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Let’s not “Wine” about the holidays! LOL I’ve got you covered with this cool placemat wine bag. Not only does it make a great holiday gift, it makes an awesome hostess gift too! When your talking about gifting I feel presentation and embellishments are key no matter how small. I decided to create a stylish, yet unique take on a wine bag.

Let’s talk about this wine bag which was made, yes from a placemat. When I came across this placemat at “TARGET”, my home away from home, I fell in love with the gold design. I decided to weave it closed with gold cording and add some elegant ribbon from Cream City Ribbon along with a silver name charm to complete the look. I think it turned out better than I could have imagined.

If you guys have not yet heard of Cream City Ribbon it is an amazing ribbon company, all hand made in the U.S. Made with 100% US grown cotton yarn and biodegradable. It is strong, vibrant and has a signature paper feel which I LOVE! The ribbon is easy to tie and extraordinary when curled. Not only do they offer a large selection of colors and designs but they offer custom ribbon design too. Cream City Ribbon is uniquely designed to curl, tie and be pulled apart, giving it endless possibilities.








Begin by using a wine bottle as your guide placing it on top of your placemat sitting flat. Then you will want to fold over as you would a present corner on the bottom of the bag to seal closed. I started tying off the center and then both ends with your gold cording. You do not even notice it because it blends in perfectly.

Once you have done that you will want to secure the center and top of placemat closed and ensure it wraps around your bottle.

At this point you are ready to loop your ribbon around the top of your wine bag and tie off. Then begin by curling all your ribbon as you wish. Cream City Ribbon is easy and look amazing curled!

To complete my look I decided to add a name charm and made a hole punch onto the front center of my ribbon and attached the hoop ring and charm and that was it. Now you have a custom wine bag with the initial of your host.

It’s that simple! Now its time to Party!



What is one of your favorite ribbon color combos?


I Dip, you Dip, we all Dip! When the holidays arrive the get togethers begin which means making a dish, treat or dip to share. I like to live on the edge, the sweeter the treat the better.  As all of you know I LOVE LOVE my Sweetsindeed Candyfetti so it comes as no surprise I would make an extra sweet DIP with the colorful “Sugarplum” blend! This recipe is one you will want to keep around, not only is it quick and easy to make but the presentation and taste are “Amazing”!

I live in the midwest area and it gets “COLD” folks around here, real cold. This Dip Recipe would make a great addition to all those hot chocolate parties and days where you can’t leave your house because you can’t get out of your driveway and even if you could WHY, WHY would you want to? LOL My husband said it best, this “DIP” is dangerous to anyone trying to stick to a diet! ME




  • 1/2 cup – Cream Cheese Softened
  • 1 – 5 oz of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon – Vanilla
  • 1/3 cup – Marshmallow Cream
  • 3-4 Tablespoons – Raspberry Hot Chocolate Powder (You can add any hot chocolate mix of choice)
  • 1 cup – Cool Whip (Plus some extra for toppings)
  • 2 teaspoons – Sweetsindeed/Candyfetti – (Plus some extra for topping) – Blend of choice



Begin by blending your softened cream cheese, vanilla, yogurt, marshmallow cream with a hand mixer till smooth.

Make sure to add your raspberry chocolate powder slowly and briefly mix it together. Feel free to add more in small increments until you get to desired flavor.

At this point you will want to add your cool whip and candyfetti and hand mix it in until blended.

Cover your dip and place it in the refrigerator for at least 30-40 minutes before serving.

Once your ready to serve add additional cool whip to the top of your dip and sprinkle your Candyfetti blend or any other garnish of your desire.




What is one of your favorite hot chocolate mixes?


These “Ghostly Chocolate Splatter Treats” are not only fun but full of Halloween goodness! I wanted to make these for my daughter’s Halloween party at school.  I have been on this aqua kick lately so of course I went with that and a quick black splatter for fun! The ghostly sprinkles topped these off just right. Now for the goodie bags. I felt if the kiddos had too much candy at the party they could take some of these home. Because what’s a Halloween school party without the lovely sugar rush after! LOL I continued the cute ghostly theme onto the goodie bags.

