Stacey Woods Photography My fabulous friend, Stacey Woods, is an incredible photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, and children photographs. She has also taken some amazing shots of our delicious gourmet cookies that will make your mouth water!!
Hallmark Development This is one of our satisfied corporate clients. and we really enjoy working with this stellar group. Hallmark Development of Florida is a diversified real estate development firm founded 43 years ago by Daniel Engelhardt. It has developed roughly 630,000 square feet of office and service-center space with nearly 160 tenants at the Airport Business Center near the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport on 140th Avenue North in Clearwater.
Currently, Hallmark is building Pinellas County's first privately owned LEED office building. When complete, this 25,290-square-foot building will be the international headquarters for The Moorings/Sunsail.
Confetti Events Jamie & Laurie are two of the most creative girls I know. Event planners extraordinaire, you will be amazed and inspired by their ideas and talent. I've enjoyed getting to know them, and have loved working with them. I hope you'll check them out for your next event!
Dreaming Giggles Design You will love Patti's talent and her fabulous creations!! All of her items are custom designed, and working with Patti is a great experience.
Finicky Window Cleaning You will love John & Jesse, owners of this business, and will be amazed with their work! These people know how to do windows, and do it right! Plus, customers receive Kookie Krums cookies with the Finicky logo on them . . . a yummy reason to have your windows washed today!
Blogs I Follow
Two Shades of Pink My gorgeous new friend, Jessica, has an amazing story of her journey to motherhood, and daily chats about her life in the trenches. You'll laugh out loud, and sometimes cry as you read; I love her perspective on life!!
Mom2Drew My incredibly sweet friend Jenny writes about life with her little boy (who is also incredibly sweet and very cute!). A totally different perspective than those of us with girls, although she does have a baby girl on the way! I always find her posts encouraging. I know you will too.
Confetti Events Blog I love this blog! New ideas, amazing finds, innovative designing . . . this one always gets my creative juices flowing!
Stacey Woods Photography See life's most precious memories through Stacey's lens as she lets us get sneak peeks of photos she's proofing for clients. Gorgeous shots, beautiful photos, and sweet Southern stories!
Bring the Rain For those of you who have ever lost a child, or know someone who has, this blog is incredible. Having lost four babies myself, giving birth to one and knowing her for a brief four hours before she died, I can tell you every sentiment, every feeling, every sentence is absolutely true. From mourning to dancing, this blog will completely bless you.
What fun to be part of welcoming sweet Anabelle Grace into the world! Personalizing a flower pot when you send a cookie bouquet is a fantastic way to give someone a memorable keepsake. You don't have to worry about matching the theme of the nursery, or any other room for that matter, exactly. I mean, when someone has a duck theme in their nursery, they needn't be overrun with everything ducks. Giving a beautiful blanket in a bright yellow, or ocean blue still perfectly ties into the theme of the room, without making it overwhelmingly about one item.
In this case, the nursery theme is Care Bears. While my client started out looking for something specifically Care Bears to follow the theme, I knew we needed to go another direction. For one thing, I don't do licensed characters, so a Care Bear wasn't going to happen!! Instead, we talked about the different bears, their colors, and personalities. We picked out this flower pot because it incorporates all of the Care Bear colors, and is very sweet and whimsical. We added special meaning by putting the baby's name and birthdate on the rim. I'm sure this will be one of Mom's treasured gifts, and can be put to good use in the nursery, where it will tie the theme together beautifully.
My hubby and I are on our way to Georgia for his cousin's wedding, so I thought this would be an appropriate time to share what I did for the wedding gift. I didn't get as creative as I had originally wanted to, but there's a lot going on right now. For one, our wood floors are completely torn up throughout our house and awaiting replacement. It's really hard to get creative when you're only seeing concrete floors. I'm just sayin'.
See what I mean? I know it's a crazy blurry picture, but that's what I got to show you what I'm working with. I think it was a gift that I got any creative juices flowing at all with this going on!! Anyway, when I checked out their registry, they hadn't gotten any of their bath towels. I, for one, am a huge fan of new towels. There's just something about a soft, fluffy, brand new towel that just makes me happy. So I went with the towels. Of course, I couldn't leave it at just the towels, so I found this pretty basket to put them in. Very handy that it had this fabric liner in it so I could do something fun with it!
I don't think I've introduced you to my Silhouette machine yet, but it is my new crush. No, forget a crush, I am in love with this machine. You'll probably be seeing a lot of it too, because it can do so many things. Anyway, before I get sidetracked . . . . I bought some heat transfer paper, made up a few words in a fun font, and got a little personal!
Hubby's cousin is a very fun guy with a great sense of humor, so just for him I personalized two of the towels too - "Mine" and "Yours." Should make things easy to remember!!
