Sunday, November 18, 2012

To Infinity and Beyond - Disney Survival Bag


I love Disneyland.  LOVE, as in: completely obsessed.  Houston has been asking to take me to Disneyland for over a year… he REALLY wanted to experience me being a total spastic five year old in a 28 year old body.  He was warned by Brittany who emphasized getting a good night’s sleep, eating a substantial breakfast and bracing himself for the ridiculousness that happens when I get within two miles of the “Happiest Place on Earth”!!!!

Houston hadn't been to Disneyland in about ten years, a tragedy in my opinion, and I wanted to make sure I did my part making it super fun!!!

I decided to make a Disney Survival Bag with things we may need through the day:
Water Bottles
Sunscreen (Thank you Southern California for 85 degree weather in NOVEMBER!)
Disney fruit snacks
Popchips (Houston’s favorite)
And just for something cute: a Mickey Mouse pen and notepad (to stick out of the top of the bag)

Disney Survival Kit

I printed “Houston” in the Waltograph font from dafont ({here} is the link), cut it out and mounted on red cardstock.  Then I glued the red cardstock to the white gift bag.  Everything in the Disney Survival Bag was either wrapped in Mickey Mouse paper or red polka dot ribbon – so cute!!! I forgot to take a photo when I put it together, but you get the idea! 

Disney Survival Kit

My favorite part was the ribbon on the handles of the gift bag.  I alternated red polka dot ribbon and black and white gingham ribbon.  The ribbon in about an inch and a half long and I put a dot of hot glue on the handle and crisscrossed the ribbon around it (to kinda make the glue oozy) to attach it.  I decided not to go all the way around the handle, but to make it fun and A-symmetrical.  I think it is more interesting that way!

The survival bag came in pretty handy!  We didn't have to purchase water all day (at $3.50 a bottle, I am glad we brought our own!) and it was nice to have little snacks throughout the day.  Houston loved the bag, was so excited and it goes without saying that I did not disappoint in the spazz department… The cast member working in the parking structure commented that I was “more excited than most of the kids they see.”

It was a fun filled and magical day!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

If you like it then you should have put a bow on it!

I wanted to make a hair bow that would match my [awesome] Mickey sweatshirt for Disneyland last Saturday, and when I found the PERFECT color ribbon with polka dots, a hair bow became a MUST!

I did a trial bow out of some scrap ribbon, following {this} tutorial I found on Pinterest; I’m glad I gave it a test run… it looks easy, but having to hold/fold and crease left me wishing for additional hands and fingers!  Trying to figure out which side to fold to hide the seam of the ribbon was an equal challenge.

Once I got that all figured out, I had a needle and thread waiting in the wings and did a really simple stitch to hold the pinched part of the fabric in place.  Then, I cut a small piece of ribbon to use in the center and hot glued it around the middle so the seam was on the back.  Note: my sewing skills are limited to buttons, pointe shoes and emergency bridesmaid repairs – taking sewing classes and actually being good at it is on my bucket list.  Also, why have we done away with Home Ec classes???  THAT is the stuff I can actually use in my everyday life!  Who cares how to find the length of some imaginary triangle???  Teach me how to sew, bake some awesome cupcakes! *Rant over

So, pretty simple, and CHEAP!  Did I mention cheap???  The ribbon only cost two dollars, so much better than spending $6 at Forever21 on something that was just “ok”.  I just stuck a bobby pin through the back and then crisscrossed another one to hold it in place.  I wish my hair tie would have stayed hidden, but I can’t win every battle.

New obsession: EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE NEEDS A BOW ON IT!  I am already thinking of making some of these to decorate Christmas presents in a creative way!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Gifts for the Bride to Be!

My dear and darling Brittany is getting married *happy sigh* and has asked me to be a lovely bridesmaid.  (Freak out moment of fun wedding ideas flying through my brain and an uncontrollable Pinterest addiction).  There is soooo much to do/plan/look forward to!  They (Brittany and Jonathan) are getting married in MARCH 2013; in wedding planning world, that is some serious crunch wedding planning!!!

Gifts for the Bride-to-Be:


Brittany loves DIY projects and wants plenty of them incorporated into her wedding day, but more on that later.

I decided that I wanted to make/get Brittany some special gifts to celebrate this AMAZING time in her life.  What started out as an Engagement gift has now ballooned into an “every time we get together I have something else for you” gift!   I am ok with it, and gift giving is high on Brittany’s love languages, so I am sure she doesn't mind.

So, ladies and gentlemen: gifts for the bride-to-be!

1.  I saw the most darling idea on Pinterest {here}celebrating the birthdays of the individuals in a family and I commissioned my other bestie, Leah Hough, to design something similar, but with the dates that are important to Brittany and Jonathan!  It includes their birthdays, their first date, engagement date and wedding day!  The bottom says “what a difference a day can make”.  I was so happy with how it turned out, the colors match Brittany’s couches and I put it in a nice dark frame!

2.  I also asked Leah to make a digital banner that said “she said yes” for Brittany and Jonathan’s engagement pictures!  Brittany had commented earlier in the year how much she LOVED a banner used by another friend when he proposed, so I thought it would be fun for her to have one too, even if it was a month after the fact!  It turned out so lovely and Leah added sweet touches – tying the string in little bows between each letter, so cute!!!  She also made slits for the string instead of punching holes (like I would have done) and I think it made it look so classy!

Congrats to Brittany and Jonathan!!! Thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding and your lives!  

Stay tuned for more Bridesmaid Bonanza, and more gifts for the bride-to-be!!! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Chocolate Caramel Pretzels

I LOVE making Peppermint Pretzels during the holidays!  The combination of sweet and salty is divine!  

Here are the steps for making my Peppermint Pretzels:

Unwrap a bag of Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses
Lay out pretzels on a cookie sheet and put one kiss on top of each pretzel
Put in the oven until the kisses begin to melt usually at 350 degrees (they will look glossy)
Remove cookie sheet from the oven and place an M&M on each kiss so it melts over the pretzel
Let cool (I put mine in the freezer to harden) 

I have long wondered if I could make the same type of pretzel… but with caramel!  Mmmmmm.  Yum.  So when I was assigned dessert duty for a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to try something new. 

I decided to use Rolos, because really… they. are. delicious. And my Rold Gold Pretzels.  I prepared them and put them in the oven just like I normally do with the peppermint kisses. 


I think the chocolate on the Rolos is too thick for this yummy snack… the chocolate started to burn but never got “melty”.  I think I will give it another try, but this time with Hershey’s Kisses with Caramel centers. 

Worst Case scenario?  I eat the kisses “as is.”  That's a win-win in my book.