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St. Patrick’s Day Beer Tasting Party

March 10, 2014 - Filed under Other, St. Patrick's Day

Beer Tasting Kit from Talk Crafty To Me — Download the full kit for free!

It’s almost time for St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday beloved by beer drinkers the world over. Let’s face it, St. Patrick’s Day and beer go together like Thanksgiving and turkey… one just doesn’t feel right without the other. This year instead of sticking to the tried and true Irish favourite Guinness, why not host your own St. Patrick’s Day Beer Tasting Party and discover a whole new world of tasty brews? We’ve put together everything you need to host your own beer tasting party — except the beer of course!

Download the Beer Tasting Kit

  • Beer Tasting Placemats
  • Rating Scorecards
  • Numbers for Blind Tastings
  • Beer Trivia Quiz
  • Cheat Sheet of beer terms to help you describe what you’re drinking
  • Cupcake & food toppers
  • Toothpick Flags
  • Place cards/Food cards

How to throw a Beer Tasting Party

 
 

1. Pick a theme

Wether you’re supplying the beer or getting everyone to pitch in, it’s best to start with a theme. Since we’re talking St. Patricks Day, Ireland or Irish inspired beer is the obvious choice, but there are lots of other options: Read More…

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Get 20% off Holiday Cards

November 19, 2013 - Filed under Christmas

20% off Holiday Cards

Last year I featured Kathryn’s beautiful Winter Ski Weekend Print in our Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Ski Bunny. This year Kathryn had turned that print into cheerful holiday cards and is giving Talk Crafty To Me readers 20% off.

Cards are 5″x7″, laser printed on smooth, semi-matte stock. Inside of card is blank for your personal greeting. 10 cards come with 10 basic white envelopes. Packaged in eco-friendly recycled cardboard folio.

Visit her Etsy Store to order using the coupon code MERRY to save 20%.

PS. She’s also offering to write personal inscriptions, address and mail directly for an additional fee. Offer valid until 12/25/13.

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Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2013 - Filed under Baking, Valentine's Day

I truly believe that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach! So why not show how much you care by making some of these yummy treats for your the ones you love?

Sweet Treats for Valentines Day

1. Red Velvet Macarons   |   2. Valentine’s Dipped Rice Krispies   |   3. Pink Ice Cream Sandwiches   |   4. Valentine’s Day Marshmallow Pops   |   5. Stamped Candy Bags   |   6. Strawberry Vanilla Oreo Cookies   |   7. Sweetie Pies   |   8. Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Hearts   |   9. Candy Cane Hearts

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Handmade Valentine’s Decor Ideas

February 6, 2013 - Filed under Valentine's Day

Get in touch with your inner cupid and use your love of crafting to create some easy and fun Valentine’s Day Decor.

Valentine's Decor Ideas

1. String of Hearts – Inspired by the classic paper chain, this heart shaped version is a cute way to brighten up your mantel.

2. Crayon Hearts – These translucent hanging hearts are easy to make from waxed paper and crayons. Hang them in a sunny window to fill your room with colourful cheer.

3. Heart-to-Heart Garland – A cute addition to any mantle, but I love they way they’ve used it on the headboard. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to a room full of love on Valentine’s Day?

4. Valentine Heart Wreath – Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas. This beautiful heart shaped wreath would make a great addition to any front door.

5. Candy & Tulip Bouquet – Nothing says Valentine’s Day better than candy and flowers, and this beautiful bouquet is the perfect way to combine them both into a gorgeous centerpiece.

6. Paint Chip & Paper Punch Garland – Nothing could be easier than this fun and festive galand made from paint chips and a heart shaped craft punch.

7. Edible Painted Dishes – Decorate your dishes with edible designs for an extra special dinner.

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Hugs & Kisses Tic Tac Toe – Free Printable

February 4, 2013 - Filed under Free Stuff, Valentine's Day

Spend some time with your Valentine playing this cute game of Hugs + Kisses Tic Tac Toe. This project makes a great Valentine for your kids to give out at school and is even fun for those adults who are just kids at heart. Simply print out the playing cards, and the X & O pieces, then cut them out with scissors or a craft knife.

Tip: You can use a craft punch to cut out circles for the playing pieces to save you time.

Valentine's Day - Hugs & Kisses TicTacToe

Download the Free Printable

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Cute & Crafty Valentines

February 1, 2013 - Filed under Valentine's Day

Whether you’ve been married for years, have a new crush or just want to show you care, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to remind someone how special they are.

You don’t need elaborate plans, or big, grand gestures, sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most. These adorable handmade Valentines are cute & simple, and sure to make your special someone’s day.

Cute & Crafty Valentines

1. Magnifying Glass Valentines – This cute idea is easy to pull together with dollar store magnifying glasses, and this free printable.

2. Fruit Sticker Valentines – Forget all the sugar this year and go for something naturally sweet. These tiny stickers are an easy and thoughtful way to show you care.

3. Felt Fortune Cookies – Let your valentine know you feel fortunate to have them in your life with charming fortune cookies filled with treats or special messages.

4. My Heart Pops For You – Fill a ziplock bag with popcorn and slap on this free lable and you’ve got a cute and yummy valentine.

