December 06, 2016

DIY // Super Cute Pom Poms

This is probably the most fun (and the most addictive) DIY ever! I seriously made these for days while watching holiday movies on the couch. They're actually pretty easy too! The more you make, the better you get at making them!

Here's what you need:
A fork (yes... a fork!)

Step 1
Loosely wrap the yarn around the fork about 70-90 times. The thinner the yarn, the more you'll end up needing to wrap. Tip: It's important to keep it loose to make it easier to work with in the next steps.
Step 2
Thread another piece of yarn through the center of the fork and tie a double-knot creating a bow-like shape. Remove from the fork and flip the ball over and double-knot the back as well. Tip: Double-knotting both sides will ensure the pom pom doesn't fall apart as you begin to shape it.
Step 3
Cut all the loops on both sides. You'll see it now starting to look more like a pom pom!
Step 4
Cut the edges to shape it into a ball. Tip: Use the short sides as a guide as you cut your longer sides. Leave the strings you originally used to tie off the ball. You'll need those in the next step.
Step 5
Knot those two longer strands at the end to create a hanger OR if you want to make garland, use those strands to tie the pom pom to a string and then trim them away.
That's it! Now you have the cutest, awesomest pom poms for your Christmas tree, mantle or even to attach to your shopping bags, keys or purse! I told you they were addictive. So addictive, in fact that I made way too many and will be selling them at the Silver Lake Flea market this Saturday!

Happy Pom Pom making!!!

xx Sécia

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November 15, 2016

New to the Shop :: Pretty Packaging KITS

These are seriously the cutest Pretty Packaging KITS! Just in time for Christmas too! Oh, and guess what... they're only $5 bucks each and are available in the shop! Are you kidding me?!
Here's what you'll get:

(1) 4x4x2 kraft box

(1) black glitter embossed card of your choosing

(1) large sheet of hot pink tissue paper
(10 yards) hot pink and black baker's twine
(9 yards) hot pink, black and white ribbon
(3) hot pink pom poms
(1) hot pink carnival ticket
(3) hot pink mini clothespins

So many fun goodies with lots of different ways to create your own personal touch. The added bonus- you'll receive more than enough pretty ribbon and twine to use on your other packaging as well and we even sell other colors in 10 yard spools too. And look how adorable they look with our gold dinos! We've even added pretty, gold deer to the shop for the holidays too!

Happy wrapping!!!

xx Sécia
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November 11, 2016

HOT PINK Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts

Ahhhhhh! Donuts are my weakness! (and it doesn't help that they are my husband's too!) Another thing that I love more than anything... HOT PINK! So what's better than Hot Pink Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts!? Um... I don't think anything... !!!!! This recipe has a very close consistency to actual cake so they pretty much melt in your mouth. So light and airy and super yummy!
Cake Ingredients
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 vanilla bean (scraped)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 egg yolks
3 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water

Cake Instructions
Preheat oven to 325F and grease your donut pan with cooking spray.

Combine all dry ingredients and vanilla bean. Mix thoroughly making sure the vanilla bean is evenly distributed.

In another bowl, mix egg yolks, vegetable oil, water and vanilla extract. Slowly add the dry ingredient mixture to the egg mixture and beat until smooth. Set aside.

Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form (approx. 5 minutes). Gently fold the egg whites into the batter until combined.

Spoon the batter into the donut pan filling them almost all the way. Bake for 12-18 minutes, checking them every few minutes after 12 minutes to make sure they don't go too long. You want golden brown edges. Run a knife around the edges for clean removal and transfer to a cooling rack and allow to completely cool before icing.

Icing Ingredients
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
3 Tbsp milk
pink food coloring and sprinkles!

Icing Instructions
Combine powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla and salt. Slowly add milk, 1 Tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached. Add food coloring. {Tip: I used one drop of the pink color for the light pink donuts and 8 drops of the pink color for the hot pink donuts.} Warm in microwave for 6 seconds, stir and begin dipping donuts. Warm again if the icing begins to harden before you're finished dipping all your donuts. Add sprinkles and enjoy!!!
Cake recipe adapted from A Cozy Kitchen with slight changes and icing recipe adapted from Cooking Classy.

xx Sécia

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November 08, 2016

DIY // Candy Cane Reindeer

YAY! IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! I'M SOOO EXCITED! AHHHHH!!! Okay... Do you remember these??? As a kid, I remember how much I loved making these at Christmas time. It was like my favorite thing EVER! They're so easy too (even for the kiddos) and you can't help but smile the entire time. 
What You Need:
Candy canes
Pipe cleaners
Googly eyes
Pom poms
Tape (optional)

Literally everything can be found on Amazon or at Michaels. So easy already!

Start with the ANTLERS:
Then comes the FACE! (Tip: I like to tape the candy cane down to the table with the curve facing upward for this part. That way it's easier to attached the eyes and nose and to let them dry without falling over)
Now for the tough part... to Rudolph or not to Rudolph. It really comes down to personal preference but I'm a believer that there should at least be one in the bunch!
And there you have it! The cutest freaking holiday things on the planet! Use them as stocking stuffers, attach them to gifts, hang them on your Christmas tree or just throw them in a jar for a little snack to curb that sweet tooth when you're heading out the door to do all of that holiday shopping! Best time of year EVER! What are your favorite holiday DIYs?

xx Sécia

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