July 21, 2014

cupcake liner cookie pouches

I have wanted to try this little idea for like a year now.  I have been obsessed with cupcake liners for like ever.  They are so pretty but when you actually bake with them, they end up washed out and faded so the presentation falls kinda flat.  I know about the ones that stay vibrant but I cant find them as easily with all the pretty designs. Soooo...I  buy them and hoard them. Then I thought... 
cupcake liners + cookies =
I think it's a match made in baking heaven. 
I host a bible study every Monday at my house so I get the good luck of all the leftovers for snacks.  This week I had a bunch of leftover cookies so this was the perfect time to try this idea out and style some photos.
(cupcake liners from bakers stock)
I got out my lovingly hoarded, leaning tower of cupcake liners and got to work.
It's pretty easy. First, you flatten out your liners.  If you are a perfectionist you can use an iron and spritz them with a puff of steam.  Using a non-toxic, Elmer's Naturals Glue Stick, I just went around the edges only halfway.  Then I slid the cookie in and glued it the rest away around to close it up.  
I love these glue sticks and no one is paying me to say that.  
I use them for everything and I buy them in bulk whenever I see them.
*If you are still not too keen on the glue stick idea here is a great diy recipe for a food safe glue that is edible.
I made a cute label (yes, I am well aware it was a chocolate chip cookie I put in there but my aspirations to have different cookies battled it out with my efficient self to just use what I had...efficiency won) and wrapped it in twine. Now look at it all snug in it's pretty little package!
Another fun idea is to make it into an open pouch.  
This is great for a larger cookie. I was able to fit two smaller ones in this pouch.  
Just fold and glue it about 1/3 of the way down (instead of in half) on the wrong side of one liner. Then glue the folded one to the other flat liner, wrong sides facing each other, as shown in the picture.
This one is tied off with some twine and the label is attached with a binder clip.
  You can also make a cute heart label, cut it out with a circle cutter, and use a glue stick to adhere it. 
Simple and super cute presentation. 

I love this idea for favors at a party, to pack as a little surprise in a lunch box, or even on a sweet treat in a picnic basket. I can picture this as diy wedding favors too.

Cookie packaging happiness. :)

July 15, 2014

Working on Opening an Etsy Shop....Someday

Well it's been quite some time, hasn't it?  I assume my readership has decreased drastically and I have no one but myself to blame.  But honestly...blogging is just not that important to me anymore. Wait...scratch that.  I actually LOVE blogging.  I love creating.  Taking photos of what I create. And posting them to share with wonderful YOU. 

May 11, 2014

A Mother's Day Post: For Those Who Find Today Not So Happy

I'm sitting here in tears. Just crying in the lobby of my church banging out this post on my little phone. My eyes are bloodshot and I keep spontaneously erupting in tears because my emotions just keep bubbling to the surface, threatening to ruin the makeup I frantically put on this morning to get here on time.

April 21, 2014

DIY Confetti Tape

Let's talk about the happiness of confetti for a moment, shall we?  Now I know not everyone is a fan of that invitation that you rip open over that rug you just vacuumed 8 minutes prior and out comes this microscopic sized confetti with some heavy duty static cling thrown in there for good measure.

April 8, 2014

All You Magazine: Confetti Cork Frame DIY

So guess what?  This cute frame was in All You magazine...in December.  Can you believe it has taken me this long to post about it?  But thankfully it was a project you can do any time of the year. I was part of their fun Take This, Make That challenge where they ask two craft bloggers to take a material (in this case it was wine corks) and make a project for under $5 and in under 5 steps. 
Here is how I did mine...

February 10, 2014

"Shot Through The Heart" Rice Krispie Treats

As Valentine's Day approaches I have been having some fun with little craft ideas specifically centered around my kiddos.  My hubby and I definitely love the romantic thing but having little ones, we make Love Day a family affair. So these little treats are sure to delight any kid who receives them.

January 24, 2014

Mini Love Notes on a String

Hey friends. 
(she says with her tail tucked between her legs)
Is there a way to blog and have a life?  I just need to know.  I am constantly lamenting this to you yet I have found no viable solution that will enable me to craft and blog while meeting the needs of my family.  Who comes unequivocally first.
But this space gives me such joy...such satisfaction using gifts that only a creative God could give.  I love using my hands to create things yet I see how life is literally fast forwarding and I miss it when I am staring at a bright glowing screen that draws me in and then traps me there until I can shake myself out of it.  I know there are people who can do this...this balance thing.  But for me....someone gets the short end of the stick and it s often at the cost of someone I love.