Modern and Colorful Decoupaged Books

I have a huge pile of old books that have been collecting dust in the back corner of my craft closet for years now.  I'm breathing new life into those forgotten books and creating modern and colorful decoupaged books for my office. I used to pick up old books for a quarter every time I went to the thrift store, for no real reason other than I thought they would come in handy for something.  Over the years I've used some of them in bookshelf vignettes and even to add height to my dessert … [Read more...]

Cupcakery Book Review & Giveaway

Are you ready for sweetness overload? I'm so excited to share Cupcakery, the newest book to my collection!  This gorgeous book by Toni Miller, the author of the popular blog Make Bake Celebrate, is full of simply irresistible party-perfect cupcakes that you can make in a flash! I met Toni at a conference this past January and loved her passion and enthusiasm for absolutely everything.  She was so bright and bubbly and I knew that her new book would be nothing short of amazing.  When Cupcakery … [Read more...]

Artisan Caramels Cookbook & Giveaway

I am so excited to share this post with you today, because these caramels from Firefly Confections just may be one of my favorite things E.V.E.R!  It was love at first bite and I I have been hooked on these creamy caramels ever since.  Sandy from Firefly Confections just released her new Artisan Caramels Cookbook and now you can make your own beautiful, golden, chewy, artisan caramels. In this stunning new book Sandy covers common mistakes to fail-proof techniques to help you learn the ins … [Read more...]

Wax Paper Melted Crayon Art

My mom recently bought the kids a new book, The Day the Crayons Quit, and after spending a few nights giggling about the story the kids and I decided it would be fun to make a crayon inspired craft.  Do you remember making wax paper melted crayon art as a kid?  I decided to pull this classic craft out from the childhood archives and dust it off for my little ones.  We had such a blast and it was a fun tie in to the book we've been reading on repeat at bedtime Do your kids do that too?  Mine want … [Read more...]

Gourmet French Macarons Book Giveaway

I'll admit any dessert that starts with French sounds way to complicated and intimidating to me.  Don't get me wrong I love Gourmet French Macarons, the light as a feather delicate treats that are all the rage, but up until now they've just seemed to complicated for me to make and enjoy. Mindy Cone of Creative Juice has a new book, Gourmet French Macarons that puts a creative spin on the classic French sandwich cookies with recipes, techniques, styling ideas, templates and decorations tips. … [Read more...]

12 Days of Christmas Service: {Day 4} Four Calling Birds

"On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Four Calling Birds"...but can you imagine all that noise?!  We opted for a gift with a little less noise and mess, but four birds that are sure to keep little ones entertained.This funny book, Three Hens and a Peacock is our version of Four Calling Birds for our 12 Days of Christmas Service.Day 4Chirping and squawking bring day number four,But calling birds weren't to be found at the store.So we hope that this great book will mean so much … [Read more...]

Candy Making for Kids: Book Blog Tour + Giveaway

I am thrilled to be a part of my dear friend Courtney Whitmore's new book blog tour, Candy Making for Kids!  Courtney was my roommate at SNAP and she is just as sweet, adorable and genuine in person as she is on her blog!  You may know Courtney from her fabulous website Pizzazzerie or her previous book Push Up Pops.  If you haven't already bought and read her first book, Push Up Pops, you should!  It's full of delicious eye candy ideal for anyone who loves to plan parties.As a mother of 3 … [Read more...]

Calling all Bookworms for a Back to School Party

The carefree days of summer are coming to an end, but for school-aged kids a new adventure is just around the corner.  Back-to-school means new friends, new teachers and new memories!  Get your little ones excited about the new school year and celebrate with a Back to School Bash. My daughter is going to kindergarten this year and I wanted to start the school year off right and document this exciting milestone.  I decided to use my daughter’s love of books and reading as the focus of our … [Read more...]

Little Red Hen Party

Who will help me celebrate? This Little Red Hen birthday party was for a friends sweet little girl who was turning 2.  She loves the story of the Little Red Hen and her mom liked the idea of using a theme that hasn't been done a million times.  We decided to use the classic golden book as our inspiration, and it turned out absolutely darling!Her mom made the invitations and I was blown away when I saw them.  She recreated the story and bound them like a little golden book, oh. my. goodness. they … [Read more...]

Whooo Loves Books?

I'm always up for a party and a challenge so when Do with Piggy Bank Parties announced a Halloween Challenge for the contributors I jumped on board.  With only a week to plan and prep I decided to use the adorable Lil' Hoots Halloween printables to create a book exchange party.Without further ado I'd like to share with you my party, Whooo Loves a Good Book?My inspiration for this party was the cute owl.  When I think of owls I think of "wise" and Fall.  I also noticed his little tummy was shaped … [Read more...]