Archive for March, 2009



T&T on SMP! Farewell Wedding Bells

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Some pictures from my most recent contribution for Style Me Pretty. Ring these bells to bid the newly weds farewell! A charming alternative to throwing rice, as the bride and groom make their getaway. The tutorial includes directions and a free PDF of the tags to wrap around the handle and table sign. Choose from 3 different color palettes: Robin’s Egg Blue, Kelly Green or Grey. Click here for the full article and complete instructions.

*This project happens to be included in Abby’s latest DIY contest so fingers crossed that I win! To vote for your favorite and see all the projects click here.

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Click here to see my other Style Me Pretty contributions.



Ricky Gervais + Elmo = Awesome

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

This doesn’t need much commentry other than that it is wonderful, awesome and made me smile. Bonus video: an interview with Elmo’s puppeteer, Kevin Clash



DIY Homemade Marshmallow Peeps!

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Be sure to also check out our DIY Easter Bunny!

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One of my favorite things about the Easter holiday is all the candy! I have a huge sweet tooth so naturally Easter is right up my alley. This year I decided to try my hand at an old time favorite and make homemade marshmallow peeps!

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What You’ll Need:

Corn Syrup, Gelatin, Sugar, Cold Water, Salt, Vanilla Extract, Corn Starch, Powdered Sugar, Food Coloring and Sanding Sugar

Instructions:

1. Begin with a basic marshmallow recipe, this one from Alton Brown works well. At the end of the recipe when you are adding the vanilla extract also add your food coloring. I ended up making three batches, one for each color, needless to say I have a LOT of peeps now. If you don’t need  that many, think about sticking with one or two colors.

2. Once you’ve poured the mixture into the prepared pan, smoothed it out with a spatula and dusted it; place plastic wrap over the pan and flatten smooth the surface with a rolling pin. Remove the plastic wrap and let set for at least 4 hours.

3. Once the marshmallows are ready, cut them out with a lightly oiled cookie cutter. I used this set from amazon, but feel free to use whatever you like.

4. To get the sanding sugar to stick, I ended up lightly blotting the tops and bottoms of the marshmallows with a damp paper towel before rolling in the sugar.

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5. For the “eyes” I put a dab of corn syrup on the back of a black candy button to get them to stick (found at a local cake store). NOTE: Man hands in the photo belong to my husband, not me.

6. For a sweet little present, line the bottom of a clear gift box with parchment paper, I added a little scalloped edge to finish off the look.

This was a fun afternoon project and even more fun to eat! Enjoy!



Lost in ffffound No.4

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Well Spring may be here but no one told that to the Seattle weather. Luckily, who needs sun when fffound is there to brighten up your day! Have a great weekend and see you Monday!

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Giveaway: Li’l Tweet Stitch Kit

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

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I finally have the complete set of baby shower goodies up on my Etsy shop! It seems that so many people I know are having babies these days so I felt inspired to make a baby shower kit of sorts. When I hosted a friends shower last year I had such a blast but it was quite the challange to come up with all the details. Hopefully this set will make planning a little easier for some of you.

This set, fondly named “Li’l Tweet”, is just the beggining of what I hope to offer in my shop but to celebrate I wanted to host a little give away! One lucky winner will recieve a Li’l Tweet Stitch Kit in one of four colors: green, pink, yellow or blue.

*To enter, just leave a comment below with your first name and last initial and tell us what you would do with your very own Li’l Tweet. You have until 11:59 PDT Thursday, April 2, to enter. The winner will be selected randomly on April 3rd and announced on Twig & Thistle, Monday, April 6th! Good luck!

NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

To see pics from the shower that these were originally designed for check out Baby Shower: Part 1Part 2, and Part 3.

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