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DIY Tutorial: Easter/Spring Carrot Candy Gift or Party Favor

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I have a fun, easy little tutorial for you today!  It would make adorable spring party favors, take-home gifts for your Easter lunch/dinner guests, cute teacher gifts, or any fun springtime reason you can imagine to make them and give them away.

Here’s what you need:

* cone shaped clear cellophane bags

*  green decorative gift filler

*  scissors

*  green duck tape

*  orange candy (I used orange M&M’s and orange jelly beans purchased from the candy store in the mall – 2 lbs. made about 2 dozen carrots.)

*  double stick tape

Optional Items:

*  cute tags

*  basket

*  brown decorative gift filler

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1.  Make your life easier and cut off about four inches from your cellophane cone bag.  It makes it more simple to scoop the candy in.

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2.  Cut about a three inch strip of duck tape and then cut it in half.  If you snip it a little bit, you can usually tear it the rest of the way – it tears pretty straight.  I set it aside by sticking one end to the edge of my table so I could get to it easily.

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3.  Take your scoop and fill your bag to the desired volume.  I used about a half cup to three fourths a cup of candy for each carrot.  Twist the top tightly.

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4.  Take your half strip of duck tape and roll it carefully around the twisted part of the cellophane bag.

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5.  Snip the excess cellophane off the top of your carrot.

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6.  Use your fingers to make sure the candy gets as far to the bottom of the tip as it can.  Don’t push too hard though, or you’ll split your bag open.  (I lost one due to this mistake.)

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7.  Take a tiny piece of double stick tape and fold it in half.  Place it as close to the tip of your carrot as you can.

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8.  Fold the tip up to create a clean tip of the carrot.  (that extra cellophane hanging down is just not as cute)

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9.  Take the other half of your duck tape and lay it color side down on the table.  Taking a small bunch of green decorative gift filler, press the ends of it onto your duck tape.

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10.  Carefully wrap it around the top of your carrot, starting at one end and rolling and pressing until you get to the end of the strip.

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11.  Admire your crafty work.

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12.  If desired, you can add a little tag to your carrot, using twine or any ribbon you have on hand.

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To be extra cute, you could place brown gift filler in a basket and insert the carrot candy with their tops up so the guests/gift recipients can pick their own carrot out of your crop.

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Kids may like offering these nifty gifties to their teachers this way.

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By the way, kids really enjoy making these candy carrots.

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Gotta love cute and easy!

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How could you use this idea?

Written by Grace

How do you organize mail?

When it comes to being super organized, my life tends to be cyclical.  I will go through months when I am on top of it, and then times where I let things go a bit.

Mail is hard.  If I make one little pile and leave it overnight, it calls all of its friends and has a big party, and I am left with the mess.  (or so it seems)  Since we are adding on a room to our kitchen, I have really been thinking a lot about what I can do to create a space for mail.   I’ve been searching for ideas, and I thought I would share them with you!

Buckets seem to be a popular idea, and truth be told, I like that you can just throw it in there willy-nilly.  (yes, I googled how to spell that correctly – the hyphen surprised me.)

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The mailbox is cute, though I would be a bit afraid things would get lost in there.  But it is a good way to hide it.

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I love easy-to-do, practical ideas like this.  Create your mail sorting system on the back of a cabinet door!

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Basket sorting is similar to the bucket idea, I suppose, but my problem with this is it would not look very pretty on a counter.  Maybe if I had a cabinet or some kind of desk space I could close off?  Hmmmm…

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Built-in sorting of some sort would be fab!!

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Yet another practical and easy idea – file folders!

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Or stackable trays?

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i heart organizing

A pretty hanging basket would be spot-on for bulky magazines which we get by the DROVES!

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These are just desktop organizers attached to a wall!

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And of course, I love finding new uses for bulldog clips.

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This is a darling idea, and I could totally see how this would work great if I had plenty of well-planned categories.  Tutorial here.

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I actually own Pottery Barn’s Daily System in white, which is pictured here, and it works pretty well.  (especially when you have it hung up on a wall, which I don’t right now)  My only complaint is I feel mail falls into the abyss in those slots.

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And last, but not least, I thought this could be a terrific plan for kids when they come home from preschool, or school, or church, or whatever, and they have a handful of work.  What if you taught them to walk in and put the work in their specific bag, and you could look at it as time allotted?  That way, you wouldn’t have a huge pile on your kitchen counter just waiting to be left overnight to have a party.  Yes?

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What are your tips for organizing mail?  and keeping it organized?  Any ideas for me?

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DIY Tutorial: Christmas Moss Letters

These moss letters have a natural feel and evoke Christmas festivity with the addition of your favorite Christmas ribbon.  Best of all, they are easy to do and not overly time consuming.

What You Need:

1.  Cardboard letters – I found mine at Joann’s, though I’m sure you can find them at your local craft store.  They come in various sizes and fonts (mine are about two fee tall).  Note:  I think if you purchased the small letters and followed this DIY, these would make darling holiday teacher gifts!  

