The cake topper workshop happened! The {verdigreen} shop, where this took place, was so welcoming and cozy, especially with the workspace covered with supplies, refreshments, and incredible macaroons. Shop owner Azie was busy painting chairs nearby as we puttered away, adding to the workshop vibe.

I showed some tricks and tips for making a charming cake sign that can be used again and again. Mine said “Happy Birthday…”

Lookie what we made!


One participant made a “cake” banner. (Could it be to dissuade others from eating it?)

"Cake" topper (no, really!)


And here’s a variation on the Happy Birthday theme:

Cake topper workshop creation


So cozy and fun! I’m looking forward to more after-hours fun at {verdigreen} soon. Cake topper workshop at Verdigreen

Heidi Kenney at My Paper Crane is a font of awesome ideas, and her latest was to facilitate a regional candy swap. Participants were paired up and asked to select and ship at least $15 worth of local treats. An incredible assortment of Japanese sweetness (and Ghirardelli chocolate, which I forgot to photograph) found its way from San Francisco to Jersey, thanks to Jessica Coates.


I decided to go hyper-local and Jersey by selecting made-in-house chocolates from Holsten’s, the ice cream parlor where the last scene of The Sopranos was shot. (Jessica gets to photograph and blog about what I sent her.)

We also decided to include a small hand-crafted item; I received the sweet plush house ornament, bottom-right in the photo. I sent a velvet acorn ornament.

Thanks Heidi, that was fun!

Happy Birthday Cake topper

Customers and fans of the shop {verdigreen} in Montclair have been asking for craft workshops, and here comes one now! We will be making cake toppers similar to the one shown here. Here’s the blurb from Corporate:

Cake Topper workshop at {verdigreen}: March 6, 7-8:30 PM,$20 per person.

Spend a festive evening at {verdigreen} with other creative people & create your very own custom cake topper to enjoy again and again! Resident craft genius, Heather Donohue, will lead the activity and walk you through using cardstock, paper, and fabric to spell out your message of choice on a wavy banner.

You will also create a wee coordinating garland to further embellish your masterpiece.

Registration is now open, and closes two days before the event, March 4th at midnight.

There are spots for 6 people.  Register by email

Light refreshments & tasty treats will be served.”

{verdigreen} is located at 182 Glenridge Avenue in Montclair, NJ. Hope to see you there!

Happy Birthday Cake topper

Happy Birthday wreath, green

When I was a kid, my family had a  handmade Christmas wreath covered in small gifts with handmade bows. It’s been in the back of my mind all this time, and I recently made a Happy Birthday version. Each package is hand-wrapped in paper, then tied with a handmade bow, ribbon, string,  ric rac, or beads. The wreathform is wrapped in coordinating ribbon, and another ribbon, bearing  a cardstock Happy Birthday sign, is attached for hanging.

Each wreath is unique and package styles vary slightly. The wreath is 8″ in diameter.

I figure this makes a nice gift, or you could keep it at home and hang it when birthdays strike!

Happy Birthday wreath detail

Details, details

Happy Birthday headbands

Also in the Birthday spirit, I made more Happy Birthday headbands in assorted colors. The hand-formed lettering spells “happy birthday” in pretty chenille stems, and the headband is wrapped in coordinating ribbon.

Candy Wreaths

I’ve been making wee wreaths covered in faux candy in pinks and reds for Valentine’s Day. Each piece of “candy” is hand-wrapped in paper or fabric, then cello, and tied with two ribbons, strings, or ric rac.

Candy Wreaths

The wreathform is wrapped in coordinating ribbon, and another ribbon is attached for hanging.

Candy wreath

Each wreath is unique and candy styles can vary slightly. The wreath is 8″ in diameter, and needs to hang indoors.

Available online and in store at {verdigreen}, 182 Glenridge Ave, Montclair, NJ.

I loaf you x 4

If you knead to show your love to someone, a gift of carbs (real or plush) seems like a solid bet. To that end, I have created a smaller version of the I Loaf You plush. These little loaves are five inches long, feature hand-embroidered faces, and a hand-written tag that declares affection. Available from my shop page and in-store at {verdigreen} in Montclair, NJ.

I loaf you.

I loaf you.

Also new is this red-and-white ticking-stripe garland, featuring ten of the red-and-white “buntings” sewn to red seam binding ribbon. It is over two yards long, with an additional foot of ribbon on each end for tying and hanging.

Red ticking stripe garland

A great decoration for the “red decor” holidays, or a circus theme, or Stripe Awareness month.

Red ticking stripe garlands

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