5. Cupid’s Arrow – Another dollar store project, perfect for classmates. Fun pencils attach to this free printable, to make Cupid’s arrow. (You could also use pixie sticks)

6. Banana’s For You! – Check your local candy store for bulk candy bananas, and create this adorable monkey valentine. All you need is a couple of craft punches.

7. Pom Pom Monsters – These cute little monsters make an adorable valentines and they’re easy to throw together with a few craft store supplies.

8. Lucky in Love Scratch-off Card – Did you know you can make your own scratch-off solution by mixing 2 parts metallic acrylic paint with 1 part dishwashing liquid? Now you can make your own lucky in love scratch card with secret date ideas hidden beneath.

9. I’d SNAP at the chance Valentine – Let this cute little alligator deliver your valentine message this year. Warning there is a lot of cutting and folding involved in this project… but seriously, how cute is it?!

10. I love you to pieces – I LOVE Reese’s Pieces, so this idea hit’s a soft spot for me, complete with a free printable.

11. Whoopie! It’s Valentines Day – This cute Whoopie cushion valentine is fun for kids of all ages!

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It’s a wrap! Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

December 14, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

It’s a wrap! I’m off on vacation until January, but before I go I wanted to leave you with one last post. This one is all a about gift wrap ideas, to put the finishing touches on all those wonderful handmade gifts you’ve worked so hard on!

I hope you all have a fantastic holiday season! Thanks for reading!

Gift Wrapping ideas

Stamped Gift Wrap | Paper Snowflake Wrapping | Hand Stamped Fabric Gift Wrap | Washi Tape Gift Wrap | Paint Chip Garland | Kraft Paper & Felt ideas | Reindeer Wrapping Paper | Hand-drawn Giftwrap | Follow The Arrow Wrapping Paper

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Handmade Gift Guide Round Up

December 14, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Only 10 days left till Christmas, but don’t worry that’s still plenty of time to create special handmade gifts. If you’re still looking for some inspiration however, have a look through our Handmade Gift Guide Series for some great ideas for pretty much everyone on your list.

Handmade Gift Guides:

2011 Handmade Gift Guides:

Handmade Holidays

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts From The Kitchen

December 14, 2012 - Filed under Christmas, How-to

Because the holidays and food go hand-in-hand, and because my previous Gifts From Your Kitchen post was so popular, today’s last and final gift guide post is an extended version, with even more fabulous gift ideas for you to whip up in your kitchen!

In addition to the recipes, most of these ideas also come with printable labels or packaging ideas to make sure your gifts not only taste great, but look great too.

Handmade Gifts From the Kitchen

1. Fleur de Sel Caramels – All the rage right now, these salted caramels make a fabulous gift, and printable labels come in 3 styles.

2. Foolproof Fudge – Traditional fudge can be difficult, but this streamlined recipe is simple enough for kids to make.

3. Bacon Jam – Who doesn’t love bacon? This would make a great gift for pretty much anyone on your list.

4. Holiday Truffles – These easy chocolate truffles look festive in their Christmas Red and Greens.

5. Infused Vodka – When it comes to infusing vodka there are endless options. Try fruity with pineapple or strawberries, sweet with vanilla beans or spicy with jalapeños.

6. Homemade Jam – Traditional homemade jam is always a treat, and these cute labels come in 10 different flavors.

7. Flavored Coffee Syrup – Do you have any coffee lovers on your holiday gift list this year? This is a cute little idea takes your morning cup of joe to the next level.

8. Bite-sized Cookies in a Jar – Mason jars are perfect for packaging, and I love the way you can see these adorable cookies inside.

9. Marinated Goat Cheese – Bring artisanal flavor to plain store-bought chèvre with this simple marinade — then gift your haute-rustic handiwork in a gorgeous glass jar.

10. Flavored Salts – Elevate your favorite foodies’ cooking to another level with flavored salts. These make great gifts, and a little goes a long way.

11. Homemade Butter Mints – Homemade butter mints are soft, creamy, and not at all difficult to make. Just five ingredients and a bit of mixing, kneading, and rolling are required.

12. Pumpkin Butter – Fantastic spread on toast and muffins, over waffles, stirred in ice cream. The spices added to this treat are the same spices added to pumpkin pie, so it has all of the flavor, without all of the fat!

13. Easy Pickled Jalapeños – These quick and easy pickled jalapenos aren’t just for spicy Southwestern dishes though… They add a zesty zip to plenty of dishes, from burgers to soups, dips to salads and plenty more. Toss ‘em in cornbread too!

14. Oreo Truffles – These easy Oreo truffles make great holiday neighbor gifts, and the cute labels are free to print.

15. Homemade BBQ Rub & Sauce – Got someone on your list who loves to grill? Why not make them some homemade BBQ Rub, and delicious sweet & spicy BBQ sauce?

16. Homemade Pesto – This recipe is so impossibly easy, you’ll wish you’d started making it years ago.

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Holiday Bingo! Free Printable

December 13, 2012 - Filed under Christmas, Free Stuff

Looking for a way to entertain the family while you wait for Santa? Add some festive fun to your Christmas celebration with Holiday Bingo! Print this pdf on heavy card stock, then cut out the cards and you’re ready to play.

Holiday Bingo Free Printable

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(10 different playing cards included)

Happy Holidays from Talk Crafty To Me!

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