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my office makeover

April 15, 2014
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Steve and I will have lived in our 1950′s cape cod for a total of 10 years this summer.  We have done some remodeling and moving things around a bit over that span of time but one room was always ignored… our office.  It had an old love seat (aka our basset hound’s bed), extra coffee table, Ikea saw horse desk and a small file cabinet.  It worked but it was over crowed and not so pretty.

home office ideas

I think it was a combination of our office organization blog post, a way too long winter and our Rochester store facelift that inspired me to change it up finally.

office makeoverFirst… the inspiration.  When I remodeled the shops recently I always began with a blank sheet of graph paper so I can see the space with fresh eyes.  Even though this is a much smaller project, this helped me figure out what my options were for desk & furniture placement.

I’ve had this funny Kathleen Taylor canvas in our office for a while and have always loved the color story.  It’s what made me paint the walls aqua and the desk top orange.

I like to collect other complimentary paint sample cards for accent color ideas.

And then there is my chair fabric.  I know traditional office chairs are probably far better for body posture but I opted for the cuteness factor instead with this sweet slipper chair from target online.  My friend chose something similar for her home office and after seeing it I knew I needed to say goodbye to my old office depot roller.

office color storyThe colors I went with were from Miss Martha and were called Feldspar and Butterscotch.  We wanted a double desk so we ended up buying two hollow doors and three filing cabinets to lay them on top of.  I also rolled  thin coat of poly acrylic over on the desk so it will wear a little better over time.

office makeoverI originally planned on spray painting the used file cabinets an olive green, however the place I found on craiglists actually had three matching Steelcase ones that were already a muted teal green so they worked.  (Please ignore the dirty window.  Storms are coming off  as soon as it stops snowing in April!  arghhhh)

diy tie up curtainSpeaking of windows… since the desk was flush against the one window I improvised by creating a my own ‘tie-up’ curtain.  I’ve found Cost Plus World Market to have the cutest curtain collection.  These were light weight so I  folded them in half & safety pinned the bottom to the top.

I cut two 5 foot ribbons and looped them over the top.

make your own tie curtainI accordion folded the curtain from the bottom a few times, clipped it in place then tied the ribbons to the desired length.  I slipped a 1/2 inch dowel through to give it a little weight and voila ~ a cheap and easy tie shade with no sewing involved.

office makeoverIt was fun mixing up the patterns with complimenting colors.  It just makes the office feel happy.  The turquoise dresser was a flea market find and came naturally distressed painted that fabulous color.  The rug and dog pad came from Home Goods.  Steve’s office chair came from my mom’s basement (which could double for a flea market/antique shop)

diy home office decorI couldn’t say goodbye to my old (Martha inspired) ribbon bulletin board I made in college so I snuck it in behind the door that is usually open all the time.  I did add three colorful clipboards I got at our shop to display some quotes that currently speak to me.  I like how easy they are to change out and update from time to time.

Gus has finally adjusted to being downgraded to a dog bed since he lost his couch.  (He’s quite comfortable with his masculinity so he’s ok that with his pad being a little girly)

diy window frame

Since we removed all the old windows from our Rochester store during the facelift, I took some of them home to create large frames.  This one was perfect for showcasing our four shops.  The sculpted ceramic heart in the middle reads, catching fireflies and was made by my talented friend, Karen Fincannon.

diy window frameAll I did was put a couple picture hanging hooks on the back of the window.  I sized & printed photos to fit the panes and taped them to the backside of the window with scotch tape.  For aesthetics I covered the scotch tape by adhering washi tape on the front of the window so it appears that it’s holding the photo in place… even though the image is really behind the glass.

office decorI’m sorta on a Ikea photo ledge kick lately.  I like stacking a variety of frames, art and objects together in an organized, yet artful way.  Steve commissioned this lovely painting of our two shops in Berkley by Kandy Myny of Bit O Whimsey for me a few years ago.  It fits perfectly in our new office paired with with some vintage and new a.i. paper design wares.

