D.I.Y. Terrarium

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This weekend I made my own terrarium, and I have to admit I think it turned out fantastic! Now let’s hope it doesn’t die on me.
Making your own terrarium is simple and quick and zero to none skill set required.

Items you will require:
-A vase
-Pebbles
-Moss
-Air plants

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I purchased my vase at the dollar store a couple years back, I then added a cup and a half of small black pebbles. I then added the moss and finally the air plants on top. Voila your terrarium is created. The most time consuming thing about this project is the arranging of the moss and air plants, so depending on your vase you may need to use some long tweezers.

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Air plants are great because they don’t require soil in order to grow. They can be placed on pebbles, rocks, sand or moss. Air plants will latch on with the help of light and moisture and eventually can multiply.

So remember to mist your terrarium every so often. Keep out of direct sunlight but place in a sunny room.

These plants will also survive with direct fluorescent light exposure – so all of you people working in offices , this plant is going to be easy to maintain.

I look forward to hearing how your terrarium turns out!

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Chippers in a Jar

I know many of my posts lately have been of baked cookies. I understand that not all of us have the time to bake, so I wanted to share with you a D.I.Y. cookies in a mason jar that you can give away this holiday season. Then your recipient can make it at their own leisure. It’s also perfect for those last minute invites.

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I was inspired to make these Chippers in a Jar by viewing Bakerella blog.

Bakrella’s instructions are as follows:

Contents of Mason Jar: (place the ingredients in the jar in this order)
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & leveled
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooking oats
3/4 cup red and green m&ms or (other variations are peanut butter chips or mint chocolate chips)
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions in order to bake the cookies:
Stir all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Add
1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 cup butter (melted slightly in the microwave)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Use the back of a large spoon to work it all together. You may even need to use your hands to get everything incorporated.
Then roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, place on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. I got about 26-28 cookies out of these.

Be sure to decorate your jar to your liking. I added some fabric to the top of the jar and tied it with a black ribbon. I created a label with the instructions and glued it onto the mason jar. Have fun with decorating these jars.

Alternatively you could also add a tag and ribbon to the jar as the ones I created below. These tags and stamps were purchased from The Paper Place

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And you can write the instructions on the back.

Let me know how your Chippers in a Jar turn out.

Cookie Exchange

I hosted a Holiday Cookie Exchange Party over the weekend. It was a great success, in my opinion. We had tons of cookies and surely enough no duplicates!
The purpose of the cookie swap is to simplify your holiday baking. You can freeze the cookies and when it is time to serve or distribute to your guests take them out of the freeze and thaw for 10 minutes.
All your guests will think you baked up a storm!
Some tips to hosting a Cookie Exchange.

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Decorate the space. These super cute free printables were taken from Catch My Party and I just put them in these frames purchased from Ikea.

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Provide some snacks and beverages for your guests.

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Advise your guests to bake 6 to 8 dozen of one type of cookie. The recipes to the cookies above are Chocolate Pistachio Sables and Chocolate Chip Cookies with an oreo stuffed inside. YUM!

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Wish List Wednesday (Gold + White Edition)

Have you been noticing the new colour combo of gold and white lately? Are you hearting it as much as I am?
I was never a fan of gold until recently. I think you acquire a liking to it like dark chocolate after a certain age.
The combo is modern, elegant and classic, in my opinion.
If you are still not convinced you like the duo, here are some items that may change your mind.

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1. Caitlin Wilson Pillow
2. D.I.Y. Feathers
3. D.I.Y Mason Jars
4. Tray
5. D.I.Y Gold Fruit
6. Ikat Tea Pot
7. Golden Monogram Mugs
8. Candle