Napkin Folding 101

How to Napkin FoldI do enjoy decorating a table with stylish napkin folds. It’s fun and inexpensive and adds a lot to your table with little effort. I wish I had a penny for every napkin I have folded over the years! The “elf boot” fold was one I did over and over again every Christmas for all the Holiday parties I decorated and catered.

Anyway, I have put together a couple of articles about folding napkins. There are videos, books and photos to help you along. I hope you will enjoy the art of napkin folding as much as I do!

How to Napkin Fold

Christmas Napkin Folds

Mandee

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Published in: on January 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Magazine Cover Templates – Great Gifts!

Cover Girl Magazine CoverI have so much fun with this personalized gift that I wrote an article about it. The picture on the left is my “Cover Girl” magazine cover that was a gift and got me started with this! (BTW, the face and hair is all that is mine in the photo. LOL)

The article, Design a Magazine Cover, can give you some great ideas for gifts for the holidays, weddings, birthdays, bachelorette parties, graduations or just to have some fun!

I hope you enjoy one of My Favorite Things!

Mandee

Published in: on December 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Topiary Christmas Table Decoration

Topiary Christmas Table DecorationThis is another Christmas table decoration for you DIYers! If you want something different than the usual cone shaped Christmas tree, try the Topiary Christmas Balls Tree. I wrote a step by step guide to making one for your Christmas table, mantel or shelf. They are a bit more modern in design and are very versatile. You can make them in almost any color scheme. Accentuate the colors you already use or highlight a certain color or start over and introduce a new color scheme for you holiday decorating.

I have made them in all sorts of colors over the years including brown/gold/ivory, black/pink/white, reds only, greens only, red/green/white, pink/purple/silver and the list goes on and on! have fun with this Christmas craft!

Mandee

Published in: on November 29, 2010 at 9:52 am  Comments (1)  
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Christmas Themed Dessert Buffet

One of the best parts of Christmas is the desserts! Whenever I attend or host a holiday party, there are always tons of desserts to choose from. While the desserts themselves are gorgeous, I wonder why more people don’t put a little more time and effort into displaying them in an eye pleasing manner. It’s not hard and you don’t have to be a designer or decorator. Adding height, unusual containers and some decor you already own is all it takes.

For instance, I made 3 versions of dessert buffets — It’s a Candy Christmas, Merry Retro Christmas and Christmas Elegance — to give some photo examples. (They are all located at this article – Christmas Dessert Buffet Ideas).

Check out the photos below and then visit the article for more in depth information. Then, you can impress your family and friends this holiday season with your decor saavy!

Mandee

Candy Christmas

Christmas Sleighs

Merry Retro Christmas

 

 

Funny Sayings for Gifts

I LOVE funny sayings! I wanted to share a few with you here and then give you the link to my article with a lot more funny sayings. These gifts are perfect for the co-worker, boss, a friend or relative or for a club or Secret Santa exchange. I hope you find something that tickles your funny bone!

Just click the image for more info or to purchase:

Funny Queen Mouse Pad - Navy mousepad

Horn Broken bumpersticker

Laser Printer Funny Office Humor shirt

For more funny sayings, visit Gifts with Funny Sayings and Quotes or

Holiday Centerpieces

Cake Pedestal CenterpieceThe decorator in me meets up with the budget wary me and they are both happy with this suggestion for Holiday | Christmas Table Decoration!

I love having an item do double duty. Try using a cake pedestal as a base for a unique and different centerpiece this year. I played around with a couple that I have, some holiday decorations and created some fun, different ideas to use throughout the holiday season. the article and pictures are at How to Make a Holiday Centerpiece.

The picture on the left uses a glass cake pedestal, 3 beaded cone trees, ornaments, a small glass bowl and some glittered greenery — all stuff from my kitchen and holiday decor collection.

What have you got that you could make a centerpiece out of?

Mandee

Published in: on November 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Holiday Cookie Swaps

I just love the idea of Holiday Cookie Swaps. Have you heard of them? The concept is simple — all the guests bring a lot of one type of cookie along with the recipe to the gathering. You trade with others at the event. So, for the investment of baking one type of cookie, you are taking home maybe 10, 15 or 20 other kinds (depending on how many people are invited).

Who doesn’t like cookies during the Holidays? Some fun items to go along with your Holiday Cookie Swap are invitations, buttons, magnets and aprons. Come on! Bite the bullet. Invite the neighbors and friends and have some great company and cookies!

Christmas Cookies invitation Christmas Party Invitations Cookie Swap invitation Cookie Swap Cookies Candy Gingerbread apron I attended a Cookie Swap Sq. Magnet magnet I attended a Cookie Swap Button button Personalized Christmas Love'n Sticker sticker

Published in: on November 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Christmas Gift Boxes Centerpiece

Christmas Table DecorationI guess I am in a crafting mood! My favorite thing today is the Christmas Gift Box centerpiece. It’s different, not the same old fir boughs and berries with a candle in the middle. Boring!

I like to think outside the box. (pun? what pun?) This craft is actually very versatile and can be made for virtually any holiday — Easter, Valentines, Thanksgiving, Halloween and more. Or maybe themed boxes to match a themed party or event like — Tropical or Beach, or maybe Vintage Hollywood or Las Vegas. I can see it at Bridal or Baby showers for sure. The purpose of those events is giving gifts, so what is more appropriate for a centerpiece?

Anyway, you be the judge. I think it’s simple and elegant. What do you think?

Mandee

Published in: on November 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Christmas Balls Tree

Christmas Balls Tree

Christmas Balls Tree - Ornament Tree

Why make a Christmas table decoration? Because they are fun, versatile and beautiful! I used to make these for fundraisers and craft fairs and they are still my favorite Christmas centerpiece. You can place them on your dining room table, fireplace mantel, holiday food buffet or coffee table during the holidays for a bit my spice to your season. For complete, step by step instructions, check out my article Christmas Balls Tree.

They are not hard to make and will last for years to come. They also make wonderful gifts! What do you get for grandma or the neighbor? Design and make them in any color scheme that chrismas ball ornaments are made — so they match any decor. I have also made them in brown, gold, burgundy and copper for Fall and Thanksgiving. Any shape foam can be used. Have fun with this — off to make another one myself! 🙂

Mandee

Old Blue Eyes – Frank Sinatra

Frank SinatraHi, my name is Mandee and I am a Frank Sinatra junkie.

That’s the sign I should wear around my neck. I was introduced to Frank’s music by my parents and it grew from there. In my mind, there is just something romantic and fun about his music. I listen to it in my car, at home and anywhere else I am able. His songs put me in a good mood and I sing along (not very well, I might add).

I like Harry Connick, Jr. singing Sinatra songs as well but if I get my choice (and I can’t listen to the real Sinatra) I will take Brett Eldredge singing Frank any day of the week. He is actually an up and coming star on the Country music horizon but I remember watching him sing “Fly Me to the Moon” and “New York, New York” at  parties when he was growing up. He has a clear, rich voice… just like Frank. His new single “Raymond” is unbelievably good.

This Christmas, I will pull out and dust off my Rat Pack Christmas album and sit back and enjoy Frank, Dean and Sammy — Legends in music.

Mandee

Image Credit – “Nothing But The Best” by Frank Sinatra at Amazon.com

P.S. To read more about my musical musing, read this article – Music of My Life

For more info about Brett Eldrege, visit Brett Eldrege — Country Music Artist

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Published in: on October 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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