many wonderfully yummy, sugary treats this time of year.  So I had this great idea to make a "mostly healthy" Christmas treat for my daughter.  I came up with the SANTA APPLE.

To make this you will need:
  • (1) red apple
  • (2) M&M's or chocolate chips
  • Mini-marshmallows
  • Something sticky like peanut butter or frosting (depending on how healthy you really want this to be :)

First you will need to cut the apple as shown above so that you have the base part of your santa. 

As a hint, you will want to trim off the back of all the apple pieces so that they sit flat!

Next add your M&M or chocolate chip eyes using peanut butter or frosting to help them stick.

Finally, using the peanut better or frosting, add mini marshmallows for trim on the hat and a beard.

Then watch your children's eyes light up when they realize you just made them an edible Santa!

What do you think?  It's pretty cute, huh?

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Flower Hairbow Tutorial - Holiday Edition

Ohhhh! I am really getting into the Christmas spirit right now! It is so much fun!

When I went to the craft store the other day and saw all of these beautiful red flowers, I knew I just had to make some pretty red flower hair bows!!

Turning flowers into hair bows is so super easy. 
  1. Take the flower off the stem and remove the middle part.
  2. Select a rinestone brad or other element for the middle of the flower according to your taste and put it in the middle of the flower by either using the brad to secure it or gluing it in place.
  3. Enjoy your pretty new flower bow!
Now if only I could decide if I like the big rinestone or the small rinestone better....

This is a fun really large one I made.  And guess what?!?  I am going to GIVE IT AWAY.  But not today.  But soon.  Maybe when I hit 400 follwers (do you see how close I am?!?!)

And I love how festive these pointsetta flowers are!  My daughter is begging to wear her's already!

I might have gotten a little bit carried away with these ribbon bows as well. 

But these bows are so simple to make but just making loops with your ribbon and hot gluing them together.  Add a rhinestone and your prelined alligator clip and you have a festive fun bow! 

And these would be so easy to do for any holiday!

But they are just so cute.

And so festive.  I couldn't help myself!

I got so carried away making bows I have too many! 

So please go and check out my Etsy Shop where I am selling both my hair flowers and hair bows at a great price!  Plus I am currently offering FREE SHIPPING to the US.  So you can't beat that!

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Christmas Bracelet

I really enjoy making bracelets for my little girl.  I have made them for her for 4 years and she has worn them from day 1 almost!  So cute.

This is one of my favorite bracelets of all time! 

I love how Christmas-y it is and how sparkly it is! 

It is made completely from Swarovski crystals and is oh-so-pretty.

I have decided to sell this Christmas inspired bracelet for a limited-time for this holiday season! 

It would make a great accessory to a holiday outfit, a fabulous stocking stuffer, or just a fun gift to give that special little girl for the holidays!

My bracelets come in the following sizes:

  • Newborn: 4"
  • 3-6 months: 4.5"
  • 6-12 months: 4.75"
  • 18-24 months: 5"
  • 2 years: 5.5"
  • 3 years: 5.75"
  • 4-5 years: 6"
(Please note that the sizes are aproximate finished sizes and might be slightly longer then the stated length due to the nature of bracelet construction.  The total length will never be smaller then the indicated size.)

If you would like a different color scheme please email me to discuss the possibility.

Oh, and I am selling these for $17.99 including shipping!  What a steal for an all-crystal bracelet!

You may purchase it through the link below, or visit my Etsy shop
Happy holidays!

Christmas Bracelet: $17.99

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Snowman Cupcakes

I must be loving Snowmen this year! 

I think I love snowmen because they work at any time during the winter.  I think snowmen are perfectly acceptable for all of December and January...perhaps longer! 

I made this super cute Snowman Cupcakes and couldn't help but share them with you.  Aren't they super cute!?

To make these you will need:
  • White cake mix (you can use another kind but I like how this keeps everything white...like snow :)
  • White frosting (I just used it out of a can.  What can I say, I love homemade frosting, but this is so simple and easy and we all know I am a fan of making things as easy as possible.  Plus, I am a sucker for frosting from a can...it is yummy!)
  • White sugar sprinkles (I used a Wilton brand)
  • Large round sprinkles (Again, a Wilton brand, I used the pink ones for the cheeks)
  • Gumdrops in assorted colors
  • Twizzlers in assorted colors
  • Chocolate chips or brown M&M's.
  • Brown gel icing in the small tube
  • Toothpicks
  1. Bake the cupcakes (I used red foil liners) and let them cool.
  2. Frost and immediately cover with white sprinkles.  Hint: if you do this over a plate you can re-use the sprinkles!
  3. Using extra frosting, attach an orange gumdrop for the nose, pink round sprinkles for the cheeks and two chocolate chips or M&M's for eyes.
  4. Draw a mouth with the brown gel icing.
  5. Take a colored Twizzler and push it down into the cupcake on both sides as far as it will go.  Use a toothpick to help hold the Twizzler in place in the back.
  6. Using extra frosting, attach matching gumdrops for the earmuffs!
Enjoy eating the Wintery Sugary Goodness!

