The holidays are right around the corner and I am so excited to launch my new Christmas collection 2015! there are so many fun items that range from Childrens Packaging ideas to beautiful metallic fancy Gift tags! there is a lot
of shimmer and sparkle with the new metallics! I hope you like them..
and they are now available in my shop!!! Have a great week!
It has been a busy year! From Keeping busy with my 2 boys to working with my etsy and Zazzle shops to working on our newest home project.. a Home Theater...I havent had much time to post. I wanted to post some of the photos of our DIY Home theater.. basically for anyone thinking of doing a home theater on their own ( you can do it.. :)... and were looking for some DIY ideas! My husband did all the work himself.. and I helped with the "pretties"! I made the theater cornice and curtains and custom designed the theater pillows ( I am selling them in my Zazzle shop, if you are interested)... LittlebeaneBoutique (they are in the home decor section) Through this process, I was so discouraged at the lack of pillow choices.. there is not much out there.. and so for anyone that likes what I designed....the links are below. I also designed custom napkins for the concessions area and also personalized popcorn bags.It was sooo fun to work on and took us about 2 1/2 months to complete ( very quick for a home theater, but my husband worked on it every single night.. all night! If you have any questions.. or need a reference to where we got something, just send me a message!!
I have been so busy designing and listing new items in the shop.... but I recently have been adding more fun bags like popcorn bags and caramel corn bags. and even cookies bags... I have been making this caramel corn recipe for a while now.. and it is wonderful every time ( this is a recipe I got off the internet ( the link to the original recipe sight is below).. and I did use this recipe that you will see in the pics for the caramel corn bags... so I thought if anyone is interested in trying some out.. here is the recipe for the caramel corn.. ENJOY!!
1 cup of lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup of light corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 bag of light microwave popcorn ( please remove all unpopped kernels)
note: light microwave popcorn works the best, buttery or extra buttery doesn't taste quite right with the caramel
Now that your pot is ready and everything is pre-measured, add the
brown sugar, butter and light corn syrup to the pot, heat over medium
heat and stir constantly with the wooden spoon until the mixture comes
to a boil.
Insert the candy thermometer. You want to heat the
sugar mixture to 250' which is called the hard ball stage. If you don't
have a candy thermometer, drop a bit of the sugar mixture into a cup of
cold water. If the caramel hardens it is probably the right temperature.
If the caramel is still soft to the touch when removed form the water,
you need to cook it a bit longer.
the sugar mixture has come to a boil and reached 250'F (the hard ball
stage. Turn off the heat. While still stirring constantly, add the
vanilla, it will make a sizzle and steam so don't lean over the pot, and
then add the baking soda. It will start foaming and raising up, keep
stirring until it is well mixed.
Add the popcorn to the caramel
mixture and stir until all the popcorn is coated with caramel as best
you can. This will become difficult as the caramel starts to cool. Don't
worry if not all the popcorn is covered. it will even it's self out
once it is in the oven.
We found that adding the popcorn to the
caramel mixture was easier for stirring because the pot is still very
warm. If you add the caramel to the popcorn the caramel hardens right
away and it doen't coat it properly.
you feel like all the popcorn is coated, spoon the caramel popcorn onto
a cookie sheet lined with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper. We
have found that absolutely nothing sticks to the silicon baking mats.
the plastic spatula to spread it around a bit. The caramel popcorn
shouldn't stick to the spatula. It will however stick to the wooden
spoon, so don't use it for spreading.
Put in a pre-heated 250'F oven for 1/2 an hour. The baking process
dries out the popcorn and gives it added crunch, plus helps distribute
the caramel a little more evenly on the popcorn.
Using the plastic
spatula, every 10 minutes or so, spread it out on the baking sheet,
this helps distribute the caramel. You don't want to leave it as a
thick blob because it is harder to break apart later.
When it has cooled enough (if you can wait that long) break it into pieces and put in a container.
I have been wanting to post about this for a while.. but it has been so very busy in the shop!! I bought a bunch of my custom wrapping paper for Christmas and was so happy with it... I have added many designs to my Zazzle shop but I still need to add so many more! here are a few pictures I took of my Xmas gifts and also some gifts wrapped in my " Candy Circus" theme! http://www.zazzle.com/candy_circus_wrapping_paper_light_pink-256457001796983367?rf=238782020379683831
If you need one of my designs on the gift wrap.. just contact me... and I will try to add it to the shop for you!!
I know it is a bit early.. normally, I am soo excited for Halloween ( it
is my favorite holiday).. but for some reason, this year, I am more
excited for Christmas.. and have been designing new Christmas items for
you!! Here are some new things I have been working on... and I also have
some other new and exciting items.. and I hope to show them to you