Dress up your door

Yarn Wreath Tutorial.

Crumb Cake

Who would've thought?

Coconut Sugar Scrub

A simple, yet luxurious gift. Don't forget to make one for yourself!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Holidays from A Paper Buffet

Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone for a great year. I've closed both stores until January 3rd 2011.

I'll be taking a vacation to New York City until the 22nd and then be travelling to my home town to spend the holidays with friends and family.

I have some great ideas for the stores for next year and I hope you'll join me and celebrate the growth of A Paper Buffet.

I hope to bring back "Foto Fridays" on a regular basis.I'll have plenty of pictures just from this NYC trip I'm sure!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. All the best to you and your family for 2011.

Ciao for now,
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

A week in review- in pictures

Sunday December 5th, Craft show at the lovely  Auberge du Petit Prince here in London.

Sunday December 5th-Wednesday December 8th- we got hit with a giant snowstorm that gave us more snow in three days than we got all of last year!

Snowbank or SUV? perspective

Friday, December 10th- I got a rockin’ new hair do:


Saturday, December 11th- I participated in An Artists Affair- my best show ever! I had so much fun, nearly sold out and met some wonderful people- customers and vendors alike!

What a great week!

I’ve got some custom orders to work on, my own Christmas cards to make and I’m counting down to my trip to New York City- only 6 days!

Happy Sunday,

Ciao for now,

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?

who me? yes you! not me! then who?



Sorry, I’ve had that song in my head since I’ve made these cookies in a jar as gifts this year.  I always like to give something handmade when I can and these were perfect for my boss, my massage therapist and my hair stylist.



I saved some Mason jars from my  Dad’s homemade pickles (yum) and   bookmarked this blog post from Tip Junkie listing 48 ways to give gifts in a jar.  48 ways!!! (I will think of someone I can give pie in a jar to because who wouldn’t love pie in a jar???)

The recipe for these cookies are actually Cowboy Cookies by Bakerella- click on Idea #20 on the Tip Junkie post. 

*Sidebar- Check out #37, Bakerella’s Coca Cola Snowglobe cupcakes which are too freaken cool for words*

Truth be told, I really wanted to make Christmas Cookie tags, with a stamp I have from Clear Dollar Stamps, and this was perfect motivation.

I used my Nesties to create all the circles and stamped the sentiment in SU Chocolate Chip ink on SU Whisper White cardstock.  I layered SU Cherry Cobbler and Chocolate Chip, punched a hole, added some Martha Stewart baker’s twine, a gingerbread man from the best paper punch I own, and c’est finis!



{Every time I make one of these guys I think of “Not my gumdrop buttons!” from Shrek.}


I added the Gingerbread man, drew on some squiggles, buttons and a smiley face with a white gel pen and was finished the tag.




Now, back to the jar.  When Bakerella tells you to pack the ingredients tight or they won’t fit, she means it!  I had no idea what to use, so first I tried one of the beaters from my mixer, but it didn’t work so well.  Then I tried an ice cream scoop, but the angle wasn’t right for the jar.

Finally I found a digital thermometer which was flat topped, like this one, it worked perfectly!   I also would recommend using a funnel for the main ingredients, it made things easier.

I bought some fun Christmas fabric on my way home from work, sewed the edges on my tiny $20 sewing machine and wrapped some baker’s twine around the lids.

I love how they turned out, I love all the layers and the little bit of pecans peeking out

I gave my boss her cookies today and she was thrilled, it’s such a good feeling when you can give someone a gift like this.

If you’d like to make your own cookies in a jar, I have some tags in my Etsy store now.

Happy Baking!

Ciao for now,

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