Archive for December, 2010



Merry Newsinator!

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

If you haven’t sent out a holiday card yet, there’s still time to delight your friends and family with some wit and humor this season! Plaid Creative just sent over their 2010 version of their Merry Newinator; a holiday greeting generator.

Completely digital and easy to complete, just answer a few simple questions and the site generates a clever and personalized digital card ready to print, email, tweet or upload to Facebook. It’s so much fun, you just might want to create more than one! *Hint, if you hit the “refresh” button you get a different design! Click here to get started and have fun!

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I’ll be taking an extended break starting today and I’ll be back here after the new year. I wish you a very merry holiday and seasons greetings to all! xoxo



Wrap it Up!

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Truth be told, I almost enjoy wrapping gifts more than I do picking them out. There’s something so fun about finding the right paper and the perfect coordinating ribbon and seeing it all wrapped and under the tree! I’ve had a tough time narrowing it down but Snow & Graham has a few of my favorite wraps this season. I can’t get enough of their patterns and color palettes!



Mini Gingerbread Tea House

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

What better way to sweeten your tea or coffee during the winter than with a miniature gingerbread house! Megan, of Not Martha, documented her process and managed to make a simple template with instructions which you can find here.

I adore her use of sugar sprinkles for snow and how the houses add the sweetest decoration to a simple cup! If you’ve got some down time over the next few days, this is a must try!



Emmy Lu Printable Giveaway Winners!

Monday, December 20th, 2010

I am so excited to announce the winners of the Emmy Lu Printable Shop giveaway today! Bethany of b*spoke offers great printables through her Emmy Lu Design Shop; all of which would make some great last minute gifts for that special someone on your list! Two lucky winners have been chosen at random to receive a set of printables of their choice including a calendar, a set of notecards, recipe cards and gift tags.

To enter, everyone was asked to share their favorite holiday traditions. There were so many amazing responses and it was such a pleasure reading each and every one of them! Below is what each of the winners had to say:

Congratulations ladies! Bethany will be in touch with you shortly! Thanks to everyone that entered and thank you again for sharing all your great traditions! Happy holidays to you all!



Countdown Favor Tins!

Friday, December 17th, 2010

This is one of those projects that has so many different uses and possibilities that I can see myself coming back to it again and again. The lovely Maddy of Somewhere Splendid and Shauna of Shauna Younge Dessert Tables have added another project to their 10 days of Craftsmas series and are sharing it with T&T readers!

This project is designed to be multipurpose. They’ve included numbers up to 18 so that they can be used for a winter wedding as escort favors (the number would reflect the table the guest would be seated at), a count down of the eight nights of Hanukah, or a count down of the twelve days of Christmas. Fill each with a different type of candy so each night gives you – and your loved ones – another sweet surprise!

MATERIALS
this printable PDF
double stick tape or label paper
these cans from SKS Bottle
assorted candies in your desired color palette
scrapbooking paper
hole punch

INSTRUCTIONS
Print out the provided PDF on plain paper or full sheet label paper. Cut each label to size. If you are using double stick tape, line the outside of each square with the tape and also make an “X” through the center to ensure it sticks.

Align the label flush with the bottom lip of the can. Starting on the left side of the label, simultaneously attach and press the label down so it sits flat on the surface of the can. Repeat for all the numbers you choose to produce.

Create homemade confetti by punching holes, one after another, in scrapbooking paper in different shades and finishes. Empty out the hole punch’s confetti catcher as needed, set aside contents, and mix all the colors together. Fill each can with a different variety of candy and confetti. Seal the can with the matching lid, then enjoy each night as you count down!