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Saturday, February 27, 2010

.:Showcase Saturday:.

Wow! I know I say this every week, but I am just blown away by how many wonderful ideas were submitted! So THANK YOU to everyone who is linking up, and double THANK YOU to everyone who links back. I love seeing my button up on people's blogs - it makes me happy!

As usual it was so difficult to pick just a few, but here are a few of my faves from this week:

Be sure to grab my featured button if I featured your idea today! And of course, come back on Monday when the fun starts up again!

Friday, February 26, 2010

.:Feature Friday - Party Box Design:.

I'm excited to be featuring a company today - my first company to feature ever!

Party Box Design is a newer company, that specializes in party decor and party planning. Here are just a few of the wonderful products you can find on their site!

You all know that I'm a sucker for cupcakes. Aren't these customizable toppers adorable?

Before you get around to eating those delicious cupcakes, you've got to invite people to the party!

Don't feel like baking? Let Party Box Design take care of making those cupcakes for you!

Having some party favors? You could seal up the bags with these cute stickers.....

Or these darling party favor tags!

Party Box Design will also create custom centerpieces for you!

Here are a few pictures from Party Box Design's blog from a cupcake baby shower they did. Makes me want to have another baby shower!

Party Box Design offers online party consultation for a great price! The consultation includes:
- 3 event theme suggestions
- color scapeinvitation ideas
- 2 floral arrangement ideas
- 1 signature cocktail recipe
- menu suggestions
- 2 party favor suggestions

Party Box Design will work with their customers to create a unique, custom, and one of a kind party!

And guess what? Party Box Design is offering a free set of confetti with your order! Just let them know that you found Party Box Design from Sumo's Sweet Stuff!

Party Box Design also has a blog where you can go to see some of their ideas and work!

Go check out Party Box Design today!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

.:Things to Try Thursday - Sticker Book:.

Before I get on to the new idea I want to try, I just have to tell you all that I am guest posting over at Seven Thirty Three today! It is Creativity Week and I feel honored to have been asked to be a part of it! Thanks Kim!

I love this idea from Samster Mommy! I know Reece would love to have one of these. I better get one done for her before the baby comes!

Here is Natasha's great tutorial!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

.:Mouth-Watering Wednesday - Cookie Dough Truffles:.

I saw this recipe on Smashed Peas & Carrots and just knew I had to try it! I love cookie dough, and cake batter, and all of those yummy things, but haven't been able to eat them because of being pregnant. This was the perfect solution - cookie dough without eggs! Super easy and super tasty!

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
1 bar chocolate candy coating

Cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour, alternating with the sweetened condensed milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

In a microwave-safe bowl melt your candy coating following package directions. Take out your cookie dough mixture and roll into balls. I just used my cookie scoop.

Dip balls into chocolate, drip off excess and let dry on a sheet of waxed paper, about 15 minutes. I just put mine in the fridge.

Be sure to store them in the fridge!

They are super delicious!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Modge (Mod) Podge Magnet Board:.

Reece got two different Leapfrog magnet sets for Christmas. I love these toys, and wanted to make sure she had access to both. But I also absolutely hate having her under my feet while I'm trying to cook and do things in the kitchen! So I decided that I would keep one on the fridge - the smaller of the sets - and make up a magnet board to hang in her room so that she would have easy access. I got this one at Robert's, using a 50% off coupon.

At first, I was thinking about glittering up the edges of the magnet board, but then I realized that a one year old + glitter = messy and not such a great idea (although it would have looked smashing!) I had a bunch of leftover fabric scraps from when I made the flowers for my curtains, and from making some other flowers for my etsy shop, as well as some fun ribbon, so I decided that I would modge podge the fabric and ribbon around the edges.

Here we go....

What you need:
- magnet board or any sort of wood frame
- Modge Podge
- fabric scraps
- foam brushes
- hot glue/gun
- paint (optional)

You'll need to take the magnet board part out of the frame while you are working.

I decided to paint the top and bottom of my frame so that I didn't have to worry about trying to get ribbon or fabric over those parts. Your call!

Then I just measured the first ribbon I was going to use, allowing for wrapping it around to the back, cut and glued it down!

You may want to make sure that your various sizes of ribbon and fabric strips will fit so that you aren't left with some funky sized space when you get down to the hole part of the frame.

Just continue doing this all the way down the frame! I used a mix of hot glue and mod podge, depending on what type of material I was working with. This is about halfway down.

And all finished!

Add your magnet board magnets and you are good to go!

I was going to put some ribbon on the back to hang it with, but this is really heavy, so for now, it is just leaning against the wall in Reece's room. Eventually - maybe not even until we get to a different house - I'll probably just have my husband hang it on nails! Might be more secure with little hands grabbing on it all the time!



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Monday, February 22, 2010

.:Market Yourself Monday - Magnet Board:.

Just a little blurb before we get on to Market Yourself Monday! This week is Creativity Week at Seven Thirty Three. I am guest posting later in the week, but be sure to check out the site all week long to hear from all the talented bloggers out there!

This is one of the newest additions to my girls' room! I think it turned out pretty cute!

Look for the tutorial tomorrow!

Link up your latest projects, recipes, tutorial - show off what you've been working on! Grab my button and link back to here! (Some people have shared with me that they are having difficulties getting the button to work. I don't know how to fix that, but if you are having problems, maybe try grabbing it off of my sidebar instead! Sorry!!!!)

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