We were asked to create a cookie arrangement for a little girl who was having her ballet recital. Since we currently do not have a pot painted with a ballerina theme, we needed to get creative! Our client said, "pink, pink, and more pink, she just loves everything pink!" We can do that.
We made these ballerina slipper cookies, complete with the ribbon to tie them on. We also included a star shaped cookie with "you're a star" written on it.
These pink polka dot cookies were the final touch. I just love them, and think they would be fun in all sorts of colors.
The cookies were all wrapped up in a pink dragonfly flower pot, with a couple of chcolate chip cookies added, just because what little girl doesn't love a little chocolate?! Happy Recital!
Since the end of school for most around here is this week, I thought I'd hurry up and give you one more DIY teacher gift. This is super easy, but oh-so-cute. My daughter actually saw this frame in a store and asked to buy it for her teacher. I took a look at it and thought, "Hmm, I can make that!" So we did, and now I share it with you!!
Adorable, isn't it?! This is great for teachers, but could also be fun for Vacation Bible School, Mother's Day, or just a colorful craft to do with your kids. All you need is a picture frame, glue, and a couple boxes of colored pencils. I chose a frame that held a 3 1/2 x 5 photo, and one that had a pretty wide edge around the glass, so that I could accentuate the colored pencils.
Start by measuring the top of the frame, and mark the pencils so you'll know where to cut them. I cut both ends of the pencils and just used the middle because the pencils I bought were sharpened, and I wanted fresh cut edges on both sides. My hubby used his handy dandy saw to cut the pencils for me, but I think a good sharp knife would do the trick as well. You can lay the frame flat and line the pencils up along the top to see how many you'll need for top and bottom.
I then measured the width of the side of the frame, on either side of the glass (will most likely be the same measurement on both sides). You can cut each pencil into several pieces for these, since they are much shorter than the ones used for the top. I chose not to use the dark colored pencils, and only picked out the bright colors. You can create a pattern, or do random colors, whatever you like!
Once you have the pencils measured and cut, start gluing them to the frame, beginning at the top and working your way down each side, and then the bottom last. I used hot glue for mine, mainly because I really heart hot glue and think it's perfect for just about everything. (Seriously, in our first house I hot glued some decorations to the wall, because it was easier than finding a hammer and nails, and like I said, I think hot glue is perfect for just about everything. Those decorations are probably still glued to the walls, because I couldn't get them off when we moved, and the current owners are probably still scratching their heads!) You could also use an all purpose glue or tacky glue.
Once you're done, let the glue dry, and your frame is ready! I took a piece of cardstock and printed out a little sign that said "Thank you for drawing me into learning" to put in place of a picture. You could also do "Thanks for coloring my world" or "I'm drawn to you!"
This gift actually has nothing to do with cookies. GASP! Can you hardly believe it?! I was asked to paint a sign for a sweet girl's birthday. She was getting her room re-done, and needed a special sign to make the transformation complete.
This was such a fun project! The new bedspread was in black and white, with a flower and vine type design on it. The walls were pink and white (if I'm remembering correctly), with a black chair rail. The sign was going to be hung over her bed.
I love this, and had numerous people request their own sign when they saw this one! Who knows, maybe we'll branch out a little bit around here!!
Cookies and celebrations go together. That's all there is to it. There's so many things to do with cookies for graduations, and who doesn't smile a little wider when they get a cookie?! Here's a few things we've done with cookies for our clients recently . . .
Cookies for a Kindergarten Graduation Breakfast . . .
There's actually a funny story behind this picture. These were done for Hailey's school. At the beautiful breakfast her Kindergarten teacher gave for the graduates and their parents, she mentioned that the cookies came from my store. My crazy girl bursts out with "Yes, but I don't like the sugar cookies, I like the other ones better, so I'm giving my cookie to my daddy." My hubby told me I had a deer in the headlights look on my face. Only it wasn't because of what she said, because after all, I do know her favorites. It was because on a metal tray, on a counter at the shop, were a dozen beautifully frosted sugar cookies with Hailey's picture on them. I had planned to make up a bouquet to give her as a surprise after graduation. And now she was announcing to everyone that she didn't even want one! This is my life, but fortunately I'm a quick thinker. I added in some of her "favorite flavors" to the bouquet, and encouraged her to give the picture cookies to her friends and take her favorites home. She was happy, her friends were happy, and I was just giggling. That's my girl.
These cookies were done with variations of the school logo and mascot. We made up eight-cookie centerpieces, which were placed on the tables at a special luncheon for the graduates.
The end of the school year has many celebrations that come with it. Graduations, class parties, summer birthdays, teacher gifts . . . I'm quickly learning how overwhelming it can get! I'll show you a few gifts I included for Hailey's teacher gift. Everything I included is something you can make very easily, even if you're feeling less than creative!
