20.11.12

Reindeer Noses - and a free printable {Rewind!}


I originally did this post on December 13th of last year but due to the free printable - and thanks to Pinterest and Google - I've been getting a ton of nice emails daily since about mid October asking for the free template download. As such, I thought I'd repost it incase any of you new readers had not seen it before and were thinking of doing a fun favour this season!

*** And (sidenote) I've updated the post so that you now have the option to either email me for the printable (as before) OR be redirected to download your own!
Here is my original post...


Now, I like me some fun reindeer games a fun party so I've been really looking forward to my husband (Chef Kev's) Christmas work party this year. It's always been a blast in the past (not a blast from the past - but a blast IN the past) so when I was asked to design this year's party favours (to be on the table when guests arrive) the discussion went something like this...

Kev: "hey, will you make the party favours for my work party this year. Only if you have time, no pressure"

Elaine: {inside voice - what! Christmas! crafty stuff! Designy things! party favours? I'm SO in! ... but play it cool...} Outside voice: "sigh, oh, okay... but only if you make me dinner for a week"

Kev: "I already do. Oh, and thanks"

Elaine {inside voice again - Dang! Foiled again by my quick tongue. Must. think. out details longer. next. time.} Outside voice: "right".

So that was that. Operation design party favours had begun.

Before I lose you, here is what I did. Details below if you've read this far (and thanks if so).












































And here is how it came to be.

I went to pinterest for some inspiration and searched 'Christmas party favours'. I had a few criteria when searching. 1) It had to be relatively easy to do as I had to do 50 of them and 2) It had to be relatively cost effective, as well... I had to do 50 of them!

This caught my eye.

























(source: "A personal touch" blog via pinterest) 

But I wanted to give it my own spin. So I set out redesigning the header card portion.







































Once I had designed my header card and sticker I purchased my brown and red reindeer noses. You can buy whatever you'd like of course, but for mine I bought: milk chocolate covered caramels, malt balls and jujubes as well as dark chocolate covered espresso beans and almonds. Rudolph's nose is a cherry sour.

I then purchased 4"x6" treat bags (lollipop bags) at the craft store (Michaels) and convinced Chef Kev to help me divy up the chocolate!

I trimmed down my header cards that I had printed on card stock (which are actually 4.25" wide so there is a slight over hang on each side) and scored them with my paper cutter. I happen to have a trimmer that has a setting made for scoring but you can use a bone scorer or even lightly score with an exacto blade if you are comfortable with that route (do not press hard as you will cut right through - you want to apply very light pressure to simply cut only the top fibres of your paper). You always want to score on the side that you are folding away from (so in this case, the printed side).












































Score right along the edge where the red 'front' meets the green 'back'.

I put the headers aside for a moment while I moved on to folding the top edge of the treat bags over (about 1/2 - 3/4" and stapled once on each side. Chef Kev helped here too!












































Then I used a tape runner (that I already had but you can get them at the craft store in the scrapbooking section) and applied a strip along the inside BACK ONLY of the card (bottom part). You don't need to do the top/front as your round circle sticker will seal that side.












































Then I lined the top of my bag fold into the crease and pressed down along the tape.

After I folded the top over I applied my round sticker (printed on "Avery 5294" 2.5" circle label stock) to close the front part of the header card and attach it to the bag.












































I actually found if I applied the sticker upside down I had more control. You may have noticed in the free template image earlier in this post that I left a blank spot where the label goes. The label stock has a bit of 'show through' so you could see it through the sticker if you had the pattern run across the whole card. It actually works well as you have a 'guide' to line your sticker up to so that each favour looks the exact same (sticker isn't lower and higher as you look at different packages). Bonus :)












































And now the really fun part - gluing Rudolph's little nose on! For this I just used white craft glue and a toothpick to apply. I let the noses dry a few hours so that none would fall off in transport.





















Here are a few pics of my workshop mid-nose application....












































Did I mention I had to do 50 of these!?












































Once they were dry it was time for the 'after shot'!

And here is close up of the back. I changed the colour palette in the pattern for futher interest.

I've left the 'contents' box blank on the template so that you can simply apply a label or hand write your own contents or message here.

And one last 'after' shot!

You'll probably notice a little message under the title. It reads "Wishing you the very best this holiday season from your (husband's company name) family" I deleted this in the template for download of course! 

Chef Kev loves them and says he is proud. I know someone else who would be proud too...


(source: google images)


Thanks Rudy :)

Have you done any Christmas favours recently? Been busy decorating and enjoying the holiday spirit? ... or just eating a ton of chocolate? Me? All of the above. 

Hey! For those of you following, this is my second Rudolph reference in two days! Weird.


Christmas crazy? Me too! See all my Christmas posts here.


19.11.12

Skip to the "Loo" ma' darlin'

Are you ready for a relatively underwhelming post full of a lot of pictures? Well then you've come to the right place! This isn't flashy folks, just a slice of what's been going on over here.

And don't let the bathroom reference scare you off. There is nothing stinky here - pun intended.

We bought our place back in 2006. It wasn't new so of course was previously painted to the old owners taste. Surprisingly enough (for a paint freak like me) the spare bathroom upstairs has remained largely untouched since then. It's nothing special but was clean and did the trick. The paint colour was neutral and the space wasn't used as often as our other three (yes - three-no-fun-to-clean) bathrooms.

Since Chace came along a little over 3 1/2 years ago it has been used much more. Especially now that he's a walkin' talkin' potty-trained, hand washing, tooth brushing toddler. Used MUCH more.

So let me share some un-earth shattering mini updates that I've done in that room.