Happy Baking!

*This idea was inspired by the cover of a magazine I saw years ago.  I don't remember and I can't find the original source but I modified them to be my own snowman creation.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Holiday Marshmallow Pops

Who doesn't love a good marshmallow pop?

I sure do, especially when they are covered in chocolate!

And when they look like Christmas presents and Snowmen!

These would be great to make and give as gifts, a great alternative to the traditional holiday cookies, bring to a potluck, send into your child's classroom or just eat yourself!  This is also something a child can help you make or an older child could do on their own!

For these super easy Marshmallow Pops you will need:
  • Marshmallows
  • White melting chocolate
  • Gel icing in a small tube or other icing in a tube or bagged and ready to pipe
  • Sticks
Put the marshmallows on the stick and dip in the melting chocolate.

When they are dry, add any decorations you like!  I went for a gift and a snowman!  The snowman is my favorite!

Let them dry and enjoy!

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Snowman Family Tutorial

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I have a confession.

I am in love with another man.

Three men actually.

My new Snowman Family!!

I am just going to go ahead and claim this as my original idea because I really have not seen this anywhere...ever. 

Please don't tell me if you find them somewhere else.  I might just cry.

Unless you make your own now that you've seen how cool mine are :-)  Then please tell me about that!

But I L.O.V.E. how they turned out!  (Can you tell how excited I am?!?!)

And they are super simple to make!  Really, even an older child could make these with a little help.

Here's the easy how-to:

  1. You will need:
    • 3 styrofoam cones, varying height
    • 3 round styrofoam balls
    • felt (I used charcoal, orange, red and 2 shades of green)
    • glitter (I used Martha Stewart's tinsel glitter in carrara marble)
    • 3 dixie cups
    • spray adhesive
    • hot glue gun
  2. First, glue your styrofoam balls to the top of the cones.
  3. Next, spray spray-adhesive all over your snowman body and head (Sorry, no pictures of the first few parts.  My hands were sticky and glitter-y!)
  4. While the spray adhesive is still sticky, sprinkle glitter all over the entire snowman (my photos don't show the snowmen in all their sparkly, glittery glory.  It is an overcast day and I just couldn't get the lighting right.  So imagine that they are sparkly!)
  5. If you want, you can then spray the entire thing with a clear coat of polyurethane.  It should help the glitter stay in place little better.
  6. Cut out eyes and a mouth out of charcoal colored felt and glue on with a hot glue gun.
  7. Make a small cone out of orange felt and hot glue on for the nose.
  8. Cut a long strip of felt for each scarf and glue in place.
  9. Next make your hat.  I'm not going to lie.  This one took a lot of trial and error.  I threw away a lot of attempts until I had the amazing idea to just cover a dixie cup with felt instead of trying to custom make a snowman hat.  But be careful, if you use a plastic dixie cup like I did, the plastic can melt if you aren't careful. 
    • Cut a circle to cover the top of the hat (bottom of the dixie cup) with felt and hot glue

    • Cut a long strip of felt to cover the side of the dixie cup with.  Hint.  It is easier if you actually cut a curve in the top of the felt, glue it on and then trim the bottom off level with the bottom of the dixie cup. 

    • Cut a large circle out of felt, and then cut another circle out of the first circle so that it fits snug at the bottom of the dixie cup.  I'll be honest, I didn't even glue this.  Since there is a lip on the dixie cup, it will stay on without glue.

Now you just get to enjoy your sparkly, cute little snowmen! 

I love my new little family?  Don't you?

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Link Party

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If you are looking for some great Christmas ideas (including my super cute Candy Trees), scroll down...I have been posting like crazy the last couple of days.  And come back later today and this weekend for even more ideas!

I can't wait to see what you have been working on this week!

Candy Trees

I am really excited about this idea!

I am sure it's not my brain-child, but I haven't seen it in blogland yet so I am even more excited about it!

I am kind of in-love with styrofoam cones right now. (You will be seeing more projects with these shortly so be warned!)

And what's not to love about candy?!

This was a very simple project and I think it looks so cute!

You will need candy:

Styrofoam cones in varying sizes (I had to trim mine a bit).

And a hot glue gun.

How to make these lovely Candy Trees?

Glue the candy on the cones.

(See I told you it was easy!)


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