Monday, May 12, 2014

Funfetti Cookie Dough Truffles

YUMMY! I recently made these amazing truffles and wanted to share with you all. I loved them and am actually going to use this recipe to make cake pops instead of the traditional cake pop recipe (baking a cake, crumbling and mixing with frosting). I really do not like the taste of regular cake pops.
So this recipe is super simple. I actually started by following the recipe posted by Food Fanatic (http://www.foodfanatic.com/recipes/cookie-dough-truffle-recipe/) and made a few tweaks. Below recipe includes my tweaks.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces light cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
candy coating:
Ingredients:
Directions:
Beat butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl for 2-3 minutes until creamy. Beat in sugar, flour, salt and vanilla until completely combined. Fold in sprinkles.
Scoop about a tablespoon and roll into a ball and place on a parchment paper lined freezer safe cookie sheet. Freeze truffles for about 2 hours.

Using a toothpick, dip frozen truffle into melted vanilla coating. Tap on side of bowl to remove excess.
Immediately add sprinkles for garnish.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Home Redesign: Sneak Peeks

So I am not quite ready to share the redesign but wanted to give you a few sneak peeks. The redesign is totally coming together and I am LOVING my new space. So adult. And my son is LOVING his playroom. We both have our own space that is perfectly suited to each of us.
Sneak Peek #1:
Drapes. The new space is grey but I still have my beige couch so I wanted drapes that could tie-in the past and the future. I found the perfect drapes at Pottery Barn. You can find them here:
http://www.potterybarn.com/products/shelby-geometric-linen-pole-pocket-blackout-drape/?pkey=call-windows&cm_src=all-windows||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-
Here is a very non-revealing picture:
Sneak Peek #2:
Reframed prints. I had two large prints in my space before and my decorator suggested that I get them framed similarly and hang them next to one another. After a trip to Aaron Brothers to get the black poster framed to match the mermaids, I quickly realized I needed another plan. It was going to cost me $900, WHAT? No way. So I googled frames and ended up spending $100 from pictureframes.com for something that looked similiar. Below is a sneak of the two prints hanging.
Sneak Peek #3 & #4:
The Wall and The Floor.
The biggest update for the space was to add a 6 foot wall that allowed for a focal point when you walked into the room from the front door hallway. This made me a bit worried since he would block off a lot of light. Well the wall went up and it was marvelous. I did not care how much light was blocked because it really added a sophistication to the space. Even the contractor was surprised at the impact. You can also see a peek at the wallpaper on the new wall. This should be installed at the beginning of June.

You can also see in this photo the refinished hardwood floors. This is the very first thing I did and the change was shocking. In a good way! I absolutely love the color of the floors. The richness of the color immediately classed up the joint!
I cannot wait to show you the balance of the room. It really is a spectacular transformation!

Monday, April 21, 2014

DIY: Thank You Card Gift

As I was helping my sister plan and style her daughter's first birthday, one of the tasks were to print her thank you cards from the GORGEOUS Anders Ruff printables package she purchased. After I printed the cute thank you cards, added jewels and bought the envelopes, I knew that I needed a cute way to present this to my sister.
I found a cute and CHEAP chevron portfolio at Target ($1 center) and simply placed everything inside. Below is a guide to the elements that were included and the finished product.

Items to include:
thank you cards
envelopes
pens
return address labels
stamps - custom made with my nieces face on it (stamps.com)
cupcake closure stickers

Items needed:
alphabet stickers
portfolio/case for elements





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Oh Joy! for Nod

If you have followed my blog you know I am OBSESSED with Land of Nod. I am also obsessed with bloggers but that is for another post. I have been lucky enough to befriend a fabulous woman named Katie who does PR for Land of Nod. She has been so kind to include me in Southern California Nod Events.

Two weeks ago, I attended the launch of Oh Joy for Nod. Joy Cho is a blogger/designer/uber talented woman and has designed a new bedding collection for Land of Nod. You can follow her here: http://ohjoy.blogs.com/ She also just launched an awesome party line at Target. And yes, I did buy almost everything.

And now for the fabulousness of the party. I realized after I got home that I did not take any pictures of the actual bedding line (I have a boy!). The party was so well designed and the space was amazing that I completely overlooked the obvious! Oops.