This low cost makeover did take some energy and effort, but it has completely changed the feeling of the room.  I spend quite a bit of time in this space and don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner.  You should love where you spend your time.  Sometimes all it takes is a gallon of paint, a few thrift store finds and a trip to Ikea to give your nest a new look…. well that and maybe a few fun treasures at catching fireflies too. ;-)

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our own celebrities take on hollywood game night

December 31, 2013
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At the end of every holiday season, we like to throw a party to celebrate another year of making days brighter.  The past couple years we tested our team’s skills with minute-to-win-it challenges which proved to be quite fun and entertaining.   This time, we decided to play some fun games from Hollywood Game Night… after all these gals are the super stars of our little company.

Take a Hint Hollywood Game Night

Take the Hint: Select one player from your team to do the guessing while the other players need to give one word clues to get them to guess the word.   The host holds the cards up so only the team members giving hints can see them.  For example if the word is Santa…. the first team member would say – PRESENTS, the next team member – JOLLY, the next – BEARD and so on until they guess the right answer.  The guesser only gets only one guess per answer and each correct answer scores a point.  This round lasts 90 seconds.  You can see a video clip of how this works here.

Here are some words you could use for this game: popcorn, E.T., Rome, Diet Coke, bulldog, Empire State Building, Abe Lincoln, Starbucks, Superman, volcano, tattoo, Texas, Snoopy, parrot, U2, blender, Christopher Columbus, Snow White, microwave, Rolling Stones, Victoria’s Secret, dragon, daffodil, Nutella

Cereal Killer Hollywood Game Night

Cereal Killer:  Each team sends up one player and the image of cereal is revealed.  Whoever hits the ringer first gets to guess the cereal.  If the first player is wrong,  the opponent can answer correctly and get the point.  Each correct answer scores a point.  You can download cereal images for Raisin Nut Bran, Life, Kix, Golden Grahams and Trix here.  You can download cereal images for Grape Nuts, Fruity Pebbles, Corn Chex, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Captain Crunch here.

How Do You Do? Hollywood Game Night

How Do You Do?: Each team has 90 seconds to guess as many songs as possible, using only the word “doo”. Once a teammate guesses a song, they must perform the next one.  Players can pass on songs they don’t know or if their team is having a hard time guessing.  Each correct answer is worth five points.  You can see a video clip of how this works here.

Here are some songs you could use for this game: Pretty Woman, Stop in the Name of Love, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, U Can’t Touch This, Row Row Row Your Boat, YMCA, We Didn’t Start the Fire, Hit the Road Jack, I’m Bringing Sexy Back, Sweet Caroline, I Just Call To Say I Love You, Born to be Wild, Lean on Me, Like a Virgin, Stayin’ Alive, Heard it Through the Grapevine, I Love Rock-n-Roll, LaBamba,  The Lion Sleeps Tonight, I’m Coming Out, Thriller, Celebrate Good Times, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, We are Family,  She Works Hard for Her Money

TV ID Hollywood Game Night

TV ID:  A player from each team is shown a TV show title and must buzz in and bid as to how few words as possible it’ll take to get their team to guess.   If the first player says they can do it in 2 words, the other player can choose to under bid them if they think they can get their team to guess it in one word.  If the team who guesses gets it wrong, the points go to the other team.   A correct guess wins two points. Players are not allowed to use  character or actor names on the show.  You can see a video clip of how this works here.

Here are some TV shows you could use for this game: The Bachelor, Glee, Oprah, Modern Family, Sopranos, Duck Dynasty, Dancing with the Stars, Friends, Ellen, Seinfeld, The Office, Amazing Race, Price is Rice, Family Feud, Big Bang Theory, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Simpsons, American Idol, Downton Abbey

Hollywood Game Night Timeline

Timeline:  The team has 90 seconds to place 6 images in chronological order from the earliest to the latest. When they are done,  they hit a button nearby and the host tells them how many are correct. Every time they get less than six correct, they can go back and make some changes.  When time is up or if the team gets them all right, they score 2 points for each correct placement. After both teams play the game, a five point bonus is awarded to the team who got them all right or had the fastest time in case of a tie. You can see a video clip how it works here.

You can download the sexist man alive magazine covers here.

Brad Pitt 2000, Ben Affleck 2002, Matthey McConaughey 2005, George Clooney 2006, Johnny Depp 2009, Channing Tatum 2012

You can download popular toys here.

rubiks cube 1980, cabbage patch kids 1983, transformers 1984, care bears 1985, gameboy 1989, tickle me elmo 1996

I love a charade Hollywood Game Night

I Love a Charade: This game is a 90 second tag team round and all subjects in this round fit under a specific category.  Once a teammate guesses a correct answer, they must perform the next charade.  Players can pass if they don’t know it or if their team is having a hard time guessing.

