Saturday, December 19, 2009

Make your own Dessert :-)

I promised DH's nephew a home cooked meal whenever he was back in the area. He is serving in the Army - currently in Iraq - and his bride is attending college in the Washington DC area. He is home for a couple weeks and today we had the honor of sharing lunch with them. We had a good time - and a good meal - but for dessert we did 'frost your own' sugar cookies.
I baked up enough sugar cookies so that each person got 4 on their plates. I prepared bags of frosting (I found a large tub of prepared decorator frosting at the store - so easy!) and had a variety of sprinkles available.
Here is our soldier and his bride busy at work on their dessert.
Here they are again with DD#2 in the picture. Not every day you are served sugar cookies on a china plate - and then given decorating bags :-)

This is DD#1 and her fiance. They seemed to enjoy the hands-on dessert.
DH concentrates on his decorating. He really got into it - and is letting his cookies sit until later so they absorb the moisture of the frosting.
These are his masterpieces.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Mini-Christmas Show

A friend invited some of us to join her in a mini-Christmas show to try to promote our different lines of products. I had some things I made using Stampin Up supplies. Here are some pictures.
These are 'gift bags' made from card stock. They are really quite handy for a small gift to a friend. I think I will make some more for my own use :-)
Bookmarks- they just slide over the corner of the page in your book. Some are Christmas-y and others have friendship or birthday sentiments.
Gift card holders - to make a gift card a little more personalized. These are for birthdays or weddings.
And these are for Christmas. I can also add a Stampin Up gift card to one of these for a special gift for someone.
This was my big seller :-) Purses containing a pad of Post-Its. One of the other vendors sells purses at home parties. She bought a stack of these to give as a hostess thank you. They really are cute!
More Post-It notes. These are sort of all-occasion - friends, birthdays, thinking of you.
These are some of the Christmas ones.

And these are for teachers. Wouldn't they make a nice little thank you gift for a favorite teacher :-)

These are little treat boxes. They hold the square chocolate candies (Ghiardelli or Russell Stover) - or you can fill them with M&Ms or jelly beans or anything small like that. I think you could put several Hershey's miniatures in one as well.
And then I had lots of cards! This is a boxed set of ten all occasion cards. The box and all the cards have the medallion stamp as the focal point.
A snowman note card - no sentiment. This could be used all winter long or as a Christmas thank you.
This card uses the double sided paper. I love the Chocolate Chip color with the reds and greens of Christmas.
Another with the double sided paper.
And the same double sided paper but it looks so different here. This is the Patterned Pines hostess set stamps.
This was one I just threw together while playing. Turned out to be one of my favorites. The tree is embossed and then ink is sponged over the image to color the background.
Another patterned pines and this time the Chocolate Chip is mated with Ruby Red - another nice color combo.
And the ever popluar winter tree using the Branch Out stamp set.

It was fun making all the items and even though I had a slow sale day I enjoyed seeing old friends, making new friends, and getting a lot of knitting done :-)
If anyone is interested in any of the items or instructions for how to make anything I have here, post a comment.