• 10th Sep2014

    Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable

    by Dinah Wulf

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    Thank you to UncommonGoods for sponsoring this post, Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable. All opinions are 100% my own.

    I am honored to be working with UncommonGoods, a New York based company that features unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. Most of the products they carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials… right up my alley!

    I received these beautiful set of six floral Italian-style wine glasses and thought they would be perfect for hosting my next wine tasting party. I mean really, how cute it the packaging?

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    Here are a few close ups of the glasses. They are absolutely gorgeous, small, and perfect for wine tasting or even juice or mimosas.

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    I had thrown a wine tasting party before and I have actually gotten a few emails asking for a copy of the wine tasting score card I used, so I decided to make a free printable available today! The score card has instructions and a rating system for five different wines.  There were five categories including, appearance, aroma, body, taste, and finish. You can list the wines you are tasting if you wish, and there is a section for notes. You can add a boarder like I did to fit any party décor as well.

    Wine Score Card Free Printable

    Download your free Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable here.

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    These glasses, wine tasting score cards, and a bottle of wine would make a lovely gift basket as a hostess gift, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s Day gift too! If you’d like more gift ideas, be sure to check out UncommonGoods for several beautifully crafted and handmade gifts!

    18th Aug2014

    Pocket Greeting Card DIY

    by Dinah Wulf

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    I like to make my own greeting cards and invitations.  Since both my parents and my husband’s parents live on the East Coast and Midwest, we often send them snail mail with our daughter’s school photos or artwork.  Most recently, my daughter danced her very first ever dance recital, so I wanted to make a little card to go along with her photos to send to each grandparent. Here is an easy and budget friendly pocket greeting card DIY.

    Materials:

    • Cardstock
    • Paper Cutter
    • Cutting mat
    • Ruler
    • Craft knife
    • Circle punch
    • Letter stamps
    • Glue stick
    • Envelopes

    Depending on the size of your envelop and pictures you are sending, measure and cut one piece of cardstock accordingly.  I used envelopes to fit a 5X7 and 4X6 photo.

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    Fold the cardstock in half and then fold up to create a pocket as shown.

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    Use a straight edge and a craft knife to cut the center folder flap. This will make it easier for the card to fold.

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    It creates a pocket like this.

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    Next, embellish the card as you wish!  I don’t like to waste any paper so since I used four different hues of purple, I cut the left over and made a band for the front.

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    I also used a circle punch to make a circle. I stamped on “love you” onto the card as well.

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    Lastly, I put it all together.

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    It’s a quick and easy project and MUCH cheaper than buying cards!

    Be sure to check out the cards I sent to the grandparents last time for Mia’s school photos {DIY Cards or Invitations for Any Occasion}!

    12th Jun2014

    DIY Cards or Invitations for Any Occasion

    by Dinah Wulf

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    Sometimes it’s really tough living so far away from family.  We live in California while my side of the family lives on the East Coast and my husband’s side of the family lives in the Mid-West. It’s especially difficult when you have a little one who always asks for their grandparents at night or when there is only Dad and Mom in the audience for a dance recital, while all the other little ones maxed out their ticket limits. Because of this, I get creative with good ‘ole snail mail when I send out Mia’s artwork, school pictures, and dance photos, etc. to all the grandparents and aunts and uncles. So, I thought I’d share something you can make for anytime. Here is my quick tutorial for DIY Cards or Invitations for Any Occasion.

    Materials:

    • Cardstock
    • Paper Cutter
    • Various Large Circle Punches (at least 2 sizes)
    • Double-Sided Tape
    • Wallet Sized Photos
    • Envelopes

    Cut the desired size for your card. You can fold them vertically or horizontally.  The larger cards pictured here are 5”X7”.

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    I wanted Mia’s grandparents to be able to remove the card and have the full wallet size photo intact just in case they wanted to remove it and show it off! So, I cut a 4”X4” square. Each card will use 2 different sized circles. Cut the smaller circle into the square piece.

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    Next, cut out a large circle, and use the smaller circle punch to cut a hole inside the larger circle to match the square. (Say that 10 ties fast!)

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    Assemble the picture as shown.

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    Tip: I only put one small piece of tape on the picture (again, just in case the parents want to disassemble the card and carry the photo in their wallet).