Each correct answer is worth five points.  We chose movies by Tom Cruise for one team and movies by Tom Hanks for the other.

Here are some Tom Hanks movies you could use for this game: Turner & Hooch,  The Money Pit, Castaway, You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump, Toy Story, Polar Express, Splash, Apollo 13, Catch Me if You Can, A League of Their Own, Davinci Code, Big, Green Mile

Here are some Tom Cruise movies you could use for this game: Last Samurai, Rock of Ages, War of the Worlds, Eyes Wide Shut, Rain Main, Top Gun, Risky Business, Interview with a Vampire, Cocktail, Mission Impossible, A Few Good Men, Jerry Maguire, Days of Thunder, Color of Money

Celebrity Name Game Hollywood Game Night

Celebrity Name Game: In the show this is considered a bonus round, however we play it a little differently.  The goal is to get your team to guess as many celebrities as possible in 90 seconds.  The chosen player describes a different celebrity as best they can until the team guesses correctly.  Player can pass they don’t know or if their team is having a hard time guessing. Every correct answer is worth one point.

Here are some celebrities you could use for this game:  John Mayer, Selena Gomez, Mark Zuckerberg, John Hamm, Clint Eastwood, Steven Speilberg, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Betty White, Demi Moore, Lady GaGa,  Tiger Woods, Honey Boo Boo, Tom Cruise, Tina Fey, Paula Abdule, Tyra Banks, Kevin Bacon, Mike Tyson, Molly Ringwald, Will Smith, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Angelina Jolie, Kayne West, Simon Cowell, Paul Rudd, Linsdsay Lohan, Beyonce, Denzel Washington, Katy Perry, Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, Cameron Diaz, John Stewart, Justin Timberlake

hollywood game night at home

We had loads of fun playing these games and would highly recommend it for a party activity if you you have 8-12 people along with someone to host the shenanigans, and keep the time and score.  If you want to follow our lead, feel free to download our score sheet here.  Besides that, all you need are some blank index cards & a sharpie to create your game cards, our image downloads and a couple desk bells for ringers.

Cheers to a Hollywood Game Night to remember at your next get-together!

Also thank you to our very own super stars who made this a most memorable night!

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walking in a winter whimsyland

December 23, 2013
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Creating clever and fun Christmas cards is sorta my thing.  I take it on as a creative challenge from year to year always fearing I will someday run out of ideas.   Luckily my international daughters have been my inspiration the last few years with our campy Christmas sweater picture and also with our fun North Pole photo booth.

The spark for this year’s card was ignited when our Finnish exchange student, Iitu started working on her fashion merchandising project for finals.  She had to construct a miniature version of what kind of clothing store she would like to create.  This is what she envisioned…

shadow box fashion shop

Her attention to detail is crazy impressive… I mean ~ making an Ikea cube shelf out of copy paper?!  Not to mention even creating logo for her small shopping bag.  And you can’t really see it, but she even drew a keyboard on the computer :-)

shadow box retail shop

After seeing this impressive project, my imaginary winter wonderland wheels started turning.

creative christmas card

First, the box.  Then the doodles.

I’m a big fan of Claudine Hellmuth’s work and she is the other half of what inspired this card.  If you love this look, I encourage you to create your own family winter scene with one of her kits.

creative christmas card

After doodling our little family unit, I scanned them into photoshop then sized and grouped them to fit the box.  I also cut out photos of our heads and added them to our bodies.

unique family christmas card

I chose to color in the bodies by hand for a more homemade look.  Iitu was in charge of creating our little village of homes and oh-s0-sweet snowflakes.  This girl could easily doodle me right out of a job!  She is one talented chica.

creative holiday card

See what I’m talking about!  Even right down to the snow covered bush with colorful Christmas lights.  Oh, it was also her idea to create our sparkling tree out of pipe cleaners.

family holiday card

I cut out snow drifts and hung the snowflakes to create depth.   When I photographed the box for our card image, the sun happened to shining bright, which added shadows to our little world so that was a bonus detail!

creative family christmas card idea

Here is the image I chose for our card.  You might notice a change of color in Steve’s wardrobe.  This was done with a little photoshop magic since he was not so fond of the colors I originally chose for him.  I get it… this is a very girly card ~ he wanted blue pants at least ;-)

unique family christmas card

Here is the end product.  I had color copies made, then cut and washi-taped our winter whimsyland to colorful card stock for a most non-traditional Christmas card.  I hope it brought smiles to many faces.  After this accomplishment…. I don’t even want to think about what to do next year!  I might have to collaborate with Iitu on Skype to top this one.

