Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hot Cocoa Packets - perfect for teacher or neighbor gifts!

Well, another blog that I've been almost non-existent on for Moooooooonths!

I'm SO sorry about that! Life is busy and crazy with two toddlers, a husband, a dog, a part time job and a bow-business on the side. Throw in Christmas? Total chaos!!

But here I am for a quick check-in. I've got lots more things to start posting about, probably more so after the holidays are OVER. 

For now, I just wanted to share a little something I'm giving to Hunter's two preschool teachers.  I made cookies and I am going to tie some up in a cute little bag w/ribbon. 

But I wanted to add a little something else to go with it. And since I am broke as can be, I could not go buy anything. So I analyzed Pinterest and miscellaneous blogs for ideas and decided to put these cute little Hot Cocoa packets together!

Sorry for the dark picture. I took it last night on the the light of just Christmas tree lights!
My hubby was asleep on the couch so I didn't want to wake him up.
Cute, huh? And super simple! I pinned a blog that had these adorable FREE holiday printables on it and quickly printed two of the Christmas bag toppers out on card stock. I already had a (huge) box of hot cocoa--the kids would put an IV in of it, if I let them--and mini marshmallows. I also had a box of mini candy canes and some leftover holiday Hershey kisses, from making our Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies.

I also pulled out a box of plastic cutlery (I ALWAYS have some laying around from a birthday party that's passed). Melted up some of my melting chocolate (um, yes, something else I always seem have on hand!) and dipped the plastic spoons into the chocolate. Then I sprinkled on some of the crushed up candy canes. Lay the spoon on some parchment or wax paper to dry...they harden up pretty quickly. Mmmmmm, I'm already picturing how yummy it will be dipping that spoon into a steaming mug of hot chocolate (BTW, do you call it hot cocoa? Or hot chocolate??)! I made a couple extras for the kids to enjoy! I've done these before and they are pretty self explanatory, but if you need a little more guidance on how to make the chocolate-dipped spoons, there are TONS of pins on how to make them on Pinterest!

I put my items in a regular 'ol sandwich bag then stapled the bag topper onto the top. Voila! Instant cute (and inexpensive) gift! If I have time I MAY try to make an ornament for each teacher, but since Hunter's preschool class Christmas party is TOMORROW...that may not happen.

Anyway, moral of the story? You don't need to spend a ton to give someone a thoughtful gift!

Handmade is always fun and appreciated!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Come visit my multi-vendor auction over at Itty Bitty Bow Boutique (on FB)!

Hi Everyone!

There is an AWESOME multi-vendor auction going on over at my FB page for Itty Bitty Bow Boutique.

Go check it out! Lots of adorable items, including some by your truly! 
Click the picture to take you to the auction to bid on this beauty, "Follow the Yellow Brick Road".

Click on the picture to take you to the auction to bid on "Pretty in Paris"!

I have some bows and chunky bead necklaces available to be bid on!

IN addition, some of the other talented ladies have in the auction: baby blankets. wristlets, jewelry, homemade laundry soap, baby swaddle, pillow case dresses, Minnie Mouse aprons, super hero capes and more!!!

So get over and get your bid on while the auction is still live this weekend!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Meeska, Mooska...MINNIE Mouse!

Just a teaser of the Minnie Mouse Birthday party fun that will ensue
this weekend as we celebrate my baby girl turning TWO....
Minnie Mouse's silouhette!

I've been SUPER busy with my Cricut... ;-)

Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears I made for my two kids to wear at the party.

And the beautiful Minnie-inspired birthday set I made for the birthday girl...chunky beaded necklace and matching, simple Minnie Mouse polka dot hair bow!

I promise more details to come after the party this weekend!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I made a light box!

So one thing I've been wanting to work on in the New Year, is how to better market my shop and make it more visually appealing. First and foremost, I wanted to take better photographs of my hair bows and tutus to post in my shop and on my FB page.

I am NOT a professional photograph. I have a nice camera that hubby and I bought about 6 ish years ago but I serioualy couldnt tell you anything more about it other than it's a Nikon. All those fancy dials? I can't figure out what they are for (other than obviously "flash/no flash" etc.) I have PHotoshop but do I know how to use it? Hell no.


I pondered what else I could do, since I just don't have the time right now to take any classes (online or other) on photography OR Photoshop. 

One day while blog-hopping, I stumbled across someone's tutorial on how to make a light box. It looked crazily simple. Cardboard box, tissue paper, piece of poster board, box cutter, tape, lights (well, sorta, but we'll get to that later)...check.

With kids hovering and trying to stick their heads inside of the small "house" (aka: the box) I did it! I made myself a light box to take pictures of my hair bows and accessories in!

Here is the finished product!

And this is the first photo I took in it, unedited. I just have to say I haven't bought lighting yet, so I just had one desk lamp with a 100watt bulb in it, hence the shadow. But still...amazing difference compared to the pics i was taking before!

I can't WAIT to get some better lighting and get to picture-taking!! It's amazing what about five bucks can do! ;-)