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    Tape the photo to the front of the card.

    DIY Cards How To

    There you have it! You can use these for invitation, birthday cards, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or anytime cards!

    DIY Cards Birthday

    DIY Cards Thank You

    In case you missed it, here are some more of my DIY card and invitation tutorials:

    30th Apr2014

    Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gifts

    by Dinah Wulf

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    Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gifts and GIVEAWAY is a part of the “Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious.” campaign sponsored by Rich Products.

    Teacher Appreciation week is May 5th-9th and Teacher Appreciation Day is May 6th! Recently, I made a free Teacher Appreciation Printable that you can download to make bookmarks or gift tags. I wanted to use them as both. In a jiffy, I put together these Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gifts for Mia’s teachers. All they have to do is just add milk!

    Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gift

    The Grocer’s Bakery is a convenient and ideal destination for purchasing baked goods that can be customized for any gifting occasion. This is perfect for the busy parent on the go that still wants to give a semi-homemade gift.

    You only need a few things:

    • Mason Jar
    • Free Printable
    • Decorative Paper
    • Ribbon
    • Tape
    • Drinking Straw
    • You favorite Grocer’s Cookies

    I bought two different types of yummy cookies, chocolate chip and lemon crisps, and layered them in a Mason jar. I embellished my printable tag with decorative paper and photo corners and added a ribbon at the top so that it doubles as a bookmark. Add a drinking straw and tell your recipient to just add milk when you give it to them!

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    This little Cookie Mason Jar is an inexpensive, quick, and unique way to show your appreciation!

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    Giveaway Alert!!!

    Who is that special person in your life that makes every day better?

    Simply leave a comment and I will randomly select two winners to receive a $25 gift card!

    The winner will be announced in one week! Good luck!

    Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this post! Be sure to check out their Pinterest Page for more Bakery Because Inspiration

    21st Apr2014

    Give Bakery Because Cookie Lollipops

    by Dinah Wulf

     

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    Give Bakery Because Cookie Lollipops is a part of the Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious. campaign sponsored by Rich Products.

    The Grocer’s Bakery is a convenient and ideal destination for purchasing baked goods that can be customized for any gifting occasion. My daughter just started dance this year and she always talks about her teachers, Miss Michelle and Ms. Kathy.  I wanted to give something to them just because. I thought it’d be a nice gesture to show our appreciation for them.

    These easy cookie lollipops save time because there is no baking involved and very affordable because you only need a few products:

    • Your favorite cookies from you Grocer’s bakery
    • Lollipop sticks
    • Cookie icing
    • Treat bags
    • Baker’s twine or ribbon
    • Gift tag

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    To make the lollipops, simply apply a generous amount of cookie icing to the back of each cookie. Insert a lollipop stick in the center of two cookies. Place them in a treat bag. I chose pink sugar cookies with colorful sprinkles for Mia’s dance teachers.

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    Add a little tag for that special someone and tie it with ribbon of baker’s twine.

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    Tah-dah! In minutes you have quick, adorable, and affordable gifts for anytime gifting.  What’s great about the bakery at the grocery store is that they have a variety of cookies to fit the season or holiday. One package of a dozen cookies will make six just because gifts!

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    Giveaway Alert!!! ** Giveaway CLOSED**

    Who is that special person in your life that makes every day better?

    Simply leave a comment and I will randomly select two winners to receive a $25 gift card! The winner will be announced next Tuesday the 29th!

    Good luck!

    Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this post! Be sure to check out their Pinterest Page for more Bakery Because Inspiration

    24th Feb2014

    Pretty in Pink Playdate

    by Dinah Wulf

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    Two of my best friends and I all had little girls 30 days apart from each other. Needless to say, the three of them are now best friends just like their mommies. Two weeks ago, they started dance classes together. After dance class, all of us get together for a playdate. I just couldn’t help myself the night before our last one and made a special Pretty in Pink table setting for their lunch.

    I had some left over plastic sparkling cider glasses from New Year’s and dressed them up with a little lace at the bottom.

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    I couldn’t resist and added little name tags as well.

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    I also printed their names and framed them in little frames from the dollar bins at Michael’s.

