HAPPY GO LUCKY

I was so happy to be introduced to Amanda from Happy Go Lucky Sweets, and I am happy to share her with you!  She and her husband, Nathan, live in Birmingham, Alabama and make up the Happy Go Lucky team!  Enjoy their sweet treats…they also ship!

It is always fun to find a company that is getting started and has such great treats to offer!  I love the Happy Treats from Happy Go Lucky Sweets!

Find them here~ https://www.happygoluckysweets.com/

Become a fan on Facebook~ https://www.facebook.com/HappyGoLuckySweets

 

 

MY FAVORITE SUMMER HOSTESS GIFT

Nothing says summer like blackberries, and I love bringing a flower pot full of berries to a Fourth of July celebration.  This hostess gift is yummy, unexpected, easy, and affordable!  Blackberries are only in season for a short time and so they are a real treat.

They aren’t just for the Fourth of July- change the ribbon and liner and use it for any summer party.

AND, if you are the hostess…serve them in these adorable little pots for the children big and small.  Everyone loves their tiny size~ and they look so cute on THE PASTRY PEDESTAL.

The tiny terra cotta pots already have a hole in the bottom and so they fit perfectly onto the pedestals.

The cute paper circles on the bottom of the pedestals are from LAUREN MCKINSEY DESIGNS.

All of these pots of berries are easy to assemble.  I found the terra cotta pots at Michael’s.  The waxed paper liner for the pots are from Michael’s in the baking section.  Regular tissue paper and regular waxed paper will work too!  Ribbon is also from Michae’s~

Super easy, super fun, super affordable! 

The Pastry Pedestal is available at this site~

https://www.thepastrypedestal.com/

Paper printables available from Lauren McKinsey Designs

https://laurenmckinsey.com/2011/06/think-cute-designs-products-celebrate-independence/

More Independence Day ideas coming soon~

A Garden of Gift Ideas

I loved getting to spend some time with Luci Furlow of Seasonal Color Greenhouses, Inc. to come up with some gift ideas!  Luci has planted beautiful pots for me for teacher gifts, and I wanted to share a few ideas with you!I love how beautiful this pink geranium is- and how perfect it looks planted and tied with a bow!  A great gift to last through the summer and to brighten anyone’s day!

If you have several teachers to buy for, these adorable little buckets filled with a flowering plant or an herb make a great gift idea!  Here, we used basil and mint.  I love how the herbs can be planted and used forever!

A sweet note to the teacher that says, “We were “mint” to be together!  I will miss you!”  would be a cute addition.  Or, “You were “mint” to be my teacher!  I love you!”  You could also add your favorite recipe that includes mint (or any herb of your choice). 

I also love how Luci shows how easily you can create a thoughtful gift for a teacher or hostess (or birthday, or housewarming, etc.) using a geranium, a container of your choice, and ribbon…

QUICK AND BEAUTIFUL!

Luci emphasizes how easy it is to create a great gift in a short amount of time by using plants and simple containers. 

Seasonal Color Greenhouses is a wholesale distributor throughout the southeast that is owned by Luci and Mack Furlow.  In addition to their wholesale distribution, they offer a unique service that you can enjoy at home.  Luci will plant your garden containers and/or porch containers and you can, literally, enjoy seasonal colors year round.  Luci offers on-site container plantings or will pick up, plant, and deliver!

She even does front doors!!

THANK YOU, LUCI AND MACK, FOR SHARING YOUR GREENHOUSE WITH US- AND YOUR GIFT IDEAS!

Find Seasonal Color Greenhouses, Inc. on the web at www.seasonalcolorgreenhouses.com

On Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Seasonal-Color-Greenhouses-Inc/63971791896?sk=info

On Twitter  https://twitter.com/#!/SeasonalColorGH

 

Rebecca Lang Cooks Up the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift (and More)!
I can’t wait to share with you Rebecca Lang’s latest cookbook, QUICK FIX SOUTHERN!  Rebecca is a very busy mom herself, and this cookbook is geared toward delicious, quick meals.  As Rebecca says, “…homemade hospitality in 30 minutes or less.”  What mom doesn’t want that??  It is at the top of my list for gift-giving this Mother’s Day!

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CARROT BAG TUTORIAL

These cute little carrot bags have generated a lot of questions and comments this week, and so I wanted to share a little more about them…    

 

I wanted a cute way to serve Bunny Trail Mix and couldn’t find just what I was looking for.  In the past, I had used bags from Oriental Trading but they were no longer available.  So, I decided to experiment.  The  only thing is, I don’t sew.  I knew what I wanted to make but also knew I had to find someone to make it!  And so…loaded with bags of burlap, fabric, ribbon, and an idea, I went to visit Sallie Hahn at Andrew Downs in Athens, GA.  Sallie was so sweet and enthusiastically gave it a shot!  I love the finished product and wanted to share step-by-step instructions from Sallie- for all you crafty ones out there who know how to do- it- yourself!

 

Materials: Basic Sewing Supplies
               Assorted Orange and Green Cotton Fabrics
               1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon
                Carrot Templates (templates at bottom of post)
Step 1: Print the templates and cut out. With a disappearing ink fabric pen trace two of each shape onto fabric and cut.

 

 Step 2: To create drawstring opening, fold bottom of leaf up 3/4″ into wrong side and place carrot wrong side up on top of leaf matching up raw edges. Stitch across using 1/8″ seam allowance. Repeat for other two pieces.
 

 

 Step 3: Line up 2 sides of carrots, right sides facing one another and matching up raw edges. Starting just below crease on leaf stitch both sides together using 1/4″ seam allowance, sewing only on body of carrot around the edges. Turn carrot bag right side out.

 

 

 

Step 4: To make drawstring ties, cut two 20″ pieces of grosgrain ribbon. Attach safety pin to end of one ribbon and thread through both sides of opening creating a U-shape. Repeat with other ribbon starting on opposite side of leaf top. When finished, ribbons will hang on either side of carrot. Pull to close bag.
 

 

 
  
And now you are ready to fill it with your favorite treat (remember to put edible treats in a cello bag first)!
THANKS, SALLIE!!!!!  HERE YOU CAN FIND THE RECIPE FOR THE “BUNNY TRAIL” MIX THAT I USED IN THE BAGS- THESE ALSO MAKE GREAT BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS FOR EASY FAVORS! >>>
And, if you are like I am and need a Sallie in your life, contact me on how to purchase pre-made carrot bags!  Just leave a comment or send a message!

 

Happy Sewing~ Happy Sunday!

 

 P.S.  Template coming soon…