Just think of all the color possibilities and toppings you could add for any occasion! I also made a few of these with a caramel truffle filling. YummIMG_8618PINIMAGEIMG_8619-2PINIMAGE


  • Aqua & Black Wilton Candy Melts – (Joann’s)
  • Chocolate Mold – (Michaels)
  • Sprinkles
  • Microwave Safe Bowls
  • Piping Bags
  • Spoons
  • Toothpicks


Treat Bags:



Start by melting your chocolate melts in the microwave. I started with 30 second increments checking in between each set to ensure the desired consistency. Make sure that you mix your chocolate well.

I made sure to melt each color separately. As you will have to splatter the black into your mold first and place in the fridge for 15 minutes to ensure that it has harden before adding your other color.

At this point you are ready to add your aqua chocolate to your mold. I used a toothpick to get rid of any top air bubbles. Then I softly tapped the mold on the counter to remove any air bubbles and the chocolate was level.

Now they are ready to be placed back in the fridge for about 15 minutes until completely hardened.

Once you remove them from the fridge grab your mold and gently pull the sides apart to free the chocolates from the mold. This will make it easier to remove them.

Now you will want to melt a small amount of black chocolate to drizzle over the chocolates to add the ghostly sprinkles.


Treat Bag Directions:

At this time your ready to download, layout and cut your ghostly shape. You can find the design I used at the Silhouette Design Store.

Once you have your ghostly shape cut use a few glue dots to place them on each goodie bag.

Now your ready to fill your goodie bags!




What would your perfect Halloween treat look like?


Living in the Midwest area we have all four seasons. But this girl right here is your “Summer Girl” all the way! LOL However the fall colors and coziness of the season at times may grow on me. With that being said I wanted to create a simple fall table setting with some of my favorite colors of fall. I don’t know if you have noticed how much I LOVE napkin rings. I feel that they are always so easy to make and you can always create something unique and personal for every occasion.




  • Metal Chain – (Joann’s)
  • Leather Cording – (Joann’s)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Ruler



Begin by using your needle nose pliers to un hook the rings from the rest of the chain. I knew I wanted 3 tear drops per napkin ring. Then you will want to close up your hoop rings on each end.

Once you have done that you will want to measure your leather cording to length of choice and cut.

At this point you are ready to loop your leather cording on one side and connect to the other and knot it closed.

It’s that simple! Now it’s time to invite your guests over for dinner!



What is your favorite part of entertaining?


It’s all about the chocolate “BOO’s“! I like to create simple but yet eye catching treats and DIY’s for all to enjoy. These are not only adorable but easy to make and take no time at all. Being a “mom” we can all use some help in that department. The idea for these came from my little one. She is not big into scary things and she wanted to hand out something that she helped mom make and was “cute”! I think we achieved that. What do you think? For some reason I have been into this color combo for Halloween. The orange and Aqua chocolates sitting on top of the monster mix sprinkles just works for me! LOL

The possibilities are endless with these treats. You can add any design, sprinkles, shaped chocolate, color theme, ribbon and or name tags.






Begin by melting your chocolate melts for 30 second increments and checking your chocolate till fully melted.

Once you have done that pour your chocolate into your Boo mold and place in the fridge for about 10-15 min until they have harden.

At this time your ready to download, layout and cut your vinyl. Then you can place it onto your acrylic treat boxes. You can find the designs we used at Silhouette Design Store.

I wanted to keep my design simple but have “THE CUTE” factor. So I did a variety of designs but kept to the ghost and boo theme.

Now you can fill your boxes with sprinkles and place your boo chocolates inside and you are set to go. You could also add ribbon and a hang tag to them if you wanted.





What is your favorite Halloween treat?