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darling diy baby shower

November 4, 2013
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A good friend of mine will be welcoming her first little one into the world next month and we wanted to celebrate this happy time with a few of our  friends. I haven’t had the opportunity to host a baby shower since Pinterest came into existence so I was a bit excited to explore and get inspired.

baby shower diy decorations

For the decorations, I came across loads of pom pom tissue cluster photos but I decided to keep it a bit more simple and made this colorful bunting from dyed coffee filters.  It was fairly simple and inexpensive to put together. (That cute striped clothesline is from Dollar Tree!)  I already had the colorful filters at our design studio since we use them in some of our a.i. paper designs.  I draped it all around the house and it really gave the environment a festive feel.

I also strung a little clothesline of onesies with colorful letters taped to them that spelled out ‘baby d’.  These will be used later for an artsy activity.

baby shower decorations

For food, I went with a sweet salad that included spinach, pears, dried cranberries, chicken, feta and candied walnuts topped with creamy poppyseed dressing.  Since autumn is one of the mom-to-be’s favorite seasons, I also baked up some cranberry orange muffins, mini no bake pumpkin cheesecakes and caramel apple spiced cider.  (Thank you Pinterest!) For favors each guest received a scrumptious fall scented bar of Cellar Door Soap.

no bake pumpkin cheesecake

Since it was a small gathering, in lieu of games or trivia, I thought it would be fun for Sarah to take home cute onesies made by each of us.

decorating onesies shower

I headed to Joann’s and picked up a pre-bundled quilter’s pack and some EZ Steam fusible web.  There were loads of cute fabric collections to choose from.  Luckily I found this great gender neutral color selection since the baby’s sex is going to be a surprise.

diy onesie party free printable

Next I drew some simple animals that would be cute on a onesie.  Most of these will work well for any gender, but there are even more options if you know the sex.  I love the idea of neckties for a boy and strings of pearls or fun flowers for a girl.  You can print the above traceable patterns HERE.

onesie decoration party

Next just select your pattern and trace it on the fusible web.  Peel off the back side of the fusible web and adhere it to the back side of the fabric, then cut out your pattern.  I washed the onesies prior to applying the fusible fabric so there would be no shrinking surprises.

decorate a onesie baby shower

Peel off the other side of the fusible web (this can be tricky sometimes so I recommend using an edge of a small sharp knife if your fingernail won’t do)  and place it where you want it on your onesie.  Place a damp cloth over the design and iron it with high heat for 10-15 seconds.  I love how Suzanne added a second layer of patterned dots on her turtle shell and also a couple surprise starfish on the bum.

decorate a onesie shower Having the patterns available makes it easy for everyone to participate even if they don’t consider themselves creative.  We had some crafty chicas in our bunch though… I like how Anna added the water under her whale and Steffanie cut out a play ball for her pooch.  She also sneaked in a surprise dog bone on the back side.

onesie decorating baby shower

They all turned out so stinkin’ cute and now Sarah has seven adorable onesies for her brand new babe.  It turned out to be a delightful fall crafternoon with great girlfriends.  Now we can’t wait to see the little Desjardine in some of these designer onesies soon!

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a toast to great neighbors

September 20, 2013
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Once September arrives we like to host a little backyard party for the neighborhood.  It’s a great time to reconnect and catch up on summer adventures.  Everyone brings a little something to snack on and here’s what we served up.

ladybug appetizers

This festive recipe for ladybug crackers called for black paste food coloring that I couldn’t find so super small diced olives had to work for the spots.  Luckily Iitu is the master of splicing and dicing.

cider sangria

Next on the list… super tasty cider sangria that turned out to be a big hit.