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    For the centerpiece I simply chose a fun patterned scrapbook paper with a pink try, mercury glass vase, and burlap hydrangeas. I also added a little pink craft butterfly on top.

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    I found some mini cupcakes from the grocery store and put little white pompoms on top.  I used a pedestal tray I made out of a glass candlestick and porcelain tray I found at Goodwill.

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    I put some lace on little wooden baskets to match the glasses and put pink Sixlets candies inside.

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    Here are a few more pictures.

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    It only took a few minutes to do this out of items I already had in my craft room.  The girls were so excited when they saw it and it added a little special touch to their playdate. This would be cute for Mother’s day, a birthday party or Valentine’s Day as well.

    20th Feb2014

    St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes

    by Dinah Wulf

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    I am on a treat box roll! I know I just posted how to make Candy Box Treat Boxes the other day, but I couldn’t help myself and just HAD to make some St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes since Valentine’s Day is officially over. I made these with my Fuse Creativity System from Fiskars. Here’s how I made them.

    Materials:

    Instructions:

    Place your treat box design set on the machine. I put the plates on top so that the design on the box would be plain.

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    Place your desired 12X12 scrapbook paper on top of the design set.

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    Note: I used regular scrapbook paper which worked nicely; however card stock scrapbook paper is a little sturdier. It depends on what you are putting inside. For example, temporary tattoos, stickers, plastic toys, some candy will work great in these.

    Place your cutting plate on top of the scrapbook paper. You are basically creating a craft sandwich. Next, push the plate through the machine while cranking the handle.

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    The box cut out will look like this.

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    Fold the paper in the indicated areas.

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    Tape or glue your treat box together.

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    I embellished these boxes with shamrock stickers and I made a leprechaun buckle out of paper scraps for one of them. You can fill them with whatever your heart desires, like chocolate coins, play gold coins, small toys, or candy.

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    These treat boxes are addicting to make! I want to make them for every party and holiday. I will more then likely make an Easter themed treat box soon!

    If  this post is your style, you may also like my post on Boarder Punch Gift Wrapping!

    14th Feb2014

    DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes

    by Dinah Wulf

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    I was lucky enough to take a tour of the We R Memory Keepers booth at CHA last month. I received the Candy Box Punch Board and couldn’t wait to try it out. The product was pretty self-explanatory, but the directions were a good reference tool. Here is how I made these DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes.

    Materials:

    Instructions:

    The width of the box will always be 7”, but you can choose any length up to 12”. The 7” side goes horizontally on your punch board. The left side of your paper will align with the guide on the punch board as well.

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    Simply push firmly down on the punch and then mover the paper to the left.

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    Once your paper covers the mark, use your bone folder to score it. By the way, the bone folder comes with your Candy Punch Board!

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    Repeat the punch on the other side.

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    You can also add scalloped edges if desired by using the other side of the punch.

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    Here is a close up of the scalloped edge.

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    Next, you glue or tape the box together.

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    Tie one side of the box with ribbon. Fill it with treats, and then tie the other end.

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    Aren’t they adorable?  There are so many possibilities for colors, patterns, and themes.  They are perfect for weddings, parties, and even teacher gifts. You can decorate your boxes with messages, stickers, ribbon, or whatever you want!!!!

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    Thank you to We R Memory Keepers for sending me this board!

    12th Feb2014

    A List of Two Dozen Candy Sayings

    by Dinah Wulf

    A List of 2 Dozen Candy Sayings

    My husband LOVES candy and sweets.  A couple years ago, he severed his Achilles tendon playing soccer and needless to say, he was on crutches for a while. He hated it! I wanted to surprise him with a candy bar with a clever saying every day when he opened his briefcase just to cheer him up a little. We kept it up for over a month and I just wanted to re-post an updated list of Two Dozen Candy Sayings since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