By now you probably know how I feel about gifts being useful. Instead of giving her teacher another something to find a place for, I tried to think of things she could use, and then make them a little more fun. Here's the finished box we put together . . . a cute brown caddy with her teacher's name on it. The classroom theme is always frogs, so we added some fun frogs too. So many uses for a caddy!
Here's what I included in the caddy: a fabulous clipboard that certainly won't get mixed up with anyone else's; some return address labels modified to say "This book belongs to Mrs. Ray, Kindergarte"; a picture frame made out of color pencils (tutorial will follow on that one, so cute!); two square glass vases, one labeled "pencils" (and thus filled with new pencils - I always loved new pencils), the other labeled "candy"; a plastic jar with a lid labeled "clips" and filled with all sizes of paper clips; a tshirt printed with "Hands down Mrs. Ray is the best teacher," with Hailey's handprints underneath. Hailey then wrote "Love, Hailey" underneath her handprints. Hailey also wrote her own letter to Mrs. Ray and stuck that right in the front. I think there was a couple more things in there, but I can't think of what they are at the moment.
Here's a close-up of the clipboard, and then the super easy instructions on how you can make one too. Wrap it up, and you're ready to go with a teacher gift done!
Clip Board Instructions:
You'll Need: 1 Plain Clipboard (I bought mine at Walgreen's); 2 sheets Patterned Scrapbook Paper (12 x 12 works the best); 1 Sheet Solid Colored Card Stock; Ribbon; Tacky Glue; Pencil for marking, Scissors, and Alphabet Stickers
Place one sheet of the 12x12 scrapbook paper over the clipboard, and mark the area you'll need to cut out for the metal clip on the top. Cut this out so that your paper will fit snugly around the metal area.
Cut small squares at the bottom two corners of the paper so that the edges will easily fold around the edges of the clipboard.
Cover the back of the scrapbook paper with tacky glue, place it on the clipboard, and wrap the edges around the back. Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles in the glue.
Turn the clipboard over, and cut a sheet of scrapbook paper so that it is the same size as the clipboard.
Cover this sheet with tacky glue, then adhere it to the back of the clipboard.
I had some overlapping of paper on mine, so I cut a length of ribbon and used it to cover the overlapping line of paper. If you didn't overlap, place the ribbon anywhere you like, and tie a knot off to one side. Keep in mind that you don't want this to interfere with the use of the clipboard, so place it high or low, and keep the knot to one side or the other.
I also used ribbon to wrap the metal clip at the top. If you would like to do this, just add some tacky glue to one end of your ribbon, then start wrapping the clip. Add a dot of glue every few wraps for extra staying power. Tie off your ribbon with either a knot or a cute little bow.
I used my Silhouette cutter to cut out adhesive vinyl letters in the font I wanted. You can use alphabet stickers found at any craft store to do the same thing. Cut squares from the solid cardstock, and place one letter in each square. Feel free to be creative here and add the name however you want, this is just how I chose to do it!
Have fun with it, and follow the teacher's personality in your design!
What a fun theme for a party!! We were asked by the Junior League of Tampa to create cookies for their Mad Hatter Tea Party this weekend.
I have to say, I love these cookies!! Decorated in a variety of bright colors, with "Eat Me" on each cookie. Each cookie was individually wrapped and tied up with bright colored ribbon. I was told the drink cups will have "drink me" on them as well. This is making me want to come up with an excuse to have my own party with this theme!!
A customer asked us to create a different kind of cookie bouquet than we normally do. When her niece was in a play last year, she gave her a bouquet of flowers after the performance. This time, her nephew is in the play, but she thought, and I agreed, that he probably wouldn't appreciate the flowers! She asked if we could create a cookie bouquet in the same manner as the flowers you might hand to someone. What a fun idea!! I loved it, and must say I think this is one of my new favorites! What do you think?!
That is such an understatement for this basket. I had a blast working with Tammy from Curtis Fundamental to put together this basket for their Auction. The class theme was "Mom's Fun," and Tammy went to town collecting donations for this . . . literally!! Tammy is a donation collector extraordinaire, and I had a vision of the amazing display all of this put together would make.
We filled this ginormous basket with items from various local merchants, and then stuck in gift cards galore! We had items like a water bottle, stationary set, notepads, mini-drinks, incense, sachets, jewelry, and all kinds of other fun stuff.
Gift cards came from restaurants, house cleaning services, personal trainers, car washes, ice cream parlors, spas, salons, boutiques, and more! This basket was valued at over $1,000! I SO wish I could have been the high bidder on this basket!
Finished off with a dozen cookies and a gift certificate to Kookie Krums, this seriously was something any of us ladies would have been in heaven with. Fantastic outpouring from local businesses really made this basket the dream that it was. Isn't it gorgeous?!