Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Seven Confessions

1.  I am totally, completely, inexplicably obsessed with sweet tea.

2.  I think Jovie is cuter than most babies.

3.  I tend to hold improper use of its and it's, there, their and they're and your and you're against people when they use them wrong, except for my brother.  God love him.

4.  I'm not going to my 10-year high school reunion.

5.  I don't listen to voicemails left on my cell phone.  Ever.

6.  The first thing I do when I get home is check the shower, closets and laundry room to make sure no one is hiding in there (note the proper use).

7.  I crave cake on a daily basis.  Friday I gave in and baked a yellow sheet cake with dark chocolate icing.  By Monday morning it was gone.  In my defense, that's pretty much all I ate all weekend.  Don't judge me.

Monday, February 27, 2012


Tonight was Jovie's puppy school AKC Socialization Training Activity and Responsibility (STAR) test and graduation.  It was also her last night of puppy school.  If you haven't seen previous posts, we've been attending puppy school at the Canine Sports Academy.  They have been wonderful.  I highly recommend them to anyone looking for any type of puppy/dog activity.  And luckily Jovie passed her test but she didn't behave very well!  She was soooo hyped up and wanted to play the whole time.  The photos below say it all:  (and Jovie got a haircut so she looks a little different.  To see her before and after, click here.)

Play time with Maybe (a mix) and Einstein (a boxer).

Run, run, run!

Kisses from Bandit (a corgi).

Jovie loves Bandit 
Drama queen

Resting between someone's legs after a drink of water.

Playing with Moxie (a cavapoo).

Maybe and Case (a bull mastiff) playing while Jovie tries to beg someone for food.
Class friends!  Zelda is a French Bulldog.

Zelda had pretty polished nails for class tonight!
On-leash heeling.  She actually does better off leash.

"Come" from 15 feet.  She loves her mom!
Trying to get her attention.  She was more interested in Case.

I think I had given up by this time.
But we did it!  Receiving our certificate.  Yay, Jovie!  Everyone in class loves her.  I think she'd be voted Miss Congeniality.

Trying to get a photo with Sandy, our instructor, but Jovie is arching her back like a dragon.

Look at the size of her ears!

She's such a poser!

This one will have to work!

Jovie's certificate on the refrigerator, right where it should be!

Jovie Gets a Hair Cut

Ok, so she actually had the works: nails buffed, hair trimmed, a shampoo and blow dry.  She looks so different.  I took her to Petco and they kept her for four hours but said she did great.  Her hair seems to get matted easily and it's hard to brush her face because she thinks it's a game.  Needless to say, she had a matted mess under her eyes that I couldn't seem to get out.  They took a lot off but now her sweet little face is easier to see.

Before and After:

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Easter/Baby Shower Food Tag Tutorial

A dear coworker and her husband have decided to adopt a baby so we are throwing a baby shower for them on Friday.  By the way, they are in the same adoption program as my sweet friend, Lindsay, over at Robertson Reflections.

My coworker friend was looking at some beautiful bedding at Land of Nod in a tree theme.  It's mostly in light blues and greens.  Since they are adopting, they are not certain what sex the baby will be at this time.  We thought a bird/nest theme might go nicely with what she has picked out.  Not that those things have to match, we just thought it would be nice.  Colors for the shower are pastel pink, blue, green and yellow.

These food tags are super easy to make and easy to customize for your color scheme.  They are perfect for Easter, which is coming up, or a baby shower any time!

To make these, you will need:

  • paper mache eggs (34 cents each at Hobby Lobby)
  • unfinished wood napkin ring holders (set of eight for $2.99 at Hobby Lobby)
  • paint (in the colors of your choice)
  • marker (I used a sharpie I had around the house)

Paper mache eggs - I needed eight for our menu.

Unfinished wood napkin ring holders.

Perfect fit!

Paint the eggs and holders.  The yellow here is horrible.  I had to tone it down quite a bit to get a pastel.  Each egg got two coats of paint...except the yellow.  It got about four.  The holders only required one coat.

Write your menu items on each egg with your marker.  You could also use paint if you're good with a tiny brush.  I mixed up the color combos of the eggs and holders.  And yes, I know, my handwriting leaves much to be desired.   But note the much better yellow!