    1. Mini Chips Ahoy Cookies – For our own special ‘COOKIE’ monster!
    2. Butterfinger – We love you so much “BUTTERFINGERS” won’t count that high!
    3. Kit Kat – We don’t ever want a break from you!
    4. Snickers – We love how you make us laugh and “SNICKER”!
    5. Junior Mints – You are worth a “MINT”!
    6. Peanut M&M’s – We’re “NUTS” about you!
    7. M&M’s – You make us melt!
    8. Rice Krispies Treat – I think it’s a “TREAT” that you’re my Daddy!
    9. Peanut Butter M&M’s – Daddy, we think you’re Magnificent and Marvelous!
    10. Hazelnut Chocolate Bar – We love you so much it’s “NUTS”!
    11. Milky Way – We think you are out of this world!
    12. Anything with cookies – We love you so much it makes us COOKIE!
    13. Zero Bar – You’re not a “ZERO”. You’re our hero!!
    14. Heath – Sugar and Spice you’re everything nice!
    15. York Peppermint Pattie – Daddy, we get the sensation from you!
    16. Twix – Just be “TWIX” you and me, we love you!
    17. Rolos – Daddy, you’re my “ROLO” model!
    18. Slim Jim Twin Pack – Daddy, we hope no one gives you any “BEEF” today at work!
    19. Candy Dipped Fortune Cookies - We are so FORTUNE ate to have you in our lives!
    20. Anything with Nuts – There’s “nuttin” I wouldn’t do for you!
    21. Anything chewy – We CHEWS you!
    22. Bit O’ Honey – You’re as sweet as honey.
    23. Mini Nutter Butters – We love cookies “BUTTER” hearts are with you.
    24. Here are some sweets for my sweet.

    I recently did a post on Briefcase notes for Daddy.  Who says you only have to do this on Valentine’s Day?

    05th Feb2014

    No Sew Valentine’s Day Kitchen Towel

    by Dinah Wulf

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    I’ve always wanted holiday themed kitchen towels, but I can never find ones that I actually like.  I decided to look around at Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if I could find some patterns I like to make my own.  Of course, I can’t sew, so I figured I’d try to make them by using fusible web I also bought permanent fabric tape as well just in case. Here is how I made my No Sew Valentine’s Day Kitchen Towel.

    Materials:

    • Plain kitchen towels
    • Fabric of choice
    • Fusible web
    • Ironing board
    • Iron
    • Spray Starch
    • Yardstick
    • Scissors

    After looking around for what seemed like forever, I finally found two patterns that I really liked. The fabric quarters were perfect for this project.

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    I also found these four kitchen towels for four dollars at Target. What a deal! Only a dollar each! I washed them in the washing machine and dried them before I started.

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    I cut out my fabric in strips.  They don’t have to be perfect as far as width goes.  That’s the beauty of making your own!

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    I also ironed them to make it easier to align them on my towel.  I used spray starch as well.

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    Next I cut the fusible web and ironed it on.  The package said to heat it foe 3 seconds, but it took a little longer for me. Here’s how it turned out! I love it! This would make a great hostess gift.  You can make them in so many different patterns and colors to fit any style or holiday.

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    In case you missed it, here are some other fun Valentine’s Day crafts and decorations I did.

    31st Jan2014

    16 Valentines, Gifts, & Decorations for Valentine’s Day

    by Dinah Wulf

    I noticed that I have done a lot of Valentine’s Day crafts this year compared to last year.  I must love my husband more this year… JUST KIDDING! After perusing through all of them, I thought I’d create a list of this years and years past. I came up with 16 Valentines, Gift Ideas, and Decorations for Valentine’s Day.

    Valentine's Day Round-Up

    Let’s start with the new projects I did for this year. Holy smokes there’s a lot!

    Heart Clothespin Valentines

    Duck Tape and Washi Tape Valentine Treat Bags

    Non-Candy Valentine for School

    Valentine Front Door Decoration

    Recycle Juice Carton Valentine Treat Box

    Decorating for Valentines with Paper Feathers

    Recycled Paper Towel Roll Valentine Scroll

    Easy Homemade “Love You” Valentine

    Pretty Lace Valentine’s Gift Wrapping

    The next few are some ideas I had from last year, 2013.

    Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits

    Valentine’s Day Craft Garland

    DIY Candy Valentines with Free Printables

    This post was from when I first started blogging in 2011and gets shared around this time of year each year. I did this for my husband when he hurt his foot and was out of commission for a while.

    Sweet Gift Idea, A List of Clever Candy Sayings

    Here are some fun ideas you can do with the kids on my new(ish) site, InheritingOurPlanet.com! These are crafts that my daughter and I did together.

