Pinwheel Bouquet

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As a program coordinator at Arizona State University, I often have fun creating an event for the College of Nursing & Health Innovation.  This month we will be participating in Sparky’s Carnival on the downtown campus, an event geared for new students.  I am taking the carnival theme and working it with my trusty sidekick, Jasmine, our amazing student worker and we are having fun as we work.  It’s amazing what can be created with basic supplies when we have the right tools.  I am often asked for more specific information on the products I use to get results in my blog posts.  I will, going forward, be including links to what I use and hope it will be helpful.

I wanted to share this pinwheel bouquet we will be using as a centerpiece at the event because it works for any type of celebration, depending on the type of paper used, and helps create a fun atmosphere. I cut assorted scrapbook paper using my portable paper cutter  in 6″ and 4″ squares so I would have two different sizes of pinwheels.  Then 2 pieces of the same size paper (not same color or print) were attached back-to-back using square adhesive tabs to create a pinwheel (I have included directions to making pinwheels below).  Drinking straws were used for the handles – (wooden skewers can also be used).  I found a black vase at a thrift store for $3.00 and stuffed floral foam into the opening, which I cut to fit for the straws to stick into.  Then I used glass pieces to cover the foam.  These glass pieces can often be found in thrift stores on the back wall of items that are bagged up.  They come in an assortment of colors or clear.

I also found that a miniature glue gun worked well with this project.

Here is the link I used on how to make pinwheels.

If you give this project a try, please let me know – I’d love to see your creation.

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Simple and Beautiful Tea Lights

I was at a work event and the table decorations caught my attention.  This would be very pretty in reds and greens for the holidays.  The light was from a battery operated tea light at the bottom of a candle holder with colored stones on top.

Centerpiece - Blue Light1

 
Blue Centerpiece and Cupcake

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Did Someone Say Date?

The word date can mean so many things – we can make something yummy with dates, we can make a jar to save our change and go out with someone special or we can have fun with a little person in the kitchen.   

Date Bar Sliced

First up – I made these amazing date bars from Elizabeth Finch – You can find the recipe HERE  They are made with good clean ingredients – almond flour, dates, honey, egg, nuts, etc. and are gluten free.  

I didn’t have pecans so I used a mixture of raw almonds, cashews and unsweetened coconut for the top.  I’m going to warn you that you’ll want to double this recipe because they are so yummy.  I found that after cutting into bars, wrapping in syran wrap and placing them in the freezer on a cookie sheet for about an hour.  Then I place all the wrapped up little presents in a large Ziplock bag to store in the freezer.  They can be eaten as a bar or sliced once you are ready to enjoy. 

I knew this was the recipe I wanted to try my new Vietnamese Cinnamon in – oh this was so worth the $8.00 – purchased at Sur la Table.

Date Bar Squares

 
Cinnamon 

 Idea 2 – Buy a dozen canning jars and make some of these Date Night Jars for Christmas Gifts – Click HERE to find out how. 

Date Jar

Then my favorite -a  cooking date with my grandson.  This weekend we made some biscuits – Recipe can be found HERE  

AME - Heart Biscuits

10-10-14 Caden - Biscuit Making

Isn’t he so adorable?

Thanks for letting me share 3 of my favorite “date” ideas.

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