The event was held at The Fig House which was designed by Emily Henderson of HGTV. I am a HUGE fan and she was in attendance but I did not have the courage to introduce myself. Star struck! lol. You can read all about her journey on the space here: http://www.fighousela.com/blog/
And now for pictures of the gorgeous and fun party!

The courtyard of the space was set-up with tents, kids toys, the Nod bus and an amazing photo booth. Here is my son holding the adorable ice cream cone pillow from the collection at the photo booth.
I love big balloons and these pink ones were in a corner and so cute against the bright walls.
Fun flowers in ice cream cones. Brillant. The cones were real and used throughout the space.
My son loving the giant balloons. Many kids were mesmerized and playing with these balloons.
Crafting Community was in attendance doing two fun crafts. Oh how I love this company!
Here is a great shot of that gorgeous emerald green couch, signage and the giant balloons. I was pretty obsessed.
The goodie bag set-up was so well styled it was difficult to keep my son away. Who doesn't love some poms?
My son and a friend enjoying the bubbles. You can see behind them the adorable Land of Nod tents set-up and the fabulous campfire pillows. Love!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Home Redesign: Dining Table

If you are following my home redesign, you know that I am currently knee deep into a redesign at my house. I have a huge open family room that I have struggled with since I moved in. It was initially set-up with a living room and a family room (I have a formal dining room that is separate). I NEVER used the living room portion. Literally never sat on the couch. After 3.5 years, I knew I had to make a change.
My first big purchase after hiring a designer to help me with space planning was a new dining room table.
You can see the floor plan here: http://www.craftynotartsy.blogspot.com/2014/03/home-redesign-plan.html
The table is from Restoration Hardware and you can find it here:
http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod590015&categoryId=cat2220027

Monday, March 31, 2014

Ninja Turtles Birthday Party

My nephew recently turned 6 and LOVES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Personally I am not a huge fan of licensed character parties but I found an adorable party package and invite on Etsy that used a graphical version of the turtles. My sister allowed me to style the party and it was a blast.
Sources are shared at the bottom of this post.

I absolutely love how the balloons turned out. They were so easy to create. I used four different colored streamers and taped them to the balloons. We had to transport the balloons so I ended up having to place a piece of tape under the eyes side once we arrived to our location. If creating and not transporting you can tape the back only. The eyes were created from poster board using two different punches. You can also hand cut as I needed to do for 2 balloons since I did not bring my punches to my sisters house.
 The balloons were adorable when all bunched together.
At the party location (Rockin Jump in Dublin, CA) we were allocated a party room and we displayed the gift bags and birthday sign at the entry to the room.
The gift bags were originally going to be created like the balloons but I had also created ninja masks for the kids and they looked so cute on the actual bag so we decided to go this route. Inside the bags were toxic ooze (slime from oriental trading company with a toxic ooze sticker applied), blow-up swords, mini ninja figures, turtle pencils and ninja erasers.

The masks were created using cut t-shirts. I will post a how-to next week for this item.
The party room was set with green table covers, green and blue plates/napkins/silverware and straws.
The cake was ordered plain green from Safeway and we added the ninja topper (also sold at Safeway) and the ninja mask (blue ribbon) and eyes.

 I added a few details around the room since I love making the crepe paper rosettes.
 My son and I enjoying the party room during prep.
 Here you can see the straw flag and cute striped straws.
My nephew getting ready to blow out his candles. He loved the theme and the cake.
The balloons were so popular we ended up tying one to each gift bag for the kids to take home.


SOURCES:
Event styling: Ashley Depp www.craftynotartsy.blogspot.com
Invites and party printables: https://www.etsy.com/shop/jenrikdesigns
Cake: plain green from Safeway
Goodie bag items: Oriental Trading Company

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

DIY: Kisses Box

Ever since my son could talk he has saved my goodnight kisses (those blown from the doorway that he catches) in an imaginary kisses box. This past weekend we finally created a real kisses box filled with kisses.
We started by painting and decorating (with jewels) a standard box we purchased at Michaels. Then he decided that the kisses would be made of paper hearts and decorated by the two of us. Below are pictures of the decorating and final product.