So incredibly cute 😀 And the cake was tasty, too! Thank you, Mary!
Inspired by my new lipstick, a gift from my mom-in-law, today’s Etsy Crush is all about WONDER WOMAN! That’s right, MAC just came out with a new line of Wonder Woman makeup, which, in my opinion, is sheer genius. She’s a super hero and a feminist icon – who wouldn’t wear makeup ‘sponsored’ by her? 😉
Etsy is full of fun Wonder Woman items, from vintage to handmade to a little of both. Here are some of the fun products I found!
A vintage wallpaper tissue box cover (Fondue) – it has Batman on it, too! ♥
Wonder Woman cuff links (QA Create) to shine up any outfit:
Wonder Woman to cover your sketches (Crab Apple Designs):
Feel like a superhero in these Wonder Woman knickers (Knickerocker):
Drink your coffee in style with this Wonder Woman mug (LennyMud):
A glass tile pendant (Snarky and Sweet) with your favorite warrior on it:
A hand painted Wonder Woman peg doll (pegged) to carry with you:
And finally, a Wonder Woman apron (Modern Vintage Designs) – conquer your dinner!
Wow, I feel oddly powerful now, like I’m ready to take on the world! 😀
Happy Tuesday! Go, fight, win!
One of my goals this year was to blog regularly, and I have definitely done that! While I haven’t posted every single project I’ve made, I have a wonderful record of most of what I’ve created, and I’ve enjoyed looking back through the year As 2010 comes to a close, I though I’d share a few of my favorite projects with you…
Looking back makes you realize just how much you can accomplish in one year. I’d also like to say thank you to all of you who have supported me through this year and all my adventures. I’m so glad to have been able to participate in such a wonderful community of crafters, bloggers, and friends, especially such encouraging and creative ones! Thank you for 2010, and I’m looking forward to 2011!
The good: I’ve finished 8 gifts this week, and I’m on a roll!
The not-so-good: The Post Office lost a package of supplies (for gift making)
The best: I tried my hand at both knitting and crocheting hats, and made some really cute ones! I’m so glad I tried a new project and am really happy with the results 😀
Today I’m on to sewing projects! I’ve got hair accessories, home accessories, and a giant pillow to make Here’s to a great start for the weekend!
How was your week?
Here are a couple quick ideas to make regular gift boxes look grand!
Add a shiny ribbon and embellish with glittery, stick-on stars (I found these at Hobby Lobby). It’ll glisten under the tree!
Give your box a little flair with brightly colored ric rac and/or lace. Layer in different ways for fun textures.
Add some vintage fun with vintage trim in festive colors. Wrap it crossed or in layers and include a candy cane as an extra treat!
Now just add a great gift tag and you’re ready to go. Remember, the simplest touches make all the difference in the world!
Huzzah for gift tags with adorable monsters on them!
Click to download a full page: Printable Gift Tags
Ever seen those fancy square marshmallows in a little boutique? They look fabulously delicious, but it’s hard to swallow the $20 price tag for one mug’s worth. So we decided to make our own
- 3 packages unflavored gelatin
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 1 cup ground peppermint candies
- Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
- Electric mixer with whisk attachment
- Candy thermometer
- 8×12″ non-metal pan
- Food processor (you can do this by hand, but it’s harder that way)
- Measuring cups, mixing bowl, saucepan, mixing utensils
- Finely grind peppermint candies in a food processor. Then line an 8×12″ pan with parchment paper and grease. (Or you can do this during step 3.)
- Combine gelatin and ½ cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Allow to sit while you make the syrup.
- Combine sugar, corn syrup, salt, and ½ cup water in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240˚F on a candy thermometer (will take several minutes). Remove from heat.
- With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 8-10 minutes (really neat to watch!). Add the peppermint extract and mix thoroughly.
- Pour* the marshmallow batter into the pan and smooth. Sprinkle the peppermint candy on top. Allow to dry uncovered at room temperature overnight.
- Remove the marshmallows on the parchment paper from the pan. Use kitchen shears to cut into squares (I suggest cutting through the parchment paper, then peeling off). Roll the sides of each piece carefully in confectioners’ sugar.
- Add to a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy with friends!
*I don’t know how other people do it, but for us the “pour the marshmallow batter” step did not go smoothly. That stuff is sticky! However, it was really fun, and I recommend it if you don’t mind getting a little messy!
Keep checking all day for more tutorials on my Handmade Holiday Blogathon!
And so begins my Handmade Holiday Blogathon! I’ve already written a couple posts (1, 2, 3) about why I think we should strive for handmade holidays, despite the reasons against it. Today it’s all about making a handmade holiday 😀 Stay tuned all day for tutorials, recipes, pretty photos, and more!
And now for some eye candy to get you in the handmade holiday spirit!
(as always, click on the photo to go to the source)
Coming later today: ribbon stockings, homemade peppermint marshmallows, printable gift tags, ready-to-mail holiday bread, gift wrapping ideas and more!