And just for fun, here is another decoration I finished a little bit ago for the shower.

Hope you enjoyed.  Stay tuned for more baby shower decor coming soon!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Coworker Valentines

Two of my favorite things!  Valentine's Day...clearly.  And my coworkers!  They are a great group of people and my first friends here in my new town.  They have taken me in and taken care of me and I'm so thankful for each of them.  Valentines are below.  For a pillow box "how to" so you can make your own, click here.  And to see a puppy version, click here.

White chocolate covered pretzels.  Hundreds of them.  I tinted it pink (hard to tell in the pic) and then tinted some darker pink to drizzle over the top.

Lots - o- pretzels

Divide into the number of baggies you need.  I needed 26...approximately.

Seal and roll.
Custom made pillow boxes!
Insert pretzels and close. 
Tie with bows!
So looking forward to tomorrow!!!

Puppy Valentines!

I was making Valentines for my coworkers and decided Jovie's classmates in puppy school should enjoy some as well.  For work I made white chocolate covered pretzels but clearly that wouldn't work for puppies.  So for them I picked up some cookie treats and rawhide bones at Petco.  The cookies are kind of amazing.  They look and smell like people cookies.  And if I were being completely honest, I'd tell you they even taste like people cookies...because I ate one...of each.  I'm not proud but the chocolate tasted like chocolate!  Jovie loves them also.

If you want a pillow box template to make your own treats, click here.  Enjoy!

The puppy treats!  Rawhide bones and very realistic cookies.

Packaged (in sandwich size ziplocs) and ready to go.

My custom pillow boxes.

Pillow boxes filled with puppy treats.

Finished with tulle bows!

Have I mentioned I love Valentine's Day...and puppies...and pillow boxes?

So cute!

Puppy Love

How to Make Custom Pillow Boxes

I LOVE pillow boxes.  They add classy flare to any gift-well, any gift that will fit in one.  I usually make small-size boxes for baked goods or gift cards.  They are also fun for birthday party or wedding favors.  And because they are so easy to make and easy to customize, they make the most mundane gift stand out.  Not that you ever give mundane gifts, right?

You will need:
Paper of your choice.  For the size I made an 8.5 x 11 in sheet would work but I used 12 x 12 in.
Hot Glue Gun
Something round (or just freehand it)
Low Temp Hot Glue
Tulle, Ribbon or Curling Ribbon for finishing

Paper, Scissors, Ruler, Pencil 
Measure .5 inches from top and draw a line.  Then measure 4.5 inches from top and draw a line.  Then measure 8.5 inches from top and draw a line.  Note:  These measurements can be adjusted depending on what you are planning to put inside.  To give you an idea on this size, I am inserting something about the size of half a ziploc sandwich bag.

Find something round that meets both lines.

I used a Starbucks hot cocoa canister.

Now like I said above, these are easily customized.  After drawing the curved lines I realized it was going to be too long for my treats so I shrunk them down several inches.  I also drew vertical guide lines for the width of each box.  Make sure the curved lines are no more than one inch from the vertical line.

Cut out the form!  Note the angle cuts on the .5 inch line.  It makes it into a tab you can use to seal the box.  If you are making multiple pillow boxes, use this one as your stencil and trace on other pieces of paper.

Fold all the original horizontal lines - including the tab. 
Another fold shot.

I ended up trimming the curves down.  You won't be folding them in straight across.  It will be more of an oval shape when folded.

Fold tab down and use hot glue to secure to the inside of the bottom (from the drawing).  Make sure you glue to the inside of the box.  You don't want the tab glued on the outside.  That would be tacky.  You now have your sleeve.  The ends are open.  

More sleeves.

Tuck ends on one side.  Fill.  And then tuck ends on the other side.  I am careful to make sure each end faces the same direction but it's not necessary.

Once your ends are tucked and contents are inserted, add tulle or ribbon to finish and secure with a bow.

Closeup of end.  The ends will hold themselves.  No need to glue.  (This is a Valentine's Day treat for Jovie's puppy school classmates.)

Valentine's Day treats for work!