Here’s what you need:

1 bottle (standard size) of pinot grigio
2 1/2 cups fresh apple cider
1 cup club soda
1/2 cup ginger brandy
2 honey crisp apples, chopped
2 pears, chopped

I served it over ice for slightly lighter taste and the crunchy apples and pears were also great to munch on after finishing the delicious drink.

It was a most lovely afternoon filled with great conversations,  lots of laughter, a few new introductions and many old connections too.

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a piece of my heart

June 25, 2013
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June has become the month of goodbyes for Steve and me.  Last year we sent our first German daughter, Tessa back to Waldshut and last week Jule, our second German daughter made her way back to Berlin.

jules friends

Just like real kids, each of these girls were unique and special in their own ways.  Coming from a large city, Jule was incredibly independent and fearless when it came to making friends.  I was amazed by her ability to connect with so many juniors and seniors from different friend groups.  Most of the time we saw these interactions happen virtually through texting, snapchat, facebook, instagram, twitter and most recently vine (can there be any more social options?!)  But at her surprise going away party we saw many of her close friends come together and it was really a rewarding moment.

I realized that her short stay with us was much larger than just her experience.  Of course as host parents we connect, learn, change and grow throughout the year but it was such a gift to see how her friends also broke boundaries and made strong bonds that changed their school year experience for the better.   They even made this heartwarming goodbye video for her!

I was recently listening to a message from Andy Stanley about having a faith that frees us from fear.  And there’s no doubt that making the choice to have a teenager you don’t know from a different country live with you for a year is a bit scary.  It is.  And it’s not all happy instagram photos (but I’m going to show those to you anyways ;-)

jule year in michigan

But making these kind of choices in life does free you from fear and opens up your capacity to love… and that’s a pretty amazing thing.

custom state photo frame

Jule’s short stay in the mitten will always have a dear place in her heart so I designed this frame as a goodbye present and wrote a personal message on the back.   Even though I’ve never been to Berlin, part of my heart will also be connected to that city as I continue to track with Jule in the upcoming years.

People always ask Steve and me if we’re going to host again.   Since we’ve done it for the past 2 years, we’ve been saying that we were going to take a year off… but when we step away from the everyday and look at the impact we have on these kids and the people they meet it does make you see things differently.

If this is an adventure you would like to experience please don’t hesitate to email me with any concerns, questions or curiosities.  Host families come in all sizes and ages.   I’d be happy  to chat candidly about our experiences with you.  To see what students still need homes in your area for the upcoming school year, I encourage you to visit YFU-USA.org

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celebrating 2012 with our team

January 4, 2013
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We save our holiday party until after the 25th so we all have a chance to catch our breath from the Christmas rush.  The gals had so much fun at our Minute-to-Win-it party last year, we decided to give it another whirl… only this time with a Christmas spin.

christmas minute to win it party

Since we’re opening our third catching fireflies in Ann Arbor this spring, we made stop to Zingerman’s (0ur new neighbor) for the snack spread.

zingermans deli

I think I’m addicted to the Casados olive oil mixed with black truffle salt… and I’m not even a foodie:-)  

holiday minute to win it

After our furry family members got lots of pets, we were ready to roll out the games!

christmas minute to win it games

#1 The Christmas Ball – Fanning an ornament with a gift box into the end zone may look easy but that pesky hanger part can make it a bit tricky.

#2 Merry Fishmas – Gotta keep your chin up for this candy cane game… while impersonating Popeye & Mrs. Roboto ;-)

minute to win it games

#3 Christmas Cliffhanger – It takes more than a powerful set of lungs to win at this game… mental telepathy doesn’t hurt either ;-)

#4 Snowball Fight – Who can pop in the most ping pong balls?

xmas minute to win it games

#5  Christmas Ball Conveyer – This dizzying game will have your head spinning quick.

#6 Balance Christmas Balls – Grab a roll of wrapping paper & a yard stick to test your mad balancing skills

#7  Face the Christmas Cookie – This one was too fun so we had to bring it back this year and Katie, our new Ann Arbor manager pulled it off!

minute to win it holiday games

#8 Fastest Gift Wrapper in the West – After a full month of non-stop gift wrapping our team was ready to tackle this one and to no surprise Danielle took the win coming in a 1:24  (we know it’s over a minute, but come on… can you wrap a gift that fast?)

