Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Uniquely Wrapped

I am sure you have had an amazing  journey through uniquely wrapped gifts if you followed the hop to get here…if you just showed up to see what I was up to you will want to join the journey just follow the links below. So many fabulous ideas so little time!
Before we get into the nuts and bolts of my little wrap don’t forget you have the option of winning free ribbon! So, head over to the May Arts Blog to comment for your chance to win (when you are done here of course).

Uniquely wrapped gifts show how we love to gift OR that we have far too much time on our hands! I prefer the former. This was a fun assignment…. I once was a professional wrapper, it is far more fun to tell people that I was one then it is to write it, quick say it out loud…I am a professional wrapper, see know I sound really cool.  My kids tell people I was a professional wrapper and they get a great reaction from their peers and mom is a total hero…until the reality is explained.   I love to wrap gifts, I have some amazing wrapping skills and some amazing tricks up my sleeve for an almost seamless package (we will save that tutorial for later!). But todays wrapping we step outside of traditional wrapping.

Red Tulle 3-inch, 471-3-14
Red Grosgrain 1.5-inch, QH-5-14
Kraft paper {I used a making paper you can find at the hardware store light weight and easy to tear into when it is time}

Cut 2 pieces of kraft paper to desired size. Place grosgrain ribbon across the top piece crossing in the center. Stitch together along 3 sides about ½ -inch from the edge.
Slide gift inside the pouch pushing to the far side and sew the final side together.

Create pom pom with  3-inch tulle and glue clip in place. Adding a pom that can be used as a hair clip or a pin is a great way to make you “bow” reusable. Pin to center of crossed ribbon and fluff pom.

And there it is.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your days crafting journey.



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Sweets

A gift of sweets is not about quantity it's about giving the gift of your time, love and a fabulous treat!  Adding the flare of a piece of linen embellished with crochet trim (433-38-10 Natural) and a velvet ribbon (PV14 - RED) bow will make your home baked goodies and dollar store shaker feel like a gift from a boutique bakery.
For more great Holiday Treat packaging ideas visit May Arts plus you could win free ribbon!

2 prizes of 1 spool each.  That’s 2 chances to win!  
What you have to do: comment on the May Arts Blog
the Ribbon Lady will announce the winners on Monday December 15th.

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread with White Chocolate Chunks
Makes one 9 – inch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 - 55 minutes

2          cups all-purpose flour
1          tsp baking soda
1          tsp baking powder
2          tsp pumpkin spice
½         tsp salt
1          (15 oz ) can pumkin
1          cup sugar
8          tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
2          large eggs
2          teaspoons vanilla extract
1          cup craisens
1          cup white chocolate chunk

11.      Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with vegetable oil spray.
22.      Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin spice and salt together in a large bowl. Whisk the pumpkin, sugar, melted butter, eggs and vanilla together in a separate bowl until frothy.
33.      Gold the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until just combined. Fold in the craisens and white chocolate chunks.
44.      Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached, 45-55 minutes.
55.      Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes before unmolding onto a wire rack to cool for 1 hour.

To adapt to the smaller loaf reduce cooking time to about 30 minutes, depending on loaf size check at 25 minutes.

Happy Baking!