2.  Hot glue gun

3.  A large bag of hot glue sticks – you will need them!

4.  Moss Mats – also available at your local craft store in the floral department.  (I can get two letters out of one package.)

5.  Scissors

6.  Pretty Ribbon (I chose a beautiful 5 inch wide red satin ribbon – also from Joann’s.)

Step 1: Choose your letters.

Of course, you can choose different Christmas words – Merry, Joy, Noel, Ho-Ho-Ho, etc.  You could also just do the initial of your last name, and hang it on your front door.

Step 2: Open and roll out your moss mat.

Make sure you have the moss to the floor, and the backside of the moss mat facing you.

Step 3: Trace your letter.

Using a Sharpie or other thick tip marker, trace your letter.  Note:  It doesn’t matter for all letters, but to be on the safe side, trace all of your letters backwards.

This is what it will look like after you have traced your letter.

Step 4: Cut out your letter.

Cut out your letter making sure you are cutting right at the outside edge of your line.  You want a little bit of room for seams.  Make sure you keep your scraps, you will cut them into strips and use them for the edges of your letters.

Step 5: Glue the moss to the face of the letter.

Take your hot glue gun and slowly paste the moss to your letter one section at a time.  Following the outline of your letter, apply hot glue and press to ensure adhesion.

Then you will have this!

Step 6: Cut strips to do the outside edge of the letters – you want it to be pretty from all angles!  Note: If I were giving this as a gift, I would put pretty paper on the back, too.  

Use the width of the letter as a guide to cut your strips.

Step 7: Glue the strips to the edge of your letter.

The great thing about working with moss is the seams disappear because of its texture.  It is very simple to make these letters look like a smooth sheet of moss covering them by using this tactic.

Place a generous amount of hot glue right at the edge of the seam.

Using your fingers, press the edges of both moss pieces together.

See!  No seam here!

Note:  If you have a little extra moss hanging off the back of your letter, it is easy to trim with a pair of scissors.

Step 8: Admire your pretty letter.

Repeat with remaining letters as desired, and you have a beautiful project!

As I stated before, I chose wide red satin ribbon to hang my letters.  Since only the “O” and the “E” could have ribbon looped around the top, I had to come up with other ideas for the “N” and the “L”.  For the “N”, I hot glued the ribbon to the back at a slight angle, so the ribbon would not be pulled funny when I hung it.  (i.e. don’t glue the ribbon completely vertical)

For the “L”, I simply glued a drapery weight to the bottom left corner to keep it from being tilted.  Worked like a charm!  (sorry, no picture – drapery weights are readily available at your local craft store or Walmart)

These letters are lovely inside or outside, but I placed mine on an expanse of brick wall between two windows on my front porch.  More to come on my Christmas porch decorations.  I may or may not still have pumpkins on my porch.  (wink, wink), but it’s beginning to look like Christmas around here!

What do you think?  How can you use this idea in your home?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas – sound off in the comments!

Yummy Thanksgiving Treat: Guest Take Home Gift

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A friend of mine gave me this nifty gifty last year for Christmas, and I have not forgotten it.  This recipe is so delish, you will want to eat it straight from the jar!  If you love salty and sweet, this salted caramel sauce is sure to delight.  Put it in a cute container or jar, and you have a darling delectable gift for someone you love to enjoy.  Place your decorated container of choice in front of each place setting at the table or give them as teacher gifts!  Believe me, everyone will love it!

First things first, make the recipe.  Found here.

If you read this post, you know I have plenty of jars laying around, and I love to find different uses for them. The sauce would look so cute in a container like this, too, found at most craft and hobby stores.

 

As for me, I simply used a jar I already had on hand.  (although I do think I will go pick up the jars pictured above and give them as teacher gifts)

Since the lid is not the prettiest thing in the world, I traced around it, cut some burlap to fit on top, and hot glued it on.  You could put pretty paper in there too if you would like.

I wanted to make a cute, simple little tag so I created a document on my computer and typed the word “thankful” in the ‘American Typewriter’ font.  Then I held the paper up to the light and put my die cut tag over it to make sure it would fit.  I taped the tag on top of the word making sure it was centered and placed it in the printer so the word would print on the tag.  Make sense?

I attached the tag to the jar using orange bakers twine, brown bakers twine, and regular twine.  (colored bakers twine found here.)

On the back of the tag, I printed the url to the recipe.  One taste, and your recipient will want to know how to make more!

I love to dip apples in this and drizzle it on a pie, but most of all, I love it in plain black coffee!  Yum-yum!

How will you use this recipe/idea?

I would love to hear your thoughts!

Also, did you miss my three easy Thanksgiving decor ideas I posted last week?  Click here.

Come back tomorrow for my dining room makeover!  You won’t want to miss the transformation!

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