Make a Valentine Centerpiece THIS Weekend!

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Ready to make a very simple, yet adorable centerpiece for your Valentine party?

With a few ready-made treats to pick up from the store, this centerpiece can be made in no time at all! It’s so yummy-looking, the worst part will be keeping your kiddos away from wanting to eat it.

But first, I bet you want to see what you’re making! Here are a few pictures:


 Here are the materials you’ll need:

-a clear, ice cream sundae glass (I picked mine up at our local Dollar Tree store!)
-candy to fill the bottom of the glass (I chose conversation hearts for one, and pink and red M&Ms for the other!)
-a styrofoam circle or half-circle (found in the floral or craft section of places like Walmart)
-pink and white taffy
-2 candy pixie sticks (for the straws)
-chocolate, red-foiled heart
-hot glue gun
-paper for labels to embroider or write on

1. Measure the circumference of your styrofoam simply by placing it at the top opening of the sundae dish. If it is too big, just cut off any excess pieces so that it can fit firmly at the top opening of your dish. Set that piece aside.

2. Fill sundae dish with the candy of your choice.

3. Now place that rounded top snug and firm into the opening of the sundae dish.

4. Press pixie sticks into the foam at the top. If you’re having trouble getting them in, you can cut a small slit with a knife and add a little hot glue. Mine went easily in and there was no need to do anything further with this step. Point them in opposite directions at an angle. Cute straws!

5. Carefully glue each piece of taffy onto the foam until the entire top and sides are covered. Squeeze in as many as you can so your top is very full and rounded!

6. Place the chocolate heart cherry at the top, securing it with a little hot glue. Perfect!

You’re finished! Wasn’t that easy? You should be proud!

BUT WAIT!! There’s one more step you MIGHT want to add. It’s not necessary of course, but oh so cute! (You can also just WRITE the little tags out onto paper, but if you’re like me and love to machine embroider and will do so on anything you can possibly stitch, then here’s a final step that will add the perfect touch!)

I took these cute little words found at SWAKembroidery and stitched them onto mulberry paper. If you’ve never tried stitching onto paper, you should give it a try! It’s so easy to do and there is a great tutorial found in SWAK 101 on how to do this.

So here I go…stitching away… (I’m getting giddy!)  

I then cut them out into a “banner-like” shape and glued them into place on the sundaes! Here is the “SWEETIE” word found at SWAK:

And here’s the “LOVE MUFFIN” design:

There are also some other groovy words to choose from! Again, if you don’t want to take the time to stitch these out, or don’t have a machine to do them, write them out and even personalize them!

Happy Valentine’s weekend everyone!

-Kris and Kim

***We have our first winner of an Epic 6 Combo Tool! Congratulations to “Jeanne U.” (Partial email: urquhar…) We’ll be in touch with you so you can receive your prize! 

***There is still time to win the “Craft Night” party for YOU and 10 of your friends! Click here for details.

Where Women Create Magazine Features The DIY Dish!

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

We were so honored this month to be featured in the Where Women Create magazine. It was such a thrill to share this issue with some of our favorite people out there such as Gail and Shea from A Gilded Life, Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks and Lisa Leonard of Lisa Leonard Designs.

You can pick up a copy of this beautiful magazine at your local bookstore, as well as Costco! We enjoy reading each quarterly issue as it is a great way to unwind and be inspired sifting through the pages and reading the stories behind the pictures. We hope you feel the same way.

With the help from our friends at Opal Never Shouts, we were able to design a space that was not only lovely, but one that served many different functions as well. The paint colors needed to be chosen with the utmost care as it was an important element when filming. We also needed to use our spaces in a very efficient matter for designing, sewing, online work, as well as children! :)


In the article, we were able to share a little more about our own personal story on how we got started and share some ideas and tips we have for others which we’ve learned along the way.

Thanks to the amazing Brooke Snow, who through a lense, was able to capture such artistic expressions of what we had so thoughtfully placed around our creative space. She is so gifted in what she does and is truly a genuine, sincere, and beautiful person as well.