In all the competition frenzy, I forgot to take a photo of our crew… but none-the-less we had a grand time ending the year with some silly fun!  Steve & I are truly fortunate to have such a great team to work with.  Cheers to a great 2013!

spell out your breakfast

November 28, 2012
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When our German daughter, Jule was looking for a creative way to ask her boyfriend to the Sadies Dance, I suggested trying out our pancake pen.  Apparently pancakes aren’t normal breakfast fare in Germany and the second Jule tried them she fell in love.  So both her and her boyfriend have eaten this popular breakfast meal for lunch and dinner numerous times the past couple months.

I tried out some general shapes first to get the feel of it & it was really quite easy use.  The only trick sometimes is the flip.  Next onto the invite…

And here is Jule’s edible invitation!  How could he resist this yummy invite?

 

I had some batter left so I continued to play and must admit it was really fun.  Who knew drawing with batter could be so addictive?  Looks like the next Pancake Sunday at our house might be a bit more artsy.

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a pair of breakfast puns

October 24, 2012
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After searching high & low for clever costume ideas, Steve & I finally both agreed on breakfast foods with a twist.  The concept was simple, funny & perfect for a couple’s costume.  So may I present to you, Kevin Bacon and his darling deviled egg…

Here’s how I made these quirky costumes:

I dragged Steve with me to the fabric store to help bring my vision to life (luckily he’s a good sport when it comes to my crazy craft stops)

We bought: 1.75 yards of maroon felt, 1.25 yards of white felt, .5 yard of pink felt, .25 yard of cream felt, .25 yard of yellow felt, 2 foam core boards and a 2 yards of white ribbon

Since the maroon felt was already 72″ wide, I left it folded in half so I only had to sew one side and the top of the bacon costume.  You could also easily hot glue the seams… just  remember to leave room for the arm & head openings (see measurements below)

Once you have a giant maroon rectangle, it’s time to dress it up with bacon fat.

Fold the pink and cream felt so they are long and narrow & cut wavy strips to resemble bacon fat.  Hot glue the strips on the maroon base.  Glue 3-4 strips on both sides of the costume.

Trip the excess strips so they are even with the bottom of the costume & make a extra large name tag that reads, Kevin.

Now for the egg… I basically did everything by feel and afterwards realized that maybe my egg costume was a little too large.  So I suggest cutting your foam core to a slightly smaller size or wearing it vertically as opposed to horizontally if you plan on eating at your Halloween party :-)  (still not sure how I’m going to pull that off since I can’t put my hands together when I wear this costume)

Cut the foam core, punch holes, string ribbon through and tie (approx 30″ long).  Cut the white felt into a large egg shape & glue to foam core.  Cut yellow felt in yolk shape & glue to white felt.  Do this on both sides.

You could easily go and buy a devil’s horn headband  and tail, but I had extra maroon felt so I just made them.

Shape horns out of tin foil and cut felt to hot glue around them.

Glue red ribbon at the base of the headband and wrap it around the rest of the headband.  Pick up a trident and you’re good to go!

Wishing all of you a Happy Halloween with lots of laughs!

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one last summer soiree

September 24, 2012
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Steve & I have made it a tradition to host a neighborhood get-together each year.  We’ve found that early/mid September is a perfect time since it’s technically still summer, yet everyone is back in town from their summer rendezvous.   Each neighbor brings sweet & savory finger foods to the party and this is what I whipped up this year.

I’ve always noticed that cucumbers are a fairly popular choice on the traditional vegetable/dip platters so when these cuties appeared in my ‘easy appetizer search‘ it was a no-brainer.  Once again, they’ve got great presentation & are simple to make… 2 important things I look for in all my recipes.  I filled mine with hummus but here are some other great ideas you could try too.

We offered up a number of bottled drinks but I also wanted to make a fun fruity drink (and have an excuse to buy a dozen canning jars to be used as glasses)  This peach sangria was a big hit.

2 bottles of white wine of your choice (or 1 large one)

2  cups peach schnapps

1 cup frozen lemonade concentrate

2 nectarines, sliced

1 cup green or red grapes, whole or sliced

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 2 hours then serve over ice.

I also made the always popular caramel apple flower.

It turned out to be a lovely day catching up with everyone & hearing about their latest adventures.  It was also a great opportunity for Jule to meet all her American neighbors.  Gus, on the other hand was pretty much on plate patrol the entire afternoon ;-)

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