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Dear Martha, Thanks for the inspiration — again!

So, I have a thing for gift-giving…I can’t JUST buy a gift card (although I do love receiving them) and I love to put useful things together to make a nice gift for someone. So when I saw this from Martha, I knew that it would be the PERFECT gift for a friend that just bought a house:

So, off to one of my favorite stores — Dollar Tree and this is what I came up with (sorry for the horrible photo):

So, I found a black pastic bucket (not the beautiful tin one Martha used, but useful none-the-less), and filled it with scissors, spic and span cleaner, clorox bleash, flashlights, batteries, picture hangers, magic erasers, sponges, Execedrin Migraine, and a few other incredibly useful things and tied a pretty (ish) bow around it! All together, it cost $17 including the ribbon, the card, the bucket and the contents! And, best of all, my friend loved it!

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Craft Fair Goodies

I participated in a craft fair at my nephew’s school right before Thanksgiving…I like to concentrate on useful items, price them right, and kind of pride myself on knowing my audience.  So, I decided to concentrate on teacher gifts, sticking stuffers/Hanukkah gifts, and seasonal items.  It was a great success!  I love the little extra money to fuel my hobby, but I also love to hear positive comments about the quality of my work (which I pride myself on) and my ideas (most of which I have seen somewhere else and made my own ;).  Here are a few of the things that I sold:

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The “thank you teacher” boxes are boxes of paperclips, mini binder clips, and notepads which I found for…wait for it…ONE DOLLAR at Office Max, then I added a glue stick as well (there was a space empty).  The paper came from my stash, and Michaels/AC Moore.  The Post-it note pads are acrylic frames with paper inserted, then decorated — I get the acryclic frames at a local discount store for 2/$1.  I attached the Post-its with my tape runner.  I got the pens on sale at the time at Staples, but I have recently found packs of two at the dollar store (score!).  These were a GREAT way to use up scraps.  The bookmarks were super simple, and super cute if I do say so myself.  I got the large paper clips in packages of 6 at Staples.  Hope these inspire you…enjoy!

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One of the best ways to be creative — BIRTHDAY PARTIES!

Boy do I love a good party!  I love picking the theme, scouring the stores for the perfect decorations and goodie bag stuffers, looking on the internet for ideas…it all is so fun!  So, I have a few things to show you, but today, I will just show you the sweets that I made for the “Cars and Trucks and Things that Go!” Party that we had here a couple of weeks ago.

This dump truck cake is an idea that I have seen all over the internet — BRILLIANT.  First, pick a decent sized dump truck and scrub it and then scrub it again. How can you go wrong with chocolate cake, crushed oreos, chocolate pudding and yellow decorating sugar? So easy, yet such a big impact and it tasted delish to boot!:

And here are the race car chocolate covered pretzels that I made — again, super easy.  I found the mold at Michaels and LOVE it — my family will be seeing these again!  My only suggestion is to buy two molds (@ $2 a piece) so that you can make 12 at a time.  Six at a time went a little more slowly than I thought it would.  Also — chocolate and the 85 degree and humid weather did not really mix, but everyone loved them!

More later!  Enjoy!

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Sock It To Me Cake

 If you read my bio, you’ll know that one way I am creative is to bake.  I love when people enjoy what I make.  One of my go-to recipes is for this “Sock it to Me” coffee cake that is always a big hit!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbls. brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans  (I use whatever nuts I have in the pantry)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbls milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water

Preparation:

Take 2 Tbls. of the cake mix and mix with the cinnamon,brown sugar, and pecans; set aside. In large bowl, blend cake mix,sour cream,oil,water,eggs, and sugar. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Pour 2/3 of batter into greased and floured bundt pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture in the center of this and spread remaining batter evenly over this. Bake at 375° for 45-55 minutes. Cool in pan for 25 minutes. Remove from pan.To make glaze; Blend powdered sugar and milk together to make a glaze. Drizzle over cake.

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