fresh donut favors are my fave

September 30, 2013

donut favors

I going to be honest, Halloween is not my favorite. Kids in costumes? Good. Candy? Good. Creepy crawly, ghouls and spook? Meh. But I do like the idea of having a black and white party (with a touch of Halloween) and these are the favors I’d be sharing.

donut favors

– black paper cups
– paper straws
fresh donuts print out (design by Kirsten)
Martha Stewart Crafts test tube favor kit
– washi tape

To make the paper flag, cut slits into opposite sides of the straw and insert cut out design to stick in the donut filled cup. Then fill the test tube with toppings like powdered sugar, cinnamon and sugar, or sprinkles and attach to cup with a strip of tape.

donut favors

So easy, even the non-crafty folk can handle it.

This project is part of 12 Months of Martha, one craft a month using products from the Martha Stewart Craft line.

a salty sweet trifle is my fave

September 26, 2013

salty sweet trifle

This weekend I was in a rush to put together a dessert for my friend’s birthday. I was instantly reminded of an easy, brownie trifle my mom used to make that was so easy and delicious!

salty sweet trifle

– One 9×13 pan of brownies (boxed or homemade, your preference)
– Chocolate Pudding (boxed or homemade)
– 1 c whipping cream (whipped)
– Fleur de sel
– A candy bar of your choosing (I usually use Heath, but this time I used Lindt EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt – and I will never go back)

salty sweet trifle

In a large bowl simply layer brownies, pudding, whipped cream and then a layer of chopped up candy bar. Repeat the layering three times over.  For an increased chocolate flavor and an added touch of saltiness, sprinkle Fleur de Sel on top of each pudding layer. For individual servings, be sure to layer in glass dessert cups.

salty sweet trifle

Delicious every time, I tell you!

If you are a fan of salty-sweet desserts, check out this video of chef Curtis Stone sharing some innovative ways to add great flavor in your kitchen (I’ve loved him since Take Home Chef).

Also make sure to visit Lindt on Facebook to get a $2 coupon. Try Lindt EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt and Taste the Difference for yourself!

a diy tablet case is my fave

September 25, 2013

Today’s post is from sweet Joy, the sweet gal behind Frock Files.


Airmail envelopes have always held a special place in my heart, not just because getting mail from a foreign country is always exciting, but also because their red and white edging makes for great design. Earlier this year, I learned about Tyvek and how it’s essentially indestructible and I had an epiphany: Tyvek tablet cases! With a bit of foam and felt for padding, your laptop or tablet will be safe and sound.


– 9”x 12” Tyvek envelope
– 2 pieces 9”x12” felt
– 2 pieces 9”x12” crafting foam with self-adhering backing
– 2 buttons
– Baker’s twine or other string
– Needle
– Thread
– Crafting glue


1. With a ruler, mark the middle of the envelope’s flap with a pen. Measure 3” down and make another mark. Sew one button over each mark.

2. Tie the baker’s twine around the top button. Secure with a knot.



3. Cut each piece of felt and crafting foam to 8.5”x11.5”. Glue the felt over the foam. Place a heavy book on top of the foam and felt for at least an hour.


4. Peel the backing off of one of the pieces of foam and carefully slide it into the envelope until the bottom is aligned with the end of the envelope. Repeat with the second piece of foam. Press out any air bubbles by rubbing the Tyvek from the middle outward.

5. Nestle your tablet into its new home!


See more from Joy on Frock Files

a balloon chandelier is my fave

September 20, 2013

balloon chandelier

Turns out balloons and fishing wire are all you need to make a pretty fly* chandelier. Find the full instructions right here on Julep.

* I’m trying to expand my adjective choices since I use awesome, pretty, and amazing too much. Fly seemed like the next logical choice.

A few more posts you’re sure to love:
Ombre for the home
– Give your home the golden touch with one of these accents
– It’s not a party until the garland is hung
15 best diys of the week

a yarn lei is my fave

September 18, 2013

Today’s tutorial was created by the talented Alana of Humunuku.

diy yarn lei

In Hawaii, it’s traditional to give leis on special occasions, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries. Although flower leis are most common, sometimes people like to make leis out of all different types of materials. Especially ones that last for a long time, like yarn. As a kid I remember making tons of these yarn leis for friends for different occasions. A lot cheaper than a lei and it’s made by you. (more…)

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