The holidays and gift wrapping are behind us, but I LOVE this idea to give a small gift wrapped in a handkerchief. It’s like a gift wrapped in a gift! I think it would be such a sweet way to wrap your bridesmaids & wedding parties thank you gifts.
This little fabric envelope is a cute way to repurpose a vintage handkerchief, and quite simple to make. Fold the hanky in half, starch and iron flat, then stitch around the edges. Next, fold the bottom two-thirds up and the top one-third down. For an added embellishment you can add a button and/or the recipient’s initial with embroidery thread.
Happy Monday everybody. We attended the seasons first holiday parties over the weekend and are feeling quite festive this week, so we’re going to show you multiple ways to repurpose clear glass Christmas tree ornaments. Of course they have a fascinating history to them:
The first decorated Christmas trees used apples, strings of popcorn, white candy canes and pastries in the shapes of stars, hearts and flowers. Glass baubles were first made in Lauscha, Germany, in the mid-19th century by Hans Greiner who produced garlands of glass beads similar to the popcorn strands and tin figures that could be hung on trees. They became popular and were made by highly skilled artisans with clay molds who heated a glass tube over a flame, inserted it into a clay mold, and blew the glass to expand into the shape of the mold. The original ornaments were only in the shape of fruits and nuts.
In 1880, Woolworth’s began selling Lauscha glass ornaments, in the U.S. They were expensive, with few Americans being able to afford more than one or two per year. On the eve of World War II, however, American companies began making inexpensive, mass produced ornaments making it possible for almost any American to have an extensive collection of Christmas ornaments for little cost. With a few modifications, Corning Glass’s light bulb machine could spit out 2,000 blank glass ornaments a minute! They were then bought by ornament companies to be decorated, packaged and sold by the dozen.
Albeit unconventional for a wedding I think these miniature cakes would be adorable at a bridal shower or similar event. This idea was spotted via a pinterest pin here, and was so cute I had to give it a shot (despite my lack of baking skills!) To begin, clean out your cans and remove labels. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. I didn’t follow the recipe from the pin, I used store-bought cake mix and simply filled them half way with batter. I also didn’t remove the bottom of the can, because all the cans I had collected had a reinforced bottom and were virtually indestructible by my can opener. I did spray the heck out of the cans with non-stick spray, filled with batter and baked for about 25 minutes. Once completely cooled, I very carefully removed them from the can with a knife (warning however, I lost one in this process) Last step, I decorated the tops, if I had more time and patience I think frosting the whole cake would be amazing, and it would cover any messy edges. My husband called them “cancakes” clever fella huh?
I’m hoping everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I sure did (it was Brian and I’s first time to host and it was a success!) We thought we’d be clever this week with those leftover tin cans from your big meal.
In 1810, the tin can was patented by a British merchant Peter Durand, based on experimental work by the Frenchman Nicolas Appert. The patent was for a method of preserving animal food, vegetable food and other perishable articles using various vessels made of glass, pottery, tin or other suitable metals. The preservation process was to fill up a vessel with food and cap it. Vegetables were to be put in raw, whereas animal substances might either be raw or half-cooked. Then the whole item was to be heated, by an oven, stove or a steam bath, but most conveniently by immersing in water and boiling it. The boiling time was not specified, and was said to depend on the food and vessel size. Neither was the patent clear on the preservation time, which was merely said to be “long”. The cap was to be partly open during the whole heating and cooling procedure, but right after that, the vessel should be sealed airtight by any means.
After receiving the patent he sold it to two other Englishmen, Bryan Donkin and John Hall, for 1,000 British pounds. They set up a commercial canning factory and produced their first canned goods for the British army. In 1818, Durand introduced tin cans in the United States by re-patenting his British patent in the US. By 1820, canned food was a recognized article in Britain and France and by 1822 in the United States.
In 1901, the American Can Company was founded and it produced 90% of United States tin cans at that time.
Silhouettes are a simple (and cost effective) way to add a touch of style to your cake or dessert. Your cake topper silhouette can be of anything your heart desires whether it be you and the Mr., hearts, creatures, etc. This “event” seemed to take on a woodsy feel so I chose to make male and female deer silhouettes. Using the same method we described in yesterday’s post, make your silhouette and glue a skewer to the back of it. Then, all you do is stick the skewer in your cake and you have a wonderfully handcrafted cake topper. You can find simple animal illustrations on stock image sites such as iStock.com.
A lot of couples these days have a small cake for cutting purposes but then serve smaller desserts or cupcakes to their guests. In addition to the deer cake topper we also cut out simple hearts and affixed those to skewers as well. This is an easy way to keep all of your desserts looking cohesive and adding a little more flare.
Making silhouette portraits of you and your honey for the big day is a great way to really personalize your event. The great thing about silhouettes is that you can use them for a vintage inspired event or a clean, modern one, depending on your taste. To make your own silhouettes you will need black paper (I use black Canson paper, which can be found at any art store), X-Acto knife and extra blades and a cutting mat. Take a profile picture and either trace over it with a black marker or using a computer editing program; I used Adobe Illustrator. Print out and set on top of your black paper and cut your image out with your X-Acto knife. This works best if you change your blade often and always use a sharp one. Glue each finished silhouette on a heavy white paper and frame. How great would these look behind your head table?! So great.