Here is a picture I took back when we were touring the house before purchasing it. Behold, the bathroom in all it's brassy glory - and what I said as I took the photo bottom left...







































I'll admit it stayed that way for awhile after we moved in but eventually that bossy brassy shower door got the boot! And this would also be a good time to say again that you really can get rid of ANYTHING by listing it for free on Craigslist. Thanks Craig. I love you and your list.

So, after I was done yanking out the shower door the room looked more like this...










































To seal up the few holes left behind by where the brass frame was drilled in to the tile I used some small plastic plugs which I sealed with clear silicone.










































A tension rod and new shower curtain later and we had left the 90's. Yeeha. Sorry Paula Abdul, we had to part eventually.























































































And I added this cute little pebble mat so that similarly little feet had some grip while getting in and out of the tub.





















The bathroom vanity is your basic builders vanity but again, serves the purpose and is in good shape.












































BUT, I had two knobs from our old house and two other that I bought EONS ago - seriously, so long ago I was surprised the package listed a website - at a home décor shop for $1 each (clearance bin). I've been carrying these around forever and finally put them to use!





















After some unscrewing and re-screwing those white knobs were gonzo!





















I love the little swirl details on these ones...





















And how awesome are these!? I still love them all these years later. It's true knob love.





















Sweet.

And now that I have a little step-stool-standing hand washer on my, well, hands, I thought this bare span of wall could benefit from a hand towel rack.












































I had picked up the "Lillhommen" from Ikea in the summer (back when I returned something too late and could only get a credit note) but had yet to install it so finally did so last week.

It was easy. First I searched for a stud (no, not Chef Kev -  har dee har har) but mine was not in the right spot for this project so I marked where I needed to drill...





















drilled two holes where marked, hammered in my drywall anchors...





















drilled in the base hardware...





















hooked the hand towel rack onto the base hardware...





















and tightened the 'invisible' screw.





















Move over Mike Holmes.

Ta Da!












































And here it is with clothes on. Not Mike Holmes, the towel rack.












































Now Chace doesn't have to hop down off his stool and cross the bathroom to dry his hands. He can reach this one from his perch atop his little step stool.












































Speaking of towel racks, our other one has a simple art print above it that came along with us when we moved. I bought it years ago but still think it has some neat charm.
































































And nothing says "charm" (cough.sarcasm) better than a bunch of kids toys. At least they are wrangled.












































I'm just kidding. They are charming.

And bright.

And last but not least, Chace's little 'C' towel hook which I simply attached to the back of the door using a 3M picture hanging strip.





















The C hook now proudly holds Chace's little froggy towel.












































Now THAT is charming :)

So there you go. One basic albeit functional bathroom with some mini updates that make it just a bit more special.

What about you? Any little updates that go a long way? Drilled any new knobs lately? That sounds kind of gross but I think you know what I mean? If not, focus on the frog towel. That will distract you just long enough for you to move on.


16.11.12

Doing the dishes - Christmas style baby!

Okay, so this post does not involve any dishes. BUT it does involve tea towels. And one specific pretty one at that!

While browsing in Homesense a few weeks ago, my eyes found this 3-pack of tea towels for $6.99. I instantly fell in love with the grey one featuring the ornaments.





















There is no way THAT tea towel deserves to see the inside of a sippy cup - especially boasting that sparkly silver pinstripe and glittery white ornament.

As I sat petting the tea towel in the store (#don'tjudgeme) I thought, "this is so beautiful it should be framed. It would look awesome on my black mantel for Christmas".

I think you can see where this is going.








































Ya I did! I framed a tea towel. Are you ready for this jelly?

Last year was the first year that I got to dress my 'newly' painted black mantel for Christmas. With the black being so graphic and bold it was fun to dress it up with a large scale print and glittery decorations - see last year's mantel here. When I saw this tea towel I knew it could look stunning as this year's feature. And where else can you find a "print" for $2.33 ($2.60 with tax if we're being technical).

Here is a better shot of all the shimmer and glitter that this little tea towel holds.





















That's one fabulous tea towel. It's so fabulous I bet Cee Lo Green would turn it into an outfit for the Voice - either that or make it his new pet.

It's quite large (awesome) so to frame it I used a silver 20.5" x 28.5" Ribba frame from Ikea.

Okay, answer me this? Why do frame mats never come in white? They are always an ugly off-white. Argh. I have spray painted one in the past - and this one I painted too. Such a pet peeve. Consider this my official plea to frame mat makers everywhere - WHITE. Thank you.

I didn't have any white spray paint so I just used what I had on hand - leftover from  here. FYI - the spray paint worked better but this did the trick (if in a pinch).





















With that done, I left it to dry and went to iron my tea towel. Once I had all the creases out I laid it flat on the table and placed my (now dry) mat over it to arrange the composition I liked. I preferred the ornaments to be off centre just for some visual interest.

Because it is hard to line something like this up from the back, and impossible to flip over while keeping it all in place, I came up with a little system where I  lifted two of the corners and inserted a little roll of masking tape to 'tack' the mat in place.





















Then I could easily flip it over and tape it on the back.





















Then all that was left to do was pop it into the frame and admire it!








































Here is shot of it resting against our coffee table (complete with Harold the Helicopter toy, blankie and tent for your enjoyment) so that you can see how large in size it is.







































I'm really looking forward to doing my Christmas mantel now! Currently my fall mantel décor is still up so I can't show you how this looks up there yet - but soon!












































Look at that pretty sparkle and fabric texture!

I know that framing fabric is not a new concept but what I love about this tea towel is that it has the extra little pizzaz that rolls of fabric may not - and it's not a repeating pattern as is so common with large loom rolls.





















How about you? Ever framed a tea towel? Anything else out of the ordinary? Found yourself petting unlikely items in the middle of a store? Please tell me I'm not the only one...

Christmas crazy? Me too! See all my Christmas posts here.

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