    Recycled Candy Jar Bowls

    Handmade Owl Valentine Card

    Recycled Toilet Paper Roll Valentine Card Kids Craft

    Phew! I think that’s it! I hope you enjoyed my round up of 16 Valentines, Gift Ideas, and Decorations for Valentine’s Day! Until next year (because I’m already onto St. Patty’s Day… hee hee)!

    29th Jan2014

    Heart Clothespin Valentines

    by Dinah Wulf

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    My daughter and I have been making clothespin crafts lately {airplane clothespins & caterpillar clothespins}. I had some left over and thought it’d be fun to make heart clothespin valentines.  When you turn a heart sideways it looks like lips so I printed little tags that say “Smooch. Muah. Kiss.” Here is how I made them.

    Materials:

    • Clothespins
    • Scrapbook paper
    • Paper cutter or scissors
    • Mod Podge
    • Paint brush
    • Computer and printer

    Instructions:

    I picked some pretty pink scrapbook paper with a light print, cut them to size with a paper cutter and glued and sealed them with Mod Podge.  This is the bottom of the clothespin. I let them dry completely.

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    I printed “Smooch. Muah. Kiss.” on it in different fonts on the same pink paper and I cut them out to fit on the clothespins for the top half.

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    I put Mod Podge directly on the clothes pin, the tag I made on top, and then sealed it with another layer of Mod Podge on top of that. Allow it to dry for about fifteen minutes.

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    While those were drying I cut out hearts and cut them in half.

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    I Mod Podged the heart on the side of the clothespin and sealed it with more Mod Podge on top.

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    Here are a couple AFTER photos.

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    I also made a collage!

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    The possibilities are endless with this little craft. You can make different sayings, similar to conversation hearts or make them more personalized.  I thought these would also be cute with lips instead of a heart.

    28th Jan2014

    Easy Duck Tape and Washi Tape Treat Bags

    by Dinah Wulf

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    You’re going to think I’m crazy, but I couldn’t help it. The other day, a few moms at my daughter’s school arranged a big playdate for about a dozen kids at a local park.  I had about 15 minutes before I had to leave my house to meet.  I decided to bring some treats for the kids and in a few minutes I ended up making these easy Duck Tape and Washi tape treat bags.

    Being the DIY’er, Crafter, and Party Planner that I am I already had these supplies handy.  I took out a dozen plastic treat bags, some Duck Tape and some Washi tape.

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    Since I only had a short time, I decorated the bags by adding the tape and folding over each side.  They weren’t perfect by any means!

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    I put pink Washi tape on the bottom, heart patterned Duck Tape that I won at CHA in the middle, and blue Washi tape on the top.

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    I filled them with some SweetWorks Valentine’s treats that I had, closed the top with more Washi tape and we were out the door.

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    When I arrived at the play date, of course I had to get permission from the other moms to give their kids a bag of candy just a couple hours before dinner. Luckily, these small gifts were well received.  These were SO quick and easy to make, I thought about making them for future parties.  It’d be easy to change up the colors and patterns to fit any party theme or holiday.

     

    24th Jan2014

    Easy Homemade Valentines for School

    by Dinah Wulf

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    Are you sick of my Valentine’s Day posts yet? Ha! Anyway, I didn’t want to give out candy with my daughter’s Valentine’s for school this year, so I thought I’d try something different.  Of course buying in bulk is always cheaper, so I found these mini colorful gel pens at Staples for a good price.  They actually write really nicely and come in so many fun colors. I made these easy homemade Valentines for school and they turned out so cute.

    Here’s what you need:

    • Mini pens
    • Card Stock or Scrapbook paper
    • White paper
    • Double-sided tape
    • Tape
    • Paper cutter
    • Computer and Printer

    I asked my husband for help when trying to think of what to put on the Valentine card and he was absolutely no help. In my head I was trying to think of things like, “Ho-PEN you have a nice Valentine’s Day.” I know! I know! Cheesy! But I finally decided on, “You’re the WRITE friend for me. Happy Valentine’s Day!” I designed and printed them out. I used a paper cutter to make things easier on me.

