Tuesday, December 13, 2011

DIY Gift boxes and Christmas Treats

For my birthday my husband got me a Martha Stewart Score Board.

I have been having a lot of fun with it. I made 22 little gift boxes for my husband's colleagues and I filled each one with peanut butter melt-aways.

I'm not sure how my husband felt about carrying them into work in that tin. I think he would have preferred a cardboard box. I'm planning on posting a tutorial on how I made the boxes. Stay tuned for that.

Peanut Butter Melt-aways
1 lb  bag milk chocolate melting chocolate (I got mine 50% off at Joanns)
1 lb bag white melting chocolate
1 cup peanut butter

Pour both bags of melting chocolates into a microwave safe bowl in the microwave for 2 minutes. Stir the chocolate every 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Mix in 1 cup peanut butter until smooth. Pour the mixture into a waxed lined 9 x 13 pan. Place in the refrigerator to set. Once hard take out of the refrigerator and cut into pieces. When I take it out of the fridge to cut I usually let it sit out on the counter for 15-30 minutes so it is a little bit softer and easier to cut.

These are sooooo...good. They really do melt in your mouth.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Bird Haven

I found a wonderful shop on Etsy and I just had to share. I was looking for some bakers twine on Etsy when I came across Bird Haven. I loved the vintage spools with bakers twine on them but I wanted a variety of twine in a smaller quantity. I sent Bettie a message and she responded very quickly. She gave me exactly what I needed. Now she carries bakers twine samples in her shop.

Here are some of my favorite things from her shop.

I know I posted a lot of pictures from her shop but I really do love a lot of the stuff there. If there is something you like but it isn't quite what you are looking for just send her a message. She is so nice to work with. Please take a look at Bettie's shop and let me know if there is something you like. Maybe I could do a giveaway from her shop if I know what people would like (hint hint...cough...cough)

*if you want to pin any of these pictures please go to her shop and pin them from there*

Friday, December 2, 2011

Homemade Christmas Cards

If there is ever a time to make a homemade card I think Christmas is the time. What better a way can you show someone you care by taking the time to make them a card? I think a lot of times it seems like there is so much to do during this season that we just do things and check them off our list. Another reason to make your own Christmas cards is because it is very inexpensive. You can always make a bunch of the same cards. Here are some of the Christmas cards I've made this year.

 These are actually a pack of tags. There are a lot of different kinds in the pack. They all come with bakers twine so they can be attached to a package easily.

I made the ornaments out of wire and some decorative paper. I used my 2 inch circle punch.

This layout is a good use of scraps from the other cards.

This Santa stamp was $1.00 at Joanns. I used colored pencils to color him in.

This snowman stamp was also $1.00 at Joanns. He's so cute!

Another pack of tags. I'm on a tag kick lately. They are so much fun to make!

This snowman card is 4 x 4. I didn't have an envelope that size so I used my scoring board to make an envelope.

If you want to order a pack of Christmas cards now is the time. Don't wait too long or I won't be able to finish them in time.