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    I used double sided tape and right aligned it so that I could put the pen on the left side. When I hooked the pen, I also put a piece of regular tape on the back to secure it because I knew I’d be traveling with a dozen Valentines in one bag.

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    That’s it! Here they are. Mia said they were “cute” (I love it when she says things are cute because she’s still so little and it’s funny).

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    Hope you like them and try it out!

    22nd Jan2014

    Valentine Baked Goods Gift Ideas and Giveaway

    by Dinah Wulf

    This post, Valentine Baked Goods Gift Ideas is sponsored by Rich Products for the Bakery Because. Give the Gift of Deliciousness. campaign.

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    As you may or may not know, I am not confident in my cooking or baking skills. Sure, I make dinner for my little family every night, and I’ve even pulled off a few successful Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner parties before. But know you know that this is why I don’t post any of my own recipes!

    I do, however love eating and giving baked goods gifts. I thoroughly enjoy visiting the bakery in my local grocery store and all the tasty and tempting cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. There is always a great variety and I’m never disappointed. For this Valentine’s Day, I thought it be fun to buy some sweet treats from my bakery and get creative with the packaging to give away as gifts to my friends, Mia’s teachers, and a couple neighbors. Here is what I came up with.

    Oh and don’t forget to stick around for the GIVEAWAY below!

    I made this Recycled Juice Carton Treat Box myself.  You can view the full step by step tutorial {HERE}. You can also use a milk carton as well.  I simply cut, measured, and glued on paper party straws to embellish it.  I filled it heart shaped sugar cookies I got from the bakery.

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    Washi tape is a simple way to embellish a gift. I used it on my recycled carton treat box as well as added it to heart shaped tin as well.

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    If you don’t want to make your own treat box for your bakery goodies, the dollar bins and several retailers have great options.  I bought these two for one dollar each! I am going to add a pretty “Happy Valentine’s Day” tag and ribbon to the handles.

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    As you can see there are several fun, inexpensive, creative ways to gift some sweetness on not just Valentine’s Day but any holiday or special occasion! Visit your local grocer’s bakery to find easy and delicious treats that you can personalize and give as gifts on Valentine’s Day and every day. Now for the giveaway…

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    When: Now until February 4th (My birthday! Woo hoo!)

    What: Three winners for $25 Gift Card each for your own baked goodies.

    Who: Three winners with the best stories will be chosen to receive a $25 Gift Card. You must live in the US and be over 18 years old to participate.

    How: Just simply leave a comment answering: Name a person in your life who makes every day better and WHY.

    I will pick the three best stories on my birthday! If you decide to make a gift of your own to give, I encourage you to take pictures and upload photos to Pinterest using the hashtag #BakeryBecause so that we can all see them! Thank you in advance for entering! GOOD LUCK!!

    Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this article and giveaway!

     

    21st Jan2014

    Easy Valentine Front Door Decoration

    by Dinah Wulf

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    I love sales! I found this hanging grapevine basket at Joann’s on sale for $8.49 from $29.99. Score! I thought I could use it for my front door and easily change it up each holiday.  Today, I am sharing an easy Valentine front door decoration that I made.

    Materials:

    • Grapevine hanging basket
    • Wide burlap ribbon
    • Pink ribbon
    • Love sign
    • Hot glue and glue gun
    • Safety pins

    Here is a close up of the basket.  I saw them during Christmas and liked it but I didn’t want to spend thirty dollars on it.  Even with my 40% off coupon, I couldn’t do it. Yes… I’m THAT cheap! But nine dollars… that’s 70% off!

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    I bought a roll of wide burlap ribbon and safety pinned it so that I can easily take it off for St. Patrick’s Day when I change it.

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    I hot glued a pink ribbon and a “love” sign made of MDF. I originally had the intention of painting it, but once I saw the white, I liked it. Since my front door is black, I thought the white letters would pop better.

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    Now, I’m not a HUGE fan of fake flowers and plants (unless their crafted out of paper… or duct tape!) but I couldn’t resist when I saw these. Oh! And I bought them in green too for March (they were on sale too!).

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    Pretty right? I put them inside my basket and had a pretty and easy Valentine front door decoration in literally minutes!

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    I already can’t wait to change it up for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. 

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